I am a 48 year old male who was diagnosed T2 in 2009. I found this forum because I saw an article about acidrock23 and tracked him here. I wish I could tag him, but I don't know if this forum software supports that. This is my introductory post and a testimony that we can start where we are to, regardless of our age, to change our lifestyle.
I started TKD training back in June 2014 after my sons earned their green belts. I had been trying to lose weight and dropped about 20 pounds previously, but I had plateaued.
Their school instructor/owner talked to me for a while about getting started, but I waited until we moved because we were 20 miles from the school and my classes would have been on alternate nights which would keep us out every night late. I talked frankly with him about my condition and he agreed to work with me to make sure I did what was practical and feasible for the condition. One step I took was to train with TKD shoes (like the Nike In-Nae) instead of training barefoot because the rooms are carpeted and with all the board breaking going on, there's always a loose splinter somewhere. The shoes make some parts of training difficult, but I knew that I needed to protect my feet.
When I advanced to green belt, I began sparring and board breaking, and I made certain once again to protect my feet as much as possible. The instructor had a pair of Ringstar FightPro shoes that he bought and didn't like wearing, so he gave them to me and I spar in them. It makes new opponents nervous when they see I am wearing shoes while they wear foot pads, but when I show them the padded soles (unlike their own unpadded soles) they relax.
I mistakenly set up my boards cross-grain for a hand break technique and broke my ulna (forearm bone) at a tournament in 2015. It took longer to heal than I felt it should but I can't blame T2 for that, it may just be middle age. It still aches occasionally during push-ups, etc. but I'm doing OK with that.
I earned my 1st Degree Black Belt this past month. I trained straight through from the beginning, and I only failed one belt test in the entire time (that being due to my misguided attempt to do an impressive board break instead of one I am good at).
I am proud of my accomplishment. I want to continue training, though I am not certain how far I want to rise in the ranks.
I have not lost weight like I think I should have. I do know my body fat has decreased because my waist size is smaller. I'm sure some of the weight loss has been offset by muscle mass increase.
This past month, I received a large bruise on the inside of my shin, just above the ankle, probably due to crossing shins with a fellow student during sparring. It swelled up for a few days. Eventually the bruise began to break up, but some of the blood settled into my heel and instep and that blood is being reabsorbed more slowly. I considered going to the doctor, but the bruising is going away and the swelling has lessened. My Achilles and sides of my heel are tight, but massaging loosens them. I've taken 2 weeks to let things mend. I'm considering going back to class this evening. My wife went to the store and bought me a pair of shin guards to wear for class.
I have to continue losing weight. I'm 5'8" and weigh 260 lbs. I find myself craving soft drinks and junk foods much less frequently. Rarely do I crave sweets. I have to control my intake, especially during stressful times, as that's my trigger. I'm learning to like water.
I want to continue training. My wife started training with us three months ago after a change in her schedule enabled her to attend classes. While there's not much time for a junior belt female to be with the male black belts, it's nice to look over and see her there.
I want to live a healthier second half than the first one. I also want to show my kids that old age doesn't mean out of shape, and that it's never too late to do better.
I hope this post is helpful to someone. It's hard living with a T2 diagnosis when you realize you could have done something about it before you knew you needed to. Find an exercise you enjoy and put your heart in it.