A few numbers going my way recently so wanted to share:

Weight: 79.7kg – the last time I was that weight I was going upwards! So it’s been a while. I have been at 79.9 a couple of times but to get this low, with the hope of going even lower is quite motivating.

In addition, this is on a low carb, healthy fat diet. So I’m eating things like cheese, bacon, eggs, good vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, the occasional Brussel sprout and fish like grilled and smoked salmon.

I’m certainly not suffering!

I still need to up my oily fish consumption and I have enough tins of sardines in the pantry to do this for a week.

Body fat % – In addition to the weight loss is the body fat composition down to 19.8%.

I guess this is reasonable to expect but it has also been achieved without the ability to fully exercise. But, as they say, you cannot outrun a bad diet so this proves, to some extent, that weight loss is diet based not exercise based.  I think when I start exercising again, my appetite will increase and weight gain will ensue to some degree.

HbA1c: 5.6% – this is based on the app MySugr which derives this figure from my input. So, there’s probably a bias there of entering lower numbers. The outcome will be proven with my next full blood test results. However, if this proves to be relatively accurate, it will mean my HbA1c has come down from 7.7 a year ago to this.

Time will tell.

We also went on a foodie tour in Subiaco yesterday with David Bryant and his better half, Leah. We visited all sorts of places that showed you can eat well and not pay a king’s ransom for the privilege. 

Perhaps one conclusion I can make, which may have been coincidental is that, with exercise, I can eat bread without a sugar spike. We visited Sorganics in Subiaco and we had a taster of their fruit loaf sourdough and walnut sourdough.

Normally, after a slice of bread my BG will hit the 9’s and 10’s even two hours later. Yesterday I only hit 5.6 and 5.8.

So, perhaps the bread and the 5-odd thousand steps we took in a short space of time helped manage the blood sugar levels.

The plan then,  if I do eat the good stuff, and I do like a good sourdough, I need to be able to “walk it off”. As long as I have that ability, while bread will never be a staple in my life, I know I can eat it as long as there is some exercise in there somewhere.

And I do need something to put my sardines on! 😉

Stats and Numbers Obsession

I admit there is a bit of an obsession with the numbers here but it is all in aid of developing a way of eating that energises me without adversely affecting key health aspects that can be shown through blood results.

#lchf #lowcarb #healthyfat

Off Topic: Films to Watch

Image courtesy of Vectorstock

I have this list of favourite websites I look at each morning. Some are financial to keep me up to date as to where our finances are at and some are just general interest, mostly around health and tech.

One of those is Daring Fireball by John Gruber. He’s usually got a lot of good things to say around tech (you’re welcome, John!) and one recently was a link to Ricky Mondello’s tweet about a lot of iOS12 highlights.

As I found this interesting I headed over to Ricky’s website and his blog in particular. From there I had a hunt around and found a post about Popular movies I haven’t seen.”

It’s a list of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees and top 10 highest-grossing films since 2000. He got the idea off his friend Marco Arment.

He summarises by saying he has seen 41 of these films versus Marco’s 33.

(Okay, all name dropping stops here!)

I decided to do the same exercise and found that I had seen 90 of the films listed. So that probably means I’m sitting on my arse twice as much as these guys!

Here are the films from 2000 to 2014 (it’s a long list obviously and I’ll try and get to adding to this to get it to 2018 over the next few days).

Those in BOLD are the ones I’ve seen. Films I especially liked I have added an *.

Most of these were on television, we rarely head to the cinemas these days.

2000 (7)

  • Meet the Parents
  • Cast Away*
  • Chocolat*
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Dinosaur
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Gladiator*
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Traffic
  • What Lies Beneath
  • What Women Want*
  • X-Men

2001 (6)

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Shrek*
  • A Beautiful Mind*
  • Gosford Park
  • Hannibal
  • In the Bedroom
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Ocean’s Eleven*
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Mummy Returns

2002 (7)

  • Die Another Day
  • Chicago
  • Gangs of New York
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Ice Age*
  • Men in Black II
  • Minority Report*
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Signs
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • The Hours
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Pianist

2003 (6)

  • Bruce Almighty
  • Finding Nemo
  • Bad Boys II
  • Lost in Translation
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World*
  • Mystic River
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl*
  • Seabiscuit
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Last Samurai*
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • X2

2004 (6)

  • Meet the Fockers
  • The Incredibles
  • Finding Neverland
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Ray
  • Shark Tale
  • Shrek 2
  • Sideways
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Aviator*
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Passion of the Christ*
  • Troy

2005 (6)

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Hitch
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Munich
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • War of the Worlds

2006 (3)

  • Casino Royale
  • Cars
  • Babel
  • Happy Feet
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Night at the Museum
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Superman Returns
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Departed*
  • The Queen
  • X-Men: The Last Stand

2007 (9!)

  • I Am Legend
  • Juno
  • Ratatouille
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Transformers
  • 300
  • Atonement
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Michael Clayton
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Shrek the Third (I think)
  • Spider-Man 3

2008 (7)

  • The Dark Knight*
  • Quantum of Solace
  • WALL-E
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Milk
  • Hancock
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Iron Man
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Reader

2009 (9!)

  • Inglourious Basterds*
  • Up
  • Up in the Air
  • 2012
  • A Serious Man
  • An Education
  • Angels & Demons
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Precious
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Blind Side
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2010 (7)

  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • 127 Hours
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Black Swan
  • Despicable Me
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Iron Man 2
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Tangled
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Kings’ Speech*
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

2011 (4)

  • Cars 2
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Fast Five
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  • Moneyball*
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Hangover Part II
  • The Help
  • The Smurfs
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse*

2012 (8)

  • Skyfall
  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hunger Games
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern WIld
  • Django Unchained*
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • Men in Black 3
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  • Zero Dark Thirty

2013 (3)

  • Frozen
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Monsters University
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Iron Man 3
  • Man of Steel
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Thor: The Dark World

2014 (2)

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Maleficent
  • Selma
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Whiplash
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past


The Blood Sugars

poached eggsTried a little experiment yesterday.

Poached eggs on sourdough to see if the toast (being processed carbs) might affect my blood sugars.

Well, of course they will, but I’m wondering if the body can cope and have competently dealt with the sugar by the two hour mark. Being just two small slices I was wondering of this is something I can enjoy without too much of an effect.

As an HbA1c test averages out how much sugars you’ve had in your blood for the previous 3 months, this will add to that measure.

And yes, two hours later my blood sugar reading is still 8.0 mmol/L!

According to Diabetes UK, it needs to be below 7.8 mmol/L:

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So this kinda confirms the Type 2 diabetes status, but we’re working on it being lower than that.

As per my previous post, we may be able to reverse this but not cure it. That’s fine, it simply means I need to remove ALL processed carbs from my diet ALL the time.

I can live with that! (pun not intended!)

It’s Not Just Me …

I was at my daughter’s parkrun on Saturday in Yokine, Western Australia. Lovely place and a great location, albeit a tad freeeeezing on this particular day.

The FBH and I were doing our usual casual but brisk walk that turned into a bit of a light run from about half way. We eventually warmed up and enjoyed yet another parkrun which we tend to do every weekend. It’s always hard getting out of bed but it’s always well worth the effort.

As I handed in my token, a couple were sitting down after their run and one of them complained of having chest pains during the run. He also mentioned he was asthmatic  and this could have been the cause.

I normally mind my own business in these things, not out of lack of care but not having the whole story and I may be off the mark.

But this time I decided to have a chat and show him my arm wound just for impact.

“Have a guess how I got that?”, I asked. It certainly got his attention!

I was able to have a good discussion with him about my altercation with chest pains and what it led to. I certainly advised him I was no doctor and I wasn’t diagnosing his symptoms but I did suggest he get checked out. At least if there were no issues he’d have some peace of mind.

I’d hate to turn into someone who catastrophes every little niggle but in some cases where it’s life or death maybe a little bit of caution is helpful.


Recovery Run

img_0490Recovery runs are easy workouts that may flush out lactic acid build up, which can help prevent delayed onset of muscle soreness and speed up recovery. Something athletes do after a half marathon or marathon or during training to recover from high intensity sessions like intervals.

My runs at the moment are simply recovering from surgery.

Since The Big Day (17 July, the date of at the triple bypass) I’ve been slowly getting back to normal activity through walking and then stretching to longer walks and then more brisk walks.

At today’s parkrun at Yokine, Western Australia, I got into what I’d call normal running.

I started off walking and then decided to run a light pole, walk a light pole to see how I’d feel.

I certainly didn’t run the whole 5km today but towards the end of the run I felt that my cadence was coming back and the rhythm was feeling like something familiar.

Bypass image
Image courtesy of Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery

It’s still a bit “jumpy” where the surgeon took the two mammary arteries to use be, but certainly better then last week.

I also felt a tingling in my left thumb where the radial artery was taken from to help with the surgery.

The left arm is healing really nicely too, thanks to John Ranger, the guy who performed the suturing. He’s done an amazing piece of work.

It’s is almost nine weeks since the surgery and in terms of realising how after you’ve progressed, it’s more the things that don’t happen that make you realise its all coming together.

For example, just 3 or 4 weeks ago, my mammary arteries would cause a nerve tingling that was very aggravating. Now that’s completely gone! But you don’t realise it’s gone for a few days, if you know what I mean.

So, the progress is definitely there and just when you think something doesn’t look or feel right, it seems to go away.

I’ve never had heart surgery before (and hopefully never again) so I’m not really sure how this is supposed to go! But, so far so good!

Reversing or Curing?

reversing-diabetic-complicationsSince I’ve been diagnosed and accepted diabetes (I was diagnosed in 2009, I just didn’t accept it then!) I’ve been researching about how to manage it. During that research you come across terms like “reversing” and “curing” diabetes.

I’m all for finding a real cure but I think we need to be sure we’ve actually cured the issue and not just “managing really well” before we call it a cure.

So my question is: can we actually cure diabetes or just reverse it? Or, does it matter? If an individual can develop a lifestyle that manages their blood sugars and other indicators well enough that the consequences of diabetes are halted or slowed to a crawl, that may be enough. But is that a cure?

Let me try to explain what I’m talking about.


To cure diabetes means, to me, that a person reverts to a metabolism where, like non-diabetics, they can eat pretty much what they like and their blood sugars behave like a non-diabetic. (The FBH* can eat pretty much what she wants and at the 2 hour post meal mark, her Blood Sugars are back within the right markers.)

Of course, it’s healthy to eat responsibly anyway but the odd “binge” would not have any long lasting effects and a GTT (Glucose Tolerance test) would substantiate this.

It may take a while of eating the right foods, adopting an improved lifestyle, getting more exercise but in the end the body’s function reverts to normal and blood sugar issues and diabetes truly becomes a thing of the past.

That would be a cure!


Reversing is very similar in terms of eating a healthy diet, developing a more active regimen, reducing stress etc. but where any digression results in an adverse GTT.

That’s not to mean diabetics cannot have a cheat day every now and again but they do so knowing a blood test will identify said cheat day! If that is the case, I don’t think I’ve cured anything.

Does it Matter?

I think it does, especially with social media influencers are spruiking♥ their version of reality and many people looking for answers. It’s a case of “caveat emptor” (buyer beware) in many cases.

I’d happily say I’ve cured myself or, I followed this lifestyle or regimen and now, for the past x months my blood sugars have never been better and I don’t even watch what I eat anymore.

I just want to live a very happy life, have a good lifestyle and eat well – which all make me feel good, energetic and less grumpy – again, ask the FBH!

So simply adjusting my habits will have a positive effect.

But cured? Not at the moment.

Healthier? Sure!

Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d be keen to hear your success stories and how you’re managing your T2D.

*FBH – Far Better Half (aka, the wife!)

♥Spruiking – speak in public, especially to advertise a show. (Australian slang)


The Big Saturated Fat B@stard!



The demonisation of dietary fats and saturated fat: villain or hero? Episode #346

This is a podcast featuring Dr Zoe Harcombe. It’s 33 minutes long so if you are interested in this topic around health and diet, I encourage you to listen. Not only does she convey some very interesting information, Zoe is really easy to listen to and her passion about the topic comes through.

A couple of really interesting points for me:

  • the question as to whether saturated fat really is the enemy. What I am learning on this journey is that there are many factors that can affect someone’s health and it may point to things like cholesterol, sugar and saturated fat but let’s not be too quick to point the finger until we rule out other aspects that may be contributing (like a sedentary lifestyle for one obvious example)
  • the other point is similar and that with the US and UK Diet Standards were not based on evidence based research. To this end, Zoe states that these standards are based on a study involving 2500 men (no women) and that these subjects were already unwell (or, all had prior heart disease). So it’s quite amazing that the 220 million Americans and 56 million Britons at the time were being guided by 2500 unwell men!

It’s almost hilarious that the world diet is being governed by this small group! That’s a group small enough to be celebrities in this day and age.

All that said, as this blog’s approach is to do what works for me, this constant research into the history of the current diet is interesting and, perhaps, not all it is cracked up to be. It also means there are a lot of people (dieticians, nutritionists, doctors etc.) who are promoting the standard diet without fully knowing the background or consequences. Don’t get me wrong, use whatever diet works for you, but it appears not every diet suits everyone and that includes the Standard Dietary Guidelines of various countries.

Have a listen and see what you think. Comments welcome.