A short 2 minute phone call can change your day.
On Monday afternoon, my wife received a call from my endocrinologist’s nurse with my recent A1c. Now before I tell you the number, consider what I’ve been through in the last 6 months: (Not in chronological order.)
1. The death of my mother in-law.
2. The death of our dog.
3. The summer heat forcing me to use MDI instead of the pump.
4. Lots of exercise!
5. Both our boys starting new sports.
6. Both boys, and my wife, returning to school.
7. And let’s not forget work stress.
And the number is…
6.4 (If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, then you already knew the answer.) However, what was great really wasn’t the number per se, it was the excitement of my nurse. Her words to my wife were (and I’m paraphrasing here), “the results were flawless”. My last A1c was a dismal 6.8 or 7. What did I do differently or better?
1. Exercise, exercise, exercise. The more I exercise, the better I feel. My BG numbers are fantastic for days when I exercise. I now make it a point to exercise every day if only for 30 minutes. It’s tough, but well worth it.
2. Less carbs, more protein, no snacking. I made a promise to myself that while on MDI, I was NOT going to snack. I did snack, but not on my favorite Goldfish crackers, but on protein, e.g. cheese, peanut butter, ham, etc. This worked very well.
3. Kept the fried foods away when I could. Fries bring thighs! Of course, I really don’t eat a ton of vegetables either.
4. Less is more. I don’t have gastroparesis, but my blood sugars do a lot better when I eat less.
We are not perfect and striving for perfection is a killer. I am not “flawless”. However, I strive to do my very best for my family. I want to live a long life. I want to see the men our boys will become. I want to see them do great things. And by taking care of myself, I will be around to see the joys and fruits of my life.
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