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


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– Shirley

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6 thoughts on “I’m off all my insulins – Success!

    1. Dorothy, I’m doing intermittent Fasting (IF). On some days I just drink water, tea, coffee with no sugar or creamer. If I get hunger, I drink a cup of bone broth or eat a spoonful of coconut oil. On my eating day, I go for whole food, non-processed and try for less than 20 carbs and 10 sugars. I read D.r Jason Fung’s book “The Complete Guide to Intermittent Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended”. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF8SC2X/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
      I was convinced to begin IF to cure my diabetes and lose weight. 36 days in now, 22 pounds down and off my insulins. Its working. I also joined the Wefast Intermittent Fasting Community on Facebook for support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/136348456816447/

      I love it and I’m doing great. I hope to reach my goal weight late this summer. WeFast – Intermittent Fasting Community Sign up for my newsletter on my blogsite and I’ll talk a little more about it there. – Shirley

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