Today - 22nd of August - is a landmark day for me
Today marks the five year anniversary since I was told that I had borderline diabetes. Strange landmark and with a very happy outcome!
My weight had always been up and down but in the early 90's it began to pile on. By 2000 I was at my heaviest. I had sausage rolls and chocolate muffins at least three or four times a week. There were always biscuits in the house so they were easily accessiable. I didn't do any exercise whatsoever. I was in constant pain with my joints, constantly tired (this is about the only thing that hasn't changed much!
) and my legs and feet were constantly swollen.
My local Doctor was very understanding and did his best. But in August 2003, we decided the only way to find out what was wrong with me would be to go for a blood-test. I have always had a fear of injections but finally had the blood-test. The Doctor telephoned us personally to tell us that I had borderline diabetes. If I didn't change my eating habits right away it would mean injections every day. So I decided on the "easy" option, and change my lifestyle.
And it has been very surprisingly easy. I still allow myself treats at weekends and at special occasions. I was thirteen stone (and probably much heavier!) five years ago and now I am Eight Stone and six pounds. I've lost over four and a half stone in five years and that weight will never go completely back on. I couldn't had done it though, without the encouragment of my parents. Dad was ever so proud of me. And my friends at Funtrivia have been a tremendous support too. So a really nice high today