I was dreading the day I had to go back to see my doctor. Last time I was there she said she would need to see me every six months now rather than once a year because several of my counts were too high. It seemed that if it was supposed to be high it was low, but if it was supposed to be low it was high. In the last couple of years it felt like my body was just wearing out. My biggest fear was that I would become diabetic.
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I had started exercising three times a week several years ago and had been faithful since I decided not to discuss it with myself because I could always find a reason not to do it. I decided to just do it. That had helped my counts somewhat, but they were high again.
Losing weight was the next option but my yo yo weight loss usually ended up with me gaining more than I lost. The thought of losing 30-40 pounds was overwhelming.
About six months ago I called my doctor’s nurse Lisa about something else and she asked how I was doing with my weight loss. I said not so well. Then she said some magic words! “Phyllis, you don’t have to lose a lot, just a few pounds would make a great deal of difference.” She also suggested I cut out some sugar.
A few pounds, really! I could do that! I’ve done that a dozen times but I always managed to gain it right back. But I was so encouraged by being told I didn’t need to lose 30-40 pounds to make a difference that I had a real peace about my ability to do it.
This was just before Thanksgiving and my doctor’s appointment was in January. Between now and then was Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We all know what that means to a diet, but I kept telling myself it was only a few pounds and I could do it.
Since not discussing whether or not to exercise with myself was working so well, I decided to think of something to say to myself when I wanted to eat something I shouldn’t. I decided to pause and tell myself, Phyllis, you really don’t need that.
And the less sugar business, I had managed to eat only six Christmas cookies by telling myself I really didn’t need them.
The weight came off really slowly – sometimes none, but I counted it as a good thing because I hadn’t gained any back. Usually it was a half pound or none, but those half pounds added up and by the week of my doctor appointment I had lost six pounds.
Boy, I had hoped to lose more than that, but I prayed that it would be enough.
What a delight it was to hear my doctor say she was so proud of me!
The two she was watching were:
TRIGLYCERIDES Went from 220 to 105. 70 – 100 MG/DL is normal.
GLUCOSE Went from 113 and as high as 119 to 105. 70 – 100 MG/DL is normal. 125 is diabetic.
I could hardly wait to write a thank you note to Lisa to tell her what an encouragement her words were to me and to share the results.
“For who has despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4:10
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Who can you encourage with a few words today?
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