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my mom rocks!!

Today I wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to my mom!

She pretty much rocks. Who knew she was such a little athlete! Mrs. Mitzi has been KICKING pre-diabetes and high cholesterol IN THE REAR!

She was first diagnosed in January, almost exactly one year after her mom, my grandmother, passed away from a sleuth of health problems. Including: diabetes, heart/lung/& kidney disease, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. So needless to say, my mom has been extra motivated to kick it into high gear and get her SELF healthy, just like my grandmother would want her to do. Taking care of my grandmother really took a toll on my mom, not just emotionally and mentally, but physically. It drained her energy and kept her from making time to exercise and eat right. But I can’t blame her. When something like that is going on, it is HARD to make time for yourself, especially when you just flat out don’t feel like it! So after my grandmother passed away, and as soon as my mom felt like more like herself, she promised herself that she would make that time, and she would take care of herself and make a change.

When the doctors told her she had pre-diabetes and high cholesterol, the first thing they did was suggest a regimen of prescription drugs that she be on for the rest of her life.

Wait, what?

My mom was not having that. She pretty much laughed at them and told them that she had a better idea: how about exercising, getting her weight down, and maintaining a healthier diet? And they pretty much laughed back.

Well today, she’s got the last laugh. She’s lost 20lbs and is no longer considered to have pre-diabetes and her cholesterol levels are worlds better!! Plus, she’s got more energy than ever, is happy, and has logged countless miles to get there! I’m so proud of her and what she’s accomplished, and I know my dad is super impressed as well! She’s proven a valid point- to lose weight, eat less (less of the bad stuff, more of the good stuff) and exercise more! And even though she’s so excited about her weight loss, I think she’s more excited about the confidence it’s given her that she can do anything she puts her mind to! With a little help from the big man upstairs 🙂 She’s already encouraging others, and is ready to exercise in new ways! Way to go, mom! I love you!!!

You might be wondering “just what IS pre-diabetes? and am I at risk??” Here’s some info I’ve found on it..

-“Pre-diabetes is when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and may have some problems from diabetes already.” (source)

-“People with prediabetes often don’t have symptoms.”

-“You will not develop type 2 diabetes automatically if you have pre-diabetes. If your blood glucose levels are in the normal range, get checked every three years, or more often if your doctor recommends it. If you have pre-diabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every one to two years after you are told you have pre-diabetes. Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by: losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) & Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week”

-“The number one line of defense against pre-diabetes is to make changes in your lifestyle.  Although there is a strong genetic component tied to the risk of developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, studies also show a strong correlation between obesity, stress, and physical fitness. There are people who are thin and active that develop pre-diabetes, but the majority of those at risk are overweight.  Losing excess weight is helpful and  reducing or eliminating processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats from your diet is a must if you want to tackle pre-diabetes.  If you are inactive, regular exercise can increase your sensitivity to your body’s own insulin and can help reverse pre-diabetes.” (source)

So, again, way to go mom, I’m so proud of you for CHOOSING to be positive and kick it to the curb!!

On tonight’s agenda for Adam and I are quick runs for each of us, (does that sound like we’re both going to have a brief fit of diarrhea?) and a trip to the rock climbing gym with some married friends of ours!! It should be fun 🙂

Hope you had a great hump day!! I know this guy did…

4 Comments

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    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    June 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Woo hoo! Your mom is AWESOME! That must have taken so much drive!

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    June 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Your mom is so inspirational! It makes me really sad to hear how quickly doctors recommend medications when a little bit of education and motivation can help, too. Glad to hear that you mom didn’t take any nonsense from them! 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      June 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Alex- Agreed!!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    June 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Congrats to your mama!! Wow that is SO inspirational!! I love that your mom laughed at the Dr’s suggestion to go on Rx’s. Good for her! She’s getting healthy the real way, and will undoubtedly reap the benefit for years and years to come!

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