About 4 months ago I got bad news after a regular check up. My bloodwork came back and it wasn’t looking good. My A1c was 10.8 when it should be 4.0-5.6. According to this test I was a full blown diabetic. My glucose that day was 320 mg when it should be under 100. My cholesterol was 268. The list went on and on. I was in really bad shape.
The doctor’s office wanted me to attend a diabetes nutrition class so Michelle and I drove over to Marshall a couple of weeks later for the class. As I walked into the classroom reality set in. I was the youngest person in the room by 30 years easily. Was this how it was going to be? As I looked at my beautiful wife who then had our baby Ireland inside her I knew I couldn’t give up. My wife needs me. Sweet baby Ireland needs me. I have more adventures to go on! I made up my mind that I would do whatever it takes to not just lose weight but to be healthy for the rest of my life.
We left the class and stopped by to sit down with the PA. He didn’t sugar coat the situation. I was going down a road that would not end well. But as much as he let me know the seriousness of my bad health he gave me hope. He knew I had lost weight in the past and had improved my health so he wanted to give me another shot. We decided together that I would try to correct my issues with diet and exercise and come back for bloodwork in about 3 months. He believed in me. He gave me the confidence to get serious about my health. He was also clear that if the results came back without much improvement I would end up on meds or possibly insulin to help control my glucose.
On May 6th 2014 I finally got serious about my health.
I began eating a little better and being more active. Back then active was a 30 min walk around the neighborhood a couple of times a week. Each week I increased my distance and my diet improved drastically. Soon I was averaging about 25 miles a week and my diet was great. I was eating mostly fresh fruits and veggies. Fish became one of my main sources of protein. Sugars and carbs were kicked to the curb. I tried to eat fresh foods when possible. I tried to stay away from products with 3 paragraphs of ingredients.
The PA gave me a call today about the results of my bloodwork. Last time my A1c was 10.8. We were hoping I could get it down around 8.0 in 3 months.
This time it was 5.3!!!
Glucose went from 320 to 102!
Cholesterol went from 268 to 141!
LDL Chol went from 157 to 71!
At my biggest I was over 285 lbs
Today I’m around 215
He said he’s never seen a patient do this with just diet and exercise. He really encouraged me and was so proud of me.
I’m not sharing this to just brag on myself.
This is to say YOU CAN DO IT!!! Don’t give up!
You guys know me! I’m not Mr. Fitness. I’m not a health nut. A real person who didn’t do anything extreme turned around his health drastically in about 3 months.
If anyone needs encouragement or accountability let me know. I’ll be more than happy to share any info I’ve picked up.
Thank you to everyone who has been there for me on the days I wanted to give up. Thank you to those who will push me to go even farther and be in the best shape of my life!
I need to be here for Ireland for many more years. This is the first step towards that.
3 days ago