The last six weeks of the FIT Challenge are now here. The final weigh-in will be the first week of January, and Ellyn and Annette are pushing hard to win the competition.
The final weigh-in will be based on percentage of weight lost. The last time I checked, Ellyn was leading but only by a small percentage.
I have to push these last six weeks if I expect to win this competition.
This past week did go well with Derek Nimrichter of Bodi N Balance. We worked out Nov. 15, Nov. 18, and Nov. 20. Derek is working me harder toward helping me reach my goals.
If I push and make it to the gym every day, I believe I can make my goal of 80 pounds. I do know I have worked hard with Derek pushing me, but the bottom line still is that I need to push myself much harder.
The success for me in the future will be based on what I have been taught by Derek and the team at Bodi N Balance and how I drive myself.
The easy part is working with Derek on set days. The hardest part is not the diet, but making me work out.
I know "win, lose or draw" in the FIT Challenge I have won in the area of my health. I went to the doctor and my numbers continue to show improvement.
This change will be the driving force in my desire to continue to control my weight and exercise in the future.
I do not want to return to using a machine to sleep, less energy or taking more medications than is necessary.
After a recent visit with my doctor, I will be reducing one dosage of a medication for my Type II Diabetes and changing another medication to one that goes from a two-part medication to one with a single medication.
The doctor will check again in four months and if I continue to improve, he will reduce my medications even further.
The following are my latest numbers. I did include some of my starting numbers from the beginning of the competition in parentheses: My A1C is 6.2 (8.5) - this is with two less medications - good A1C is below 7.0.
My cholesterol is 119 (200) - desirable is less than 200.
My triglycerides are at 98 (626) - desirable is less than 150. My low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol, was 48 - desirable is less than 100.
My high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the good cholesterol is 51.8 desirable for men is greater than 40.