Here We Go

Change your Life and LIVE

Diabetes affects more than one in 10 Americans, and an estimated 366 million people worldwide and the global epidemic is getting worse with the numbers projected to keep climbing. The International Diabetes Federation described the number of cases as “staggering,” with one person dying from diabetes every seven seconds.

According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [Jared Reis, et al., “Lifestyle factors and risk for new-onset diabetes: a population-based cohort study”] getting plenty of exercise—lowered the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 39 percent in women and 31 percent in men.

Although I personally believe heredity is the risk factor I face, I am attempting to take the bull by the horns.  I am renewing my gym membership and making a conscience effort to combat the genes.

Monday September 19, 2011.

Here we go!


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The Goal is the Same (the reason has changed)

I started this blog last year on a whim. I read an article in and thought ‘cool, I’ll just lose 100 lbs and write a blog about it! As you might imagine, writing a blog was not enough of a reason to make me stick to any dietary restrictions or regularly visit a gym (BIG SURPRISE)!

However, I have a new reason to attempt my goal; A MUCH more valid reason. Let me explain. My father’s family are all diabetics. We are all big people. Sure we’re overweight, but we’re also large even when we’re skin and bones (I know this because I have been there – years ago). I have always believed I would become a diabetic. The genetics are just stacked against me.

Several years ago (about 5) my sister developed diabetes. She is seven years my senior and it was really a wake-up call for me. Not in a dietary or exercise since but I did begin monitoring my blood sugar. At that time I was running about 100 for my fasting blood sugar. That number has steadily creeped up, until my fasting blood sugar level was a consistent 150. My wake up call had become a glaring alarm.

My Daily Test Kit

I am taking action! Over the past six weeks (yes that includes the Christmas Holiday and my Birthday) I have eliminated the majority of sugar from my diet. Gone are the sugary soft drinks, gone are my daily Little Debbie Swiss Cakes, Gone is the sugary coffee creamer. I am proud to say that my fasting blood sugar is now checking in at 115-120!

My goal is to have my fasting blood sugar consistently below 100. The next phase is going to require some time at the gym and dropping poundage. I know I can do it! I hope you will join me on my journey.

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