Today is a big day. On Sundays I usually post the menu for what we plan to eat for the week. However, this morning I got on the scales and found that as of today I have lost 100 pounds. I have been sitting on 99 pounds for weeks and was wondering how long it would take me to lose that one last pound. I do plan on losing three more pounds and then I am finished and will need to maintain my weight loss.
I want to share with you now my before and after pictures. This first picture was taken at my daughter’s wedding and the second was taken at Caleb’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago with the same daughter.
The first two pictures below are from my son’s wedding and the third is from Caleb’s birthday party two weeks ago.
I won’t lie and say that it was easy to lose the weight. I am very happy that I did this for myself. Two years ago next month I was diagnosed with Diabetes. I decided that I wanted to try to keep from taking medication for this and immediately began following my doctors suggestions. He suggested the regular American Diabetes Association diet. Armed with my Glucometer I began testing like a mad woman and kept a journal of exactly what I ate and what my testing showed. After a week I was very disillusioned because my levels were out of the world and I was following the plan to the letter. Then I stumbled across a message board that changed my life.
The message board is no longer there so I can’t provide the link for you. However, what they showed me was that if you follow Dr. Bernstein’s Complete Diabetic Solution you can keep your numbers at normal, lose weight and remain healthy and full. I jumped on the bandwagon and after one month I had lost 16 pounds and My A1C was 5.6. For those who have no clue what an A1C is let me explain. It is a little test where the doctor pricks your finger for a tiny dot of blood. It tests what your glucose levels were over a three month period. According to everything that I was reading only 5% of Diabetics can naturally get their A1C into the 5s without medication. My doctor was very pleased and allowed me to follow my plan my way.
I lost weight very slowly on purpose. My job is one that requires me to dress professionally. Going from a size 22 to a size 8-10 was very expensive. Not only was I replacing clothes but I had to replace all of my shoes as well because my foot dropped one and a half sizes too. I would buy just enough outfits to get through a week and would replace them all each season to a size lower. Now that I am at the size I plan to stay I am going clothes shopping crazy. I love shopping for clothes now, where before I hated it with a passion.
The weight loss has been life changing for me. I feel so much better. I can spend hours in the floor playing with my grandson with his farm, horses and cows. I have more confidence and the food is wonderful. I do not feel as if I am giving anything up. I started this blog to journal my experience and I hope that I can be an inspiration to others to get their Diabetes under control. It can happen. You just have to want it badly enough.