So the summer is almost at end. April, May and June were spend in France. Not a happy time and not something to dwell on. Everything has turned out well in the end with my parents safely in England and well cared for by my fantastic sisters, Sarah, who has taken on the major responsibility and my other sister, Julie. However it took me a few months to settle back down to living back at home. Now I am back to sketching and running.
My diet has been terrible for the last 6 months and my glucose levels have risen as a consequence. My weight did increase considerable after my trip to France but once I came back, it settle down to the 199lb mark, which is about 4lb higher than when I was running regularly, so not too bad in the sense it levelled out but about 75lb too high for my height. Even when I was at that weight before I had kids, it was artificial as I was bulimic, so achieving that weight is probably unrealistic but I would like to be about 45lbs lighter.
Apart from my weight, I realised I needed to get a tighter control of my blood sugar levels which is never easy when you are the only person with type II diabetes and the other person probably needs more carbs in their diet than you. So it took me until the beginning of September to decide to do anything about it as I am essentially lazy. Counting and recording all that you eat and drink is not hard but time consuming. Testing before and after meals is pain but has to be done. Hopefully by the time I see my doctor in October my AC1 will be under the 6.5 mark. I am using this site to record my eating and it really is easy, My Fitness Pal plus it also links with my Garmin and Fitbit so I get extra calories for excising, which is brilliant 🙂 I have also found an excel chart to record my blood sugar levels so I hopefully I can spot trends.
As part of this renewed effort to control my diabetes (this is not really about losing weight but it would be nice) I have started my 5K run training again. As it is nearly 9 months since I really trained, I have started back at the beginning. My first 5K is 1 Nov and I hope I can beat the time I had in the Jingle Bells run but just doing it will be fine. At the moment, it’s much slower but a few weeks of training will make the difference.
Today’s run was hard because (1) I have been lazy and not walking as much as I could and (2) it was very humid due to the rain last night. I am following a program and currently in wk 3. 10 mins walk, (2 min run, I min) walkX4 and 10 min walk. That is about 1.73 miles at the moment. I then walk for additional 10-15 mins. I should add some strength training but I really do not like going to the gym. I have the means to do it home as well but I really don’t like exercising LOL.
7 weeks to the 5k.