My first A1C since diagnosis 3 months ago!!

Posted by kateia @kateia, Nov 4, 2019

I just wanted to share my excitement. I had my first A1C test today since my diagnostic test in July. July's test was 10.1 Today's test was 5.8!! I was going to be happy with 8!! I can't believe it dropped so fast. No medications. Just eating right and exercising!!! Woo Hoo!! I'll keep plugging along. Still want to get 10 more pounds off before the end of the year!

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JK, just search Grow Young fitness. All DVD's are listed there. He's always adding new ones. He even has one on boxing. His starter pack (1 dvd) has foundation, cardio, core, balance, yoga exercises all in one dvd. You can also check out "classical stretch by Essentrics" Miranda Esmonde-White is the instructor. The one I have is on Posture and Pain-Relief. It is all standing. Hers are Yoga type exercises. You may have to have additional equipment for her exercises. Public Television always has a presentation by her during their fundraising. She really knows what she does. However, in any case, we do have to put the disc in the machine and do the exercises!!! lol

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@retiredteacher

@kateia If I could exercise, this would be a good motivation, but until I can reduce the pain in my feet so that I can exercise, I'm at a standstill, I can go back to a strict diet, but this holiday time of year is so hard for me to ignore all the delicious food we don't usually have any other time. So, I'll have to come to terms with it myself for the time being and try to re-think my situation. Thanks for your encouragement.
Carol

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Carol, my prayers are for you and the pain in your feet. I have NEVER cut out foods that I like to eat. I have eliminated alot of bread products and added veggies to the meat instead. The holidays are going to be a challenge. Especially if you work and the "goodies" are always there. Always have snacks that you CAN have and enjoy so you're not depriving yourself. We can only take one day at a time. Yesterday doesn't count anymore. Tomorrow doesn't need to be worried about. We do what we can TODAY. If I mess up, I acknowledge it and ask God to help me do better. Watch what you are doing and how much snacking you do. I've found that most of mine is done in front of the TV. So now the TV needs to stay off. It seems like it's sending messages to me to eat and be hungry. Blessings to you.

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@kateia

Carol, my prayers are for you and the pain in your feet. I have NEVER cut out foods that I like to eat. I have eliminated alot of bread products and added veggies to the meat instead. The holidays are going to be a challenge. Especially if you work and the "goodies" are always there. Always have snacks that you CAN have and enjoy so you're not depriving yourself. We can only take one day at a time. Yesterday doesn't count anymore. Tomorrow doesn't need to be worried about. We do what we can TODAY. If I mess up, I acknowledge it and ask God to help me do better. Watch what you are doing and how much snacking you do. I've found that most of mine is done in front of the TV. So now the TV needs to stay off. It seems like it's sending messages to me to eat and be hungry. Blessings to you.

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@kateia Thanks for sharing your solution. I am glad that helps you, but I always have to remind myself and others that illness is different for all of us. What works for one, doesn't work for someone else. I have always been a strong willed, very healthy person and diabetes and foot problems have just taken me down. I have never had to deal with this sort of thing before and now I have to figure out what to do to conquer it. I eventually will be okay. I appreciate your suggestions.
Carol

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@dorisena

Carol, whenever I have pain in my legs or feet, I make myself exercise by doing heel lifts, and sometimes I do them in the shower after I get my back warm. If it is neuropathy, the gentle exercise will decrease or stop the pain and I can get to sleep. I don't have this all the time and I find I can fight back with the heel lift exercises. Sometimes I must hang on to the counter for balance. My sister took Klonepin for years and said it was for her "restless legs" but she ate an awfully big diet and gained a lot of weight and would not cooperate with a diabetic program at all. She took lots of BP meds and I could not reason with her at all. She was very bad before she died. Dorisena

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@dorisens Thanks for the suggestions for foot help. It's enough to test the determination of Job! I have a doctor's appointment next week; maybe she will have something, but her usual is to thrown medicine at a problem, and I do not want to take medicine. We'll see how it goes.
Carol

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I understand completely, Carol, as I have been plagued with health problems all my life, but not issues that would keep me from my daily duties and responsibilities. I realized pretty young that everyone needs a buddy to hold us up and inspire us on our down days, and someone to congratulate our little victories and actually mean it. Sometimes I say that it feels so good to feel good. With allergies I don't often say that, but try to convince myself that I am "normal." A doctor once told me I couldn't be normal if I tried. He is dead and I am still living and doing pretty well. I appreciate being around cheerful people at my age because it means to me that we are some sort of "winners" against the problems of aging and disease. I had a nose bleed at 3:30 a.m. and haven't a clue what that is all about. But I am taking my granddaughter shopping for a Christmas present today. I keep on keeping on. Dorisena

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@marvinjsturing

@retiredteacher Any time I ask my doctor about anything to do with diabetes, he tells me to talk to Dee, the nurse practitioner. She is also a diabetic. She tells the doctor what he needs to do to keep Medicare happy. She has me on an insulin pump and just started me on a CGM. She is the one who adjusts my insulin dosages. She is very knowledgeable and knows what she is doing and I trust her to do what's best for me. (And by the way, my exercise program fell apart also. Really need to get back at it!)

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@marvinjsturing I don't know how I lost control. When my feet gave out, I gradually went down hill. I had my husband put the treadmill in storage because I could hardly walk to the kitchen. I have been angry at myself for all of this. It's not like me; I've always been in control and strict with myself. I just gave up. I ignored my diet and said that if I die earlier or later, it doesn't matter. I've been trying to turn myself around and re-think the pros and cons. I finally decided to have my husband put the treadmill back in the house. I have to do it, even if only fifteen minutes a day. It helps and exercise is a key ingredient for diabetes. My numbers have been off the chart. My endocrinologist retired, so I didn't have to be accountable and quit everything. Now I feel more mad than ever for treating myself that way. I am going to start again today. I have diabetes and arthritis and neuropathy and fibromyalgia. That's too much for me because I was never a sickly person until I had to retire. I never saw it coming. But I have to take back myself and start again. Like before, if I begin today, by January 2020, I'll be ahead of all the exercise/gym people who do it a week or two because they made a resolution on New Years. My New Year starts today! Come along with me–just fifteen minutes.
Carol

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@retiredteacher

@marvinjsturing I don't know how I lost control. When my feet gave out, I gradually went down hill. I had my husband put the treadmill in storage because I could hardly walk to the kitchen. I have been angry at myself for all of this. It's not like me; I've always been in control and strict with myself. I just gave up. I ignored my diet and said that if I die earlier or later, it doesn't matter. I've been trying to turn myself around and re-think the pros and cons. I finally decided to have my husband put the treadmill back in the house. I have to do it, even if only fifteen minutes a day. It helps and exercise is a key ingredient for diabetes. My numbers have been off the chart. My endocrinologist retired, so I didn't have to be accountable and quit everything. Now I feel more mad than ever for treating myself that way. I am going to start again today. I have diabetes and arthritis and neuropathy and fibromyalgia. That's too much for me because I was never a sickly person until I had to retire. I never saw it coming. But I have to take back myself and start again. Like before, if I begin today, by January 2020, I'll be ahead of all the exercise/gym people who do it a week or two because they made a resolution on New Years. My New Year starts today! Come along with me–just fifteen minutes.
Carol

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@retiredteacher Our diabetes stories and lack of sticking to what we know we should do are very similar.
Today is my first day back to really trying, I hope.
As I once read, the day started out well, and then I got of bed. No more of that.
JK

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@retiredteacher

@marvinjsturing I don't know how I lost control. When my feet gave out, I gradually went down hill. I had my husband put the treadmill in storage because I could hardly walk to the kitchen. I have been angry at myself for all of this. It's not like me; I've always been in control and strict with myself. I just gave up. I ignored my diet and said that if I die earlier or later, it doesn't matter. I've been trying to turn myself around and re-think the pros and cons. I finally decided to have my husband put the treadmill back in the house. I have to do it, even if only fifteen minutes a day. It helps and exercise is a key ingredient for diabetes. My numbers have been off the chart. My endocrinologist retired, so I didn't have to be accountable and quit everything. Now I feel more mad than ever for treating myself that way. I am going to start again today. I have diabetes and arthritis and neuropathy and fibromyalgia. That's too much for me because I was never a sickly person until I had to retire. I never saw it coming. But I have to take back myself and start again. Like before, if I begin today, by January 2020, I'll be ahead of all the exercise/gym people who do it a week or two because they made a resolution on New Years. My New Year starts today! Come along with me–just fifteen minutes.
Carol

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Happy new year to all of us with a tendency towards diabetes! May our 15- minute resolution work well for us!!

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@hopeful33250

Happy new year to all of us with a tendency towards diabetes! May our 15- minute resolution work well for us!!

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@hopeful33250 I am ready. I have worked all morning in the kitchen and will do my 15 minutes after lunch. I have made up my mind. I never liked wimpy people and then I turned into one. No more! I'm taking charge of me! If we can get more people who fell off of the wagon to get back on, we'll have that accountability. I remember how great I felt when I finished the Mayo walking program last year. I know it will save me again! Willie is ready to sing and I am ready to walk, regardless of the pain in my feet.
Carol

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@contentandwell

@retiredteacher Our diabetes stories and lack of sticking to what we know we should do are very similar.
Today is my first day back to really trying, I hope.
As I once read, the day started out well, and then I got of bed. No more of that.
JK

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@contentandwell I did my 15 minutes on the treadmill which was a 1/2 mile. That's all I could do, and my feet screamed at every step. I don't think there is anything that is going to help the pain, so I had to make a choice. 1) Tolerate the pain or 2) Let the diabetes run rampant and kill me. So I have to choose the pain. Tomorrow I will walk 15 minutes again, regardless of the pain. I have followed my diet strictly today—no snacking and being lazy. I am determined to overcome the problem with my feet to be healthier with my diabetes.
Carol

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