I CAN Prevent Diabetes….my story


Life just keeps getting better and better. I went with a friend to UND’s Winter WUNDerland event on Friday, it was a lot of fun. I had a vegetarian mean and calorie wise even with eating half of the chocolate mousse dessert I stayed under 1800 calories for the day. Education, moderation, and choices: that’s what it’s all about.

I went to my doctor on Friday and he had weighed me in October and I was 223 pounds. I told him I had lost more weight and he asked how much? I said last night I weighed in at 206 pounds. He said no way, let’s see. We went to his scale and it was 206 pounds! He smiled and said you deserve a treat, go home and eat a donut. His way of saying good job! It’s back to our society again. The last thing I need to reward myself with is a donut! So I celebrated by going home and cleaned the cat box instead. That may seem weird but believe me, both my cat and myself were very happy with my choice.

I saw my personal trainer on Thursday and she gave me exercises that I can do anywhere just with my body! I am going to start working on my core. Getting strong from the inside out, so to speak. I am sad because I only have one more session with her. I had unexpected medical expenses and can’t afford her fee. She has been worth every penny I’ve invested in my health and wellness. Something to add, I’m frugal and can make a dollar stretch. By no means is that easy either, especially on a pre-school teacher’s salary, but I do! I feel blessed to have my health once again, supportive people in my life, goals and accomplishments to look forward to.

Hint for the upcoming weeks before the big Christmas day: moderation. If you can maintain your current weight, GREAT JOB. The average person gains 7 pounds during this time, WOW! But remember, 1 pound is equal 3,500 calories. Think of the cookies, rum soaked cakes, fat laden things everywhere. Temptation everywhere. And being “North Dakota Nice” you don’t want to offend people by not eating their hard work and offerings. I’ve solved that problem. I take a little of my favorite food, rave to the host/hostess at how beautiful everything looks and if I had a camera I would take a picture so I could remember it better. Works for me. And believe me, I am sincere. That table laden with coconut cream pies, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pies, pumpkin/ginger cream cheese rolls, etc. is beautiful and all the hard work and love to make these homemade goodies! My, my makes me think of the groaning table so laden with delicious foods that the table groans with delight.

Have a great holiday season, stay well, eat well, become fit, and DON’T beat yourself up if you gain weight. Enjoy every bite then do something about it. Walk! -Veronica


Posted on December 20, 2011, in Faculty & Staff, I Can Prevent Diabetes, Physical, Seven Dimensions of Wellness, UND Work Well. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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