Changing a Lifetime of Habits Part 3

Posted by Lloyd on May 30, 2011

“I was terribly upset about the fact that I had to begin using insulin and that my sugar was still out of control, and my weight was still going up. I had been working with my family physician, but I just couldn’t seem to get a handle on it,” recalled Granger.

That’s when she saw an article about the Joslin Diabetes Center near her home in Annapolis, Md. At the clinic she met with a doctor, a dietician and a diabetes educator, all of whom helped her develop a plan and were there for support. The first thing Granger knew she had to do was lose weight, so she started taking 15-minute walks through her neighborhood while listening to the radio. Then she began swimming at the local pool, taking a water aerobics class four times a week.

“Before, I was a couch potato. But once I started exercising, I felt better physically and I felt better mentally about doing it. Then I discovered I actually enjoy it. And, I’ve lost 35 pounds,” she said. She has also managed to drop her insulin injections from 77 units down to 20, and expects eventually to be off insulin altogether.

Still, Granger pointed out, “I’m not perfect. In fact, I just came through a rough patch, and that’s really hard because if I get off my stride it can take me six to eight weeks to get back on track.”

That’s when she remembers a piece of sage advice she learned at the Joslin clinic. “When I first went there, I said I wished I’d done all this sooner, and they said, ‘We don’t worry about what we should have done, we worry about what we’re going to do.’”

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