“I was 238 pounds at my heaviest by the fall of 2010. My annual visit a year earlier in 2009, showed my Blood Sugars were getting in a pre-diabetic range, and by early 2011 my attending physician called me a well-controlled Type II diabetic.
Needless to say, I was in denial from day one and very concerned about this diagnosis. I did not accept the diabetic label and started my turn around on January 27, 2011. I joined the Points Plus program of Weight Watchers International and have not looked back.
I argued with my AP about whether I was ever in fact a “diabetic”, because the parameters of this diagnosis were changed during the period affecting me and that in fact that I was only pre-diabetic and not ever a confirmed diabetic at all. I am happy to report my AP has agreed to my point at issue and has taken diabetes type II off my record. I have had normal blood sugar since early spring 2011.
I joined the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in the Spring of 2011. I started with Evelyn in Zumba and then decided to re-try the Spinning Program at UVAC. I soon became a regular at Deb and Corey sessions, and I braved Jen’s now and again. I take a Spinning class at least 4 days a week, and I do two of these sessions with Deb’s Spin/Kinesis, I down hill ski, enjoy gardening and a good political novel. I am married to the Principle Engineer at Hypertherm and have two beautiful daughters both attending University in Canada.
I have lost a total of 70 pounds and I am up or down 5 pounds because life has its moments. I have changed my life style and have made exercise and eating healthy top priorities.
I am 55 years old and want women and men my age, younger, and older to know that Diabetes is a killer. It wreaks havoc on the Heart, Eyes, and immune system. And frankly, limb amputations are not anything a person should bring on themselves.”
“After smoking for 35 years and trying to quit millions of times, I tried something different and joined UVAC. The instructors cared about my success and helped me tremendously. I have met a whole new circle if friends. Uvac is now one of the most important points of my life and this year I am learning to swim laps!”
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