Aw, thanks everyone. What a nice warm welcome! I was so surprised and pleased to be remembered.
I'm going to use this journal to keep track of my weight and blood sugar, track what I'm eating and how I'm exercising, and talk about whatever else is going on with regard to the plan.
My story in a nutshell: I started the plan at the end of 2008, weighing 243 pounds. I lost about 40 pounds, my blood sugar was normal, and I was able to cut my dose of diabetes medication in half (with doctor's approval). Then I fell off the wagon and into a deep ditch. Binging on VAD (Vegetarian American Diet) over the past 10 months or so brought me back up to my current weight of 259. Sugar is back up, and so is my dose of medication. I seem to have had enough of all that, though, and am ready to get healthy again.
What worked last time and will work again:
--Cooking my own food, trying out lots of recipes, packing food to work every day
--Sticking mostly to MWL food
--Exercising daily or close to daily (could mean just a walk)
--Posting here every day, and reading and commenting on others' journals.
--Having daily goals and tracking my progress on those goals
Yesterday was not bad. I did eat some off plan (but at least fat free and vegan) food. I took a 20 minute walk at lunch time -- I can't even remember the last time I did that. And I cooked a big pot of quinoa, yum!
Breakfast: green beans and quinoa with gomasio
Lunch: curried red lentil soup with cauliflower and carrots; brown rice
Dinner (planned): French lentil soup, more quinoa
I struggle to get in my 5 servings of veggies a day. Eating them for breakfast seems to be a good way to make sure I do it. So today I nuked a bag of frozen green beans and plopped them on top of a plate of quinoa, with gomasio (sesame salt) sprinkled on top. Yum.
I have to stay with my turtle energy.
Slow and steady wins the race. -- Letha