Six Weeks... Something Has To Change
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Six weeks ago my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic. It was a shock to hear the words I had been dreading. I knew it was coming, if truth be told. I knew because how could it be any other way when my eating had been charging down the track like a run-away train engine. My mom had been on Metformin... my dad too... almost all of my aunts and uncles are on Metformin... it was only a matter of time. Twenty-two years ago my doctor at that time told me I had Gestational Diabetes and then told me that later in life I would probably develop it, so no wonder I thought it was inevitable. Metformin scares me... it recently has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and having watched my mother die of complications due to Alzheimer’s, the fear is real! For the six weeks since the doctor suggested I might consider Metformin to help with the pre-diabetes, I’ve been ruminating on what I can do to help myself. Get control of my eating habits was the number 1 priority, and lose weight was the second. That’s where Spark People comes in. My sister told me about the program and I decided to try. This is my second day. I am badly overweight and I have some difficult mobility issues due to a congenital problem with my spine. This adds the burden of finding exercises that I am capable of doing daily. I live in a remote community and so access to gyms and programs that can help get me moving are out of the question. So fitness is something, going forward, I will probably struggle with. But that Metformin is pushing me to try something.
I am a writer and multimedia artist so that means I am sedentary. I am a lover of food but hate time in the kitchen. Cooking and recipes bore me senseless. But I still think I can do this! Maybe I’m fooling myself, but maybe... just maybe I can make this work. I have six more weeks before my next blood test and at that point I had better be showing some signs of getting my blood sugar under control... or else... I really really want this to work.