A few weeks back I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I've been losing weight the past couple of years, slow and steadily. I was feeling pretty well considering my list of issues (which I won't bore you with). But anyone can tell you . . . I do have issues . . . sigh.
I was at my regular doctor's appointment and he gave me the news and a prescription. I was wondering how I couldn't have noticed. He asked how I'd been feeling lately and I mentioned aches and pains and fatigue more than usual. And he asked about drinking. And the light went on. I have a pink water bottle which has not left my side in months. I keep it full at all times and if I haven't access to filtered water I have been known to fill it with . . . shudder . . . tap water. Aha!!
So I signed up at the Diabetes clinic at the local hospital which offers classes on living with this condition. The nutritionist and nurse were wonderful and informative and I learned a lot. But when your whole new lifestyle is explained to you in 6 hours a lot is forgotten.
I am filled with a stern resolve to control my sugars and live a long healthy life. It hasn't been easy and I'm still not there. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I'm following all the guidelines . . . I think . . . and my test numbers are still way too high. Hal and I rewatched the video and reread through all the information in the package I'd been given and realized I actually may have cut back too much on carbohydrates and water. So, back to the drawing board. I'm following the menu plan . . . almost . . . to the letter. There is too much food each meal so sometimes I "save" food for snacks during the day. Yesterday I didn't have fruit at breakfast and my "number" was pretty close to my target. Today I ate a small handful of grapes and . . . bam . . . way up again. But I'm supposed to eat fruit . . . sigh . . .
I would love to hear from you suggestions, tips, recipes or just words of encouragement. Hopefully I will get this new lifestyle figured out soon. I won't give up trying, that's for sure.