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Vanity or Health?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's always nice to get compliments. With 44 pounds gone, I am hearing it often, "Have you lost weight?" or "You look fabulous." or "You look so much younger." I enjoy the compliments, but I have to remind myself---that's not why I'm doing this program.

I am on program because I am prediabetic and no matter what my blood sugar reading is, I will always be prediabetic. I've succeeded in bringing my A1C to a relatively normal 5.7--down from 6.2. However, I now know that I will always have to be vigilant.

My choices are 1) stay on program, maintain a healthy diet and exercise and avoid diabetes; OR 2) go back to my sedentary ways, eat fattening food, regain the weight, become diabetic and then get back on program, maintain a healthy diet and exercise.

Believe me, I'm enjoying the weight loss from a vanity point. For the first time in years, I've tucked in my shirt and am wearing a belt around my waist. A belt because I need to keep my pants from gapping. It's fun to hear the compliments from family, colleagues, co-workers and friends. But, I have to remember how alarmed I was to learn I was prediabetic and how another part of my lab results revealed I had a "fatty liver." Huh? What's that?!? Yikes!

I want to live long enough to see my grandson grow up, finish school and get married. I'm a relatively young grandmother, so if he starts a family, I might even be around to become an active great-grandmother. When my grandson is 30, I will be 77. That's doable. I don't want him visiting me in a nursing home. I want to be driving, traveling and living life. That's what I want for myself and it will be challenging to do that if I become diabetic and at higher risk for all kinds of health complications.

Yes, it's nice to be in a smaller size, but I haven't erased my risk factors for diabetes. I still have a tire around my waist that needs to go. My journey is not done. Somehow, I need to keep chipping away at the last 22 pounds. My goal is to lose 12 more by the end of the year. Even if I only lose 5-10 more by December, I'm that much closer to goal. Anything I can do is better than standing still or moving backward.

Onward and downward.

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  • SPARKLE1908
    There is always some "vanity" involved because you know you will be changing the appearance of your body...but the primary reason should be because of our health...good job on taking control!!
    1960 days ago
    I enjoyed this blog, cause sometimes we only want to consider the cosmetic appearance and not the health angle. I am diabetic, and it is nothing to play around with. I admire you for keeping yourself out of the diabetic category! Keep control over that A1C, and those arteries--you can do it. I've lowered all of my numbers, but remain diabetic- and I'm working on decreasing or removing at least one diabetes medication from my list!!!!!

    Congrats on 44 lbs gone!! Awesome results from hard work!
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    1960 days ago
    Sounds like a healthy mindset - here's to enjoying our grandchildren
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