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Posted by on Oct 26, 2009

On Friday night, while my wife and I were having a general conversation, and I asked her if I could tell her something without her going too far one way or the other in her reaction. She said yes, knowing that, because it’s me, it wasn’t going to be anything overly dramatic, but that I was serious about something.

I told her that I hadn’t been feeling all that well lately. As a matter of fact, it’s probably been since just after my birthday in early September. I’m diabetic, and over the past couple of months I’ve struggled with my glucose. I had been okay, not great, but okay, until my mother got kind of ill, and I had to go take care of that. I’ll admit that I’m also under a lot of stress, and that certainly didn’t help things any.

So, no, I haven’t been feeling all that well. And I know why I haven’t been feeling well. See, there’s two things I have to do to feel well, and if I’m not doing both of them, then I don’t feel well at all. One is I have to eat right. The other is I have to exercise. Oddly enough, I can actually eat well and feel pretty good, but I don’t lose any weight. However, exercising doesn’t overcome feeling bad because I’m eating badly; that’s not fair, but that’s life.

We agreed that, starting today, I would go back to an eating plan, with caveats. Breakfast will be some kind of eggs. After that, every meal I eat, when I’m home, will be chicken and vegetables. And the amount of chicken has been measured. I know because I cooked everything Sunday and put it in containers. The plan is to eat every 3 hours or so, hoping I’ll be able to hold out at least that long before eating again. I’ve done this twice before in my life. Once, I lost a lot of weight. The last time, my glucose came down, but I didn’t lose any weight, even though I exercised twice a day. I’m thinking I can track it to the alfredo sauce, which is what I mixed the chicken with when I did this same eating plan in March of 2008.

One thing that hasn’t happened is that I haven’t gained any weight. But things are shifting, and I don’t feel good. What that means, from a diabetic, is that I feel my blood coursing through my body. You’re not supposed to feel that. You’re not supposed to feel the pounding of your blood when you try to go to sleep. That means your heart is working too hard to pump the blood through your body. When your glucose is up, your blood thickens, and thus it’s harder to push through. Also, if it’s high for a long time, that will start messing with other areas of your body. One day, back in July, my eyesight was affected when my glucose shot way up; that was scary.

So, here’s the eating plan. Sunday through Friday afternoon I stick to my eating plan. Friday night, since we usually do something, I get to come off it, but not to overdo anything. Same goes for Saturday; controlled behavior, but I can eat foods outside the norm. Then on Sunday, back to eggs for breakfast, and chicken and vegetables the rest of the day. That’s mixed veggies now; I don’t eat weird veggies now. And, at some point, I might have to mix some rice in there, for a little bit of carbs. We’re not supposed to totally take carbs out of our diet, though some of those mixed vegetables should count.

As for the exercise, the guarantee is to exercise at least once a day for at least 15 minutes. I have a trampoline, and if I watch one of my documentary DVDs, I can get it done. I put on the timer to make sure I get there. And, as I get used to it again, I should be able to do a bit longer after awhile. Actually, for me, it’s usually mental; just can’t wait to get back to work. But I’m going to follow my 4- week work plan, where I’ve given myself a special permission to take care of my health. It’s part of the Get Clients Now program by C. J. Hayden, but I’ve modified it to help me get other things done.

So, there you go. By the time you see this I’ll hopefully have eaten some breakfast, and I’ll be ready to start my trek towards feeling better. If the past is any indication, I should start feeling better by Thursday, and my glucose should start responding in a positive manner. I can do this; anyone want to join me?

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Mitch:

Just good seeing you around again, Dennis. I hope all is going much better.

October 26th, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Mitch, I’m not sure if I’ve asked you this before, but are you insulin dependent?

My father has been a diabetic ever since I can remember and he manages it by the number and sizes of doses of insulin. he measures his glucose level 3 times a day and injects himself accordingly.
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October 26th, 2009 | 7:15 PM
Mitch:

You haven’t asked, Sire, but I’ve written about it often enough. I’m on insulin, but I’m not considered insulin dependent. If I could gain control of my glucose, I could potentially get off it, at least for awhile. I don’t think, however, that’s going to happen with me. Instead, I’m hoping that I can bring down how much I’m up to, as it’s increased as my numbers have gotten higher. I’m a twice a day injector.

October 26th, 2009 | 7:29 PM

I know my dad watches what he eats and would stray if it wasn’t for mum keeping an eye on him. if he knows that he is going out and will probably eat more than he should he will up his insulin to compensate. Before he goes to bed he does a test and if it’t low he will have a little snack and if it’s high a little shot. He seems to be doing alright.

Too bad he didn’t start this earlier as his diabetes pretty well stuffed up his eyesight.
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October 26th, 2009 | 7:42 PM
Mitch:

That’s my main worry, Sire, my eyesight. But I also want to start feeling a little better. But man, the cravings are already biting at me.

October 26th, 2009 | 7:43 PM

Have a drink of water for now to minimize it. The cravings will go, at least until the next one. Keep yourself busy, and remember it’s you that is in control. I know you can do it.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..$20 Million Dollar Halloween Superdraw =-.

October 26th, 2009 | 7:48 PM
Mitch:

Thanks Sire; it shall be done. 🙂

October 26th, 2009 | 8:10 PM

I can certainly sympathize with you about struggling to control your glucose. I control mine rather well when I’m not pregnant, however, when I’m pregnant it becomes a bit more of a challenge. I will try to do this with you, except I gotta have some red meat every so often or the baby is NOT happy.
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October 26th, 2009 | 9:14 PM
Mitch:

DeAnna, I think I’ll be mixing it up to some degree. This week is chicken; next week might be hamburger, and at some point I will be mixing salmon in there as well. I need to break it up in some fashion. Sticking with only chicken will drive me nuts.

October 26th, 2009 | 9:27 PM

You might like to have a look at this book. Eat Right For Your Type by Dr. Peter J D’Adamo, ISBN 978-0-7126-7716-5

October 27th, 2009 | 3:05 AM
Mitch:

We have that book, Rummuser; my wife bought it, so it’s in the house. Somewhere. lol

October 27th, 2009 | 9:19 AM
Tim Manni:

Good luck Mitch. I’ve always wondered about the whole boiled chicken and veggies diet. It seems that’s the go-to diet for anyone trying to lose weight. There has got to be more meals out there besides chix and veggies that won’t be bad for you???

You can’t eat that forever…as you said, you’ll go crazy, and it will probably cause you to stray b/c you’re so frustrated.

Anyway, best of luck,
Tim

October 27th, 2009 | 2:42 PM
Mitch:

Hi Tim,

Nope, it’s not boiled chicken by any means, as I cooked it all in the oven. I start with this because I could buy a 10 pound bag, cook everything at once, and be done with it. I could mix things up, but that’s a heck of a lot more cooking. I will say this; it’s already working on the one issue, and by Friday I’ll know if it’s working on the other. And that’s the most important thing of all.

October 27th, 2009 | 3:18 PM
k:

I always feel that to stay fit we need to maintain our diet first along with regular workout.

October 28th, 2009 | 7:09 AM
Mitch:

Good point, Daisy. That’s why I’m incorporating both in my new health plan.

October 28th, 2009 | 9:54 AM