I have found that as I get older, the things that make my heart flutter, that thrill my soul, that cause a joyous smile to spread across my face have changed.
To wit: I experienced all of this when my doc came into the examining room and said to me, "Congratulations! Your numbers are spectacular!"
I practically leapt up and danced, kinda like that gal who's down with Crestor. I did not, however, go blabbing it to anyone I passed as I skipped down the street. Instead, I'm blabbing it on my blog!
You must understand that the last time I saw the doc was in June. My numbers had improved since March, but some were still worrisome. Except for cholesterol -- my cholesterol has always been stellar, never above 150, and once as low as 108. (When I got that reading, I immediately ate a pound of bacon and a dozen eggs.) (Not really, but I wanted to.)
The icky numbers were all related to my diabetes. In March, my blood sugar was 345; my A1C was 12.6. In June, my blood sugar reading was 242; my A1C was 11.1. Yes, an improvement, but not good enough. The doc changed up my diabetes medication and suggested very nicely that I should really add some exercise to my improved eating.
Oh, all right.
I've been walking a lot lately. At least a mile, at least three times a week. (Hey, for me, that's a lot!) I started out using the treadmill in the apartment complex fitness center, but then the weather got to be wonderful, so I started walking outside. The "circuit" that I walk is about 1.6 miles, according to Map My Walk. It goes up the Schuylkill River Trail, across the field at the entrance to the neighborhood, and back down the path by the river.
So anyway, here are the details:
- Blood pressure -- 120/80. How's that for textbook?
- Cholesterol -- 122. HDL, LDL, and triglycerides all within the normal range.
- Kidney stuff -- all normal.
- Liver stuff -- all normal.
And the best news:
- Blood sugar -- 133
- A1C -- 6.6
These are very very close to non-diabetic numbers, and they are excellent for diabetes.
I was even inspired to take a walk this evening! A short one -- only 1.2 miles, a short stroll up the riverside path and back again.
Hey, maybe I'll start running!
Nah, let's not be ridiculous.