This was me after I had been a desktop support consultant for about 2 years, around the time we were all preparing for (freaking out about) Y2K.
And this is also just 2 years after I had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.
So I had the knowledge, but I was unable to apply it to my new IT lifestyle, and gained a lot of unhealthy weight (fat).
While I was always a little overweight, in the pic I ballooned up to over 250 lbs at just 5’10”.
What I didn’t realize that my falling asleep throughout gradeschool and college classes, not being able to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes at a time, was also due to being overweight.
I always felt like there was something wrong with me – like I was broken.
And it would’ve been easy for me to believe that…
…as I was diagnosed with Type 1 (insulin-dependent) Diabetes when I was 7 years old.
I had to learn what carbohydrates, proteins and fats were, and which foods had which amounts. I had to learn how to test and understand my blood glucose values and how to inject insulin.
I also discovered how my seemingly little day-to-day decisions most of us take for granted about food, exercise, sleep and stress affected my body, my mind, my mood, and even my relationships – because they all affect blood sugar levels.
But what I didn’t realize was that these repeated “little decisions” (which are what become our habits), not just affected my blood sugar, but also affected my weight.
And this was after living with Diabetes AND graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.
So while I had the knowledge, I lacked the skill of applying it properly, which is a completely whole ‘nother ballgame…