Charlie Martin over at PJ Media has a great series going about changing his lifestyle to improve his health, tracking and reporting his results as he goes, and using a series of 13-week time frames to set goals and remain accountable. I think it’s a great idea..so much so that I’ve decided to adopt it myself.
So today I’ll start off by encapsulating the time since I got out of the hospital on October 23rd. So that makes my first chunk of time 16 weeks, rather than 13, but I think that’s good enough for rock ‘n roll.
Like Charlie, I want to set goals for and keep track of my weight loss and blood sugar. Additional goals are to decrease medication (with a final goal of eliminating them altogether) — in particular insulin & Metformin for diabetes, as well as high blood pressure medication.
So here are my side-by-side comparisons from my hospital stay (October 10-23) until today, February 12:
10/23 weight = 213
2/12 weight = 182
LOST 31 POUNDS
10/10 hemoglobin A1C = 11.1
1/22 (last reading) hemoglobin A1C = 5.4
HEMOGLOBIN A1C DOWN 5.7
10/23 taking 38 units long acting insulin daily + fast acting as needed
2/12 taking 24 units long acting insulin daily + 0 units fast acting insulin
DECREASED DAILY LONG-ACTING INSULIN SHOT BY 14 UNITS
10/23 came home taking 40mg of Lisinopril daily; quickly added daily doses of Atenolol and Diovan
2/12 taking 10mg of Lisinopril daily; all others discontinued
ORIGINAL MEDICINE QUARTERED, ALL OTHERS DISCONTINUED
***As an addendum to the blood pressure success, doctors have spent a couple of months now trying to figure out why my blood pressure is going as low as it is. I almost never get a high reading anymore, and am still on the Lisinopril primarily for the protection it provides for my already damaged kidneys.***
Like Charlie, I seriously want to add exercise to my goals, but am not going to do so officially until we get this low blood pressure thing straightened out. Right now I can’t do it consistently or hard enough to track it meaningfully. I also hereby add achieving and maintaining a state of ketosis to my goals for the next 13 weeks.
I will be mirroring Charlie’s work by checking in weekly, with another Moment of Truth at the end of 13 weeks on May 14th.
Don’t be a stranger!