It’s been just shy of 4 weeks since N got the news and we made some huge adjustments to our diet and exercise.

I’m happy to say it’s going pretty well. His numbers (sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure) have halved. He’s down about 15lbs and exercising much more frequently.

I’m doing well with our new diet. Really pushing myself at Rise. Tuesday is strength and running, Wednesday is HIIT, Thursday is running (all hills all the time) Saturday I’m running in my neighborhood. And Sunday is running and yoga.

It’s a great mix. I’m feeling stronger and more relaxed. I’m down about 10lbs as well.

Speaking of which one of the instructors told me I am stronger than I think and I need to lift heavier. That starts Tuesday!

N has a follow up with his doctor this week, he’s really hoping to give up the insulin. I have a physical in late July and I’m hoping to hear great news. Just have to keep at it!


Two weeks ago we got some (expected) but still shitty news. N went to the doctor for blood work and a physical for the first time in ages. At least 10 years.

(He rarely ever goes to the doctor unless it’s a complete emergency so it is always very focused on a severe issue.)

Overweight ? ✅

High cholesterol? ✅

High blood pressure? ✅

Diabetes? ✅

When I say high blood pressure, I mean the doctor literally told N he was surprised he wasn’t in the hospital with a stroke, most people are when it’s that high.

When I say diabetes, I mean N’s sugar was more than twice what is considered a high but healthy level.

I guess if we’re going to do something we’re going to go all out? I don’t know.

There wasn’t much explanation. It was here’s a ton of drugs. Talk to a dietician. Talk to a pharmacist. See you in a couple weeks if you don’t end up in the hospital before then.

To put it lightly, he was pissed. I think part of it was frustration with himself for getting to those levels but also frustration about lack of discussion or advice. No “don’t take salt substitute with this medication because it’ll make you dizzy” no “keep your carbs at 60 per meal” and certainly no “this is how you inject insulin after using this glucose monitor like so…”

It’s a lot of information to digest about where he’s at, and a lot to learn about how we need to change.