Thursday, July 24, 2008

364 Days

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"Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food."


You might have noticed that I took a few days off this week. I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off as part of a detox I do for myself every once in a while. I enjoy blogging and browsing the net, but sometimes one just has to step away from the box on the desk, and step out into the light. Life gets stressful for us, heck it gets stressful for everyone, and in those times it is more important then ever to just take a step back from everything and enjoy whatever weather you are currently having. With the exception of a few really hot days, it has been a mild summer here in the Bay Area. It's been the kind of summer where you can wear a nice light sweater and be very comfortable. :)

The Internet gets to me sometimes. In my in-box there are four ads for ways I can increase my penis size, an email about how Sherry Shepard will now have to eat her words about a tasteless joke about Barbara Walters, and some assorted 56 emails or so that are actually newsletters. Everything from my Photography to my MayoClinic Weekly Health Update. I will more then likely delete the emails about ways to increase my penis size, because in that I am a girl it really isn't something I can use. LOL. And since I am more then happy with Alan... MORE THEN HAPPY... well... you get the picture. As for Sherry Shepard, I saw the joke, and I it wasn't a big deal. I am getting so tired of online sights, and AOL looking to find another controversy about The View, as if they are trying to recreate the Rosie year! Enough already.

I have a lot to share about what I did this week, but I think I will spread the news out over a couple days or so. I have some really good news to share about myself and Elvis. We are both handling things really well all considered. I will do a full update on him either tomorrow or Sunday, because Saturday is our next Round Robin Challenge. Are you going to play?So now, on with the news. For Now lets start with me...

As you know, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on July 23rd, 2007. At that time my A1C was 6.7. Kaiser considers the normal range for non-diabetics to be between 4.6 - 6.0. The A1C test measures your overall blood glucose level for the previous 3 months prior to the test. When I checked my A1C in November of 2007, after living as a diabetic for 4 months, my A1C had dropped to 5.9. Just inside the normal range. In those four months I learned a lot about nutrition and stress. I was able to determine that stress was the biggest factor in raising my blood sugar. I took simple steps to lower my stress levels, and to get the most out of my meals.

The biggest difference came from not just reducing my sugar intake, but from eating proper portions, eating out less, and eating my meals inside 30 minutes. I stopped the fast food full stop. I love junk food, but once I began measuring my blood glucose levels, I got a wake up about what that food does to your body. I also learned that eating out once in a while will not cause the world to end, in fact it's good for the soul if done in moderation. Sometimes Alan and I will grab a Big Mac and split it, just to chase off the craving if we have one. Since I love to cook, it was an easy move for me. I love the creativity that comes from cooking. I have a cookbook for diabetics, that can be enjoyed by everyone who just wants more food with less consequences. Diabetics are not restricted to a sugar-free diet, it simply has to be approached from a realistic point of view.

I hate cookbooks that call themselves "Death By Anything Edible." It's not clever, and it is very possible. In fact it's more then possible. It will happen. I have a friend in my past who ate herself to death. She died at 37, 200 pounds overweight. She didn't have to die. She didn't have a problem with her metabolism, she admitted on more then one occasion that she didn't care. She lived alone, so why cook for herself? I still miss her funny wit, her kindness and her creativity. We all saw it coming, but that didn't make it hurt less when she died. Not one little bit. I think the only positive thing that came from it was the lesson about how nutrition can turn on you. Sigh.

Anyway, after my diagnosis I used the Internet to research how to make those necessary changes and adjustments, and as of Tuesday, July 21st, my A1C is 5.5! I have worked really hard at controlling my diabetes. I didn't have to give up anything to do it, I just had to let myself learn about nutrition and exercise. I learned I can eat a little more with dinner, if I am willing to engage in 30 minutes of mild exercise after my meal. Like I said... simple! My friend passed away in 1992, and sometimes I wonder if she would have survived longer if she would have had access to a computer to help her figure things out. I know I did a lot better because of the research I did. Last night I ate a Twix bar, and 2 hours later my blood glucose level was 100, which means it didn't go up even a little bit. That's because I have lowered by A1C so drastically that my body doesn't worry about me as much as it used to. That's a good feeling.

My goal for my A1C test in November is 5.3... wish me luck!

"For people without diabetes, the normal A1C range is 4-6%. For people with diabetes, the lower the A1C value, the better the diabetes control and the lower the risk of developing complications such as eye, heart, and kidney disease. Your goal should be to have A1C values less than 7%. That may be a hard target to hit, but it is important to try because the lower your A1C, the lower your health risk."

-Diabetes Journal of the American Diabetes Association



IndigoSunMoon said...

Good luck my friend. I'm more than confident that you will achieve your goal!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

That's just wonderful Carly. You certainly are the kind of person who can achieve anything she sets her mind to. I'm sure that you'll reach your goal.

Anonymous said...

dear Carly,
you're awesome! let's face it!:)
interesting entry!