Sunday, March 7, 2010

"For A Purpose"

A few of you may remember this post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it was the post I didn't want to write but felt the need to do so. Well, I believe, as He always does, God was preparing my heart for things to come.

Last week I decided to have some lab work done just because.

It amazes my when my 'just because' becomes God's 'for a purpose'.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the days of perfection have gone by the way side and now it seems, quite without expectation, the days of perfect lab work have joined. My numbers were not as 'beautiful' as I had previously experienced or hoped for.

Sitting across the desk from a friend and employer who also happens to be a doctor with nothing but lab results between us sends chills down your spine especially when you know what those labs results are.

Oh, I didn't worry too much about the ever inching higher cholesterol or LDL, no, not me. But it was the A1C that made my heart skip a beat or two.

A1C ~ This is the best measurement of our blood glucose control that we have now. It tells us what percentage of our hemoglobin -- the protein in our red blood cells that carry oxygen -- has glucose sticking to it. This number measures blood glucose for the most recent 2-3 month period of time. The less glucose that remains in our bloodstream rather than going to work in the cells that need it the better we feel now and the better our health will continue to be.

It seems that glucose has decided to remain in my bloodstream rather than going to work. Hmmm...Sometimes I'd rather remain in bed rather than go to work...but that is a different story. Anyway, my A1C was surprisingly high and I am a person now on the verge of outright diabetes. Yuck, I don't like that thought or those words.

In light of these new numbers that previous post needs to have some action placed behind it. I can no longer just want to lose weight now I must take more care over my sugar intake and make it a matter of health rather than vanity.

I have been working hard at looking at my eating habits and attempting to make huge changes. I didn't eat any sugar over the weekend with the exception of one sprite. No chocolate, cookies, or any other sweet treats. I was careful with carbs and limited my fruit intake. My fasting blood sugar was 115 (down from the 130's) this morning, not too bad but certainly not where it needs to be (under 100).

So, changes a plenty over the next days, weeks and months as I seek wisdom, advise and lots of encouragement.

I feel like I need to stand up and say: Hi, my name is Cindy and I am a sugarholic and an emotional eater! This is an addiction that will not be easy to break but thankfully I know:

"I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency). Philippians 4:13 AMP

There you have it, I am joining the ranks of a few friends and thousand across our great country whose A1C levels are too high and must focus on health.

Continuing to Consider All Things With Joy,



  1. I hate the word "diabetes" too. I've been trying to think of a substitute. I'll let you know if I come up with anything!! : ) Maybe you won't have to say it very much in the future. I'm praying that!

  2. Take care of yourself and I am praying that the "D" word will not be one way that you ever have to describe yourself!

  3. I do know that you DO NOT want diabetes however I DO KNOW that changing a lifetime of habits will NOT be easy. So one step at a time and one day at a time and it looks like you are on the right track. So don't beat yourself up when you have a BAD day just get back on the program.

    I'll be praying for you and I'm with you on the losing weight. We can keep each other accountable. I am a SUGAR lover too and am doing pretty well lately.

    Love ya and praying for you! COnnie

  4. Cindy I love you and MORE importantly the God...the Creator of the Universe love you greatly. He is going to be lavishing all sorts of His love, grace, strength and self-control on you in this journey. He will be the all you need to make it happen. HOld tight to His hand and trust Him...He only takes you places that are worth it! Hugs to you and prayers up to Him!


Hi Friend, I read and cherish every single comment you leave! You bring Joy to my heart! Blessings, Cindy