What is it that motivates us to move in a new direction? With all the momentum in a certain direction, what is it that will expedite a change of course? Each individual will have a different answer. While there are basic needs that we all share and some overlap in our likes and interests, much of our life’s course is navigated by our personal choices.
Leaving the doctor’s office, I felt good about the way I had been living in regards to my health. I had been doing weekly meal planning, cooking at home, and packing my lunch. These were all positive steps in the right direction. I felt confident that this would be reflected in my blood work results…This was going to be great!
What in the world!? #HbA1c=8.6!!… I looked at the results in disbelief. MY HbA1c was just as high as the day I was diagnosed. I had not had a reading over 6.9 in 33 months (6.9 only once, all of the rest were 6.2) and yes I was counting!! I am not saying that my doctor was happy with the 6.2’s but I was.
In truth there were other disconcerting elevations in the usual suspect areas as well that would have motivated a normal person to action. I had been seeing these elevated number for years without much thought and had not heeded any of my doctor’s advice. Well, I had heeded very little but my HbA1c, now that’s a different story. Now I am concerned. This can’t happen. I cannot make uncontrolled #type 2 diabetes a lifestyle. But how do I fix it? The answer of course: #diet and #exercise.
In my perfect world watching TV and reading are tantamount to exercise and smoking cigarettes is like taking a vitamin supplement. I don’t smoke but I hope you get the point. A sedentary lifestyle and bad habits had no ill effects in my dream world. The reality is much different and some intentional and planned steps must be taken. I am still not sure as to why my HBA1c was at this elevated level but I had to be more proactive.
You can read from a multitude of great sources about ways to help manage your type 2 diabetes. Some of my favorite sources are:
It doesn’t take long to recognize a pattern in their advice. Attention to your diet and exercise are paramount to successful control of type 2 diabetes.
As it is such an important part of diabetes control I didn’t feel that I could go without including it here. However, I am going to limit my writing on the topic only as it applies to my goals and as a meter of my progress. Dieting is probably one of the most popular topics on the internet. There are so many methods, ideas, opinions, and health considerations when it comes to dieting. Dieting is an undertaking that should include a consult with your physician. I went to the diabetes clinic in my area and was given advice and options on how to meet my diabetes control and weight loss goals. I personally use the loseit.com app and am happy with the way it snycs with some of the other tools that I use. For me the commitment to an appointment and the time spent at the clinic deepened my resolve to the weight loss and dietary changes.
I loathe exercise. I absolutely hate it. This is one of those personal choices that has navigated me on a course for an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Thankfully this high HbA1c number has shouted, “hard to starboard” early enough and loud enough that I will be able to turn my rudder and circumvent an untimely end and that is one of my real fears. While there are things that can and will happen to us outside of our control, I have always feared having to live with a serious health condition that I could have avoided with better choices.
My wife has her own physical challenges that include balance issues. She has always enjoyed riding a bike but had experienced a bad spill on her two wheel bike that led to her quit riding. I thought that I might take up riding her bike but I had issues of a different type. I rode it about two times and came to the conclusion that I hated the pain that the seat inflicted on my bottom! I mean it really was uncomfortable. Instead of me riding the bike the bike was riding me if you get my drift. By the next season change the bike was in a yard sale and sold to one of our neighbors at a steal.
Even with the balance issues and accident my wife’s desire for a bike never waned. She spotted an #adult tricycle at Essex. They only had one in stock and it had been sold. We decided that we would get her one the next time they had one in stock. They have not had one since. In retrospect it worked to our advantage that this type of bike was unavailable.
It truly was an adult tricycle. An oversize version of the one I had as a kid. My wife was sure she wanted one and I was sure that I did not. It did nothing for me whatsoever in the way of building excitement to ride for fun or exercise. My wife would bring up the subject of getting bikes every now and then and I approached it with the type of zeal that I have for getting my flu shot. Knowing full well that I would never take the helm and still wanting a bike my wife finally did it. She set an appointment with our local bike shop to look at trikes.
On the recommendation of a friend my wife set an appointment at a local dealer. They carried Sun recumbent trikes. Our friend had a great experience there and Laura trusted her judgement. The appointment came and went and my wife came home excited. She announced to me that she was getting one of these bikes. She provided me with as much information as she could from her visit. Her excitement must have been contagious because it finally happened. My need for a change in direction to improve my health and her level of excitement about this bike had culminated in ME wanting a bike. I didn’t realize it at that exact moment but I was about to make a 180 degree turn. In a few days I would be the proud and excited owner of a new Sun recumbent trike.