To a New Year and a New Me!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
October 16th started a new journey for me...I was doing a 6 km walk for cancer and about 1 and 1/2 kilometers in I realized I was not going to cross the finish line. I walked back to the start point with my tail between my legs wanting the road to open up and swallow me...less than 2 weeks later I was sitting in my doctors office waiting to see the nurse practitioner...an appointment I had been putting off for quite some time...but as I sat there I laid all the cards on the table...I was not healthy...I had quit taking my blood pressure meds nearly 2 years before...and I just felt plain lousy! I was put back on BP meds that day because my pressure was worse than when I was on meds before...she sent me for immediate blood tests and wanted to see me when the bloodwork was complete...I made an appointment that day for 2 weeks later and before my next appointment they were calling saying I needed to come in immediately. That was kind of scary...deep down I knew what was coming and the day before my appointment I was quite concerned.
Well most of the news was not good...I now have type 2 diabetes (I am the third generation to have this in my family), I am severly anemic (which was also no surprise), and my cholesterol numbers were a little off...So that day I began all kinds of new pills-metformin, iron, aspirin, Cresitor and coversyl for the blood pressure...At first I felt hopeless but made up my mind to get serious and try to change things...
Fast forward to January 1st 2012 and I am already making great changes and some serious progress! I have an awesome support team and consider myself very lucky to have all the help I do and it isn't something I have to pay for (although I suppose it is my tax dollars hard at work!) I have a diabetic dietician, a health promotion specialist, plus my doctor and nurse practitioner and a great support from my family...
Last spring we had a Biggest Loser challenge at work and I didn't want to participate because I was so embarrassed at being 300 pounds-I didn't want anyone to know my weight! But this morning I weighed in at 256.4 pounds...and I walked 45 minutes on my new treadmill...I have my sugars under control and am eating way better, oh and my BP seems to be stabalized as well...I feel so much better right now...and no it hasn't been easy all the time...it never is but now I try not to give up so quickly.
So if you are reading this and you are facing trials be encouraged! Keep going everyday and never give up! I am doing this and doing it really right for the first time in a long time...I really and truly hope I can keep the momentum going because right now I am on a high from doing everything right that I can...Thanks for reading...may your new year (and your resolutions) be fruitful. I wish you happiness health and prosperity in 2012!