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In recent years my life has changed dramatically. I’ve had two children. I’ve gone from working in an office, to working in shops to working from home. I’m sitting on my bum more and reaching for convenience foods more and more. When life is a constant juggle it is hard to find time for yourself and as a result my weight has seen quite a big increase over the past few years. The Gestational Diabetes diagnosis in my recent pregnancy has made me realise that I really do need to find time for myself again, if not for me, then for them. I want to be able to play with my children, I want to be here for them for as long as I can be and I want to set a good example for them.
Although now diabetes free I am currently experiencing a lot of low blood sugars and I’m not sure why, neither is my Doctor. They think I may have reactive hypoglycaemia but I am waiting for a specialist appointment. In the meantime, I have been advised to change my diet, what with this, my gestational diabetes and my family history of diabetes, LloydsPharmacy’s FREE 12 week type 2 diabetes risk reduction programme really appealed to me. They promised to send me weekly emails over a period of 12 weeks giving me tips and tricks and small changes to make each week which would lead to a healthier and more active lifestyle, which would ultimately help to reduce my risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
I didn’t manage to start the programme until week three, so I acted on weeks 1, 2 and 3 together. I’ve been keeping a diary of thoughts and feelings during this whole process, so am going to share that with you today in the hope that it will give you a real feel for the programme.
Weeks 1, 2 & 3 of the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Reduction Programme
I bought a new scales to keep track of my progress as my old one seems a little dodgy. I’m absolutely gutted to see that I’m two stone heavier than I thought. I guess my old scales was a lot dodgy.
I went to my local LloydsPharmacy for a FREE type 2 diabetes screening today. I ate my cereal and then fasted for two hours as the website states. I was shocked that my blood sugar was showing as 6, the lady doing the test explained that she refers to the doctors at 6.1 so a 6 is a little concerning. I’ve been suffering with low blood sugars lately but not high, the doctors have ruled diabetes out as I’m not having high bloods. I hope nothing has changed in the past few weeks. I really do need to make these changes.
The weekly email suggests setting a target weight. I guess for now I’ll try to get down to the weight that I thought I was, the weight that my old scales told me I was. It also suggests setting a daily calorie limit. I struggle to stick to calories as I don’t have time to weigh food, but I do have a good idea about healthy eating, I just need the will power to stick to it. I’m really going to try.
I need to up my exercise. I really love the idea of doing couch to 5k but with Carrie breastfeeding on demand it isn’t really practical. Instead I’m going to go out walking more often, I can easily do this with one, or both of the kids, it will be good for us all.
I’m making some sensible changes to my food and attempting to cut the naughty things out. I resisted adding my chocolate digestives to the weekly food shop this week. I tend to cook meals such as chilli and spag bol in the evenings, so I will cook extra so I have leftovers for lunch. I’ve also got some slimming world microwave meals in just in case. I think I’m already doing okay with my main meals, I just need to watch the portion sizes, switch to healthier snacks and ditch the takeaways. Increasing the exercise will help too.
We’ve had lovely weather which has seen me make a real effort to walk more. I’ve had a lot of birthdays with naughty buffet food and, of course, cake, so have been walking in a bid to undo some of the damage.
I’ve ordered a FitBit to help motivate me, I’m excited for it to arrive although I’m not looking forward to the sleep tracker!
I felt awful today. I woke up with a headache and a cold, I just wanted to stay in bed and eat chocolate. But, I got up, made my porridge and a (strong) coffee, got dressed and went for a long walk. I felt so much better for it than I would have if I’d have wasted the day.
Someone asked if I’d lost weight today. Obviously my scales messing up means I have no idea wether I have or not. This was a great boost!
Double whammy of period and an awful head cold. Resisted the chocolate and instead opted for strawberries with a bit of melted Nutella. This satisfied the craving nicely. This saved me around 200 calories.
I already meal plan but I end up throwing a lot of the fresh fruit and veg out as it doesn’t last the full week, by the end of the week we aren’t eating a great deal of fruit and veg. I’ve decided to start shopping for five days at a time to make it easier and ensure food is fresh, I pay for a monthly delivery plan anyway so this won’t cost me any extra.
Week 4 of the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Reduction Programme
I’ve lost 2 pounds! I’m feeling super positive. So long as I do the school runs I’m easily hitting 10,000 daily steps. All the fresh air and walking is making me feel good and giving me more energy. The five daily meal planning is working well.
Week 5 of the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Reduction Programme
I’ve lost another 1 pound! Despite this I’m really struggling. Doing this when sleep deprived/struggling with mental health probably wasn’t the best idea. I’m feeling low and wanting to reach for the takeaways and the chocolate. It is a great programme but really would work better if I was in a better frame of mind. The emails did suggest finding yourself a buddy to support and encourage you, I’m wishing I had taken this advice and am going to look into getting someone on board to encourage me.
Week 6 of the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Reduction Programme
I’ve put 2 pounds back on. I’ve totally fallen off the wagon and I feel awful. I’m battling with my mental health at the moment and am realising that this wasn’t the best time to take this on. I need to get back into the right frame of mind. I can’t let this defeat me. I know that by continuing with the programme it will improve both my mental and physical health, I can do this.
This weeks email mentions that even house work should be logged as exercise. I decided to move things around in Aria’s room and give it a real deep clean, as well as doing the school runs today. I feel better, her room looks better and she is so happy with it. It feels so rewarding.
The sun is shining which makes me feel more motivated. One of the ideas in this week’s email was to aim to hit 15,000 daily steps, rather than the previous 10,000. I like how the programme implements the changes in baby steps, at the start 15,000 steps would have seemed completely unachievable, but now that I’m regularly taking 10,000 steps a day 15,000 doesn’t seem too much of a chore.
Today was the first day that I managed to hit 15,000 steps. I went to bed feeling so good. Both me and the kids enjoyed being out in the fresh air, especially Aria. I’m going to order a healthy food shop today and take the kids out for a walk after I pick Aria up from nursery. I can do this and I will do this.
At the end of week 12 I will book in for another type 2 diabetes screening and I’ll share the results here and over on instagram.
If you would like to sign up to LloydsPharmacy’s FREE 12 week programme to cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes you can do so here.
Getting a type 2 diabetes risk assessment is quick, easy and should be a priority.