I clearly don’t know everything there is to know about diabetes. I’m not sure, given that I physically can’t experience all types of the disease, that I ever will.
For World Diabetes Day, I had my A1c checked. I learned a couple of valuable things from this.
- Checking your A1c at a pharmacy in between your normal three month test time, is the eqivalent of checking your weight multiple times in a week. Okay, it’s not identical, but I was trying to think of an analogy that would work and this is the best I could come up with.
- A 6.5 A1c for some would be amazing! It’s not for me (in Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association has determined that 6.5 is the measurement of what makes you a diabetic. It’s the number that I had and was, therefore, diagnosed at such. It’s a number I truly resent.) and in fact, is a little (a lot) higher than my last A1c test. Again, I shouldn’t grumble too loudly. I know that there are others out there that would love to have that reading, so I’m trying to count my blessings that it’s actually not higher than that.
- Professionals don’t know everything. It was a little awkward for me to educate the educator, that 6.5 is the lucky number for diagnosis in Canada. Why am I telling someone who should already know this?
I had woken up yesterday feeling horribly under the weather. By the afternoon, I thought it was the combination of not feeling 100% and my A1c test that had me feeling worse.
There’s hitting the wall and then there was what I was feeling: any energy I still had was to keep running into the wall.
A dietician’s appointment this morning put things a little into perspective. I eat too low carb.
Which brings me back to the point – I don’t know everything there is to know about my version of diabetes (or any at this juncture).
I think that this may be one of the hardest points of diabetes management for me to make sense of. Food and I haven’t always had a healthy relationship and it appears we still don’t. I’ve gone from being terrified of fat (please think of that as me referring to healthy fats) to terrified of fats and carbs. And the reality is, now that I’m getting more active, I need that fuel to keep the tank running instead of running on fumes.
What I really need to do is get a handle on what makes a healthy carb, how to use carbs to my advantage, and still continue on with living a healthier lifestyle which includes an active lifestyle, exercise and weight loss.
So if you’ve read this far and have some quality resources, be they on the internet or books etc., I would be most interested to hear from you. In particular, I’d be interested to hear from people who can remember just starting out with activity/training programs that include weight training, cardio, and in particular, training for a first 5k (no wogging this time!).