Clinton was President. Technology as we know it today was in its infancy. The world still held mysteries; I could dream of the Baghdad described in Arabian Nights. And, I wore Levi 501’s.
You know what 501’s are, right? Those iconic button-fly jeans from Levis that wear like iron and fit so wonderfully. I loved ’em. You couldn’t wear them out. There were Levis – and then there was everybody else. Then I got a bit older…my body changed (okay, I gained a little weight – not much) and those wonderful 501’s didn’t fit quite right.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago. I have Diabeetes – no news there, right? And, because I work to control it, I lost some weight. I lost the weight as a result of fighting to control Diabetes – it just happened and is a wonderful by-product.
About a year ago I tried on a pair of 501’s just to see what they were like; how they fit me. They weren’t quite right, so I figured that I was too old to wear them; that my body had permanently changed and what I found to be comfortable at one time, was no longer comfortable to wear. I was okay with that.
Today, I saw a display of 501’s and I thought what the heck. I have been exercising more…maybe they might fit. So, I grabbed a pair and went into a changing room. With a bit of fear I pulled them up and buttoned the fly…the same old motion I did years ago. And…they fit! They were comfortable. 501’s were back in my life!
But, this is not a story about Levis. It’s a story about the unintended benefits that come from controlling Diabetes. For me, today was about Levis. For me, each day is about a healthier me. Not just controlling Diabetes, but because I fight each day through diet and exercise, I am healthier. In fact, during the last two years I have enjoyed better over-all health than in the previous 25 years. That was an unintended benefit of controlling Diabetes.
Is fighting a War On Diabetes easy? No, but it’s not really that hard once you develop new habit patters. There might be diet changes; and by diet I mean what you eat – not some fad diet. A diet that is a bit lower in carbs and heavy on the fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In two words, a ‘balanced diet.’
And, you might have to add a bit of exercise. Work your heart just a bit. Burn a few calories. As a result of my bit of exercise – again it was unintended, I am not as hungry and eat less food. Less food means fewer carbs going in which results in lower glucose readings. I know it doesn’t make sense on the surface, but it works. Give it a chance.
And, take your meds as prescribed.
Diet. Exercise. Meds. Just three things to do.
What is your 501?
As always, thank you for reading.