Miraculum's Journal, 30 July 2017

WOO-HOO! Praise the Lord! I've lost a total of 20 lbs. as of today and, a few days ago, surpassed the 25% mark on my way down to 168 lbs. More importantly...

With my MD's permission, I NO LONGER NEED the following medications:
-- verapamil, 240 mg/day (hypertension)
-- metformin, 1700 mg/day (T2 diabetes mellitus)
-- atorvastatin, 40mg/day (high total and LDL cholesterol & high triglycerides)
-- montelukast, 40 mg/day (year-round allergies to dust, mold, pollen)

With my MD's permission, I've DRASTICALLY REDUCED the following medications:
-- lisinopril, from 40mg/day to 10mg/day (HTN)
-- Levemir, from 90u twice daily to 40u twice daily (T2DM)
-- Humalog, from a total of over 65u/day to less than 30u/day (T2DM)

I haven't been 100% faithful to the low-carb aspect of my diet, although I'm certainly eating *hundreds* of fewer grams of carbohydrate per day than was my habit. I must credit keeping my calories under 1300 most days and adding exercise to my regimen this week, two 30+ minute sessions on the recumbent bike on Thursday and Saturday.

Also, despite 16+ years of uncontrolled T2DM and 30 years of mostly-controlled hypertension, my recent baseline kidney ultrasound study shows NO diabetic nephropathy or blood vessel damage. This, ladies and gentleman, is a *medical miracle* (at least to me), a blessing that I cannot afford to squander.

All this has really encouraged me and imspired me to continue this direction. In the past, being "on a diet" was mostly about appearance and only secondarily about my health. I've realized now how different it is to make a DECISION to live this lifestyle in order to restore and maintain my health.

Thank you to everyone for your support!
216.0 lb Lost so far: 69.0 lb.    Still to go: 48.0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 30 July 2017:
523 kcal Fat: 14.89g | Prot: 57.60g | Carb: 45.98g.   Lunch: Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast, Sweet Red Peppers, Strawberries, Kraft Cool Whip Lite. Dinner: Kroger Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Yellow Summer Squash, Baby Zucchini, Great Value Romaine Lettuce, Yellow Sweet Peppers, Green Peppers, Cucumber (with Peel), Young Green Onions (Tops Only). Snacks/Other: Strawberries, Kraft Cool Whip Lite. more...
2407 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 18 hours, Sleeping - 6 hours. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 7.0 lb a week

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INspired, that is! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Miraculum
Great news Miraculum!! Agreed, our health cannot be taken for granted, nice to hear your T2DM has improved...keep on keeping on!! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Steven Lloyd
That is inspiring! To be able to improve my overall health is one of my 2 main goals. I admit that my appearance is also a big motivation. Your doctor must be pleased. 
30 Jul 17 by member: Fritzy 22
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
30 Jul 17 by member: suzzetteheather
hooray for you!!! 😀😀😀 
30 Jul 17 by member: meganruthking
Congratulations !!!!!🎈🎈 
30 Jul 17 by member: trinii
Beautifully stated!!! Congratulations! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Egull1
Great job, I am trying to get where you.14 # lost since early June.also helping my type 2 great job. Jim  
30 Jul 17 by member: dhickrod
wow! I have a goal of stopping statins. your post is encouraging! 
30 Jul 17 by member: 859klm
Damn boy, sounds like you've been a walking pharmacy.  
30 Jul 17 by member: mihud
I am crying tears of joy for you!! Way to go!!! 
30 Jul 17 by member: KayseaLove
Wonderful news! Congratulations on your success and all of your hard work! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Chicken Whisper
Yay!!! Congratulations! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Retta Smith
Mihud, I don't know if "Damn boy..." was "just an expression," but just to make sure: I feel the need (especially given the current PSYCHO-geo-physico-socio-political climate) affirm my femininity in all its genetically, sexo-gendiloquent preferencialliness! ;-) 
30 Jul 17 by member: Miraculum
Awesome! Wonderful news! 
30 Jul 17 by member: CCR_2017
FAntastic 
30 Jul 17 by member: Rexwinks
You GO girl!! You've done amazingly well. How wonderful that you have been able to stop those medications and take less of the others! Keep up the good work! 
30 Jul 17 by member: Tai-Lin
This is beyond description. You get an official...Well Done! 
30 Jul 17 by member: martone
Wow!!! i know it couldnt have been easy but well done! 
30 Jul 17 by member: nkaz
Mihud, also -- "Walking pharmacy" still fits, unfortunately. In addition to the reduced doses of the three prescription meds mentioned above, I take prescription: -- Victoza, 1.8u/day (T2DM non-insulin injectible) -- allopurinol, 100 mg twice daily (hyperurecemia, with a history of gout attacks, one so excruciating that felt like I was GIVING BIRTH to my right foot for three whole days) -- naproxen sodium, 500 mg twice daily (degenerative osteoarthritis has destroyed the cartilage in my knees, and more minor but reactive arthritis in my feet) -- Cymbalta (the cheaper generic though), 60 mg twice daily (advanced diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my feet) After consulting my MDs, I also take daily: -- aspirin, 81 mg -- vitamin D, 5000u -- liquid multivitamin/mineral supplement with amino acid complex -- berberine, 1000mg (natural herbal immune-system support, replacing the oral anti-hyperglycemic metformin and statin, to avoid their side effects/toxicity) All this works because I no longer LIVE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON REFINED SUGAR and "ENRICHED" FLOUR bound together with copious amounts of SATURATED AND TRANS FATS (ahem) I've replaced all that crap with piles upon piles of fresh, colorful, cruciferous and high-water-content vegetables and "leafy greens" ... and two four-ounce portions of peaches and/or berries (with a few tablespoons of Cool Whip Lite once a day -- my guilty pleasure now). I suggested adding berberine because, in addition to all my numbers improving, I read research showing that it: -- "may" repair peripheral neuropathic damage (We'll see about that!) -- "supports" nerve health and nerve-function-essential vitamin B-12 and folate; -- "definitely" reduces serum glucose, homocysteine, cholinesterase, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and beta-amyloid production possibly related to Alzheimer's disease; and preserves "good" gut bacteria (instead of destroying it, as metformin does) Like I said, it's not that I don't have chocolate, or a cookie, or a cracker, or a slice of bread. I still have things like that, every day. They just don't comprise 90% of my caloric intake like they did before July 1, 2017. Yes, that's right. All this has taken place in the past 30 DAYS. It is only by the grace of God that 63 years of abusing this body has not done more damage, or killed me. I'm one of the lucky ones. 
30 Jul 17 by member: Miraculum

     
 

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