I will be honest – I’m not good with getting personal. I am an introvert, I don’t share a lot unless I know you really well (and then I probably share too much), however, I am going to get personal here because I don’t think I can write about making progress against my diabetes without sharing.
Before I got pregnant with Quinn, according to My Fitness Pal (which I loosely use to track my weight – I tend to rely on the doctors a lot more) I was 166 lbs. Now I am 5’7″ so that puts my BMI at 26 and overweight. I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding using the BMI but it’s what my doctors and insurance company use as a metric so we are rolling with it.
Quinn was born a little less than 2 months ago. During the pregnancy, my weight went as high as 182. Below you will see a chart of my weight although again I’m not very consistent with My Fitness Pal.
I am now at 150.2 which is ALMOST 10% of my weight lost!
I haven’t been as strict with my diet since giving birth though so I wonder if I could set my goal weight to be 145 and get there. The last time I was in the 150’s was 2011 and Mark and I were eating pretty much vegan at the time.
With a body weight of 150.2, my BMI becomes 23.5 which according to BMI calculator is normal.
I now need to go buy some new jeans before I go back to work!
The biggest change I have made is the significantly reducing the amount of carbs I eat. It’s HARD. If you asked me 5 years ago my favorite foods?
Muffins (Cranberry Orange to be exact)
Pancakes (although not realized until after I removed them from my diet)
Now I try to find replacements for some of these. The idea though is that by not eating carbs my diabetes won’t get worse because without carbs I don’t have high sugar right? And isn’t one of the first things doctors say is to lose 10% of your body weight? Well we are there!
My fasting readings are still running somewhat high though. There is so much to understand and so much I still don’t understand about this disease. What do you find the most challenging about this?
I’m going to celebrate this accomplishment though because no matter what, losing that weight should overall make me healthier!