I know it’s been a while, but I just got busy living life. Most of us tend to be sort of reflective at the end of the year. Not the kind of reflective where you glow in the headlights – you know what I mean. Just wanted to share what I think is a milestone in my journey.
For those new to me, I was diagnosed T2 back in 2007. Went through all the physical and emotional phases you see posted here pretty regularly. I did finally say enough and committed myself to getting healthy. It wasn’t easy, but as I went along, it got easier. Fast forward to today, I’m 130 lbs. lighter, off many medications, and at least according to my lab results today, textbook normal. Not bad for someone who treated their body like a toxic dump most of their life (I’m 55).
The diet at first was extreme and hard. The exercise too, but still tolerable. Over the years, once I got where I should be though, I have slacked a bit on the exercise, and brought back some foods (in heavy moderation of course) that I had previously cut out. Turns out, many of them aren’t as tasty anymore anyway. I think I retrained my brain. Of course, I wasn’t about to destroy all that hard work, so I always tested, and monitored my bloodwork. My A1c has hovered around 5 now going on 10 years.
I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. Most people say I eat “normal” when I’m around them. Maybe this is my “new normal” because it isn’t anything like what I thought “normal” was ten years ago.
The holidays well….., even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, there is lots of food around to tempt me. I don’t have a taste for sweets, so the kitchen table full of gift cookies, cakes, candy at the office went largely untouched by me (mostly). Many of my friends and coworkers get together this time of year with me to share gifts and meals before they go off to their family gatherings in other states or countries. And of course there are the company parties. The three weeks surrounding Christmas were way off my diet. But then, some of my friends are worth cheating for (I did feel the guilt though).
Thinking I really blew the last 3 months, I figured I’d get my bloodwork done prior to my doctor’s appointment so we could see how I’d need to adjust any meds for my “transgressions of the season”, and of course get his nagging out of the way. Honestly too, I just didn’t feel good either. I get what I’ve termed a “carb hangover” after eating off diet. I’ve had a lot of them lately.
To my shock, my results came back once again, textbook normal, and my A1c is 4.8. I’ve hit 4.7 before, but I was on such an extreme diet at the time, I thought it was an anomaly. We are all different, but at least for me, making changes and redefining what is “normal” according to my body has made a difference. Yes, my resolution will once again be get back on my diet (so good so far, fingers crossed), but the milestone for me this year is understanding it’s not always an uphill battle, nor does it define my life. Normal is relative.
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