30 Stories of Diabetes Education: Don Moffitt

Don Moffitt:

If I can do it anyone can

In January of 2013, I accomplished a personal goal of losing 100 lbs.  At my heaviest weight, I was on medications for high blood pressure, cholesterol and was told by my doctor that I would soon need medications for diabetes.  

 I am proud to say that I have maintained that weight loss for almost an entire year.  Losing 100 lbs. in about one year was not an easy journey, but it was a worthwhile one.  At this time I am being phased off of all medications, no longer have sleep apnea and have kicked diabetes to the curb. 

To accomplish my goals, I consulted with my family doctor and developed my own plan which was to have a target goal of approximately 1,500 calories per day, but never more than 2,000 calories per day.  In addition, I wear a pedometer and try to walk 10,000 steps per day, which is about three miles.

There are also many very good, healthy, low-calorie snack items that have been helpful to me.  These include products or snack bars made by The Quaker Oats Company, Kellogg’s and Nature Valley, to name a few.  Also, “fast food” does not necessarily mean “fat food” since some restaurants do an outstanding job of listing calories on their menu boards.  I also eat healthy snacks like baby carrots, fruits, vegetables and peanuts, but always watch my total daily calorie intake.

If I can do it, then I know anyone can do it!