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happy-1 - Sunday May 23, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Magically woke up at 5am today (Sunday) on schedule. Gift from God.  Day 5 past 2nd Moderna shot. Day 4 of Metformin detox. Threw half my bedroom onto my bed to keep myself out of it. Even if I'm having an adverse reaction, in bed all day is a depression trap. Able to sit up in a chair and do mending... probably the metformin detox. I also went for a walk... only 7k steps today though, just too tired. Wanted to do a core workout video but still too stiff and sore to bend my neck much. 9pm and I am now in bed. I will conquer tomorrow.

Per GP, started tracking triggers and blood oxygenation with my Garmin whenever I start feeling fatigued.

Packed supplements yesterday.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/24/2021:
Oh to wake up naturally - it IS a gift! Especially nice and early like that...

How does your Garmin measure blood oxygenation? What will this show you?

A slower day is OK - but I must say, interesting technique to keep you out of bed. I hadn't thought of doing that!


horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2021:
you are right that staying in bed all day is the beginning of a bad cycle, yeah. easy for me to get into that habit too.

7,000 steps is still quite a bit!


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2021:
Staying in bed is the pits when it's time to do something and you don't want to......I think it requires getting up...getting dressed and at least sitting in an upright position....it's tough though.



happy-1 - Saturday May 22, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Hugs all. Back on my feet post UTI and 2nd Moderna shot. Mostly. Having the adverse reaction again with dehydration (even though I've been drinking a gallon of water a day this week and am continuing to do so). Fingers are all wrinkly. Blood sugar is a little high. Sleep is all messed up from insomnia from not moving around.

BUT... Incrementally getting back on my feet. Started with low carb breakfast and veggies at lunch. Then I tidied and vacuumed my bedroom. I am working my way through the rest of the house. Just standing up doing stuff, then sitting back down again.

Had a GP establish care visit on Wed. I like her and I think she is someone I can work with. My research paid off, even if it meant a 5 month wait for an appointment. Fingers crossed that insurance approves her MRI referral.

Neighbors are hanging onto cat till I can get her to a vet on Wed and make sure she is safe to bring inside because dad is immunosuppressed. If she has parasites or other issues she will probably be an outside cat.

Goals for today are to pack my supplements, drink water, take a walk, and get to bed by 11:30pm. Start walking my body back from insomnia. If I can, I will log stats and do a writeup of my gp notes.

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So in order to pack my meds today instead of Monday or Tuesday when I will be able to drive.... and then not be able to pack them until next week... I figured I'd save myselordered supplements from Sprouts because they are having their quarterly sale, and it absorbed the Instacart costs... came out about the same as online or after the sale was over. I also ordered the keto coffee ice cream and almond flour cookies my dad likes to keep him chill... my life is hell if he doesn't have treats. They were all 1 or 2 dollars off on sale, then there was a $5 bonus discount if you ordered over a certain amount so I stocked up on the cookies... More expensive than regular cookies and ice cream from the dollar store... but those are bad for his blood sugar and preventing glucose spikes is key to protecting his eye surgery. I figure anything is cheaper than him needing full time care because he loses his vision. When he saw the Instacart order come in, he freaked out and demanded that I tell him what all the expenses are. I don't know what else to do for him other than to buy more expensive cookies and ice cream... I'm not exactly cooking and baking right now. I'm also trying to be in the kitchen as little as possible because he chews on me the whole time I am in there and it creates conflict. How do I figur le out a way to manage food and not cooking so I can get things done and get back to work? 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/23/2021:
With respect to the 2nd shot - fatigue was my biggest thing too. And I *did* get plenty of (extra) sleep - HAD to, my body just forced it. But I didn't get quality sleep. I didn't have to deal with a UTI but carrying around TOM at the same time is no picnic either. OOF!

I definitely think it's worth the extra $ to get the keto desserts and such, if it will keep dad on a healthier path.

It's funny how some people are very food-focused. My husband is the same way. Always thinking about his next meal.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2021:
now i think of you, lol, when i'm sweating "down under" and i tell myself that i should shower much more in this weather, or i'll get a UTI ...sorry you are on my mind...hopefully i'm not making you too angry...

i see you've written a "brief" paragraph on your thoughts of what to pack for your trip...where are you going? who is coming?

i find it hard to cook when i'm also trying to study...hard for me to do many things in the same day, so i get you completely!

now i dye my roots...



happy-1 - Tuesday May 18, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

Today would be a good day to have a cat. Yesterday was too hard and I wore myself out completely. I don't want to get out of bed. A cat would jump on me, yowl in my face, and demand food. It would be cuddles and purring and hapy feelings before I face the horror of the day. I'm so overwhelmed at everything I have to do to get back to work, or just get my health together as a first step... I don't want to get out of bed and face the world. If a cat reduces the number of days I lay in bed and just can't face the world... and I make slightly more incremental progress than ground lost... Worth it.

 

Yesterday - Monday May 17 - FUBAR - Derailed by dad deciding to take a walk for the first time in 30 years because I had a UTI and didn't want to drive or go anywhere, having to go find him, pushing him (300lbs) in his rollator too far and pulling my neck back out, then all the work to get him back into the house, manage his sugar, do all the eye drops and make sure he took his meds.

14h fast, No

2500 cal 4:45, not sure

10K steps, no

9pm lights out, no up till 12am to make sure dad got his meds in and then we had a huge fight and I was up till 2am

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2021:
Sounds rough.....((HUGS))....He sounds like a handful.....


Donkey on 05/19/2021:
It can be difficult to make one's self a priority.


horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2021:
so, will you get a cat!?....also, i hope you feel better <3

oh my, i guess you will NOT take dad for a walk again? perhaps the caretaker should do that....the one who is paid...

good calories anyways! :)



happy-1 - Monday May 17, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7

 

I absolutely should not have told the cat yesterday when I fed it that we would see who responded to my note and that it shouldn't worry (it seemed concerned) we will see each other again. I definitely should not have left my number in the mailbox... To get a call back about the cat from a very nice teenager who had helped her mom trap all the cats that morning and was delighted to hear that I was interested in momma cat. I absolutely should not have been delighted to hear that they were taking them to be spayed and neutered and if I wanted her I could have her after her surgery on Wednesday. I definitely shouldn't have shelled out for a new litter box for in store pickup tomorrow. I definitely do not need a cat.

This feels distinctly like a Neil Gaiman novel.

  • 14h fast, done
  • 2500 cal 4:45, done... but I ate after cutoff because I was really hungry and I needed to be able to drive to get a prescription
  • 10K steps, not done... fatigue and overwhelm this am turned out to be a uti... not much happened today
  • 9pm lights out... 10 because I did a grocery run for dad on the way home then did his eye drops

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2021:
yes, looks like you have a new cat...you did put the other down right? so here is your new cat??

i think you wanted the cat ;)

UTI's have got to be the worst! so sorry. i get them in the heat when i sweat more and from dehydration also when i drink too much coffee.

you know, you remind me that in the summer i will need to shower much more especially if i am commuting / sweating!


Donkey on 05/17/2021:
Momma Cat looks like our Baby Kitty. We adopted a momma cat many years ago, left behind at the shelter after all her kittens had been adopted. She was the best cat. She was momma to all of us.

You have inspired me to set a "9pm bedtime" goal for myself this week. I'll write about it more in my own entry, but I woke up feeling so rested this morning.


bearcountrygg on 05/17/2021:
I think you will love the mama cat....( I think you already do actually)....Donk is right.....mama cats are wonderful sweet things...if they were good moms to their kittens...and this one seems like she is. We had a mean cat...and she turned out to be a very bad mother..who did not take care of her kittens and they died...and she was still mean after.....then she ran away and D saw her up a tree a couple of years later...still mean....I think you hit the jackpot with her.


innerpeace on 05/17/2021:
Everyone needs a cat! I too am going to adopt the 9:00 pm bed time and see if this helps me.



happy-1 - Saturday May 15, 2021
(14h fast, 2500 cal 4:45, 10K steps, 9pm lights out)
Weight: 217.7


  • 14h fast, done
  • 2500 calories by 4:45PM, done
  • 10K steps a day, done
  • 9pm lights out, done

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Mostly sedentary rest day I kind of really needed. I ran ADHD book club this morning. We talked about planning and prioritizing. I agreed to be an accountability partner with a woman in the group who is a therapist. Topic is planning. Give it a try for a week. She is supposed to hold me accountable for spending 35-45 min a day on planning. I'm supposed to hold her accountable for submitting an application to get referrals for new clients. We will see how it goes. She's kind of disorganized.

I finally managed to get a hot meal on the table for dad, even if it was too far past my fasting cut off to eat it. Meatloaf and butternut squash.

Tonight on my walk to get 10,000 steps by end of day, I encountered a super friendly momma cat with some sizable kittens. I know nothing about cats, but I figure that if she was being friendly on the first lap... and came running over the second time I passed them, she must be really hungry. The house was dark, there were no cars... There used to be toys and plants out in front of that house but they are gone now... So in a fit of what must surely be insanity, I went home, got a leftover hamburger that was lost in the fridge, chopped it up and put it in a dish, then shoved it under the fence so the kittens could get to it too. She was a lot more interested in me than a dish of hamburger. I don't know enough about cats to know what that means either. I left a note with my phone number asking if she's a stray in the mailbox with a corner peeking out so I can see if anyone picks it up. 

This is surely a sign of insanity. I do not need a cat, no matter how much I am creeping on the animal services website looking at the adult tom cats for adoption and the only thing keeping me from going down there is that I just am too tired to do one more thing right now. I definitely do not need 3 cats. I don't even know how to assess a cat for adoption.

Except she sure seemed to be volunteeering to be my cat and I wouldn't have to drive anywhere or make an appointment to get a cat. I dunno what I would do with the kittens.

I grew to like the cat I got my mom, even if he made me crazy. I miss him. I would really prefer a dog, but... not yet. Let me get back to work so a dog doesn't think I am home 24x7 first. 


 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2021:
Animals do have a way of finding us......When I went to the shelter to get the cat I picked out online...the person there was afraid of her and refused to get her down off the catwalk near the ceiling....her name was Heidi....I turned to Mumbles who had just gotten in a fight and was angry..I was cautioned that he was mad...OKAY......then there was one who had just gotten an eye injury from Mumbles....best not get an injured one....let the shelter deal with that....I then turned to Morgan and was petting her...she was sweet until Sampson walked up and I looked at him...morgan got jelous because i was petting her yet looking/talking to Sampson...and Morgan bit me...WELL.....sorry Morgan...not taking home a biting cat......then I turned my attention to Sampson...who by process of elimination came home with me...he is currently sitting next to me says "YES" repeatedly..over and over again........hoping that I will tell him yes to whatever he wants right now....( probably my attention..or maybe some fresh dry food...not sure which)...but he wants me and that is a sure fire way to have a pet......one that wants to have a relationship with you.......and I suspect that the cats you fed were hungry and she was thanking you for d=feeding her babies.......she looks a little thin....you have a good heart Hap!

happy-1 on 05/16/2021:
Yeah, I’ll go by again on my walk tonight. Momma is friendly and comes over, but the kittens hang back. I could just stick momma in a carrier but then what would the kittens do?


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2021:
Such pretty kitties!


Donkey on 05/16/2021:
Well done day! That's so cute about the kitties! Our Baby Kitty picked out my daughter as "hers" when we visited the shelter. I hope you can help this little cat family.

happy-1 on 05/16/2021:
It would make my mom happy.


Maria7 on 05/16/2021:
Cute cats. The momma one looks like my Daughter's cat.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2021:
your meatloaf and butternut squash sounds incredibly great!

sweet what you did for the cat.

lately, i pet every dog in the neighborhood when i see them with their owners. i love them, cannot have one of my own yet, so i pet everyone else's!



happy-1 - Thursday May 13, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

Dad had eye surgery today which went OK... The smartest move I made in a long time was getting a caregiver to come pick him up at 4AM, pack him up, and take him there for his 5:00 AM checkin... and put some earplugs in and go to bed on time, then go pick him up when he was done at 9:30 AM. He came out super tired and would be a handful if I had tried to do the whole day from 4 AM to 11 PM myself. On the way home, we splurged on keto breakfast sandwiches today at the keto bakery. Bacon egg and cheese on everything bagels. He actually liked it. I will make him a hamburger tonight for dinner.

Started 1000 Berberine yesterday. Going for the 1500 dose today. Weirdly I am slightly less anxious even though I am way tired from having too high sugar overnight. Too early to tell if it is just getting the surgery out of the way and being less stressed, just plain exhausted, or the Berberine. 

So... Thinking out loud... Next steps in getting back to work:

Focus on getting Garmin Body Battery number up above 90 by 6AM and keep it above 35 by 8PM.

The Body Battery is a pretty good summary of all the factors going on that influence how much cognitive and physical energy I have available to do things.

  • Above 90 it says I have all the energy I need to tackle projects. (It really does say this)
  • 35 is the magic number at which I start asking myself if I can go to bed yet. I still have enough energy to do a bedtime routine and set myself up for AM success.
  • 25 is the magic number where I should be in bed because anything below that is struggling.

Last night my sugar was so high it didn't charge and I dragged all day.

May 10, I I had the right combination overnight to get it up high enough, but burned through it too fast to get anything done. It needs to look more like the red line here:

Learn about it here: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=VOFJAsiXut9K19k1qEn5W5

Part 1: Get Body Battery above 90 by 6AM everyday

Sugar

Control overnight blood sugar with...

  • Planned meals of 2500 calories a day.
  • A calorie check at 5pm to see if I have eaten enough or burned way more
  • Low carb meal as last meal of day
  • 14 hour fasts from 5 PM - 7 AM
  • 10,000 steps a day 

Sleep

  • My butt must be in bed, lights out by 9 PM every night no exceptions
  • Get back to the chiropractor regularly again

Part 2: Keep Body Battery above 35 until 8pm

This is a lot harder to do... Mostly because there are tons of variables... But the first thing is to control sugar during the daytime so I don't burn through it as fast.

Step 1, Collect underpants. Step 3, Profit.

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So immediately after writing this I realized it was about to be 5 PM and I was 1500 calories short of 2500, so I scarfed down a frozen dinner, salad, and a pint of keto ice cream. Fingers crossed I can stick to my fast tonight. 

So ready to go to bed but it's only 7 PM and Dad still needs 2 more sets of eye drops tonight. Augh.

 

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I'm wondering how this body battery works....reminds me of the mood rings from my teens......LOL...will check this out. D has some garmin things....nice equipment.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It's something that made absolutely zero sense to me at first. I can't believe I had all my answers right there in my hand August of 2019 but I just didn't understand what it was saying. I could write a whole blog on how to use it.


Jacky82020 on 05/14/2021:
Sounds like a nice activity tracker. Mine’s not nearly so smart.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
You're on Fitbit, right? What's POGO and Reli?


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I see it makes a decicion ( ?) over the course of a few days...and is monitoring your heart rate.......looks interesting....I have an arrythmia...i wonder how that would affect it.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It might help you identify when your arrythmia is acting up based on dietary choices


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
didn't skip you...or forget you...i will be commenting soon xo

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Hugs!


Donkey on 05/14/2021:
First, so glad Dad's eye surgery went well.

Second, you have a local keto bakery?? YUM!!

Third, the data on your inner battery is quite interesting! I'm wondering, from looking at your graphs, if this has been my problem with evening eating. Especially since work has been so stressful... I've been expending energy differently, and my body is processing fatigue as sugar cravings. I'm so glad you shared this information!

I too need to be much more disciplined in getting to bed on time.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It probably is. I have a problem bad habit of randomly staying up too late some nights watching Netflix and eating too many snacks for no apparent reason. This sabotages all the things I am trying to do as a daily routine by throwing my schedule off and derailing my habits. I thought it was some kind of emotional/self-control/willpower/subconsious desire thing... But through tracking, I have isolated that it is actually a weird combo of side effects of appetite suppression on stimulants. The "too hungry" switch gets flipped anytime after 2PM my calories out exceed calories in by -750. After 7 PM, an "I need to feel good" drive kicks in. I end up eating too much, too late and watching Netflix till all hours and throws off my entire week, which has a cascading effect. After 8 PM, insomnia gets triggered even if I turned off Netflix on time. This is some kind of circadian rhythm regardless of the time I woke up or took stimulant meds. It trends slightly earlier/later based on sunrise sunset.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
It probably is. I have a problem bad habit of randomly staying up too late some nights watching Netflix and eating too many snacks for no apparent reason. This sabotages all the things I am trying to do as a daily routine by throwing my schedule off and derailing my habits. I thought it was some kind of emotional/self-control/willpower/subconsious desire thing... But through tracking, I have isolated that it is actually a weird combo of side effects of appetite suppression on stimulants. The "too hungry" switch gets flipped anytime after 2PM my calories out exceed calories in by -750. After 7 PM, an "I need to feel good" drive kicks in. I end up eating too much, too late and watching Netflix till all hours and throws off my entire week, which has a cascading effect. After 8 PM, insomnia gets triggered even if I turned off Netflix on time. This is some kind of circadian rhythm regardless of the time I woke up or took stimulant meds. It trends slightly earlier/later based on sunrise sunset.


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I have a oxymeter.....but use it randomly...Looks like the garmin will keep a running total that is there at a glance....i noticed that if you ever reset it...it may take several days to begin working again...because it does use past days as an average or something like that.....interesting.....I'm thinking about getting one...I have never been a high energy person my entire life...there were ages where i had more energy....out of necessity possibly? But now I would be interested in seeing specificaly how my sleep apnea is affecting me...I don't wake up gasping for air like I used to....and I no londer use my CPap..

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
The sleep tracking on it is astounding, but I don’t know about apnea. Literally saved my sanity last year.


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
maybe despite your dad's bingeing below, he also ate healthier? is that why his AIC improved or no way?

yeah, you have a keto bakery! how cool is that!?

i hope your dad recovers well.

nice job on your calories.

underpants collection?

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Make Profit by Stealing Underpants - Southpark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ih_TQWqCA

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
I can't begin to explain why his A1C went down.. Hopefully the endocrinologist will be able to tell me.


Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
Glad your Dad is okay. Hope you are getting some rest today.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Hugs


Jacky82020 on 05/15/2021:
Yep, Fitbit. Used to count steps. Other features no longer interest me. Like their scale that links to the app.

Reli is a common glucose monitor at home system, prick finger, apply blood to strip and get reading. POGO is really cool. You put your finger on a concave surface and it pricks and displays a reading, sort of all in one. More expensive than standard at home systems. But I don’t use it often.



happy-1 - Tuesday May 11, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

Day 5 off the Metformin... Oh it was glorious… yesterday I woke up in a good mood. Today I woke up with cognitive energy and clarity before coffee and stimulants… Food tasted better and was more satisfying. I’d walk a million steps to feel that way everyday.

Unfortunately I also had higher sugar values overnight... and so I burned through all my energy too fast. My Garmin Body Battery was all the way up to 93 at 6am and was down to 41 by 11 AM. Garmin said I should rest and try to recover because I was burning through my energy too fast. At that point, I realized I might as well take a Metformin at lunch, because if I am burning through energy too fast, what's the difference? I laid in my bed to ice my neck and almost exactly 45 min later I felt my heart start pounding and the room start spinning without any anxious thoughts, tv or other stimuli. 1.5 hours in and I was having problems with basic requests from dad. So, definitely the Metformin. BUT much easier to handle in the afternoon after the majority of stuff is done for the day and I am doing chores and stuff. It's much easier to push off the wrenching panic and think "it's just the med"... then clean something.

About 8500 steps today because I touched something gross looking for a geocache and the park bathrooms were closed and I had to go straight home because I hadn't brought hand sanitizer. I won't say what I touched. Ever.

Miracle from God today... I badgered Dad and made him get another A1C test done prior to surgery. Somehow despite all the junk food and binge eating his A1C did not go up from 7.9 to 8.6 like his Fructosamine indicated... but down to a jaw-dropping in range 7.7. I don't know how. It defies all science, logic and reason. The math absolutely 100% does not work. I praised the Lord... and emailed his endocrinologist for why that might have happened.

Started reading evryone's logs, but the food notes are making me hungry and I'm fasting... So I will comment more tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
When activity trackers begin to age the battery discharges quickly. I learned this the hard way by being cheap and purchased used ones on eBay. Some only lasted 2-4 hours. The new Fitbits I currently use usually last 5 days, on average. They send an email when the battery’s down.

Is it not possible to get off readings on A1C readings? I know it is with the various type of home meters. I’ve found POGO to be the most accurate,

happy-1 on 05/12/2021:
There are a lot of different ways to track sugar... I have a regular meter for checking fasting sugar so I can calibrate my CGM sensor. I also buy the home A1C tests to quality check the data from the CGM sensor. I'm really pushing on this with Nutrisense because I don't seem to to have a uniform typical daily response that I can work around and rely on to control my sugar. It's been the thing that has helped me narrow down why my REM sleep disappeared, why I have terrible insomnia, and now anxiety. I don't have a history of a mood issue... but tons of mood side effects of diabetes. If I nail down the sugar issue, I can dig myself out and get back to work and a real life. Inch by inch with a spoon. Nutrisense has really been the key to identifying what isn't working and advocating for what I actually need. Health care providers are really lazy and not very scientific in their recommendations and they don't like being challenged by real data, but if you email their supervisor, they have to dig a little deeper.


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
I've often wondered if my comments about food - especially those "food fits" and "cake encounters" - are triggers for others. I suppose the best thing to do is to not have fits and encounters, right? Then I wouldn't feel compelled to confess here, because there'd be nothing to confess. I'll work on this.

That is amazing about the Metformin experiment! Wow, I wish there was something you could do to stay off of it for longer. How about a lower dosage?

That really is a miracle with your dad's A1C levels. Wow!...

happy-1 on 05/12/2021:
I think I only got triggered because I was trying to fast! ;-) Normally not. I'm adding apple cider vinegar and berberine before meals. Apparently berberine helps lower sugars in about 7 days once you reach a full 1500mg a day... but you have to give your tummy time to adjust or you will have some issues. Hopefully that will help both my sugars and my lipids.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
D is very interested in hearing how this goes for you.....he is on 2 metformin a day...up from one....this winter.....and i will say that the second pill made no difference in his daily tests or his A1c.

happy-1 on 05/12/2021:
If he's well-controlled and Metformin isn't moving the numbers, try Berberine?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2410097/

happy-1 on 05/12/2021:
If he's well-controlled and Metformin isn't moving the numbers, try Berberine?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2410097/

happy-1 on 05/12/2021:
In study B, 48 adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes were treated supplemented with berberine in a 3-month trial. Berberine acted by lowering FBG and PBG from one week to the end of the trial. HbA1c decreased from 8.1% ± 0.2% to 7.3% ± 0.3% (P<0.001). Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7% (P<0.001), respectively. Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were decreased significantly as well. During the trial, 20 (34.5%) patients suffered from transient gastrointestinal adverse effects. Functional liver or kidney damages were not observed for all patients. In conclusion, this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.


Jacky82020 on 05/13/2021:
Sounds complicated. I will have to google some of the things you discuss. They interest me.

Is the home A1C expensive? I wanted the PCP to do a another, but he said the insurance wouldn’t cover it, so I passed.

happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Your insurance needs to cover 1 A1C every 3 months. If it doesn't you are on the wrong plan, or you need a different subgroup. Why does your PCP make decisions based on insurance anyway?

It's cheaper than not adequately managing my health and not being able to work.

Or losing a foot or an eye, totally miserable and trapped in my body like my dad.

Mom got her A1C down and under control a month before she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. High A1C is a cancer risk.

An A1C through a lab is most accurate, $40.

I'm using these... $22

https://www.cvs.com/shop/cvs-health-at-home-a1c-test-kit-prodid-496010

Take the first one the same day as your lab A1C to get a feel for how different the two results are... Everyone is a little different. My lab one was .1 lower than the home kit. They need to be stored in a temperature controlled room and not in a drawer or a closet. I keep mine in a gym bag under my bed. If they get too cold or too hot they are ruined. You can get them down to $13 if you want to test more frequently and buy a bigger box, but I don't because I don't use A/C or heat in my bedroom and they'll go to waste.

happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Your insurance needs to cover 1 A1C every 3 months. If it doesn't you are on the wrong plan, or you need a different subgroup. Why does your PCP make decisions based on insurance anyway?

It's cheaper than not adequately managing my health and not being able to work.

Or losing a foot or an eye, totally miserable and trapped in my body like my dad.

Mom got her A1C down and under control a month before she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. High A1C is a cancer risk.

An A1C through a lab is most accurate, $40.

I'm using these... $22

https://www.cvs.com/shop/cvs-health-at-home-a1c-test-kit-prodid-496010

Take the first one the same day as your lab A1C to get a feel for how different the two results are... Everyone is a little different. My lab one was .1 lower than the home kit. They need to be stored in a temperature controlled room and not in a drawer or a closet. I keep mine in a gym bag under my bed. If they get too cold or too hot they are ruined. You can get them down to $13 if you want to test more frequently and buy a bigger box, but I don't because I don't use A/C or heat in my bedroom and they'll go to waste.


Jacky82020 on 05/14/2021:
Them’s the insurance rules for healthy thin people. What he’s saying is the insurance won’t cover it. I can request the same test on my own , done at the same lab, but I’m too cheap to pay $69 ( as I recall, may be off) I get the A1C annually as part of my yearly physical. I sometimes monitor at home with POGO, tried Reli first.

I’m into the book The Switch, on lifestyle to reduce many diseases & promote longevity. Low glucose good. Basically advocates calorie restriction and IF.



happy-1 - Monday May 10, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

 Tomorrow I get to see what it feels like to not have metformin in my system... I can't wait.

Controlling sugar is super hard without meds... not a long term strategy, but it does make it easier to see what drives it up and down. Just shy of 15,000 steps today, which was a lot of work. Fasting since 5pm and hungry... But worth it.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I'll be interested to hear about it too! I can't imagine though the extra effort it takes to keep your sugar level low(er).

What do you find works? Does the fasting help? The extra steps?

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I will post all about it today! It was glorious.


horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
GREAT exercise!

isn't it hard to control sugar while fasting??? can't it drop very low??

anyways, keep us updated on how you feel without the metformin. i've heard of it, but not familiar with it.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
That’s true for late stages diabetic. Mid-stage is a drop, then the liver releases too much glucagon and jacks your sugar up. Then the cells are insulin resistant and don’t absorb the glucose and your sugar goes up, which raises HRV and you wake up exhausted and foggy all day like you didn’t sleep. Fasting retrains the liver to respond more appropriately to sugar drops that still stay above 70. It’s basically seeing any drop as a signal to release glucagon instead of sensing the drop then measuring then responding.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Fasting also literally gives your liver an extended rest period to recover from too much stress, released in the form of cortisol. The cortisol makes the liver release too much glucagon.


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
^^ I've been reading that fasting is very good for one's liver.

happy-1 on 05/15/2021:
Yay! Liver!



happy-1 - Sunday May 09, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

 Day 3, no metformin, no anxiety attacks... but higher blood sugear overnight raised HRV and so I was exhausted today. I try again tomorrow. I fasted 14 hours, walked 10,000 steps, controlled my carbs, and drank 6 bottles of water. It eventually came down. Giving it 2 more days or so to see what I feel like with it out of my system. Science.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Metformin is known for causing anxiety and memory issues....it also causes B 12 deficiency......are you taking B12?

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Apparently you know all about it but not a single one of my health professionals. Now I want to sue.

Yes.


Donkey on 05/10/2021:
Fascinating experiment! I can see why you're trying to get the metformin out of your system.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I've lost 4 years of my life to this mess with my parents. I'm just wiggling every tiny variable I can to see what frees me to get back up. Trial and error. Trial and error. Trial and error.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I've lost 4 years of my life to this mess with my parents. I'm just wiggling every tiny variable I can to see what frees me to get back up. Trial and error. Trial and error. Trial and error.


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
is the fasting ok to help you?

also, yeah, if you feel better with taking less drugs, will that ought to be a good thing!

nice job on your water.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I was just telling D about you getting off the metformin a few minutes ago....I wish he would!!! He told me to let him know how you do without it....



happy-1 - Saturday May 08, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 218.5

 Doing an experiment of not taking AM dose of metformin and seeing if it gets rid of fog and anxiety attacks. Already feel massively better. Takes 4 days to clear your system... so Tuesday should tell me if that was it. Already feel massively better. 2 days and a little anxious, but no attacks. I was so shocked at how much better I felt, I stayed up way too late last night watching Hulu. Just didn't want the day to end... I woke up in the morning, went for a walk, did paperwork, chores, errands, more chores, made dinner, did another walk, then worked on ADHD book club notes... it still wasn't time to go to bed... a whole hour and a half left... so I flipped on hulu and just spaced out... oops. Screwed myself up for today. in bed on time though and will hopefully drift off soon. I know I'm not supposed to be on my phone at bedtime... but logging here is just such a geat way to give it all up to God for the night and try again tomorrow. 

Also, if you happen by a Target they have reusable silicone ziploc bags for your lunches in their dollar days bins for $3. I'm super happy. Finally a good way to pack insane amounts of broccoli in my electric cooler and still leave space for seltzer.

Augh now I am hungry again.

Happy mother's day tomorrow everyone! I miss my mom. I lit electric candles for all the moms tonight.
 

 

Progress as of today: 98.5 lbs lost so far, only 58.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/09/2021:
Just asking out of concern, but should you fiddle with the metformin without talking to your doctor first? (maybe you have and just didn't mention it) It DOES sounds like your days would be clearer and better without that morning dose.

It's been so long since I've been to Target. My daughter went the other day. They have a nice selection of stuff :-)

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I don't have a doctor until May 19... I go to an establish care appointment. Then I get a physical sometime after that. I'm just hacking it out by calling Teladoc every time I have a question. Weirdly, I get better information and more experience from the doctors on Teladoc than anyone I have seen in person.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
nice entry yesterday, especially with sleep! and you are right that it's just trying to go in a positive direction as much as we personally can do it!

well, along with you, i still go on my phone before bed. i just like to. i know it's not best, but i've learned to be able to still go to sleep afterwards.

hmmm, the reusable bags sound good...why are they better than plastic? more resistant to damage? are they easy to clean?

great idea with the electric candles. they will prob be popular thoughout these next few yrs.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
More resistant to damage, but also I just feel terrible using ziplock bags for meal prep... I have this feeling of killing the earth so I can have broccoli. It makes me not want to make the broccoli. For $12 I have 4 silicone bags that hold 2 days of broccoli. Takes up less space in the mini cooler I have in my bedroom. If I eat what's in my bedroom before I walkout into the house and deal with my dad, I have fewer hangry moments. Just another little variable to wiggle and see if I can get myself free... More broccoli, weight loss, lower sugar, improved cognition, back to work...

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
More resistant to damage, but also I just feel terrible using ziplock bags for meal prep... I have this feeling of killing the earth so I can have broccoli. It makes me not want to make the broccoli. For $12 I have 4 silicone bags that hold 2 days of broccoli. Takes up less space in the mini cooler I have in my bedroom. If I eat what's in my bedroom before I walkout into the house and deal with my dad, I have fewer hangry moments. Just another little variable to wiggle and see if I can get myself free... More broccoli, weight loss, lower sugar, improved cognition, back to work...



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