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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!

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

Diabetes Learning Curve and “All about Moi”


Confession time…

Happpy Camper!

I know this is going to sound weird…  I am actually relieved to find out I have diabetes.  Why? Because now I know that it wasn’t “just a lack of will power,” there is a real medical reason which explains the way I’ve been feeling.

I wasn’t imagining it:  I really was fighting against my own body in my attempts to improve my fitness.

I will also admit that I’ve arrived at this point, in part, because of some bad lifestyle choices and in part because of a genetic predisposition.  Everyone in my immediate family is large and about half are diabetic.  Except one skinny brother which none of us can quite figure out why he’s the lucky one.  sigh

I’m relieved because now I know that it is going to be easier from this point forward.  Things are going to get better.  As soon as the meds start doing what they are supposed to do, I will be in a better position to move toward a healthier me.

I want a book deal!  And a Speaking Contract!

Jared the Subway Guy BookI tell ya, when I’m all fit and healthy and dancing again, I want to share my story in every possible way!  I want to tell others that it is not hopeless.  That it is possible to go from absolutely on the brink of a “Health Apocalypse” to being a fit, happy healthy person.

I want to be like Jared, the subway guy!  By the way, if you have not read his book, I highly recommend it.  The first time I read it, I cried.  Literally.  Because I could relate to his struggle.  I had to stop reading and wipe away the tears before I could continue.  I hope to meet him one day and get him to autograph my copy of his book.  That would be so cool.

I want to be on Oprah!  I want Ellen and I to be best buds! Light’s, camera, speaking tours with tumultuous applause! Yeah, right, like that’s gonna happen!

I probably won’t get a book deal or end up touring the country talking about my own journey, but it would be nice wouldn’t it?  Uh-oh!  Tony’s doing that “digression” thing again.  Brace yerself loyal readers, this post might get Read the rest of this entry

Blood Glucose Meters, Strips, and Sticking it to Yourself Daily


SCOTUS Hangover…  (a brief aside before we talk Diabetes)

After yesterday’s Historic ruling on Gay Marriage (Read my post: Justice Arrives Like a Thunderbolt!) I must confess that I want the celebration to continue.  It feels weird picking up writing on this blog post on Saturday, where I left off on Wed evening.

Yesterday my Facebook feed exploded with joy and rainbows!  I had to be part of the excitement, so went out last night, saw the rally at Oaklawn & Cedar Springs and hung out with my cousin and a friend I had not seen in approximately 20 years.  The joy, the love, the relief that Marriage Equality is now law, and the energy last night being around my fellow LGBT folk, was just amazing.

AND when I started writing this post, back on Wed night, the fate of the Affordable Care & Patient Protection Act was not yet announced.  That was upheld on Thursday.  Yay!  So, in less than 48 hours, two of the most important Supreme Court decisions of my lifetime came back to back — both of which directly impact me.  Wow!

I’m now free to marry who I love, assuming I can find a fella!  LOL

And I’m now fairly certain that I will always have access to quality health care.  Yay!

I’m going to do something weird in this post.  The “comments” from Wed night are going to stay, but where I was expressing doubt, I’m going to put an BEFORE label and add an AFTER comment.

Why? Because the ACA law is important.  It is important to me on a very real, very personal, very day-to-day level.  And by doing it this way, anyone who reads my blog may perhaps realize that this is not a philosophical debate.  It is literally about life and death.  Read on faithful readers, read on…

Uhmmm… by the way, we’ll keep the fact that as a newly diagnosed diabetic I should not have been drinking beer last night between thee and me.  Nobody tell my doctor!  Sssssshhhhhhh!

“You Need a Blood Glucose Meter…”

blood meters…said my doctor.  And I said “What’s a Glucose and why is it in my blood?

Ok, maybe I didn’t actually say that.  But to me Glucose is something that is related to Gatorade, a distant cousin of Fructose and Sucrose and… well, you get the idea.  It is sugar.  It is all sugar.  And “sugar” is a special kind of carbohydrate.

Standard disclaimer…  I’m not a doctor –  You should verify everything I say and always consult with your doctor on medical decisions.

What I’m sharing with you here is info I’ve learned since being diagnosed with Diabetes and that info has gone into Tony’s head and been mixed around with all the other stuff up there and seasoned with a bit of my patented “Ton-NAY Drama” and is being blurted out here for the enjoyment and befuddlement of you, my loyal readers.

All two of you —  two, or is it thousand?  the whole number thing confuses me.  😉 Read the rest of this entry

I have Type 2 Diabetes…


Narrowing the subject…

typhoon-odessa-from-spacePerhaps it is just me or perhaps it is a trait common to all people who do a lot of writing but sometimes the ideas, images and words in my head are swirling around in such a huge mess that if viewed from outer space it would resemble a hemisphere spanning cyclone.

Now how’s THAT for an image?  😉

This is about the third or fourth time that I’ve started this particular post and every time I’m like Dug, the dog from “Up”:

“Squirrel!”

I kept bouncing around from topic to topic.  So I’m going to do the unthinkable…

I’m going to keep this post short and only talk about one topic.  OMG!  Aliens have stolen Tony and replaced him with a POD-person!

I have Type 2 Diabetes

I confess that it kinda freaked me out when Read the rest of this entry

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