Changes

Strangely enough, my doctor suggested that I write this blog.  I’m going to be very honest but I am not at all looking for any kind of sympathy, I just want to let everyone know out there that bad life situations can be turned around.  All you need is a positive mind and the will to do it.

Most of my friends will know that in September last year I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  My body just can’t seem to process carbohydrates, which is a bit of a pest when I need them to fuel my runs and races.

I really only had one choice and that was to grab the bull by the horns so to speak and change things, so that’s just what I did.

To date I’ve lost about 14 pounds in weight initially without really trying very much.  The difference was that I was really watching what carbohydrates I was eating and I was logging everything.  Every single morsel of food that passed my lips was duly weighed and input.  It sounds tedious, but it really does help you learn about food and its nutritional value.

My diabetic specialist doctor got me to see a nutritionist who pretty much told me to just keep doing what I was doing as she couldn’t fault what I was doing.  I was also given some medication (Metformin) to help me with the weight loss as I’d really struggled to shift the pounds before my diagnosis.

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Pre-diagnosis – 13/09/2015
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Just after diagnosis – October 2015 (Many thanks to Graham Dargie for the wonderful photos).
CW January 2016
After the initial weight loss – January 2016

I still have a way to go and yes, sometimes it’s very hard.  I have to watch everything I’m eating and just be sensible about it.  Sometimes I fall off the wagon so to speak, but I have just got to pick myself up, dust myself down and get right back on with it.

So far though really the diabetes has meant that I’ve taken a good chunk off the following Personal Bests:

1 Mile, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon

In 2016 I’m hoping to add 10 miles and Marathon to that for the clean sweep and who knows I may even be able to do some more damage to the ones I set in 2015 🙂

There is always a positive, but sometimes you have too look really hard to find it, but believe me it is there.

Happy running everyone xx

 

 

 

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