Can Being a Cubs Fan Cause Diabetes? Maybe

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.comAs if being a Cubs fan was not a big enough hurdle in my life, three months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes type II.  I told you I have problems in my blog last week. Perhaps, after I share more of my problems, you will find out I am telling the truth. It is my lot in life. To have problems, that is. It all stems from being raised a Cub’s fan. I am sure of this!

I went in the hospital for an acute gallbladder attack. I was in the emergency room and they drew blood. Fifteen minutes later the nurse walks back in the room and says, “Mr. Grissom, do you know that you are a diabetic?”

Not many things in my life have come as a total shock to me. I am the type of person that expects things to happen. Bad things….good things…..just things in general happen to me.  I do not get shocked easily. But hearing those words came as a complete and total surprise.

My life changed forever after hearing the nurse tell me I was a diabetic. I totally changed my lifestyle…..immediately! No more sweets. No more Cokes. No more pizza. No more pasta. No more bread. No more fruit. (Yes…fruit has a natural sugar as well.) Now I only eat grilled chicken, grilled fish, salads and green vegetables. Oh yes….and all the eggs I can stomach.

One more thing happened to me in my lifestyle change. I had to start exercising.

Up until that day, the definition of exercise to me meant going from the recliner to the fridge and back. I have always said, “I never run…unless someone is chasing me!”

Well, that all changed! I walk every day at least 45 minutes to an hour. I love walking on the greenway in Cleveland. However, now that the weather has turned rainy and cold, I walk on the treadmill at Workout Anytime.

Through diet and exercise, I have managed to bring my sugar down from 488 in the emergency room to between 90 and 100 on average. I have lost about 40 pounds and I feel much better.

You may ask what this has to do with the Cubs. Allow me to explain.

On my yearly pilgrimage to Wrigley Field in Chicago, I have the following things to eat while in Chicago. Pizza, Italian Combos (Italian Sausage and Italian Beef together on a big roll), Vienna All Beef Hot Dogs and Maxwell Street Polish Sausages. That is just to name a small part of my diet while in Chicago to see my Cubbies!

I look forward to my visit to Chicago next summer and getting to see my best friends, Bill and Val Matyskela, my God son, little Mark Matyskela and take in a couple Cubs games. However, I am going to have to avoid all the above mentioned food items. That will be the biggest challenge for me after being diagnosed a diabetic.

Who knows…..maybe changing my diet will change the luck of the Cubbies and they will go all the way in 2014!  But then again, who am I kidding?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  See you next week on the blog!


About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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