How I Tackled the Challenges of Balancing My Weight and Diabetes
According to the CDC, almost half of Americans are facing weight challenges and health problems due to poor eating habits, large portions, and lack of exercise. It can be difficult to manage weight, family, and work-life balance, especially when dealing with a health condition like diabetes.
Managing weight as a person with diabetes is particularly challenging because everything we do and eat affects our blood sugar levels. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for reducing the risk of complications such as high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
When I found out I had diabetes, I was overwhelmed, and my weight started to increase. I fell into a depression for more than two years, which only contributed to my weight gain. I felt like I was spiraling out of control and didn't recognize myself anymore. The shame of having diabetes was consuming me.
Taking care of my two-year-old son made me realize that I needed to make changes for both his sake and mine. I wanted to improve myself. To gain control of my diabetes, I knew I had to lose weight and make significant lifestyle changes. It started with replacing one soda a day with water. Gradually, I increased my water intake until I no longer craved sugary drinks. I also stopped eating out and frying food regularly. Additionally, I began walking for 15 minutes a day, gradually increasing the intensity until I could complete 5K and 10K walks.
These changes had a tremendous impact on my life and health. I started losing weight, and my blood sugar levels stabilized. I felt and looked better than ever before. I was proud of my achievements and became an advocate for others in similar situations, letting them know that they are not alone.
However, it was not an easy journey, and I faced several setbacks along the way. The most important thing was that I never gave up. It's normal to have bad days, and I still experience them occasionally. When that happens, I take a moment to regroup, show myself compassion, and get back on track.
Here are some steps that I followed for managing weight, which can also be useful for others:Eat balanced meals.Manage portion sizes.Drink water daily.Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily.
The benefits of managing weight and exercising go beyond weight control. These changes help regulate blood sugar levels, leading to improved overall well-being and stress reduction.
Many Americans struggle with weight, but if you have diabetes, it can pose additional risks that could even be life-threatening. Choose to take control of your life and manage your diabetes and weight starting today. Take small steps and stay committed. Remember that your life is valuable, and you have the power to make a positive change.