Saving my life

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes when she was 37 years old saw Rachel Woodrow, from Waikanae, completely changing her lifestyle. She lost a third of her bodyweight, started exercising regularly and is now symptom free.

Rachel knew she needed a life change after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

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I most often stick to 1,200-1,500 calories a day and most of the food is clean and whole. No one is perfect right?

I change the rules regularly – diets lose their shine so I don't “diet”. I make rules like “no eating after 8.30pm” because after 9pm my willpower has gone to bed and I used to do quite a bit of damage surfing the cupboards at night.

I acknowledge and understand that losing weight is 20% exercise and 80% diet. Going for a walk is not going to undo even a small chocolate bar.

I play games to make up my steps with everyday activities. For example, putting the washing basket quite a way from the line and walking back and forward to get each item.

I regularly document my journey with photos and create comparison photos to remind myself how far I have come.


Rachel shared her story in the Winter 2016 issue of Diabetes Wellness magazine. Subscribe to Diabetes NZ today to receive your copy.

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Jo Chapman