Medicine Show: Watching Weight Wane

  • Monday / March 26, 2012

Medicine Show: Watching Weight Wane

Medicine Show: Watching Weight WaneToday is the first day of the rest of my … oh fuck that noise!

With the smell of hamburgers wafting into my bedroom window from Frank’s Deli’s grill exhaust, I contemplate the task at hand. Sadly it’s not a cheeseburger deluxe. Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, again! It was something I had about six to seven years ago. At that point I was tipping the scales in the 270 lb neighborhood. But through chemi-chemi-chemicals, diet and exercise I was able to control it and normalize my blood glucose levels. Once the weight came off I had no problem controlling things minus the chemicals.

So here I am again. Hitting the 265 lb mark and, yes, type II diabetes. I have a feeling it was a culmination of many events and many bad habits. I would venture to say that the increase of carbs in my diet, bread, pasta, Frank’s French fries, & TJ’s pizzas, set me up for a visit from the outrageously high glucose monster.

In late February I started feeling increasingly tired, for no apparent reason. By the first week in March I was drinking more and more water, to the point I was drinking almost 2 gallons in a day and my mouth was still dry. My eyesight changed suddenly in one day. There were also other symptoms. I knew what it was. I had read enough with my previous bout to know the diagnosis before seeing a doctor. Type II diabetes! Woo hoo!

Not having insurance, I found the Visiting Nurses Association of Central Jersey and made an appointment. Long story short … on my first visit my blood glucose was 425 mg/dl … which is mega-bad … not in a good way. So the nurse I saw prescribed two medications, plus I had blood drawn. She also suggested I see a dietitian in the clinic, soon. So I did.

On the day I met dietician Janet Blum, she cut right to the chase. You need to lose weight and we need to get it off fast. The faster you lose the weight the sooner we can wean you off the drugs. She recommended Take Shape For Life. We talked about it and told her I’d have to sleep on the suggestion before I drank the Kool Aid.

And here I sit today, after having gone for a walk on the Asbury boardwalk, waiting for my first Medifast food order. It consists of bars, shakes, soups, oatmeal, and other pre-packaged meals. I will have to eat 1 meal every three hours and a “Lean & Green” meal that I will cook myself. This combination is supposed to put my body into “fat burning mode” after the third day. I’m told I may lose 5 lbs in the first week, and after that 20 lbs or more in the first month. So, we shall see what we shall see. I start anything new with a modicum of skepticism. It’s how I roll. ;)

In the 2 weeks I started changing the amount of food I’m eating, as well as trying to keep each meal under 60 gm of carbs, I’ve already lost 5 lbs.

I am excited to see how much I can lose on Take Shape For Life, plus trying to rewire my brain to start adding walking and other exercise into my day to day routine. I’d say wish me luck … but I don’t believe in luck. So wish me better (read optimal) health instead. :)

Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it

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As we know, diets don’t work, because they are only temporary. Although using the Medifast meal replacements are temporary, the habits of health that you will practice/learn throughout your “journey” will help you toward keeping the weight off (this time!) Eating small, low fat, low glycemic meals every 3 hours will help your body to be able to handle food and metabolize more efficiently. I never promised weaning off meds but we all know that with weight loss, often medications must be adjusted. I do know that if you follow this plan your health will improve. When health improves….all sorts of things follow. I am glad to be leading you on this journey and love the blog.

Joe Streno

I know there were no promises about meds. Maybe just wishful thinking on my part from past history.


Sorry to hear about this, Pizza is the work of the devil. Why do all the
foods that taste soooo good, always do the most harm?
My dads diabetic and it’s an up hill struggle to get him to follow any dietry
plans, no! Journey towards optional health….ah, only an American could
put it in such a way ;)
Be firm, stay on track, and i wish you well. However, if your dietitian tries
to force tofu upon you, marinated or not, then you are well within your
rights to declare war. xx

Joe Streno

Pizza is the work of the devil! And i think he owns my local pizza joint! As long as he’s not making tofu pizza … it’s all good.

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