When I was told that I had Type 2 diabetes, my mind stopped. I was scared. Not only for myself, but for my family. In my mind I’m not old enough to deal with health issues like this but the reality is, I am. Although I still feel like I’m 16 (on a good day), I have to realize that I’m in my mid-30s and it’s high time I take responsibility for my health! It’s been 3 weeks since my diagnosis and I’ve been dealing with it fairly well – if I do say so myself.
This was the most difficult part for me. I had to admit that I’ve done this to myself and that was a bitter pill to swallow. Once it sunk in that this was all my fault, I started to have clarity and things started to fall into place. I have to do what’s necessary to change my life and health so that I can cure myself. I’m not going to rely solely on medication because it’s my fault I have diabetes to begin with.
Type 2 diabetes is a curable disease that often occurs when people are overweight, or, in my case, obese. I have to completely change my eating habits if I expect to see any changes. I really thought this was going to be difficult because my family is a meat and potatoes kinda family. But, I’m happy to report that it hasn’t been difficult at all! I’ve switched my breads and pastas to whole grain, my rice from white to brown, and my snacks are low carb and often sugar free.
One sure-fire way to get rid of diabetes is to move more. I can’t just sit around and think that the weight is going to magically fall off because we all know it doesn’t happen that way. I got myself a new FitBit (the charge HR) and I’ve been trying to meet my step goal daily. I’ve dusted off my recumbent bike and I started riding while I’m watching television. Sometimes that 20 minutes flies by and other times, well, let’s just say, I’m watching the clock. But, any additional movement is better for me than just holding my couch to the floor.
Realize it’s curable
This is not a death sentence! Type 2 diabetes is curable by losing weight and making healthier choices. Even losing as little as 10 pounds can make all the difference, according to my doctor. As of this writing, I’ve lost 14 pounds and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve been testing my sugar each morning and I’m happy to report that it’s only been out of range once. My doctor told me to keep my numbers between 80-120 and I’ve done it. The highest my sugar has been is 134 and that was 2 weeks ago.
Stick to a schedule
It’s important to keep your blood sugar, or glucose, as stable as possible to prevent spikes throughout the day. You all know that I’m a planner fanatic so I’ve just incorporated that into my routine. I eat on a schedule every day to keep my sugar under control. The only time I really have an issue with this is one the weekends, for a couple of reasons: 1) I sleep in which makes my meals later than usual, and 2) we’re often out of the house a lot running errands or doing something together as a family. I’ve learned to always have snacks in my bag so that I can somewhat keep my schedule when we’re out.
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes isn’t the end of the world. It’s an opportunity for you to take control of your health – once and for all! My next checkup with my doctor is in 6 months and I’m determined to walk in there and knock her socks off. We each cope with things in our own way, but I’m here to tell you not to dwell on things. If there’s anything you can do to change your current situation, do it! You hold the power to change your life – YOU – no one else. If there’s something you want to change, change it.
Image courtesy Gualberto107