I was diagnosed with diabetes a little over 4 years ago. I was at my heaviest weight then. My A1c was over 9 !!!! That’s outrageously high. It scared the bejeezus out of me so I immediately went on a low carb diet and lost about 50 pounds. Along with medication, that brought my A1c down to the low 5 range. Some say that drastic reduction may not have been safe but that’s how it went.
Over a 4 year period, I gained about 15 pounds back which wasn’t so bad considering most statistics on weight loss. When I did that crazy pesticide poisoning thing, I lost most of that gain and decided to get real about my health. The pesticide scare really made a lasting impression.
Right now, I’m below that 50 pound loss and I’m getting excited about it. The loss is a direct effect of the changes in my nutrition lifestyle. Just so you can see where I was before that diabetic diagnosis, here’s a pic. I’m not sure if this is my heaviest or not but it’s surely not a good weight!
This picture was taken at a retreat I used to host in Arkansas that we called “Quilter’s Romp”. This insane getup was them bestowing me with all the garments worthy of a “Fearless Leader”. What a group of great gals! We always had a wonderful time at these retreats.
This picture was taken at another “Quilter’s Romp” held in Jasper, AR at a huge log cabin in the woods. And a good reason, I gained so much weight and developed diabetes. I’ll just blame this on Jan. I was eating the leftovers of her Peach Bread Pudding.
But still too much weight.
This was taken this afternoon in the Paca barn. Ignore the mess.
I’ve never compared pictures of myself at different times in my life so this has been kind of fun.
Baby Ray in case you don’t remember is our “blind” paca. He can see some things but still runs into things. This afternoon he ran into the fence twice. He’s never going to be a big boy like our other boys and we don’t think he’ll even be as big a Bullet who is on the small side. He gets plenty to eat and never lets anyone run him away from the food. He’s just a smallish guy. We love him!