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

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!


SlenderPops by Sisel REVIEW

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I have tried EVERYTHING to lose weight.  I had to stop taking a particular diet pill because I recently found out I am Diabetic and with as drastic as I had to change my diet, my doctor and I didn’t feel it was a good idea to continue taking it.  However, when I was contacted to see if I would be willing to try out SlenderPops, I was all over it.  Burn fat WHILE enjoying a sucker?!?  I’ve had to give up quite a bit of food when diagnosed with Diabetes, so to be able to curb my cravings, burn fat, and satisfy my sweet tooth all at one time seemed totally awesome to me!

So what exactly is in a SlenderPop?

  • Extract from the Opuntia cactus fruit (fat-flushing diuretic)
  • Fiber complex extract from Opuntia cactus fruit (supports fat-binding and fat-flushing)
  • Xylitol (research shows that this ingredient is beneficial for tooth and gum support)
  • Hoodia (suppresses hunger and alleviates thirst)

Combining one SlenderPOP twice a day before a meal with a glass of water before and after eating a SlenderPOP with maintaining both a healthy 2000 calories a day and increasing exercise, you should see results!

I tried SlenderPOPs for 2 days and I have to tell you, I noticed a significant reduction in my urge to snack.  Besides cutting down my snacking habits, I also really liked the taste.  I am rather leery of tasting new things.  But SlenderPOPs are really good and do a wonderful job satisfying your sweet tooth!

You can purchase SlenderPOPs from this Sisel company website.  The prices for SlenderPOPs are as follows:

  • $28 for a single pack (24 POPs)
  • $108.00 for a 4 packs (96 POPs)
  • $260.00 for 10 packs (240 POPs)

For more information on SlenderPOPs and other Sisel products please contact Laura and Jack Miller, an independent distributor for Sisel and SlenderPOPs.


I was given a 4 pack of SlendorPOPs to try for the purpose of this review.  All opinions stated on this review are solely mine.  You may have a different opinion. 

My Weight Loss Journey and Fenphedra

A couple months ago I posted that I was going to lose 100lbs.  Part of my weight loss plan included the use of Fenphedra to help curb my appetite and ultimately lose more weight.  However, between starting the Fenphedra and now, I’ve had some health issues…which if you regular here, you would know…that includes me being diagnosed diabetic and insulin resistant.  So as a result, my doctor and I decided that taking the Fenphedra with everything else I have going on is not a good idea.  I contacted my sponsor rep and we agreed to have my husband take the Fenphedra to aid in his weight loss journey and I would still blog about his progress.  So here I go!

First I would like to introduce my husband to you all…I know I’ve mentioned him here and there, but I’ve never really introduced you all to him.  My husbands name is Dan.  We’ve been married for just under 9 years (May will be our 9th anniversary).  We met at a gym where we both worked.  He checked people in (and me out apparently!) while I taught swim lessons and was a lifeguard.  We dated for 10 months before getting engaged.  I could go on and on!

So Dan got on the scale before starting Fenphedra and he weighed 293lbs.  After taking the Fenphedra religiously for 4 weeks he now weighs 277.6lbs!  That is with absolutely NO change in diet, NO working out…it’s not because he didn’t want to change his diet or work out…he just did not have the opportunity to with his work schedule.  This week he has decided to add another factor to his weight loss journey which includes following a lower calorie diet and running every other day on the treadmill.  So we’ll see how the next few weeks go with Fenphedra, diet AND exercise!

I am really excited to be on this weight loss journey with my husband.  My journey has evolved from wanting to lose the weight to look good to losing the weight to live.  I truly feel that doing this together, even if we are going about it differently, we are going to succeed in not only making ourselves healthy, but teach our kids how to live a healthy lifestyle!

I hope you stick with us and check back often to see how our journey’s are going!


My Diabetic Diet

I’ve gotten a few emails and comments asking what exactly I do for the Diabetic diet.  So I decided to post it for you all to see since I am having such great success on it, both with losing weight AND keeping my sugar in check.

When I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago, I failed the 1 hour glucose test (that test where they make you drink the nasty stuff) so they sent me to do the 3 hour test.  Yep…failed that one too.  So I got put on the Diabetic Diet.  At that time, much like I felt a month ago, I thought my world had come to an end…yes I realize I am a tad dramatic!  But I quickly fell into a routine of what I can eat and can’t eat, and it worked because each week I went to get blood drawn and never ONCE since going on that diet did I have any issues with high sugar.  Plus I only gained 12lbs with that pregnancy…so much better than the 55lbs I gained with my son.  Here’s a picture of me about 1 month before I had my daughter.  My face is thinner in this picture than it is of me now (but I’m getting back there).

So back to the Diabetic Diet info.  When I was told that my sugar was high, they recommended I watch my carbohydrate intake.  Since I had already been down this road before, I knew “watch your carbohydrate intake” was code for, give up all the yummy food you used to eat and go on the Diabetic Diet.  Being that I got these test results right before my 30th birthday, all I could think about was the cake I was NOT going to get to eat.  Sad isn’t it?  After a few days of completely freaking out about food, I bought a book called What Do I Eat Now?that is put out by the America Diabetic Association and really breaks down what to eat, when to eat it, etc.  It refreshed my memory of what I did 5 years ago and I’ve followed it pretty strictly (with the occasional treat here and there) ever since.

Here is what I do in a nutshell:

  • 30-45 carbs per mealwhen I was pregnant with my daughter, I saw a nutritionist and I vaguely remember her telling me to only eat 15 carbs for breakfast.  I don’t remember why, but I didn’t read that in my new book so I do try to stay at the 30 carb mark for breakfast, but 45 for lunch and dinner. 
  • ONE 15 carb snack…I try to make sure this snack has protein and fiber…that way I stay fuller longer.
  • Diet pop (which I know has it’s own debates right now, but I can only give up one thing at a time)…my drink of choice, Diet Mt. Dew.  
  • Lots of veggies…though you have to watch the starchy veggies and baby carrots.  They have carbs.
  • Limit your fruit and make sure you eat your fruit with protein…apples, blueberries and cherries are EXCELLENT fruits to help keep your blood sugar in check.
  • Drink LOTS of water…I’ve been VERY thirsty lately.  So while I do drink Diet Pop which is 0 sugar and 0 carbs, I only really drink ONE per day…the rest is water.
  • Use to log all of my food and exercise…I love the android app for my phone!  There is a barcode thingy where I can scan a food and it inputs all of the stats for that food!

Let me tell you, after just one day or two following this diet, I have felt SOOOOOO much better.  As soon as I cheat and have something I shouldn’t that is maybe WAY too many carbs, I feel all bloated and nasty.  So while it stinks sometimes, it really is for the best.  So now, all I have to do is get my Vitamin D level up, lose some more weight and I will be pretty healthy (for the most part).

Which, by the way…for those of you that read my post on my Vitamin D level…you also need to look into and ask your doctor about taking Magnesium along with Vitamin D to help alleviate some of the HORRIBLE headaches and side effects I am feeling from having such a low level of Vitamin D.

If you have any questions, please ask!  I don’t mind answering from my point of view.  But please note, I am not a doctor and you should always take the advice of your doctor.  But I do recommend clicking on the link for the book I posted above and consider purchasing it.  It really is a big help, but SUPER easy to read and follow.