Who knew I would use that title to a blog 15 years ago! But here we are. I thought seeing as though I have started this blog the best way for you to find out a bit more about me is for me to share with you a bit more about my life and my journey with Type 1 Diabetes.
I was diagnosed at 13, after 6 weeks of becoming unwell. I knew there was something off about how I had been feeling and behaving. I had lost 25kg over the 6 weeks and had been eating as much as I could to feel satisfied (which was around 3 loaves of bread a day) washed down with around 8L of water! My mum picked up on how sick I was when I came home from school and my skirt fell down to my ankles. I had blood tests on a Monday and by Friday I was in hospital and diagnosed by the afternoon. My blood sugar level at that point was 39mmol and I spent the weekend in hospital learning about my new life and how different it would be now that I was taking 5 injections a day and testing my blood sugars.
This wasn't an easy transition, particularly at a time in my life where I was becoming very social and interested in the opposite sex, drinking and in general having fun. Over the next 4 years I rebelled against my Diabetes and I wasn't interested in changing my lifestyle habits. It wasn't until I had gained 30kg and saw a picture of myself that I realised how unhealthy I really was. I began making small changes like increasing my water intake, less sugar and more green vegetables. Over time these changes became easier and had more of an impact as my body changed.
By the time I was 22 I had lost the 30kg I had gained and I did this by 5 years of consistent hard work and always putting my health first. I lost the weight because of the consistency and showing up to every exercise session and maintaining a healthy, clean diet. I cut out the takeaways, lowered my sugar intake and considered what foods were impacting my gut. This included dairy and to a lesser extent gluten. I realised the cleaner I kept my food the easier it was to keep the weight off. Now 6 years later I have kept the weight off and I continue to adapt my lifestyle to benefit my blood sugars and my diet. I want to inspire those with Diabetes to change their lives for the better and to become the healthiest version of themselves. Below are some of my tips that I personally have used/use to lose weight and improve life.
My main tips for getting started on your weight loss journey:
Decide on a short term and long term goal. (ie. short term: lose 5 kg in 3 months and long term: lose 15kg in a year) This is really important as weight loss should not be rushed - especially if you aim to keep it off long term! It will also keep you on track.
Drink more water - at least 3-4L a day and aim to drink a large glass or two on an empty stomach. This will facilitate a change in PH levels in the stomach and optimise your hydration levels for the rest of the day.
Eat more green vegetables - add 2 - 3 handfuls to your daily lunch either salad greens or any green vegetable of your choice.
Move more! The more you move the better. This doesn't have to mean you need to exercise for hours on end - just move more throughout the day and add in strength training sessions into your weekly routine at least 2-3 times.
Consider your portion sizes - look at your main meals and snacks and consider how often you eat until you are 80% full. Add this to your daily routine.
Drink less alcohol. Alcohol has the highest amount of calories compared with Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein. Include alcohol free nights more during the week.
Sleep quality - Sleep is essential for long term health but also extra critical for how we feel during the day. It isn't enough to just sleep 8 hours it is also about how quality the 8 hours are. Consider how dark your room is, the temperature, the time you go to sleep and how much screen time you have before you go to bed each night. Also aim to finish your dinner 2 hours before bed.
Start slow by incorporating these tips into one day of the week - when you notice the benefits add in another day and grow from there! Over time you will realise just how amazing it is to live a healthier lifestyle and explore the benefits.
For more tips and info check out my other blogs.