So I have blogged about getting back into shape. Three months ago, I was at a weight loss plateau. My clothes were fitting a little better, but I was not seeing much muscle definition. I had been training with a personal trainer, and I worked out hard during those every other week workouts. I did not push myself to my physical limits during the rest of my workouts.
I got my A1C tested which is a reflection of your average blood sugar level over the past three months. For someone who doesn’t have diabetes, a normal A1C level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes. My previous A1C test was 5.2 which is exactly where it needs to be. My most recent test showed a 5.9 which indicated that I was prediabetic. I have a strong family history of type II diabetes. I had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies which increases my chances. My oldest daughter Munch weighed in at 9 pounds 3 oz which is another risk factor. I controlled my gestational diabetes with both pregnancies through diet and exercise. My care was managed by my OB/gyn, my CDE (certified diabetes educator), and the endocrinologist.
I knew what I needed to do to take care of myself. I needed to eat healthier – less processed food, increase my fruit and vegetable intake and read food labels. I was not eating my calories. I was drinking them. Go check out the sugar content and carbohydrates in a grande non-fat white chocolate mocha. It is shocking to see it in print. I was so pleased that I had given up soda. I was merely substituting that for sugary coffee drinks.
I also needed to move more. When I was younger, I participated in dance, volleyball and basketball. I love to run and ride my bike. I needed to move more and quit making excuses for why I could not exercise. I needed a plan and focus. I needed to be selfish and super productive with my time. So I have set some goals for myself: commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week and lose 7% of my current body weight. These two goals are part of a sixteen week diabetes prevention program that I am participating in at work. Yesterday was the first meeting, and it went surprisingly well.
I have previously self sabotaged myself by beating myself up for every poor choice. If I want to make permanent lifestyle changes, I need to give myself grace. Shaming myself into being healthier will not work. I also need to sit with my discomfort in having to track everything I eat. I am doing the food tracking to see where I need to make better choices and be a more mindful eater.