I watched my mom die at 59 through diabetes complications. That’s my biggest motivator still today. When I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, I knew I needed to change my lifestyle. But I would change one thing — like instead of drinking pop I would drink flavored water. Then I would let myself slip.
In 2017, I went to a new doctor. She looked at me and told me I was going to be dead in 10 years if I didn’t make changes. I was shocked. My husband and I decided I was going to have gastric bypass surgery. To be eligible, I had to stick to a diet for six months. In 2018, I went on a low-carb diet based on a recommendation from my doctor. I had to change everything. I had to re-learn how to eat. I had to read labels. The first week was hell. My body was so addicted to sugar, but I made it. After six months, I lost 35 pounds, was feeling better, and my A1Cs went down. I then had a meeting with my doctor, and we took gastric bypass off the table! We then came up with a five-year plan that includes staying on a low-carb diet and exercise.
I wish I could have fully realized earlier that my body can’t handle carbs and that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with that. I found something that works for me. Find what works best for you.