You CAN Lose Weight!

I’ve posted quite a bit about my journey with Type 2 Diabetes.  I was diagnosed in February of this year…right before I turned the BIG 3-0.  Like I said before, I was not only pissed off at the world about my diagnosis, but I was also very scared.  You see, my problem was the fact that my body was OVER producing insulin because my body was not using it properly.  If I didn’t make changes in the way I lived, I would end up Type 1 Diabetic someday.  There was no might here…it would most definitely happen.  That scared the crap out of me.  So I immediately made changes.  Drastic changes.

Since February, I have lost 37.2 lbs.  I would be lying if I said it was easy.  Nothing about what I have done the past 5 months has been easy.  I completely changed the way I eat.  I no longer eat tons of candy…in fact, I rarely eat it anymore.  Gone are the days where I just grab something quick and on the go.  Fast food for me is a Jimmy Johns Unwhich.  Once in a blue moon I treat myself to Taco Bell.  You have to have treats…if you don’t, you’ll go insane.  So my days have been spent making sure I eat the correct amount of carbs per meal.  That correct amount being no more than 45 carbs for lunch and dinner and only 30 carbs for breakfast. 

Below are two pictures of me…one being shortly before I found out I was diabetic and the other taken just this weekend:

I still have 62.8lbs left to lose.  But for once in my life, I truly feel like that is an obtainable goal.  Once I lose the 100lbs, I am getting a consult for Smart Lipo.  There are parts of my body that desperately need some professional sculpting that diet and exercise just won’t touch.  Believe me…I can’t WAIT until that day!

If you take just one thing from this post, then take this…no matter what life hands you, YOU can overcome it.  Just the other day I received the blood work results I had done a week ago.  Just 5 months of following the diabetic diet I am no longer considered diabetic.  Sure I have to still stick with everything or I will end up back in the same boat, but knowing that I have already made great strides in becoming healthier is amazing.  Not only that, but my cholesterol has gotten so much better that I no longer need my cholesterol medication!

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks”
  ~Jack Penn

Make Your own Soda with Soda Stream!

One thing, besides my husband and kids, that I absolutely love and sometimes feel like I can’t live without, is Diet Coke or Pepsi.  It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even keep it in the house because I drink way too much of it.  And believe me…having to go to the gas station or drug store to get a bottle is a royal in in the you-know-what.

A friend of mine told me about this nifty machine that you can have in your home to make your very own pop.  I wasn’t sold on the idea until I was at the store and got to see it in person…and taste the various flavors.  After one taste I knew I had to have it!  Not only did it taste good, but I could see dollar signs in my head.  This machine would save me a ton of money!

The awesome machine I speak of is the SodaStream.  You take regular tap water, carbonate it, add your favorite flavor, and you have a liter of pop ready to drink!!  Doesn’t it sound great?!?  So how does it exactly work?

Upon removing your SodaStream from the box, you remove the back cover, screw in the carbonator, put the back cover back on and you’re ready to go!

Next you fill the reusable liter bottle with tap water to the fill line and place it in the front of the SodaStream machine.  Now here’s the really neat part!!  The SodaStream does not require ANY electricity or batteries to operate!  Simply press the button on top of the machine to carbonate your water to your liking!  Once carbonated, add your desired flavor, tilt the bottle from side to side a few times to mix and you have pop!

As you can see, I was very excited to get my SodaStream in the mail.  Here is a picture of my machine and ALL the great flavors I received:

I haven’t had a chance to try all the flavors yet, but the ones I have tried (Cola Free and Diet Orange) have been absolutely delicious and taste very similar (if not better) than the name brands I was purchasing daily.  An interesting little tidbit…SodaStream Cola (comparable to Coke or Pepsi) has only 9 carbs per serving.  That is significantly less than the carb count in Coke or Pepsi.  For me, being diabetic, this is great!  So long as I plan my meals accordingly, I can enjoy the regular flavor of cola without affecting my health!

We used the SodaStream at my son’s 7th birthday party.  We invited immediate family over and tried several of the flavors.  Overall, the response was very good!  Everyone liked the fact that we could all have whichever flavor pop we wanted without having to worry about the pop going flat because we couldn’t drink it fast enough.  In the past I have purchased 2 liters of pop and they would get half finished and I would have to dump the rest because it would go flat.  With my SodaStream machine, I don’t have to worry about the pop going fast.  When I’m only making a liter at a time, it goes pretty quickly!

Take a look at the flavors that SodaStream has to offer.  Which one would you like to try most?  I am very anxious to try the Diet Cranberry Raspberry.

Thank you to SodaStream for providing me with everything you see in the picture above.  All opinions stated in this review are solely mine.  You may have a differing opinion.
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Diabetes and My Weight Loss Journey Update!

Well it’s been four month since I found out the news that I was diabetic and had to go on a special diet to manage the diabetes.  In that time I also had to start the medication, Metformin because my sugar was all over the place and I am very sensitive to the fluctuations in my sugar.  Now the Metformin…it’s been a trip to get used to.  I won’t go into any of the gory details, but lets just say…the first few months on it I needed to be within a close proximity of a restroom after every meal.  Things have gotten better in that department…thank goodness!

But the best update of all…I’ve currently lost 34.8lbs!  I feel different…I look a little different…it’s awesome!  My goal is to lose 50lbs by the end of the summer.  I think that’s a pretty reasonable goal!  I really wish I had taken my measurements at the very beginning of this so I can see how many inches I’ve lost.  I know it’s a lot.  Now when I look in the mirror after getting out of the shower, I’m not horribly horrified at what is looking back at me.  Sure it’s not Jenifer Anistan’s body looking back at me, but it sure as heck is better than what it was 4 months ago.  And for me to be able to be happy with how I’m looking is a huge accomplishment for me.

You know…I have said over and over that 2011 has really sucked for me.  It started out bad and just kept getting worse.  But…the way I see it now…sure it started out not so great.  Sure being told that I am diabetic really sucked, especially when we are somewhere and I have to make the choice between my wants and my needs (with my needs winning out more and more)…but despite all that, being told that I am diabetic and that I NEED to make lifestyle changes has probably been the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  Gone are the days where I feel like a fat blob just waddling through my day.  Gone are the days where I eat to the point of making myself almost puke just because the frosting is so good.  I had to take this diagnosis seriously.  With my pancreas over producing insulin, there is a real good chance that one day it just stops producing it all together.  And then what?  Then I’m really screwed.  I couldn’t take that chance.  That wouldn’t be fair to my husband or my children, but most of all, that wouldn’t be fair to me.

So rather than looking at how horrible 2011 has been, I am choosing to look at how great it has been for ME.  Because in 2011 I have seen that I can overcome something that has affected my life and I’m no longer that fat girl with a pretty face…you know the one where people say “man she has a pretty face…it’s too bad she’s so fat”…yea that’s been said to me before…many times.  Sure I have more weight to lose on my journey, but for once in my life…I know I will get there and I will be healthy in the end!

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250 Essential Diabetes Recipes REVIEW

Did you know that Diabetes is a chronic disease that literally affects one out of ten people in North America…that’s roughly 35 million people…and that number is always increasing.  Eating healthy, especially when you have Diabetes, is key…but not always easy.  For people, like me, who was diagnosed with Diabetes later in life, it is very difficult to change the way you eat.  You do it because you have to, but it’s hard and you have set backs…like the McFlurry I ate last  night and then regretted 30 minutes later.  You don’t want to give up what you are used to eating.

However, with amazing cookbooks like 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes by Sharon Zieler, you can have all that wonderful food you long for, but in a form that is healthy for your lifestyle.

Sharon Zeiler, B.Sc, M.B.A., R.D. is the Senior Manager, Nutrition Initiatives & Strategies at the Canadian Diabetes Association. She has a long standing interest in ensuring that consumers are served by well educated and experienced healthcare professionals who have opportunities to develop skill and expertise.
Sharon graduated from the University of Toronto, where she majored in nutrition sciences. She received her MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, with a double major in Organizational Behaviour and Social Marketing. This specialty is often helpful in the development of resources and the dissemination of nutrition guidelines and information.
Sharon joined the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1999. She works with and supports many of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s expert committees. These committees define guidelines for the management of diabetes, develop tools and resources to assist healthcare practitioners to implement them, and advise the organization on nutrition-related policies.
Sharon is a member of government health committees where she advises on and advocates for healthy eating and active living. Assisting health educators to help consumers make healthy food choices to prevent the onset of diabetes or other chronic diseases is an aspect of Sharon’s work which are a logical extension of her own interest in good nutrition.

What I really like about this cookbook is the fact that all of the nutritional information that is pertinent for me when it comes to figuring out what I can and cannot eat, is right there.  For example, the first thing I look at is the carbohydrate count.  I only eat 45 or less carbs per meal.  So if I look at a recipe and there is over 45 carbs per serving, I don’t eat it.

The other thing I really like about this cookbook is that a lot of the recipes have variations that you can take advantage of that makes more options for your family.  For instance, a recipe may call for lean ground beef.  One of the alternatives listed is to use extra lean ground beef and in doing so, you cut the fat by 4g’s!

If you suspect you may be Diabetic please see your doctor.  Diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, and it is shortening peoples lives by at least 5 to 15 years.

I received a copy of 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes for the purpose of the review.  All opinions stated are solely mine.
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My Letter to 7 Eleven

Dear 7 Eleven Corporation,

I am writing you this evening to kindly request that you bring in more sugar free slurpees.  I would love to see a Diet Pepsi slurpee again as well as sugar free options of your more popular flavors like grape, cherry and lime.

I have Diabetes, which to be honest with you, when it comes to things like slurpees…that diagnosis is a death sentence to me.  You see, my love affair with slurpees started when I was in middle school.  You never saw me without a slurpee.  As I got older and entered high school, the only time I did not have one in my hand was during swim season between the months of August and November.  But you better believe, the very first thing I did after swim season was buy a slurpee.  So as you can imagine, driving past one of my favorite places and not being able to get a delicious slurpee, it’s heartbreaking to me.  If I’ve ever felt like throwing a tantrum in my life, it’s when I walk into a 7 Eleven and see all those yummy slurpee flavors that I can’t have.

So please…consider getting more sugar free options.  Not only are you helping with childhood obesity, which lets face it, there are a lot of overweight kids sucking down slurpees…why not offer them a much better alternative?  But you will also totally make my entire life if I could drink a slurpee again.

Please feel free to contact to discuss this further.

Sincerely,

Leah a.k.a Slurpee Addict

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