Why I Stopped Eating!

Eating has consequences for diabetes

An image of Josiah finally seeing his mom in the ICU
An image of Shirley in Austrailia

If the title of this post caught your attention and you are thinking I’m taking some drastic measures,  well, you are right.  I’m stopping eating two meals a day and some of the foods that are mainstays of the standard American Diet.


Being a type 2 diabetic for many years is no fun.  I deal with blood glucose lows and highs and insulin injections daily, as well as the pain of neuropathy in my feet, legs, and hands.  I’ve lost some of my fine motor skills in my hands which makes picking up small objects more difficult.  I also suffer from fibromyalgia and degenerated discs in my low back.  I am in a wheelchair most of the day.  I’ve been in this wheelchair since the fall of 2014 when I developed severe diabetic feet and leg ulcers.  It was eight months before these were healed and life was very painful, excruciating even and trying.  I’ve been in this wheelchair ever since.

An image of diabetic testing equipment.
An image of diabetic testing equipment.

Like many type 2 diabetics, I’m overweight.  I wasn’t always overweight.  I was actually very normal and active in sports and coaching all through my 20’s and until I turned 34 and became pregnant with my only child.  I gained 60 pounds and my back went out – severely. Afterward, could not be active at all and continued to gain weight.  At one time I weighed 284 pounds on a 5.5″ frame.  In 2016 I found out about the “Whole30” way of eating and ate that way for most of the year.  I lost 30 pounds that year.  But I still had my issues with uncontrolled diabetes, even though the diet made some improvements overall.  It also helped with my inflammation and the pain of fibromyalgia, since I removed gluten and grains, sugar, soy, legumes and alcohol mostly from my diet.

Then I came across a book by Dr. Jason Fung, about how he is curing his diabetic patients of their type 2 diabetes through Intermittent Fasting.  It was the middle of December 2016 and I began Fasting the next day.  I did very well, fasting anywhere from 24-72 hours a couple of times a week and in February of 2017 my blood glucose numbers were so good I was off all my insulins.  My blood pressure was way down, my cholesterol was way down and my weight had dropped from 260 to 240 – a 20-pound loss.  I felt great.

Then I got a cold and ended up with a very bad sinus infection.  I was given 12 days of prednisone tablets.  This sent my blood glucose number skyrocketing and I was hungry all the time.  My fasting was impossible to keep up because of the hunger cravings and I had to go back on my insulins again.  This was in the summer of 2017 and I have struggled since that time to get back to fasting and eating low carb.  Its been uphill and downhill – mostly downhill.  Then the holiday season came and I had lots of social activities where I was not strong-willed enough to not eat the candies and cakes and bread.

2018 came around and I tried to go back to eating only one meal a day.  I ended up having to eat two meals a day more than I needed.  When I cook – I eat.  Yesterday I was miserable – my entire body hurt and my BGL was very high (high 300’s and 400’s), I cried a lot and decided I HAD TO get back to my fasting and low carb eating.

A Decision

So I began fasting after dinner last night.  Today, January 28, 2018, I kept fasting and only eating one meal a day again (OMAD).

An image of a salad
An image of a salad

Today was pretty successful with me eating only a large salad for dinner which really filled me up.  It was not an extremely low carb meal because it had some croutons and ranch dressing.  I did manage to push aside half of the croutons though.  When I checked myBGL tonight it was 277, (not good but much better than the 300 and 400’s I’ve been having at night.  We’ll see if I can keep this up.  I hope to get back to my LCHF (low carb hi fat) eating with no sugar and bread.  It may take a few days but that is my intention.

I weighed just now and I weighed 245.0 pounds.  I injected 70 units of long-term Lantus and 28 units of short-term Novalog tonight and took my regular 1000 grams of Metformin. I’m curious what my morning BGL will be as I tend to be high in the mornings (dawn syndrome).


You can read my post about the Whole30 healthy eating plan and access a link to purchase the book here.

You can read more about my decision to start fasting here.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others’ stories about how they handle their own diabetic issues.

– Shirley

Learning How to Eat Ketogenically to Lose Weight

Ketogenic Eating 

For the past two weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of research on practicing a ketogenic lifestyle.  I’ve found out a lot about keto eating, its benefits and how to incorporate it into my intermittent fasting (IF) life.  This week I began preparing keto meals in a serious fashion.  I’ve been trying to eat more keto for while now but only recently figured out what I was doing wrong.


What Is Keto Eating?

image of fresh, gluten-free sald
A fresh, gluten-free salad

Keto is a really low-carb, high-fat diet.  It is similar to the Atkins, South Beach, and Paleo diets.  But it is even fewer carbs and more good fats.  This extreme reduction in carbohydrate intake will put your body into ketosis metabolically. When ketosis is happening, your body burns fat for its energy instead of carbs or glycogen from the liver.  Instead, of storing energy in the form of glycogen, the liver turns the fat into keytones, which supplies energy; your brain especially loves ketones.

There are several keto methods of eating.  I’m using what is called the Standard ketogenic diet (SKD) – a very low carb, moderate protein and high-fat diet.   My diet contains 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs.  At least that’s my goal.  The first day of eating true keto for my only 2 meals that day, I dropped 3 pounds overnight.  Boy, do I love those Whooshes!  I can handle many more days of those.  In my research on keto, I realized that I have not been eating enough good fat.  I’m finding out that one of the reasons I’ve been having trouble with fasting for more than 20 hours, is that I get too hungry to hold out.  I’m finding out that when I eat enough fat and the appropriate kind of fats; now I do not have the hunger I was battling with and losing to.  I feel this is going to make all the difference in my fasting and my weight loss. Continue reading “Learning How to Eat Ketogenically to Lose Weight”

A Month Wasted

My One Month Fail


I have to admit to having a very bad month since February 26th.  I found that after my trip to take food photos, I got off my fasting/feeding schedule and slid backwards.  I had so much trouble with my fasting times.  My hunger came back strong and I began to nibble and nibble on my fasting days.  My nibbling was low carb at least, but broke my fasts nevertheless.  Although I did have one day I craved chocolate and gave in for a dark chocolate binge.  That’s a first, since I normally do not crave sweets or sugars but plain old good food.  I’ve spent each day since the 26th losing a pound or two and then gaining it back again, over and over.  My blood glucose reading went up and up, I was into the 200, 300 and even a few 400s.  All this made me very frustrated and mad at myself.  After days of high bgl, I began to inject my insulins again to bring my numbers down and then of course I could not lose any weight.  But the high numbers were scaring me.

Now I’m back on track

To get back on track, it took me several tries and I basically decided to do a restart.  I went back to doing one meal a day or a 20:4 fasting style and injecting enough insulin to bring my numbers down to 200 and below.  Finally I’ve managed to get back to an alternate day schedule of true fasting with no nibbles.  Also, I reduced my eating during my feeding window some and began to eat salads again with some chopped chicken or tuna on top.  This morning I finally weighed below 235 again (233.4) for the first time since February 26th when I weighed 227.  My morning fasting BGL was 251 and I did inject 10 units of short term insulin but no more today.  My bgl was 190 at 2:45pm and will go down a little more before the dawn thing takes hold again in the morning. I notice that today I’m having no problem with hunger and I feel certain I will do well until my Lunch time feeding tomorrow where I plan on eating scrambled eggs and bacon.  I’m also trying to drink lots of water to keep me feeling full.  To motivate myself, I’ve been rereading Dr. Fung’s “The Complete Guide to Fasting” again and going to his website and reading the various success stories there.  They are truly inspirational to read and help me to visualize myself being successful.  I’m praying that I can now stay on an alternate day fasting schedule again and keep my weight/fast loss going.  Yes, this has been a wasted month as far as making progress, but I’ve learned how a break can affect me now and know that sticking to my schedule and my LCHF eating style is important to keep me on track.

One question I would like to have answered is “has this happened to other diabetes following Dr. Fung’s plan?”  I’ve been watching many of his youtube videos and reading on his website to get an answer to my question, but so far, no luck with finding an answer to this.

I did learn during this break, that I need to only keep just enough food to get by in my frig.  When I know that there is chicken, ground beef or other meat sitting there waiting to cook, it bothers me so much I want to cook that day and when I do that, I feel that I NEED TO EAT.  So I plan from now on to only keep salad fixings in the frig along with eggs and bacon – no perishable meats.  That way I will not feel the pressure to cook it or let it ruin.  One good thing I learned was how to fix a ketogenic pizza and it turned out good, so I now know how to fix a pizza crust out of almond flour and cream cheese.  I combined several keto recipes and came up with my own keo crust. Continue reading “A Month Wasted”

Slowly Making Progress Again

I’m Finally Making Progress Again

An anime image of person sweating
An anime image of person sweating

I did plateau for a while after my trip out of town and the food photo shoot.  It seems like it took forever to get back into a groove. I was so messed up with my blood glucose levels that I’m back taking insulin several times a day – not a lot but still injecting.  For some reason it seemed that all my will power and motivation was crushed during the trip.  I certainly ate off plan and my blood glucose rose greatly.  It became so hard to fast without cheating that it was demoralizing.  I wanted to kick myself back into shape.  But I decided to address the issue as the “sin of gluttony” and began to read up about gluttony and overcoming that failing.  I found several ebooks to download and read.

  • Sweet Surrender  (Christian 12 Step Recovery from Food Addiction)
  • Gluttony (A study of overeating in the Bible)
  • 10 Reasons Christians should care about what they eat
  • The Obesity Code
  • Food Addicts Recovery from Food Addiction Anonymous

I’m now treating my overeating as a disease and helping with FA (Food Addiction) methods.

I’m also rereading Dr. Jason Fung’s book about intermittent fasting which is the book that started me on my journey.  You can check it out.

Learning More about eating Keto

I’m learning more and more about eating keto and how to do it.  I love keto foods and meals and I’ve just received a great cookbook I’m going to use a lot.

  • Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight

I can’t wait to try some of these meals.  I’m hoping that keto eating on my feeding days will help keep me in fat burning mode longer.

An Unwanted Issue with Keto Eating

Talk about the bad breath!  I hate my breath when I’m in fasting mode.  It’s awful, even after I brush, floss and swish mouthwash.  I’ve been researching what to do and found that chewing and swalling some parsley helps – its amazing but it does.

Where I am in my Journey Today

At this point, I’ve been on my IF (intermittent fasting) journey since 12/11/16, about 65 days into this way of living.  I started out weighing 260 pounds and injecting 182 units of insulin each day.  This morning I weighed 237.4 – so I’ve lost about 23 pounds.  I am currently injecting 10 units of long term Lantus each night and dosing with 5 units of short term nova log whenever my bgl is over 200 which is frequently, so I usually end up injecting around 15 units of nova log daily.  At one point I was totally off all insulins but my trip and backsliding blew that and I’m struggling to get back to the point I was before.  In addition, my weight loss plateaued and has slowed down during the 2nd month a lot.

Image of woman showing slimmer belly
Image of woman showing slimmer belly

I believe because of my trip and cheating on my fasting days.  I  have started having many more problems with hunger and giving in to temptation as I mentioned before.  However I do believe my research into Ketogenic eating will help me get back in control and losing weight steadily again.  I’m setting short term goals for myself.  Right now I’m working on getting to a weight of 230 pounds. But I can happily say that I’m now wearing some 2X clothing.  I can still wear my 3X and even my 4X (once I’ve washed them in hot water and dried them to tighten them some).  I ordered a new swimsuit in the next size down since one of mine was getting way too lose on top.

What I Need Long Term?

I’ve been thinking and realizing that my insulin resistance is very high and I’m not sure when I will be able to overcome it.  I definitely figure I will have to keep losing more and more weight and eating very consciously low carb, high fat. I suspect that IF will be part of my life for the long term.  I’m having a problem believing that I will actually get to the point that my blood glucose levels will be close to normal and I am totally off insulins, but I intend to persevere since w/o hope life becomes a lot less fun.

Yes, 1) reaching my goal weight of 145, 2) getting off all insulins, are still my goal, along with  3) getting out of this wheelchair.  I’ve started going to the indoor pool several times a week to work on strengthening my legs and straightening my back.  I can only walk with a straight posture when I’m in the water up to my hip level, but this does give me hope that with more weight loss, I’ll be standing straight again at some point.   I’m also adding some back stretching to my routine to lengthen muscles that have shortened from sitting so much.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter starting in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley

I’m off all my insulins – Success!


headshot imgae of Shirley
A headshot image of Shirley

About the time I started doing IF, I met Dr. Manuel Lam online and he offered to help me, as I was struggling on how to determine how much of my insulins I should use and how to begin my intermittent fasting.  He was awesome with helping manage my fasting times and how much of my insulins to take.  His encouragement and knowledge of what would happen from me doing IF was wonderful. 

I’m currently on Day 34 of my IF adventure.  I’m down 22 pounds and essentially off all my insulins (short and long term).  My fibromyalgia pain is pretty much gone and I’m getting up from my wheelchair and walking a few steps now.  My A1C is down and in fact, my overall blood work is much better. 

Here are my Blood work numbers and stats  from an appointment with my general physician on 9/12/16 and a follow-up appointment today (1/13/17).


9/12/16 1/9/17
Tests/Stats Results Results
Hemoglobin A1C 7.1% 6.9%
Est Avg. Glucose 157 151
Cholesterol 186 92
Triglyceride 231 135
HDL 40 32
LDL Calculated 100 33
non-HDL Cholesterol. 146 60
 Sodium 141 137
 Potassium  4.4 4.2
 chloride  103 97
 CO2  24 22
 Calcium  10.5 10.5
 Bun  16  12
 Creatinine  0.47 0.62
 Glucose  97 155
 Total Protein  7.4 7.7
 Albumin  4 4.2
 Bilirubin Total  0.2 0.5
 Alkaline Phosphatase  136 109
 AST  17  18
 ALT  19  13
Blood pressure 136/85 123/77
Pulse 79 81
Temp 99.4 F 98.4 F
Respirations 20 20
Weight 260.9 239
BMI 43.37 39.77
Inches lost 12.5


My general physician was pleasantly surprised by my 21 pound weight loss and the much better numbers on my tests.  He was curious about what intermittent fasting was and how I was eating.  So I explained.  My husband was there and wanted to ask if I was going to hurt myself.  My doc indicated that I would not do myself harm the way I was fasting and eating and that all was good.  I was happy after leaving my appointment.


I did take some more pictures today to start my before and after progression gallery.  So I’m including them as part of this post.  You’ll see that my 118 pound Giant Schnauzer decided to be part of that bottom right image.  There’s not a lot of change to see yet, but I can feel those 12.5 inches gone and can definitely get up and down easier.  And Wow oh Wow, I’m practically off all my insulins!  Thank you SO much Dr. Lam

Day 34-gallery images
Day 34-gallery images

























I can’t wait until I’ve lost enough to do swimsuit pictures, as of right now, it would be very embarrassing.

I’m sharing a link to the book that I read which started me on this journey.  It’s wonderful and when I read that Dr. Jason Fung stated IF (intermittent fasting)  is like “bariatric surgery without the knife”, I was hooked.

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter starting in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley

17 Down, Less than 100 to go!


An image of diabetic testing equipment.
An image of diabetic testing and injection equipment.

This is Day 34 of my journey in  intermittent fasting and I’m down 17.4 pounds and practically off my insulins.  This is the best thing I’ve ever found for my diabetes and my health.  My fibromyalgia pain is almost all gone too.  As for the experience, its been great.  I continue to be surprised with the lack of hunger I feel for most of the time when I’m fasting.  Everyone has been telling me that and I’ve been reading it in my reading about fasting, but it still seems unbelievable for this to be comparatively easy.

Its not that I am not tempted at times, especially when my family is having a great meal and for sure when I am doing the cooking myself.  And I’m finding my major problem that I need to figure how to deal with is how to eat during my eating times.  I know that in order to keep burning fat, I need to eat very ketogenically (very low carb), but I do find that is hard for me to do.  I struggle with my age old problem with overeating.  Actually sometimes I’m glad to get back to the fasting, because it makes me feel more in control.  Don’t get that wrong, I enjoy my eating and look forward to my eating periods, and I’m certainly not in danger of developing a eating disorder.  I seriously want to be able to eat enough to satiate my hunger and to give my body the nutrients it needs, but also to not overeat.  I find overeating to be more likely the longer I fast.  The 24 hour and even the 36 hour fasts do not seem to turn me into an eating machine.  Maybe when I have achieved my goal weight and fixed my pancreas, I’ll be able to maintain with the shorter fasts and handle my eating periods better.


I’m finding that while I’m losing weight pretty quickly and averaging just over 1/2 pound lost each day, I do often gain a little back during my eating periods and then drop that gain and lose more when I fast again.  I also know that drinking lots of water helps me to continue losing weight. And I found out that drinking a diet root beer contributed to me not losing weight during my last eating period.  So sodas are definitely off the menu for a long time – hopefully forever.
Here’s the daily weight lost from day 6 through this morning.  You can see the days I overate and gained weight then started losing again.


As for getting off my diabetic medications and curing my diabetees, since Day 20, I’ve been mostly off both my long and short term insulins.  Ocassionally I’ve had to dose a few units when I eat too much or to bring my dawn phenomena readings down.  But as I look over my spreadsheet, I see that my blood glucose readings in the mornings when I wake up have been slowly trending downward.  Here are my morning numbers from Day 6 through Day 34 – this morning:
I’m still taking my metformin in the morning and evening and my one statin drug.  I can’t wait to see my A1C numbers and the results from my metabolic panel next week.  I have lab work done on Tuesday and see my general physician next Friday.  Boy is he going to be surprised.  I should be down over 20 pounds since he last saw me and of course off practically all my insulins.  I’ll be taking new pictures of myself this weekend too.  Every 20 pounds of weight loss, I’m going to snap a few as Dr. Lam suggests to show my progression.  I’ll post a before pic and then an after 20 pound loss one for my next post.  (much as I hate pics of myself – I’ll do it).


A motivating image of climbers
A motivating image of climbers

I’m finding that I’m staying pretty motivated to continue you till I reach my 3 goals.

  1. Get off my diabetic medications and cure my diabetes.
  2. Lose down to a normal weight of around 145 pounds.
  3. Get up out of this wheelchair and walk.

Doc Manny (Dr. Manuel Lam) is very supportive and says a lot of encouraging words and that helps.  My daughter who has been visiting has been very encouraging also.  My husband I believe is finally coming around and starting to approve also.  He still has moments he indicates he doesn’t want me to hurt myself doing this, but I keep telling him what I’ve been reading and I’m going to make a believer out of him.  I like to read the testimonials by those who have changed their lives for he better via intermittent fasting.  Here’s a few links if you want to read a few great stories.

Here’s a link to an article I read about researchers seeking FDA’s approval for IF treatment of cancer patients.  It caught my eye since I worked for FDA for 33 years.

I also came across this blog which is a good example of what NOT TO DO.  Check it out and decide right now not to fall in the trap this young lady did.  Remember, when eating, eat healthy to feed your body what it needs to be healthy.  Then you will feel great AND look great.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter starting in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley

My Fasting Ups and Downs

Each Day Has its Own Ups and Downs

I continue my journey with IF (intermittent fasting) to cure my diabetes and to lose weight.  Today is Day 22.  I’ve had such awesome success these 3 weeks of fasting for my health.  I have lost just under 15 pounds, reduced my insulins from 182 to 10 maybe (even one day with 0 insulin), and lost 6.7 inches off my body.  I’m averaging a little over .5 pound of weight loss each day.  Until yesterday, Its been pretty much all progress, but yesterday I had to use a little of my insulins because my bgl (blood glucose level) went up and I didn’t lose weight at all – I gained 2.5 pounds.  I was certainly disappointed with that.  (I blame my overeating the day before for this).  However, overall I’m very pleased with my progress.  I feel good, my pain level is much reduced and its getting easier to get up out of my wheelchair and even walk a little with my cane.  My hunger level has been pretty tolerable during my fasts.  I have hardly any problem with 24-36 hour fasts; but I am finding that during the 72 hour fasts, I do have more hunger and have to push myself to continue fasting.  Also, if I eat too much on my eating days I have some tummy issues afterwards.  When I eat smart and not too much, I do great.


My Eating Days

On the days that I eat, I’m finding that breaking my fast with something like cottage cheese is helpful; also broth works fine for me.  Then I can eat some meat or fish and vegetables.  I try hard to hold breads and sugars.  My body still reacts to sugar consumption with my bgl’s rising quickly. So the less sugar containing foods I eat, the better.  I tend to eat the dinner meal on my eating days rather than breakfast or lunch.  I find that eating dinner is part of my social life and I enjoy it more than lunch or even breakfast.  Eating dinner on my eating days allows me to feel not so deprived because of my fasting.  I have been able to go to the indoor pool a couple of times, which is nice, because the exercise will bring my normal morning highs (dawn phenomenon) down quite a few points.  Hopefully I can continue this 2 or 3 times each week.  That’s pretty much all the exercise I can get in my wheelchair.  I do try to do stretches and crunches and a few other exercises I can do laying down or in my chair – but all are pretty mild as exercise goes

Victory Over Temptations

Some of the things I find that are temptations to me are:

  • Am image of Asian appetizers
    Am image of Asian appetizers

    Cooking for my husband who is NOT fasting.  I tend to feel hunger when I fix his meals and especially if I stir or scrape food from a pot or bowl, I have to watch myself to keep from licking the spoon – lol.

  • Slow cooker cooking.  I notice that when I cook in my crockpot, which I love to do, the smell is extremely tempting and the house is filled with delicious smells for hours.
  • Going out and sitting at a table with just glasses of water/tea or a cup of coffee while others at the table eat their meal.  I have managed to do this when visiting my mother-in-law at her nursing home, but it was difficult.
  • Ignoring real food.  Cookies or candy are not as tempting to me as “real” food like chicken or beef or even bacon and eggs.
  • When Mel and I do go out to dinner on my eating days, I’m finding it hard not to want to order an appetizer.  I’m learning that many appetizers are not good candidates for low carb style eating because of the breading or sauces with carbs and sugar.

Spreading the Word

I am so happy with the results I’ve been getting from this eating style, I want to tell everyone about it.  Especially when I see another woman who is overweight or I know struggles with diabetes also; I want to grab them and extol the benefits of IF.  I keep reading more and more articles about intermittent fasting and how it has helped many people with their health issues and weight loss.  I love to read fasters’ testimonials – I understand how they feel when there is something great to share about their health.  I’m finding that I’m already beginning to feel like a new person.  For so many years now, I’ve not worried very much about my appearance – mostly doing what is the most comfortable for me.  I find myself looking forward to the day I need to purchase clothes in smaller sizes and especially wear clothing that isn’t black and actually has some pattern in it.  I’ve gotten used to avoiding lighter colors and busy patterns because they are not slimming.  I’m also looking forward to the potential of being able to get out of the wheelchair and walk on my own again.  I don’t know that this will happen, but I’m certainly hoping that

when I lose sufficient weight, less stress on the discs in my low back will allow me to walk again.  Talk about a dream come true.

An image of dollar signs
An image of dollar signs

Another positive for me is the fact that I’m using so much less medication.  I’ve been injecting two different insulins for years now and none of them are cheap.  At one point, I was spending between $500-$600 every six weeks on my insulins and that was my share after my insurance paid their part.  I can think of several nice things that I could do with the thousands saved each year.  Think “Hawaiian Cruise” or “new living room furniture”, or “art lessons”, etc.  And just the fact I’m injecting insulins less is exciting – no one loves needles!

A Long Way to Go

I keep telling myself that I still have a long way to go to know I will not need any insulins at all again, and to lose the over 100 pounds I still need to lose.  However, just knowing that both those dreams are a part of my future reality is inspiring me to continue on.  It will take months for me to reach my goals and then to figure out how to maintain the “new me” without backsliding.  I will continuing blogging my progress regularly and for those of you who are considering the IF lifestyle, I’ll be glad to share my ups and downs and what I’m learning along the way.



I want to thank the members of the Wefast Intermittent Fasting Community on Facebook who have encouraged me and shared their own journeys and especially Dr. Manuel Lam (Doc Manny) who is helping me so much on my journey.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter starting in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley

My Cure is in Sight!

My Intermittent Fasting is Definitely Working

I just finished fixing my husband a brunch of bacon, eggs and toast.  And all the time I did not crave food.  I’ve been fasting now for over 42 hours and I did not get hungry while cooking his meal.  Overall, this is the easiest “diet” I haven undertaken to date (and I’ve tried many).

An image of a scale with tape measure.
An image of a scale with tape measure.

I’m on Day 19 of my journey with Intermittent Fasting (IF) to cure my diabetes and lose weight.  I began this journey on December 11th after reading Dr. Jason Fung’s book “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting”.

I managed to make it through the holidays well and its working.  I started out weighing 260 pounds and this morning I weighed 246.8 pounds.  13 pounds in 19 days.  I’ve averaged a loss of .6842 a day (a little more than a half a pound per day).

How Can I Do This?

I must say that without some support, I’m not sure I could have done it.  But fortunately for me, about 4 days in, a doc in one of the Facebook Intermittent Fasting Groups took me under his wing and began helping me.  Doc Manny (Dr. Manuel Lam) has been wonderful and invaluable in this journey.

I’ve done several fasts of varying lengths:  As follows they are:

20.8 hours
23 hour
42 hours
44 hours
46 hours
22.5 hours
49.5 hours
42 hours
72 hours (which I am in the middle of now.

That’s almost 362 hours of intentional fasting.

Since I’m a Type 2 diabetic, I had lots of questions about how to reduce my insulins during this time.  I was previously taking about 182 units of insulins per day (including both my short and long term insulins).  I did not want to experience any lows and have to eat something during my fasting periods and thankfully Doc Manny (Dr. Manuel Lam)  has been giving me awesome advice about how much to take.  I had one low of 65 before he started helping me, but since then I’ve had no lows at all.  Yesterday, my total insulin used was only 10 units of my long acting Lantus last night.

I haven’t had to deal a lot with hunger during my fasting times.  Whenever I start to crave eating, I drink some no carb organic broth or eat a spoonful of coconut oil.  That seems to work well in keeping me going on my fasting period. Otherwisde, during my fasting periods, I drink coffee, tea and water only.

My fasting schedule right now is fast on Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday and eat on Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday.  On my eating periods, I’m usually only eating one meal (dinner) but occasionally two meals.  I’m trying to keep my calories during my eating times to <1000.   That’s a pretty low number but I’m treating this like Dr. Fung said, basically its like I’m undergoing bariatric surgery without the surgery. Once I’ve lost the weight and am off all my diabetic meds, I hope to maintain with only 2 fasts of 20 hours each week, eating Paleo style when I’m not fasting.  Of course, I’ll have to see if that works when the time comes.

Right now, during my eating periods, I’m sticking to a paleo/whole food eating style.  Low on carbs, high good fats and medium proteins.  I think that helps with my hunger during my fasting periods.  I’ve found that if I eat a normal diet with too much sugar I don’t’ feel well at all that night and I experience more hunger during the next fast.


An image of women doing water aerobics
An image of women doing water aerobics

For 18 days, I did not exercise at all and I’m pretty sedentary, in my wheelchair all day.  Yesterday, I began doing some water exercise,and I plan on doing that at least 3 days a week from now on.  My BGL (blood glucose level) was 193 before I went to the pool and after my exercise of two hours, it dropped 40 points.

I have always had high morning levels (the dawn phenomena).  You can read about that here.  I’m finding that so far, my morning BGL readings are still higher, but overall they are coming down, even in the morning testing.  My meter is showing an average of 164.  Before I began IF, the average was well over 200 (my diabetes was not very well controlled).


I’m so happy with the results I’ve had so far, that I intend to keep on until I reach my three goals:

  1. Getting off all my diabetic meds
  2. Losing 125 pounds (I would weigh 145 at that point)
  3. Getting out of this wheelchair if possible

I’m already achieving significant loss of pain (from my fibromyalgia and hip).  Time will tell and I’m praying my will-power and determination will stay the course.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter staring in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley


Success With Intermittent Fasting

Success at Last!

An image showing weight loss and thinner waistline
An image showing weight loss and thinner waistline

I’m continuing on my journey with intermittent fasting (IF).  Since I started this journey on December 11th, I have lost almost 10 pounds (from 160 to 150.8). I’m also noticing that my tummy is becoming a little flatter (so nice!).   But the best result is that my insulin requirements have dropped dramatically.  From taking my former regiment of:

Lantus 1/x 70 units
Novalog 30/42/40 (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

Total Insulin = 182 units

I’m now taking between 20-50 units total each day. I modify my amounts depending on the number of meals I expect to eat the next day and my blood glucose levels when I test. At this point if my bgl is >180 I’m taking 5 Novalog units.  As for my long term Lantus, each evening I take 30 units w/2 meals next day; 25 w/1 meal next day; 20 w/no meals next day.  I’m really not doing days with 3 meals at the present time.  Its very easy for me to do just the 2 meals a day and surprisingly enough, having only 1 meal a day is pretty easy in itself.

A graph image of my insulin usage.
A graph image of my insulin usage since December 16th.










It is so amazing that I have decreased my insulin injections so much in just 15 days.

Getting Support During Fasting

I’m finding that having support during my fasting is truly motivating and helping me a lot.  I’ve been reading lots of posts in several different Facebook fasting groups and the assistance I’m receiving from Dr. Manny (Dr. Manuel Lam) on the Wefast FaceBook group is totally amazing.  He is monitoring my bgl levels and insulins very carefully and encouraging me to continue.

Its so nice to have encouragement and not criticism.  I’ve found that over the years and my many attempts at losing weight (all fails), my husband has become very much a skeptic.  I do get encouragement from my sisters and my daughter; although they too have questions about the fasting and is it “healthy”.

I have a long way to go before my body becomes a true “fat burning machine” and this 100 extra pounds goes away, but right now I’m pretty pumped about the results I’ve had so far and I’m going to continue on.

Dr. Jason Fung’s book which started me on my “journey to a cure” is:

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

While I have not experienced a lot of really hungry moments, I have had some temptation moments and periods when I feel not so great.  During those times of temptation, I’m making sure I drink more water, tea or coffee.  I’m increasing my water consumption and I notice the pounds are coming off faster as I do that.  Whenever I’m feeling slightly queasy or hungry, I’m eating a spoonful of coconut oil or occasionally drinking a cup of bone or organic broth.  I’ve always felt better after I do that and can continue with my fast.

So far, I’ve only had one bad experience.  I broke my first 46 hour fast by eating 3 meals the next day totaling over 1800 calories.  That was too much and I was sick at my tummy that evening. Since then, I’ve been eating more modestly after breaking a fasting period and I’ve felt fine.

Overall, I must say that my energy level has increased and I feel better each day.  I’m also finding it easier to get up from my chair or my bed.

Recordkeeping My Journey

I’m doing some recordkeeping of this journey, including this blogsite to record my experience/success with IF.  I have set up a spreadsheet on a google drive and record my bgl testing (up to 5 times a day – waking/breakfast/lunch/dinner/bedtime).  Also weighing each morning and recording my weight,  In addition, I record my hunger level at each testing time (on a scale from 0-10), my insulin amounts and my calorie consumption each day (I use myfitnesspal.com to determine this). Dr. Manny has added his own sheet to mine and created the cool graphs.

When I consider I’ve been able to do this over a holiday period, I’m very much surprised and happy.  Its going to take months for me to get where I want to be, but I now know its possible and one day I may have to change the name of this website from “Growing Old With Diabetes” to “Growing Old after Diabetes”….Ha, Ha!


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.

– Shirley

Curing My Diabetes!

Will this Cure Me?

An image of a woman walking dogs
An image of a woman walking dogs

This week I decided to cure my diabetes.  This disease has disrupted my life over and over and I have suffered lots of pain, frustration and even fear over the years.  Plus treating it has been pretty expensive both money wise and time wise.  I discovered a book by Dr. Jason Fung titled “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended“.  Dr. Fung claims that intermittent fasting (IF) has healed many of his patients.  I read this book and the testimonials of many of the patients who lost weight and got off all their diabetic meds and normalized their blood sugars.  It was very encouraging and I decided that I wanted to try this approach myself.  The one statement in Dr. Fung’s book that made up my mind is that


“…fasting is just like bariatric surgery without the surgery”

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