How I wish I could put my hands back into time and grab myself and shake myself.
I don't think I've ever had a healthy relationship with food but I remember all those years when I felt like a failure because I wore a size 6 instead of a size 4. I was always tripping around between an avoirdupois of 115-120. Not really that bad for someone who is 5 feet 4 inches.
Today I had to go to the doctor and all of my conditions are worse in spite of my weight loss and my exercise program. My blood pressure was too high! My Congestive Heart failure is worse!
I now take 15 prescription medications! Two of them are temporary (an antibiotic & Lasix). I had to add a beta blocker and a "potassium sparing" diuretic. I already have three injectibles for my diabetes, and three oral medications for diabetes and blood fats. I already had a blood pressure medication, which I will continue.
When I go off the temporary ones, I will have 13 prescription medications to take daily. Let's call if 14 if we including the non-prescription aspirin. Oh, and you will probably be surprised to hear that not one of them is psychiatric! (I have tried them and the side effects are worse than the treatment for me--I don't want to discourage you from trying if it might help!)
Here's the lesson for you, reader: I suspect that if I had treated my body better and not spent so many years at 250 pounds living on sugar, I would probably be on about two prescription medications. There is no reason to think that I would necessarily have high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart failure.
When I think back to that 35 year old who wore a size 6--it seems like yesterday. While I cannot guarantee that family genetics did not add an apple of discord into my health, I KNOW FOR A FACT that my "lifestyle" choices have doomed me. These things do not just up and go away. My enlarged heart will never slim down.
SO WHY DO I WRITE THIS?
Please take this seriously; do not be like me; do not die before you retire (which is where I am headed). When you get to be in your 40's or 50's you will notice that time really does speed by!
Eat well. Exercise. Avoid stress and tension. Relax. Avoid drama. Avoid arguments; avoid sweets and too many carbs. Get flu shots!
Here is the kicker: They called me up; they were behind on their testing; I have the flu.
I have to continue to take ALL meds for a few days ==up to a week maybe and then return to the doctors.
9:37 PM: My blood sugar is 244. I have had nothing to eat since my low-carb cereal around 11 this am; I don't get it. Really bad reading; it has not been about 175 in the past 27 months.