Monday, November 14, 2005

Screw Kirstie and Jenny...

More than anything (for the most part) I cannot stand feeling like a failure.

Those damn Jenny Craig commercials with Kirstie Alley aren't helping either. I'm snarky enough to say that 50 pounds or not... that woman has still got a couple dozen more to go at least... and if I had her ass (which thankfully I don't) I would NOT be wearing those snug little dresses she likes to comically scoot around in on those commercials.

So THERE... snark, snark!

I can really be such a bitch, I know.

So, here I am just where I was the last time you checked in. Sitting happily (because it's better than the alternative I previously experienced) between 157 and 159 - given the time of day and the hormone cycle. I'm still on the W2W and just received a new shipment actually. I've also had a couple of calls from one of their nurses (you get 3 free consultations) reminding me that I still have three consultations. I can't seem to find the time to actually get on the phone uninterrupted. Most of the people I talk to don't mind if I have to pause and yank a pen away from a 22 month old - who will then in turn begin screaming at the top of her lungs.

The other reason is that I cannot stand to actually talk to strangers on the phone. I just don't like it. I used to force myself to and have now decided that this is one of those things that I really shouldn't have to subject myself to unless it is either A.) A life or death situation or B.) It is absolutely necessary and my husband is refusing to make the damn call.

So, there I am. Still watching everything that goes into my mouth (good or bad), dealing with severe allergies that make it extremely difficult to exercise (this is a nasty excuse to be lazy because I just don't want to) and fortunately watching closely enough to prevent myself from gaining back anything that I have struggled to peel off.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Ok... just got my daily tip from Dr. Weil (yes, I am subscribed to his daily tips and articles. Occasionally I find them most informative!)

Studies have shown that cinnamon can help diabetics control their blood sugar.

So, cinnamon, cayenne, and vinegar...

More simple kitchen staples that can help in controlling blood sugar.

Interesting, eh?

Today I surfed over to and placed an order for

  • Apple Cider Vinegar plus Cayenne and Grapefruit Rind - capsules
  • Cinnamon extract capsules
  • Garlic - which may or may not have any impact on blood sugar, but I've noticed that when I take these regularly it helps with loads of things from blood pressure, digestion, and preventing colds.
I don't believe I mentioned the other day... but I also regularly take that disgusting tasting Noni juice crap because it is supposed to help regulate hormones.

With all the supplements it's a wonder I ever get hungry.

Still... I guess I'm a bit superstitious because I was using all of these things and losing weight. Even now when I don't adhere to my diet as strictly as I should I don't GAIN weight back... so I'm a little leery of dropping ANY of them for fear of the fat sneaking up and attaching itself to my ass, thighs, stomach or wherever.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Vinegar and Blood Sugar Control

I was reading the message boards over at SoulCysters.Com and someone mentioned that they were using vinegar to control their blood sugar. I haven't had the time to research it online but I sure plan to.

Oddly enough though, when I was really on a roll with the weight loss and the weight was just peeling off I was taking Taurine and Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules with Grapefruit rind and Cayenne. Earlier today I was reading a website that had a product for diabetics that was all-natural and it contained Cayenne as just one of its' ingredients. Taurine is a supplement that I read about on Pam Ptyza's PCOS page (see link on the left over there) it's one of the main ingredients in Sugar-Free Red Bull.

Could it be that there are natural and organic remedies in our kitchens that can help regulate blood sugar and reduce if not completely eliminate insulin resistence?

I've already seen where vitamins and progesterone cream have begun to regulate my cycles and reduce other symptoms of PCOS as well.

Lately, I've been poking around the Net more in search of more information on current PCOS treatments. It's both disheartening and sort of refreshing to see that while more and more sources are siting Insulin Resistence as the root cause of PCOS most of the treatments that are recommended are a lot of the things I am already doing. (vitamins, diet changes, exercise, natural supplements)

Sure, there is always glucophage or metaformin (diabetic medications that have been used with success with PCOS patients) but I'm not fond of putting more chemicals into my body than I already am. Still, it's certainly an advancement compared to the old stand-by of "got PCOS? Don't want to get pregnant? Great... here are some birth control pills, now go away."

And, birth control pills are only a band-aid. Without significant diet and lifestyle changes the PCOS symptoms can return... only WORSE.

So, on one hand I'm pleased that I know the right things to do and can do them without killing myself. On the otherhand, I'm disappointed that there isn't some magic pill to make it all go away.

Don't get me wrong... I miss sugar, I miss bread and I'm not giving up caffeine or the occasional adult beverage.

Moderation... find a happy medium and just keep trying, I guess.