Numbers

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

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.

Curing

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

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)