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  1. I was diagnosed T2 on 21st November via a routine blood test that showed an HBA1c of 50. I had previously had results of 43 and 44 and the Dr had warned that I would be diabetic if my weight kept going up. I had a back injury during the summer and moved very little so the Dr wasn’t surprised that my HBA1c had gone to 50 so quickly but I was quite shocked. I was prescribed Metformin to be taken twice a day and my cholesterol medication dose was doubled as there is a history of heart disease in my family.
    My weight is now down from 100 kg to 95.5kg and that includes a lot of socialising in December and the Christmas and new year festivities. I’m quite proud of that progress.
    It is my goal to get my diabetes into remission and stop the Metformin and consequently reduce the level of statins that I am taking.

    I have been trying to eat as low calorie as I can, having read the Newcastle Diet and Dr Michael Moseley’s book. What I have found difficult is being prepared for my low cal meal or snack when something happens to disrupt my day. Cooking, preparing a snack is all well and good until you find you are out and about at times when you need to eat etc. Staying out of the supermarket is also a way to remove temptation.

    So, I have purchased a months supply of the Exante meal replacements. It’s a months worth of assorted bars and sachets which make porridge, soups, pancakes and shakes. A lot of the flavours look very sweet and I’m not sure I will be able to manage the shake tasting of apple crumble. Last night I had one of the bars and I found it tasty and filling. It’s certainly going to make it easier to stay low calorie for lunch if I can have a coffee and a bar when I am out without having to debate and explain myself to others about what I want to eat and what I am trying to achieve.

    Today is Saturday 11th Jan 2020. I am going to have a vanilla shake for breakfast and a strawberry bar for lunch. (All sounds sweet,). I don’t yet know what will happen this evening as it’s Saturday night and I may go out to dinner.

    Ive had a busy morning and so was really needing lunch. Had the strawberry shake at 2pm. It tastes fine as did the vanilla one at breakfast - nowhere near as sweet as I expected. Item number 3 coming out of the box now (5pm) - it’s a meal bar of chocolate caramel. I don’t know what my BG is because I am waiting for test strips. Have used up the 10 free ones that came with the monitor.
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