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 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

Lets follow Hippocrates advice

Hippocrates had some good advice

Hippocrates said

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”

An image showing a healthy salad
An image showing a healthy salad

Hippocrates was one of the most important figures in establishing medicine as a profession.  He lived around 300-400 years BC.  He founded the Hippocratic School of Medicine and is thought of as the Father of Western Medicine.  It is also thought that he or a student of his wrote the Hippocratic Oath in which our modern physicians swear to uphold certain ethical standards.

Because I was curious about the oath and you may be also, I’m including it below: Continue reading “Lets follow Hippocrates advice”

My weight loss journey continues

It’s all about Food

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

Well, its been a while since I’ve blogged my journey.  As I continue eating the “whole30” way, and researching this way of eating (WOE), I am more and more in favor of this WOE.

I’ve managed to keep to my 26 pound weight loss (gaining back around 4 pounds from my high of 30 lost), even during the stress of selling my home and moving to a new home in a new town.  Although the stress of living out of boxes and not having a functional kitchen has stagnated my progress for weeks at a time, I’m still determined to stick with it because of the many other benefits of eating this way.

Why do I want to stick with this plan?

I’m finding that when I cheat too much or fall off the wagon and begin eating fast food and more processed food, that my pain and swelling increases dramatically.  I can cheat just a little with no major problems, but too much wheat, sugar, soy, etc.,  and my body starts rebelling.  My blood glucose rises and my joints and muscles begin to ache.  Once again, I find I cannot sleep at night because of the discomfort.  A few days of pain and I’m very willing to go back to eating whole and unprocessed foods.

My diabetes doc has been extremely happy with me also; especially for losing 30 pounds the last time I weighed in his office and he has lowered my insulin doses twice to help me avoid lows (lol! this seems so funny for me with my history of high BGLs).   My ultimate goal is to go completely off the insulin injections and I really believe I can do that if I persevere.

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Success – Weight is going down!

Weight loss Success

Since my last post, I’ve been doing so well.  After the 10 pound backsliding gain, I’m doing great with losing that.

This morning my scale sat at 261.2 pounds, very close to that 257 I had reached before the holidays.

I’m keeping up with my breathing exercises.  I’m doing them at least once a day.  I also actually went to the gym and did 35 minutes of weight training.  Just a little and a very light workout.  2 sets each on about 5 different weight machines and 5 minutes on the treadmill.  I was using the lowest or next to lowest weights on the machines.  The treadmill was sitting at #1 for resistance.  That tired me out and also made me very sore.  So sore I had a fibro flare-up that evening the next day.  I may try to go to the gym again on Saturday but I’m waiting till I get over the flare-up.

The main reason I’m wanting to do some weight training is to help with sagging skin.  I’ve been watching “My 600 lb life” and “Skintight” every night and the sagging skin after major weight loss is really worrying me.  I want to lose about 138 pounds by the end of 2017 with a final goal weight of 145.

With my bone marrow disorder making me a clotting risk and my previous stroke after surgery, I really do not want to have surgery to remove excess skin.

I’m aiming to go slow, at around six pounds a month.  I would like to be at 200 by the end of 2016. That’s 83 pounds this year –  about 6.9 pounds a month. And then lose the rest during 2017.

My Eating

One thing I am doing is eating healthy.  I’m trying to eat lots of cool salads, fruits, no white bread, lots of vegetables and I’m adding things like hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirolina and dried cranberries to my salads and using olive oil as my dressing.

I’m also purchasing eggs from veggie fed hens and free range hens, drinking almond milk and V8 juice and water.  I’m using turkey bacon and very lean meats too.

My dinner of rice and veggies, squash, salad and multi-grain garlic toast
My dinner of rice and veggies, squash, salad and multi-grain garlic toast

Tonight I’m having chicken with small potatoes, onion, seasonings and rice cooked in my crockpot with veggie broth. I have left over squash and onions to go with it.

Things to help with sagging skin after weight loss

I’m researching things to do to help with sagging skin.

  • Lose weight slowly
  • Weight train to keep muscles under your skin
  • Be patient even after weight loss and give your body at least 2 years to tighten the skin naturally.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use creams (I’m using a special cream for pregnant money to avoid stretch marks).
  • Eat healthy and give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.

The one thing I have going for me is that I never did get stretch marks during my pregnancy which is a good sign.  But I’m 62 years old which is not good.  I’m looking into essential oil therapy and I’ll let you know how that goes.

Deep Breathing Technique

I wanted to share some videos of the deep breathing technique I’m using.  I only use the first exercise because of my physical problems.  I’m hoping to add more of the exercises as I lose weight and can move easier.  Here’s some YouTube links you can use to learn the techniques from Greer Childers:

There are several other videos on Youtube you can check out.  Just look for Greer Childers, bodyflex, or oxycise.


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

My ongoing weight loss journey through deep breathing!

Losing weight by breathing

Yes, I’m continuing my journey using deep breathing for weight loss.  I’m still at 20 pounds lost.  However, I’m only doing one deep breathing exercise per day (a set of six).  And I’m keeping this weight off.  This is so exciting for me.  I’ve never been able to lose weight and keep it off this long.  And all this with just one set of deep breathing exercises.



I’m continuing my reading and researching how to lose weight by breathing deep and keep finding new articles to read.  This has encouraged me and reaffirmed to me that deep breathing will definitely work for me.

Some of my online finds are as follows:


It truly amazes me that I can lose weight doing these deep breathing exercises.  Since I am handicapped and use a wheelchair almost all day, I have been searching for some ways I can lose weight sitting here in this chair.  I found out about this deep breathing pretty much by accident while surfing the web.  It caught my attention and I began to read and research the possibility that this might work for me.  Then I decided to purchase the book by Greer Childers (in the list above).  When I got that and began reading it and seeing the different exercise she teaches along with the breathing techniques, I decided I would try at least the first exercise that I can do sitting in my wheelchair.  I was so surprised to find out that it worked for me.

Actually, the breathing technique isn’t as easy as it seems.  It is work and I’m tired after I do a few of them.  I’m finding that doing them twice a day or more truly helps me to lose weight.  I’ve already put myself on a more healthy diet through the Whole30 plan and found that works for me too.  Now I have a successful exercise plan to go with it.


I encourage questions an comments and you can leave them below. – Shirley

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Finally – Weight loss Success!

Finally able to Lose Weight

I’ve been carrying around lots of extra weight ever since I was pregnant with my only child. Jennifer was born in 1988 and I gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy – mostly during the last trimester (months 7-9)   My back went out on me during my seventh month and I had to stop all exercise and any lifting because of the severe pain I was in. This continued after my C-section delivery and I couldn’t even bend over to place Jennifer in her car seat. I was 34.5 old and ever since that time, I’ve had back pain and issues off and on.  I know my metabolism took a big hit because during my pregnancy my eyes changed and afterwards I could not stand to wear my contacts.  Also before I got pregnant, I could never wear a wrist watch – they all stopped on me.  After I gave birth and several months of very little sleep I found I didn’t stop watches anymore and now I can wear one.   In 2006 when I was 53, I was able to retire from my FDA job a couple of years early and work full time at my previously part time Photography Studio. But I began having more and more back pain and other health issues, so I had to sell out to my partner in 2009.

Diets, You Name it and I’ve tried It!

Being overweight is the pits. It affects everything in your life but especially your health. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, then full blown Type 2 diabetes. I began taking oral meds to control my BG, but then I had to begin injecting insulin to control it. Now I’m on both oral Metformin twice a day and injecting two types of insulin 3 times a day. And my metabolism has been shot. It’s so messed up that losing any pounds at all has been almost impossible. I’ve tried many ways to diet – Weight Watchers, Atkins, Paleo, diet shakes, liquid diets, diet pills – garcino, etc. But nothing has worked and if I lose 3 pounds, it always comes back with a couple more to go.

I know that Type 2 obesity and diabetes is on the rise in the US and I’ve just been another statistic. My weight has made it difficult to control my blood sugar and I’m in a wheelchair because of back and hip pain from my 8 month journey through diabetic induced feet and leg ulcers. My activity outside the home is restricted to doc visits and attending a few meetings of my art league. I spend most of my day in bed because of my pain which has also moved to my left hip and knee. Even when I’m up in my wheelchair, I’m usually in some pain. At night I’ve struggled to sleep because I can’t find a comfortable position and I get up and down all night – finally getting on average about 3 hours of sleep. At my heaviest I’ve weighed 284 pounds with a BMI over 40. Way too much!

Finally Success!

I’m an avid reader and read lots, so I’m always downloading ebooks from Amazon to read on my iPad or Kindle. Mostly I download free eBooks, but on occasion I purchase one I want to read. On August 13th I downloaded “Jumpstart Your Metabolism: How to Lose Weight by Changing the Way You Breath” by Pam Grout.

Actually I began changing some things about my diet during July. On July 6th I weighed in at 277.4 and began drinking more water and trying to eat more veggies. I finished reading Ms. Grout’s book on August 13 and began doing the deep breathing exercise (just the basic one) several times a day. I also decided to only eat when I’m hungry. This has basically worked out that I usually eat breakfast between 10:30and noon. I have a snack around 3pm and dinner around 6pm. When I think I’m hungry, I drink more ice water and see if I’m still hungry. If I am, I try to eat a snack/smaller meal with a protein included. My dinner is regular, however I do try to not have seconds as much as I have in the past. I’ve chosen to not deny myself of sweets altogether.  I’ve had ice cream blasts from Sonic, Chocolate Milk Shakes from McDonalds and occasionally a nutty bar or treat that my MIL keeps around the house. I’ve even had pizza, but stopped at 3 slices. I made some gluten free chocolate chip cookies last week and have eaten some of them also. So I’m not deprived. Yet this morning when I weighed, the scale showed my weight as 258.9.

I do not exercise except for some lying down crunches for my back and the deep breathing exercises. I’m using my wheelchair full time so far and move around very little during the day. I’m drinking lots of ice water and trying to include more protein and veggies in my diet in a little smaller portions, but that’s all. For the next month, I’m going to only drink ice water, no more tea or milk or diet drinks (which are not common beverages for me anyway). 277.4 less 258.9 is 18.5 pounds lost so far. I’ll be blogging more about this and adding some more references I found during my research on metabolism and breathing..

In the meantime, you might want to download Pam’s ebook and start using her breathing techniques. Let me know if it works for you also.


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

Liver and weight loss!

So what has liver got to do with weight loss?

Evidently quite a bit.  Like many overweight people and diabetics, I have “fatty liver disease”.  So what is it?

One definition says this:


image of apple
image of apple, copyright Microsoft

Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition wherein large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e., abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and the obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance).

While I’m not much of an alcohol drinker, I am definitely obese.  Fatty liver can worsen, even to the point of destroying the liver, requiring a liver transplant.  It reduces your lifespan by years.  And right now, for me, it is probably most of the reason for my insulin resistance,  along with some of the medications I’m on.  Insulin resistance can make it almost impossible to lose weight …

so I hate it and I’m going to do something about it.

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Weight Loss – Should you expect support from your family?

Yes You do Need Support While Trying to Lose Weight!

Senior Portrait of Shirley Dawson
Senior Portrait of Shirley Dawson

Like many type II diabetics, I am overweight, very overweight.  I wasn’t large growing up, in fact, I was pretty skinny.  After I gained so much weight in my pregnancy, it seemed like there was nothing I could do to lose that weight again.  So for the past 28 years I have done the “yo-yo” diet thing.  Diet for a while, maybe even lose a few pounds, then fall off the diet and gain it all back, plus some.  Does this sound like you?

Because I wasn’t overweight until I was almost 35, I have never thought of myself as fat.  Inside I’m still that tall, gangly, tom-boy, who loves sports and the outdoors.  Then I pass a mirror and glance at it – I’m still shocked to see myself.  Who is that old fat lady?  Not only is she fat, she’s old and gray-haired too. Continue reading “Weight Loss – Should you expect support from your family?”