I Beat The Big D
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Late Jan this year, I had routine labwork after about 2.5 years (in mid-2016 my labs were all normal). My Dr. Called me in and said "You have Type 2 Diabetes." I was horrified. The inevitable had happened. My poor choices had finally caught up with me. To further speak on the inevitability and my horror before we get to the good part, my Granny Boone, who was my Daddy's mother lived next door to us when I was a child and cared for me while both of my parents worked. She was diabetic. She took meds. She was always overweight as long as I can remember and shaped just like I'm shaped. I watched her struggle with Weight Watchers, fad diets, weight loss chews, and her eating as I grew up. In the very early 90s, she developed an ulcer on her left foot. They did 4 total major surgeries. She had two bypasses to try and save her leg, which involved being stapled from groin to ankle. They then removed her leg below the knee and finally above the knee. Then she developed an ulcer on her right foot. They wanted to save the leg. She adamantly told them no. Take it off. She was NOT going through all that again for nothing. Granny Boone lived until 1997, about 5 years as a double amputee, from congestive heart failure, a complication of her diabetes. When I received the devastating diagnosis from My Doctor, I was horrified but I wasn't surprised. I knew it could and probably would happen to me and yet I continued to live my life like I was invincible and followed the path of non-sick right into disease. And there it was.
My labs stated the following: A1C 9.2. A result of greater than 6.5 indicates the presence of Diabetes. I asked my Doctor if I could have 90 days to try diet and exercise because I did NOT want the meds. I knew their side effects. He agreed and told me that most Drs would call him crazy and just write the prescription but he believed in my will to do this and we made an appointment for April 26.
Enter Optavia. I called my Health Coach who is also my Aunt because I'd done the program before and had some great weight loss but for many reasons, the biggest being I wasn't committed enough to my own health, I returned to my old habits. I fought my own battle for about 2 weeks while I prepared for my journey (Step ONE!) and my fuelings arrived. I started Step 2, Weight Loss, on Feb. 13. I have been 100 percent compliant on the plan to date, despite work potlucks, invites out to mexican dinners, birthdays, anniversary, and a major holiday. I lost 37 pounds prior to my follow up this past Friday.
My Dr. Came in and said "Well, Leslie, you have done the impossible. Whatever you are doing, keep doing it." I proceeded to tell him what I'm doing and he expressed concern about the sustainability of the program results. I explained that there were multiple steps to the program. It is a complete lifestyle change, and that I was only on step 2, where I will remain for quite awhile, before continuing up the ladder to Optimal Health. I gave him some literature for Medical Professionals and offered to email him the digital version. He proceeded to tell me that my A1C is 5.6. 5.6, y'all! For those who aren't familiar with the disease, a Hemoglobin A1C of less than 5.7 indicates the absence of diabetes. He read that statement to me from the lab sheet. He reiterated ABSENCE. He then said the following: "This doesn't happen. It simply does not happen. The progression of this disease in our society is meds, then more meds, then insulin, complications, which are all bad (kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, amputations) and finally death. You have beaten this. You do NOT have diabetes. In my entire practice I have only seen this happen two times!" "You have done the impossible!" "Keep doing what you are doing." I no longer need to regularly check my blood sugar per the Dr, unless I show symptoms.
This transformation away from the state of disease came from just 3 months of following the Optavia Habits of Health plan. It was a result of dedication and compliance and the utilization of the tools available to me: Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson's Habits of Health book, the fuelings, hydration, light exercise without huffing and puffing (I'm still in Step 2, you see), sleep, and best of all, the wonderful Optavia community. I watched every Huddle-Up team Zoom (recorded). I watched every support video my coach sent me. I watched every weekly Optavia Support call (recorded), and I stayed active in the groups, reading every post and cheering along offering quips and snips and likes and loves. I, in turn, received support and encouragement and likes and loves, and I LEARNED. I further utilized SparkPeople premium and this awesome community and its tools as well. I put the lessons into play in my life with the attitude that "I'm doing this!" Even when it got hard, I kept doing this. And here I am. I have beaten Type 2 Diabetes after only 3 months. 3 months! I came away from a diseased state in 3 months!
I can't say it enough. This plan works. But you have to do the work. You have to be dedicated. 100 percent all the time! This is your life. This is my life. These are our lives. Together we can get healthy and beat disease. We can beat big-food and big-pharma and live better, healthier, longer lives!
I can't wait to see what the next 90 days holds for my body, mind, and spirit.
One thing's for sure! This just keeps getting easier and easier.
So there you have it! That's where I'm at 90-days in. Diabetes GONE in 90 days. 37 pounds and 24 inches GONE in 90 days. This program is amazing. It's life-changing. Tell your friends and then tell them again. But most of all, remind yourself if you need reminding. Stay in touch with yourself, your coach and your wonderful community!
Let's do this!!