Hello, I'm Krystal. I joined this group because I need help and support with getting things healthier and into a better routine and being consistent with it all. My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes shortly before he and I met but it was never a big deal, I'd never dealt with it before on a personal level (meaning it never effected me) so I really had no idea until recently how serious it can be.
I won't lie. We eat like crap, though we're getting better day by day, and we certainly don't get the exercise we both need on a regular basis. We're trying but we have a huge problem with consistency. We'll do great for a few days, maybe a week or two, then we somehow sink back to where we were before. It sucks, it's bad for us and the kids, it's stressful and it seems so much harder than I know it is.
The thing is, the doctor told us at his last appointment that he's on the verge of becoming insulin dependent if we don't get his diabetes under control. I should also mention that my husband has severe depression that he's on medication for, he's also ADHD and has medical complications resulting from numerous injuries and nineteen surgeries over the years. He's 44yo, if that matters.
Anyway, mostly for him, but also for me and our kids, we need to become consistent. We need to eat better, healthier, smaller portions more often. We need a simple exercise routine we can do every single day, I've actually already started one with the first of the year but he doesn't have the flexibility or capability of doing the workout I do, I'm proud of myself for it right now because it's the end of my fourth week and I've remained consistent. I ended up in a walking boot this past Sunday and, instead of skipping my exercise routine because of it, I modified it so I could continue despite the boot. So I feel that's a good indication that I'm ready to be consistent.
We have four kids total but only two live with us, my boys from his previous marriage are legal adults but our kids together are 8yo and 3yo (my son just informed me today that there's only eleven days till she's 4yo but I insist that she will remain 3yo until her actual birthday). So obviously we need to eat healthy for them and instill healthy eating habits for them now.
I've been doing a lot of research, we've started attending a seminar program thing focused on diabetes called TCOYD (Taking Control Of Your Diabetes), we attended the first one last night. The next one isn't till March 21st, we plan to attend that one too though as well as all the following seminars. We found the first one was very informative and helpful, we were very happy with it and are looking forward to the next one.
We're taking things slowly, one step at a time, one day at a time, and making small changes so that we don't end up back at the beginning. It's a process and it's hard and stressful, so I'm looking forward to coming here for helpful hints, advice, support and anything else I can get! Thank you for having me here!