Thursday, February 21, 2019

Slow and Steady






Yesterday held a significant milestone in my journey towards better health.

Over the past nine years, since my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, I have been all in on changing my
lifestyle and becoming more healthy.  It's been a slow and steady process that includes diet, exercise
and stress reduction. Along with improved A1c numbers, (3 month blood glucose average) I have
continued to lose weight over the nine years.  Yesterday, I hit my goal weight.  I have never gone up more than a couple of pounds in that time and I might hit a plateau here and there, but the weight has continued to fall off.   I think now that I have reached this goal, I may even work at losing another 5 pounds.

How did I do it?

Diet and Medication

It's important to ask your doctor to prescribe weight lowering diabetic medication, rather than weight
gaining if possible.  They might not tell you, but there is a difference.

My diet is one that has evolved over the years and I do not deprive myself of anything.  I eat
breakfast, a small snack, a later lunch that has the majority of my daily carbs and a light dinner or
protein/carb snack.  I count carb servings all day.  If I want dessert, I have it.  But, it will be a small piece of cake, one cookie or maybe even just a few bites.  Low carb ice cream, Bai coconut water and Truvia for baking are my secret weapons.

Wine does not really effect my blood sugar, but bananas send it soaring.  You learn what works for you.  I rarely snack and having given up caffeine a few years ago, do not drink much soda.  I used to drink regular coke and can't even imagine drinking one now.

Exercise

Immediately after my diagnosis, I started to walk at least 5 days every week.  I also stared yoga
which I love and has helped me build strength.  Since moving to Florida, there is no excuse not to get
outside.  Year around golf is a wonderful perk. I will never be one to go to the gym, but the important
thing is to move each day.  I also exercise later in the day to help my overnight blood sugar spikes.
My goal for this year is to try some new kind of exercise, like a Barre class.

Stress Reduction

This is probably the hardest to acheive, because life happens to us all.  But, I have learned to distance myself from things that cause stress, sometimes taking a step back if needed.  I quit my job when I could see what it was doing to my blood sugar levels and while not realistic for all, reduce that stress any way you can.

Yoga is a great way to acheive peace for the hour during the practice, as well as the way that peace stays with you.

 I hate the words self care, but it works.

There are no quick fixes to good health, but I am here to tell you it can be done if you are willing to make even some small changes.

Happy Thursday!



12 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing and congrats! That is absolutely amazing!!! You should be so proud for keeping at it for nine years! Now it is a lifestyle no doubt!!! CONGRATS - YOU ARE AWESOME!

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  2. Awesome and you should be proud. Having MS and on new drug my health has improved. I never take my mobility for granted. I have always exercised even when things were tough. It's all about lifestyle. I work out 7 days a week and I am so much stronger it's amazing.

    Keep it up

    Cindy

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  3. This is a wonderful post, Vicki. Thank you for sharing your journey and your strategies! That is a significant accomplishment and one that will serve you well forever!

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  4. You rock! What an amazing achievement. x

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  5. A wonderful post, good for you doing what you need to do. I have 5 brothers and sisters, ALL diabetic except me. I work really hard on diet and exercise so as not to join them. You have great weather to be able to get out and about. Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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  6. This is very interesting and you write so genuine. I applaud you for the persistence to get on top of this health issue and it seems you have learned to live with it. Very inspiring!

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  7. Self care is harder than self love, even when one would think that they work together as one. I’m inspired, thank you and congrats����

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  8. Congrats had a crown and an arrow emoji:)

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