This is no way to keep a Blog!! It has been 6 months since my last post and I can’t believe how quickly this time has passed. I suppose I have lost the habit of thinking that I should post or there has nothing been of interest to write about… The truth is that I have been concentrating on other things, family orientated.
Last time I wrote about being diagnosed as borderline diabetic and that I had been looking at my intake of sugary foods and after 8 weeks had started to lose a few kilograms. Well since then I continued with the regime of NO biscuits, cutting out drinking hot chocolate and malted drinks in late evening. NO snacks in between meals and smaller portions, more vegetables and fruit, also trying not to eat after 6 o’clock in the evening. In September, I had the opportunity to enrol on a course organised by LWTC (Living Well Taking Control) where both Bernie and I met up with like people and discussed many ways to improve our health and well being. In March my blood sugar level (HbA1c) was 42 mmol/mol, smack on the border line but by the time the course started in September it was 37 mmol/mol, showing that at least I was on the right path. Below is a table with the various levels of HbA1c, thanks to http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes_care/blood-sugar-level-ranges.html
HbA1c test for diabetes diagnosis
An HbA1c test does not directly measure the level of blood glucose, however, the result of the test is influenced by how high or low your blood glucose levels have tended to be over a period of 2 to 3 months.
Indications of diabetes or pre diabetes are given under the following conditions:
- Normal:Below 42 mmol/mol (6.0%)
- Pre diabetes:42 to 47 mmol/mol (6.0 to 6.4%)
- Diabetes:48 mmol/mol (6.5% or over)
I have finished the weekly meetings and am awaiting the next session in December when the HbA1c test will be repeated. Hopefully it will still be in the normal range. I have also been keeping a regular check on my weight, always checking it roughly the same time of day before showering and breakfast. I am happy to report that that I have lost (working on a monthly average) 11.44 Kgs, roughly 1 stone 11 lbs.
This may not sound very much but it has brought my BMI down to within the accepted normal range and my weight is around the same as when I was running regularly 10 or 15 years ago.
Now that I no longer have the responsibilities that came with being the Secretary & Membership Secretary of Midland Masters AC I have been able to spend more time on researching my Family Tree. This is something that I started way back in the 70’s before taking up the running again but I only scratched at the surface. This was pre the internet age and all the work was paper based and it was laid aside until about 2008 when I subscribed to Ancestry and started in a very small way to develop my tree. I quickly regretted not gathering more information from my parents but from what I already knew it gave me a good start. Even since 2008 there have been massive advances in the records available to search and from a very small start I have gradually built up my tree. In 2012 I realised that I needed something better to retain all the information that I had been gathering using Ancestry and several other genealogy sites instead of the increasing number of paper files that had accumulated. I needed to keep the Tree on my PC hard drive instead of relying on the online tree only. I therefore purchased a copy of Family Tree Maker (FTM). This software had the ability to synchronise the online tree from Ancestry with the tree on the PC. Any changes made either to the Ancestry Tree (AMT) or FTM were synchronised so that both trees were the same. FTM had the advantage of being a database so that consistency of data inputting is more easily achieved and it has the ability to produce several genealogy reports; charts and books. Since moving to Cornwall this hobby has gradually increased and I very often spend too many hours in research or “tidying” up the tree. In 2016 Ancestry dropped the synchronising feature and after a worldwide outcry sold FTM to a company called MacKiev who developed a completely new synchronisation and earlier this year I became one of the many “test drivers”. Since the 2017 upgrade has been available I have been on a very steep learning curve trying to master the many features and ways of getting the best out of the software as well as trying to maintain some research. For some this has been a very rocky road but for me, certainly after a slow start, it has been working fine. The only downside is that it does need many hours to put right errors that have crept in using the online Ancestry and being too blasé merging information from other AMT’s and not checking correctly the sources but I am getting there.
My tree now has over 2400 people in it, which is still classed as a very small tree. Some users state that they have 50,000 or more!
My conclusion is that I shall never be finished but hopefully my information can be saved for future generations.
We have continued to walk as much as we can during the week and during the summer visited a few of Cornwall’s attractions. I continue to take photos when I can and I hope to post some of these in the not too distant future.