a reformed diabetic talks about food, fitness training and life after diabetes
I do apologize for not keeping the blog updated. I appreciate those of you who, ever optimistic, keep checking back.
While I won’t go into any details here because it’s not an appropriate place for it, I will say that the last nine months have been exciting because of the changes in my body and health and also difficult because of the problems it caused in my relationship. I have never experienced a break up like this and I had no idea how much it could hurt emotionally and physically. Amazingly, through all of this I’ve managed to continue to eat healthy, workout 4-5 days a week, try to deal with the situation with as much integrity as I can, and run my business.
I’m Eating Really Well These Days…
Since my last post at the beginning of the month, I’ve had a chance to eat some of the organic pork and grassfed beef I purchased at the end of May. It’s surprised me to discover that I’ve eaten more of the pork than the beef and I’m now thinking I’ll add a half-hog order to my beef order this fall. Regardless of the health benefits I’m getting from eating organic meat, it just tastes better. You can’t even imagine how much better unless you try it for yourself.
The farmer’s market in my neighborhood started up for the season a couple of weeks ago so I’ve been able to add pasture-fed chicken eggs directly from the farmer to my diet along with fresh, organic greens, asparagus, etc. The growing season here has been a little strange this year so there’s not a lot of variety in the produce yet. I’ve only been to the grocery store twice since the beginning of June—and I don’t miss it.
And Going to the Gym…
On the work out front, I have been working on getting my squats lower. Kristn has let me get away with not getting my butt all the way down where it’s supposed to be for a long time, and she challenged me to reduce the weight I was squatting and work instead on flexibility and form. This was a hard one for me because I really like throwing the big numbers on the board where we keep all our stats. But after a few weeks of working on this on my own on our off-training days, with just the 45-lb. barbell, I am seeing the results. I’m getting down further and squatting more weight than I was before. I feel like I have more power to push the weight up when I get a little lower, too. I’m deadlifting more weight, as well. And I’m noticing a difference in the musculature of my upper legs.
And Getting My Bloodwork Done.
Tomorrow I get to have my next Ha1c. It’s been 12 weeks since I pulled a 5.6% and since then I’ve reduced the amount of metformin I take by 75%. My fasting blood sugars are consistently around 80 or so in the morning. It will be interesting to see the results. I’m also getting my vitamin levels tested to make sure I’m getting enough vitamin D3 to offset the lack of sun here in gloomy, gray Seattle.
So that’s it for now. I’ll be back in a couple of days to share my lab results.
Note: Just a reminder to readers that this blog is about a very specific (and small) part of my life, i.e., learning to beat/live with diabetes, in the hope that it might inspire or help other people.