So, drum roll, as of right now I've lost just over 25 pounds!! The last two months have been much slower than the first month. I have not been as strict. As I mentioned in this previous post, I knew May was going to be a very busy food-centric month and I was totally right. I only lost 2 pounds in the month of May! I was pretty devastated by that but upon checking my measurements I saw that I was still losing inches so all was not lost. June has been slightly better but still slow going. I have let the bad carbs back in too many times and once they are in, it's like they need to bring all their friends. Once I go off plan it can take me 3 days to get completely back on due to my sugar cravings being triggered. I would say on average I am on plan about half of the week and off about half of the week. And, when I say off plan I do not necessarily mean the entire day is off, it might just be one meal or snacking after dinner that is not on plan. Being off plan so much just means I am losing a lot slower than I could be but I am learning this is a marathon, not a sprint, so as long as I keep trying and do not just give up, as I have been prone to in the past, I am fine with it.
In terms of measurements, I have lost the following inches:
- chest 2"
- bra band 2.5"
- waist 4"
- hips 2.5"
- thighs 2" on one side, 1" on the other (lol!)
I take measurements at the start of each month so these are from June 1. I'm not sure July will be any different as I haven't noticed as much body shape changes this month but we'll see!
I still have such a long way to go but I'm making progress and feeling much better overall. I can't say I'm full of energy but I feel better mentally (about myself) and I can tell when I am just in everyday life that I have lost weight. My knees do not yet love stairs but they no longer cause pain either and I am able to walk for about 30 minutes at the YMCA track which is a big improvement.
And I almost forgot the best news of all - my fasting glucose at home has gone from pretty regularly being between 115-125 to now being almost spot on 105 everyday. I have even seen it in the 90s a few times. My meter runs a tad high so I believe this means my fasting glucose is actually <100 which is normal. I still see spikes when I eat too many carbs so it's not as if I am "cured" (in fact once you are insulin resistant you don't undo that really, you just are able to control it with diet) but I definitely think losing some weight has improved my insulin response or my body's ability to use the insulin I produce. Happy, happy, happy!