Diagnosed on July - I can beat this thing, right??? for how long???

By Family_Man Latest Reply 2010-10-21 23:56:41 -0500
Started 2010-10-17 19:54:30 -0500

This is my second post. In my first post, I was able to express all those feelings I grew in a couple of hours ranging from hate to confussion to resignation. After having an AC1 around 12 I learned all the stuff I needed to get going. I don't need to tell you how difficult it is to start some type of diet without believing how unreal it can be. After a couple of days, I bought some diabetic magazines and searched this site until the early hours for days. Searching for food, exercise, habits, and other stuff got me more confused than ever. It all lead to the same ridiculous worthless question, "why me?"… After deciding what to do, I started to buy groceries, watch videos, read magazines, internet articles, and started an exercise routine. For the first 4 weeks, I ate like a freaking paranoid rabbit. I ate vegetables and other foods according to the food pyramid. I actually felt pressured watching what I was eating. During this time, I started exercising and couldn't believe that I lost 8 lbs. the first month. What the hell, all this stuff actually worked. The next 6 weeks, I exercised for 1 hour every single weekday. The hardest thing was finding time, but I did, just barely. I made my own breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. When I went to the Dr., I dropped another 12 lbs. By that time, I looked trimmed. I hadn't been like this since high school, well, not even in high school. My AC1 was at 6. I lost a total of 24 lbs. All this was simply one fraction of all the fear and dozens of other feelings that I went through every single day. Why am I writing this???? Because I had all those feelings…and all of them pushed me to these results…in less than 5 months I did what I thought was going to take years. I became a daily follower of "diabetic connect"…reading everything from recipes, blogs, links, discussions, and other lifesaving tips helped my achieve my goal…I am still learning…a lot… I am still scared…a lot…I am still watching myself and trying to last longer for my wife and sons…They are my strongest push…and I know that every single person that gets diagnosed has that push…Thanks for posting and responding my first discussion…that discussion that it seems you write from another world far from the one you've been living..diabetic connect is part of my life…as I think of it ever single day.

Thanks for reading this, for whatever reason…thanks again..

7 replies

Elrond 2010-10-21 23:56:41 -0500 Report

I wish I had done that well. I floundered around for many years not taking my diabetes very seriously. The result: a near-fatal stroke followed by a near-fatal heart attack. I now walk with a cane and my heart keeps pumpung with the assistance of a pacemaker. I'm not even 60 yet. I'm glad you're a lot smarter than I was. Hang right in there.

GabbyPA 2010-10-18 10:57:26 -0500 Report

Every new member should read this post! This is great and shows that even tough we are all messed up in the beginning, we can make it through and get results. You are a great inspiration, thank you for sharing.

CaliKo 2010-10-17 21:46:07 -0500 Report

Good job on getting on top of your DM so quickly. Just keep up the good work, you obviously are responding well to your diet and exercise. Congrats!

jeffrey9127 2010-10-17 20:42:41 -0500 Report

Hello Family_Man,
I could have written this post when I was first DX myself. I still work hard on diet and exercise ( lost 30 lbs. since DX),take my meds faithfully and do the best I can everyday. As time passes you will realize that you will be ok. Respect Diabetes, but do not let it define who you are. You are among friends. Ask questions. There is a lot of experience and good advice here. Keep in touch!

jayabee52 2010-10-17 20:40:55 -0500 Report

How long can you "beat" DM? As long as you pay attention to your DM and keep your BG#s in good control. There are several people who have kept their DM at bay for 2-3 decades or more because they managed it well.

Please keep up the good work!

Blessings to you and yours!


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