I have spent years encouraging my mom to take care of herself. She has type 2 diabetes, and I have always encouraged her to improve her eating habits and stay active. I even bought her a FitBit so I could challenge her to weekly competitions.
Just recently she texted to tell me she has completely stopped taking insulin throughout the day. She only takes a small dose before bed. And her sugars are lower than even before. She stopped drinking soda. She stopped eating sweets (that's a big deal for my mom). She has been eating chicken and brown rice almost every day for dinner.
I am so proud of her! She really seems to be sticking to her new lifestyle. But she also got me thinking. For all the time I have spent encouraging her to be healthy, I haven't *really* been following my own advice. Sure, I think I do. But I am one of those dieters and exercisers that can't seem to stick to ANYTHING. I do something for a week, I get tired of it. I try something else. I get tired of that after a week. For example, I once challenged myself to run a mile a day for 30 days, and I did it. When my 30 days was up, I never ran a whole mile again. I lose a pound or two now and then. I eat healthy some of the time. I'm not overweight, but I do have a lot of that unhealthy belly fat. I don't have a sweet tooth or eat out a lot, but I do eat more based on convenience and not on health. I'm not in horrible shape, but I do find myself starting to get winded going up one flight of stairs.
So, with my mom as my inspiration, I am going to start doing what I need to do to be healthier and more fit, and I'm going to record it all here for the world to see. To begin with, here's some starting stats on me:
Weight: 135 lbs
Belly Size: 38"
Fastest Mile: 12.52
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