Richard is participating in the Norma Jean Family Challenge. Here is his progress so far.
Name: Richard Fountain
Diabetes: Type 2
Location: Twin City, Ga.
SMART Goals: Lose 10 pounds by year-end; lower A1C to below 6 percent
One week after starting the Norma Jean Family Challenge, Richard Fountain experienced his first setback: his doctor told him that his A1C had increased from 7.1 to 8.1 percent. “I’d gotten hurt this past summer,” Fountain explains. “I couldn’t exercise and my [A1C] got higher.” Still, Richard’s goals haven’t changed: he hopes that the Family Challenge will still allow him to reach his goal of bringing his A1C down below 6 percent.
Richard’s injury has almost healed, and he’s started the family challenge by walking every day, playing golf more often, and improving his diet. “I have a bigger challenge because [my A1C is] higher,” he says, “but I should improve more now that I’m working again.” While the A1C test in December was discouraging for him, he is focused on moving forward. “Diabetes is something that you’re going to have the rest of your life,” he remarks. “Sometimes you get a little discouraged, but you have to say, ‘That’s the way it is’ and go on with it.”