Here’s a bit of trivia about me – I am prediabetic.
This is a serious condition characterized by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that is not yet classified officially as diabetes. Prediabetes almost always precedes type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes. Prediabetes is caused by insulin resistance.
I was diagnosed two years ago, just a few weeks before my wedding (I guess right around now. Happy prediabetes diagnosis anniversary to me.) I was prescribed Metformin and warned that it might cause weight gain. Um, weight gain before my wedding? When I’ve been training twice per week with a trainer AND working out every other day on my own AND dieting? Suffice to say I didn’t take the diagnosis seriously and put off taking the medicine until after our honeymoon. Side note: In my defense, Kim – a registered nurse – said it was okay! Yes, I just vilified my sister to absolve myself of personal responsibility. And what?
I think I was a bit incredulous that my diagnosis was real. At the time, I a fit twenty-six-year-old who was no stranger to the gym and an active lifestyle. I did eat like a pig, but definitely not more than any friends or family. My grandmother has diabetes, but that’s about it. I wasn’t even close to overweight. I believe I weighed the same as I do now – 116-118 lbs. I have proof! Here I am circa 2010 in a random restaurant in downtown Puerto Vallarta on our honeymoon.
What are the chances?
As it turns out, quite a high chance, actually. According to a press release from the NYC Department of Health, the highest percentage of prediabetes in 2004 was within the Asian population. Must be all that rice and fruit.
After our honeymoon, I was mostly compliant with my doctor’s orders and tried to take my medication everyday. More often than not, though, I’d forget and skip a few days. I still ate copious amounts of mochi ice cream, watermelon paletas, and carbs, carbs, carbs. Not only did I gain weight, I probably also shaved a few years from my life.
All this to explain that my recent weight loss resolve isn’t just about achieving the perfect bikini body. It’s mostly about achieving the perfect bikini body, but also about finally committing to managing my prediabetes with an consistently active lifestyle and no/low-sugar diet.
There’s no turning back. This past month has shown me that I can do this. I hope by taking my blog in this new direction, I can encourage people in similar situations.
If you’re in a similar situation, I’d love to hear about how you manage your prediabetes, since I don’t know anyone else diagnosed with this condition.
Side note: The doctor who prescribed me Metformin was misinformed. This medication actually supports weight loss, not weight gain. A friend of mine who is a doctor confirmed this. Metformin has also been criticized as a way of enabling a destructive lifestyle because it helps you lose weight. I, however, have experienced none of the aforementioned weight loss while taking Metformin.
Yesterday after work, we made the trek out to Hunter College to cheer on Kim as she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
My parents are so proud to have two nurses in the family.
She packs a lot of talent into her tiny self (third in line).
This kid is HAPPY to be done with all the studying and tedium.
The graduate with her proud-as-a-peacock husband.
Her brother was proud of her too.
Two of the most caring nurses in NYC.
Le tre sorelle.
After driving through an hour of traffic that makes NYC so endearing, we celebrated with dinner at Lai Garden (our dad’s favorite) in our hood. Kim received several gifts, including a new engraved stethoscope!
Congrats, little sis.
Side note: I know things are looking funky around here. I’m working on it, sort of.
I’m a huge fan of Will Smith. He is a science fiction movie star – Independence Day, Men in Black, I, Robot, and I am Legend. I’ve watched his movies countless times. I also grew up watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
While Men in Black has never been my favorite of all his movies, I jumped at the chance to attend a premiere this morning with a small group of students.
A collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and the Youth Inspired Challenge made it possible for us to watch Men in Black 3. They also gave us the VIP treatment with free popcorn, drinks, and souvenir MIB3 glasses. I was even able to bring Kim and Melody along as chaperones!
The movie was fantastic. I usually steer clear of 3D movies (ever since Beowulf) because my eyes hurt and I can’t see straight for the rest of the night. This movie was shot so clearly that I didn’t experience any optical disorientation. The aliens were imaginative and the storyline kept us in suspense until the very end. Mr. Smith was immaculate as Agent J while James Brolin played a splendid younger Agent K. Kids and adults alike laughed throughout the entire movie. I highly recommend it.
After the movie, we were shuttled to the AMNH to have a Q&A session with the man himself. I sat eight feet away from Will Smith! He wasn’t the only important and accomplished person who spoke to us today – (from left to right) the astrophysicist behind the planetarium’s newest film, Journey to the Stars, discussed astronomy; Chancellor Dennis Walcott said something I don’t remember; and the president of the AMNH welcomed us warmly.
Side note: The tops of the photos show the giant domed screen in the planetarium. Their newest film, “Journey to the Stars” was displayed on the ceiling. Pretty cool, huh?
He is just as good looking, charismatic, intelligent, and witty in person as he is in the films. I never knew he had been accepted to and declined MIT or that his mother is a Carnegie Mellon alumni. His favorite class was math. He even spoke to students about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. I was really impressed that he included this in the promotion of MIB3.
Will Smith was a tough act to follow, but AMNH treated us to their newest film, “Journey to the Stars.” The entire film is displayed on the ceiling, while the audience rests their heads on plush chairs. It was a great experience. I’d recommend it for astronomy enthusiasts of all ages.
What an awesome day.
How was yours?