Progress after the first month

Monday, November 15, 2010

So I found out on October 1 that I was diabetic. After the initial shock of it all, I got started on doing the right things, eating better exercising a little and monitoring my blood sugar. After a month, what has changed? Well, I have made significant progress I think.

I started a nutrition class last week and they tested my A1C again. I dropped from a 13.4 when I was diagnosed to 9.1 in just 3 and a half weeks. My goal is to have my A1C under 7 by the end of the year and I think I can do it.

While I didn't lose any weight in the last week, I have lost about five more pounds since I was diagnosed and thirty pounds over all. My goal is to get to 225 lbs (where my doctor wants me to be or under) by the end of the year as well. I have ten more pounds to go and about seven weeks to get there.

Finally, my blood sugar has been great lately. A month on the medications and I haven't see a reading over 150 and the last week and half my blood sugar has been under 120. I am still learning what to eat and how much (hoping the next nutrition class will really help me with that) but I'm getting there. My family has been so supportive and I have found great information on SparkPeople and other places on the Internet to help me as well. Finally, I have found I have more friends with diabetes than I knew and they have been so supportive and helpful as well.

When I first found out, I felt like a ton of bricks hit me. I didn't know how I was going to deal with this and I had so many fears. Now, I know that I can do it, and that life is not the doom and gloom I worried about.

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  • no profile photo CAYMANMICK
    It helps when the entire family is on board. We've all started learning about it and adjusting menus. The kids are really sweet about it: I love how Josh still likes sweet tea but will not drink it in front of you, and how Oz likes to make that banana bread for you.

    The fact that they are now at a higher risk for diabetes from you and from my father/sister (although for now, not me) is all the more reason for them to be full partners in this process. The more they learn now, the more they can prevent later.
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  • no profile photo CD5803168
    It is amazing what a change in diet does for the body, have found that out over the last year, different condition but in the end same results lowered numbers. So great to hear that you are doing well. Learning a new way of eating is hard with the classe will make it soooo much better.
    3764 days ago
    That sounds like great progress! I was diagnosed in August, with a similar reading of 13. I have an HMO, so they will only test me every 4 months. I am going in next week...and hope that my numbers are as great as yours. have got this monster on the run..


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