It’s the day after Thanksgiving.
Black Friday, as we all know it.
For me, it’s a good Friday of sorts. I successfully made it through the holiday without gorging. My numbers, too, have been doing much — much — better. To understand all of that — let’s go back to the beginning of October. That’s when I made this newfound pact with myself to finally do something about things.
Actually, let me go back even further — to April’s post. That’s when, in a comment, Denise wrote the following:
“Research now shows that it takes 66 days of consistent behavior change to modify existing habits/establish new habits, so consider printing off a sheet with 66 big squares numbered 1 – 66 and putting a big red X through each day as you fit in some exercise!”
I thought — at that point — easy to do. I could do 66 days to change habits! My numbers back then weren’t that good. I knew I needed to do something and, yet, I didn’t.
Then as I approached my doctor appointment in October, I knew I had to do something. I couldn’t let my A1C be really bad.
There were several things I started doing:
- Stopped eating all candy (still going strong with that, outside of gum)
- One soda (at most) per week)
- Walking every night
When I went to the doctor, the A1C number wasn’t very good. In fact, it had gotten worse since June. It went up .6, and that wasn’t something I felt should have happened — so I knew I was crapping the bed.
So, time to fix.
Eating better. No more stupid snacks. Walking. Seems like a simple plan, doesn’t it? I have said for a long time these are the things I needed to do. Then take into account that I’ve received good advice throughout — and still did nothing.
This was the time. And here’s the update.
I haven’t had any candy since September 30, and I’ve stuck to my soda plan. I’ve also kept to my walking regimen, and once habits start — they are hard to break. I have done well with getting out and walking anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 miles per night, often depending on how much I walked during the day.
And the results have shown.
Though my numbers aren’t where I want them (yet), they are vastly improved. Before I started this, my blood checks would often be in the low 200s for fasting, and sometimes throughout the morning. Since this, that has come way down. My fasting sugars are still a bit on the high side (for my liking), but the improvement has been steady and earlier this week was 154. That is way closer to where it needs to be.
The checking of the blood for other times (lunch, dinner, after dinner, other random times) has shown an incredible change, too. The highest points of the day have been around lunch, which still throws me off. But as the day goes on, the numbers get even better. For the most part, I’m staying within my ranges, but the lunch time is often at the higher end, while other times are on par of where they should be.
The biggest win for me was making it through Thanksgiving without overeating and feeling like I would have killed something I had worked so hard on. And that didn’t happen. Not only that, but with two separate walks that day, I covered 2 miles and 3.1 — and that doesn’t include all the other moving around for the day.
I always say things like this are a marathon — everything isn’t fixed and made better overnight. It has been good because I’ve gone out on walks and things like that in a lot of different weather situations so far, so I know I can push myself. I’ve seen some weight loss, too, which helps.
So far, November and Thanksgiving are a hurdle I got over. The tough is going to be Christmas. But, as long as I keep focused and don’t go overboard, I should be able to get through it without too many scars, so to speak. My next appointment is in January, and I’ll be getting an A1C test then, too, so we’ll see how things go!