chocobell1212 (chocobell1212) wrote,

Diabetes checkup

I just got back from my Diabetes followup ... I'm definitely doing "The Happy Dance".  I've only been diagnosed since the end of October.  Today, all my numbers are going in the right direction.  DOWN!!!!!  My Triglycerides went from 378 in October to 217 this morning.  I've lost 10 lbs, my blood pressure is good and I only need to check my blood once a day now, instead of twice a day.  My fingers are as thrilled as the rest of me.

I had to give up fast food ... really, really hard.  Arbys, KFC, Subway, Taco Bell, Chinese, Pizza ... just to name my usual haunts, they probably think I've moved.

Of course, I also had to give up sweets.  Oh, the inhumanity !!!  I know this has been the most difficult thing I've EVER had to do.  And that includes the Breast Cancer thing I had to go through 5 years ago.  I've always been addicted to chocolate.  And Dr. Pepper, and cherry coke.  Many years ago I tried diet Coke and thought I was going to gag.  It was truly awful.  So, when my son suggested I try Coke Zero, I was skeptical, to say the least.  I did give it a try and was very pleasantly surprised.  They've definitely improved their "sugar free".  I have also found some cupcakes that are sugar free that are really good.  So I can feed my sweet tooth.  It's amazing how much that helps.  

Anyway, the Doctor says that sometime in the near future, he believes that we can take me off the meds all together.  The important thing is making the big "lifestyle change".  Eating right and exercising.  That's another thing.  I've never been big on exercising.  Before, it was because I wanted to lose weight ... apparently not a good enough incentive.  I didn't stay on any official exercise program.  Now, I really do "have to".  The incentive is there.  


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