Alright, everyone! It’s the moment I’ve been counting down to for the last three months: my followup test results. Let’s see how I did:
To recap, I was diagnosed on January 22, started Mind Mouth Mantra on January 28, went (mostly) gluten-, dairy-, caffeine-, and alcohol-free at the beginning of April (plus increased my activity level with more walking, yoga, & Zumba), started the 10-Day Detox on April 22, officially finished on May 1 (though I still continue most of the practices), and had my follow up blood tests on May 7. For the visual types, here’s a handy timeline:
So here are my stats from January:
- Weight: 243
- BMI: 40.4
- Fasting blood glucose: 170
- Blood pressure: 130/70
- Cholesterol (LDL): 118
- Cholesterol (HDL): 30
- Hemoglobin A1c: 9.8
And here they are now:
- Weight: 243 220
- BMI: 40.4 36.6
- Fasting blood glucose: 170 Not tested on May 7, but I tested at home 110 on Day 7 of Detox
- Blood pressure: 130/70 110/60
- Cholesterol (LDL): 118 92
- Cholesterol (HDL): 30 19
- Hemoglobin A1c: 9.8 6.5
23 pounds lost and a dramatic drop in my A1c are pretty great results for the short period! My amazing doctor at One Medical was so thrilled, she hugged me. And I’m excited to announce we’re continuing on the drug-free path. I still have elevated fatty liver levels, so she’s recommending an abdominal ultrasound, but otherwise, all is good for another three months of working toward weight loss and a healthier pancreas.
For those of you who are going through similar struggles, know that you can do it! Every positive change you make is worth it, because the other side has boundless energy and truly unstoppable feelings of accomplishment.
How is your health journey progressing?