Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A New Way of Living


So, for awhile now, I have been asking God to help me get more motivated to lose weight and get back into an exercise routine. (which hasn't happened since I was pregnant with Lily.) I had not been feeling well for awhile and when I went to the doctor to get blood work, I was thinking they were going to tell me I needed more iron. Well, on January 2nd, I got my blood results back. Iron was not the problem. I was diagnosed with diabetes. Which shouldn't have been super surprising since it does run in my family, my dad has had it for years & does an awesome job of keeping it under control. (And me being overweight probably didn't help either). But, I was still surprised and not too happy. I think I was in denial for the first few days. I thought that if I just stopped eating carbs & sugars that when I went to the doctor again, that they would tell me I was fine. I wasn't. In fact, I probably have had it for about a year. So, note to self, go to the doctor when you don't feel good. Don't wait!! After my second appointment (and then going and bawling on my mommy), I was not in denial, I was (and still am) in full learning mode. I have completely changed my eating habits, I have started exercising again, and I have even lost 14 pounds so far. My blood sugars are at a good level, and I am feeling better. I am pretty proud of myself. I do know that this is a lifetime change, and I am OK with that now. I know I will slip up and eat something I shouldn't, but I will not continue to slip up, because I want to be healthy for my kids and Jeff. But mostly for myself.

I am putting this out now, because I was afraid to tell anyone before (besides my parents & one sister who happened to ask how my blood work came out). I don't know why. Embarrassment maybe? Scared of people's reactions? Scared to admit it to others because it made it more real? Maybe it is a combination of all three. I do know that I have an amazing family and a supportive family. No judgment, only people who listen and let me tell them what I am doing and just being supportive. And I guess I would like to bounce ideas off of other people as well.

So, while this is not where I saw my life going, and it would not have been my choice of how I got motivated to lose weight, it is what it is, and I am finally listening. It may be hard at times, but I am going to make the best of it!

12 comments:

  1. Great post! Not easy to share personal info. We ALL have things to work on and I think a positive attitude helps with success and happiness. And I can always use tasty, healthy recipes so be sure to post your favs :0)

    As always you have my love and support!
    -D.

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  2. You are so strong and will manage this lift changing disease. Your attitude will help you through so much. Keep sharing it will help you in the long run. Love you and willing to do anything to help you with this.

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  3. Good for you for already making a change and losing 14 lbs!!! Very proud of you!
    Love you,
    -Amy

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  4. Love you Jenny!!! I'm so proud of you!!! You can tell that you've been losing weight. You've always been a great role model for me, and definitely continue to be one :)

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    1. Awe! Thank you Rachel! Love you too!

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  5. I am very sorry to hear that you have been unwell. But i hope that you are going to start feeling better, now that you know what it is. I think not knowing is the scary part. I'm very proud of you for all your hard work and weight loss and so forth! can't wait to see you when i get home!!!

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    1. Thank you Karen!! We can't wait to see you too!

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  6. Sharing one's reality can be so difficult, but also so rewarding when you get back support that is so needed. I started my journey Dec 2012 b/c of a foot issue/pain that I knew was due to extra weight that my body wasn't made to carry. It's hard. Especially in the beginning. But you know what....the hardest part is the beginning. It gets easier, because it turns into you day to day. It really is a lifestyle change. I'm here for anything you need! You've got this girl!

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