Cecilia Lost 30 Pounds and Conquered Diabetes
Name: Cecilia Liu
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.
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