My Diabetes Journey - 14 Days Later
Last week, I did a post that highlighted my journey that I'm on when it comes to controlling and even reversing Type 2 diabetes.
No sob story, no feeling sorry for me...I made the commitment to put in the work because like I mentioned, I have 4 very important reasons why...
I thought I would update the journey so far, and share with you the highs and lows of the past 14 days since I was diagnosed.
Let me be brutally honest...When the doctor said to me "You need to make drastic lifestyle changes and get this blood sugar down"...That was literally the ignition I needed.
Sadly, like I was saying last week...I almost knew this was headed my way, but we tend to take things with a grain of salt until it's too late. I feel lucky that I caught this now and have the ability to make changes in basically everything in my life...To help reverse this disease!
So drastic it was....
Two things needed to change.
First was diet. And the second was exercise.
Before the diagnosis, my diet consisted of pure carbs and massive portions. Even though I wasn't a soda drinker, because of the carbs I was eating, it turned it all to sugar. So carbs / sugar...Had to be cut and portions drastically reduced as well.
Also, I was a heavy coffee drinker. Never put sugar in coffee, but decided...We're going drastic...So I cut that out as well and have been drinking teas over the past few weeks now.
So for me it was an easy decision. Change it all!
I cut carbs out to a minimum, literally the only carbs I'm getting now are from tiny servings of fruit and vegetables. I also get a few from my go to snack now...Almonds and walnuts!
My diet now consists of about 80% veggies. Lots of leafy green salads and an avocado a day ;)
No cereals, no breads, no rice!
It's actually been a lot easier than I thought it would be...I'm enjoying the fresh vegetables and cooking my own food every day.
And....I clocked in over 318 lbs, and the doctor said I needed to lose a pound a week.
My exercise plan before the diagnosis consisted of...Walking to my home office and bedroom, making a stop or two in the living room. So this needed a kick start...Big time!
Being this heavy and basically not active for the better part of 20 years, it's an uphill battle just to get up off the couch. But I live in the middle of nowhere Canada, that is surrounded by plenty of nature...
So here's what I decided to do....Hike!
Each of those dots represents a day since May 1st I've been on the trails.
So 15 out of the 18 days, I've been outside, getting fresh air and getting the feet moving.
Speaking of fresh air...
I live close to a 3.5 km trail that I've been hiking on each day for the past 2 weeks.
There's even a few hills to conquer which really gets my heart pumping and burns those calories!
I have a partner with me each day too....She is enjoying the views!
That hill might not look like much, but trust me for this 300 plus pound guy....It was an event to get to the top LOL
And here's the best part about doing these daily hikes and staying active...I've been using the @ActiFit app religiously since beginning my 'drastic lifestyle changes'.
There's been a couple of 10k days in the mix there...And that is my next goal...To get to an average of 10k steps a day!
And here's the results of me...Changing my diet and getting outside almost every day for the past few weeks....
I started at 318.6 lbs, and within 7 days I was down to 314.8 lbs...
This past Sunday I weighed in at an even 308 lbs...More than 10 lbs lost in 14 days.
Crazy to think, I'm close to being sub-300 lbs...And it's been about 20 years maybe even more, since I've been that weight!
But here's the best part...
That is my blood sugar reading over the past 24 hours. I've basically been in my target range for the past 4-5 days, and it seems to be holding steady.
I'm learning a lot about my body and how it reacts to certain foods and with this game plan I've been on...I can see down the road how this disease can and will be reversed!
For anyone out there, struggling with weight or type 2 diabetes, here's the honest to God truth...
When you've had enough, and that fire lights under you...
You CAN change your life.
You CAN lose the weight.
And you CAN get this stuff under control.
And even though I'm only 14 days into this journey...I'm only just getting started!
Jon you are crushing it keep up the great job. I am here for you on this Journey! Love seeing your success!
Thank you sir, appreciate the support!
Congratulations! Soon that diabetes will be a thing of the past. Another thing worth considering if you find yourself getting too sedentary is one of those standing desks. I find them useful especially when I'm on meetings that don't require a lot of focus.
Yeah I have a standing desk, one of the first things I purchased when I moved last year. It's been awesome.
Wow, that's exactly the needed mindset! And will be a good rollercoaster: you start to exercise more, you feel better, exercise gets easier, you enjoy it more, you exercise more... and road to success! By the way, with all that nature around... a bike would do wonders there! ;)
Yeah I've already started doing some light jogging, so it's getting easier!
Crushing it 💪 I bet you're feeling awesome already. That first week is always rough and after that you start feeling good! Enjoy those walks super relaxing and a great way to just disconnect a bit and great for the metal health as well.
Not bad at all. Lots more energy thats for sure...But the biggest thing, my legs and feet dont hurt.
Wow that shows the commitment you have. Exercising really helps in keeping the diabetes away, additionally hiking is far more impactful activity too. May be life style change could also help you in your mission to control diabetes
Thank you very much. It's been a long time coming :)
Diabetes is a big problem these days, especially in wealthy nations like the USA and Canada. Almost every male over the age of 30 is at risk of it. I am too, my dad and his brother both have it (so I'm genetically predisposed to it). I am probably pre-diabetic myself.
Looking at the amount of discipline my dad has to maintain to keep from slipping into a coma keeps me away from some of my favourite cakes and fizzy drinks.
Yeah man, I've done a complete 180 since I learned about it. It really scares you into making big changes.
Indeed. Also, it's a pre-existing condition for basically everything haha.
Sitting on my butt for 20 plus years didn't help either...But yeah it's in my family as well.
You are kicking Diabetes butt!!
So proud of you!
And I would walk every day just for that view lol
As a celebration, I'm trying to get back on running!
You are an inspiration and I will kick butt too!
It's the middle of the afternoon right now, and I feel like I'm slacking cause I haven't hiked yet LOL
Get out of the house now!!! ahaha