Okay, I had a bit of a freak out a month ago. There has been a lot of positive changes in my life lately. Part of those positive changes include living a healthier lifestyle and the resultant weight loss. I’ve gone down 4 belt loops. I’ve lost 2 pants sizes, and one shirt size. All of this is fabulous.
Yet, change is still kind of scary. People don’t talk about it in regards to positive changes, but change is still change. I freaked out when I realized not only had my body shrunk so much, but it still has a long way to go. I was really tempted to go back to what was normal and comfortable just because it was almost too much change too fast. Granted, other life changes were stacking on top of this making it larger than it may be for others, but I wanted to let people know that this is perfectly normal. Just don’t give in to temptation. Stick to the plan. I kept telling myself it will be okay. This is good. Breathe! It took a week to get over it, but I did. Now it is kind of cool again.
So I went to a birthday party yesterday. It was at a neat bar with arcade games and pinball machines. There was free pizza, fried chicken wings, beer, chips, and popcorn. I went light on my carbs so that I could go a bit over for one day, and I only had 2 slices of thin crust pizza, a chicken wing, and a milk stout later in the evening. Not bad, right?
One problem: I haven’t eaten food like this for months. It is all sliding out of me as fast as it can this morning. BRAT diet for me. Yay! Only problem: the BRAT diet is high in carbs. Basically, I am still doing it, but in small portion sizes.
What I have learned: even if you do plan carefully, bad food is still bad food. Next time, when I don’t know what will be served, I will eat before the party and just have a beer. It isn’t worth the misery the next day.
January 24, 2017 I was diagnosed with prediabetes. My A1C was 6.3 – only 0.2 away from being diabetic. I freaked. Diabetes runs in my family, and I always feared I would get it. I knew how dangerous diabetes is. Now I was clinging to the edge a very dangerous precipice – terrified. Fear, though was an amazing motivator.
Since that day, I have been determined to change my ways. I track my food intake. I exercise. I’ve already lost 19 lbs. I’ve come up with some great techniques to keep me on the straight and narrow, and I want to share them with everyone. That is part of the reason I want to do this blog.
Yet, there is a deeper reason why I think I need this blog. I have been down this road before. I have been on and off diets all of my life. This time, I cannot go off the diet. They always say you need to make it a lifestyle change. I need to make this lifestyle one I truly want to live. I am hoping that this blog will keep me honest, and I hope that we, together, can help each other stay strong through the sharing of ideas and support.
Here’s to living a healthy prediabetic life.