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“My A1C is in the normal range and I feel better about myself”

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eric:

a1c in normal range

I have been hovering around 250 lbs. for several years. My doctor was concerned about metabolic syndrome and my A1C was in the pre-diabetic range. I am fairly active, but I had never really dieted or tried very hard to lose weight. I had read and knew a lot of tips but never really put anything into action. I signed up for the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program hoping to kick start myself into that action.

I’ve been amazed at how just tracking what you’re eating and being mindful of it can change your habits. Being single again after 24 years of marriage (I was widowed in 2014), cooking for one and buying healthy foods was just not high on my priorities. But my self image was poor and I think that matters a lot in the dating world.

Since beginning the program, I’ve lost 22 lbs. My A1C is in the normal range. I no longer have to wear my “fat” pants all the time. I feel better about myself and know that I can get down to an even more ideal weight. That will be my goal for the second part of the class. I still feel old some days because I am, but I notice that I feel a lot healthier most days. I can play pickleball for two hours, go to spin class or ride my bike 17 miles without feeling like I’m going to die. I’m more motivated about being active and going to the gym. And one of the little things that I’ve noticed is that I can bend and trim my toenails easier. That seems like such a small thing but it was something I noticed and was tickled about. I was recently on vacation and was able to go zip lining because I was under the weight limit now!

My self image has improved, I haven’t found a girlfriend yet but I’m more optimistic than I was. I’ve learned a lot about eating and exercise, how the little details matter and how to figure out if something is really good for you. I’m looking forward to continue learning and enjoying a healthy eating lifestyle. My instructor has been a fabulous and enthusiastic teacher!

Eric, a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant

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