I’m cheating a bit this week as health has been my focus for a few weeks now. I’ve decided to use it as my word for this week as after years of dodging it I’ve finally started making time for exercise. I think I have mentioned before that I have type 2 diabetes, I was diagnosed almost three years ago now. After a change of medication (yet again) I had to have a routine blood test to make sure my liver and kidney function wasn’t affected. The results were good for that but did show that my HbA1c levels were still rising, this is never good news for a diabetic.
The diabetic nurse gave me the stark reality that if my levels continue to rise I could be looking at having to move on to injectable medication within a year. This is the thing I dread the most, I had to inject insulin during my last two pregnancies and it wasn’t pleasant at all. Her words, although not harsh have given me the wake up call I needed.
I’m not going to lie it’s not been easy, I have to be mindful of what I’m eating all the time which is something I struggle with as someone who used to have an unhealthy restriction with food. I spent 32 years obsessing over my weight, appearance and self-image so to have finally learned to love myself and be comfortable in my own skin has turned me in to a rebel. The reality is though that this is about my health and that’s something I’ve been neglecting. From now on it’s all about balance, I’m not going to stop having the odd day of treats here and there just a lot less often.
With a much better attitude to food under my belt I’ve now turned to introducing daily exercise too. I’m experimenting with lots of different types from cardio to yoga, my burning leg muscles are the proof that it’s starting to work. I just need to learn to pace myself and remember I’m not a spring chicken anymore. I’ve never disliked exercising I would just rather do something I enjoy more like read a book or watch TV, those things won’t improve my physical health though will they.
It’s going to be a long road ahead, I have another appointment and blood test in August and I’m determined to see those levels come down by then.
I’m linking up with Anne from Raisie Bay for Word of the Week.
You might enjoy my previous word of the week post, Weather.