Thank you, diabetes.
You probably saved my life.
In fact, I would say you’re saving it right now.
In June 2013, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. As I mentioned in previous posts, after my doctor told me, she excused herself for a bit, and I bawled. I just knew I was going to die. That was pretty much the end result of many of my family members.
I cried that day, and for the first couple of months after the diagnosis, it would hit me that I had diabetes, and I would cry.
But that wasn’t the only thing I did.
Something sparked in me that day; I’m going to say it was the will to live.
The very next day, I went walking.
And for a year, I’ve been living through this health journey, and I will admit, it wasn’t always great.
Surprisingly, I took quickly to exercising. I ADORE walking and have even done strength training, elliptical, a bit of yoga, and Walk at Home and Hip Hop Abs. I even walked a half-marathon in May! There have been MAYBE five days in the past year that I just did not want to work out, so I didn’t. But I tell you what… I felt guilty as all get out over it.
My food intake did not fare as well as my exercising. I’m an emotional eater, and it doesn’t matter the emotion; if it’s an emotion, there is a cause to eat. I had many lapses in my eating, but I also had triumphs, like participating in the three-week Daniel Fast back in February, doing another 7-day food challenge in June, and incorporating more veggies and fruits and less bread, sugar, etc.
At some point, I will go on a bit regarding what I eat and what I do workout wise to assist anyone who is also going through the journey, but I didn’t want to get into a weepy, longwinded speech.
Therefore, let me share some highlights to close this baby out.
- In June 2013, my A1c was 8.8. As of June 26, 2014, it’s 5.3. Every time I went to visit my doctor, it went down. Because of this, she has lessened my dosage of Metformin.
- My blood sugar tends to roam around 80-110 consistently, and has so for several months now.
- My bad cholesterol is finally going down (now, to get the good one to better levels).
- My BP stays pretty steady (and wonderful) these days.
- In addition to the countless hours I spent doing strength training, workout videos, and yoga, walking was my primary exercise. In 12 months, I walked almost 900 miles: 888 to be exact.
- Since September 2013, I have lost 13″ off my waist, 15″ off my hips, and 9″ off my thighs.
- Since the start of this journey, I have lost a total of 83 pounds… all through falling and getting back up with my exercising, eating, and prayer life. Without the praying and meditating, without the friends and family members – digital and f2f – who have given their support and encouragement, I’m not sure I would have kept on the journey. Sure, I had a desire to do so, but this journey is extraordinarily hard, and without people to love, support and be accountable to, it makes it that much more difficult to succeed.
- You would think #7 would have been the BIGGEST highlight of the journey, but there is one more: for the first time in my life, I actually LOVE myself. I feel reborn, alive, connected with all senses, excited about what can happen next on this health journey. Through this year, I’ve realized I’m worth the struggle because the victory is so sweet.
Though this is a lifelong journey, there is a particular “goal” point that marks its end. I’m a little over the halfway mark to that goal, and I’m nervous and excited to see how it goes.
Me today, July 1, 2014: hope you can see the difference!