Will You Join Me in a Celebration?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
It was a visit to the doctor last Thursday that I had looked forward to ever since jumping on my Spark journey. Just before I joined Spark a stress test performed by my doctor depressed me to no end. No, I did not have any issues with my heart as my chest pain might have indicated but my fitness was so poor that it only took what is a normal walking speed to get me way up over my target heart rate. The stress test is supposed to go in three steps and it only took a few short minutes in the first step to get me worn out.
On this visit to my doctor not only did I get past the first step on the treadmill, I also got past the second stage, and well into the third stage before the machine was able to get my heart rate up to my target rate. On my first stress test it took nearly 5 minutes for my heart rate to recover. In fact it took longer to recover than it did to get up to the target rate. This visit I was on the treadmill a full 10 minutes, then it only took a little over 2 minutes for my heart rate to recover to its resting value. My doctor was visibly impressed, although he was aware of my progress to health as we work out at the same gym. This doctor is also one of my biggest cheerleaders in my efforts at the gym to become more healthy. This result would be enough to celebrate, but in my mind an even bigger reason arrived in the mail today.
The lab results from my blood work shows that I am no longer diabetic. My A1C number is down a full 4 points from when I started my Spark journey and is now well within the normal range. It was almost 8 years ago that I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic while in an emergency room for a kidney stone. It took my poor performance on the treadmill on my first stress test to get me serious about getting more fit but the side benefit has been my doctor dropping me off all my blood pressure and blood sugar meds.
Am I cured, well I don't think cured is the correct term. After giving the matter some consideration, it is more like an addict who no longer is taking their drug of choice. While I am no longer diabetic, the temptation to indulge in bad food habits is always there in my mind. It is still way to easy to say oh, I'll not worry about fitness today. Pretty soon I could be right back to where I was before I started here on Spark. Two big events in my life journey this week so while I am mindful of not going back to old habits please join me in my celebration. Many of you have played a big part in my Spark journey and I say a humble thank you.