I've been dreading doing an A1C test. We're a little over seven months into our travels, and the carb counting of South American rice and Asian noodles has been harder than I anticipated.
During a U.S. layover three months into our trip, I had my A1C tested and the results were not what I wanted: 7.8%. My A1C had not been that level since I was a teenager. For me, personally, I like seeing numbers in the mid-6%s. They're where I'm comfortable and I feel my best, without too many lows.
At that point, I knew I had to get my number better, especially since we had a whole 9 months of travel to go. Because I wouldn't be able to do another lab test during our trip, I bought a home A1C kit with two tests. I just did the first home A1C test and got a 6.8%! I know the results may be off slightly from a lab result, but to me this test signals that I've lowered the number from 7.8%.
That better A1C is a result of a ton of hard work while traveling. It's a lot of paying attention when I'd rather enjoy the moment sightseeing, it's a middle-of-the-night alarm to check my numbers most nights, and it's squeezing in workouts wherever and whenever I can.
I'm celebrating this win and all the work it took to make it happen. :)