Day Lillies

Day Lillies
This site does not give medical advise. Consult your physican if you have a medical problem. This is a conversation among people who are finding a new direction in eating and living.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Joella Gained Five Pounds in Five Days

I Talked to Joella last week and she was excited because her weight had come down to 179 pounds.  She got her Social Security last Wednesday....when I talked to her today she was up to 186 but had lost a pound since yesterday.
I don't know the solution to her problem.  We talk on the phone (I'm in Tn. and she's in Fl.) and go over what kind of foods and when she should be eating but it doesn't seem to make much difference.
She taking a course at the YMCA  in the gym and said her instructor has her making a list of everything she eats....funny the Doctor can't get her to log her blood glucose readings or what she eats and when she eats, but the girl at the gym is getting a food list. Since she goes to the gym three times a week, I guess it is the personal attention from someone other than family that matters.  It still comes down to this one phrase:  YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

                Here is a link to Bob's information about his glycemic index diet. Wish Joella would join him! Click Here!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Do You Lose the Same Ten Pounds Again and Again?

Joella called last night (she is my sister in Florida with diabetes if you are new), all excited because she was down to 179 pounds.  I was in shock...asked her how much she weighed before  and she said 193 pounds.  In June she weighed in the 160's getting very close to making it into the 50's.  

I don't know what happened, how it happened....well I guess I do.....don't eat the right food, don't keep to a scheduled meal time and depend on Insulin, diabeta and metformin (all three she takes) to try to keep your sugar readings low.  
Don't exercise every day  the equivalent of walking for 30 minutes.

She is now enrolled in a nutrition  class at the local hospital.  Seems excited about it, said it is taught by a nurse and a nutritionist.
As a no longer active RN  I wonder what her reaction will be when they tell her the same thing she has heard from me for the last three years: Only eat amount of calories  that caregiver prescribes, eat at least three meals and two snack each day, try to eat at the same time each day (called meal scheduling) include as much fresh produce in diet as possible, take prescribed meds when you are supposed to take them, check blood sugar as requested by caregiver and keep a log of sugar readings, medication taken and amount and type of  food consumed and when.
At least she has dropped some of the weight.  Think it made an impression on her when she sat down on the floor and then couldn't get back up.  She had to have someone help her.
Even though it is positive that she has lost weight, I'm still a little down.  It is the same pounds that she has lost and gained back in the last few years.  Should   have know when she called about the great bathing suit she found  a nice 3X but bought some shorts to wear over it because the skirt (from the top) left some of her stomach bare.