Welcome to the Diabetes Army Wellness Newsletter. The real deal from a former pro wrestler who lives with type 2 diabetes. In an effort to reduce my diabetes I am using exercise and a keto diet. These are my adventures.
Please remember, I am not a doctor so please check with your doctor before doing anything related to diabetes. This is what works for me.
This week we talk about fasting, Pete dropping more weight, pro athletes and more!
Volume 2 Number 2
Hopefully you are taking my adventures and using them for your journey as well. My whole point of doing this was to present what I am doing and hopefully others will be able to take from that. I am not a doctor and I advise you check with your’s. I am just saying what works for me.
Interesting week for sure. Nothing to report as far as my weight loss goes, however making huge gains in my diabetes.
Decided to take some measurements this week which I haven’t done in a while. And what I found interesting is that my waist hasn’t dropped in the last little bit but many other parts of my body has.
For example, my thighs are down five inches. That is stunning. My arm is down another two. And, finally, my neck is down four inches. I hate the fact that now my dress shirts will look like clown shirts if I button them up but I will take it.
I also need a complete new set of pants. For work, I have to wear a dress shirt and slacks. With that said, I am going to have my tailor start taking my pants in. They are beginning to get baggy.
On another note, I am finding that my underwear is falling down under my pants. This means that I have had to find ways to try and look elegant while I pull them up. I rarely do. My employees have yet to notice, or maybe they just don’t want to say anything, however I do have one that loves to chirp at me and am surprised she hasn’t on this one. Instinct tells me that is coming, lol.
As I mentioned last week, I started doing intermittent fasting and am using bone broth in this venture. I have found this really easy. I will have more latter when I talk about diabetes as far as my routine but this has been a huge win.
At the start I thought it would be really hard but that hasn’t proven to be the case. It is actually way easier than I imagined. I skip breakfast and then have a cup of bone broth for lunch. Those are on the days where I do 20 hours. On the days where I do just 16 hours, I have lunch and dinner and just skip breakfast.
Last week I downloaded an app and it works great. It pulls data from my Apple Health. And the stuff it grabs is really amazing. I am going to use it for another week or two and then I will go deeper with a review of it.
Not sure if I talked about this before, but another thing I have done is completely cut out diet soda. I just went cold turkey. There is a famous cold-turkey story about me from the wrestling tour that if we ever sit down for a drink I would be happy to tell you, but I am lucky to be able to do that I know it.
Funny, but when I quit the soda habit I had no after effects. I didn’t get any headaches and I really felt great. I don’t even crave it at all.
One day in Costco there was a display for Sparklett’s home delivery. I signed up and get spring water delivered to my house. I am now a water addict.
At work, I have been making more of an effort to drink more tea. So, basically every afternoon I have a tea of some sort. I even went to the extreme of getting an electric tea kettle that will heat to the exact temperature of the desired tea.
Because of the fasting and adjusting to a new eating schedule, I put the brakes on the workouts for the week. I finally started up again on Friday and am finding them way easier as I climb further back from the abyss.
For those of you who don’t know, I wanted to prove this wasn’t a fluke so I started helping another ex pro wrestler with his journey. His name is Pete and he is located in Indiana. He lives in an assistance-living facility so it isn’t easy for him. Since then, a couple of other wrestlers and fighters have joined in.
Besides Pete, I am also getting another former pro wrestler going, his name is Joe and a former fighter, Bryen, as he recovers from hip replacement and works on getting back in shape. Bryen was down eight pounds after his first week. He is beyond excited. Joe is down around 21 and very happy as well.
Since we have been covering Pete for a while, let’s dive in. This week he dropped more weight. He is now down 58 pounds in about five months. That is outstanding and he is really happy.
A while back, Pete slipped while getting up. He bruised his knee and had been on the limp for a while. With that said, Pete is feeling much better and reported today that he had hit 3,000 steps again. This is the first time in a long time that he has done that.
Pete has been eating a lot of salads, he also likes bone broth. He has learned to cut carbs and dump sugars. He isn’t perfect but is making a huge effort and it shows. His goal is to drop over 100 pounds.
Every morning I do a quick minute or so on Instagram of positivity. I have no time for negative people and literally just cut them out of my life. The reason is mindset.
If you look at this, I am helping out a lot of former pro athletes and I find them easy to help because they have the mindset of what it takes to win.
Last week one morning I said that although I present a lot of info on my Instagram and Facebook page, it is up to you to take action. I am literally proving with a lot of different people that what I am doing works. However, it is up to the individual go and execute the plan.
You can do this too. I am laying out everything I am doing. Adapt what works for you. I promise, you will win. And, please, as always, consult with your doctor before starting anything.
So I am here to tell you that fasting has taken my fight against diabetes and turbo charged it. There are times when I take maybe 10 or 12 units of insulin in a 48-hour period. I used to take 600! That is correct, 600!
And I feel fantastic when I fast. So far I have done a couple of 40-hour fasts but I think I like the 20 hours better. The more fasting the quicker my diabetes is getting reversed.
This journey is done in conjunction with my doctor. I am going to get another physical in March. I want to see the effects on my entire body but I am really looking forward to this.
My mantra in this have been fasting, cutting out carbs and sugars. Throw in exercise and there are literally the keys to the kingdom. Nothing at all complicated. The answer to Type 2 Diabetes isn’t more insulin. If anyone tells you that it is, get up and run. Find someone who really knows.
Last week I talked about fasting and all the benefits to go along with my keto style of eating. This combination has worked wonders for me but like always, I am going to make some adjustments.
Although I am winning the diabetes war, I have stalled in weight loss. Even though my body is changing dramatically I am going to jolt myself again.
I am now going to start eating way more keto soups with my meals. Actually before my meals so that I will eat even less at night. I want to cut down the portion size as I get really hungry coming off some of the longer fasts.
The other things I am looking at is cutting down on the smaller amounts of little carbs. You know the snacks that have a couple of carbs in them? Just imagine if you cut out two, two- carb snacks and gained four more net carbs for a day? Doesn’t sound like a lot but when you are trying to stay to 20 net carbs it can add up.
So my new fasting regiment is I will do 20-hour fasts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days I will do 16-hour fasts. I am going to try that for a while and see how it goes. I am using a new fasting app to go along with Carb Manager that tracks my carbs daily.
As I continue to bio hack my body, let’s see what the results look like.
Three Keto Meal Hacks
This week we are going to look at one of my favorites, jalepenos. I love spicy food so this is right up my alley.
First of all, how about simply adding them to a pizza? You can make it fiery hot by leaving the seeds in or take them out if you are just after flavor.
Secondly I always have them in a salad. Just for that little kick.
Third, they are a must on any burger that I have. Once you have them on a burger you won’t go again without them.
Enjoy and have fun!
If you know somebody who can benefit from this please share it. Have them DM my on Facebook or Instagram and I will be happy to add them. You rock!
You can follow along with my wellness program on my podcast which is called Diabetes Army Rebuild. It is on all of your favorite players. And they are less than 10 minutes in length so I won’t tie up your whole day. Check it out!
We are going to have some real talk here. I am going to share the things I am doing. I am not a doctor and I always encourage you to see your doctor, but this is what works for me.