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  1. I take Thyroxine and read here recently that taking it with food or fatty drinks is not a good idea.
    I also take alpha lipoic acid, and have been taking that late and the Thyroxine early as they are thought to be antagonistic - yesterday I took them the other way round, and have dropped over a pound in weight overnight. That is a more normal reaction for me on 60 gm of carbs a day, so I am going to continue to take the Thyroxine late. Before diabetes I could lose 2Kg a week on 80 gm of carbs a day, if I was exercising.
    I do now feel that I am sitting on my bones - something I will have to get used to I think, or start to make cushions for all the hard chairs I use. I am knitting in pink for the latest grandchild, as she is the fourth child and the first girl but I think I will have to stop hand knitting and do it on the machine. Time just flies by these days.
  2. This morning I stood on the scales and saw 223lb - which is very gratifying.
    Losing weight has never been very easy but it increased at a great rate with no effort at all, except when eating low carb.
    I had thought that the 'cholesterol lowering' diet had spoilt that, but it seems to be coming back very gradually now.
    I suppose it is an indication of how damaging a high carb diet is, it breaks the metabolism and mending it takes time.
    It isn't a year since diagnosis yet, so a bit of patience might be required, but I'll soon be needing new clothes - even without losing weight I am losing volume so another review of garments is needed.
  3. I'm just back from Poole Quay - there were fireworks after the maypole and morris dancing finished.
    I managed to get my husband to drive the car back home as I could then catch a bus home - I had to pull my little trolley with my drum on all the way down the high street, but luckily there was a bus waiting and so everything has gone well. Now I need a shower and to go to bed - I might even have lost a bit of weight today.
  4. We have had a very busy time recently. I went to the local arts university to service the knitting machines for them, then in the next week went to two days of the Sidmouth folk festival, one near the start and the last day, stayed for the procession and fireworks, then back for one last sing then drove home, next day I went to do a maypole workshop in Poole park, but in between we drove to Bristol and looked after our grand children as the fourth one was born.
    Monday was band practice, and it is now Wednesday and I should have done a small repair for someone and two complete dismantlings for the university - the students are very hard on the machines and so inventive in what they manage to break. I am, however, coughing and spluttering and feeling very indolent.
    Tomorrow I have to drive to take my daughter and her melodeon to a repairer, and then there is a morris meeting on Poole Quay in the evening, and I need to deliver the maypole to where it is needed, then take the car off to park it and then get back in time for the dancing.
    Its all go these days.
  5. Now my waist measurement is 39, and I weigh just 16 stone. It is exactly 40 lb down from my highest weight, but that is only 1/3rd the way to my goal. I will probably be as deflated as last weeks party balloon, but the reduction in pressure on my joints will be worth it I'm sure.
  6. Baking hot evening and I have been sitting in front of a fan and drank two pints of the ginger beer I made.
    I got some proper brewer's yeast from some cloudy beer in a keg, and so decided that it would be good to start to make the real ginger beer again.
    There is thunder around, so it is very close, and I put one of the bottles of beer into the fridge earlier in the day - I chose the one which felt hardest, as that indicates the amount of fizz which has developed.
    I would normally leave it a couple more days - but the weather is stifling.
    I had a normal dinner with a dessert, and my usual reading is about 7 mmol/l - I don't test much these days as the results are so consistent and so good.
    As it is something new I tested my blood glucose and it is 8.6 - there is obviously some sugar left unconverted into alcohol and carbon dioxide, and it did not need much Stevia to sweeten it.
    It was fizzy enough, certainly, so if I stick to the same amounts and increase the length of time it is left in the bottles after dilution I should be able to have a pint of it in an evening - maybe count it as dessert
  7. This morning I was looking for something to wear - going through the clothes newly washed and throwing out things which were too large.
    I had a tape measure in the basket and put it around my waist - 40 inches.
    That is a large reduction - I had an equator this time last year,
    I am almost glad to have diabetes. It has shaken me up and I am going out, looking after myself and feeling better for it.
  8. This morning I was 226lb, so it seems that I am moving back to a more normal metabolism. I know that I could have ben more severe and gone lower carb, done more exercise, but I know that I can keep up the present levels without stress or strain, so I was patient and it seems that is working.
  9. This morning I was just 228 lb - just as in only just - but it is progress, and I believe it indicates that my insulin levels are falling, allowing my liver to release glucose when needed.
    I have not had a really bad mid afternoon slump for a few days, and I am getting more things done, as in finished, rather than just started and then abandoned.
  10. I woke up this morning and realised that the pain in my lower left leg was gone, and when I climbed out of bed my joints and muscles felt free moving for the first time this year.
    As I am due to take part in a procession next weekend I am so glad, and just hope that it is a permanent alteration.
    Now I have to try to catch up with the housework.
  11. This morning I stood on the scales and yes indeed, I have lost the few pounds I regained and I am now below 230lb for the first time in years.
    I hope that my insulin is beginning to reduce after six months of low carbing, and adding in a bit more fat has done the trick.
    Frozen avocadoes and cream for fresh strawberries seem to be the changes in my diet. The avocadoes, partly defrosted and mashed up are quite like icecream for one totally deprived of commercial stuff - I might try adding an egg and cream custard and then refreezing to see how that works.
    I do feel so well - able to walk further and do more - I am even going out into the garden to jump on the trampoline.
  12. I have been struggling to keep the 18lb weightloss I had when first diagnosed, but gave in to the huge grapes and strawberries in the supermarket, and my weight began to creep up.
    Then I bought some extra thick cream to go with them in the hope of minimising the weight gain.
    I ate some each day along with the fat - and my weight has started to drop. On average. 0.2 or 0.3 lb per day.
    I compensated for the extra carbs from the fruit and weighed carefully - so in theory I should be just hanging on but next week I might see a 'real' loss rather than one I used to have - ever the optimist.
    I can control blood glucose with tweaks to the carbs, but weightloss requires fats.
    I do eat fats, from the meat, from mayonnaise, and salad dressing, but is seems that the extra fat pushes me into weightloss.
  13. I tried fasting - not for very long, but still longer than normal between meals, but that put up my BG so I thought that I would try getting up earlier and eating so that there is more time between meals.
    That seems to have lowered my general levels and I was down at 5.4 today before eating my evening meal.
    I am eating a bit earlier in the evenings too, and hopefully that will help me get to sleep better - as I have been suffering from insomnia all this year - it seems to be working, it is not yet midnight and I am feeling rather tired.
  14. I think that the lower BG levels mean that my insulin is working better, but also that I need to cut down carbs as I am gaining weight.
    Only a little, but even so not something I want to do.
    I tried to walk a little more today - but my left leg ached so much. I had to sit down several times, but I managed to cover the distance, but no more - I caught a bus up the slope back home. I suppose being 66 today I am expecting a lot - but I will go on trying.
  15. Obviously things are changing.
    I am still eating the same sort of meals, but there is chocolate and strawberries added to the mix now - however, the reading after dinner yesterday was 5.9mmol/l.
    It is so good to be seeing that sort of number.
    My only worry really is the pain in my leg.
    It is just my left leg, on the outside curve, just below my knee. It isn't a cramp, just an ache, not all the time, but it arrived when I was taking the tablets and has not gone away - though all the other aches and pains seem to have diminished, and the dreadful itching all over, so there is improvement.
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