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Topic: OT: Compass Coffee Striders Step Out - Walk to Stop (7 msgs / 310 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
You're invited to join us Saturday September 29th, 2012 in person or in
spirit.http://main.diabetes.org/goto/compasscoffee
You know me as miKe mcKoffee aka Mike the Head Bean and Roast Master of
Compass Coffee here in Vancouver (not BC!) Washington (not the Capital!). I
am committed to walk and raise money in this inspirational event because I
personally know some of them and I am now one of them.
July 25, 2012 my life changed forever. I'd been having a hard time breathing
for a couple days because of a virus that had hit my lungs hard. Ended up
going to the ER that night barely able to breath. This was the third time in
my life this had happened - the last time over a decade ago. While on a
second round of breathing treatments they came back and took a 2nd blood
sample for more testing. Came back later and asked when I'd eaten last. Told
them 7 or 8 hours ago. They told me fasting blood glucose was at 300. 300
compared to what, didn't mean a thing to me! I was diagnosed as Type 2
Diabetic. That 300 would have been in the range of 70 to 100 for a normal
person! I was given a prescription for Metformin 2x500 and sent home with
follow-up appointment with a Dr of Internal Medicine.
Saw the doctor the morning of July 31st and got a meter to monitor my blood
sugar levels. Took my first after meal reading in his office - 430. I'd done
a bit of online research by then, enough to know this was very very bad,
anything above 140 and organ damage begins! Did you know more people die of
Diabetes each year than die from Cancer? One of the tidbits I'd picked up
researching and now I got scared! A bit of researching turned into a lot of
researching. Major lifestyle change was in order. In addition to the oral
meds and low carb smart carb diet began power walking a minimum 30 minutes
per day August 9th. Yesterday September 1st was 24 days in 25 - 20th
consecutive day power walking. As a small business owner I once upon a time
made the excuse I didn't have time to exercise. Today different mindset, I
make the time to exercise no matter what! Have heard some interesting
comments people sometimes seeing me power walking in a big loop in front of
the Roastery.
Results so far of taking control of this disease making drastic lifestyle
changes? First 7 days testing averaged 215 before meals (target 70-110)
after 307 (target 90-140). Month and a couple days later now and latest 7
day avg before meals 98 after 120! And feel 1000% better!
Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you
already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation
or joining our team, you will be helping the Association provide
community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with
diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.
As a team, united in our desire to Stop Diabetes, we are asking for your
support. Please make a donation to one of our team members or become one of
us by joining our team. When we bring together dedicated team members and
kind donors, the power we have as a group far outweighs what any of us could
do alone. 
We truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes! 
Slave to the Bean miKe mcKoffee
www.CompassCoffeeRoasting.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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2) From: Michael
Hey miKe,
Credit to you for heeding the call, taking this seriously, and doing your best to bring it under control. And even more credit for reaching out to help others too.
All the best to you.
michaelb
On Sep 5, 2012, at 9:27 PM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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3) From: Janomac
Mike,
In an old tradition of this list, I hereby award you hearty "kudos" and an
additional 1,000 CSPs (Coffee Snob Points)*. You remind me that I should be
taking my own health more seriously and getting my fat ol' butt moving
more. I think I'll take a walk after work.
*For those of you new to the list and perhaps unaware of some of out
history here, this is a real compliment --not a dig-- to get awarded coffee
snob points.
Best to all,
Kirk
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4) From: Steven Van Dyke
Mike,
When I was diagnosed in July 2009 my fasting level was 380.  You 
could tell the Nurse Practiconer was worrying I'd be dead before I 
got out the door.
We did NutriSystem's diabetic plan.  Lost 50 lbs in six months and 
had my levels way down within a week.  They had started me on 
3xMetformin 500 + insulin.
Had to drop the lunchtime Metformin within a month or so.
When I did my six month follow up they called me back in because they 
couldn't believe my new numbers.
Second check confirmed the improvements.
Then I got Obamaed out of my job.  Since I had sufficient severance 
and things already laid out we decided I'd take a few months off.
Interestingly, about six weeks later I couldn't keep my suger levels 
up and they had me start dropping things.
I got off the insulin (after having been told that *never* happens) 
and then the Metformin.  So I was *right* that that place was poisoning me.
After I got my new job (retail - selling guns at Cabelas) I couldn't 
keep my rigid feeding schedule and wound back up on one Metformin a day.
So you *can* make things much better, you just have to get used to 
some contraints.  If your numbers aren't dropping like you'd like try 
the NutriSystem Diabetic plan.  It not only teaches you
proper eating habits for a diabetic, the carefully controlled food 
*will* get your numbers under control.
Good luck!
Steve :->
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
First thanks Michael, Kirk and Steve for you replies of encourage.
Second, interestingly that post was the first one in about a year that went
through without a delay. Don't know if they (SM) got their mailing list
challenges fixed or if it's was my HP doing his thing. Either way works for
me!
Steve, thanks for sharing your story. Thanks for the input but don't need to
pay Nutrisystems to do what I can and have done on my own. In no small part
thanks to my Diabetesforums highly active participation. You must have
missed in my original post that in a scant over a month my latest 7 day
average numbers were already well in the "safe zone". And now already as of
today five weeks and two days since getting my meter and first after meal
check of sky high 430, when fear struck home big time and I went into attack
mode to to get control of this disease, ALL my BG averages past 30 days in
the safe zone. (all BG checks not just before meal checks and after meal
checks - I check 7 to 8 times per day). 
FWIW I'm not the typical "sterotyped" Type 2 diabetic, ie not grossly over
weight when diagnosed. While a year ago I was a good 40-50lb or so over
weight around 215lb one of the symptoms of my untreated before diagnosed
diabeties was unexplained weight loss. At DX July 25 in the ER ~187, at the
Dr Office follow-up July 31 182lb, a week later 175lb. As blood sugar came
down and began to stalize weight began to stablize. THEN I started power
walking 30min plus everyday! Not for weight loss but for both BG control and
COPD (total breathing shutdown why I was in the ER that night). Day before
yesterday and again this morning weighed in at 171.8 easily the lowest I've
been in 30 years. I will become concerned when I get down to 165 max 160lb.
I'll quit boring you...!
Slave to the Bean miKe mcKoffee
www.CompassCoffeeRoasting.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
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6) From: Brian Kamnetz
miKe,
I personally appreciate your willingness to share this story with the
list. Coffee is part of what we "eat", and as you say, our eating (and
exercise) decisions have a big impact on health and on the overall
enjoyment and general satisfaction we get from life, and if these
things aren't caught and correct, big impact on life itself. This list
is about enjoying coffee, but it's all connected, and there are likely
a good number of people on the list who are benefiting from your
comments.
Brian
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7) From: Doug Hoople
Hi MiKe,
Diabetes runs in my family, and my ex brother-in-law suffered from
ridiculously out-of-control Type II, so your numbers, while shocking, ring
true.
You were in serious danger, and it's a tribute to your smarts and your
determination that you brought it under control in so short a time.
I know we've had our differences in the past, but I know that some things
are made for setting them aside, and this is one of them.
Your story is an inspiration, and your current state is a true achievement.
Good on you, mate!
Doug
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