Lifestyle Update

It has been 6 months since my quintuple bypass and the changes are amazing. For starters, the healthy eating habits have gotten easier, and the stretching pain in my chest lessens each week. I still have some good days and bad days. The only major lasting effect is my left shoulder it has locked up from a lack of use while I was in the hospital. They say that this is normal for heart surgery patient, yet this is really painful at times. I continue to seek treatment and have it manipulated in therapy.

It has been 6 months since my quintuple bypass and the changes are amazing. For starters, the healthy eating habits have gotten easier, and the stretching pain in my chest lessens each week. I still have some good days and bad days. The only major lasting effect is my left shoulder it has locked up from a lack of use while I was in the hospital. They say that this is normal for heart surgery patient, yet this is really painful at times. I continue to seek treatment and have it manipulated in therapy.

There is another amazing update that I’m excited to blog about! I have lost close to 55 pounds so far and there is much more to lose. My waist went from a size 50 to a 44, and even that size is getting loose. My jacket size went from a 56 to a 52, and I am now wearing XL shirts down from XXXL. As a diabetic, I also made huge strides my A1C blood test which measures the hemoglobin levels in your blood over 2-3 months. The number should be in the range of a 6.4 – 7; that is the OK parameter. When I started this journey in January, my A1C was well above a 10. As of July 7, it is now a perfect 6.2. This means I am controlling my blood sugar! I struggle everyday to keep these numbers down by eating right and controlling my portion size.


I exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes; I walk briskly. This reduces my blood sugar numbers as well. I am in the gym at least 3 days a week and on July 7, 2010, I was able to run a ½ mile on the treadmill. Before this surgery, I was unable to walk a few blocks. I am going to increase that distance each week. I made my brother a promise to run a 5K race with him, and I will keep that promise.

This proves to everyone that if you set your mind to your goals, you can reach them. I am by no means perfect, but I do not stray from eating healthy and taking care of myself. This is so important to keep up. I find myself missing the workouts when I can’t get to the gym. Find a partner or a family member and go with them; make it fun. Beat your own goals each day and you will succeed! If you have any questions for me reach out to me.

How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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