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Mom gave me the nickname "Army of ONE" since my husband's many deployments (Army, the first 9 years of our marriage experienced 7 years with him away serving our Country) and I've often sported his ball cap with the Army logo - he's been deployed so many times. He's home now, thank heavens, but Mom still calls me the Army of One. I just think I can do it all. Doesn't mean it's true.
Life has given us many changes over the course of years. I've grown from many experiences and hardships. The Army of One experience told me I could do anything even when I didn't think I'd survive. Oh, I survived worse.
Last summer, I ran a litany of tests and my PA suggested a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) and I ended up having 50 blood sugar at the 3-hour mark and 40s the last two hours. I don't think my PA understood what was wrong, but I was given a single sheet of paper on following a hypoglycemia diet....and I saw the Dr. at the facility and I was referred to other doctors because my symptoms have been so severe. Arms will go numb, severe fatigue, feeling like I'm going to pass out and I've lost all my days off allotted to me (and then some, to be docked pay), nausea, shortness of breath, vertigo....and the list goes on. But they couldn't pinpoint the issue. I've been tested for MS, insulinomas...yadda yadda yadda and nothing.
Initially, I was told to follow a diet that would prevent diabetes. I did...it got worse.
I saw an endocrinologist who reviewed my local doctor's office GTT results and says I have an insulinoma, he wants to run a fasting blood test. We do that...my numbers are normal. So, he tells me I need to see a psychiatrist because it's all in my head. I bawl. I have no answer. Tell me I have cancer, something, anything....because an answer is better than not knowing what's wrong with me and feeling each day that I'm dying, that I'm gonna pass out while driving and cause an accident...HELP ME!
Oh, I didn't get help from a doctor's office. The medical community (for the most part, I read that there are doctors who recognize it) do not recognize Reactive Hypoglycemia as a condition. Any talk of hypoglycemia is that it leads to diabetes...yes, hypoglycemia does lead to diabetes, but reactive hypoglycemia doesn't.
So, I did my own #$@* research. I have a masters, 3 teaching certifications, and a principal's certificate. Don't tell me I need to see a psychiatrist. I can research and what kind of research do you do when the studies are inconclusive because there's not enough numbers and data? You look up personal narratives. I quit looking at medical websites and started looking for people's stories that matched mine. There's always someone out in that world who shares our experiences on some level...where are they? I know I can't be alone.
Sure enough, I found them! Stephanie Kenrose and Roberta Ruggiero wrote books. My Mom, that biggest blessings in life, started downloading these e-books for me and ordered more. She started to put together sugar-free dinners (with my older sister's help) so I came home from teaching and tutoring to a healthy meal. I had to shuffle between books that focused on Reactive Hypoglycemia and not pre-diabetic hypoglycemia. I started a no-sugar diet and I got my life back, my symptoms are greatly reduced.
Mom started to put two and two together of all the stories from our ancestors and family members spread across the United States...this has been going on for generations. Some things are explained now - alcoholism, anxiety - that ran in the family. It was a symptom of an undiagnosed Reactive Hypoglycemia.
I need to eat every few hours. I've learned what snacks to have. I can't eat fruit. I cannot tolerate ANY kind of sugar - and that's a healthy food item! I was eating healthy every day and could not answer why I was gaining weight anyway, why I was so tired, why I couldn't think, that I felt dizzy, the world spinned...no answers no matter where I turned. Well, turns out, my body cannot handle sugar in any form.
I'm on a no-sugar nutrition plan at the moment and my life is back. I eat every few hours and right before bed and as soon as I wake (often at 3am because my body wakes me up, it needs fuel). I hope in sharing my story, someone is going to read it and go...oh my heavens, that's my life she's describing! We all deserve good health so that we may enjoy this life that we've been given.
Change the world...ok, ok, change my neighborhood for the better through education.
Raise my girls.
Eat no sugar ever again.
Tell people about Reactive Hypoglycemia. Some will believe and others won't...but those who need to hear it, will hear it.
Sugar-detox diet for 21 days
Reintroduce exercise (light to moderate) with a snack-plan that support my plummeting sugar needs (not high-cardio workouts, it throws blood sugars plummeting and will cause me to pass out).
Pirate Mentality: Either you're with me or against me....but either way, if you're against me, go somewhere else. I got things to do on this earth before I die. I have a community to change through education and beautiful children to raise. I don't have time for anything else.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." - Moulin Rouge
| current weight: 196.0
Hey! I love your spark username its so different! Those are great pics of you, and your two children are adoreable! I also love English, and I love to write! That quote you have from the movie Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite quotes of all time!!! Sounds like we have alot in common! Hope that all is going well on your weight loss/healthier lifestyle journey! Keep it up!
3207 days ago
Thanks for your comment on my blog! You're completely right - sometimes I have to watch myself and make sure I don't get too bogged down with the numbers. In the grand scheme of things, they aren't really what's important about this whole process and I shouldn't let them get me down. Thanks again for giving me some much needed perspective :-)
3231 days ago
You have really inspired me; I especially love your confident look, that you're an "army of 1" and your second quote " The only weaknesses you have are the ones you allow yourself to have" and am adapting it to my life.
3232 days ago
Love your site! I was especially interested in your line of work. I am currently studying for Secondary Education is Social Studies. I get alot of "why high school students?" I'm sure you get alot of "why at risk students?" You have some awesome quotes too! I have written two of them down for my screensaver. I also like your attitude towards healthy living. God bless you and yours!
3236 days ago
You're quite an inspiration in so many ways!
3236 days ago