While I have been focusing so hard on finances and retirement for the last year I have neglected another important factor in retirement. My Health. Last year I went through the process of becoming healthy. I exercised, ate a mostly vegan diet and paid close attention to my blood sugar. In October of 2018 I had my blood sugar (95), and A1c numbers (5.4), in close to a perfect score as if I didn’t even have Type II Diabetes. My body weight was averaging around 178 pounds on the scale each morning and was maintaining a slim 33 inch waistline. That was a year ago.
What the hell happened in the course of 12 months? Answer- “I just fucked up”.
Two weeks ago I made the decision to change doctors as I wanted to have my primary care physician closer to home. Earlier in the year my wife broke her collar bone and was treated at Providence Health Services. I was so impressed with their facility and operation that I decided that I would be comfortable having their doctors work with me and my health issues. The visit was pleasant and the test results came back within a few days. It’s funny how the negative test results show up in red on the readout like a school teacher marking a wrong answer on a test. A1c – 8.6, PSA – 12.4.
These numbers indicate that my blood sugar is putting me in the high risk of a heart attack, and without reduction the risk of blindness, or amputations. It also show the possibility of prostate cancer. Yea, life certainly brings us these lovely surprises as we get older.
I immediately scheduled an appointment with a urologist and made the decision to start doing the right thing again to regain my health. My doctor increased my metformin to 1000 mg, twice a day, and ordered my to monitor my blood sugar 3 times per day. I signed up with a gym membership at Planet Fitness, put my Fitbit back in operation, and spend at least 30 minutes on the treadmill in my garage each morning.
I am now in the process of re-building a healthy, weight lifting plan at the gym where I am not over doing it, like I have in the past. I am starting to eat healthier by making meat and carbs the smallest portion on my plate and filling the rest of the plate with vegetables. If I feel I need the energy I will increase the healthy carbs. I am eating three meals per day and absolutely no snacks in between meals and trying to reduce the amount of alcohol I drink.
I also created a “daily log”, where I monitor everything I do on a daily basis. Foods, exercise and blood sugar results make up most of my entries, but I have also included sleep patterns, work schedule and Fitbit results. This “daily log” is my conscience as I have to enter each event with an honest attitude and know that if I screw up, it will show up in the log. I pretend that a mean ass drill sergeant goes over the daily entries with me at the end of the day. “Are you fucking kidding me? You drank 7 bottles of beer? Are you out of your mind? This will not happen again, not on my watch. Get your shit straightened out maggot.”
3:30 AM – Blood Sugar 147, Weight 190.6
4:30 AM – Home Treadmill – Time 40:00, Miles 2.343, Cal 280
5:45 AM – Breakfast – Oatmeal, Banana, Blueberries and Blackberries
6:15 AM – Leave for work (Drive 45 min)
7:15 AM – Green Tea, Apple
11:30 AM – Blood Sugar 122
11:40 AM – Lunch – Squash Soup, Salad, Bread
2:30 PM – Arrive home from work (Drive 45 min)
6:45 PM – Dinner – Salisbury Steak, Sweet potatoes, broccoli (7 beers) BAD NIGHT
7:00 PM – Blood Sugar 167
7:30 PM – Bed (7 hours, 46 minutes)
FITBIT – STEPS 10,799, FLOORS 5, MILES 4.67, CAL 3,015, PEAK 43 MIN
I have been doing this yo-yo shit for years now. I have received the education and know exactly why I have Type II Diabetes. There is fat inside my cellular walls that signals that there is no room for glucose. I have to rid myself of this fat, which in turn means that I need to burn it on a daily basis and stop putting additional fat into my body. I need to drop my body weight by around 20 pounds. I weighed in at 196 in the doctors office two weeks ago. So far I have lost 5 pounds, so I am looking to drop to around 175.
I was an athlete when I was younger and worked very hard physically through my life and I was OK. Today I spend my of my work day driving as I am now working as an inspector. All of those calories I used to burn, I no longer burn. This means that I have to work extremely hard around my work schedule to make up the difference.
I am angry at myself for letting my health get so out of control, but I am also determined to move forward in a positive way to regain my health. Yea, The Type 2 Warrior is back and ready to take on anything that gets in my way of returning to good health.