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Random bits of “good news

Awesome Thumbs Up Sketch (CC)OK folks, I have NOT had my morning coffee so this may end up being a bit of “free association”

HOWEVER… I wanted to share a random assortment of things that have happened in the past little while that are AWESOME.

So in no particular order…

My blood glucose number was 119 this morning…

…well below the 130 max my doctor has set for my “fasting” level.  “Fasting” means “just before breakfast” YAY!

I woke up this morning at a teeny tiny bit just past 9 am.

Yes, you read that correctly.  OMG!  Of course it probably helped that I went to bed last night around 11-ish.  But this is unusual for me.  My normal range is 2am – 10/11 am.

And recently, over the past month and a half, I’ve not been able to get to sleep until 4 or 5 or 6 am after which I sleep 8-10 hours and wake up waaaaaaaayyyy after the “day” has started for most folks,

So… getting up at 9am where I’d really LIKE my wake up time to be so this is great.  YAY!

And this has been the case now for almost an entire week! So my sleep patters may be shifting back to the “typical norm”  YAY!

I went to my doctor yesterday…

…and I had dropped 8 lbs from my last visit to her office.  YAY!

Ringing-In-My-EarsI had gone to her because I have ringing in my ears.  She is trying a couple of things and said she’ll send me to a specialist if the stuff she is trying doesn’t work and stop the ringing within a couple of weeks.  YAY!

Since I was there anyway, she went ahead and did the “follow up” stuff — monitoring my diabetes and high blood pressure and weight management stuff.

I showed her my chart from the blood glucose testing meter and I’ve been 95% within the target range that she has set for my blood sugar.  She was all happy about that!  Woot!

And the reason this “doctor stuff” is unqualified “good news” is because thanks to President Obama and thousands of people who worked very hard to pass and protect the ACA, I am under medical care.  Before qualifying for the ACA subsidiy I would have just ignored the ringing in my ears, and my diabetes and … well you get the picture.  Health insurance is good.  YAY!

Not having health insurance.  BAD. – not “yay”

AND this is “good news” because when I called up to make the appointment, she said that she would bill me for the $20 copay.  She said I could pay it after the first of the month when I get my pension check.  Which is awesome because if she had not said that I would have not been able to go.

My checking balance, the day before yesterday, on Monday, when I called her to make the appointment, was sitting at 67 cents.  Yes, under a dollar.  So having a doctor who cares more about getting me in to see her when I need care than about making me wait to get that $20 copay is a good thing!  A very good thing.

YAY!!!  in fact DOUBLE YAY!

Slllluuuurrrrppppp……  Ahhhhhhhhhhh  — first sip of coffee.

c2013 TxCowboyDancer DesignsYou know that you are officially a caffeine addict when you whole body gives this little shudder of anticipation as soon as you have that first sip.

There is no way the caffeine can have hit your system yet, but the taste buds let the rest of the body know that the fix is on its way…

Oh-so-YAY!

By the way, the cute cat clutching a mug of coffee over to the right is one of my designs from my store: TxCowboyDancer Designs (yes this is a shameless plug) — but check it out when you get a chance.  🙂

My doctor also ordered a standard 3 month blood work panel…

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Progress Photos/Charts: 2014.10.17 – Making Adjustments


Progress Photos: 2014.10.17

Photo on 10-17-2014 at 3.05 PM Side by Side

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Progress Photos/Charts: 2014.10.10 – A lot of changes & Flirting with my next milestone!


Progress Photos: 2014.10.10

Photo on 10-10-2014 at 12.42 PM Side by Side

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Progress Photos/Charts: 2014.10.03 – B.I.A. B.I.T.E.S my B.U.T.T


Progress Photos: 2014.10.03

Photo on 10-03-2014 at 10.05 PM Side by Side

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Taking action! — More thoughts on “The Fat Trap” (pt. 3)


Part 3 in a series discussing The Fat Trap

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I stumbled across a very interesting feature article when I was randomly clicking on links while browsing the web.

The Fat Trap / by Tara Parker-Pope,
12/28/2011 NYT Magazine

and it triggered something of a landslide of reaction and comments from me – more than would fit comfortably into a single post.

This blog post you are reading now is part THREE of my extended commentary on this most awesome article.

Keep reading if you like but things will make more sense if you jump back and read part one of the series:

 “The Fat Trap” NYT Article — A proverbial fire under my butt

 Then you should read part two

More thoughts on the “Fat Trap” — Trying not to strangle skinny people…

So, if you’ve read parts one & two, then Welcome Back!  This is the final post in the series.

OR

if you’ve not read parts 1 & 2 but you enjoy reading the end of mystery novels first, then keep reading

Either way… here we go!

People actually do succeed – Not many – but a few have managed to do it.

NWCR homepageThe thing that made this article different from others that I’ve read is that the author talked about some people who have managed to beat the odds.  They did it.  They lost the weight, got fit and MANAGED TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF AND STAY FIT!  

In fact, there is even a registry for people who have managed to succeed set up by Dr. Rena R. Wing and Dr. James O. Hill

The National Weight Control Registry tracks 10,000 people who have lost weight and have kept it off. “We [Dr. Wing & Dr. Hill] set it up in response to comments that nobody ever succeeds at weight loss,” … … “We had two goals: to prove there were people who did, and to try to learn from them about what they do to achieve this long-term weight loss.”

Hyper-Vigilance is the answer

You have to become “Obsessed” (in a good way) with maintaining a healthy body

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