It has been a bit since I’ve updated you on my Diabetes Journey. School has been busy. Lots to do. You know, all the excuses for not writing.
Way back when I started teaching in 2003, I had an “emergency weight.” You know that weight that when you hit it, the clothes stop fitting right, and it’s either go into the high gear diet or buy new clothes. Over the years, I’ve blazed past my “emergency” weight and set one 20 pounds higher. Once I hit that “emergency” weight, I pretty much faced the fact that I was 50ish and losing weight was going to be really tough and probably not worth it.
All you have to do is look at BMI charts to realize that you’ll never get down to that magic number that takes you from your currently “obese” number, through the “overweight” numbers to the holy grail “normal” numbers. I’m 6’0″. I have to get down to 184 to be “normal” BMI. When I shared that number, Amy asked, “Don’t I get a say in this? 184 is way too skinny.” I tend to agree. In all of the reading I’ve been doing, another measure of health is for your waist doubled to be less than your height. I need work on that one too.
But, I dug into this change of lifestyle. And, I’ll tell you this, I’m thankful for my diagnosis. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never met a cookie, donut, or other baked item I couldn’t call a friend. I’ve never been on a diet where I couldn’t find an excuse to go ahead and have just one, even if that meant just one in the morning, one at lunch, and one after school. Besides, when you’re on a diet, you can just get back to it tomorrow. I call it the “Scarlett O’Hara Diet” because, after all, tomorrow is another day. Diabetes has completely changed all of that.
It just isn’t tempting to cheat on my lifestyle change. It has become very easy to turn down carb-laden food. For whatever reason, my glucose meter numbers motivated me light years beyond my scale’s numbers.
The funny thing about that is that once the glucose numbers were motivating me, the scale’s numbers started dropping. Since January 4th, DD Day (Diabetes Diagnosis Day), I’ve lost over 30 pounds and I’m currently under my original “emergency” weight. I’ve left Obese BMI behind and am seriously considering going for “normal”, not that Amy will love that. My morning fasting BS is consistently around 90-100. I’m very much looking forward to my follow-up appointment with my doctor to get patted on the back for finally heeding her warnings.