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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The last 4 weeks

Last night I started the last four weeks of the Beachbody Insanity program. It does get tougher. I have been having some knee pain but it is not due to the workout. It is an old sports injury that has come back with the intensity of this workout program. But I am not quitting. I will not be stupid either.

The most amazing thing is the results I am getting with my blood sugar numbers as well as the better blood circulation in my feet. My blood sugar numbers have been continuously between 80 and 120 for the last 3 weeks and with the nutrition plan my carbs are down so my insulin usage is down also.

Last but not least I have lost about 6 pounds. We will see how many more pounds I loose in the next 4 weeks. I am happy with what I am seeing in the diabetes fight and the weight lose fight.

Well time for bed until tomorrow. Good night


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ten things I hate about diabetes

Here is a list of the ten things I hate most about diabetes.

  1. The money I have to spend for insulin and test strips and needles.

  2. Haggling with the insurance company over the number of test strips and needles I use in a twenty four period.

  3. Having to always be mindful of what I am eating and counting the carbs. Never being able to enjoy a meal without thinking about how many carbs I just ate.

  4. Having to stick myself to test my blood sugar.

  5. Having to take shots 3 to 5 times a day.

  6. Having to spend the time every day babysitting diabetes to be sure I stay one step ahead.

  7. Having to deal with the complications. For me it is neuropothy in the feet.

  8. Having the threat of the other complications and doing what you need to do to keep them at bay.

  9. loosing sleep over high and low blood sugar numbers.

  10. Having to be mindful that I have everything with me like insulin, needles, test strips and energency carbs with me whenever I leave for work or an extended trip.

These are the ten things I hate about diabetes but it is these struggles these hardships that make us stronger. So I would not give any one of them up if in the long run it will make me a better person. Also it is these hardships that has drawn us all in this DBlog week togrther and I know we are all gladfor that.

Keep going
Tony DiPalma

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Diabetes Bloopers

Well at the moment I can only think of two that crack me up to this day. First is it was about two years ago and I had just got my new CGM. Being a gadget kind of guy I found it interesting that I could set alarms for high and low blood sugar warnings. Well one night I had the CGM night from hell. First of all before I went to bed it beeped at me saying a low was coming. I took my correction dose and went up to bed. Then about an hour and a half after lights out it was beeping and vibrating. I had rolled over the meter in bed and it was saying lost sensor, my body mass was blocking the signal. So I corrected that problem. Then about 2 hours later it was beeping again, this time I had kicked it out of the bed and it was under the bed beeping saying lost sensor again. So I corrected that problem and went back to sleep. Then about two hours later it went off again telling me I was having a low so I checked my blood sugar and sure enough it was right. so I went to the kitchen to feed the low. I know by now you might be thinking this does not sound very funny but here it comes. At the time I was beginning to get attached to this thing so I wanted to give it a name and up until that night I had not come up with one. Well as I was lying in bed trying to go back to sleep before my wake up alarm went off the only thing I could think of was "NAG". Good name for it don't you think.

The second blooper was about two months ago. My family and I went to Colonial Williamsberg for a few days. One morning I had gotten up and went to have a great low carb high protein breakfast. It was a great meal to have before you go out to spend the day walking and site seeing. Well (I say that a lot don't I) long about lunch time we came to a nice outdoor cafe' and sat down to eat. I got out my meter to check my blood sugar and got the surprise of my life. I put the test strip in and fed it the blood it wanted and waited for what I thought was going to be a great number but to my surprise it said 511. My eyes got big in amazement as my family sat there in total shock thinking if Tony passed out at over 600 how much time do we have to get him to the hospital? As I sat there thinking this could not be and in closer inspection of the meter I realized I was looking at the meter upside down and the true reading was 115.

Life goes on doesn't it. I can't wait for the rest of it.

Keep going,
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dear Diabetes

Dear Diabetes,

Welcome, I think. Since you have come into my life you have forced me to make many changes. Some of these changes I am glad you have brought to my attention. Changes like eating a healthier diet and getting more exercise. Other changes like getting out and meeting other people you have visited. This one I will be forever greatful for.

On the other hand you have brought those changes that I will forever rezent you for. Most of all is the hard earned money I now have to put out for all those test strips and pills and insulins and alcohal pads. The other thing you have brought into my life is the constant nagging of having to think about counting everything I put into my mouth. You know I was never very good at math, is this your idea of a joke. And last but not least is the time I have to take out of my life to properly keep my eye on you. I feel like a baby sitter.

But with all that said, we are here together and until someone comes up with an idea of how to make you disapear I WILL make the best of it. Oh that reminds me of one other change you have brought into my life, my will to keep going. You have helped me to see that I am strong and that I can move on with life, a healthier more productive life and yes maybe even a life where I can help others living with you.

So in conclusion I wanted to say thank you for bringing adversity into my life and and teaching how to deal with it. Here is a story I think best says how I feel about a life with you.

An old indian man asked a young indian man how many steps do you think it would take you to walk to that hill over there? The young man said I don't know. The old man asked which step is the most important the first or the last? The young man said well, if I never take the first step I will not get anywhere. The old man asked what about the next step? Son, he said. I think it is important that just keep taking the next step. Wheather it is a small step or a big step does not matter, it matters that we just take the next step and keep going.

I will keep going.
Tony DiPalma
T1 since May of 2008

Admiring our differences

We are always learning. Our journey through this life takes us down many roads where we cross paths with many people from all walks of life and many different cultures. That to me is what makes life so interesting.

Example, the DOC. In the DOC we read blogs from people from all over the world. Each one is an amazing individual in my mind. Each one of us lives our lives the best way we know how and does it while dealing with diabetes. To me it does not matter what flavor of diabetes you have or that you even have diabetes but live and love those that do.

I admire those that wake up every morning and take adversity head-on. Everyone of us touched by diabetes has a story to tell and it is in telling those stories that we all can learn from each other.

It is my hope that we can all continue blogging and sharing our stories with each other and the world.

So to answer today's question, I admire everyone of you out there in the DOC that shares your stories and your lives with the rest of us. It is through these stories the we all find the energy to keep going.

Tony DiPalma

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 7 and 8

Tonight is the end of day 8 of the insanity program. Sorry I did not get a post out but I was so worn out from the day and the workout that I fell asleep while typing my post that inadvertently got erased.

The funny thing about that was that before I started my post I set my alarm to wake myself up. So when the alarm went off in the morning I heard the alarm going off from somewhere in my bed. I had to laugh at myself for that one.

Well Monday nights workout was hard, I think, because I took the words "day off" a bit to seriously. I did not do any exercises at all, just did a few things around the house and ran some errands around town.

I think this upcoming Sunday I will do a light workout and lots of stretching. The workout itself was tough but I think I got too stiff. The other thing that bothered me was my right knee. The pain really kept me from doing a few of the exercises. That was a little frustrating because I don't want to have to stop doing insanity.

Today at work I was talking to a co-worker who had some knee problems when she did her workouts suggested I get a knee brace. So after work I went to CVS and got one.

The knee brace did the trick. Tonights work out went much better. I was able to do some of the exercises with no pain that I was not able to do the night before. The workout tonight was pure cardio. Not as tough as last night but maybe last night was tough because of the knee pain.

Well with the workout done and the blood sugar at a good number for bedtime I think I will turn in and dream of getting super fit and ripped and eating great healthy meals that don't ply games with the blood sugar numbers.

As a last quick note, since being on the insanity program and sticking to the nutrition plan my blood sugar numbers have been great. As an example, I have had to start being concerned of going low where as two weeks ago I was fighting to keep them from going too high. So keeping the calories down to 500 per meal and five meals a day has done wonders for my numbers. The weight is dropping off too.

Well time for bed good night and I will see you here tomorrow night.

Kihelakayo (keep going in Lakota)

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

End of first week

Hello everyone today is Sunday. Sorry I did not get a post out Friday night or Saturday night, to many things going on.

Well week one of insanity is done. As far as my weight is concerned I have lost 4 pounds. The lower blood sugar has been the biggest surprise. Since starting insanity I have been trying my best to stick to the nutrition plan and the calorie counting. The other challenge is to properly fuel myself for the workouts and not go too high with the blood sugar and loose weight.

Before I started this program every time I exercised, went bicycle riding (my passion) or played soccer my blood sugar would go up to un acceptable levels. And now after a week of intense workouts and a good diet I'm happy to say the now I have to worry about having lows again.

Fridays workout was another tough workout but again I wanted to work on form first. Once I get more weight off I'm sure I will be able to complete more of the exercises.

Saturdays workout went better. I had more room to move around and felt stronger and did not feel that I had to concentrate so much on the form. It felt great! As far as the blood sugar goes before the Saturday workout I was 125 and after I was 59. There is that drop I was looking for.

Well being that it is Sunday it is a day off with insanity but I think I will do a ab workout today. I hope everyone has a good day and tomorrow we will get back to the "insanity".

Good day
PS I am feeling more drive and desire than I have in a long time. This is another of those aspects of doing this program that I wanted to get back into my life.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 4

Good evening everyone. Well it is time to bring a close to day 4 of the insanity home workout program. Tonights workout was cardio recovery. Not as tough as the last few nights but it still showed me I have lots of work to do. Tonight was lots of stretching and loosening up of the muscles used the last few nights. As the title says cardio recovery.

It was nice not to have that "insane" pace and movement. There was still lots of work on the core, of which in need.

After the workout and after dinner I had a chance to do about 45 minutes of Qigong. This helped to calm my mind and body. Last year when I was training for a long bicycle ride I would do my 100 or so mile ride and at night before bed I would do 45 minutes of Qigong and the next morning I would not have any leg pain of stiffness. Well we will see if tonight's Qigong will do that same number on insanity.

About the blood sugar. Well before the workout I was 134 and after the workout I was 80. Now it is bed time and the meter says 94. I'll sleep on that.

Tomorrow the journey continues. See you then

Good night all

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Location:Herndon Va

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 3

Well there goes day 3 of the insanity program. Tonight I had slight pain in the knee and a little stiffness going into the workout and the blood sugar was 153. The workout was tough but as last night I wanted to work on form to build a good foundation for the rest of my life. Tonight I managed to get through most of the exercises without stopping to rest but there were a few that kicked my butt. After the workout my blood sugar was 99. I would say that was a good drop in the numbers

I'm really glad I started this insanity program because I feel it will help me with so many aspects of my life. Tonight I found myself feeling that same grind it out mentality that I had in high school wrestling practices about 30 years ago. This will be a life changer.

Diabetes, look out you have met your match. I am not quitting, I will grind it out, I will keep going.

Until tomorrow
Good night all

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Location:Herndon Va

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Second step

Good evening everyone. Tonight was day 2 of the insanity workout. At the start of the workout my blood sugar was 112. I was feeling good except for a slight pain in my right knee. The warm up really got my heart rate up and my muscles warmed up and ready for the workout.

As last night I wanted to work on form first and then speed. I want to tell you keeping up the form was tough. There were several exercises I was not able to keep up with the crew on the DVD but that is why I am doing this. I want to be able to keep up with life and not fall behind. I know if I can nail the form every time I will start this with a good foundation.

Now I know I do this. This will not be just a 60 day thing for me this will be a life time journey. Because diabetes won't quit I can't either. I will not quit. That is another thing that this insanity program will instill in me is that grind it out attitude, that go just one step more, that keep going behavior in all aspects of my life.

After the workout my blood sugar was 153. About 30 minutes later after a shower my blood sugar was 163. For tonights dinner I had my meal from meal plan 5 and now just before bed the blood sugar is 105. Tonight I took my usual 45 units of Levemir insulin. Tomorrow I will watch the numbers and see how well all this exercise will affect my numbers. I have a feeling I will need to dial back my Levemir dose as the program progresses.

Well it is late and time to rest and recharge these muscles. Tomorrow is another day in the journey of life. I look forward to filling you in tomorrow.

Good night

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First step

Tonight was the first step. Tonight I did the fit test for the insanity program. The insanity program is put out by It is a 60 day high intensity workout you do at home, no equipment needed. Just you and your own desire to get fit. This will be a challenge for me because it comes with a nutrition plan that is geared for fueling your body for the intense workouts. That means carbs too. Fortunately there is a low carb plan that I think I will try.

For the last week I have been using the low carb plan and eating the calories my body needs and not what I want. The plan calls for 5 meals a day. There are several meals in each meal plan and there are 5 meal plans. I am to pick one meal from each plan totaling 5 400 calorie meals a day.

Now since I got the program in the mail last Monday I have also done a few of the workouts to see how things go. Well with just 2 workouts this week and the low carb nutrition plan I have lost 3 pounds.

The next shocker has been how the nutrition plan has affected my blood sugar numbers. Since I have cut out a lot of the carbs I use to eat and started eating healthier foods my BG has stayed steady around 110 to 120 and sometimes lower than that in the mornings.

Well tomorrow the tough workouts start. Tomorrow it is all cardio for 45 minutes. I will also add 45 minutes of Qigong (Chinese moving meditation) to calm down the body and mind before bed.

The next 60 days will be a real adventure in that journey called life. Check in with me tomorrow as I share with you my steps toward a fitter more fulfilling life mentally and physically.

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Location:Herndon Va.