The other day I had an unfortunate conversation via text with a friend who got some bad health news.
Mary: “How did the doctor visit go?”
Friend: “I have type 2 diabetes. So hooray!”
Mary: “Shit!!! You okay?”
Friend: “Yeah. Time to change everything, etc.”
Mary: “Yeah for sure. I’m with ya. Let me know if you need anything.”
Friend: “Do you have to take diabetes medicine? Do you have to shoot yourself with insulin? Are you going to lose a foot? Can I call you peg leg? Too soon?”
Friend: “A pill twice a day.”
Mary: “Are you going to start eating better and exercising?”
While I was making jokes to keep it light this is obviously not news anyone wants to get. Luckily my friend is motivated to get in the gym, lose weight, eat better, and change everything so diabetes and medicine isn’t a life long sentence.
The event kinda shocked me into realizing I need to push ahead with my own health changes. I haven’t had many close friends with diabetes or obesity caused health problems but I’m getting to the age where it’s starting to become an issue.
I’m not where I used to be, I’ve come a long way, but I’m still not healthy enough. It could just as easily be me getting the same diabetes diagnosis any day. That’s pretty scary. I think I’d rather prevent it rather than try to correct it.
With this unfortunate event, I think I’ve found my focus once again.
It’s time to change everything.
Onward and scale downward for me, my friends, and all of you who need it. Let’s go do it.