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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…

Oh-so-YAY!

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…

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I’m featured in Diabetes Health Magazine!


They Like Me!  They really really Like Me!

Applause KittyI’d like to thank the Academy….  😉

Ok, ok, so it ain’t an Oscar, but it does feel pretty good!  You, my loyal readers, should know by now that I’m a shy retiring wall flower…

What?  Do I hear howls of disbelieving laughter from the galleries?

Ok, ok,  tis true…  I love to talk about uhmmm, well “Moi” so when this very nice reporter Tanya Caylor from Diabetes Health Magazine emailed me and said she wanted to do a “profile” of me, I thought “This has got to be a joke”

So, before replying I checked and discovered that “Yes” there really is a magazine called “Diabetes Health” and yes there really is a reporter named Tanya Caylor who has written for them and who also blogs online and who writes a column called “Adventures in Food and Fitness,” which is  published every other Monday in the Health Section of The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

So, having determined that this was not a phishing attempt and not spam, I replied back and set up a phone interview. She called me; I had a lovely conversation with Ms Caylor.  And that was that.  Then about a week ago, I got an email saying….

Tah-DAH!

…the article had been posted on the Diabetes Health website.  It will be appearing in the next paper issue of the magazine as well, but it is now live on their website:

Screen shot of my profile on Diabetes Health website - cropped

Woo Hoo!  Uh-huh!  Doin’ a happy dance while typing!  Woot!  YeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaawwwwwww

I invite you go go check it out.  And click the “share” buttons!  Woot!  You can click on the image up above or if you like here is the text link: Diabetes Diagnosis Gets Derailed Dance Champion Focused on Health

And, for the record, the lovely and very talented lady in the photo featured in the article is one of my dance coaches, Natalja Sawal. We danced together for two years.

See ya on the dance floor!

307.4 OMG! OMG! OMG! 307.4!!!!!!!!!


307.4 lbs!!!!  OMG!

 

Calvin and Hobbes Dancing

Did I mention that my weight today on the scale was 307.4 lbs?  I did, oh, then that’s it .  I now return you to your normally scheduled…

BUT WAIT!  307.4!!!!  Didchagetthat?!?!

That, my dear readers, is LESS THAN 310!!!!!  OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!

swooningI do declare I may faint from happiness! The vapors; the VAYpoors…. I haz tha VAYpoor….    Swoooooooon

[yes, the image of a hairy balding 50 something white dude swooning
like an old time silent film star is going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day]

But I haven’t seen 310 in AGES! let alone been UNDER 310 — that, my friends, is swoon worthy!

THIS IS HUGE (pardon the pun)

BIG

COLLOSUL…  COLLOSEL ?  COlluseaoul?

REALLY REALLY BIG!

Darn you spell check! You failed me when I needed you most!  How do you spell that word anyway!

For those of you keeping count.  That makes my total weight loss just a teeny bit under 25 lbs — close enough to round to 25!!!

Woot!  Uh-huh!  WHO da man?  Huh?  WhoseYerDaddy?!!  Take THAT foul fatness!

Why the sudden and dramatic downward trend?

apothecaryDude, I’m doin’ drugs.

Don’t getcher panties in a twist.  They are legal “diabetic” drugs.  But because my body is starting to behave the way it should, it is no longer sending FEED ME messages all the time

Which means that I’m not eating as much.

Which means that I’m using the abundant supplies of food I have stored in the subcutaneous and intramuscular spaces in my body and TAH DAH!  WEIGHT LOSS!

Whew! I’m worn out! I need a cigarette.  Well not really, but you get the gist… wink wink

Did I mention I weighed 307.4 lbs today?  Oh, I did, ok then.

See ya on the dance floor!

 

Tony’s Take on: SweetLeaf Stevia


Tony’s CowboyStar Rating on SweetLeaf Stevia:

Welcome to the latest installment in an ongoing review series I call “Tony’s Take on…” where I review all kinds of “stuff” because we all of us use “stuff” and we either like the “stuff” or we hate the “stuff” and we love to talk about “stuff…”

Today I’m yackin’ ’bout SweetLeaf Stevia.  For those folks who want the “stars” and nutin’ but da “stars” well, here they are!

4.5 stars from TxCowboyDancer

4.5 CowboyStars!
Tah-DAH!

Introducing, my good friend, “Stevia” — da Plant!

Stevia-rebaudiana-totalSince Wikipedia says it VERY well, I’m just gonna let them talk for a bit:

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.

The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides, which have up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable.

[Stevia has] …a negligible effect on blood glucose, which makes stevia attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.

I love Wikipedia! 🙂

Tony’s Translation:

steviaStevia is a dieter’s and diabetic’s best friend

  • Basically Stevia is used in place of sugar.
  • It is a LOT sweeter to the tongue so a teeny-tiny bit goes a looooooonnnng way.
  • It is the ground up leaves of a plant – 100% all natural.
  • It is ZERO CALORIE!  Did-cha-get-that?  !!!!  ZERO! as in zip, nadda, NUTHIN!
  • You can cook with it.
  • You can put it in your coffee (which is my main way of using it).
  • And for those who are diabetic…. [drumroll please] It has a ZERO Glycemic response!

Some info about who uses this stuff and where it came from:

  • The stevia plant is from South America and has been used as a sweetener for over 1,500 years!
  • Japan is crazy about the stuff! It has been commercially available there since the 1970’s.  Japan currently consumes more stevia than any other country, with stevia accounting for 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.
  • It is approved for use as a food additive in both the USA and in the European Union.

I figure that if people in South America have been using this stuff for 1500 years AND if Japan, a major industrialized nation and one of the most safety aware nations on the planet, has had no issues with this stuff for decades, and they use TONS of the stuff, then hey, I can use it it in my morning coffee with no worries!

Woot!  Uh-huh!  Doin’ a happy dance!

Why I like SweetLeaf Stevia

SweetleafpacketsI have tried several different brands of stevia.  SweetLeaf Stevia is my favorite.  And the Packets are my favorite variety.

I used to use a brand called NuStevia, made by NuNaturals, (which is a good brand).

But to get it, I had to go to one of those specialty “Healthfood / Vitamin Stores” that smell funny when you walk into them and they have all these New Age kinda flyers about cleansing your body and yoga under the moon and… well you get the idea.

Just to be clear: neither the smell nor the New Age bits bothered me…

Nope. The PRICE bothered me!  NuStevia was $10 a box!  And the fact that I had to make a special trip to this store to get ONE item.  Sheeeesh!

Then I ran across SweetLeaf Stevia and I’ve never used anything since.  Here is why I like SweetLeaf Stevia. Read the rest of this entry

I’ve lost SEVEN pounds! Oh! eM! Gee! Woot! Whoo Hooo!


7.5 Pounds gone since 6.19.2015!!!!!!!!!

snoopy_happy_danceI’m freakin’ out here!  Literally I’m typing with this HUGE ear to ear smile on my face.  Do you know what is like to drink your morning coffee with your lips stretched out ear to ear?

Messy.  Very messy.

But SEVEN FRIGGIN’ POUNDS!  It’s a miracle!  I’m seeing the face of Elvis in my coffeemate! There are frogs raining from the sky!

Ok, ok, I am a weeeeeeeeeee bit excited by this.

You may have noticed.

I do have trouble opening up and expressing myeslf after all.  I need to work on that.

SEVEN POUNDS! and 1% body fat!  In LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!

Did I mention I have lost weight?  Oh, I did? ooops.  My bad.

Just to be specific:   I weighed 318.6 lbs on 19-June-2015.  This morning, (AM reading), 02-July-2015, just 13 days later I weighed 311.12 lbs

318.6 – 311.12 = 7.48  (rounding) = 7.5 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH. EM. GEE!  Like totally! [in my best Valley Girl voice]

This morning’s revelation…

Breaking NewsNo, I’m not going all Biblical on you.  Revelation as in “news.”  Back on 6-19-2015  or 25-June-2015 for my European friends, I weighed in.

I had not stepped onto the scale in literally months.  Yes, I had been a bad boy.  Mea Cupla.  I had partaken of the chocolate chip cookies.  I had drank of the 100% whole milk.  I had eaten of the deep dish pizza.

Maxima Mea Culpa.

And my doctor had given me a Read the rest of this entry

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