It's been just about 1 year since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have made some good progress since then. I've lost around 30 lbs and wearing 3 sizes smaller clothes since last August and at my recent visit the end of June, my doctor was happy with my blood sugar numbers and told me that I didn't have to test everyday if I didn't want to...she said that my a1c was the same as hers and she didn't have diabetes. I was very encouraged by that.
However, since then I feel like I've kind of gone backwards a little bit. I put about 3-4 pounds back on during our "staycation" in July...granted it was only a few pounds, but still...that is the wrong direction! I've fluctuated some in the weeks since, but it's been difficult to really get things moving in the right direction again. I think that testing at least once a day (sometimes more) was keeping me accountable. So, maybe I should do it, not because I need to, but so that perhaps it will help me be able to really start moving in the right direction again.
Overall though, I am feeling the best I have in a really long time. You don't realize how bad you actually feel until you feel better. One of the biggest differences (aside from the weight loss) is the fact that my focus is better...it was one of the things that I remember was not doing so good before I started making those healthy changes. I had felt like, my brain was sluggish...like I couldn't really focus on anything fully. I was easily bothered by distractions, and often couldn't think straight. I should have known that it was health related, but I really thought that perhaps it was just because I was getting older and that this was how things were going to be. I remember in my younger days being able to multi-task was not a problem, but then as I got closer to my mid 40's the thought of doing any serious multi-tasking was out of the question...I think that the fact that my health was not great combined with my increasing age was the issue. But, now I feel like my mind is clearer, at least most days! And while I do have more energy, I still don't have as much energy as I would like...but I'm hoping that will change and my body continues to change.
I will never be one who is into all the "anti-aging" stuff...creams and lotions, and face lifts or this anti-aging potion or that anti-aging potion. I think it's ridiculous to try and stop or reverse the signs of aging. I think aging is beautiful. It's the way of life, how God made us. I'm not afraid of gray hair, age spots or wrinkles. And other than aches and pains or general health issues that come with growing old, I will embrace getting older and accept it with grace and dignity.