Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Check-In

The challenge week disintegrated on Friday evening. First, Don and I went to a wine tasting. I got a bit drunk on just the tasting wine (I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking). Then, we were impulsive and overindulged in grilled cheese and chips and salsa. Then, on Saturday, Don and I had a big fight and I stress-ate. Although we made up and were soppy turtle doves by Sunday, I threw caution and the challenge to the wind. I didn't eat terribly. But I didn't test regularly, didn't eat enough vegetables, didn't portion control, and didn't take pictures.

So, when weighed in this morning, the scale read 222.0lbs. Not really surprising. I have decided that challenges with multiple goals don't work for me at the moment. I lack enough willpower to do all items on a checklist. So, this week I am going to stick to one - exercise. That is the one thing that I find hard to get started on and constantly find excuses for. So, my only goal for this week is to exercise at least 1/2 an hour each day starting today.

Now for the good news: I had my doctor's appointment this morning. It has been almost 3 months since my diabetes diagnosis. They did another A1C hemoglobin test. This is a test that tells you what your blood sugar has been on an average for the last 3 months. When I first got diagnosed, it was 11.2%. Normal is under 5.5%. This morning's test showed that over the last 3 months, it was 6.9%. Not normal, but still almost a 4.5% drop compared to May.

My doctor had wanted to prescribe me insulin at our last meeting, but I had asked to wait till today's appointment to see if I had to. Today, he said that with this improvement, he is not prescribing me insulin right now. If at our next meeting 3 months later, it is still in the high 6's, he will. I am ecstatic!!! I feel really REALLYmotivated to continue to manage my diabetes.

I also gave him some feedback about his assistant who had told me that Type I was better. Read about that here. He was very sympathetic and understanding. He apologized and said he would have a word with her. I feel better after having passed the feedback on. I hope that this will prevent other patients from being shamed/confused/angered like I had been.


Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

I like the idea of having one single goal to focus on. Much less overwhelming! Great news about your A1C and no insulin!!

Chrysalis Fit said...

Thanks, Christina. It did feel awesome!

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