"FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant." ~ Bill Phillips
This is a sign in my doctor's office. As I sit and wait for him to give me my results from the past few months, I see this is a new sign he has hung up. My doctor also struggles with weight from time to time.
I got weighed...weight went down...CHECK!
Now the blood pressure...120/80...good~CHECK
Just waiting on the doctor with results. He walks in excited. He doesn't even shake my hand this time because he is excited. Says to me..." I sent you the results, I don't know if you saw them? But they looked really good!" I say I didn't see he sent them to me. Although inside I knew I had gone in and checked if my results were in. He said to me.." I will pull them up they really looked good!" He takes me through my fasting number going down...CHECK! My A1c went down to 6.8...CHECK! My cholesterol numbers are exactly perfect...CHECK! My kidneys are really doing great...CHECK! He asked me what my averages are to which I answer 117 on average, he says "That's amazing for you! You have really come a long way this year!" Then I hear the words I had been hoping to hear and have been practicing self discipline so hard came popping out of his mouth...." YOU GRADUATED TO 6 MONTH CHECKS INSTEAD OF 3!!!" not only that but he gave me 2 other bumps of good news! My chart now states I am a controlled diabetic! AND I am allowed to decrease insulin as tolerated in hopes of eventually getting off of it completely!!! I felt like all my dreams and prayers and hard work have come true!
All in all the appointment couldn't have gone much better! So, my lesson for this is: Even if you have a moment, day, week, month or even several months of rough times where you just can't seem to stay on track...keep at it! The only way you fail is if you give up. I had several months of not great days. I was sure my A1c was going to go back up. But I decided what was more important to me. Food and comfort....no. Better health to live longer so I can meet my grandchildren and make great memories. Better health so my kids and husband have me around for them. YES! That is what is most important to me! I can truly say my kids and husband would miss me more than I would miss the food and laying around. So getting healthy is the most important thing to me! If I didn't choose good health, I wouldn't just be hurting myself, but hurting all those around me also. I can't do that to them, or myself!
I want to take a second to applaud everyone on here. No matter how you are doing. Be proud of yourself for making the decision to try. That is the first step in walking this journey in the right direction. To my SP friends, I love you guys so much and need and appreciate all the support you give me. You have really stepped up for me and that means the world to me! So...THANK YOU! You helped get me through so much this year! I am blessed we crossed paths and look forward to more good years to come with all of you.
For those struggling. Don't give up! I believe in you! No matter how, or how long it takes, I know you will do it! Chin high, shoulders back and know you WILL do it!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving to everyone!