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Friday, November 7, 2008

Wake Up Call

I have Type 2 diabetes.

I just found out about six weeks ago -- after having some regular blood work done, my doctor decided that my glucose level was a little too high. Even so, it wasn't that bad -- but she wanted me to do a glucose-tolerance test anyway.

I failed.

After the first hour, my glucose level was 220 -- anything over 200 is an automatic diagnosis. On the bright side, this was caught very soon -- a wake-up call, if you will. The situation is this -- although I will now always be predisposed to diabetes, if I can lose weight -- even as little as ten pounds -- this will most likely go away.

However, even if it does, it is not a free pass to go back to my old ways. Not only do I need to lose the weight (10 would be great -- I've lost two already -- 20 would be wonderful -- 25, cause for celebration) I need to maintain whatever weight loss I have. And that means a lifestyle change -- not a diet -- but a real change.

I've never been a big sweet-eater -- which is a plus -- but sweets aren't the only food that contain a lot of sugar. I've had to become much more proactive about what I'm putting in my mouth. I'm forcing myself to eat more fruits -- another food group that isn't my favorite -- though there are some I really like. I'm also having to say no to second-helpings. Well, most of the time. I'm getting better about it.

I'm also exercising (which I'd been doing anyway). Forty minutes on the elliptical and twenty on the rower, five times a week (that's my goal -- some days, I just don't make it). My hubby and I are trying to get back into the routine of walking two miles every night -- it's good for him and me.

So, there you have it. Another bump in the road but, at the moment, a minor one.


  1. Hope you reach your goal!

    I'm a bit borderline too - as I stopped going to the gym last year and have been putting on weight ever since. My problem is that I dislike a lot of the food in healthy food groups - such as salads and vegetables. I'm not too bad with fruit but often a chocolate biscuit lies in wait on the way!

    It's just a case of better self-discipline with me I think!

    But good luck to you and your hubby!

  2. Self-discipline is the key, I'm convinced. It's important to watch calories, fat and sugar -- but I think how much you eat is the bigger problem -- at least it is for me. That's where I'm really having to make the changes.