Monday, December 11, 2006

Health challenges


For the last three months, I've been dealing with some issues with my health. I'm diabetic, for one. I've got sleep apnea, for another.

The diabetes is a recent development, but it's been leading up to this for the last four years. My doctor recommended some diet changes, a blood glucose meter and put me on metformin temporarily. I lost 15 pounds in the last four weeks, mostly by cutting out a few things that have not helped me, adding a lot more fiber to my diet and more consistent exercise.

I feel better, and even my co-workers have noticed that I function better.

But it's only a beginning.

I really don't want to have to take metformin, and I do want to lose a lot of weight. One plan is to get a few sessions with a dietitian through the YMCA. Another is to join Weight Watchers. And another is to commit to an exercise class.

Actually, all of the above. The exercise classes and dietitian will begin in January. I am waiting for enrollment deals for Weight Watchers in January also.

A great website: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/tea_mandarin.html

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