Ramping up my weight loss efforts!

A New Year’s Push!


Image of a woman holding loose jeans out
Image of a woman holding loose jeans out

As the new year approaches, I’ve been ramping up my weight loss efforts. I’m concentrating on several methods to enhance my weight loss.

 

 

 

Through Intermittent Fasting (IF)

I’m doing at least an 18:6 fast each day.  That’s 18 hours fasting with a six-hour eating window where I eat either one or two meals.  I try to eat my last meal around 8 pm at night and then skip breakfast and eat again around 2 pm in the afternoon and another meal around 7 pm.  Then fast again.

Whenever I can, I’m doing a 23:1  fast, one meal a day.  I eat around 7 pm, then fast all night, skip breakfast and eat again at 6 pm the next night.

I highly recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s book to learn more about how to start intermittent fasting and the many benefits of fasting. This is the book that started me on my journey of IF (Intermittent Fasting) and the loss of 30 pounds during 2017.

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

Recently I also purchased a product by Young Living that is helping a lot with curbing my hunger pain between meals.  I put 4 drops in an 8 oz glass of water when I am fasting or between meals to suppress my hunger pains.  I’m finding that this citrus-like taste really works on cutting my appetite.  They have some tea that I’m anxious to try also.

Slique Essence Oil 15 ml by Young Living

Ocotea Oolong Cacao Tea Slimming Spice Tea 25 pouches by Young Living

 

 Autophagy – Healing my Body

Both of the above ways of intermittent fasting can get me several hours of autophagy – a form of cell cleansing which is good for the body.

Autophagy refers to the body’s response to a lack of food (fasting) which stimulates a degradation pathway of components.  By digesting its own parts, the cell does two things. First it rids itself of unnecessary proteins that may be damaged or otherwise malfunctioning. Secondly, it recycles those amino acid ‘spare parts’ into new cellular components.  This is a form of body detoxing and healing.

Here’s a good article to read by Dr. Mercola about autophagy.

I just got this book and have begun reading it.  I’m finding some interesting information on detoxing while reading it.

Autophagy: A Guide on Autophagy and How We Can Use Its Process to Cleanse and Detox For a Healthier Body and Mind (Detox, Cleanse, and Healthy Body Series Book 1)

Sugar is Poison – get rid of it!

An image of sugar cubes
An image of sugar cubes

I’m cutting out sugar, which is pretty hard with all the social events we are attending right now, but I’m determined to lose weight by the New Year.   I recently read Dr. Taubes book about sugar and I am convinced that sugar is poison and a large cause of the obesity epidemic in our culture.

I feel about the sugar industry like I did about the Tobacco industry once – they are using the addictive effects of sugar added to foods to sell products and we are becoming addicted to foods with added sugar because of this.  This huge increase in sugar consumption has been part of the rise of obesity in the U.S.

The Case Against Sugar

 

 

Deep Breathing

Another thing I’m doing is going back to my deep breathing exercises that I had achieved some success with a while back when I first started doing this and actually lost some weight after reading Greer Childer’s book.  You can read one of my previous posts on this here.

Be a Loser!: Lose Inches Fast–No Diet by Greer Childers 

“Push to the New Year Weight Loss Campaign”

Would you like to join me on my “Push to the New Year Weight Loss Campaign?”  If so, comment below and comment again on January 1, 2018.

 

Comments

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 send out a monthly newsletter around the 1st of each month.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

Let’s Check Out the Whole30 Plan

When I Decided to Eat the Whole30 Way During 2016


An image of a plate of green beans wrapped with bacon.
An image of a plate of green beans wrapped with bacon.

Recently, I’ve been reading more posts in the various groups I frequent about those who have decided to change to the whole30 way of eating.  This is certainly a change I can agree with and I must say that I decided to eat this way during 2016 and I lost 30 pounds that year which I attribute to the Whole30 way of eating.

What is Whole30?

Whole30 is a clean-eating plan created by Dallas and Melisssa Hartwig which is based on an initial 30-day nutrition plan that emphasizes healthy, whole foods and getting rid of foods that tend to cause negative health issues in people.

Continue reading “Let’s Check Out the Whole30 Plan”

The Body is Simply Amazing!

Our Bodies are Amazing


Image of scale showing weight of 228.4
Image of scale showing weight of 228.4

That was my thought as I got on the scale and weighed this morning.  The scale displayed the number 228.4.  I was amazed because yesterday was a day I ate a lot.  I had two meals (my Break Fast meeting with the support group and then two servings of crockpot pork tenderloin and veggies which included Irish potatoes and carrots) and then I binged on chocolate.  I rarely do that, but I was feeling low, had a stuffy nose and my hip was hurting and I was alone most of the day.  I found my husband’s stash of little chocolates and succumbed to the temptation – twice actually.  I probably had 20 of his mini Hershey dark chocolate bars.  Then I threw the wrappers deep into the trash bin.

Needless to say, my fasting BGL was 361 this morning, so I definitely dosed myself with Novalog.  But I am still amazed at the 228 pounds since I’ve been pretty stalled at over 230 pounds for a while.  Maybe my body needed a binge day.  I had set my next weight goal at 220 and it had looked very bleak at reaching that number for a month and a half now.  But today is a full fasting day for me and I’m assuming tomorrow’s number on the scale will be less that 228.4.  Maybe I’m going to reach 220 after all.  I’m going to drink lots of water to help my body purge toxins today. Continue reading “The Body is Simply Amazing!”

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.

Comments

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!

CONTINUING TO LOSE WEIGHT!


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.

CONTINUOUS WEIGHT LOSS – NOT!!

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.
2.0
0.8
1.2
2.4
0.8
1.6
-4.2
2.6
0.8
-3.4
4.6
0.2
1.6
0.6
1.6
1.6
1.0
-2.4
2.6
-2.8
3.6
0.2
0.4

KICKING MY INSULINS

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:
213
207
205
161
143
163
226
178
186
171
159
180
150
158
197
159
198
193
154
237
188
257
152
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).

STAYING MOTIVATED?

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.

COMMENTS

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.

 

Thanks

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.

Comments

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

Continuing My Cure!

Beginning My Journey of IF (Intermittent Fasting)


An image of candy in a bowl
An image of candy in a bowl

I began this journey on Sunday, December 11, 2017.  A couple of weeks before that I had one of my few bouts with depression when it hit me that my daughter and her family, including my two precious and adorable grandsons, had only six more weeks until they moved out of the US to Papua New Guinea as Wycliffe Bible Translators.  It will be over two years before I see them in person again.  That was so depressing that I did what I usually do for comfort – eat!  I ate half a bag of MM’s which tasted great and made me feel better until I tested my BGLs (blood glucose levels).  It was into the 500’s which was a wake up call.  I immediately got online and read about high blood sugars (hyperglycemia) and it really scared me.

I was so mad at myself that I would do this.  I realized if I didn’t get my blood glucose levels under control, I may not be here when they do get back in two years.  I made up my mind right then that I would change and do something about this – get my sugars under control and also my weight.  Even thought I had been eating much better during 2016 and had lost 30 pounds, I had gained 6 back and I was still morbidly obese – my BMI was over 40 and I was stuck in a wheelchair because of my weight, back pain and deconditioned body.

Luckily my blood pressure was okay, and my heart was ok as far as I and my cardiologist knew.  I wanted to keep losing weight, along with getting my blood glucose levels under tight control.  My daughter had never knew me thin and in shape (I became overweight during my pregnancy).  I want to be thin and healthier and hopefully out of this wheelchair when my kids return on furlough in two years.

I determined to be more strict with my diet and start my water aerobics again in 2017 since I have access to an indoor pool year round.  I began to research and read more about controlling diabetes and losing weight.  Then I ran across an article on Dr. Jason Fung and his book “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended”.  I downloaded the book to my iPad and read it.  He described helping his patients actually cure their diabetes through intermittent fasting (IF).  Many had lost weight and got off all of their medications in a few months.  I was definitely intrigued by this and his research.  He described his experience with intermittent fasting and that of some of his patients.  He also compared IF to bariatric surgery.

My previous diabetes doc had encouraged me to consider bariatric surgery; however I have a bone marrow problem in which I produce too many platelets and abnormal ones at that.  This make me a clotting and stroke risk.  I had actually had a stroke after a previous elective surgery to repair a large hernia, and while I was fortunate that I did not have a lot of lasting damage, I had decided to not plan on having any more elective surgeries.

So when Dr. Fung said this about fasting:

“If you do not feel well for any reason, you simply stop fasting.  It is entirely reversible within minutes.  If you wish to stop fasting for several weeks for personal or medical reasons, then you may do so. If you want to indulge during the Christmas holidays or during a summer cruise, you can do that as well.  Simply get back on the program once you are finished. 
Compare this to bariatric surgery (sometimes called “stomach stapling”).  It has helped many people lose a lot of weight, at least in the short term.  But this surgery has tons of complications, almost all of which are irreversible.  And you cannot simple reverse the surgery itself.  It’s permanent.  if you are doing poorly, that’s simply too bad.  Fasting, on the other hand is completely within your control; you may fast or stop fasting anytime you wish.”

So fasting is basically like bariatric surgery
without the surgery!

I have had friends to have bariatric surgery and they had some serious complications requiring additional surgeries.  I definitely did not want to chance this.

After reading Dr. Fung’s book, I did more research on intermittent fasting, finding lots of resources and downloaded and read another book on IF.

“Intermittent Fasting – Yes to Carvings! Lose Weight, Gain Muscles & Get Lean the Easy and Enjoyable Way”

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Then I looked into support groups on FaceBook and found the “Wefast Intermittent Fasting Community “which is a closed group, but I asked to join and was quickly allowed to join the group.  I read the various discussions and began to learn more about IF and then began asking some questions myself.  Everyone was very helpful and of course knew much more than I did about fasting.

I started my version of IF on a Sunday and tried some fasts of 12-18 hours and lo and behold I realized I could do this and not be ravenous during the fasting period.  I would fast from dinner to lunch the next day with no problem.  I continued to read more about IF and ask additional questions.

I especially had questions about how much of my insulins, both short and long acting, I needed to take.  I would talk with my regular physician about this but I don’t see him until January 13, 2017.  One of the members of the fasting community was a doctor himself and he began to take me under his wing and suggest what I should do about my medications.  Doc Manny (Dr. Manuel Lam)  even made up a schedule of fast/non-fasting days for me to follow.  Dr. Lam has become my FaceBook friend and is helping me with lots of my questions about what to eat and how to keep my blood glucose levels from dropping too low.  I’m so thankful to have his help.

My BGLs stayed pretty high at the beginning, but now they are coming down except for my usual morning highs.  I even broke a fast yesterday for my sister’s and I to have our annual “holiday sister’s luncheon”.  We traveled to a great restaurant at a vineyard (Wiederkehr’s Weinkeller Restaurant) and had a wonderful meal together.  Then I went back to fasting.  I must admit last evening I did have a couple of moments of slight cravings, but I drank some bone broth and ate a spoonful of coconut oil twice and I’m back to no hunger today.  I will fast today and tomorrow be back to eating low carb, whole food.

Today is day 11 of my IF journey and I’ve had several fasts and am moving to alternate day fasting.  I weighed 260 on December 11 and today I weigh 252.8., that’s 7.2 pounds.  I’m excited about this and encouraged to keep this up.  I still have a long way to go, but now there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

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– Shirley

 

Curing My Diabetes!

Will this Cure Me?


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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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