I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic when I was 21, just 6 months before my wedding. I remember crying to my fiancé, apologizing for the change that was going to happen in our lives. But change never happened because I was too overwhelmed with all the things that would have to change to actually change anything at all. I took my pills, but I never really became involved in my treatment plan.
Fast forward 15 years and two babies later, and a new husband *grin*…my diabetes was way out of control, my weight even worse. At over 100 pounds overweight, I decided it was time for a change and began to count calories and exercise. Zumba was my “drug of choice”, and eventually I branched out to other forms of exercise and even began running. I did my first 5k, triathlon, and now even have five half-marathons medals hanging on my wall! Even more, my part-time job is teaching fitness classes at two local gyms. I’m now living a life I never thought possible.
But, in 2015, I gained 30 pounds, even though I exercise for a living! I wasn’t feeling well, and I knew it was because I wasn’t taking care of myself. I didn’t share with anyone that I started having tingling in my feet, which scared the crap out of me! I can’t teach my dance fitness class if I can’t feel my feet! I made an appointment with my endocrinologist and my worst fears were realized. An A1C of 10.9, high cholesterol, and a fasting blood sugar over 250. I had come so far…down 70 pounds from my highest weight, but it didn’t matter, because I wasn’t taking care of my insides…I was only worried about what I was looking like on the outside.
That day, there in the doctor’s office, I decided to take back my life–every aspect of it. My health, my wellness, my mental health, my physical fitness, all of it. I was just DONE ignoring parts of myself, pretending they weren’t an issue.
It was almost like I was pretending I wasn’t diabetic…NEWS FLASH! I am! But guess what? I’m not only dealing with it, and living it, I’m rocking it! And I’m done letting it hold me back! My weight loss, now over 100 pounds, has helped tremendously toward lowering my A1c–which at last check was 6.8! I’m learning everything I can, keeping tabs on my blood sugar, and eating foods that make me feel good, that are good for me. THAT makes me a DIVA!
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