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Introducing….My Brother and His Journey to Lose Weight and Kick Diabetes to the Curb

[ 27 ] 03/01/2012 |

Today, I bring you a special post….very special to me.  See, my brother Greg has embarked on his own weight loss journey and asked if he could write something up for Shrinking Jeans (that’s us up above).  He wanted to write his story and be accountable to others, in addition to himself. I may have squealed with delight!  Our family is big on hugs and pats on the back, but we don’t get much into the deeper stuff.  I want to say right now to you, bro’, how incredibly proud I am of you for taking this very important step FORWARD.  We love you and want you to reclaim your health and to live the life you deserve.  Everyone, meet my brother Greg and make sure to give him some *love* in the comments below!

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Hello, my name is Greg and I am Lisa’s older brother. This is my first ever attempt at blogging so bear with me as I learn the ropes.

To start off I’ll tell you about who I am and the things I like to do.

I’m 43 years old and am presently a substitute teacher in Houston. As I mentioned,  I am Lisa’s older brother, and I adore my nephews and niece. I do wish I could spend more time with them, but I enjoy immensely the time I do get with them. Lisa, please hurry up and get your new house built!

I’m a casual sports fan in that I will follow the teams that I support. One team would be the Houston Texans. I have been a season ticket holder since day one, and let me tell you there were some mighty lean years!  Some years it was hard to make myself get up and go to the game but this year has been much better.  I am also a big fan of the University of Houston Cougars and hope that they continue their upward climb from the dark days of the dissolution of the Southwest Conference.

My main hobby is scuba diving. I love to travel to Mexico, and specifically to Cozumel to scuba dive, and visit the great people of la isla. I wish I could go more than once a year, and hopefully will soon get back to going at least twice a year. I’m also hoping to one day become certified to dive cavern, and who knows maybe even cave diving could be in my future.

Just a little about my problem and how I got to the point I am at now. I have been overweight to one degree or another most of my life.  I have been a diabetic since the late 1990’s. During this time I have not taken care of myself. Yes I have had short periods or bursts of watching what I eat and exercising followed by long periods of eating whatever I want and being lazy.

Well as they say, the chickens have come home to roost.

At my last doctors’ visit, my A1C, which is a 3 month average blood glucose reading, was 9.8. The goal is to be under 6. I’ve been taking oral medications for the diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol since I was diagnosed in the 1990’s. With this visit, the doctor wanted me to start taking insulin and was not happy when I said no. I told him that I wanted to try and manage my glucose with diet and exercise first, seriously this time.  He agreed to work with me- scheduling me to see a nutritionist, a pharmacologist and the diabetes management clinic.

Where am I going? Glad you asked! I’ve got my plan and I’m going to stick to it. The alternative is not where I want to go, and that is on insulin or worse. About a week before that doctor’s visit, I took a blood sugar reading and what I saw scared me into action.

That was 6 weeks ago..

I’ve started to eat better by cutting way back on the carbs and eating a lot less. The day I started I weighed 346, and lost almost 10lbs the first week. Since then I plateaued and fluctuated a few lbs. I’ve been walking nearly every day for 30 minutes. On February 12, 2012, I went to the gym to swim laps. This was the first time to swim laps in forever, and it felt good. I love swimming, and it will also give my shin bones a break. I’ve seen my daily sugar readings drop, and am looking forward to my next A1c test knowing that I will have dramatic improvement.

At the beginning of this journey, January 15, 2012, I weighed 346lbs.  I am 5’9″.

Today,  I weigh 326lbs.  I have lost 20lbs in 6 weeks.  I hope to lose a total of 30-40lbs by my next doctor visit on April 27th.

I’m looking forward to keeping everyone updated on my progress periodically- I could use all the support, motivation, and encouragement that you guys could spare.

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About lisa: I'm a runner, duathlete and future triathlete. I love to cook, drink margaritas, socialize with friends, and I laugh with my entire body. I'm the mother of three kids (ages 8, 6 and 3.5), I turn 40 years old in 2012, and I'm trying to find a peaceful acceptance with my body. I am slowly coming into my own, finding a true passion with empowering and motivating women to conquer their fear of the unknown when taking up running for the first time. View author profile.

  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Greg!! We are so excited that you chose to share your journey with us. I look forward to watching you shrink, shrink, shrink. I wish you the best of luck, but I know you can do it man!

    Also, I think little A looks SO much like you! Especially in that younger picture of you!

  • http://twitter.com/TrishB Trish

    Hi Greg! I am excited to follow your journey. We will be your cheering section! You got this! 

  • http://twitter.com/whitgetsfit Whitney

    Welcome, Greg! Thank you for sharing your story. I can’t wait to root for you along the way. Good luck!

  • Andy Drouin

    I’m glad that you have embarked on this journey and are willing to share it with us!  My Mom has diabetes and I have seen the struggles she goes through.  Last summer my doctor gave me the diagnosis of “pre-diabetic” meaning I had 2 high blood sugar tests in a row, but not high enough to be diabetic.  That appointment spurred me to start being healthier, but I fell off that wagon pretty quick.  I’m back on now and willing to go the distance!

  • Holly at www.300poundsdown.com

    This is great. My brother had WLS before me about 2 .5 years ago. He had diabetes,congestive heart failure, and was on oxygen. He is now cured of everything and has lost 250+ pounds. It has brought us closer together as siblings as we’ve both traveled this path. By the way, I’m a Texan too and live in San Antonio. Wishing you all the best!

  • http://www.whereverimaywander.com LissaJoy

    You are off to a great start, Greg! I am looking forward to following your journey! You can do this!

  • Heather

    Hi Greg! I’m so excited that you’re taking this huge step and for sharing with all of us!
    We are all here for you and believe in you. You show that diabetes who’s boss!

  • Mizfit

    GO GREG GO!!! Ive learned it takes a village for me to do anything in life.
    we’re your villagers.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lori-Trevino/100001619280515 Lori Trevino

    I am ecstatic to hear you taking control!! You CAN do it! Much love from your youngest sister.

  • Tracy C.

    Hey, Greg!

    I think it is wonderful that you have started your healthy journey…!! It is also very awesome that you are sharing your story and journey with us…!!! Thank you so much…!!  I really would like my brother to see your post.  He finally went to the doctor a few months ago and started the process about doing something about his health and weight and etc.  Your story is very inspiring and  I think he could use all the inspiration he can get right now… and me too…!! :)  
    Good luck with your healthy journey!! Look forward to following your journey…!! You can do this…!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/girlsworld Kirsten

    Welcome, Greg! Congrats on deciding to take control of your health and doing such an awesome job at it!  

    (and WOW! Genetics. You and little A look so much alike!)

  • http://frugaltrophywife.com Brooke F

    how exciting!!! :)  thank you so much for sharing the beginning of what will become the inspiring story of your life.

  • http://triciaminnick.com/ Tricia Minnick

    Proud of you, congrats!

  • http://www.4andcounting.blogspot.com nicole_asmanyasgiven

    Go Greg!!! You can do this. 20 pounds in six weeks is great. I know Lisa must be over the moon that you have taken charge of things. I look forward to reading about your successes and  your struggles (because no journey is without them). You can do it!

  • Joseph Trevino

    Greg, when we were younger, we were a lot
    closer.  Although we
    seemed to have grown apart, I miss the times we use to go to church together. I
    also miss the times we use to stay up late at your dad’s watching movies a
    playing video games.

    I can indirectly relate to your endeavor as I
    have struggled through the years with my dad, trying to ensure that he lives a
    longer life by eating less. (I think I may have inadvertently created a bad
    reputation for myself in the family on how I try to go about helping him
    lose weight, but I always did/do what I thought was best for his health.)

    So, being that you are trying to lose weight,
    and that we used to chill together, we should see about doing the same again,
    and soon . . . seriously. My dad and I have a fishing license and have already
    gone fishing once back in December. It was hard for him to walk up that pier,
    but he did it because he loves to fish. I reminded him that we could have many
    more fishing trips if he continues to lose weight. He seriously thought about
    that. Anyhow, he wants to go fishing again in a couple weeks.  You should join us.

    Also, Uncle Adan and I used to go walking
    every night at the Memorial track. It’s a three-mile walk, which, when doing
    four miles an hour, takes about forty-five minutes to complete. Once you get up
    to walking that far, it would be great to have you come walk with us because
    just yesterday Uncle was talking about starting back up again.

    If and when you see that scale goes up a little
    after you’ve worked your butt off trying to lose that one-more pound, don’t let
    it get you down.  In time the pounds WILL
    come off, and you will be healthier. 

    Well, cuz, I wish you the best on your
    journey.  We will walk soon.    

     

    I can indirectly relate to your endeavor as I
    have struggled through the years with my dad, trying to ensure that he lives a
    longer life by eating less. (I think I may have inadvertently created a bad
    reputation for myself in the family on how I try to go about helping him
    lose weight, but I always did/do what I thought was best for his health.)

    So, being that you are trying to lose weight,
    and that we used to chill together, we should see about doing the same again,
    and soon . . . seriously. My dad and I have a fishing license and have already
    gone fishing once back in December. It was hard for him to walk up that pier,
    but he did it because he loves to fish. I reminded him that we could have many
    more fishing trips if he continues to lose weight. He seriously thought about
    that. Anyhow, he wants to go fishing again in a couple weeks.  You should join us.

    Also, Uncle Adan and I used to go walking
    every night at the Memorial track. It’s a three-mile walk, which, when doing
    four miles an hour, takes about forty-five minutes to complete. Once you get up
    to walking that far, it would be great to have you come walk with us because
    just yesterday Uncle was talking about starting back up again.

    If and when you see that scale goes up a little
    after you’ve worked your butt off trying to lose that one-more pound, don’t let
    it get you down.  In time the pounds WILL
    come off, and you will be healthier. 

    Well, cuz, I wish you the best on your
    journey.  We will walk soon.    

     

  • KyraTX

    Great start to your journey!

  • Boogie25

    Greg, congratulations on the 20lbs!  I’m proud of you! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Trevino/1347415105 Greg Trevino

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. Most of this first blog was written several weeks ago, and I updated the weight loss numbers last night. 

  • anng

    You can do this! Keep up the great work! See what you’ve already accomplished? Besides all of us here at Shrinking Jeans, yOu’ve got a wonderful sister that loves you!

    Keep movin’ and those numbers will continue to decrease – both weight and A1c’s!!

  • Antonio Moawad

    I am happy you are making this choice. I respect how honest you are about this in your writing.

  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    Congrats to you for wanting to make a change and getting such a bang-up start – WOW!  Sounds like you are definitely on your way to a MUCH healthier lifestyle and well, LIFE! :)  Keep it up, Greg!! :-D

  • Suzanne Westenhofer

    Greg-thanks so much for sharing this journey with all of us! Can’t wait to watch you succeed at reaching each and every one of your goals. Good luck!

  • ItsMeVsMe

    Greg! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you. You should feel major pride for taking this first step towards lifelong health. I know I’m proud of you!

  • Janet Eby

    Greg, When I met you almost 20 years ago I knew you were a kind hearted caring man. Out of all of Dougs friends, you were my favorite. I understand your fight with being overweight and having diabetes because we both walk that very same path. This will be a journey for the both of us we must take. We can not give up no matter what. One day at a time one minute at a time.This is a hard fight but people like us can come out winning as long as we never give up.I hope to one day come off of insulin. I have been on it for about 10 years. Please keep on your journey. Dont end up like me being on insulin and shooting myself at every meal. Its no fun. I also have severe nuerpothy, you dont want to get that either. Thats why I am trying so hard right now to loose this weight. You can do it. We both can.Good luck to you my friend, you are doing great!

  • http://www.averagemomswearcapes.com Christie O.

    Greg, CONGRATULATIONS!! Thanks for sharing your story with all of us. If there’s anything we’re good at here at Shrinking Jeans it’s coming together and conquering. We hope you’ll stick around and keep us updated, we’d love to be along for your journey!

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