The story so far
Hi! Welcome to My DIY Experience, the Diet Channel’s first blog that isn’t written about any one particular diet. My name is Hillary. I started trying to change my diet and my life back in March, when I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and diabetes. Since then, I’ve completely overhauled my diet, my exercise routine (as in actually having an exercise routine) and learned a whole new way to live. It’s working – I’ve lost 28.4 pounds and gone from being a size 16 and miserable, to being a size 10 and sometimes even a size 8, and hopeful.
Why aren’t I following a particular diet? Well, I have a bunch of reasons. First of all, I’m terrible at following the rules, unless I’m the one making the rules, of course. That’s just part of my personality, I guess. I’m also an incredibly picky eater, which makes it difficult for me to eat pre-packaged food. Plus, I’m a hippie crunchy vegetarian type who worries about eating a lot of processed foods, and goes out of her way to buy local and organic. And finally, the more I learned about diabetes, the more I realized that for me, just going on a short term diet won’t do the trick. I have to make permanent changes to way I eat so that I can control my blood sugar. All sorts of scary health issues pile up for people who don’t manage this disease properly, and I don’t intend to end up like that.
Right now I’m concentrating on losing weight and getting as fit as I can, by counting carbs, paying attention to portion control and exercising regularly. Ultimately, I’d like to be able to control my blood sugar without medication, and if I lose enough weight, that might happen. So, the hard numbers: Back in March, I weighed in at 178 pounds. Ugh. Do you know how hard it is to type that number? I’m currently at 149.6 pounds, which means I have at least 29.6 more pounds to lose. 120 pounds is my goal right now, although I change my mind about my target weight a lot, which we can go into in more detail later.
I’ve made plenty of progress over the last six and a half months or so, but I still have a long way to go, and that’s what I’ll talk about here.