Sunday, June 20, 2010

Success (?)

phase 1 of south beach: completed.  total weight loss: 5 pounds.

i feel good...and i even said before i started that i would be happy with 5 pounds...but now, i'm liking the feeling and i don't want it to stop there.  i leave for vacation in 5 days, so that chances of anything else happening before then are not great, but i'm still happy.  i learned a lot on this diet.  i've done weight watchers, counted calories, and i always thought i could never do a diet that restricted certain foods/food groups.  part of it of course was the motivation of 3 weeks until bikini, but even still, i am surprised and impressed by my will power.

south beach has brought my relationship with carbs to a whole new level.  diabetes forced me to at the very least pay attention to them more closely, but this diet made me realize what i actually genuinely enjoy and what i could care less about.  i missed my morning oatmeal, and having to turn away fruit during peak berry season was pretty painful.  i also could've enjoyed a tasti d'lite or fro yo on one of these hot days.  but other carbs - bread, rice, basically all the grains, i truly did not miss. so i've decided to be very selective about my carbs from now on.  i'm going to stick to the most nutritionally valuable and tasty and avoid the others.  not only is my weight much easier to manage on a low-carb diet, but my blood sugars have been a [diabetic's] dream come true.  when i look at my 7 day average on my meter, what was generally in the 140s/150s is currently 108!  it's hard to imagine any food worth making that number go back up.  i'm sure there will be temptations here and there, but i want to try and ride the wave out as long as possible.  wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

south beach diet & a1c

i hate saying that i'm busy...but i say it all the time...because it's true.  i feel like it's become such a cliched/typical thing to say in modern american culture these days.  everyone is so freaking busy all the time.  personally, i like it...for the most part.  what i don't like is realizing that it's been a week since i received an email and i haven't even thought about a response, or that i haven't written on this blog in almost a month, not for lack of material but lack of time.  i cram so many things into my days because i want to take advantage of every free second that i'm not working/studying/etc.  but then, there is not much time left for anything else.  sigh.  this wasn't mean to be an entry about being busy.  on to more important things!

this past saturday marked t-minus 3 weeks until i go on vacation to cancun with my family and family friends.  last year we all went away together and had the time of our lives, and we've pretty much been looking forward to this upcoming vacation ever since the last one ended.  for me, that is, until a few months ago when some extra poundage crept into my life and has refused to leave.  suddenly the idea of being in a bathing suit in mexico was more of a nightmare than anything else.  when i realized how close the vacation was, i tried to make an effort to lose the weight.  i always eat healthfully, i exercise regularly, i take every opportunity to walk/take the stairs/what have you, and yet those damn pounds just refuse to go.  a few weeks ago i decided drastic measures were necessary, and by drastic measures i mean phase 1 of the south beach diet.

phase 1, for those of you unfamiliar with south beach, is basically a 2 week carb fast.  no grains, starches, fruits, or starchy vegetables.  unlimited protein and non-starchy veggies are the main components of the diet, with low-fat cheese and some other low-fat dairy allowed in moderation.  nuts are limited to one serving a day, and that's basically it.  if you can handle it, it promises results, and fast.

while i was very much interested in the weight loss potentials of this diet, there were many things that scared me.  first of all, can i give up basically all forms of carbs for 2 weeks just purely psychologically?  and secondly, what the eff is this going to do to my blood sugars?  finally, what if i'm that one person who doesn't lose any weight at all?

i am happy to report that as i have just completed day 4, things are going quite well.  each day gets easier in terms of willpower, and i also have a friend/coworker doing it with me which i think is invaluable.  as far as my blood sugars go, they have been beautiful.  i haven't had any lows, nor have i gone above 140 mg/dL since starting the diet.  i really can't argue with that.  and in terms of weight loss, the final effects will be the most telling, but so far i am happy.  i'm very interested to see what the end result will be.  and as a plus, i'm learning a lot of ways to cook/prepare low-carb food that will serve me well in the future.

oh, and i went to the doctor today, and my in-office a1c was 6.3% :) it's nice to see my hard work as a pancreas paying off.