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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Health update-what a difference a year makes

A few weeks ago, Tom's employer had their annual health screening. They "encourage" us to do the screening by giving us a $500 discount on our health insurance deductible for the next year. There were big differences in mine from a year ago.

Last year I weighted 292, this year I weighed 250. Two years ago I weighed 313! I've lost about 5 or 6 more pounds since the screening too. :)

Last year my Hemoglobin A1C was 9.1, this year it was 6.8. If you don't know, that's a number that gives an average of your blood sugar over the last 2-3 months. This is even including the fact that I have drastically reduced my insulin dosage. Last year, the doctor had prescribed me to take 60-70 units twice a day; now I'm taking 15 units twice a day (and may need to reduce it a bit more).

Last year my fasting blood glucose that morning was 226, this year it was 122.

Last year my cholesterol was over 200, this year it was 187.

Tom had huge differences in his too. He'd lost 30 pounds since last year and his A1C had gone from a 6.6 to a 5.8.

I am so proud of both of us, we are making huge improvements in our health and lifestyle and it is showing! God is good!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Smart phone app/Website review: My Fitness Pal

Just a few weeks ago, I finally got a smart phone. It was time for my upgrade and most of the free/cheap phones were smart phones, so I just bit the bullet and did it. Anyway, I'd been hearing people talk about My Fitness Pal, which is a website as well as a smart phone app, but I had never checked it out. Well, I added it to my phone about 3 weeks ago and I LOVE it! It makes it so easy to track your food and your exercise and watch your caloric intake. And although the smart phone app makes it super easy, you can also just use the website. If you are trying to lose weight or get healthier in anyway, I highly recommend My Fitness Pal. And if you join, add me as a friend, I'm under my name TracyHinton.