It was a year ago this week when I had my physical exam and got a ton of bad news. Diabetes was out of control, I'd gained 20# in 12 months, and my EKG showed a right bundle branch block. I remember that day well. I felt so ashamed of myself.
This week I had another physical and things have changed dramatically. I've lost 46#, diabetes is well controlled, and I feel super.
I stopped in to see my nutritionist and hugged her and thanked her for saving my life a year ago. I still see her, and I'm not completely well, but I have had NO asthma problems so far this year, my immune system and gut are still healing. My A1c is down to 6.0, lipid profile is now in a more normal range, and I couldn't be happier. When the A1c goes below 6.0, my PCP will reduce the diabetes medication Metformin. I've already reduced it successfully from 4 tabs a day to 3. She also changed my Valsartan to half the dose daily, which I had done anyway.
This year we bought a Nutribullet, so now I can have a "shake" made with low carb fruits, nuts, and water if I like. Strawberries are awesome. I also use Metaboshake, a glycemic formula meal replacement when I want something different. I'm still not a good breakfast eater- but this fills the bill. I put a banana in the Nutribullet along with a goodly handful of mixed nuts, and the chocolate powder.. fill it with spring water and enjoy the shake. Sometimes I just put fruit and nuts in the NB and fill it with water and the taste is exceptional. I even learned that I can make 'pseudo ice cream'.. really soft by using frozen fruit and water. WOW!
My plan is when I reach a 50# loss, I am going to have a strawberry festival and eat a ton of berries with homemade whipped cream. (My ton of berries will likely be 6-8 berries- ).. but I will feel safe eating them without causing a blood sugar spike.
That 50# loss I'm hoping will happen for my birthday.. a REAL milestone.
When I think about this, I realize that I actually can't lift 50# of anything. How did I carry all that weight around for so long?! I'm at least half way to where I would like to be, though not necessarily. My clothes are getting very loose.. *smile*
I ate a hamburger patty a couple weeks ago. Cramps and minor GI problem ensued for a few hours. I'm not ready for hamburger yet. However, a week later I had roast beef with absolutely NO repercussions and loved it all. Couldn't do that at all a year ago. I can eat and drink dairy also- as long as I don't overdo it.
In January I saw the PCP as a follow up for my lipids.. at that time she asked me what my goal weight was. I told her I didn't have one, so she suggested one for me. She still doesn't get it- I'm not dieting, but eating correctly and my body is responding beautifully as it should.