Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Healthy Lifestyle




I mention my diabetes now and then, usually in the context of substituting Splenda for sugar in recipes I post. But, today I felt compelled to post an update on how living in Florida for the past six months has been such a help in my daily diabetes journey.

For those not familar, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2010 with a combination of unhealthy eating, lack of structured exercise and genetics all contributing to a diagnosis at a fairly young age (49). I also had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies, so that was a predisposition as well. The diagnosis was scary, but I am a positive person and immediately started to count carbs and walk at least six times a week. I was determined to bring my A1C down and with medication was successful, but still not where I wanted to be.

Over the last eight years, I have slowly and steadily lost around 35 pounds, which I take as proof I am doing something right. But, as a nurse told me, my pancreas is tired and the most frustrating thing about diabetes is that what worked last year, may not work this year. So, I see an endrocronologist who constantly monitors my medication and lifestyle.

Some of the things that have helped me are adjusting my walking time to as late in the day as possible to combat my tendency to dump glucose at night and limiting my carbs later in the day. This means a bigger lunch and a small dinner. Also, stress is an enemy to me and I left my last job for that reason. You can't totally get away from stress, but I have learned to limit it as much as possible and do what is necessary for my peace of mind.

Florida is the perfect place for this lifestyle. I can walk nearly every day, with no worries about the weather. The locations to walk are varied and always scenic. Since we are "retired" we can adhere to any schedule we choose, so often, we go out for a late lunch or early dinner and skip unhealthy late eating. I have rediscovered yoga with a vengeance and enjoy the calm it brings, especially the practices on the beach. And, year around golf is now part of our lifestyle too.

My last A1C was my lowest since my diagnosis, so I would say that Florida and an active healthy lifestyle here definitely agrees with me.

Happy Thursday!



  1. You go, girl!! I got so much more exercise in Texas with the all-year warm weather and great walking trails.Sounds like you're on the right track, no pun intended. Have a great weekend.

  2. I come from a family of diabetics so I am familiar with A1C numbers. Congrats on changing your lifestyle to bring yours down. Have a blessed and beautiful day dear Vicki, HUGS!

  3. I was just diagnosed in November as type II diabetic. I had a terrible A1C number and have been working to lower my numbers. I do notice my daily number is better when I am more physically active. My dad and mom are diagnosed with it in their 70’s and one of my sisters too. I really thought I was going to be excluded but seriously I was living in a dream world. Overweight and eating so many sugary things. My first reading was 328 in November and now I’m at 142. I get so aggravated at how easily it can uptick though- it’s more challenging than I thought it would be. I’m very uncomfortable about using artificial sweeteners so I haven’t adapted that into my diet. Taking Metformin has been a real challenge for my intestinal area- I had no idea what I was going to be up against. Lucky you being in a warmer climate and having the ability to get out and move more easily. ❤️

  4. YAY!!!!!! Healthy is way more fun than the alternative!!!
    Sunshine makes beautiful smiles ....!!

  5. Wow, that's awesome. I too was diagnosed in 2010 4 months prior to my 50th bday. With a family of diabetics I was familiar with the disease. 8 years later the weight has crept back up and so have the a1c. I am determined to make the changes necessary. You are inspirational. I would love to see more of your recipes and tips. Congratulations on your journey.

  6. Good for you Vicki. My dad and uncle both have Type 2 diabetes, so I am already monitoring my numbers closely. While we have had some unusual weather this winter, I am thankful that most days we can get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It really does the body and mind a lot of good, especially during these shorter days.

  7. Good for you, Vicki! Your move to Florida is beneficial in more ways than one. I am now just finding out how much stress can affect/cause illness and disease. I'm trying to pinpoint my triggers and get the not so great stuff/people out of my life.

    All the best,


  8. I am so glad you are enjoying Florida so much and that it is good for your health. I am on my way to being diabetic, I have been hypoglycemic my whole life. It is a matter of time for me and actually am pretty pleased that I am 53 and still holding it off. I should exercise more than I do but now even walking gives me a headache.

  9. That is great to hear, Vicki. Just one more reason to love Florida! :) My Joe has Type II and we are well aware of what you speak. Keep up the good work!

  10. Sounds like your move has agreed with you in so many ways. That's nice to read.

  11. What great news . . .
    Cheers . . .
    Good for you, managing your diabetes effectively . . .
    Yay for the consistent weather, less stress, great activity!


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