Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I had my semi-annual visit to my Endocrinologist yesterday and I fully expected it wouldn't go well. I have gained back about 25 of the 34 pounds I lost and my activity has been restricted by a shoulder injury.
Well my lab results were quite good surprisingly. My cholesterol was down and within range as was my triglycerides, blood pressure and most of the other tests they run. My A1c was up a bit, but still well within the desired range.
So his grade (which he gives me each visit) was an "A". While he wants my weight to do down, it was more important to him that my lab results were positive. Even though my exercising was less than last time, it was still enough to have significant impact on my blood sugar levels and overall fitness. It really doesn't seem to take a whole lot of exercise (15-20 minutes 2-3 times per week) to keep my blood sugar in check. While fitness requires much more, I feel GOOD about being able to do the minimum for blood sugar control even if I have injuries.
So like most folks on this site, I REALLY want to see the scale change. It is quite simply my overall easy measure of how I am doing. Having said that, I realized that there are many more important measures to utilize. How I feel; much better than before I started this program. The test results on managing my diabetes; significantly better, I am off all but one medicine. How I eat; while not always great, I feel I know how to eat better and usually chose the better option to get a well balanced diet.
This is a journey and everyone has a different one. We all have to find the journey we can live with for a long time. I must admit I am still trying to find mine, but some things have definitely changed for the better for good. I guess you have to find those things that you can live with and keep them, and just give up or modify those others until they fit you.
I was always an overachiever so next time I want an "A+".