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Cecilia Lost 30 Pounds and Conquered Diabetes

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Cecilia Lost 30 Pounds and Conquered DiabetesName: Cecilia Liu

Age: 60

 

Height: 5 Feet, 1 inch

Before Weight: 148 pounds

How I Gained It: Growing up, I always suspected that I would be overweight and diabetic once I reached middle age. Both of my parents had serious diabetes so it seemed like it was inevitable. My mother needed insulin injections three times a day from age of 54 until she passed away at age 75.

Still, I didn’t think being chubby was a bad thing. In fact, it took me 30 years to begin to see that my weight was a problem. I am blessed with a loving husband who was has always been my biggest fan at any weight. When I was at my heaviest, he constantly told me that there was more for him to love. As a result, over those 30 years I had gained 42 pounds. In fact, I was sometimes mistaken for my husband’s mom!

Breaking Point: My awakening moment came when I went in for a physical and my doctor told me I was confirmed a diabetic, and I needed to take medication to treat both my diabetes and high cholesterol. I was only 53.

In fact, all of my vital signs were very poor at that point. My blood pressure was 145/94, my A1C test was 6.3, and my triglyceride number was 218. Looking at those vials of medication I was destined to take for the rest of my life and reading those side effect warnings, I made up my mind right then and there that I was not going to be dependent on drugs for my health.

How I Lost It: Because of my health scare, I realized that I had nothing much to lose by trying to get healthy, so I did all I could to learn about weight loss and treating diabetes. I gave myself a six month deadline to improve my health before I would give in and start taking medication.

I went to library right away and checked out 13 books on diabetes and six books on weight loss. Then I went to work. It took a week for me to formulate a plan on how to change my lifestyle and live more healthfully.

I based my diet on a mixture of Atkins and the Mediterranean Diet. I started eating four portions of colorful veggies and one portion of meat or seafood a day, plus lots of nuts, whole eggs, cheese, oat bran and other high fiber foods. As for beverages, I also drink six cups of coffee and two bottles of light beer a day. Drinking beer might not sound like a great diet tip, but for me, it worked! My diet plan was so successful that I’ve started helping other people manage their diabetes. I have a blog, Agingbusters, to help aging boomers like me benefit from my experience and busting through aging problems like diabetes and weight gain.

Now, 7 years later, I am happy to report that I’ve lost nearly 35 pounds and my diabetes is under firm control. My vital signs are 112/67 (blood pressure,) 5.2 (A1C test,) 85 (triglycerides) and 93 (HDL.)

After Weight: 114 pounds

Cecilia has maintained her weight loss for seven years.

Source: Thatsfit

Originally posted 2012-08-09 07:20:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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