Nine years ago yesterday, my life was turned upside down and inside out. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I’d be a diabetic. Heck, I didn’t even know that word for the longest time or anyone with it (or so I thought at the time). In this short time, I’ve learned so much about health, food, dieting, exercising, medicine, etc. I also learned some of my family members (extended family mind you) were/are diabetic (either type 1 or type 2) or pre-diabetic.
It’s amazing just how much can change in such a short time. When I finally told my extended family I’m diabetic, I was afraid they were not going to change or were going to isolate me. On the contrary, they actually changed and welcomed me even more. Changes were gradual and eventually things began changing for the better. There are still some challenges and some things that my family (both immediate and extended) don’t fully understand or some don’t care (read: they’re too selfish or stuck in their ways); the keyword being some.
In nine years I have lost about 40 pounds (give or take a pound or two) and have gone down nearly 4-5 dress sizes (not that I wear dresses mind you, but that’s how I measure my sizes). I have also given up drinking soft drinks almost entirely (I still drink one or two on a very rare occasion).
Some days it’s a real struggle to look at the carb. (carbohydrate) count or g.i. (glycemic index) for foods or drinks and cry because I know my blood sugar/glucose would soar through the clouds if I eat or drink what is before me. Some days I would be so happy if I could just eat a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top, but I settle for dark chocolate with a cherry flavored iced tea (or something close to that). I also can’t eat ice cream at all and have to settle for frozen yogurt (which really isn’t too bad once you get used to it).
I still count down the months and (years?) it will take to get me to my goal weight if I stay in check and in control. If I remain steady and lose about a pound a week, I’ll be at my goal weight by September of next year. 🙂 I can do this! I’m sure I can!
Some days I really need cheerleaders and encouragers. I have at least two that I know of: Steven and Thayne. 🙂 Steven has been by me since day one! He came with me to my first appointment where I learned how to test my blood sugar/glucose and has encouraged me to not give up because he knows that when I finally reach my goal weight I will finally be able to have all my energy back I used to and do all the things I want (like hang upside down from a tree branch again 😉 ).
Anyway, in summary my life has never been the same since I was diagnosed as being a type 2 diabetic, but some times I’m glad I was. This is the only way I was ever going to lose my weight, keep it off, and change for the better! 😀
Love and prayers, now and always! ❤