Here is a post taken from the Eat Clean Diet forum that I belong to. I posted this today and wanted to share it here as well.
Before you read this, it IS a success story AND it's kinda long, hope you stick around to read it and to get to know me better!!
A couple of months ago, I posted on here (again, ECD forum) asking if there were any other Type 1 Diabetics that were successful in losing weight and getting fit and healthy by eating clean. I specified Type 1 because there ARE differences and I needed advice for my specific needs. I got 2 responses, both from non-diabetics (one lady told me her husband was diabetic), and both were completely supportive of me (thank you). All in all, I couldn't believe that as many people that are eating clean, I was the ONLY Diabetic on here. I will admit, I did feel alone. My next post was desperately asking for advice because I was really starting to believe that it was impossible for Type 1 Diabetics to lose weight just by eating clean (because of course I hadn't lost any weight yet and was getting very discouraged).
Here is my story in a nutshell -
I joined this site (Eat Clean Diet) back in July, tried eating clean and it lasted one week. Came back in September, realized this is how I want to take care of my body, and started full force on September 13. Haven't looked back since.
Diabetes story in a nutshell -
I was diagnosed with Type 1 on my Birthday, February 2005. I have never accepted that I have it and was in complete denial until May of this year. I can't imagine the damage I've done to my organs in that long 5 years of not taking care of myself and my Diabetes.
In May, I accepted that I have this disease, no turning back. I took back my life and began my daily treatment of constantly checking my blood sugar and giving myself insulin shots 5 times a day.
My blood sugars were still high and I couldn't figure out why. I was working out, watching what I was eating (well just cutting portions), and felt better than I had in a long time.
Back to my Eat Clean story -
I decided to adapt the eat clean lifestyle on September 13 of this year, don't know how I came up with that day, it just happened, I must have had some AHA moment. I've been eating clean 99.9% of the time since September and feel like a million bucks every single day. Always look forward to the next day! I love trying new recipes and never get bored. I've also started working out more consistently, both with cardio and weights. Never felt better!
And again, back to my Diabetes story -
I'm going to explain real quick, for those of you that don't know, what an A1C test is. Diabetics get blood work done every 3 months to see what their average blood sugar level is over that 3 month period. With that average, there is a point system attached. Non-diabetics should be between 4.5 and 5.5. Diabetics should be in a range of 5-6.
When I went for my first visit to my doc after not having gone in over 2 years, my point was over 12 something. This is bad!! That means my average blood sugar in that 3 months was wel over the 300's. Yikes!
Fast forward to June. Went back in for my A1C test, point value was at 9.5. Remember I started changing myself in May, so it's only natural that this number would go down. Still it was too high.
September was my next test. I just starting eating clean and my point value went from 9.5 to 8.0. Wow, I was very happy that is what slowly going down. This mean my average blood sugars were around the 200's. Still too high.
My doctor knew I was eating clean now and working out consistently, so she wanted to see me in one month and not wait the full 3 months. I obliged. Went in on Tuesday, only a month and a half after eating clean almost 100%, and guess what my point value was? 6.9!!!!!!!!!! SIX POINT NINE!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!! I'm in the sixes!! I started crying on the spot, right there in her office! This was a proud moment for me, I can't tell you how miraculous I felt this moment was.
I'm right where I need to be, in the sixes, as a Type 1 Diabetic. It meant my average blood sugars are around 150. I'm going to work on getting to a 6.0, I know I can do it with eating clean, it has proven itself already. OH!!! AND I lost 2 pounds! That's monumental since I hadn't lost anything in the past 5 months of "trying" it on my own. 2 POUNDS PEOPLE!!! They say, once Diabetics get our blood sugars under tight control and are working out consistently, THEN we will see weight loss.
So you see, eating clean has saved my life...literally. I simply CANNOT go back to my old lifestyle EVER!!
I feel like I'm on the podium at the Oscar's when I say this, but I'd like to thank Tosca from the bottom of my heart for spreading the word about eating clean. If I would not have picked up that Oxygen magazine in the store that day back in May, my story would be so much different than the one I just told.
I hope in a way, to become a "poster child"/ "success story" for a Diabetic who eats clean. That way, when another Diabetic comes here for advice and support, I can respond and tell them "YES YOU CAN!"
I look forward to my next A1C, it's going down baby!!!
Thanks for sticking with me and reading my story. I hope to get to know many of you and become close personal friends.
| current weight: 172.0