Well, back in January, I was having some health issues that were just not getting better. I will spare you the details, however, a couple of friends of mine told me that I might be diabetic. I believed it because I knew that my sugar and carb intake was very high, but I had previously been in denial about these things. Right then and there, I decided the first thing I was going to do was quit soda…..cold turkey! For me, just thinking I was diabetic, was my rock bottom….my catalyst to make a change once and for all.
It has been 7 months now with no soda and I do not miss it one bit. Here are my reasons why and how it changed my life. The first one being the most important.
1. My BSD (Bile Salt Diarrhea) symptoms are almost gone. I will always have it, but now it is manageable. If you do not know what I am talking about, read My BSD Story. I have been a prisoner in my home and my body was the warden. I was always too afraid to leave for fear of accidents and when I did go places, I always had to know exactly where the bathrooms were. I haven’t been able to go to school functions for my kids in a long time, in fact, I have never been to Gavin’s and the guilt was eating me alive. But now, I get out every chance I get, going to the grocery store is a special treat for me. Sad as it may sound, I am HAPPY to go to the store! I feel like I have my life back. Also, for all other sufferers out there, my doctor gave me Colestipol and I cannot say enough good things. Quitting soda made it manageable, but Colestipol has made me symptom-free for a few months now except once because my nerves got the best of me. Another med the doctor tried me on first was Welcol, which was amazing, but what I learned is that most insurances will not cover it. If your insurance covers it, then I recommend it over Colestipol!
2. I have tons more energy! The housework is getting done, I am doing more activities with the kids. I started walking the kids at least part way to school last year and hopefully this year I will make it all the way to the school. Hubby and I walk around the block on cooler nights (which haven’t been lately). I no longer drive around a parking lot looking for a close spot, I park where ever even if its far. And best of all, I am blaring the music and dancing away while I do chores…..when no one is home……so no one has to see it!!!
3. I am having fewer symptoms of depression. I no longer feel worthless. I decided that I am important and taking care of myself in more ways than just diet, are important. Thanks to no longer having stomach issues, I was able to take my kids to the salon with me and we all got haircuts. I actually chose a flattering hairstyle for myself because I actually wanted to look nice. For the first time in a long time, when I looked in the mirror, I saw a pretty face. Something I told a few friends lately is that I am starting to like myself! Maybe even love myself.
4. I have lost a total of 38lbs! In 7 months since I quit, I have been able to lose more weight than I have been able to lose at any given time in my 37 years.
I know I never show this side of myself to you, mainly because I want to keep my blog upbeat and happy, but I knew it was time for you to get to know me, at least the new me.
Now, it isn’t all good news. In March, I finally got tested and found out that I am officially diabetic. My A1C was an 11, which I guess is really high. The doctor started me on Metformin and I started monitoring my glucose levels. In May, my glucose levels were so good that they doctor took me off diabetes medications completely and in June we tested my A1C again. This time it was at 6.3 which is amazing! My doctor wanted it below 7 and I did exactly that!
Back in December, hubby received two gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory that have been useless for us, however I have decided that since they do not expire, we are going to use them as a celebratory dinner when (notice I said when, not if) I reach a specific goal. That goal is reaching the weight I was when I met my husband, and as long as my glucose levels are in healthy ranges. I am 52lbs away from my goal as of today. When I get there, I think that sharing a slice of cheesecake with my husband will be okay for me as long as I am careful.
If you will have me, I would like to share my journey here on my blog. To hold myself accountable and so you can really get to know me as I am. For some, becoming diabetic may feel like a death sentence, but for me, it saved my life.