From Obesity to Overweight - thrilled!

By vensa Latest Reply 2014-11-03 11:53:00 -0600
Started 2014-11-02 01:28:56 -0600

Let me introduce myself…I'm 40 years old with obesity induced T2D for 9 years with BMI 35.0. Like most, I was living in denial, anger with my condition and totally neglected my health. Diagnosed with complications of Microalbuminuria (incipient diabetic nephropathy) an early stage of CKD in July due to uncontrolled BG levels. As usual my doctor warned me of further consequences if I do not take control, and this time I listened. Made changes to my lifestyle of being active and managing my diet. I started to walk (but had this fear that I would get bored and drop out of this habit). Hence started to invest in fitness gadgets to motivate myself to continue this habit of walking. Picked up an activity tracker (withings, similar to fitbit or jawbone), and also their smart body analyser for weight and body fat. I could see some small milestones getting achieved. Then enrolled myself in a nearby gym to continue this habit and discipline myself of dedicating some time of the day. Now after 2 months, my BMI is 29.9, which means my I've moved into "Overweight" category from Obesity (Obesity is >BMI 30.0). As a result of this my BG levels dropped and are within normal levels in Oct. I'd like to continue doing what I'm doing now and hope to tackle Obesity, DM2, DN and in that order, as I see they're interdependent. Looking forward to meet my doc during christmas time for the next scheduled follow-up and to share the progress made. Have a nice day!

6 replies

kirarivas 2014-11-03 11:53:00 -0600 Report

That's great and very inspiring. I hope everything continues to get better and keep up the good work. I am new to this, I actually just found out recently that I have diabetes type 2, I didn't even know until we did some routine blood test, but now everything makes sense. My BMI is 31.91, so I have some work to do, I am only 158 lbs, but at 5'0" tall, it can be a lot. Have a great day!

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 07:48:10 -0600 Report

Fantastic! This is great news for you and so inspiring. I know you are going to have a great meeting with your doctor.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-03 02:56:47 -0600 Report

Congratulations Vensa. This is great. I'm doing a small amount of walking, have mobility issues, but am doing the best that I can at the moment. I'm hoping to find the finances to join a local gym after the holidays to do some strength training and maybe do my walking indoors. I am so happy to hear you've managed to move to the Overweight category, that is so inspiring. KEEP GOING !

Glucerna 2014-11-02 10:58:33 -0600 Report

I really like the way you identified the barriers you have to exercise and find ways to motivate yourself to get around those barriers. You've seen wonderful success because of your willingness to make changes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-02 10:18:50 -0600 Report

That is GREAT news, keep up the good work. It is a very hard thing to do, you should be proud of yourself. I am trying to get motivated to do the same, only I am a Type 1 and won't be able to get off of insulin. Good luck to you!!