Turning over a new leaf…

Jul 22

A lifetime of unhealthy choices have culminated into pre-diabetes. I know I have no one to blame but myself. When I was a child, I was always the fat kid. As I grew into an adult, this didn’t change, I became a fat woman. I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise, I smoked, drank…well, you get the point. Over the past year, my health issues that I pretty much ignored (because if you don’t know about them, they don’t exist, right?) became something of an embarrassment. On top of my RA diagnosis, I also suffer from obesity, hypertension, pre-diabetes (I know, big fat DUH!!!) When my Dr. started keeping an eye on my blood sugar, I stopped drinking so much soda, tea, coffee, etc. and started drinking more water. This has worked out fairly well for me. I limit myself to 2 cups of coffee a day and drink water the rest of the day. The only time I allow myself soda, tea or anything like that is on the weekends, special occasions, or dinners out (which we’ve really cut back on) That didn’t make much difference in my blood sugar and the Dr. wanted me to see a dietician. I’ve already been through all that with Andrew when he was first diagnosed with diabetes but I went. My appointment was last week. She told me I need to exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I started this morning. While I know I need to work up to 30 min a day 5 days a week, I just wanted to jump in and do the whole 30 min on the first day. Now while it’s not nearly as hot as it was last week, it’s still hot and muggy. I was kind of bummed when I was only able to walk for 18 min. I was however able to walk 1.66 miles which is HUGE for me. I love to play some good fast music through my headphones and walk but at my weight and fitness level, I know it’s going to take me awhile until I’m up to several miles. I think I’ll just follow the same route for a few weeks and get my time down. I know I have to take baby steps but it drives me nuts! I just have to remember that I’ll stumble and fall but I need to pick myself up and keep going. I know this is going to be a difficult journey and the weight isn’t going to go down all in one shot, my blood sugar isn’t going to just drop to normal levels. I know my blood pressure isn’t going to go to normal levels just because I’m eating better and exercising. It took me years and years of unhealthy living to get this bad and it’s going to take years and years of healthy living to undo the damage I’ve done. I woke up this morning fully intending to walk. When it came time to get dressed and go out and walk, my body was saying “Oh hell NO!!!” I had to force myself to go out in the heat and humidity and walk. I’m glad I did. I’m tired now and could really use a nap but at least I know I got some exercise in today.

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