Jun 3, 2014 12:10pm
I used to be very unhealthy, and diabetes and heart disease runs rampant in my family. I decided to take action and break the chain of disease. I lost 80 pounds changing my lifestyle habits. I broke the chain and use my knowledge and success stories to help others around my community and where I work.
First off the word diet has a negative undertone...you don't want to use that word as much as possible because your subconscious has already been trained to view it negatively.
Second you need to start making a list of goals that are measurable and short term. The changes you are going to make have to be done gradually because if you try to change too much too soon you are going to end up going on a binge. An example of a short term goal would be..."I will have a serving of vegetables with dinner every day this week". Or "I will switch one coke, juice, or whatever sweet beverage you drink..to water this weekend". Make sure these goals are realistic, and water is inexpensive so your wallet will also thank you.
Third, I can't stress this enough...get a set of baseline measurements. Get someone you trust to measure you. Measure your waist, thigh circumference, biceps, BMI, etc. Record them in a book. Lock them in a vault if you must but make sure you retake these measurements at least once every other week. Ideally it should be once a week on the same day you took the original.
Lastly, get some sort of physical activity in. Don't see it as exercise, see it as health promotion. In your case (as was mine) think of what potentially can happen if you don't start taking action with your health. Diabetic neuropathy, insulin regimens, possible amputation of limbs, coronary artery disease, just to name a few. Diabetes causes poor circulation to your extremities so most often feet and legs are common sites of injury. The reason diabetes is so relevant is because people with diabetes don't feel it when they are injured as would someone without it, therefore the site gets worse and worse causing tissue damage that becomes unrepairable leading to tissue death that must be removed.
I know that's a lot of information but message me if you have any questions.