This past year has been harrowing, I have not made any bones about that, but the ball is in my court and I am officially back on a winning track. Give me a "Woot! Woot!"
The low down is that the Doc this a.m said that my recent and long overdue lab tests came back with good results. I am back to pre-diabetic levels in all the ways that matter. No more need for Metformin tablets. I have been eating well and eating no processed sugar and that is enough for me to keep losing weight and to steadily regain my health! The Doc concurs that the corrective nasal septum that allowed me to breath normally again and sleep normally again has probably had a huge role to play in being able to lose weight. Seems that if you don't sleep hormonal regulation gets totally whacked out and your body reads that as a signal to put on weight. It took years for my body to deteriorate to the level it had, and it will take a while to repair itself.
Anyway, I am very happy with myself for exercising self-control and doing the things that are allowing my body to heal itself. I'm proud of myself. My goal is now to get out of the pre-diabetic niche within a year or so. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
And it is okay to pat yourself on the back when you achieve something. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Our own voices, our inner voices are the most important ones to listen to. We know ourselves better than anyone else, and as long as you are honest with yourself, you can be your own best friend and motivator.
So perhaps I should celebrate.... oh wait, I already did.
I stopped by Ross Dress for less on the way back from the appointment this morning and bought two summery dresses. Both are sleeveless and perfect for the Tucson temps that quickly are coming this way. I write this in the late afternoon and the temp is 78 degrees F. And even though I still shop in the fat lady section, I was able to find a $9.99 dress and a $12.99 dress that were cotton and look good on me, and will look cute with stuff I own. I cannot stand synthetic fibers and there is nothing as unsightly clingy clothing that does not fit your body type. Maybe I will get down to smaller sizes eventually and have access to more attractive styles at the deep discount places I shop, but that if that happens, great, if not, great. As long as I feel good, what else really matters?