My chest would hurt when I lay down to sleep. I got scared. I didn't want this to turn into a heart attack. If it's this point, I'm going to stop it. This is the first time I looked at my doctor seriously and said to him, I don't feel well, and it's serious, and it has to do it my chest. And on top of that, my diabetes.
So I'm ready to do that bariatric, doctor. Please stop the paperwork. Immediately he replied to me, no, Leigh. No. You go to this program over there. And I said, well, what is the program? So he explained to me. It entailed four hours twice a week for nine weeks. That was my first time walking into a room of equipment to exercise, and that was wonderful. I could feel my blood just traveling through my body. And I didn't miss a session. Twice a week for nine weeks I went to exercise. The food, we were going to be eating vegan food. There was no steak, no meat, no fish, no chicken. Only vegetables. And what they did to it was amazing. The federal government gives senior citizens where I live powdered milk, powdered potatoes, mashed potatoes, spinach, beans, carrots. Having fresh vegetables and fruits is way better, so I decided that all that I have at home is going to be kept for emergency preparedness. I feel so energetic. I don't feel no chest pain anymore. My insulin units came down to 10 and 5. And the cardiologist said, everything looks good. EKG, the lab tests. He says, no more coming six months. You can come to me in one year. Every moment, you know, I'm trying to keep healthy, keep my house clean, move around, walk from my front door to my car, and that's hard for me. I parked my car that far away with the intention of getting exercise.
That will be the rest of my life, because that would be the only way for me to stay as perfect as I can. And I want to be healthy, so I'm going to grab at it.