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What is different this time around?

Friday, March 05, 2010

I have been asking myself, what is different this time around? What exactly has changed in my life and attitude to make me continue on this path to a healthier lifestyle?

I was 237 lbs when I got pregnant last March. This is the heaviest I have ever been in my life. At 28 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I was sent to a diabetes center and put on a special diet. I had to prick my finger 4 times a day to check my sugar levels. When the diet wasn't enough to control my sugar, I was put on Glyburide. Between the medication and following a very strict diet, I was able to control the GD and had a healthy baby girl in November 09. Which to everyone's surprise at 6lbs 11oz was small for a GD baby. We were expecting her to be much bigger as most GD babies are.

I was told by my OB that because I had GD the chances of me getting Type 2 diabetes in the next 10-20 years tripled. This scared the crap out of me. I have known for a very long time that I needed to change. I needed to lose weight and be more active. I chose not to. I chose to continue eating like crap and sitting my happy ass on the couch.

I kind of got a jump start on my weight loss. Because I had to follow such a strict diet, I didn't gain any weight during my pregnancy. So after my daughter was born I lost about 18 lbs right away and I liked it! So I chose to keep going.

This time around I am doing it for me. Not to "get the guy", not to please anyone but myself. To become a healthier me and to set a better example for my children. THAT is what the difference is, THAT is what has changed in my life. My attitude. No longer am I thinking " I can't" or " It's too hard". Now I say to myself " I CAN do this" "It is a challenge, but I am ready"

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    YAY! For you! As moms we tend to put our "needs" to the side and find many excuses for it! We are pulled in many directions and often feel guilty when we take time for ourselves! THIS is important and I am so glad you are able to make these healthy choices now for you! Sometimes we need a kick in the head to knock us into gear---GD is a scary thing and D2 is even scarier as it becomes a lifelong thing! Keep up the GREAT work and stay focused! You CAN do this!
    2903 days ago
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    2906 days ago
    Great blog! Getting to the heart of why you're doing this makes you tha much more committed to it, IMO. You're doing wonderfully. Keep at it and keep your focus and you'll reach your goal! emoticon
    2906 days ago
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