Sunday, February 26, 2012

Time for Change

This week was a swift kick in the keister to get my health situation in order.  My dad ended up in the emergency room due to having a VERY high glucose reading.  He joins my mom and my youngest brother in having Type 2 Diabetes.  Ironic really in that I am the really obese one.

I discovered upon reading up on the metformin medication that my youngest brother and, now, my dad take that it may cause gout attacks, that I had to do something to ensure that I never have to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  I would have to go directly on insulin due to my gout history.

So, this week, I began by first removing the high sugar snacks in my drawer at work.  I've put myself on a low/no sugar diet in that I will occasionally have sugar, but it will not be more than once a day if it can be helped.  I will also no longer consume cookies and candy at home except the occasional dark chocolate Hershey's kiss.

No more sodas.  Unsweet tea or water in most restaurants.  Very little alcohol (though due to recent gout attacks, I've cut back on that drastically and I didn't drink much to begin with).

The half of this is exercise.  I will be getting back to doing spin class.  I will be taking up running again.  My running partner and I have a goal to do a 10K by this summer.  We will have to lose some weight to do so, but I am sure it is doable.  I have a personal goal to do the Fort Worth Cowtown HALF-marathon next year (it ran today and we saw a guy at our coffeehouse who had completed the half and it got me motivated to get back into running).

I will also get my bike in running order and start doing some bike rides as well.  I want to get this weight off me.  It will help prevent diabetes and it will make me a better, happier person.

I post all of this because, if you are reading this, I want you to hold me accountable to this.  Chew me out if you see me eating bad foods.  Ask me how the training is going for the 10K (and ultimately half-marathon and full marathon).  Keep me on target, because it is you who have the biggest impact on my change.