Intermittent Fasting-14 months and 3 weeks later

I knew within a month of starting that I would not be going back to the way the things used to be. So here I am, almost 15 months done an dusted and I have no regrets. I am constantly learning about my body and how it reacts to food, stress, sleeping patterns and exercise. I am fascinated! So what have I learnt:

Food and exercise

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As a person living with diabetes I definitely have to control my carb consumption. No surprises there. The biggest no-no has been baked goods although I still treat myself from time to time. I only live once after all. What lockdown has taught me is that the 8 hour eating window is to be treated with respect at all times. My home is pretty small. I found myself stuck at my desk in back-to-back Teams meetings every day and the only time I moved away from it was to go to the bathroom or to get something to snack on. Most of those snacks were pretty unhealthy too. My son also used the time at home to teach himself to cook so he kept me supplied with tasty goodies. Naturally, I gained 4 of the 6kgs I had lost in the first 3 months of fasting and I found that the odd trip to the mall left me exhausted. My blood glucose readings were slowly creeping up again as well. I needed to make some changes. I started in October by ensuring that there was at least a 2 hr gap between anything that I ate within the 8 hr window, which helped stop the constant snacking. I began working out with a personal trainer 3 times a week at the beginning of November. By the end of November I could see that a lot of the inflammation that I was seeing in my ankles had disappeared and I just felt more energised! My blood glucose average also started dropping so I knew I was on the right track. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my weight. It has see-sawed within a 1kg range since November and I have no idea why. If you do know please share the reason in the comments. I have lost a few (much needed) centimetres around my tummy and waist thankfully but just a few. One thing I must add about exercise is that walking makes a difference. On the days after I get in 10 000 steps, I see a difference in my blood glucose levels. Walking is definitely something I need to do more of.

The power of sleep and the devastating effect of stress

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My exercise sessions are done at home via Zoom as my personal trainer is in Johannesburg and I live in Durban. I chose to schedule them during my lunch hour so that I least got the circulation going during the course of the day. My friend had joined me half way through November and in December, she needed earlier sessions as she was travelling and didn’t want to miss out. This is where the lesson kicked in for me. I am an owl. She is a lark and so is my personal trainer. Getting up to exercise at 6am was the worst kind of torture for me. The two of them were positively buzzing at that hour of the morning. Initially I was fine with it as it meant I got it out of the way early and I started the day feeling pretty good. I made the mistake of continuing with 6am sessions during my leave in January. Worst mistake ever! I was miserable! My blood sugar levels started rising in the morning and by the time I went back to work, I felt like I hadn’t had any leave at all. We immediately went back to 12pm sessions. To make matters worse, I hit the ground running at the end of my leave. I was exhausted by the end of my 2nd week being back at work. I am not a sickly person. Suddenly I was getting migraines every weekend. (I haven’t had a migraine for years) Then my face became swollen on one side. I had to change my eating patterns for that week so that I could take the medication in the morning and at night. Within about 3 days the head fuzz was back. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. As soon as I started fasting again, the head fuzz disappeared. What a relief! That was not the end though. About a week later, a shingles rash appeared. It has taken 4 weeks for all the scabs to fall off! Fortunately I did not feel the pain that everyone talks about and the itching was only unbearable (at 3am!) in the last week. Needless to say, these days I rest more and I am feeling way better. One of the mornings last week I had my lowest reading ever in the morning. It was below 6. I was so excited! I am making progress! Slowly but surely I will get off my meds. The lesson here though is to work within your natural biorhythms, and set boundaries for yourself. I was so busy trying accommodate everyone’s needs that I forgot to look after myself.

On the plus side, I did end the year lighter than I started it. My HBA1c levels dropped and were in a good place and, my optician was very impressed that my eye health was still very good despite the diabetes. All of this serves as excellent motivation to keep on working on my health.

Let me know how your journey is going. Any tips and tricks to help me on mine are welcome too.

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to wear your mask and sanitise your hands (often) when out in public. Stay safe.

The Power of Visualisation

While listening to a Les Brown talk about visualisation as a technique to manifest your dreams, I suddenly remembered the sequence of events that led to me having a new car today. It absolutely blew my mind at how quickly everything happened. Let me start at the beginning…

It started in early August. In just about every spiritual or mind power type group I belonged to on Facebook, the movie, ‘The Secret’ on Netflix was casually mentioned which planted a seed in my brain. Mid August Alex went away for the weekend. I decided to watch the movie. They spoke about visualising a car in order to manifest it. My Toyota Tazz was 17 years old. It was time for a new one but I was still reluctant to let of it. I started using the visualisation technique anyway trusting that when the time was right, I would let go and find a car I love that I could afford.

A week later, a friend came to visit and, without me mentioning that I had started visualising a new car, he started talking about me getting a new car because mine is too old. He went so far as to search for cars on the internet for me and had intended on taking me to test drive a few the next day but this didn’t work out as planned. I didn’t say anything to him but I noted the coincidence and filed it away.

The following weekend, my son and I were on our way home from a movie. While waiting for the traffic light to change, we heard brakes and then bang! Somebody had slammed into us from the back. Fortunately we were not hurt and the car was still drivable. I got home and knew in my heart that the time had come to part with my beloved Tazz. This accident was the Universe giving me a shove forward. Literally! I didn’t even bother getting angry about the accident. In my fear of the unknown, I held onto my car until the second to last day before the insurance cut off date for claims. I had searched for other options to keep the car because I knew that the insurance would write it off. They did write it off of course and I was so surprised to be paid out more than I had been offered in cash the year before by a few random buyers. Yes the Universe has been sending me signs for a while but I had been stubborn about letting the car go.

In the space of 3 weeks, I was guided to let go of my Tazz so that a new car could come into my world. Now I have called out the power of visualisation because I believe that when I did that exercise, I was indicating to the Universe that I was ready to embrace a new car (finally) so the Universe made it happen. Nothing will come to you unless you let it. By visualising and searching for cars on the internet, I was allowing it. Today I have a zippy Suzuki. I so enjoyed the test drive that I knew she was the one.

This year I have marveled at how the Universe has made things happen in my life. Once I had made a decision and acted on it, things have started happening. People come into my life, needed information flows to me and either the money needed arrives or I receive a discount to make it affordable to me. My faith is getting stronger every day. The Universe has my back people and it feels fantastic! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this 🙈. I am so grateful for all my blessings and especially my new car.

Of course, there are things that I have put out there but they haven’t manifested yet. That’s ok because I know that it will come when I need it or I will receive something even better. What have you manifested this year? Don’t think you have? I invite you to look back over this year and think of all the times you made a decision about something and the right people or things came into your life to make it happen. Let me know what you find.

My new baby

Month of Gratitude: Day 3

🌼I am grateful for my son. My munchkin (don’t tell him I called him that though😜). He is such an awesome kid. Sometimes I look at him and am awed by the fact that this amazing kid was birthed from my body. I am thrilled that his soul chose mine to share this journey that we are on. He teaches me something new everyday and most importantly he’s mere presence is a wonderful reminder of how amazing and beautiful unconditional love is.

He started this year as a boy and will end it as a young man. Thanks to the arrival of Covid19 and the lockdown that ensured, I was able to watch him make this transition. The experience completely blew my mind.

Thank you for my son🌼

Having a little bit of lockdown fun at home.
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