I am a Type 2 Diabetic who fights everyday to control the disease, and I am winning. But, it wasn’t always this way.
I remember the fear. The complete and overwhelming fear I felt when my doctor told me about three years ago I had diabetes. I suddenly saw myself losing a foot or leg to the disease; something that I knew I did not want to happen. So, I took what he told me very seriously. “Lose a little weight. Exercise about 30 minutes a day; walking is just fine. And, take your medication.”
I turned to the Internet to find what information I could – and as you already know there’s a lot of it available. So many sites. So many blogs. So much information. But, nobody was telling me I could win the battle. Which is why this blog exists – to tell you that you can win the war on diabetes. It’s not a life sentence; just a sentence to change your life a bit – and you will feel better because you did it.
Well, little did I know that losing a little weight meant losing near 70 pounds! I am so glad he did not tell me how much weight I needed to lose. And, just to keep the record straight, I have not lost all of that weight. I have lost near 60, gained a few back and am now on my way to losing the reminder of the weight. It’s slow. It’s tedious. But, I want my life and to grow to be very, very old!
I began walking immediately – that night, in fact. Trust me, that first walk might have been a mile in 30 minutes, but I was doing something. And, that is the important lesson here. You have to put up a battle and you start that by exercising. It’s just 30 minutes. It’s not two hours in a gym every night. It’s just going out for a walk. For the first two years, I used worn out shoes that made my legs ache a little, but being out walking was more important than a little bit of an ache that would go away. I was beginning my fight.
And, you can begin your fight today – now!
Oh, yes, I took my medication and will address that in another post. Just know that I followed my doctor’s orders. And, I made changes to my diet – another post soon.
But, it all comes down to going on the attach and not just waiting around for diabetes to win. It can’t win. Ever. I already have it, now I must keep it in control. Which I am doing – and YOU can do, too.