In less than two months, I dropped my HbA1c from 8.2% to 5.8% and lost 24 pounds by making targeted habit changes

A fat belly hanging over a belt.
A fat belly hanging over a belt.
Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

The title sounds like a bold claim, right? It’d be hard to believe it if I hadn’t done it myself. Here’s the story of how I did it — and how you can too.

On August 17, my doctor said one sentence that rocked my world: “You are a Type 2 diabetic.” Naturally, she prescribed diabetes-management drugs.

I was like, “No, thanks. Diabetes is a lifestyle condition. I’ll make lifestyle changes to reverse it.”

With the experience of someone who’s probably had this discussion more than a few times previously, she said, “That’s not likely.”

Hold my beer.

Less than a month later, on September 12, I had dropped 14 pounds and 1.5 inches of waistline. A second blood panel showed my triglycerides and LDL cholesterol had dropped to normal levels — for the first time in my life — and my HbA1c level had dropped — but still indicated diabetes. (It was at 8.0% against a normal max of 6.0%.) …


In which we give meaning to the term “psychic self-mutilation”

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How much money is in your pocket right now?

Most people will respond to that question by reaching in their pocket, counting their money, then saying something like: “Five dollars”.

What are you feeling right now?

Most people will respond to that question one of two ways:

  1. With a few sentences. “My foot hurts, I don’t know what happened to it. I went for a walk yesterday then I noticed it was hurting afterward”.
  2. With some off-the-cuff remark as if I had asked howyadoin? “I’m great, thanks. How are you?” Or some other programmed remark.

Note the significant difference in the nature of the responses to these two questions.


Am I the only person in the world who resists setting goals?

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I resist setting goals.

There. I said it.

It feels like an admission at a 12-step group: “Hi, I’m Bobby and I am an alcoholic”.

The fact that I resist setting goals isn’t new. What’s new today is simply the awareness that this has been a pattern of behavior throughout much of my life. I realized today that I have carried a pang of low-grade guilt about having avoided goals for, like, forever.

So please forgive me if I process my resistance to goals while you’re looking over my shoulder.

When I thought to write about this, I Googled “resistance to goals” — thinking I must not be the only one. Someone else must have written about this, right? But everything that came up was about how to overcome resisting goals. …


As a retired American living overseas

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Negros Island, the Philippines

I live on an island, on the far side of the world from the USA.

Happy to say I’m not coming back. Y’all have gotten really screwed up there since I left in 2011. The USA is looking from afar like a slow-motion train wreck just as it’s pulling into Banana Republicville.

Currently, there are sixteen Covid-19 cases on this rather large island of 4 million people (one of the larger of 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines!) We’re under quarantine, with masks and social distancing rigorously enforced. (Well, at least more rigorously than motorcycle helmet laws). Filipinos have the common sense to know that the way to keep the case count low is to do what the scientists say to do (DUH!) No one thinks the Coronavirus is the fantasy creation of a political party, or a nasty ole Chinese plot to thin out the world’s population, or any of the 92 other silly-ass Coronavirus conspiracy theories going viral (nyuk-nyuk) in the USA. …


Confessions of a Former Life Hack Junkie

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Looks like my old coffee table — Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

The five-minute fix is short-term mind candy.

Armed with new information from a prolific, successful personal growth coach/author, you set out confidently to integrate a new Life Hack in your daily routine — knowing deep in your bones that this is finally the magic you need to supercharge your life and career.

A month later you can’t even remember reading it. Or it’s still in your memory, but you feel guilty because you have failed to incorporate it into your daily routine. Any day now…

Oops… those should be “I” statements.

My reasonably successful career alternated between IT management, project management, and sales/marketing support for big IT-related projects. …


And so few elders?

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Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

Everyone ages. Few become elders.

Western Culture

Western society devalues the potential contributions of people once they have attained ohhhhh, say around age 50. Several Fortune 50 companies I’m aware of make a practice of regularly offering early buyouts to people in their 50s — to provide greater opportunities for younger people. The depth knowledge a long-term employee has obtained about business-related processes, what works/what doesn’t, and all the corporation’s training investment in that individual is disregarded. A younger person may be more up-to-date with technology, but so much valuable knowledge is lost as a result of this practice.

Having said that, there are older people who become a drag on corporate resources because they are just treading water until retirement. That should be the basis for a performance review, not painting all older workers with that brush. …


Are you the author of your thoughts and beliefs?

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Disclaimer: This article is written by an American about the USA experience. If you’re not from the USA, do these apply to life in your country as well?

Were The Matrix and George Orwell’s classic 1984 just good entertainment? Or is it possible that the social conditioning they spoke of is our everyday reality?

Consider the following…

  • You aspire to happiness because that’s generally considered the gold standard of living a fulfilling, meaningful life.
  • You believe that earning more money, saving for retirement or your kids’ education is the path to happiness.
  • You believe that climbing the corporate ladder or making that big sale is the path to happiness.


Is the pandemic a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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“The most destructive virus is the growing virus of fear and helplessness throughout the world”. — Charles Eisenstein

The Covid-19 pandemic is simply one new symptom for those who have submitted to fear in recent years, almost as if fear were their abusive master, and they have become its powerless slaves.

The Coronavirus adds fuel to the fire of that historical, chronic fear of people who don’t look like them or pray like them. Of overreaching governments. Of liberals, or conservatives. Of society in general.

That chronic fear that led to record gun sales in March 2020.

Those who have given themselves to the distress and anxiety of living in perpetual fear have imperiled their immune systems and compromised their health. From…


If Heart-Centered Happiness is on Your Wishlist…

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Heart-centered giveaways ❤️ 💛 💙 💜

This article was inspired by Charles Eisenstein’s Living in the Gift program. I recommend this program for anyone who wants to contemplate the possibilities for an alternate reality to the greed-and-scarcity-driven foundations of capitalism.

If you’ve ever been to the Burning Man Festival, you’re already familiar with the idea of a gift economy — giving without any expectation of return, and trusting that all your needs will be met.

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Burning Man, 2004. (40,000 people then, 70,000 now — co-creating a gift economy for a week-long, fun event)

The Giveaway

The Giveaway has been a regular and consistent practice in my life for nearly 20 years since I was initiated into The ManKind Project. MKP guided me to my mission of service to the world, which first inspired my practice. In the years since I have given of the 3-Ts repeatedly — my treasure, time and talent — in small as well as sometimes rather large doses. I have practiced the Giveaway humbly, and without desire for acknowledgment or return on investment. …


A parable about coming into self-love.

Once upon a time…

There was a dysfunctional relationship, which grew into a dysfunctional family. The mother had grown up in a government institution due to parental neglect, and thus never knew parental love. The dad had been raised in a fatherless household, and thus had no model for paternal love.

When they met, they mistook their hormonal passion for love. And got married.

Before too long, they started giving birth to five baby boomer children — a large family by today’s standards, but common in that era. …

About

Bob Wuest

Permanent American expat. Serious hiker. Personal growth junkie. Spiritual activist. Cheerleader for the best in you, and me. More at http://bit.ly/3aBjVOq

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