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Long time ago, high school grad, not my smallest tho


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It is possible to turn around even grim news. This is how I got here and recommitted last Fall:

When facing a health crisis comes the realization its NOW or NEVER!
I found out that I have severe chronic kidney disease due to out of control diabetes...... what did I do? I got OFF the sugar first of all, I started taking all my heart, cholesterol, thyroid, blood pressure and other meds needed to feel better.

BUT, now I've found my new food plan and I went back to the pool daily........ and NOW I am off insulin altogether and my blood sugar is now NORMAL! Also cut my other diabetes meds to 1/4 of what I used to take, my blood sugar is still good now.
And I have cut one of my heart meds down to half, and I am taking less pain meds too. All because I am eating healthy real food only now. No preservatives or artificial anything. No sugar or fake sugar, No dairy, No grains.
What DO I eat now????? Produce and Protein and that is all, and not all of that either, specific kinds like lean protein, lots of fish and produce that grows above ground, no starchy veggies, and no tubers or legumes. And I stick to it 100%. Because if I eat one bad food, one sugar, one slice o bread I will again be off to the races, and NO one wants that.
I am down 20 pounds and 10 1/2 inches and I am on day 95 as I write this update. AND I feel pretty darn good most of the time, more energy, more hope, more life in me than in years.
It has been a decade since I have lost any weight, this is a welcome and humbling change, that I must give credit to my 3 P's, what are they? Pool, Paleo and Prayer. This is what is getting me thru.

I joined a wonderful support group, and Spark People and started walking and I am also on a calorie restricted diet that is kidney friendly with lower phosphorus and potassium and NO sodium.
Now I am doing the Paleo Diet and hoping this works!
Did I mention NO NO NO sugar, yep, the count of days of NO sugar is on my ticker, it's a good thing. :-)
Best of all I have been able to cut way back on insulin injections and believe it is due to my new real food only diet..... and even better than that I am OFF the insulin altogether and down to a 1/4 glipizide once a day...... this is a good change and I feel so much better too!
My program: Pool, Paleo and Prayer

Member Since: 4/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 17,205

My Goals:
With help from friends and family and alot of help with all the support I can get, I hope to join the ranks of "the healthy" so I can live a longer life and enjoy myself even more.
Maybe paleo will work for me. So far so good!

My Program:
Biggest Goal: Feel Better!

Weight loss is one of the basics of my program, support of a group helps alot too. Recovery is a process and a journey I am willing to take, just for today.

Personal Information:
I am from Northern California and lived here til I was 29, then I moved to Hawaii for 25 years, and now my husband, who is Chinese Hawaiian and I live in Northern California, but we visit our home in Hawaii often. Not often enough, we missed this year.

Other Information:
Some of my interests are:

My own journey, Jilly 101 ...... Swimming and
I play guitar on a regular basis with a group of guys I used to play with in High School.
I now have 4 ukuleles to play around on too.
I paint and I do genealogy too. My doggy is the sweetest, she is a cocker named Darby and she has her own Twitter feed. We love to camp, travel, baseball and more.
My SF Giants are DA BEST! Go Champs!

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  • v MIRV22
    Hi Jillymaui! I see that you are following a paleo diet. I'm starting to venture down that path and I like to find those that are doing it as well. Have you done the Whole30? I'm trying to find more people that have done that. It is based on the book "It Starts With Food."

    Anyway, looking forward to following your journey and gaining inspiration from you. Over 400 days with no sugar, wow!

    I see from your status that you aren't feeling well. I hope things turn for the better soon.
    2828 days ago
    Thanks Russell, but I never lost weight by just giving up sugar..... gave up gluten for majority of that first year too. For me I needed to delete alot of other foods besides sugar and gluten, it took what it took ya know.

    Now I am building muscle and losing weight, albeit not quickly. I am hoping this year will make a huge difference. Staying happy and positive is key for me cause when I get sad, depressed, angry and confused that food sings my name, loudly. And I cannot afford days off my food plan, cause a bite leads to more and that just doesn't work for me.

    But the biggest thing was no more insulin injections, actually everything else is a bonus, I think I can eat like this a day at a time forever as long as I keep thinking of injecting, it was toooooo painful, toooo traumatic, and tooooo scary 4 times a day. I should tape a syringe to my desk area so I can be reminded to never have to pick up that freaking thing again.

    2837 days ago
    Thank you for the yummy fruit bowl! Wow does it look good. Can't wait until I can actually eat fruit again. I miss it!!! emoticon
    2844 days ago
    Bless your heart! I love the beautiful rose!!! Has been awhile since I received "flowers". Happy Sunday! Hope your day is full of roses and sunshine and every kind of happiness! emoticon
    2850 days ago
  • v MAUITN
    Thanks for your comment on my blog and your encouragement.
    2857 days ago
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