A1C Test is back and now I'm doing the happy dance!!!

By emilyvoorn Latest Reply 2011-01-24 16:16:44 -0600
Started 2011-01-20 14:20:00 -0600

After finding out I was a diabetic Oct. 24, 2010, I was devastated to say the least - no more fast food, I can't eat fried chicken, are you kidding me I can't have a crispy kreme doughnuts. The answers to all of those questions were NO and double no, it took 3 seconds to be diagnosed and over 20 years of packing on the weight to finally understand we cannot eat what we want without consequences for our actions.

I'm 43 yrs and never thought this would happen to me. Well instead of feeling sorry for myself I immediately went into pro-action mode. I cut everything out that was bad for me, I exercised 6 days a week at least an hour a day of walking, and I ate tons of veggies and started to carb and calorie count. I tried to keep myself well informed about diabetes and what side affects it could have on my body if left untreated and I joined discussion groups like this one to help answer questions I didn't know the answers too. My biggest motivation was reading stories of others who had the same illness and listening to their stories to help encourage me to fight my food addictions.

Well after 3mo. I am proud to say my A1C has gone done to 7.1 from 11 and I have lost over 31 pds since Oct. 24, I have another 30 more pounds but I feel healthier and my BS is down to 93 - with the highest reading being 112. I would just like to let everyone know it can be done if you use your willpower and latch on to something that gives you strength to beat the downside to having diabetes. I no longer look at myself as a victim I now look at it as a second change to be aware of my body and what I'm feeding it. Diabetes never goes away but it can be managed and that's what I will continue to do!

Thank you for everyone support and replies to my questions I really enjoyed being apart of this discussion board, GOOD LUCK EVERYONE you can do this!!!

16 replies

candie1996 2011-01-24 16:07:52 -0600 Report

That's amazing keep up the good work. I'm doing the same thing exercising and eatting right. My A1C was 6.8 now it's 5.5. My start weight was 198 now it's around 178.

CaliKo 2011-01-21 12:18:59 -0600 Report

Excellent! I love reading stories like yours, you are an inspiration! Keep it up and thanks for sharing the good news.

Kaiyle 2011-01-20 22:11:35 -0600 Report

Congratulations on a job well done!!! Keep up the diligent work and continue reaping the rewards.

MAYS 2011-01-20 20:31:11 -0600 Report

Great news, your story will encourage others by providing the necessary motivation to manage their diabetes, and lower their A1C level.

MAYS 2011-01-20 20:30:49 -0600 Report

Great news, your story will encourage others by providing the necessary motivation to manage their diabetes, and lower their A1C level.

MewElla 2011-01-20 16:07:49 -0600 Report

You should be very proud of yourself, I know I am. You have taken charge and now you go girl!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-20 14:44:45 -0600 Report

This is an inspiring story!! Thank you for showing us how it CAN be done. I want to see that happy dance on video. LOL

Gizmomey 2011-01-20 14:39:24 -0600 Report

Great Job. I have had diabetes since 2000. My sin was born in 1997 and i had gestional diabetes in my last trimester. I ate healthy and exercised and only gained 20 pounds. Three years after that i passed out in a grocery store and found out that i was a diabetic. I controlled my sugars for a long time and these last few years i have had trouble controlling it. I ma trying to eat healtier again and exercise so i can be here for my kids and my family. Its very hard as i hate to exercise but i know little by little i will be there before i know it. i signed up awhile ago and have not checked this site for awhile but am going to start use the recipes so i can get my sugars under controlled.