Perks of Being a Diabetic – A1c Edition

Well, the ‘bad’ news is my A1c has not gone down even a little bit like I had been hoping. But the good news, which far outweighs the ‘bad’, is that it didn’t go up even a little, and considering we went right from the months-long holiday foods period right into what’s been a brutally cold, harsh winter ripe with desires for comfort foods and a lack of motivation to do much of anything, I’m actually gonna chalk the lack of change up to a good thing, a successful holiday/winter period.

My doctor was also very impressed with how healthy I am, also stating that even if I don’t feel its reflected in my A1c score, I am in fabulous health and he is very impressed with how I’ve taken hold of my health, and made great strides to keep my Diabetes under control.

I shared with him how I am now sharing my journey, and my desire to help others, and how much more confident I feel in myself and my abilities, and he smiled and seemed impressed. He knows how much this means to me.

Truth: I long to be back under 6.0; I’ve been there before and it was extremely satisfying. But I’m happy where I am, too. Diabetes is more than a number, it’s also about how you feel, and I feel fantastic. I feel healthy, alive, inspired, capable, and energized. It’s a great feeling.

Maybe it will go down by my next appointment in June, maybe it won’t. But I think I’ve finally moved past seeing that number as the end-all-be-all. I’ve finally put that number (to a reasonable degree at least, as it IS still a helpful number) in the same place I put the scale number – the “nice-to-know-but-doesn’t-tell-me-as-much-as-how-I-feel-does” place.

So even if I hold steady at 6.5, it’s lightyears from what it was at diagnosis – 8.3!

Here’s to getting, and staying, healthy! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Perks of Being a Diabetic – A1c Edition

  1. That is fantastic. You are right, with the Holiday Season and winter months it is hard to stay steady. And it is really all about how you feel. It took my years to get down to a 5.1, but even before I knew about the Paleo lifestyle, I still made so many positive changes that I was happy where I was at. Great Job.

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    1. Thank you! I am by far my own biggest critic, and I would zero in on that number, completely bypassing how I felt, and everything else – those kind of blinders are dangerous!

      This winter has been especially brutal here in New England… I am not usually one to complain about the weather, but boy, I am READY for spring! 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

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