…feck off! I have had the best news today – I am no longer in need of my diabetes medication, as my lifestyle overhaul is doing far more than the drugs ever can…according to my doctor. So I am waving ‘goodbye’ to this lot…
Courtesy of following the Slimming World plan – which is simply healthy eating and a few treats in moderation – I am no longer a pill-popper or injector.
So to all of those people resigned to type 2 diabetes…it CAN be managed via a healthy diet and exercise in the vast majority of cases. Get sharing this blog with those doubters…and those in need of a kick up the arse!
This means a heck of a lot to me. I remember the day that I was diagnosed. I was in a meeting with the weight loss surgery psychologist who asked how I was coping with the diabetes. I told him that I didn’t have it…he soon corrected me. Nobody had thought to check my blood test results. I had extremely severe type 2 diabetes. The fact that I was having a wee fifteen times a night should have been an indicator! So I was whisked away and given so much medication to take – an injection daily, and 4 x 500mg of Metformin, and a zero carb diet plan – all of which basically wiped me out for two weeks – I was so ill.
Worse than the stomach cramps, the sickness, the lethargy, and the nasty poop that this gave me, was the look on the face of my sister. My sister, brother in law, and nephew had picked me up from the hospital and I was laden with pills and injectipens and blood sugar monitors. She asked what it was for, and when I explained that I had diabetes…well, she just looked at me. And that ‘look’ carried such meaning…I knew that what I was doing was stupid – very fecking stupid.
I was playing Russian roulette with my life.
Now I had other health issues too by this point in time – but, rather ironically, the diabetes was the icing on the cake.
I vowed to change – and I did…I just simply stopped fecking around and started taking my health and well-being seriously.
And I have been rewarded. I am no longer going to have to remember to take these tablets every morning and evening – and I am no longer going to have to find bits of fat to inject into daily. I fecking love it! I love Slimming World. I love me. I love the lifestyle that I have now…although improvements can always be made!
For now, I am going to brag and shout about the fact that I don’t need all of the medicine that I was pumping into my body. Whilst it was there to help me…it can’t be bloody good for you. I am so fecking happy that I got this result!
I remember having a carrot dangled in front of me on more than one occasion. ‘The weight loss surgery will mean that your diabetes disappears overnight.’ I was told this a fair few times. And whilst that may well be the case…my diabetes is manageable via a healthy lifestyle and exercise. So there is no need for me to have a ‘cut and shut’ job on my squiggly innards.
Just as my diabetes is manageable via a healthy lifestyle and exercise, so is my weight. I lost another 1lb today…which gives me a grand total of 20st 10lbs. Another nice belated birthday present to myself.
And I think that I will leave it there. I don’t think I need say anymore.
Other than a MASSIVE ‘thank you’ to you for your support…and a HUGE ‘thank you’ to my Slimming World consultant for sticking with me…and obviously, a BIG ‘thank you’ to Slimming World for creating a plan with enough flexibility for someone like me – a 43st 5.5lbs binge eating disorder sufferer – to get a sense of control back and to make continual improvements to the fuel that I provide my body with.
Today has been amazing. In addition to all of the medicine-related excitement, I was proud of myself when it came to the gym. I had felt a bit faint during weigh-in and was questioning whether or not to go to the gym. I got in the car and reached a set of traffic lights…and should have turned left…wanted to turn right – towards home! – but turned left and ended up at the gym. This for me was another indicator of progress. The faint feeling could have been an ideal excuse. But stripping away my excuses and challenging myself has been a crucial part of my journey so far. So I got working out and had a great catch-up with my trainer. I then collected Mr WLB from the house and we headed to grab lunch. Then it was straight to the horses – and the farrier was waiting for me – so I quickly got the horses in and managed to get them all sorted…even though I felt like sleeping by this point, as my doctors appointment had been 7.30am! And then it was off to the shops, followed by a visit to give my sister the good news about my diabetes, and then home to try and relax a little. I feel like I need another trip to Scotland!
Breakfast: Banana and boiled eggs.
A delicious food day – but a bit of a hectic one…and my dog ate half of my lunch as I left it with her in the car for a second! So brekkie was my usual, and was followed with a jacket potato from the van man – I took my own salad with me. I fancied a bit of everything, and so had beans, cottage cheese, and tuna – no mayo, no butter, and he doesn’t rub his potatoes in oil – which, as I write those words, has just made me giggle! Dinner was delicious. Rice with mushrooms, red onion, and asparagus – no real spices or anything – with my smoked scallops…just delicious. And my snacks were pretty tasty too today…3 weeks without crisps I think!
Exercise: 30 minutes rowing, 15 minutes elliptical, and 15 minutes treadmill.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx