Here is a Diabetic Recipe that doesn’t suck.  Check it out.  I found it on DLife.com.

 

Directions

1 Chop beef into 1 inch cubes.
2 Combine beef, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and 1/3 cup water in a 6 quart pot and boil over high heat, cover, lower heat, and continue to boil for 20 minutes.
3 Remove lid, raise heat while continuing to boil and stirring frequently about 10 or 15 minutes. Juices will evaporate and a dark brown film will form.
4 Stir in broth, 1/3 cup sherry, and almonds. Scrape brown film from sides and mix in. Return to a boil.
5 Place lid back on, lower heat, and simmer 1 hour.
6 Mix in olives. Place lid back on and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Beef should be form tender.
7 Continue to boil until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Mix the rest of the sherry with cornstarch and pour into pan. Bring to a boil.
8 Remove from heat, spoon into serving bowl and scatter parsley over.

Additional Information

Any kind of beef can be used for this. Also, try pork.
 
Cook this thing and tell me how you like it.  What kind of variations can you think of while still keeping it healthy?

Week One

Week One

Week One

In The Beginning

Rather than write a book each week of where I began, I will just say, NO MORE PILLS, NO MORE SHOTS.  I AM COMPLETELY MEDICATION FREE!!  That’s right, I even eliminated the blood pressure and cholesterol meds.

Week Seven

Week Seven

Week Seven

It feels good to prove the people wrong that said it could not be done.

To see the full story, scroll to week one or two.

Wow, it feels like forever since my last post.  Since I have only been posting weekly, taking a week off really puts a delay in things.  Next time I’ll let everyone know when the break is We decided to take a week off for recovery.  Maybe I’ll post some info about what we are doing to help others take control and kick the crap out of diabetes.

Something New

We were all seeing our results actually suffer.  Our run times were getting worse and our workouts just were not showing the same results.  I was having some serious back and overall joint pain.  So, at the advice of my doctor and chiropractor, we took a week completely off.  We also decided to change our workout to a 3 week on one week off plan so we get a full week of rest every fourth week.  Maybe down the road that wont be as necessary but If we get hurt by over doing it without enough rest we will have to stop and that just is not an option.  Every time we push through the pain we learn a lot about ourselves.  One of the biggest things I have learned is that most of the so called reasons I could not work out or stick to working out before, were all truly just excuses.

Alright peeps, here is the deal-e-o, yo.  Last week we started Spartacus 2.0.  WOW!!!  Just as extreme as the first one but a little different kind of extreme.  It is a ton more cardio and less strength training.  Either way about 25% through this crazy thing we are sweating like freakin’ pigs.  Just about the time we are saying “Wow, this is not bad”, we immediately want to cry to our mommies.

Week one was brutal to say the least.  The lower back “Muscle” pain was all but unbarable.  We pushed through it though and a could not be happier that we did.  This week the muscle pain in not nearly as bad.  Actually, it is almost gone.

So, we decided that we are going to start doing 2.0 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On Tuesday and Thursday we will do the original Spartacus.  No, I am not trying to kill myself.  I have a goal I want to hit and I am going to go totally extreme until I get there. (about another 45-60 days)  Yes, I am a results junky.  I’m not killing myself in the gym so I can look the same or end up back on meds, and you should not either.  Results are what motivates us.  If you are not happy with your results, do something different, BUT NEVER QUIT!  There are four stages of taking control in my opinion.  1. You wish you could, 2. You hope you can, 3. Yyou think you can and 4. You know you can.  I have been all of these.  Chances are you are one of these.  The bottom line is that being one or another is a CHOICE.  What do you CHOOSE to be?

Same Old Stuff

I’m new to this stuff so I think I will change it up a little.  Instead of boring you with telling you what I’m going to do each week even when it does not change I will just stick to giving you the changes, the good and the bad.  There is no point in thinking you want to read the same old stuff each week.  Hell, I’m boring myself writing it.  So here is the good, the bad and the other stuff.

The Good

After taking a week off, Vern, Jeremy, Mario and I all feel awesome.  Our bodies were talking to us telling us we needed rest and thank God we listened.  With one week off and one back on, our measurements all have improved.  I’ll give you mine later.

I have been sticking to the workout and eating healthy pretty much religiously.  The 5-6 meals a day along with the exercise has kept my blood sugar at or below 110.  The protein powder and healthy snacking has really made it easy.

My Doctor was so impressed with my results, (6.3 A1C with no meds). He wants me to make flyers for our Diabetic Journeys program to put up in his offices to motivate and inspire others that don’t think they can do it.  Man, That is huge.  Just think of all the people that might take control.  Might you be one of them?

Manny is back from vacation and is hitting it hard.  Mario is totally kicking butt.  Vern is enjoying some serious results and Jeremy is back this week.  Alec did a great job helping us at the gym and is going to start helping us put together our own program.  I’ll be sure to share once it is ready.

The Bad

I can’t think of anything bad this week.  Life is good.  Mostly good decisions.  Even after having a few drinks at Business after hours Thursday Vern and I still managed to make it to the gym and had an awesome workout.  For every bad decision, there is an opportunity to follow it up with a good one.

This Weeks Results

My weight has still stayed about the same but I think it is pretty obvious from the pics that there are muscle gains and the big old belly is starting to shrink.

Last weeks measurements:

  • Chest:  48.75
  • Bicep:  16.625
  • Waist:  38
  • Neck:  17.25
  • Calf:     16
  • Thigh:  21.9

This Week’s Measurements:

  • Chest:  48  Loss of .75 of an inch
  • Bicep:  17  Gain of .325 of an inch
  • Waist:  38  No Change
  • Neck:    16.875  Loss of .325 of an inch
  • Calf:       16  No change
  • Thigh:   22.5  Gain of .6 of an inch
Take Control!

Are you ready to take control?  Come find us at www.facebook.com/diabeticjourneys.  We are not Doctors, we are not personal trainers or nutrition specialist.  We are accountability partners.  If you need someone to help hold you accountable or you are local and need someone to help find doctors, personal trainers or nutritionist we are exactly who you are looking for.  If you are not local and need a little kick in the butt you found the right group.  We are here to help you Take Control and kick the crap out of diabetes!

Week One

Week One

Week One

It’s never easy to throw yourself out there like this especially when you are a fat boy.  This though is my motivation to never look this way again.
Week Five

Week Five

Week Five

Week Five

Week Five

In The Beginning

I thought I might list my original issues and goals at the beginning of each of these so you don’t have to look back into old posts.  If you have been following for a while, you know the story, just skip down to the “Here’s Where I Am So Far” section.

Here is the story.  I will try to keep it as short as possible… (Anyone who knows me knows that’s not possible)  I started this journey bouncing around anywhere from 230-245pounds, taking 5 shots at max dose and a handful of pills each day.  My pills range from Diabetic meds to blood pressure and cholesterol.  My blood sugar even with all the meds was ranging from 250 to 450 any given day.   I was not exercising AT ALL and ate semi-healthy food just WAY to much of it.

Along with some accountability partners and support from My Doctor and Planet Fitness I decided to embark on a journey to kick the crap out of diabetes.  My crazy goal is to lose about 60 pounds and get off all of the  meds.  I plan to eliminate the blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetic medication completely.  I started eating more healthy and jogging a couple weeks before Vern, Jeremy and I started the full blown plan to kick the crap out of diabetes.  Remember, each one of you that makes the pledge to take control of their life helps to motivate me even more.  Whether your ailment is diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, YOU, with the help of your Doctor and some good accountability partners can do this too.  I am here for you.  Feel free to contact me with questions or doubts.  Please know that I am not a Doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer.  I am an accountability partner.  For any medical issues or treatments, please contact your physician.

Here Is Where I Am So Far
  • Weight 213.  A current loss of 32 pounds!
  • ZERO Insulin shots!  The Doc said I could never do this so I replaced her with someone who believed in me.
  • ZERO Diabetic medication in over TWO WEEKS!!! I was told this could not be done either.  HA!
  • Average blood sugar this week around 103, down 2 points
  • I go to the Doctor tomorrow in hopes of eliminating the cholesterol and high blood pressure meds.  Remember, my goal is to be completely medication free.

This journey is far from over.  I still have roughly 32 pounds to lose.  I also have to maintain my blood sugar with ZERO medication.  It will be done, Oh yes, It will be done.

So here were my goals from last week along with results:
  • Spartacus Workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   3 full circuits this week.  OUCH!  2.5 mile run on Tuesday and Thursday.  Completed 3 circuits Monday,  2 Wednesday and 3Friday.  I ran Wednesday but not Friday.
  • Burn an average of 3500 calories each day.  Check!
  • Eat 4-6 small meals each day.  Small portions totaling 2k calories.  Check!
  • 3-4 Protein shakes each day.  1 in the morning, one pre-workout and 2 scoops or 50 grams after workout. Check, Check, Check!!!!
  • Lose 5 pounds or get down to 208.  Weight once again remained unchanged.
The Good, The Not So Good And Improvements For This Week

Mario is still sticking with the program and kicking butt.  Manny is out of town this week but I challenged him to find a treadmill at the hotel gym and he did.  I am so proud of him.  I am really excited these guys are with us.  They are really helping motivate me.

The good: Ok, another week down.  Although minor injuries are starting to pop up and the pain is kind of increasing I still stuck with the program for the most part.  As you can see, I have not lost any weight BUT, my weight actually stayed the same.  On the other hand, look at the pics and measurements.  I am gaining muscle but keeping my weight the same meaning I am actually losing fat…I have met a few new friends through facebook that are really giving me some additional motivation.  We have a couple new people that will be coming on board in the next week or so to start their own Journeys.  I’m really excited about it.  I have decided to rest the remainder of the week so I can come back twice as strong next Monday with Spartacus 2.0.

The not so good: I have had a knee and shoulder issue pop up.  Probably because the Dr. told me to take a break and I didn’t listen.  I still was not quite as strict on my eating plan as I would have liked.  I am eating the frequent meals but am still struggling with the portion sizes.

Improvements This Week: My attitude got the most improvement.  I was having a real hard time lightening the weights and still believing I was being as extreme as I want to be.  I finally am realizing that what I am doing is so much bigger than what I am not doing that it really does not deserve my time thinking about it.  Every now and then you have to re-evaluate your definition of winning.  That is just what I am doing.

I used the social thing again and once again it worked.  I went to IHOP Sunday and ordered my food.  I went on facebook and posted my goal to only eat half of what I ordered.  I received some really good support and kept my pledge.  I left feeling really good instead of the usual bloated horrible feeling.  It amazes me how simple it is to trick ourselves into having some accountability.

This Weeks Goals and measurements
  • Spartacus Workout Monday, rest of the week off except for ab workouts Wednesday and Friday.
  • Eat 4-6 small meals each day.  Small portions totaling 2k calories.
  • 3-4 Protein shakes each day.  1 in the morning, one pre-workout and 2 scoops or 50 grams after workout.
  • Lose 5 pounds or get down to 208.  I know I am not supposed to focus on weight but you gotta have goals right?!  OK, One of these weeks this one is actually going to happen.  Why not this one!

Measurements:

  • Neck:  17.25″  No Change
  • Chest:  48.75″ – 1.25″  increase
  • Bicep:  16.625″ – 5″ Increase
  • Waist:  38″ – .5″ Increase  Somebody PLEASE help me understand why a size 36 jean falls off me but my waist measures 38″.  I’m a little confused by this.
  • Quad:  22.5″ –  .6″ Increase
  • Calf:  16″  – No Change
Stay Tuned For Our New Friday Blog

With some of our new members having really good success we thought we would start showing you some of their results and words of advice also.  So, look for our Friday blog so you can meet Vern, Jeremy, Mario, Alec and Manny.  They also have some good stories and results.  Will you be our next accountability partner?

How Can You Help Others Take Control And Kick The Crap Out Of Diabetes?

I am looking for someone like supplement Superstores, Complete Nutrition or someone like that to help me put together a diabetic survival kit.  I have two places working on this but I would like as many ideas as I can get.  I want the best for my people joining the program.  I would like something like protein powder, protein bars, pre-workout supplements (no sugar of course) and whatever else they recommend to put in a package that would help our diabetics maximize this 90 day process along with a recovery phase after the 90 day program.  If you know someone that could possibly help us supply these items I would love to talk to them.

I would also love to find some sponsors to help offset the cost some of these items along with gym memberships and race entry fees to help others kick the crap out of diabetes.  It is a great cause.  Email me if you would like to help.  Or feel free to send donations to diabeticjourneys@gmail.com on paypal.  One last thing, if you have gently used exercise equipment that you are willing to donate to a diabetic that could use it or allow us to sell to offset the cost of their gym membership or supplements, please let me know.

Don’t forget, follow us on facebook .  It is an awesome place for diabetic and their loved ones to support each other.  I am personally inspired by some of the people I have met there and I know you will be too.  Remember, don’t tell a diabetic how much you care, show them.  Send them to www.facebook.com/diabeticjourneys so they can inspire or be inspired.  Take control and make today what yesterday could have been.

Week One

Week One

Week One

Beginning pics.  It is not easy to put yourself out here like this.  BUT, If I can do it so can you!!!!

Week Four

Week Four

Week Four

I Gotta say, still not easy but getting better.  Keep coming back, I promise, the next 30 days are going to be impressive.

For a gallery of all my journey photo’s click here.

In The Beginning

I thought I might list my original issues and goals at the beginning of each of these so you don’t have to look back into old posts.  Here is the story.  I will try to keep it as short as possible… (Anyone who knows me knows that’s not possible)

I started this journey bouncing around anywhere from 230-245pounds, taking 5 shots at max dose and a handful of pills each day.  My blood sugar even with all the meds was ranging from 250 to 450 any given day.   I was not exercising AT ALL and ate semi-healthy food just WAY to much of it.

Along with some accountability partners and support from Planet Fitness I decided to embark on a journey to kick the crap out of diabetes.  My crazy goal is to lose about 60 pounds and get off all of the diabetic meds.  I started eating more healthy and jogging a couple weeks before Vern, Jeremy and I started the full blown plan to kick the crap out of diabetes but here is where I am so far.

  • Weight 213.  A current loss of 32 pounds!
  • ZERO Insulin shots!  The Doc said I could never do this so I replaced her with someone who believed in me.
  • ZERO Diabetic medication in over a week!!! Was told this could not be done either.  HA!
  • Average blood sugar this week around 105

This journey is far from over.  I still have roughly 32 pounds to lose.  I also have to maintain my blood sugar with ZERO medication.  It will be done, Oh yes, It will be done.

So here were my goals from last week along with results:
  • Spartacus Workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   3 full circuits this week.  OUCH!  2.5 mile run on Tuesday and Thursday.  Completed 3 circuits Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  It was a bear but what a confidence builder.  Friday was the best workout ever.  Nailed the runs also.  Check, Check…
  • Burn an average of 3500 calories each day.  Check!
  • Eat 4-6 small meals each day.  Small portions totaling 2k calories.  Check!
  • 3-4 Protein shakes each day.  1 in the morning, one pre-workout and 2 scoops or 50 grams after workout. Check, Check, Check!!!!
  • Lose 5 pounds or get down to 208.  Not so much of a check :-(  My weight remained unchanged.
The Good, The Not So Good And Improvements For This Week

First off, I want to welcome Manny and Mario to the team.  Manny is diabetic and Mario has diabetes in both sides of the family.  Both are making a public decision to kick the crap out of diabetes.  Mario Started last week.  Manny started Monday.  I’m really proud of both of these guys for making this amazing choice.  Because of them I am not on my own.  Thank you guys for supporting me as I support you.  I believe in you guys!

The good: Ok, another week down.  We added a third set to Spartacus and we all survived.  That in itself is a major feat.  I kept to my meal plans with little to no cheating during the week.  Pre-Preparing meals is the best way to go without a doubt.  I DID NOT GAIN WEIGHT! My pants are falling off of me!!!!  I’m getting stronger every day.  We added about 20 new friends on our facebook page this week.  We made progress on a website we will be launching shortly.  I could go on and on.  The bottom line is that if you focus on the good in your life you will keep finding good in your life.

The not so good: lets start with things that are in my control.  Over the weekend (my cheat days) I was out of control.  I ate 2 much, I drank 2 much, I’m just downright disappointed in myself.  There is no reason to not reward myself  but from now on, I’m gonna draw a line and stick to it.  I promise to do a better job of that this week. Once again, I did not lose any weight.  I really wanted to get under 210 this week.

The Doc. told me this week I might have to take a couple weeks off.  He obviously does not know me that well yet.  I am having some serious back pain along with an aggravated shoulder injury.  The pain is really getting bad.  I am not good at taking off.  I am either 100% or nothing.  BUT, as Vern said, I just might need to compromise.  I guess the right thing to do is to not hurt myself so bad that I have to quit all together.  SOOOOO, I plan to eliminate the weight from the workouts this week and see how that goes.  I really could use some support here as this is not easy for me.  I really want to stay Positive.

On a positive note, the Doc. did tell me that it was alright that I did not lose any weight.  It is normal.  I thought I heard this b4 (actually it was an excuse I was making up in my head) but, he said because muscle weighs more than fat it is perfectly normal to not lose weight with the workouts I am doing.  His advice is to take measurements each week which you are about to see.

Improvements This Week: Because I believe perception is reality, I choose to look at eliminating weights as an improvement.  Rather than seeing it as a set back or failure, I am seeing it as an improvement as it will allow me to keep kicking the crap out of diabetes.

I will start adding measurements this week to give you a better read on what is going on.  I’m pretty new to this so go easy on me if I do something wrong.

This Weeks Goals and measurements
  • Spartacus Workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   3 full circuits but no weight (hold me to it guys)  Increase to 3 mile run on Tuesday and Thursday.  
  • Burn an average of 3500 calories each day.
  • Eat 4-6 small meals each day.  Small portions totaling 2k calories.
  • 3-4 Protein shakes each day.  1 in the morning, one pre-workout and 2 scoops or 50 grams after workout.
  • Lose 5 pounds or get down to 208.  I know I am not supposed to focus on weight but you gotta have goals right?!

Measurements:

  • Neck:  17.25″
  • Chest:  47.5″
  • Bicep:  16.125″
  • Waist:  37.5″
  • Quad:  21″ 9″ above the knee
  • Calf:  16″ 4″ below the knee
How Can You Help Others Take Control And Kick The Crap Out Of Diabetes?

I am looking for someone like supplement Superstores, Complete Nutrition or someone like that to help me put together a diabetic survival kit.  I would like something like protein powder, protein bars, pre-workout supplements (no sugar of course) and whatever else they recommend to put in a package that would help our diabetics maximize this 90 day process.  If you know someone that could possibly help us supply these items I would love to talk to them.

I would also love to find some sponsors to help offset the cost some of these items along with gym memberships and race entry fees to help others kick the crap out of diabetes.  It is a great cause.  Email me if you would like to help.  Or feel free to send donations to diabeticjourneys@gmail.com on paypal.

Don’t forget, follow us on facebook .  It is an awesome place for diabetic and their loved ones to support each other.  I am personally inspired by some of the people I have met there and I know you will be too.  Remember, don’t tell a diabetic how much you care, show them.  Send them to www.facebook.com/diabeticjourneys so they can inspire or be inspired.  Take control and make today what yesterday could have been.

Week One

Week One

Week One

Week Three

Week Three

Week Three

Okay, here are the pics for the week.  For a full gallery of all weeks go to my profile pics link on Facebook.com/diabeticjourneys or click this link.  I’m a little disappointed in my lack of results from last week but not discouraged.  This is a new week.

I thought I might list my original issues and goals at the beginning of each of these so you don’t have to look back into old posts.  Here is the story.  I will try to keep it as short as possible… (Anyone who knows me knows that’s not possible)

I started this journey at 245 pounds, taking 5 shots at max dose and a handful of pills each day.  My blood sugar even with all the meds was ranging from 250 to 450 any given day.   I was not exercising AT ALL and ate semi-healthy food just WAY to much of it.

Along with some accountability partners and support from Planet Fitness I decided to embark on a journey to kick the crap out of type 2 diabetes.

My crazy goal is to lose about 60 pounds and get off all of the diabetic meds.  I started eating more healthy and jogging a couple weeks before Vern Jeremy and I started the full blown plan to kick the crap out of diabetes but here is where I am so far.

  • Weight 213.  A current loss of 32 pounds!
  • ZERO Insulin shots!  The Doc said I could never do this so I replaced her with someone who believed in me.
  • ZERO Diabetic medication!  Was told this could not be done either.  HA!

This journey is far from over.  I still have roughly 32 pounds to lose.  I also have to maintain my blood sugar with ZERO medication.  It will be done, Oh yes, It will be done.

So here were my goals from last week:

  • Go from 213 down to 208 – That did not happen.  Still at 213 ERRRR!
  • Eat 5-6 small meals daily – Again, did not happen.  I’ll explain later
  • Spartacus Workout M, W, F and Run 2.5 Miles Tuesday and Thursday – Any guesses?  This one did not happen as planned either.
  • Eliminate last Acto Plus Met pill – NO Diabetic pills in the pill caddy this week.

It was a rough week.  Normally my accountability partners Vern and Jeremy and Matt help me stay on track when I try to make stupid decisions and I do the same for them.  Well, Wednesday we had a business meeting that turned into a bunch of diet and exercise altering decisions.  We all three held each other accountable and made sure we didn’t use our brains.  We screwed up our meals on Wednesday as well as completely missing our workout.  IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN!!!

At first, I was pretty upset that Wednesday’s actions or inaction really screwed up my goals for the week.  All three of us were, BUT… I realized that my mission, my whole journey is about changing my life along with hopefully some others.  If my expectation is that I will never have an off day  (or week) I will most likely fail.  I’m not really good at failing so I have decided that it is alright that we screwed up last week.  We, like everyone else is human and are entitled to be idiots every now and then.  Consider it a reward for all the other good behavior.

I think the bottom line here kids is don’t let a small mistake or failure throw you off of your goal.  It happens.  Move on as long as you move forward.  This week is all about taking control and making it the week last week could have been.  SOOOO, we are going to just have to work a little harder this week!

Here are this weeks goals:

  • Spartacus Workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   3 full circuits this week.  OUCH!  2.5 mile run on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Burn an average of 3500 calories each day.
  • Eat 4-6 small meals each day.  Small portions totaling 2k calories.
  • 3-4 Protein shakes each day.  1 in the morning, one pre-workout and 2 scoops or 50 grams after workout.
  • Lose 5 pounds or get down to 208

I told a Facebook friend this week I would do a better job or keeping track of meals.  Here is the only problem.  I feel like if I put together some kind of eating plan that I do others will think it is going to magically work for them.  The reason I stress “IT IS NOT A DIET” is because “Diets” in my humble opinion DO NOT WORK!  Don’t get me wrong.  You can crash diet and lose weight but it ALMOST never stays off.  I support healthy eating.  I guess it wont hurt if next week I start letting you know what I did though.

I will take all the support I can get so feel free to follow me on facebook. If you are diabetic or know someone who is, feel free to send them to our facebook page.  They will find the accountability partners they are looking for.

Remember, take control and make today the day yesterday could have been.

Dinner at 5, protein shake 6:30 and Spartacus workout at 7. I need to lose 2 more pounds this week.

Ok, So I totally forgot to give you guys starting pick last week.  Here they are.  I will update photo’s weekly along with some rough numbers on blood sugar, eating habits “NOT DIET” and exercise along with anything we at Diabetic Journeys are working to try to get others to make the commitment with me.

Every week I plan to give you a list of my prior weeks goals as kind of a refresher and then what I accomplished.  I may talk about some of my challenges but also some successes.  Here we go.

Goals for last week:

  • Current weight, 217.  Goal -Lose 3-5 Pounds
  • Eat Right:  Eat 5-6 small meals daily not more than 2,000.00 Calories
  • Exercise:  Mens Health Spartacus Workout Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  30 Minute Jog Monday Wednesday and Friday.  Burn an average of 3,500 calories a day.
  • Drop to one Actos+Met Pill and maintain Blood sugar of 110 or below.

Also, I am not advocating the idea that you should stop taking meds without the supervision of your Doc.  Make sure you consult with them b4 making any changes.  Also make sure they support your plan to try to kick the crap out of diabetes or Fire them.

Results From Last Week:

  • Current Weight 213 for a loss of 4 pounds.
  • Ate 4-5 small meals a day averaging about 1700 Calories a day.
  • Only did Spartacus Tuesday and Thursday but threw in a chest and arm workout on Thursday.  Jogged on Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday.  Calories averaged out to 3,500 a day burnt.
  • Dropped to one Actos+Met and maintained around 110-115 Blood Sugar.

The Good and The Not So Good.

Lets start with the good.  I met almost all of my goals.  We are setting very challenging goals for me in the beginning because I not only need to Take Control of the Diabetes but also need to lose about 30 pounds.  Don’t let this scare you.  I am a results person and I need results fast or I have trouble sticking to things.  I want you to succeed so you may want to take it a little slower.  If you want to go at a slower pace there is nothing wrong with that.  We will be posting some interviews in the future from personal trainers to help you with your goals.  The bottom line is for you to have REALISTIC goals and for you to do everything you can to achieve them.

The not so good:  I had a really hard time this week sticking to my meals.  Quite simply, I did not do a good enough job planning for the week.  That will not happen this week.  I am on a mission.  All of you are watching and I WILL NOT FAIL!  I will do a better job this week.

 

The Workout Thursday was horrible.  One of the worst we have had since we started this.  Our minds were in the game but our bodies did not show up for some reason.  Because of this we switched a few things up.  We are now doing the Spartacus workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Jogging (feel free to replace jogging with walking if you are a beginner) on Tuesday and Thursday.  This gives our bodies the entire weekend to rest.  I’ll let you know how that works out next week.

We also went from 2 circuits this week to three.  Talk about extreme, it was awesome.  Let me tell you , I am hurting though.  WOW!!  This is great though.  Hopefully we will get a video of Spartacus One out in the next week or so because in two week we will swittch to Spartacus 2.0.  We will post some video on that one also.  Stay Tuned.

At Last…..  Goals for this week!!

  • Current weight 213.  I am really going to try to hit 208.  I know I can do it.
  • Same goal for food.
  • Same goal for exercise other than the switch up on days I told you about.
  • Same goal for Meds.

Alright, it’s pretty easy to see week one I am no Brad Pit.  Yeah, that’s right look at the fat guy.  BUTT!!!!  I am on a mission.  This will be the first year in many years that I will not be the fat Daddy at the pool.  Not only am I going to kick the crap out of diabetes, I am going to look pretty freakin good doing it.  It might not look that way from the current picks but stay tuned baby, I’m about to get ripped.

If you are diabetic go to www.facebook.com/diabeticjourneys and join us.   If you aren’t, I’m sure you know someone who is.  Quit telling them to eat right and exercise and do it with them.  Every day we should be looking for opportunities to help improve someone else’s life.  Well, here you go.  The best way to be inspired is to inspire someone else.

The Diabetic Journey Begins

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ok, here it is.  This is the official unofficial start of my journey.  When I made my public commitment to kick the crap out of diabetes I never thought I would be starting a Facebook fan page, blog, web site and Twitter (I feel weird even saying that word).  So I am getting a little of a late start here.  I hope you can understand.  Although I am about 3 weeks into this thing, you will see I am still quite a bit overweight.  Oh that’s right, I’m a fat guy.

Remember I started my journey about 65 pounds overweight (245 to be exact), taking more than a handful of pills and 5 shots a day. My goal first and foremost was to just get off the shots that my EX Doctor told me I would never do.  Now that I have done that, my goal is to continue to live a healthy life and show others that it can be done without some crash diet.  I also want my kids to see a Dad they can look up to, not one that is a quitter.  OK, for the shallow stuff.  Hell yeah I want to look good.  I am sick and tired of being the fat daddy at the pool.  Oh no my friends, not this year.  I am on a mission.

Here is the deal.  I am at 217 what I call boxer weight.  That does not mean I’m about to knock the crap out of anyone.  It means I’m wearing boxers when I put my big butt on the scale.  My goal this week is to lose 5 pounds.  I think I could lose more but am doing a bunch of strength training so hope to replace some fat with muscle. I am also going to run 3 days this week for a total of about 10 miles.  My workouts for the next few weeks will be the original Spartacus from Men’s Health.  I will be burning about 3500 calories a day.  Diabetic Journeys will be posting a video in the next few weeks of Spartacus 2.0.  Stay tuned for that.

My eating plan this week (notice I did NOT say diet) will be roughly this:  Two hard boiled eggs each morning.  (I pre boiled enough on Sunday to last the entire week) I will have a protein shake before lunch, a light salad with grilled or baked chicken for lunch, about a half cup of mixed nuts a couple hours after lunch, baked fish with brown rice and or veggies for dinner, workout after dinner then another protein shake.  This should be about 1500-2000 calories depending on what I drink throughout the day.  If everything goes as planned I should be losing about 3-5 pounds per week.

You will hear me talk a lot about accountability partners as well.  I do not think I could do what I am doing without my workout partners as well as my amazing wife and kids to support me.  If you do not have anyone to help you stick with the plan, go to www.facebook.com/diabeticjourneys and we will help you.  The purpose of the site is to motivate or be motivated.

I know it is Tuesday but, each week on Monday I plan to let you all know how it is going and also ask for some feedback or advice if you have any great ideas that the average guy/girl can do to make this as simple and foolproof as possible.  Don’t make me do it all alone though.  If you are already a success story I would love your advice.  If you would like to start your own journey come do it with me.  Remember, the things that got you where you are WILL NOT get you where you want to be.  TAKE CONTROL!

OK, let me start by making a few people mad.  Great idea on my first blog post right?  If you are the one that does not follow any of your Doctors advice, won’t exercise and refuse to eat right then please do everyone a favor and accept responsibility for your actions or in-actions.  There is no miracle cure or get healthy quick scam to fix you.  Just plan on spending the rest of your life on meds.  For everyone else who is ready to start their own Diabetic Journey and kick the crap out of type 2 diabetes, please read on.

I found out I was diabetic about 5 years ago.  I was walking around with 600 blood sugar levels and had a really hard time controlling it.  It took every bit of 4 to 6 months to get down in the 200’s.  What a Journey.  I had just read an Anthony Robins book called Awaken The Giant Within.  (GREAT BOOK BY THE WAY) It talks a lot about Neural Linguistic Programming or NLP.  One of the basic concepts is that we make most of our decisions based on either pain or pleasure.  The idea of taking control of my life meant a lot of diet and exercise.  In my mind that was anything but pleasurable.  There was a certain level of reluctance due to the pain associated with change. It took a lot to change many thoughts that I found painful and find a way to think of them as pleasure.  It was that book though that really gave me the mental strength to make one of the best decisions of my life.

I had the same doctor for 12 years when I made the decision to take control.  When I first told her I was going to beat this thing, she looked at me like I was crazy and absolutely did not support the idea.  Like a lot of Medical Professionals I have talked to in the past, I was expected to do as I was told because of course they know best.  Well, not always!  Contrary to anything I would advise any of you to do, I decided to manage the meds on my own.  I started a pretty tough exercise plan and ate right and in a matter of months had slowly decreased myself off the insulin completely.  I lowered it by a few units per day every day.  As long as my numbers stayed the same or went down, I kept lowering.  I couldn’t have been happier.  I knew it could be done.  With in a couple months I was completely off the insulin.

I was so excited when it was time for my 3 month visit I could not wait to tell the Doc.  Man, she was going to be so proud of me!  Or Was She?  When the date finally arrived, instead of her throwing me a congratulations party she chastised me like a little Cosby kid.  It was horrible.  I think her words were something like “What is wrong with you?  You have no business doing this!  This is just a honeymoon phase and will never last.  You need to just get used to the meds and shots because you will be on the the rest of your life.”  Well, about a month later I ended up with Stress fractures in my leg, had to quit training, gained a ton of weight and proved her right.  In no time I was back on the shots and up about 20 pounds.

About a year later I decided I was going to give it another try.  As I thought my Doc did not support the idea so guess who got replaced.  I’m not telling everyone to manage their own health care.  That is just nuts.  I am though telling you to find a Doctor that supports you taking an ACTIVE roll in managing your own life and taking control.  No Doctor should EVER tell you it can not be done unless YOU have tried and failed.  Even then you deserve a second shot.  Remember, they work for you.  If they do not support you, fire them and find someone who will. Please, make sure you check your level of commitment before you go through the hassle of firing your Doc though.

A couple months ago I was 245 pounds (65 pounds overweight) taking about a handful of meds from blood pressure to actos plus met and cholesterol pills not to mention 5 “That’s Right” 5 insulin shots a day.  After taking the advice of many, I found a new Doctor that not only supports my goal of controlling this thing medication free he has given me the knowledge to manage the meds on my own.  Thanks to the support of my new Doctor and some really good friends and family, today, I have not had a shot in over a month, have cut out about a third of the other meds and have lost about 30 pounds.  It was not done with some miracle diet or gimmicks.  It all started with a lot of commitment and a tough decision to fire my Doctor.   In the past I dreaded going to the Doctor.  I knew it was going to just be more disappointment.

Are you ready to start your own Diabetic Journey?  Are you ready to kick the crap out of Diabetes?  Stop talking about it and do something about it.  Call a friend and ask them to run/walk with you.  Sign up for a local 5k and tel all your friends you are doing it.  Ask them to run/walk with you and help hold you accountable.  Make sure you have a doctor that supports you.  If not, FIRE THEM!