My A1C was 5.9% (a little over the recommended number). I was out of breath when walking, and I weighed 243 pounds. I was depressed as I was not happy about my weight, the way I looked, or being diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
I was made aware of my health issues when I received the results from my annual physical at the Chatham County Employee Health Center. That’s when I knew I needed to start taking my health more seriously if I wanted to live a long life. I told myself, “NO MORE EXCUSES, JUST DO IT.”
I felt like I was damaging my body slowly and knew I needed to make a change. I’ll admit the changes came slow, but once I got started, I encouraged myself to keep it up.
My registered nurse and health coach gave me the tools and information to get started. She recommended I participate in the diabetes program and meet with the behavioral health counselor. Participating in the program has helped me with monitoring my weight, activity level and meal planning.
My health coach always encouraged me in my journey of living a healthy life. I began walking 3 miles and gradually started running. I joined local running groups. That changed everything for me.
My health has improved so much since I started taking control of my life and finding an activity I enjoy. I’m currently able to run/walk 10 miles. I’m happy and getting into the best shape I’ve been in a long time. I’m enjoying running in the city of Savannah and meeting other runners/walkers, while completing local races. I’m living my best life and looking good doing it.
My advice to others is you don’t have to wait to start your health journey. Start small in reaching your goal. You’re working on a healthy lifestyle, not a temporary quick fix. Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to someone else. Stay focused on your own progress. — Michelle Williams, Marathon Health Member