|Me at the Beach|
May of 2008 I went to the dr with sever stomach pains, those pains had been effecting me for months at that point. I'm very stubborn when it comes to drs for myself. Aren't all mothers? :-) Well at that dr appointment I learned that I was diabetic. I tried to tell myself that I was only "PRE" Diabetic...but I wasn't being truthful. I read, researched, and even went to an educational class, all said that I could live a healthy life, but I just had to gain control. I was very hopeful! (The stomach pains were stressed related, I later found out)
For those of you who don't know, the basics about Diabetes is your blood sugar (BS) count. Or Glucose Blood Sugar Number. In real simple terms, people with Diabetes 2, they can't use the glucose taken in via food as efficient as someone without Diabetes. There are different specifics about diabetes, but I'm going to keep it at the general level for this post. So in the end, I have more sugar in my blood that can't efficiently leave, so there is a raise in my BS. I do have a way to check this multiple times a day, so I know what sort of effect different types of foods have on my BS.
That brings us up to last year May. At this point I had lost almost 50 pounds. I never saw it as that big of a deal though. (I am now in a different mindset, which is very important to me, and I see that 50 pounds as a whole lot!!!) My BS had come down, but no where near what a normal person is.
I have currently gained back 15 of those pounds in the course of this past year. They say weight gain sneaks up on ya, and thats 100% true, I just wish the opposite was true instead. I have gone to a Diabetes Specialist twice in the last 4 months, and hes keeping a close eye on me. I am proud to say that I have lost 8 pounds and my BS is slowly creeping down. All good things, but there is much more work to be done.
Me and My family have taken steps towards being more healthy. My Post Pantry Full of Crap shared with you one of those major steps. I will admit that our day trip to the ocean set me back a bit, Starbucks, Mc D's, Snackies, and Chinese food. But I chose to enjoy the day to the fullest :-)
I was reading a book tonight that explained a bit about Diabetes. I always knew exercise was important, 30mins a day. But especially for ME! They explained it by having all this extra glucose in your blood, not able to convert over to energy. The best way to get "rid of it" is to MAKE your body use it up, ie. EXERCISE!!! Sometimes being told something in the simplest form, just makes sense. A light bulb went off in my head tonight, a visual of seeing all that sugar just floating around. Its time to put it to work. I want my body to be a powerful EFFICIENT Machine! I deserve that, we ALL deserve it!!!