I haven’t written for some time mainly because as you all know life happens and I’ve been busy and probably a little self absorbed to the point I didn’t feel like sharing.
I recently have had a life change that hopefully is going to impact my sharing. Not just for me but just maybe someone else will find a benefit. Following a recent doctors visit I found out that my A1c level was just high enough to be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. My doctor told me that I should change my eating habits and start to exercise more. I didn’t think exercise would be a problem because my wife and I ride our tandem bike quite often during the warmer months and last year we bought a really nice trainer to set up in our shop. One problem. This year, although I set the bike up we (or should I say I) haven’t ridden. I think in my subconscious I justify not riding because my wife hasn’t pushed the idea. I realize that has to change and I have no right to put any of the blame on her for my excuses.
Changing my eating habits is what I though would be the hard part. For awhile it was. I started what I’ll call a diet and did quite well for several weeks and then slipped off and back into my old habits. I love french fries and I love sandwiches. What else can I say? Something has to change. So, about a month ago I decided it was time to get real about this because #1. I want to control my Type II Diabetes before it gets out of hand and #2. I want to avoid any of the problems that could face me if I don’t control it.
I’m really just starting to learn about Type II Diabetes but I do know that about 27 million Americans have it and about 85 million more Americans can be classified as having prediabetes. So this is what I’ve done so far. As I mentioned above about a month ago I decided it was time to get real so I (and my wife, what a great support partner) started the South Beach diet. It’s really not as much a diet as it is a completely new way (certainly for me) of eating. There is no doubt that the first 2 weeks are the hardest to get through, at least in my opinion. No cereal, no bread, no fruit, etc., etc. Eggs, vegetables, salads (with oil & vinegar) and chicken breast became our meals day in and day out. Now into our 4th or 5th week we’re slowing adding some whole grains and sugar free deserts but it’s still tough to drive by a 5 Guys and not drool over a cheeseburger with fries. Especially the fries. However. I’ve been losing weight and now I’m ready to start indoor training. We have a COWs Spring ride at the end of May and that’s also an incentive to get into riding shape.
I have a doctors appointment next week (a new doctor I’ve never met) so I’ll get her take on my care and the goals I need to work for. I want to find out if there is any chance to reverse this situation or to at least stop it in it’s tracks if I keep eating well and exercising enough to keep my weight down and my energy level up. I’ll be reporting on my progress and I’ll also be reporting on cycling events I know about, after all I am the Cycling Examiner and I do want to keep in focus how the bike helps the body and the mind.
Stay healthy, ride often and always wear a helmet.