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two steps forward one step backLatest update on my quest. Yet more news to share! I want to call this episode "two steps forward and one step back".

  1. I am off another hypoglycemic pill (reduces blood glucose level).
  2. My weight has gone down a little more.
  3. My blood pressure has continued to go up, so I am back on the water pill.

Step 1

Yesterday I removed another of my meds for reducing blood glucose level. I was cautious with my diet, and had no issues. I woke up today at 5.2. I am doing the same again today, while frequently monitoring my blood glucose level for any issues. I am on just one pill, morning and night and keeping my average around 5.5. If my blood glucose level goes up, I don't eat until it comes back down. By adjusting my intake of carbs, I am in control. I am not a slave to old habits, and letting meds fight to compensate.

This is great for me. The savings in pills over a year is going to be in the thousands of dollars. Add to that I am not buying the high carb foods that put me in this situation, so I save much more. When you eat too much carbs, it overwhelms your system with glucose. The quantity becomes a poison, known as glucose toxicity. Looking back, I was paying to poison myself, and then paying to treat myself of poisoning. Crazy eh? It took me too long to see it that way.

Step 2

It has been just over 2 weeks since my last doctor appointment, and I am down about 3 pounds since then. Progress has been a bit slower than before. I still think I need to replace my bathroom scale with a better one. I can get it to change up to 4 pounds by moving it to a new location. But I don't know if a new one would be any better. Still, despite the variation in numbers it gives out, I am getting lower numbers than before. If you can recommend a decent scale, please contact me or comment below.

I continue to exercise, usually at least 30 minutes on an elliptical machine or two 45 minute bike rides where I try to push myself. I can tell I am improving my stamina, and speed. I use one of those GPS watches with a heart monitor that gives me lots of charts to examine. Very cool to see the progress that way.

High blood pressureStep 3

My blood pressure is higher recently. I decided to resume taking the water pill, that I had stopped previously. My blood pressure had been low for a while, and after consulting with my doctor he said if I remained that low I could discontinue. But since then it had crept back up. I think it is more important to maintain my blood pressure low than to get off the drug at this point. Later, perhaps after I have lost more weight it will improve and I can try again without the pill.

About a couple of hours after taking the pill again, and also some exercise, my blood pressure has returned down to a more normal level. I will continue to monitor it 2-3 times a day for now.


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is based on my own experience. Your mileage may vary. Check with your doctor before doing anything drastic based on what I wrote above.


+1 #1 Karen 2018-05-10 23:41
Three pounds isn't bad Duncan. Women would love to lose that much weight every 2nd week. It is much harder for us and after 60 our metabolism is going in reverse.

One of my friends who was over 300 pounds taped newspapers together and had her husband draw an outline of her body on them. Once a week she would take out her scissors and cut a quarter inch away. She lost a hundred plus pounds and kept it off over 40 years now.
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