Getting Better

By Flybob Latest Reply 2009-06-17 19:10:02 -0500
Started 2009-05-24 14:09:26 -0500

So, I posted here about 2 months ago that I was diagnosed Pre-Diabetes after a full blood test and visit to the Doctor. It shook me. The Doctor gave me a list of things to eat, a list of things to avoid, and an order to exercise.

I found Diabetic Connect and that was a big help. You guys steered me in the right direction, corrected some of my mis-information, and helped me choose a good path.

It has been about 2 months since that post and I've been working hard on the changes. Went back to the Doctor and he looked at me and said "How did you DO it?"

My bad cholesterol had come down into the good zone, my good cholesterol had risen up into the good zone, by blood sugar was completely normal, and I had lost about 20 pounds. I left the office on cloud 9!

But, I know it's not over, never will be. I'm continuing to make better food choices (I can't believe that I'm eating broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, celery, salad and LOVING it.). I'm hiking regularly and looking forward to the next Dr. appointment in 2 months. Thanks to all who offered advice!

19 replies

NormaJean 2009-06-17 19:10:02 -0500 Report

Woo hoo!!!!!!!!! great job FlyBob,way to go…keep up the good work I am very impressed,let this be an inspiration to all on DC…

grandma4 2009-06-11 17:17:53 -0500 Report

it can be fun if you look at it as a game.. there are so many food choices out there and ways to fix them.. make it a game.. set you goal at what you know is the right number for you and then see how much food you can get into that number.. i found that i love a smoothie so i use a high pro. no or little carb drink add low carb ice cream and frozen fruit.. it fills you up and is so good.. i like the french vanilla drink. the only carbs is the fruite but that is how you play the game..

GabbyPA 2009-06-03 08:33:06 -0500 Report

That is fantastic. Isn't it amazing what can happen when you put your mind to it. That is great. Isn't it refreshing to be excited about going to the doctor? What a feeling!

DJ 2009-06-03 08:17:38 -0500 Report

WOW Flybob!!What a total inspiration, and testament to determination and the Human will to achieve..CUDOS & Congrats!!
It is so nice to see that your "wake up call" was indeed answered, and I sure hope you can continue to live the healthy lifestyle you have come to embrace…All continued sucess,and I hope you will be here with us to keep us up to date on how you are continuing to do well…as it is an inspiraton to us all!!

2rs 2009-06-02 20:18:54 -0500 Report

I am so very happy for you!!! Now, for the hard part…you are an inspiration!

cyncyn 2009-05-26 16:30:59 -0500 Report

Great for YOU!!! KUDOS. As Sarguillo said about the cows dieing just so he could be fed. When I met my man, he ate so much red meat, I swore, I heard him MOO a few times. LOL Since we starting taking care of his mother(T2), he found out also, eating healthy was BETTER, and not as hard to do, as he thought!
Keep up the great job, and pat yourself on the back! You deserve it.

Annabelle 2009-05-25 21:44:39 -0500 Report

Thats great for you, FlyBob…you are an inspiration to me. I need to work harder here…have been through the mill this past year on my health..including carpal tunnel surgeries,& foot surgery(from an accident) & now being diagnosed w/ this pre-diabetes thing. Anyway,just wanted to let you know that your comment I was reading here has inspired me, so thank you..& good going!

Flybob 2009-05-26 11:23:17 -0500 Report

That's outstanding! If my experience helps someone else, I'm very happy about that. WE can DO it, it's not easy, but it's possible.

Flybob 2009-05-25 15:11:50 -0500 Report

You are all right. And it's true that I should have been doing this long ago. But, we (I) tended to lie to myself. "I don't drink THAT many Dr. Peppers a day (try 5 or 6)" or "I eat fish once in awhile (red meat 2 meals a day, 5 days a week?)"
It's been a matter of being honest and really making the changes. And then finding out the changes are NOT bad. Water tastes GREAT when you've been exercising.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-05-26 11:37:29 -0500 Report

Bob, that is a profound observation. We all (especially men) tend to minimize our mistakes. But when we face the facts about how we're treating ourselves, it's actually much easier to make the needed changes. Then we begin to really treat ourselves and our bodies well. And it feels great!

Sarguillo 2009-05-26 16:19:45 -0500 Report

And dont forget when we eat like bacholors. Before I was married, It was normal to stop off at the store, buy a steak and eat steak each and every night. I used to eat so much red meat, Many cows died to keep me fed. I used to not eat any veggies. A box of Hamburger helper was a full meal. And I ate the full box, with a full lbs of hamburger. Surprise. Thaty is not healthy. I learned alot in the last few years. Am still learning.

vgarrison 2009-05-26 21:53:42 -0500 Report

Flybob…first off way to go. Second off I am proud of you. I have been trying to get my hubby to realise this myself for about 3 months or so. If I even hint at something being healthy he gets upset and says he's not a rabbit. The only fish he will eat is a fish stick with half a bottle of tarter sause on it. Half a bottle of salad dressing for a 1/4 cup of lettuce. If I even look at the organic section in the market he gets upset.

Unfortunetly he isn't working right now, so I can't even go to the store by myself and switch packages before he gets home. He has gained 20 lbs in the last couple of months and he is getting sick quite a bit lately.

What finally made you realise that healthy doesn't have to been nasty? Besides your bs levels?

I myself am diabetic, but he doesn't think of himself as vulnerable to anything like that…his comments are always "I'm 31, not 45."

I'm just looking for little ways to incorporate some good into his diet to start with then maybe I can keep adding a little bit at a time…


tim 58
tim 58 2009-05-25 09:18:45 -0500 Report

Hey,flybob thats GREAT Ihave type 2 and have done the same thing and I'm tring 2 get away from taking my pills except when I know I'v been bad . Have A Great Day Everyone !!!!!!!!

lipsie 2009-05-25 06:28:46 -0500 Report

Congrads! Pretty impressive in just a couples months. Keep up the great work hun! (Hugs) Sheila

dyanne 2009-05-25 00:55:10 -0500 Report

Wow you should be so proud of yourself. That is terrific …just keep on doing what your doing and you will be great !!!!
It is nice to hear some good news… great job !!!!

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