Hello Highlites. I hope everyone is doing well. I decided to do something a little different on this post. I thought I would open up about something a little serious than my fashion and my shoes. My son @StylishStandout is my favorite critic and my biggest fan.
When I do my pictures for the blog, he tells me that my pictures are pretty, but always has one recurring request: "Can you take your Fitbit off, Mom?!"
And I often have to remind him, "I'm on a mission, son. This Fitbit isn't going ANYWHERE!"
Back in March of this year, I graduated from Fabulous You, a seven-month diabetes-management program that was funded and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield. It was for women living with diabetes, at risk of having the disease or interested in living a healthier, more Fabulous life.
Each Thursday, we met with an on-site nurse, diabetic educator, and personal trainer.
We listened to the nurse offer helpful tips on how to keep our diabetes under control, and all the harmful things that could happened long term if we didn't.
The educator was there to hand out literature for us to read and show us how to prepare healthier (but still=delicious!) meals for ourselves and families. (A point of emphasis was portion sizes.)
And the personal trainer was there to keep us in check, to keep our bodies moving--and oh did she keep them moving!
Now back to the Fitbit...
It was a gift to us from the program to make sure we continued our progress. Each person's Fitbit was synced into our phone so the educator could keep track of our steps weekly.
Each of us committed to a step goal per day. I committed to between 10,000 to 15,000 steps. It wasn't very hard for me because I have power walked/jog 4 1/2 miles per day for years but I never knew how many steps I was doing each day, and I'm not sure if I was concerned about my steps only to get my workout in each day.
There was some competitive women in this program and they were in it to win it. We also had group goals, for motivation we were given gift cards for the winning team. So I wasn't going to let my team down. I worked as hard as I could to be the best.
But when I got the Fitbit it was exciting to see how many steps per day I actually got. So that's part of the reason the Fitbit is on my wrist in every picture because, like I told my son "every steps counts. While I'm moving around getting in place for a photograph that's steps I'm missing if I don't have my Fitbit on.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 20 yrs ago and I'm insulin dependent. It was inherited from my Mom and she later passed away from complication of the disease. That is enough motivation to keep me on the straight and narrow.
To graduate from the program, you had to complete the program with all goals met that was set by the program which were weight, A1c levels and blood pressure down. I completed the program with all goals met and not only that I have truly learned to eat better. I wasn't a big eater anyway but this program and the ladies that was over it helped me in more ways than one.
They motivated us, helped us to be more confident and to make time for ourselves and to love ourselves. And I'm very grateful and thankful for BCBS and the American Diabetes Association. If you or a love one is having any of the symptoms of this disease or is at risk please see your physician asap. It's called the silent killer because it affects so many organs in the body and a large number of people are walking around with the disease and not even know they have it
At the end of the program we had a hat and tea party to celebrate our success stories, to show off our new bodies and our newly discovered self-confidence.
Thank you Fabulous You for helping me stay fabulous. I hope to help change someone's life by telling my story.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.