My progress is coming along nicely. I’ve met with a Diabetic Educator and learned some amazing things. For example, I had cut my carbs back because of the diagnosis. But as it turns out, I was taking in too FEW carbs. I didn’t see that coming! Now I wish I had met with Carolyn sooner. I put it off because, as I went through my mourning stage (mourning the death of my old life), I didn’t want to hear any additional gloomy talk such as, “don’t even so much as glance at a carb or your blood glucose will shoot through the roof!” So I spent the initial few months educating myself. I read blogs and books. I talked with people close to me at various stages of this journey. I began monitoring my blood glucose daily and keeping track of spikes and matching them with particular eating habits. I also started walking a few times a week for at least 30 minutes. Then I made the appointment. I wanted to be able to show that I was making a positive attempt at changing my life.
Carolyn taught me that I needed to increase the amount of carbs because they are the body’s main source of energy and equally important, my brain needs carbs. I was feeling tired prior to the appointment and thought it was my sugar levels. But it was because I did not have enough energy. She was pleased with my blood glucose numbers, too. She gave me a range to aim for when testing first thing in the morning and one for the rest of the day, two hours after meals and at bedtime. I was concerned about getting within the morning range because I had been just outside of it prior. But she was confident I’d make it. And I did – starting with the next day.
Carolyn said that my weight loss was contributing to my lower glucose numbers, too. She created a plan for me that outlines a daily, healthy amount of carbs, protein and fats. She also took into account my weight loss goal (37 pounds left to lose by October 26th) and adjusted the number of carbs to help me stay on track for that. The weight is coming off at a slow, healthy rate. I’ve lost a total of 15 pounds at this point.
I left her office feeling so empowered. I have more tools to make healthy decisions. In hindsight, I could have eliminated most of my anxiety by staying better in touch with my doctor and reaching out sooner to the Diabetic Educator. Being diagnosed was scary but trusting God and the medical professionals is the best way to get a handle on any health issue.
Until next time….