Thirteen Weeks, Week 12: I Can See the Finish Line
As I went back and read last week’s post in preparation for writing this one, I realized that I got so wrapped up in talking about freedom that I forgot to report on my progress! So let’s take care of business first…
I weighed in at 165 this morning, so that’s down three pounds in the past two weeks. I’ll take that. My blood sugars this week were initially lower across the board than they had been — not as low as we want them yet, but definitely improved — ranging from 98 during the day to highs of 120-135 in the mornings (fasting). Then yesterday happened. It shot back up to 171 in the morning, 115-120 during subsequent readings, and was 143 this morning. I don’t know why but, as always, have to remind myself that this is a marathon not a sprint. Trying not to micromanage!
Now that I’m this close to the finish line, with my final post on this thirteen week journey coming next week, I can’t help but take an early peek at how I’ve done.
My first stated goal was weight loss. I started at 182 and, twelve weeks later, I’ve lost 17 pounds eating a low carb, high fat diet.
I also wanted to decrease medication during these weeks, with an end goal of eliminating them entirely. For a variety of reasons, I ended up taking myself off them all during this process. Going off insulin and Metformin was the biggest decision, and I’ve had good but not perfect success in that arena.
I can say that it’s been a challenging journey, but one I have no regrets about undertaking. I feel so much better than I did on week one. I’ve gotten much of the vitality I had before those two weeks in the hospital back. And I’m still losing weight, clothes sizes are going down, and I can see the shape of my body beginning to change.
So that thirteen week finish line is looking pretty darn good right about now. I’ll have more thoughts and observations next week when I officially wrap it up!