My not so “quick” “quick post” about good stuff that is happening!

Random bits of “good news

Awesome Thumbs Up Sketch (CC)OK folks, I have NOT had my morning coffee so this may end up being a bit of “free association”

HOWEVER… I wanted to share a random assortment of things that have happened in the past little while that are AWESOME.

So in no particular order…

My blood glucose number was 119 this morning…

…well below the 130 max my doctor has set for my “fasting” level.  “Fasting” means “just before breakfast” YAY!

I woke up this morning at a teeny tiny bit just past 9 am.

Yes, you read that correctly.  OMG!  Of course it probably helped that I went to bed last night around 11-ish.  But this is unusual for me.  My normal range is 2am – 10/11 am.

And recently, over the past month and a half, I’ve not been able to get to sleep until 4 or 5 or 6 am after which I sleep 8-10 hours and wake up waaaaaaaayyyy after the “day” has started for most folks,

So… getting up at 9am where I’d really LIKE my wake up time to be so this is great.  YAY!

And this has been the case now for almost an entire week! So my sleep patters may be shifting back to the “typical norm”  YAY!

I went to my doctor yesterday…

…and I had dropped 8 lbs from my last visit to her office.  YAY!

Ringing-In-My-EarsI had gone to her because I have ringing in my ears.  She is trying a couple of things and said she’ll send me to a specialist if the stuff she is trying doesn’t work and stop the ringing within a couple of weeks.  YAY!

Since I was there anyway, she went ahead and did the “follow up” stuff — monitoring my diabetes and high blood pressure and weight management stuff.

I showed her my chart from the blood glucose testing meter and I’ve been 95% within the target range that she has set for my blood sugar.  She was all happy about that!  Woot!

And the reason this “doctor stuff” is unqualified “good news” is because thanks to President Obama and thousands of people who worked very hard to pass and protect the ACA, I am under medical care.  Before qualifying for the ACA subsidiy I would have just ignored the ringing in my ears, and my diabetes and … well you get the picture.  Health insurance is good.  YAY!

Not having health insurance.  BAD. – not “yay”

AND this is “good news” because when I called up to make the appointment, she said that she would bill me for the $20 copay.  She said I could pay it after the first of the month when I get my pension check.  Which is awesome because if she had not said that I would have not been able to go.

My checking balance, the day before yesterday, on Monday, when I called her to make the appointment, was sitting at 67 cents.  Yes, under a dollar.  So having a doctor who cares more about getting me in to see her when I need care than about making me wait to get that $20 copay is a good thing!  A very good thing.

YAY!!!  in fact DOUBLE YAY!

Slllluuuurrrrppppp……  Ahhhhhhhhhhh  — first sip of coffee.

c2013 TxCowboyDancer DesignsYou know that you are officially a caffeine addict when you whole body gives this little shudder of anticipation as soon as you have that first sip.

There is no way the caffeine can have hit your system yet, but the taste buds let the rest of the body know that the fix is on its way…


By the way, the cute cat clutching a mug of coffee over to the right is one of my designs from my store: TxCowboyDancer Designs (yes this is a shameless plug) — but check it out when you get a chance.  🙂

My doctor also ordered a standard 3 month blood work panel…

…to see how the diabetes is doing.  I go back in 3 weeks to talk with her about the results of that.  She thinks that I’m doing good, based on the weight loss, and the numbers from the home testing using my blood glucose monitor.  I am pretty confident myself, from the effects I’m seeing at home, that the diabetes is getting under control.  YAY!

I got “paid” this morning…

This morning I got some good news on the money front.  I have two bills both due on the 24th of this month, each $25 each.  And I’m down to almost zero groceries left in the pantry and frig.  So that 67 cents balance left in my checking account is a real problem.    NOT “yay”

But, I got “paid” $10.11 from MintVine  (one of the survey companies I do online work for) YAY!
and I got paid $15.17 from PaidViewpoint, — YAY! YAY!
and I got paid .11 for searches via Qmee — YAY! YAY! YAY!

I am getting healthier!  YAY!

The diabetes which was blocking my efforts to loose weight and get healthy is now being brought under control.  I’m losing weight.  I’m getting fitter.  The efforts I was making BEFORE being diagnosed which were not doing anything are now working!!!!!  YAY!

I’ll be able to start teaching dance again soon!

I’m making plans for the return to the dance floor and the “dance world” — more on that in a later post.  YAY!

I’ll be able to get and hold down a part-time job!  YAY!

I’m getting healthier, the tide is turning.  I’m getting back on my feet!  Literally and figuratively Woo Hoo!  YAY!

Anyway, where was I?  I digress sometimes.  You folks should know that by now!  LOL

Oh, yes, well because of the payouts from some survey sites today …I can now go to the grocery store today.  YAY!

I should be able to squeak by to the end of the month.  I still have to come up with the $50 for those two bills later this month, but hopefully I’ll get some more surveys paying me between now and then.   YAY!

But getting the payouts from a couple of survey compaines gives me money for food, today, to last for at least for another week! Well let’s put that in the PLUS column shall we?  Woot!

What can I say, I’m a glass half full kind of guy!  🙂

While at my doctors office yesterday…

DEXA Scanner small

…I talked to her about getting a DEXA scan.  I had read about how diabetes (and the drugs for diabetes) can affect bone density and not in good way.

This is not good because, my family has bone issues, on both sides of the family tree.  My Dad in his later years had to take these huge calcium supplements, and my Mom has had both knees replaced due to bone deterioration and has osteoporosis for which she takes daily pills.   NOT “yay”

Because I’m now diabetic and because of my family history, my doctor confirmed what I had read, and she ordered the scan.  Which is cool because after the scan is done, I’ll know where I stand now, be better able, with her professional evaluation, to know what my future risks are.  Should I be more careful and start taking supplements now as a preventive measure?

And, though this is not the purpose of having the scan, I read online that the DEXA scan is the most accurate way to determine Body Fat percentage. Because it is a density scanner, they can do the body fat calculation at the same time using the same information from the scan.

All around, a good thing to know especially since I getting that body fat percentage down is important in the treatment of both blood pressure and in treating the diabetes.  YAY!  BIG TIME YAY!

I’m moving better…

walking-across-a-parking-lot smallYesterday during the “out and about” of my trip to the doctors office I noticed something…  I was not in pain.  I was moving easier.

Unless you’ve been as big as I was (333 lbs and 43% body fat) you just won’t fully understand just how friggin’ hard it is to do something as simple as go down 1 flight of stairs; to get out of your truck and walk across a parking lot to the front door of the building that houses your doctor’s office;  then walk BACK to your truck after you’re done at the doctor’s office.

Yesterday, on the way back to my truck from the doctor’s office, I noticed my quads stressing just a little, and I realized that the parking lot had a slight incline.THAT triggered in my brain, the realization that I had walked to and now from the truck to my doctor’s office with no problems.WOW!  Just friggin’ hallelu-JAH-FANTASTIC-IMISEO YAY!!!!!

Even the slight incline wasn’t causing me any real grief or pain, just making the muscles work a tiny bit harder.


When I first started visiting my doctor on a regular basis, that trip across the parking lot was a vast wasteland.  It was challenging to cross.  Literally.

I would arrive at my doctor’s office panting and puffing and red faced and in PAIN! The clerk at the doctors office, a few months ago, actually looked concerned when she was checking me in the first time, asking if I was ok, asking if I needed water or to sit down.

After one trip across that parking lot, I was literally in frigging pain!

Yesterday, I only “noticed” the trip at all because I was walking up a small hill and my leg muscles were working a little harder.  No pain!  Woot!  YAY!

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not ready to run a marathon anytime soon.

And going up and down a flight of stairs is still a challenge and a little bit scary because I’m really afraid of falling — we’ll talk about that in a different post.  Just accept that I’m telling the truth.  You should see the death grip I have on the hand rail as I go up or down a flight of stairs.

Anyway, the point, dear readers, is that I am getting FITTER!  Yeppers, we’ll mark this one in the “Plus column” as well. YIPPE-KI-YAY!

Getting close to a major threshold!

happy danceWhich brings me to the #1 reason I’m in such a GREAT mood this morning, even after ONLY one cup of coffee!  DRUM-ROLL-PLEASE…

I weigh 301.2 lbs


Woo Hoo!  Woot!

Just 1.3 more lbs and I will be under 300 lbs for the first time in almost 2 years!  OMG!

That means I’ve lost 31.8 lbs!!! from my heaviest weight!

I can not describe how GOOD I feel.  Both physically and emotionally.

Oh, I know there is a LONG road filled with many potholes between me and my ultimate goal but today, my friends, and my loyal readers,

Today. Is. A. Good. Day!

Now I’m going to go get that second cup of coffee.  grin

Summing up…

Hmmm…. in looking back over this I realize I did go on a bit.  LOL  I hope you enjoyed it; I didn’t mean to go off on a tirade as much as I did, but hey if my humble post amuses or educates, well then… Yay!

How did Shakespeare put it?  …

Puck - ShakespearePuck's Final Speech

    If we shadows have offended,
    Think but this, and all is mended,
    That you have but slumber'd here
    While these visions did appear.
    And this weak and idle theme,
    No more yielding but a dream,
    Gentles, do not reprehend:
    if you pardon, we will mend:
    And, as I am an honest Puck,
    If we have unearned luck
    Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
    We will make amends ere long;
    Else the Puck a liar call;
    So, good night unto you all.
    Give me your hands, if we be friends,
    And Robin shall restore amends.

See ya on the dance floor!


For those keeping count: a total of three cups of coffee sacrificed themselves during the writing of this blog post.

No coffee farmers were harmed in any way. 😉


About TxCowboyDancer

Professional Dance Instructor teaching Country, Ballroom, Swing, Latin and Line Dance. Eleven time Country Dance World Champion.

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015, in Getting Fit, Getting Healthy, Living with Diabetes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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