This post is largely a pictorial of this past Christmas weekend spent at Wrightsville Beach, NC … just outside of Wilmington. Pictures of sunrises, blood sugars and beach… and thanks to my father for the trip! :)
I will give two short story summaries. Conversations I had with a few people that I tried to help.
I have written several posts of my experiences there… many fond memories and many diabetes lessons as well. :) If you are looking for a vacation spot … DO NOT GO TO WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH!! … lol, I like it just the way it is.
I am going to lead off with a barefoot picture … because that is how I roll and role model. :) The picture was just before sunrise Sunday 12/28.
Note: I do NOT suggest you go barefoot until you obtain and maintain truly normal blood sugars.
Speaking of normal blood sugars… :) This was my overnight fasting blood sugar Sunday morning.
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Now for the scenic beauty that is Wrightsville Beach!!! I walked and played all along the way.
By any measure I am … THRIVING! I am drug and insulin free. I am normal weight. I have normal blood sugar. I am rarely sick and even when I do get sick I do not take a drug.
I try to squeeze every last drop out of life… and I share my zest for living with others. I’ll share two such conversations.
Obese Front Desk Attendant
Me: I won’t bore you with my life story… but I was obese, drug, and insulin dependent. I lost 78 lbs and have been drug and insulin free since 2009.
Attendant: How did you do it?
Me: Through diet and exercise, I only eat meats, veggies, nuts and berries.
(he cut me off and blurted out)
Attendant: that’s what I believe.. all things in moderation
Me: No, that’s not what I said, I said I ONLY eat those things. NO breads, cakes, cookies, pasta or cereal … none.
Attendant: I can’t do that.
I had been playing on the beach all morning and early afternoon. I stopped at Costco to buy coconut oil. I saw their rotisserie chicken and decided to have a late lunch. :) I took my chicken to the sandwich shop dining area and began to chow … DOWN!
I was in shorts, T-shirt and sandals… wind swept hair (what’s left) in December!! :)
A couple sat down beside me a couple seats away and I noticed they had chicken salads.
They were overweight but not obese. I overheard them talking… just a first impression, the husband was a … smart arse.
The husband said loudly to his wife: Look he’s eating chicken. (That’s all I was eating)
Me: Yeah, I am following a ‘low carb paleo’ style meal plan and lifestyle.
Husband: Just make sure you are getting what you need.
Me: I looked at his wife and said… “I’ve been eating this way for almost six years, I was once obese and I was a drug and insulin dependent diabetic. I’ve been drug and insulin free since March of 2009 and I am in the best health of my adult life. I think I am getting more than what I need.”
Husband: Some friends of ours tried it and couldn’t stick to it.
Me: I decided that I liked living … more than I wanted to eat cake.
Husband: Well we’ve lost 40 lbs together and have reduced medications.
Me: Excellent start, I lost 78 lbs and weaned off all drugs and insulin.
Me: Good luck to you, I gotta go.
The lessons from the conversations.
1 – Do not ‘hear what you want to hear’. Listen to what I say (or write).
YOU can do this. I did it… so I know you can too.
2 – Question everything and do not think you know everything. While obese but pre-diabetes diagnosis, I ‘knew’ that low carb was not healthy… I was wrong. Who knows, perhaps I could have saved myself from a diabetes diagnosis if I had tried low carb years earlier.
Peace, love and Normal BG! :)