"In 1993, we took our youth group to Denver, Colorado to go see Pope John Paul II. The last day we were there, I ended up in the hospital with my blood sugar at 299.
I have struggled with diabetes ever since.
My doctor had been telling me for years that I needed to lose weight in order to bring down my Hemoglobin H1C (your blood sugar level for the past 3 months). I tried different diets. I would loose weight but soon I would gain it right back.
One evening, while attending a prayer group session with Geri, I mentioned that my H1C was 7.8! The highest it had ever been.
Geri offered to help me. I immediately said yes, because I am very aware of the problems diabetes can cause in your body.
My mother and several of my family members have died because of diabetes.
Geri said she would help me but it is not a diet.
I met with Geri online for several weeks to learn how to change what I was doing in order to live healthier.
She taught me how to pay attention to my body and how to change my eating habits. She helped me to slowly overcome my resistance to exercise.
At my last doctor appointment, my blood sugar test results show my H1C at 6.0 and I have lost 20lbs!
He could not believe it, much less me. I was so excited, I called Geri right away.
I know I could not have been able to do it without Geri’s help.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have problems eating healthy; but I am more aware of my problem and I think twice before I want to eat a candy bar, etc.
What I learned was not a quick fix. The skills I learned, I will be able to use for the rest of my life."