Brunch - Garlic mushrooms, smoked salmon and poached eggs
Dinner - Crumpets with peanut butter, apple
Steps - 10,789
Total weight lost 11lbs
Trumpets blare, crowds cheer, drum roll and streamers fall from the sky. The scales fell by 2lbs today. Whoop, whoop, I skip out of the bathroom feeling relieved that I have actually lost some weight this week otherwise I would have felt that all the effort I have put in weighing food and exercising would have been a waste of effort.
This week has been hard not just because the weight has been slow to come off but my taste buds are wanting the food I am used to eating in the past. The novelty of the diet is waning.
Today I meet up with the friend who inspired me to do something about my diabetes. At the beginning of this year he was supposed to go onto Glycazide but shredded the prescription and decided to reduce his carbs and his calories. Since then he has lost nearly 7 stones, his HBA1C is in mid 30's and he is on no medication. He is also a very social person and liked his beer but he hasn't drunk one since he decided to go on the diet. I am still struggling with this and can't see that I can spend the rest of my life without a glass of wine. His reasoning is that he knows if he has a drink it will be the start of a slippery slope and he will also have the munchies too. He talks about how his friends have had to get used to the fact he no longer drinks and that to him it is a choice of drinking now and potentially going to an early grave by having a heart attack or not drinking and keeping healthy for a longer life.
This comment led me into doing some research into this disease and how it affects the NHS and my findings are scary.
It is estimated 3.5 million people have diabetes in the UK with 700 new cases each DAY being diagnosed. 90% of these being type 2. That is the equivalent of one person every 2 minutes. There is potentially another 1.1 million who have diabetes but have not been diagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes currently costs the NHS 8.8 billion ever year and this figure is rising.
Complications from uncontrolled diabetes include
Much evidence and research shows that many type 2 diabetes can be managed by lifestyle changes to control weight, eat healthily and exercise more which will reduce the burden on the NHS. So many reasons to stick to my diet and control my diabetes.