Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Football Upgrade/Diabetes 2 Diet


As late summer moves towards early fall, the dry but outstanding weather continues...yesterday was a little hot out at Celina Stadium for the High School JV game between the local Bulldogs and Wapakoneta. The visiting Redskins won 12-0. I managed to get myself run over in the 3rd quarter with no damage, except a few grass stains on my white shorts. Working the Umpire position{behind the defensive line about 7 yards}, I got caught up in a fullback run, with 4 defensive players gang tackling the back, I, slow footed that I am, got run over...no damage, except to maybe my pride.

Tonight I am at a Celina Rec Department game, as a youth team takes on Sidney Lehman...tomorrow morning, I plan on heading over to Rick's place in Indiana...things are getting pretty damn boring around here, and I need to get out and about before the cold weather kicks in.

Speaking of Football. As many readers know, I have been a High School baseball umpire for many years...this year garnering enough votes to make me eligible for the State Tourney for the first time...I did a number of Tournament games, including multiple games in the Sectionals and District, and a Regional Semi Final at Patrick Henry High School. In baseball I feel comfortable doing the higher levels, and about 90% of my games are at the High School Varsity or American Legion level. Not so much in Football{4 years} or Basketball{2 years}. I am eligible to do Varsity, but at 60 years old I thought I would stick with the lower levels...this Friday however, I will get my chance to work a higher level game at a High School Varsity contest.

I've never been a Back Judge...they don't exist at the lower levels. In a 5 man Varsity Crew, the Back Judge takes a position about 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage and basically looks for pass interference or other infractions...with at least one of the teams being pass oriented, I will get a work out Friday Night...I'm hoping I can keep up, and my legs will hold out. If this filling in on a veteran crew for one night and one game works out..I might do it more often, if not, I'll stick to the lower levels, for football at least.

How's the Diet Going?______

A few weeks ago I was told by the family doc that my blood sugar levels were elevated. After a second round of blood tests it was decided that I was inflicted with Diabetes 2 in it's early stages. No medication at this time, but I was to meet with a Hospital Dietitian at St. Marys and begin a balanced diet...since I was diagnosed August 21st, I have lost 14 pounds, in the 12 days since I met with the dietitian at Joint Township and begin the diet balanced with fats, carbs, and calories, I have dropped 7 1/2...down to 200.5 pounds{my scale does the 1/2 pound increments}. My goal was to drop to 180 and stay off any other medications...I do take a low level aspirin and Lisinopril for my moderate levels in my Blood Pressure readings. Speaking of which...even with the meds, my BP has been reading at 145-150 over 70/80. Since I began this diet journey in addition to the pounds lost, my BP reading are now down this morning, after a steady drop last week, to 133/70 with a resting heart rate of 64. Not bad for an old fart.

I have not weighed 180 pounds since before I began heavy weight lifting and training back 20 years ago at the age of 40...I don't doubt that I can do this, just don't want to drop it too quick, because you lose muscle along with the fat...not good. The diet is pretty simple, and you can balance fat, carbs, sweets, alcohol, etc....at around 2000 calories a day, you can eat plenty, and eat well. I plan on dropping it before the Holiday eating season, the key is making it through Christmas and New Year's football watching season...after that, it should be a breeze right up until next spring. I will continue to follow and post my progression on my back pain and other pains in the ass blog at:


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11 comments:

Larry said...

Last April I was designated "Borderline Type-II" by my doc [Fasting level at 115], so cut way back on pasta and spuds [per the doc] AND have been taking Evening Primrose and cinnamon capsules. Just checked my FG-level last week [home kit] and got 129. Yikes! Frankly, I read conflicting info on just what level is "OK". Doc says "less than 100", but some diabetes-related sites say "less than 130" -- and I recall my mother's home kit instructions two years ago saying "less than 160"!

PRH....... said...

Larry: Not into the numbers game yet...when I go in middle/late next month, I guess I can worry about that...in the meantime, I'm still drinking my beer, eating a baked potato, gave up the pasta...still trying to figure out how to eat well, keep it around 2000 calories per day and bump up the carb level a bit. I'm not eating enough carbs, but less sugar and fats, will see how it goes.

Mushy said...

I immediately went for the medication - Avandia. Life is too short for a diet! I have no problems.

Argie said...

Great Job. Just be sure to keep it up. My bike rides now go for between 20 and 30 miles and I'm down 17#s with Bp at 112/73 63bpm pulse. Now that the High BP won't kill me, I'm hoping the diet/exersize won't either. LOL.

PRH....... said...

Paul: I Will see what happens in 4 or 5 weeks, but I'm pretty happy getting down to 180 or so...I never have felt comfortable at 200+, even when I was do 4 or 5 days a week of weight lifting...at 60 those days are over, so I'll try the diet and see what happens.

Keep up the good work Argie, bike riding is good, my brother in law dropped 70 pounds down to 170 and his cholestrol rates went way down...the guy is still too stressed, but that a personal thing.

United Citizens Council said...

I have always been heavy but I went over 300 a little while back. In the last two weeks I went from 317 to 308. I'm working on it!

PRH....... said...

Keep up the Good Fight UCC....it's never easy but doable.

Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Sorry about the diabetes, but it sounds like you're dealing with it well. Diets are rough, but at the end of the day you have to make the right choices and do whats best for you and your health. Best of luck.

PRH....... said...

Thanks GG....are you waitin' out the coming storm in the Big City?

Grandpa-Old Soldier said...

Guess I am in luck at 62, I only eat chicken and drink lots of beer. Works for me. I weigh 155 bp 117/72 resting heart rate is 70.

Law and Order Teacher said...

Pat,
I'm with you on this one. I have to watch what I eat and that's a pain. I'm on meds, about 7 pills in the morning. I do drink beer, but that's a given, eh? Good luck, hang tough. I