Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post: A New Day

I have been on my Nutrisystem journey now for 6 weeks and I am so excited that my parents are going to be joining me! My Mom is going to be doing the same program that I am, the Success Women's Select program and my Dad is going to be going through the Men's Diabetic Select program! Every week now in addition to reading about MY journey, my Mom and Dad are going to guest post about their journey as well.  This is their first one! You can follow my Mom on her own blog at Lesson's Learned

A New Day
By: Ada Hilton

 My husband, Rick, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was in his early thirties. In the beginning we were able to control his sugar levels through diet, but he is not very good about following this diet. So, the nightmare began of constant arguing, and denial. I would say “You can’t eat that” and he would say, “I can eat whatever I want; there is nothing wrong with me.” I guess this is why they refer to diabetes as the silent killer. He did not feel bad; he had no symptoms other than being thirsty all the time. The Dr. would tell him that even though he didn’t feel bad the high blood sugars were damaging his major organs. That was about 20 years ago. He is now 53 years old and hangs a handicap sign on his car so he can park closer to the doors, because he has neuropathy in his legs and feet so bad he has trouble walking long distances.  He also battles depression and anxiety which the Dr tells us is very common with people who have uncontrolled sugars. We have tried many different diet plans and unless I am with him to monitor he is unable to follow through. He is currently 40 pound over weight and his BMI is in the obesity range. His sugar levels start in the morning around 200 and usually end the day close to 400 (normal range is 70-120).  My biggest fear is that one day I will come home and find him dead from a major heart attack because even though he can’t feel the damage going on inside his body, I know that it is occurring.

This is the biggest reason I was so excited when Nutrisystem offered to let us try out their Men’s Diabetic Select Program.  I have heard a lot of good things about this program and at first I thought this would be a great opportunity to help manage his blood sugar levels. I didn’t really even consider that he needed to lose weight as well. But when I charted his height to weight ratio, I realized he is also about 40 pounds overweight. I am looking at this as a twofold advantage, his blood sugars can be controlled and he will lose that extra weight that puts him at even more health risk, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. He was a bit skeptical at doing this, so I told him that I would follow whatever his diet is as well. I was thinking I could try to mimic his diet plan to help support him but I also have an overweight issue.
 I am about 40 pounds overweight and due to my very busy schedule, I have developed some very unhealthy eating habits. I tend to eat on the run in the car while going from place to place. This usually means some type of junk food and pop.  I have a bit of high blood pressure and have a family history of high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack and diabetes. I am 49 years old and have a sister who had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass when she was 50. I have another sister who has had a triple bypass and a partial leg amputation due to diabetes. So, I have some pretty significant risk if I don’t change my eating habits and get my weight under control.

When I received the email from Nutrisystem to let us know that we would soon be receiving instructions for starting the program, I was so excited that they also offered to let me try their SUCCESS Women’s Select Program.  I am ecstatic and can’t wait to get started. We have placed our first order and while I am waiting for it to arrive with instructions, I have started cleaning out the cupboards of food items that we have that are unhealthy and need to go. I am stocking up on water and plan on buying no more pop.
It’s a new day for us, an opportunity to get healthy, lose weight and have some fun. I look forward to getting to know the Nutrisystem family and being a part of it.

Stay tuned, I am going to be doing weekly posts about our journey so you can follow along. I will also try to include some tips that I learn to help you as well.
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*I am being provided four months of Nutrisystem food and counsel for free as a blogger. All opinions are 100% my own*

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