My Brother and His Journey to Lose Weight and Kick Diabetes to the Curb (2nd Monthly Check-In) | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


1st Check-In Here

Hello all my new friends! First of all I want to say thank you all for the encouraging words of support. I’m still having great success on my journey, and it is time to give you an update with all that has happened in the past month.

First and foremost, I have hit two important goals.

1.) I have lost 32.6 lbs as of April 3rd. If you remember I started at 346lbs on January 15, 2012 and as of today I weigh 313.4lbs!!

2.)I have had great improvement with my A1c (3 month blood glucose average). In January it was at a very high 9.8. It is what started me on this journey. Well that and my doctor wanting me to go on insulin. Anyway, my last labs were on March 15 and my A1c had dropped down to 6.1. That was in only 2 months’ time, and would include one month were my average was 9.8.

So what have I’ve been doing to achieve these results? Pretty much the same things as in my previous post. Watching what I eat, and lots of exercising. Many days of the week, I’m doing some combination of walking/swimming for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Usually it is broken into 2 to 3 sessions per day.

Now lest you think it has all been rosy, let me assure you it hasn’t. I have my days were it has been a struggle to eat right. I still lose the battle on occasion. So far I have not had a week to week gain in weight although there have been times where I was sweating it out. This week may be one of those.

I still struggle at times to get off my behind and go do something. Most of the time that happens after many hard days of exercise, and I’ve learned that I have to give my body a rest day. For example this morning, I took an hour long walk, and my lower shin has been hurting ever since. Now I’m not sure if I’m going to rest in the next day or two, but I’m definitely will not be walking this evening or tomorrow. It will be time to swim, and keep the weight off of my lower shin. I will take a rest day sometime this week, but not exactly sure when that will be. I like to play it by how my body feels.

So what is up next? If it ain’t broken don’t fix it. As long as I’m making progress doing what I’m doing I do not see a need to change anything. The one thing I may do is get my bike in riding condition and throw that into the exercise mix. My next scheduled doctors visit is May 22, and my goal weight on that visit is going to be 300lbs. I want to shock the heck out of the doctor with my progress, and I think that is a goal I can achieve.

Till next time, Adios!


I am so proud of my brother!  He is working hard to lose the weight and stay OFF of insulin.  Please give him a shout-out of support, encouragament and love- ya’ll are so good at it.

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