Two years ago, when the ‘before’ picture was taken I was 64 years old, 171cm tall and weighed about 98kg, the most I’d been since 2010 when I got down to 74kg with help from Michelle’s team. I continued coming to the gym, but my weight stayed close to 100kg with intermittent half-hearted attempts to lose weight until August 2018. When my mother passed away at 95, I decided to get a full medical check-up, which confirmed that I have Type 2 Diabetes as well as an enlarged liver (not from alcohol, probably from blood sugar). Because my fasting blood sugar was 10.6, the Dr put me on 1000mg of Metformin, a drug that brings blood sugar down. That was September 20, 2018.
Not happy at the prospect of taking “the big three” meds (blood pressure, cholesterol and Diabetes) for the rest of my life, I determined to make some changes. Straight away, I pretty much cut out bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and sweet things, as well as alcohol. In November, Ray and I began following Dr Michael Moseley’s 8-week Blood Sugar Diet. This is based on research that indicates fast weight loss, especially in newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes, gives a good chance of reversing the disease. It’s very low calorie, hig nutrient, low-carb, high protein, Mediterranean-style eating. Three meals a day and minimal snacks.
It worked for us. By mid-December, I had lost 14kg, my blood pressure and cholesterol were in a healthy range and my HbA1c was 6.0 (fasting blood sugar mostly in the 5s). The Metformin dose was halved. Other benefits are huge improvements in muscle pain and weakness, knee pain, foot pain, flexibility, energy and sleep, not to mention a very “disturbed” digestive system. Even my eyes feel better because there is less fat in my eyelids – and I don’t care about the wrinkles!
I am very grateful to Michelle, her staff and clients at Targeted Fitness who have continued to give me encouragement and praise along the way. If anything that I have learned can help others, I’m very happy to share.
Now I am consuming slightly more calories (about 1100 a day), still the same Mediterranean-style diet. Planning ahead and only buying what I need for the meals is key for us. Over Christmas and summer holidays, I’ve lost another 5kg. Ray has lost 13kg since October and we figure that, with 32kg less load in the car, we must be saving on fuel too!