First Post: Tidings of Great Joy
Friday, December 23, 2011
Okay, I've never blogged about anything, anywhere, but there's a first time for everything, I'm told. In the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to share my recent success.
I had my annual physical this week--an event that I never look forward to, but this year in particular I was dreading it. My blood glucose levels have been creeping steadily up, up, up for the past few years, and last year my doctor threw down the gauntlet. She gave me six months (I cheated and made it 12) to lose 30 pounds or she was going to declare me diabetic.
I was terrified. Images of my father, who died from complications of heart disease and diabetes, haunted me. I knew my doctor was right, but I had a difficult time getting myself to do the work.
This August, I had the good fortune to travel to Beijing, China (incredible place, highly recommend it). I walked pretty much everywhere for 10 days straight. When I got home, I found that I had lost about 10 pounds. I knew that I had to keep going with weight loss, and it seemed a shame to waste this great start. So I didn't.
Starting at 300 in August, I weighed in at the doctor's office on December 20 (really, really bad time of year for a physical, by the way) at 278.9 lbs. Significantly trimmer, but also significantly short of Doc's 30-pound ultimatum, I was worried that it wouldn't be enough.
Well, I got my labs in the mail today. Blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides--all of which had been too high last year--are all in the normal range! Granted, they're on the high end of normal, but NORMAL! Woot!
I can't really express how relieved I am. (Seriously. I mean, the first thing I did was sit down and have a good cry.) I can, however, take a stab at expressing my gratitude to SP, and to the people here who have been so encouraging. I know that the tools and interactions I have had at this site are playing a huge role in this success.
Thank you. For everything.
Best. Christmas. Present. Ever.