Part 6. The Choices We Make Determine the Path We Take
Hopefully, my story helped you understand my journey. Perhaps you will relate to the stupid choices I have made based on impulse and not on clear thinking. Maybe you will join me in making a difference in your own life. I will continue to share my journey with you as I blog about the better choices I make that may also work for you. My new goal of losing 140 more pounds will require me to make better choices in the future.
I am close to my goal of living insulin free. I have gone from injecting 120 units of insulin a day to just 30 units per day. I wanted to reach this goal without losing a massive amount of weight with special surgery or eating a crappy diet. Those are the two main fears we have when told we are diabetic. My journey over the last three years was to find a different way.
Is it possible to live insulin free while still eating everything I enjoyed before? That is exactly what I set out to do. Three years of research and testing has brought me to finding the answer. Yes, it worked for me! Question is – “Will my system work for you?” Download “The Quick Start Challenge to Living Insulin Free” and see if it will.
I’ve always told my sons that we make choices in our life every day. We make good choices, bad choices and sometimes we make ugly choices. We choose to get up early or we choose to sleep in. We choose to eat breakfast or we choose to skip it. We choose to eat more than we should and we choose to eat foods that we should not eat.
I received an appointment to the US Naval Academy the beginning of my senior year of high school. This meant my college was paid for. During my physical exam. I was asked if I had ever walked in my sleep. My mom told me I did, so I answered “Yes”. Answering this question truthfully cost me my appointment to the US Naval Academy. I would now attend the University of South Carolina and work my way through school. My life went into a completely different direction because of that one decision to tell the truth on my physical exam.
I would not have met either of my wives or had two wonderful sons. I may have married and had children, but everything in my life would have been completely different. I might not even be living in Texas today. This choice was one of the best decisions I ever made – telling the truth on a physical exam.
While I would like to believe most of my decisions were smart decisions, most were far from intelligent. When it comes to eating, many of my decisions have been “just plain stupid”. I would convince myself that I did not know what was in the food I was eating, but it must be good because my tongue said to eat it. Would my tongue lie to me? Oh yes, it will. This was just my excuse so I could enjoy the moment.
Making intelligent decisions required me to change my habits. Changing old habits requires repetition of new habits. Changes needed to be made, such as the way I ate my food, portion control, counting carbs and staying on a schedule of eating my food.
My new habits are working out really well for me. My numbers are showing a big change. My A1c is going down and I am almost completely off of insulin. I achieved this while eating what I wanted to eat. I have not cut anything out of my diet and I still eat the things I love to eat. I set limits of how much I eat by controlling my tongue. By counting my carbs, I can eat what I want within those limitations.
Choosing to add exercise to my regimen has been one of the best decisions I have made. My doctor did not want me to do the treadmill, play racquetball and other things that would have been stressful on my body. So I started participating in water aerobics at a local gym. After an hour of water aerobics, I walk the pool with several ladies that also are diabetic and on insulin. We trade recipes and tips and encourage each other as we walk and talk.
It is interesting how many people I meet that are diabetic or closely related to someone who is diabetic. This is the reason for developing this website, writing my story and putting together a challenge for you. I wanted to see if I could do this without having lap band surgery and I was able to do it. I’m almost at my goal of getting off insulin completely. My next goal is to lose another hundred forty pounds to get down to 220 pounds. This next part of my journey is going to be exciting.
I knew that if I did not make the change in my life, then my headstone would have read “Here lies SlimJim Wing – Loving husband – Awesome Father – But Dumber than a Box of Cookies.”
What choices are you going to make today? Do you want to make a change or are you satisfied with the way your life is going? Are you happy with paying money for insulin? Are you happy with the doctor who wants to keep you on insulin? Are you happy with one day having your toes or foot amputated? If so, then enjoy your life.
If you want to make a change in your life, if you want to make better decisions, if you want to go from being ‘just plain stupid’ to being excited about living insulin free – I encourage you to download your free copy of “The Quick Start Challenge to Living Insulin Free”. Also download a free copy of the “Change Your Sugar, Change Your Life” e-book which I mentioned in part 4 of my life story.
Let’s face it, you didn’t come here to listen to me talk about me. You just want to know if what I did will work for you. There is only one way to find out.
So, join me on my blog and follow me as I continue my journey to achieve my weight loss goal. Share with us what works for you. Any delicious recipes are welcome.
The future is bright, just take control and seize the day. Now is the time. We will support you in your journey, but you are responsible for making the first step.