Almost the Big 3-0 and Borderline Diabetic

Yesterday I got the results of some blood work I had that stopped me dead in my tracks. 

I am borderline diabetic.  More specifically, I am Insulin Resistant.  So what does that mean?  Well basically my fasting blood sugar and my fasting insulin level was high.  But what was worse and what told the doc that I am insulin resistant was the fact that my blood sugar to insulin level ratio was not good at all.

For a little bit I had a HUGE pity party.  For a person who is an emotional eater (and probably what got me in this predicament…aside from genetics), using the “D” word is like a death sentence.  Sure I’m being a little…OK a lot…dramatic, but I like food.  I like sweets.  My birthday is coming up.  I LIKE CAKE!

So after kicking and screaming and a few tears (I won’t lie), I started researching Insulin Resistant and called my doctor to make an appointment to go in and make a plan.  This isn’t all that new to me since I was “Glucose Intolerant” during my pregnancy with my daughter and had to go on a diabetic diet.  So I know it’s doable.  And I knew then, when I was pregnant with her, that most likely I would be diabetic at some point in my life since most studies I read stated that being diabetic in pregnancy was a good indicator as to what was coming down the road.  I just never realized that road would be that short.

Tuesday I go in and talk with my doctor.  The nurse told me when she gave me the results that most likely the doctor would want to put me on Metformin to help with the blood sugar/insulin issues.  I know I have to limit my amount of carbs and the type of carbs I eat.  Now I just need to make lists of “safe” foods, print out plenty of menus so meal times don’t become stressful, and stick to my new lifestyle. 

Maybe now I can lose some weight.  I’ve been trying since I had the kids with no luck.  Apparently when you have high blood sugar and high insulin levels, the best way (besides meds and diet) to help that is to lose weight…only you have difficulty losing weight because your blood sugar and insulin levels are high.  It’s a vicious cycle and maybe just maybe I’ll  be breaking that cycle now.


First Day at the Gym

If you remember, I am trying to lose weight.  I’m sick of being the fat chick.  So today, after dropping my son off at school, I headed to the gym with my daughter.  Put her in daycare and away I went.  I started out on the bike…the one that has the back on the seat.  I have bad knees and that’s what they always started me out on during physically therapy so I figured I should probably warm my legs up on something “safe”.  As I sat there pedaling, I began to look around.  I was the youngest by at least 20 years.   Next to me there was an older man, probably around 80, with a cane trying to figure out how to get on the stair climber.  My heart literally felt like it was going to beat out of my chest.  I was genuinely scared for this man.  He could barely stand on two feet WITH a cane…how was he going to manage a stair climber?  He got up there, but after a few steps, he half fell, half climbed off the machine.  Thank goodness!

After the bike I went on the elliptical.  Mainly because Regis and Kelly were on and I wanted to watch.  Plus I wanted to start out with 30 minutes of cardio, so I did 10 minutes there before heading to the various leg machines.  My lower half is my main problem area, so I figured I would start there today.  It wasn’t long before I began to really feel how out of shape I really was.  But I stuck with it and finished up with 10 minutes on some cardio machine called The Arc.  I would like to rename that machine “The Ultimate Ass” machine.

It is now 11pm, 14 hours after I worked out and I am sitting here with a bag of frozen peas on my left shin, a bag of frozen mixed veggies on my right shin, and a bag of frozen carrots on my right knee. 

Tomorrow will be better….right???


I am Going to Lose 100lbs

There.  I said it.  I am going to lose 100lbs.

I am a HUGE watcher of The Biggest Loser.  I think it is amazing what those people accomplish.  I also like how they show the emotional journey they go on as well.  So many people don’t even realize why they’ve gained weight and I believe our emotions are a HUGE factor.  I know it is with me.

I’ve tried all kinds of diets and ways to lose weight…well except for that weight loss hypnosis, haven’t tried that yet…and I always say, “nothing works for me”.  But what I’m not willing to add in there is, nothing seems to work for me because I never seem to put 100% EFFORT into it.  Until now.  I don’t know if it’s because I am turning 30 in a few weeks and you all know what seems to happen once you hit your 30s.  People always say their weight loss hit a standstill once they hit 30.  Well that’s not going to happen to me and if there is one thing I have learned from watching The Biggest Loser, it’s that it does not matter what age you are, with a lot of work and eating right, you can lose the weight.

Unfortunately, I don’t have unlimited hours a day to focus on my weight loss efforts or to spend in the gym.  What I do have is a gym membership and Fenphedra.  Yes.  I am using a diet pill to lose weight.  Before I start getting a lot of flack, let me tell you why.  I believe Fenphedra is exactly what I need to jumpstart my metabolism and start my body on the right track of losing weight.  Why is that?  Well let me show you.  Below is exactly what is in Fenphedra from their website:

200 mg DiCaffeine Malate — When Coca-Cola first came out it actually contained Cocaine (true fact) and when cocaine was made illegal after World War I they scrambled to find an alterantive that would stimulate the mind and body and have similar effects. The ingredient they found was caffeine. But we don’t just use any old caffeine as our alternative to cocaine. We use an ultra potent multi-dimensional ingredient that combines all natural Caffeine with Malic Acid into an ionic bonded compound which optimizes energy, stimulates thermogenesis, and promotes mental focus. You haven’t experienced the full effects of caffeine until you’ve tried DiCaffeine Malate.

 200mg ChocamineTM — A proprietary extract of the Colombian cocoa plant. It contains numerous constituents including methylxanthines (theobromine, caffeine, and theophylline), biogenic amines (phenylethylamine, tyramine, and according to one source, synephrine), amino acids (phenylalanine, tryptophan, tyrosine, others), minerals (with a high content of magnesium), numerous beneficial antioxidants, and possibly some non-psychoactive cannabanoid-related compounds.

20mg Phenylethylamine (PEA) — PEA is asubstance that’s related to our own catecholamine neurotransmitters and their amino acid precursors, tyrosine and phenylalanine. PEA has arousal properties similar to catecholamines and may be one of the pleasure substances in the brain. PEA has been called the “Love Drug”. It is extracted from chocolate and is responsible for what chocaholics call Chocolate High

20mg Synephrine HCl — 100% Synephrine hcl is the chemical cousin of the now banned substance ephedra. It can help burn fat, suppress appetite and increase energy. Synephrine HCl is derived from the Citrus aurantium fruit, which is used for a variety of purposes in traditional Chinese medicine.

All of that above is used to increase the metabolism and help with weight loss, but lets face it.  I didn’t get fat just from my metabolism slowing down.  All of us have stress hormones in us (neuropeptides) that cause some of us to overeat.  Fenphedra uses the following to inhibit those neuropeptides:

Humulus Lupus (standardized to.4% flavonoids) – Humulus lupulus is unique because it is one of only two plants in the family Cannabinaceae. The alkaloid extract in Humulus Lupus known as Lupulinum produces a mild stimulant effect at first, followed by a very agreeable, calming sensation… the perfect combination. Historically, it has been used in some cases of nervous irritability where opium/narcotics failed. Some say that Humulus Lupus has some anti-inflammatory/pain relieving capabilites.

So far, after two days of taking Fenphedra twice a day (they recommend 2-3 pills a day…I take 2 because they also recommend not taking the 3rd pill within 7 hrs of going to bed) I feel great!  I’ve taken other diet pills in the past and I always felt like I was on speed or extremely angry because I was hungry.  None of that is true with Fenphedra.  I take the first pill as soon as I wake up.  The second pill I take about 30 minutes before I plan on eating lunch.  So far I am really like Fenphedra.

In a few weeks I will write a follow up post about how Fenphedra is working, how much I’ve lost, any side effects, etc.

I was supplied with a bottle of Fenphedra for the purpose of this review.  All opinions stated in this post are solely mine. 


Losing it with Leah Week 4

I lost 3 lbs this week!!!  It totally doesn’t surprise me all the much though.  I worked my butt off this week.  We’ve been remodeling our first floor and between all the painting, which is an excellent upper arm workout, stepping up and down on the ladder, and sweating like a crazy…it makes perfect sense that I lost!

Last week I posted that my goal was to drink more water.  Did I stick to it?  Not as well as I could have.  So that is my goal for this week as well.   I wish I could fill up a bottle and carry it with me all over, but I like to have my water super ice cold.

So totally (including the gain last week), I’ve lost 6.4lbs!!!  Just 93.6 lbs to go!!

Losing it with Leah Week 3

I know I know…this is usually posted on Sunday’s.  I couldn’t post it this Sunday because Blogger was down for maintenance and then yesterday I was working on my house (we’re remodeling).

Anyway, unfortunately this week I had a gain.  A small gain, but a gain nonetheless.  I gained .4 which I know isn’t that bad.  Shoot I could have just drank too much water before bed or not enough water the day before.  But it still sucks to gain.

This week I vow to drink more water and not go overboard on my son’s birthday cake on Sunday.  Though that is a weigh in day and I do give myself one day where I can eat what I want and not count points…we’ll see.  I also want to start exercising  more.  Which is kind of funny to say “exercise more” when I really don’t exercise at all!  So I’ll rephrase, I want to start exercising.  I think I will start with walking on the treadmill 3 days a week for 30 minutes.

What is your goal this week??  Leave me a comment to tell me.  Also, be sure to sign the linky below if you are doing your own weight loss posts!