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I just realized two things. 1) I forgot to do my final round check-in and 2) It’s been three weeks since I posted my Friday Kick the Insulin post. Where does the time go?

I did pretty well this round with writing except for something that threw me way off balance for about a week and halted my writing progress. I was spot on for getting my monthly word count goal in, but this thing really got me down for about six or seven days. It shouldn’t have bothered me, but it did. I can’t go into it publicly because I don’t want hurt feelings, but I’m okay now due to some other friends talking me down from the precipice. I’m a very upbeat kind of person, so it was really unusual for me to be down. It just goes to show our writing is very important to us. Yeah, this was all about writing. Anyway, I’m going to finish below my word count goal for the month, but I’m okay with it. I needed the time off to regroup.

Since this is Friday, I’ll also touch on my Kick the Insulin thing, although I don’t usually combine it with ROW80. I haven’t been able to cut down my dosage yet, but I’m gradually losing weight. It’s coming off about 1/2 lbs. a week right now, but I’ll take it. The only thing I’ve been doing differently (except a little exercise) is replacing one meal a day with a Shakeology shake. If I can get my other meals under better control, there will be more success. And I need to get back to my PiYo workouts, which came to a standstill while I was teaching Vacation Bible School one week. Then I just didn’t get back to it.

I’m really looking forward to the next round! See you all there!

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There’s not a lot to report. Blood sugar is staying steady. I lost another 1/2 lb. this week. I’ve been doing a lot of exercise, but the past few days I haven’t felt well, so I took off a couple of exercise days.

I’m pretty happy with my progress. I would like to lose weight a little faster, but slow and steady wins the race. Well, at least in the case of the tortoise and the hare. LOL

Here’s a hilarious video with Tony Horton about Shakeology, which is what I’m drinking.

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Health And Fitness Red Blue Green

I haven’t posted since week 4. There’s been so much going on with work, death, and other things.

Here’s the deal.

I’ve lost 4 1/2 lbs. That’s not as much as I would have liked by now, but I’m finally doing some serious things to promote my health. Some of you have read earlier posts and know some of this stuff. Feel free to skim.

1. I started drinking Shakeology shakes from Beachbody. This is a meal replacement shake which has more nutrition than any other shake on the market as far as I can tell. This is from their website: “You’ll get protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants, super-green foods, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and just about everything else your body could ever need.” I can honestly say I have more energy.

2. I’m doing PiYo, which is a workout that’s a cross between Pilates and Yoga. It’s really kicking my butt, but it’s going to be worth it! I also got this from Beachbody.

3. My blood sugar is staying really good. I just wish it would stay that way without insulin. I actually forgot my insulin the other night, and 24 hours later (when I realized I had forgotten it the night before), my blood sugar was only 167. That’s really not bad for no insulin. When I was first diagnosed, it was almost 400 without insulin.

I fully believe I’ll be able to kick the insulin by the end of the year. I’m really going to try hard. Wish me luck!

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I didn’t realize it had been that long since I posted about this. I did week 1, then kept forgetting to weigh in. I apparently skipped weeks 2 and 3. Time flies.

Anyway. I gained back 4 of the 6 lbs. I lost. It’s not really surprising since last night (the night before weigh in!) I consumed copious amounts of comfort food. I won’t apologize for my binge because I lost a very dear friend. He was a co-worker going all the way back to 1981. His wife called yesterday morning and said he was never coming to work again, then told my boss he had died. We are all just stunned. Yesterday, we were like zombies all day here at work. This is the second good friend I’ve lost in the past four years. You know, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so we need to make our lives count.

I hope next week’s weigh in will be better. I just didn’t really care last night, even knowing what I would see on the scale this morning. The pain in my heart overcame everything else last night.

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The Dreaded Insulin Pen

The Dreaded Insulin Pen

This post may be long since it’s the first one in this series. I plan on doing an update every Friday.

Diabetes is a very serious disease. It can lead to blindness, kidney disease/failure, neuropathy, and other complications. The key to preventing these complications is to keep blood sugar at the proper levels.

Every night, I give myself an insulin shot. This is an extended release insulin that lasts all day. At this point, I don’t have to take the shots at every meal like many diabetics do. I DON’T want to go there. I also take a medicine called metformin twice a day. In addition to these medicines for diabetes, I take a blood pressure pill and a cholesterol pill every day. This is my life right now. I’m keeping my blood sugar under control, but I hate that shot every night.

So, here’s the deal. My goal is to be completely off insulin by the end of 2015. I plan to do this by losing the weight I need to lose. In doing this, I might also be able to get off the blood pressure meds. Maybe even the cholesterol meds. This is going to take a lot of work. Exercise, self-control when eating, etc. Losing weight is the best way to get your pancreas to start working properly again. And that’s what I’m going to do, if at all possible.

There’s always the possibility that this won’t work. I might be on insulin for the rest of my life. But I’ve seen many people lose the weight and get off insulin. I’m going to try with all my heart.

This hasn’t been a full week because I just started this on Monday. But I want to weigh in on Fridays, so I’m going to have a five day week the first time. That’s okay, because I’ve already lost 6 lbs. 🙂 I know a lot of that is water weight because it’s impossible for someone to lose 6 lbs. of fat in 5 days. But I’ll take it.

If anyone wants to join me, please feel free to comment with your goals and accomplishments. Even if you don’t have diabetes, that’s fine. Many people still want to be healthier. Exercise, eating better, and losing weight can prevent or reverse all kinds of health problems. If you just want to lurk and say nothing, that’s okay, too. But, please, at least click the “like” button, because I want to know you’ve been here. And, if you don’t have any health or weight problems, I would love to have some cheerleaders, especially when I’m feeling down about this whole thing. Because I know that’s going to happen. It’s normal.

So I’m taking the plunge to be a better me both inside and out. Wish me luck! And those of you who pray, I need that, too!

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