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92# lost in three months......

Sunday, May 25, 2014

I had my regular visit with my endocrinologist February 21st. Well you know that I had another visit this past Friday, May 23rd. To get the surgery, my A1C has to be under 7.0 , if memory serves me correctly, my A1C in February was 8.6. I lowered my number down to 7.6 this past Friday. That was great news but there is some even better news around the corner.

My appointment was actually with a NP that I had never seen before, but he was in a tizzy. He noticed my weight on the chart that the MA, (medical assistant) had written down and he cornered his and asked if he weighed me or if he just wrote down the weight the “patient told him”. Well, I was actually ON the scale so he wrote THAT WEIGHT down. The NP didn’t believe it. Drum roll please…………………
In the past three months, I’ve been able to lose a whopping 9.2 pounds, no, I’m joking, remove the decimal point, 92 pounds. From 442 down to 350. I’m jumping for joy and knew a lot of my success was from your visit.
And this was all done without ANY of my insulin. 7.6 A1C without insulin and only pills and diet changes. The insulin story is basically because my insurance priced it out of reach. I had the nearly $500 per month for my part of the cost, just didn’t see me spending that kind of money to buy it, so thanks to the insurance company for forcing my hand after being a diabetes patient for 16 years.

We went and did a little clothes shopping this Saturday and bought two pairs of slacks. Last pants purchased in July ’13 for Sherri’s dad’s funeral was waist size 60. I had a couple pair of 56’s that I’ve been wearing but the new pants are size 52 and I don’t even HAVE to unbutton them to take them off.

To answer any questions of How did I do it, I report that I subscribed to to diet books:

The Virgin Diet
and the most recent book from Dr. Travis Stork, from the TV show the Doctors.

Good luck with YOUR journey

Not so big anymore Tony

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    Totally loved the blog!! I am sooooooooooo happy for you! This made my day! I always hope for some good news in the many blogs I read and you supplied it today emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . You are doing amazing!!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 5/25/2014 1:27PM

    emoticon How exciting! Congratulations. It is nice to learn that you are fit, as the proverbial fiddle.

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NANCY- 5/25/2014 8:18AM

    emoticon emoticon
I'm not really found of insurance companies telling us what we can or cannot do, but I have already digressed.
Sometimes adversity can be a blessing in disguise. You have done that and turned it into something amazing. It is all in your control.

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    ​OMG! That is soooo fantastic!!

I am so happy for you! You sound like you are also feeling great - which is just as important if not more so.

love you,


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EEKAMIGHTY 5/25/2014 7:56AM

  Tony, You've been on a mission! You are quite inspiring! I'm so happy for you. I look forward to more posts by you and eventually knowing you don't even have to take diabetic pills anymore!! You are doing great. God bless your continued success!

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My Secret...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Well hello SPark friends,
It's been a while since I've blogged.
I've had some wild success in my weight loss journey since January '14 and thought I'd tell you about it.

First, NEVER give up!
Second, each day is a new day, if you get off track or even derailed one day, jump back on that choo-choo train of success. You are the engineer, the fireman AND the ticket collector. You make the call.

The final nail that drove me over the cliff was the idea that my insulin that I've been taking and controlling my blood sugar with for maybe 6 months was going UP in price. Instead of $100-$125 per month, I hit the donut hole in February and it was going to cost ME almost $500 per month for one bottle and would have to pay that for two months. Now, I was blessed that we did have the money to purchase the insulin, but did not feel the urge to SPend the money. I've been diabetic for 16 years and have only danced around the issue of really getting in control of my numbers.

SO, I took the bull by the horns and really started crackin' the whip and getting with the program.

I LOVE but the app on my iPad mini is not the easiest to work with. I found another app, dare I say,"Diabetes In-check" and started tracking with it. Bought a couple books, e-books, actually. Had seen an infomercial for the Virgin Diet. Now, you know the name was half the draw, LOL. I liked what it offered and basically the first two weeks, no dairy, no pasta/potatoes/flour, no sugar/ regular or artificial sweetener either.

Sounds ROUGH don't it. Well, it wasn't half bad, the first couple/few days were the worst and that was just to break old habits!

Additionally, after some weight loss before this plan, I did get approval from my doctor for an appetite suppressant and it was the final straw to really get things rolling!

I called my diet, really it's NOT a diet, it's a change of food plan for EVER, it's called MY SEE FOOD DIET! Not a typo, not sea food, see food. If I see food, I DON'T EAT IT.
I'll swear my air around here is fattening. LOL

So, meat, and none of it is processed, no bologna, or stuff like that and lot's of veggies and fruit. The fruit was the key, as it is natural sugar instead of added sugars.

My calorie intake for the first week or so was between 300-600 per day and I think I was actually below the 300 mark some too. Still, not bad but found that after a while, my weight loss slowed down as did my metabolism. I HAD to start eating more food and did not want carbs, but I NEEDED good carbs. So again, change is good.

My food plan now consists of 1800 calories per day, heck I used to eat that in a meal! I usually have left over calories each day too, seldom go over it too!

My exercise is mainly walking around the farm and doing my chores. I always used to try to get a mile a day in, as that was basically the minimum and now that walking on my pedometer has grown to 2 miles up to 4.75 miles per day.

I have more energy, stamina and afternoon naps are a thing of the past.

Remember, the key is to NOT GIVE UP

I make some mistakes almost any day. Learn from it and correct the mistake next time!

Hope this explains my SECRET, guess it isn't a secret any more. LOL

Have a GREAT Day!
Keep the FAITH and the SPark!


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I think of you often - was so glad to hear from you today.

This is the bestest news yet!

love you,

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    Sounds great! I am on a similar diet.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 4/24/2014 9:39PM

    emoticon my friend! What an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/24/2014 6:32PM

    Not being noisy but I guess you are not 65 yet? I get my insulin for free! Never give up Tony! You are so loved!
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JINLYNN 4/24/2014 4:31PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you Tony!! What you did and shared is a great reminder and encouragement to me! Thanks!

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Is that one word or two?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


An elderly couple, who were both widowed, had been going out with each other for a long time.

Urged on by their friends, they decided it was finally time to get married.

Before the wedding, they went out to dinner and had a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work.

They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on.

Finally, the old gentleman decided it was time to broach the subject of their physical relationship.

"How do you feel about sex?" he asked, rather tentatively.

"I would like it infrequently," she replied.

The old gentleman sat quietly for a moment, adjusted his glasses, leaned over towards her and whispered -

"Is that one word or two?"

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THREEE 5/19/2013 2:35AM

    are you still around?... i saw you were on gastric bypass team...did you do that? how did it work?

hope you are doing well, whichever...sure do enjoy your sense of humor... emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/26/2012 1:13PM

    what a hoot!!!!!!! T H A N K S

linda emoticon

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SRHALLIN 6/22/2012 2:18AM

    You know... the answer to that question is fundamental to the nature of the marriage that might (or might not) be forthcoming. :)

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HARPERLADY 6/20/2012 6:18AM

    cute, lol

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SHERYLDS 6/19/2012 1:42PM

    one of my favorite jokes
I think Irving Cohen told it on Johnny Carson

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 6/19/2012 11:41AM

    You really do have an interesting sense of humor! emoticon

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Excerpt from a Dog's Diary........

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpt from a Cat's Diary...

Day 983 of my captivity....

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of.. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter I am". Bastards.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but, at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated
cell, so he is safe... for now.

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MISHKALA 10/8/2012 11:41PM

    I just had a chance to read this now - and thank you for making me laugh! I think you have captured the personalities of our furry friends perrrfectly! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/4/2012 2:30PM

    LOL very cute! emoticon emoticon

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JINLYNN 4/5/2012 7:33PM

    Love your sense of humour! Thanks for sharing this - I got a good laugh from it.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/2/2012 11:00PM

    Too cute....

God bless,


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FIT-AT-50 4/2/2012 10:51PM

    You've captured the essence of our fur babies! Love it!

Have your read, "A Dog's Purpose" by Bruce Cameron? If you haven't, I think you'd love it.

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SRHALLIN 4/2/2012 12:32PM

    I loved this. This has truly made my day. Thanks, Tony!

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SHERYLDS 4/2/2012 12:16PM

    Next Day
10AM visit to the Vet...Not my favorite Thing emoticon

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Six Truths in Life.....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I received this info from a dear SP friend HICKOKHALEY

Hope you enjoy

Six Truths in Life.......

1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility due to the tendons within your neck.

2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.

3. And discover #1 is a lie.

4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.

5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.

6. There is still a stupid smile on your face.

I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company . You now have 2 options . . . delete it, or send it along to put a smile on someone else's face today.

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JUNIAATROME 4/2/2012 4:30AM

    I see I'm entering a good company. Forgot how great your blog ideas are. Must stick around for a good morning laugh every day. Smiles back. Hope it turns out a great week for you. emoticon

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THREEE 2/6/2012 11:56PM

    i am a less than gullible idiot...of course i checked that silly first truth...and got a kick out of #3 knowing i WAS that idiot...thanks for the smile emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/6/2012 4:53PM

    I know I'm a bit late, but this cracked me up! I should know better than to try these things. LOL

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1COUNTRY_GAL 2/6/2012 11:11AM

    It's not so bad being an idiot,I am a smiling idiot,Ha,ha! emoticon

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APRILSHOWER555 1/28/2012 4:16PM

    Hilarious, I did it! LOL....hee hee

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/26/2012 9:25PM

    How many Idiots...Raise their hands emoticon hehe

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-LINDA_S 1/26/2012 1:45PM

    I fell for it, too! Count me in as an idiot!

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GAILRUU 1/26/2012 10:59AM

    Funny. I resisted the urge to try it but did it after reading the whole thing. I guess that makes me an idiot anyway!

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SHERYLDS 1/26/2012 9:32AM

    you got me emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 1/26/2012 9:32AM

    You are not alone. I am an idiot also. This was funny and I'm still grinning. Thanks for starting my day with humor - always a good thing.

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EMGERBER 1/26/2012 9:23AM


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