I’m starting this topic because of all the frustration I read here. I think we need to share our successes as well as our difficulties. More personally, it’s because I need inspiration to keep me motivated,
My story: After 13 years of being Type 2, I finally am experiencing some substantial progress. I started on a new, once-a-week drug called Trulicity in addition to my other injectable, a daily nighttime shot of 17 units of Levemir, plus the oral meds Metformin, Prandin and Januvia. I’ve lost about 10-12 lbs. and my morning readings range usually from 70 to 100.
But this is not just about the drugs. It’s about attitude and action. I made a decision to “go for it” — that is, really get serious about diet, exercise, to get my HgA1c below 7.0, where it’s never been before. As far as I can remember, I’ve gone from 8.4 down to 7.x bouncing up and down in the 7’s. I’d get a lower reading and then “celebrate” and indulge myself in carelessness.
This time is different. I start the day with a protein shake that includes greens and fruit plus a protein shake and some plant-based supplements (green tea powder and gentian root extract). I wear a health bracelet and have a goal of 6000 steps a day, but often can just work in a 3000 step day. I’m not perfect — yet. For actual meals, my meals are largely vegetarian, with meat incidentally or only about once-a-week. I think the Trulicity has diminished my appetite and I find myself eating small meals, more often but definitely less food than before the Trulicity. I also cut out drinking, bread, ice cream, yoghurt with honey, and late night eating, at most a snack of nuts or a piece of fruit after 9 p.m. I try to make lunch my main meal.
My next A1c test is early next month. I’ll keep you posted, but please share your successes with me and others who, like me, need Hope.