I wanted to share another email that my mom wrote to me a couple of months ago, to encourage me on this weight loss journey. Some of you may also be struggling with Generational
a note from my mom . . .
1. According to (your grandmother's sister), their father died of diabetes. I think maybe (your grandmother) was about 20 years old when he died.
2. (Your grandmother) was diagnosed with diabetes for the last couple of years of her life. I remember her red jello for dessert at the nursing home on Mother's Day when everybody else had strawberry shortcake. No chance to say "to heck with it" and have the shortcake, when you are imprisoned in an institution that's dedicated to taking away all individual choices.
3. Your mother was diagnosed with diabetes at about age 73. (?) Pills for diabetes cause WEIGHT GAIN. Insulin causes WEIGHT GAIN. I've been on insulin shots for 19 months: WEIGHT GAIN 50 POUNDS IN 1.5 YEARS.
4. Your mother and grandmother had strokes. That complicates diabetes treatment, and wheelchairs don't offer exercise opportunities.
5. Low blood glucose is one side effect of insulin, and low blood glucose can cause another stroke.
6. High glucose over time causes amputations and blindness. Low glucose causes another stroke. Your choice. Stroke 5 minutes from now or amputations and blindness later from diabetes? Grab more carbs to prevent a stroke! Go blind.
7. The most frustrating part of my journey to cope with diabetes and strokes is that nearly every minute of every day is focused on what food I need to eat and when I need to eat it.
8. Your dieting NOW is the best way to prevent diabetes and strokes. Keep it up NOW while you can still walk without a quadcane, walker, or wheelchair. Keep it up NOW while you only have to measure food, not use needles for glucose tests and insulin also. You are on the right track. Whatever works for weight loss for you is what you need to do.
I'm ready to break the "curse".
I'm determined to break the pattern.
I am willing to eat Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese for the rest of my life,
if that is what it takes to keep me healthy.
I pray that none of my children will struggle with their weight as I have,
but if they do, I want them to be able to say,
"If Mom could lose 100 pounds . . . I can, too."