Fuck You Diabetes

Original post from my Bisikleta.ph bike blog

So I was diagnosed with diabetes by my heart doctor a few weeks ago. It was a wake up call. My past two annual executive check ups indicate that my numbers were pre-diabetic. The doctor warned me that I should diet and exercise more often, But I didn’t listen. So here I am.

I’m 41. I have a history of diabetes. My grandmother from my mother’s side had it. My mother and and her siblings have it. Now, I have it as well.

But I’m not accepting this sitting down. I’m fighting it.

Even if they’re making me take Metformin twice a day, I did a full 180° and changed my lifestyle — no more sugar,  junk food,  far lesser carbs than before, and lots of vegetables. I also exercise almost every day. I bike or walk for about 30 minutes in the Ateneo campus after work.

I think I’m doing significant progress. I bought a glucometer a few days ago, and the numbers are good so far. The highest reading I’ve got is 111 mg/dL. That’s in the morning before breakfast. I’ve also lost 6.4 lbs. in that short span of time.

Next week I’m going to the Diabetes Center at the Medical City for my Living with Diabetes talk and to consult a nutritionist. In two weeks, I’m going back to my new endocrinologist. By that time, I plan to show her the data I’ve been collecting and surprise her with my progress.

Fuck you, Diabetes!

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The Mac VGA adapter Lender

Yesterday late afternoon, a stranger approached me. She introduced herself and told me that she’s from one of the TV Production units. They’re going to present to one of company’s top executives in a few minutes and they don’t have a Mac VGA adapter. She’s asking if she can borrow mine.

She seemed to look desperate, so I lent it to her. I took her name, the TV Production unit she belongs to, and her phone number.

This morning, I was expecting to see the adapter on my table, but it wasn’t there.

I called her. She didn’t pick up. I called her again. No one answered. I dialed her nine times. No one.

I texted her. I asked her for my Mac adapter.

She replied after 10 minutes. She was on her way to work so she wasn’t able to pick up my calls. She said that the presentation finished late. When she went to my table to return it, I already left.

Whew!

My thought bubble from this small incident:

  • I know what you’re thinking — it’s just an adaptor. Yes, it is, but it’s not the company’s. They didn’t provide us with these things so I bought one myself. At P1,490, it’s not cheap either.
  • Should I have asked for a security deposit?

What I would say to some officemates

  1. Be (at least) on time for meetings, especially if you are the chair.
  2. Let us out of the elevator first before you attempt to go in.
  3. Do not pee on the toilet seat. Lift it up first.
  4. Flush after using.

Isang Realisasyon

Kung matanda na ako, tanggapin ko sana na may mga bagay na hindi ko na kayang gawin at matuto akong humingi ng tulong para sa mga ito.

Be Sizzling

It’s 2014 and we’re not dead yet. I think that calls for a celebration.

As we start, I’m decided that this will be the year when I lose a lot of weight and embrace a healthier lifestyle. I proved that I can do it with my #deliciousbydecember campaign, which saw me lose 18 pounds before my brother’s wedding. It was all going well until our trip to the US during the holidays. I gained a few pounds since then, but I’m very confident that I can burn all of that before the month ends and start February with a clean slate. 

For this year, I have two milestones: Mads’ wedding sometime in the June, and Morny’s wedding in December. I should be hot by those dates. Sizzling even. And this will be done not with fancy diets, but with hardwork and sacrifice.

Let’s do this!

The fruits of one’s labor

I just saw a video of Domeng’s son graduating from De La Salle University with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics.

Even if he’s from a rival school, I can’t help but be proud with the accomplishment of both the person who went up the stage and the two individuals who worked terribly hard to see their son get that diploma. For a father who works as a small-time contractor and a mother who teaches nursing in the province, the joy must be overflowing.

Cheers to you, my good friend.

Learnings about Time

Note to self:
1. When someone says 10-ish, that’s a range from 10:00 to 10:59.
2. Sometimes, when someone says that they’ll be finished by 9:00, it’s just a suggested time.