As I begun to learn more about my diagnosis, I realized that it wasn't a foregone conclusion. I was right on the line with my test results and the test results needed to be confirmed. This was, and is, a huge motivator in my lifestyle changes. The test is the A1C and it is a snapshot of your average blood sugar over a 2-3 month period. If it is 6.5 or higher, you are diagnosed with diabetes. If it is 5.7 or higher, you are considered to be pre-diabetes. I am ecstatic to report that my test results this week were 5.6. The diagnosis of diabetes has been removed, and I am currently in the normal range (not even pre-diabetic). I have to go back in for tests this summer to monitor the situation, but I have been very fortunate to get the wake up call when I did.
My doctor was very real with me. He said a lot of people have a religious moment when they have a health scare and make temporary changes that improve their situation, but most eventually resort back to their old habits. I know this is true. I know this is a big possibility for me because I witnessed some of it during the 3 week break between the January and March Engine 2 challenges Whole Foods Market in St. Paul are offering. Old habits die hard. That's part of the reason I'm doing this blog and signed up for the second round of the Whole Foods challenge, I'm in a fight for my life, quite literally, with my old habits. Today, I'm winning.