Staying focused continued...
He also uses a pedometer, and he tries to think up ways to get more steps.
"I park my car at the back of the lot and take the stairs when I can," he says. "On my break, I walk around the outside of the building a few times."
In 7 months, Jerry dropped 25 pounds-about 10% of his body weight.
"It hasn't been easy. I've had some ups and downs, especially over the holidays. Hey, I love to eat. Sometimes it's hard to stay focused on the long-term goal. But tracking what, when, and why I eat helps me to eat less," he says.
Jerry's wife, Laura, has been a big help, he says. She joined the weight-loss program too. They plan and cook meals together on weekends. That way, Jerry has healthy food ready to take for his long shifts at work.
Making a difference
When he went back to his doctor for another blood test, Jerry's blood sugar had dropped below the prediabetes range. He still needs to get tested on a regular basis. But that motivates him to keep up his routine.
"Taking care of yourself can make a huge difference in your health," he says. "It's possible I might still get type 2 diabetes at some point. But I know that even if I do, I'm way ahead in terms of managing it. So don't sit around and wait for it to happen. Get up and move!"
This story is based on information gathered from many people living with prediabetes.
For more information, see the topic Prediabetes.