The Journey: Episode Five

MARCH 29, 2020

I haven’t made any progress in losing weight lately. I’m very upset that I had regained all the weight I had lost. I regained about 16lbs from 183lbs. I’ve been eating healthier and exercising more, but I think portion control, my old enemy, is striking me again and again. Food is just so delicious!

My grandma was recently doing an ornish lifestyle program and she shared with me some of the food they had recipes for. I don’t think I could give up meat or animal by-products altogether, but I am contemplating taking red meat out of my diet and putting in more tofu. In fact, tonight my husband is gonna try to make Tofu Long Rice. If I remember to take a picture of it, I’ll post up the recipe. A couple nights ago, he made chicken long rice for us and it was so delicious, but I forgot to take a picture of it.

Whatever my husband and I try to make, I want to share that recipe with you folks so you can make it and eat it too. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to find all of the ingredients though, but I’d like to share them with you anyway.

For exercise, my sisters and I take my dog and my mom’s two dogs walking down at the park. If the weather’s good, we’ll go down, if not, then we just stay inside and I’ll use my sister’s resistance bands just to do something, you know?

Yesterday, we took our dogs down to a little island just off the shore called Coconut Island. With the lockdown/quarantine, the island was pretty much empty except for a homeless man, so we took the dogs off their leashes and let them loose on the island. They had so much fun. My dog had so much things she could sniff and smell. She even chased a couple of birds near the water and ran across the island three times! She’s 15 years old! I even ran with her one of those times. They had so much fun.

We were hoping we could take them again today but it was raining almost all day and there was even some thunder. So today is not a good day to go down, but the next clear day, I’d like to take them back to Coconut Island and let them run free.

Hopefully, this healthier diet and walking the dogs will help me lose some weight. But I also know that I need to watch what I’m eating. I’ve been so hungry lately and I’m not even doing anything! I need to tell my stupid self to stop being so damn dumb and stop eating!

I’m kind of glad I have this Journey blog to keep me accountable and be able to put it out in writing to keep track of my thoughts. If you’re ever thinking that your journey isn’t working, maybe you need to write it down in your own journal, diary, or even a blog. If you decide to make a blog, let me know, I’d love to follow along with your journey as well!

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The Journey: Episode Two

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

My insulin is not exactly working right now. I have had to up it to 35 units and I’m going to take my second dose tonight so I will see if it’s working.

Currently these are the medications I’m on:

  • Lantus 35 units, once daily
  • Metformin 1000mg, twice daily
  • Glyburide 5mg, twice daily
  • Lisinopril 20mg, once daily
  • Pravastatin 20mg, once daily
  • Lutera, once daily

I’m also experimenting with some supplements as well:

  • Cissus Quadrangularis: tendon and ligament support, weight management, and mood support
  • D-Mannose: urinary tract support
  • Berberine: blood sugar support, cholesterol support, and a healthy gut
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: weight loss support, blood sugar level support, and detoxification

In one of my posts, Some Signs You Might Have Diabetes, one of the symptoms is frequent urination and yeast infection. I have had some issues with urinary tract infections and so far the D-Mannose is the healthiest thing I could find that did not need a prescription. So far I think it’s been working but I am not entirely sure how I would know if it works or not. The D-Mannose is supposed to attract the bacteria that causes urinary infection then exit through the urine.

My husband and I are seriously considering moving out of state. We live in Hawaii and the cost of living here is ridiculous. We are thinking of moving to the mainland and trying to start over. It would put a lot of things on hold for us. We have to save up money to ship our car and find a place to stay up there. I’m going to continue to take my medications and supplements and work on exercising on the cheap.

We’re going to figure it out and I’ll keep you folks updated. Hey, it’s a how to go through a move and life change while on diabetes.

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The Journey: Episode One

FEBRUARY 10, 2020

So if you do not already know, I was diagnosed with diabetes in February 2016. For a long time, it has been out of control. I wanted to try to change my lifestyle so I could avoid insulin, but I could not keep myself accountable and I kept falling off the bandwagon. This is the documentation of my journey with diabetes.

Since my most recent appointment with my endocrinologist on Jan 23, I have been on insulin. I wanted to avoid poking myself every day if I could, but it was not possible. I was originally put on Ozempic back in Oct 2019, but it was over $400 for one pen that lasted a month. I liked Ozempic because it was one shot a week, but that price was ridiculous. I felt a lot better on Ozempic than just taking my pills and I was sad that I could not continue to afford it.

I am not a big fan of my insulin, but thankfully it is just once a day at bedtime. Some times I hit a nerve and it hurts really bad. Some times there is no pain at all. My doctor had me start off with 20 units for five days and if my blood sugar first thing in the morning was not under 125mg/dl then I had to up it five units for five more days and just keep monitoring. I have gotten to 30 units so far and I am surprised that it is working very well just not as well as we want it to right now. We are trying to find my sweet spot right now.

My prescription for insulin was over $1000 to get all of my boxes. I have no idea why they wanted me to take all of my prescription one time and charge me one time. But I was able to find a savings card online that made it possible to just get one box at a time for $99. That is much more affordable for me. My health insurance completely sucks.

I am not a fan of poking myself every night with insulin and then checking my blood sugar in the morning. All this poking hurts.

So far I weigh about 190lbs and I’m trying to get down to 160lbs by December 2020. I definitely want to have an update section with my measurements and weight as well as a post of my goals.