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Now what am I doing? Now is what matters!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My friend died last week of diabetic complications. I don't know if it was because of poor choices or lack of understanding. Either way I do not want to blame the victim. At the same time I am a diabetic and only 5 years younger than my friend. I want something different for myself.

I became diabetic 10 years ago. I could be... My list of what I could be is long. I can look back and feel guilt. I can look forward and think about how far I have to go. I have lost 50 pounds recently on this journey. But, I am not yet half way.

I was pondering the journey and realized I cannot change the future or the past. But, I can decide what to do right now. My friend's death scared me. But, I can use that as a gift to move me in the right direction.

I am on the Biggest Loser White Tigers team. During this 10 week challenge I want to:
1. Read my scriptures, write in my journal and pray daily.
2. Lift weights 3 days a week.
3. Ride my bike 10 miles each weekday.
4. Walk 1 hour each day.
5. Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables each day.
6. Check my blood sugar each morning.
7. Eat according to the principles outlined in South Beach using my meter as a guide.
8. clean kitchen each night.
9. tidy each room by 10 or clean for 15 minutes.
10. Get rid of 10 things that belong out of my home each day.
If I do the above things I hope to have lost at least 15 pounds by the end of the challenge and weigh no more than 199.

I will do these things even though I am unsure about the possibility of being less than 200. I have not been that low of a weight in over 23 years.
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  • OVERHAULING-ME
    Love your goals. Much more specific than mine were. It think I need to tweek mine.

    So sorry about your friend! I worry about my husband. He's had diabetes for 4 or 5 years and has chosen to ignore it. It's not something I or my kids can do for him. I hope he makes better choices before it's too late!
    3372 days ago
  • SUECHRIS50
    Im so sorry your friend passed away!5 years ago,I lost a dear friend that weighed 675 lbs she had a gastric bypass,lost 325lbs and lost her faith and gained back almost all her weight.She had a massive heart attack that took her life!You have so much to look forward to,above all LIFE!You are doing great...HANG ON! emoticon SUSAN
    3372 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6232784
    Pam...great goals, but give yourself some flexibility with the cardio. It's easier to reach goals that don't expect perfection or 100%.

    My mother passed away at age 60 of cardiac and diabetic complications...I'm constantly reminded of her loss and the fact that many of her problems were preventable. I may not always be perfect in my journey, but I'm trying to make healthier choices along the way.

    Good luck!
    3372 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Sometimes diabetes has a mind of it's own.
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    You may be unsure...but you are one determined lady and if you want something I know YOU will make it happen. WTG on testing. Knowing the impact food and exercise helps with the choices we need to make.

    3372 days ago
  • PATTYS74
    Nice challenge goals Pam...you can let up on yourself a little on the walking and bike riding...instead of planning both each day alternate and you will be more like to stick to the plan. If you plan to high you could get discouraged if you dont make it...You are strong you can get it done..good luck...
    3372 days ago
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