My diabetes diagnosis has made me realise that I need to sort my life out. Cut out the fatty foods, ditch the alcohol and sugary drinks and get more exercise. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve made a real effort to start making better life choices.
I’ve managed to cut out a lot of sugar from my diet. I’ve moved over to sugar free drinks, and have really cut down my alcohol intake. I had promised myself that I’d give up the beer completely, but people kept saying that it was OK to have a beer if you wanted, just don’t drink too much. Since my diagnosis one month ago, I’ve had 5 pints. It does feel weird drinking diet coke when in the pub with mates whilst they’re having pint after pint of alcohol, but I know that this change will do me good in the long term.
I’ve also taken up running. My Dad’s a runner and has been for years. I used to run a bit when I was younger, but my asthma always got in the way. People were receommending Couch To 5K to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. As of writing this blog post, I have just finished Week 2 of the programme, and I’m feeling great. I’ve had no problems with my asthma so far, and I’m the happiest I’ve been for a very long time with my fitness!
I got weighed at the end of July, and was told I weighed 99kg. My reaction to being told this was “fucking hell”. At my last weigh-in back in November 2019 I weighed a whopping 114kg, which meant that during the pandemic, I lost a massive 15kg. That’s 2 and a half stone!! As of writing this post, I’m down to 95kg, which is a brilliant 14 stone 13. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m determined to get down to 14 stone by the end of the year. If I keep going the way I am, this will be a walk in the park!
I need to start getting used to people complimenting me on my weight, I feel embarrased about it to be honest. I am in the best shape I have been in for years though, and life couldn’t be better!