Please pardon me in advance for rejoicing a bit, but for the first time in almost six years, I am Metformin-free! Wait...on second thought, I take back my apologetic tone. I’m not trying to gloat over anyone else in this, but I make no apologies for my celebratory perspective. This has been the result of almost six years of work, of discipline and lifestyle changes, of making new routines in my life that have worked for me. I achieved my goal. I won! To apologize now would be like getting a “participation trophy” after all my hard work. The story that started six years ago has been told. To quickly summarize, on August 28, 2014, I had a heart attack. At the ER, blood work not only confirmed that I had indeed had a cardiac event, but that I also had uncontrolled diabetes. (Those two things were no doubt inexorably linked together.) After quadruple bypass surgery and my subsequent deliverance from the hospital, I found a doctor, a General Practitioner. (Before that, I hadn’t seen a doctor since 1987.) The medication prescribed for the control of my Type II diabetes was Metformin. The dosage was three 750 mg tablets per day, or 2,250 mgs per day. In the following months, I began to make changes, and kept a daily log of my glucose levels. At my next appointment my A1C was better. Eventually, my dosage was reduced to two 750 mg tablets per day. Eventually my dosage was lowered again, to one 750 mg tablet per day. After that, the tablet size was reduced, from 750 mg to 500 mg, with the same once per day dosage. Last September, I had suffered a spider bite below my left eye. I posted pics of that here on TDPRI. At that time, after reviewing my charts, the founder of the medical practice said to me, "You are an excellent candidate for reversing your diabetes through diet and exercise." That really resonated with me. All along I had wanted to take as natural an approach as possible with respect to controlling my glucose levels. But to hear my doctor say it to me was tremendously encouraging. His use of the words “excellent candidate” lit a fire under me. For the next ten months, from mid-September of 2019 up to my appointment on Wednesday, I worked toward that end. Maintaining the disciplines, particularly exercise, wasn't always easy, especially during the winter months. Then, earlier this year, when I would have otherwise had a doctor’s appointment, it was canceled because of the Wuhan virus. My prescription was renewed without going in to get blood work done. I kept working to maintain the disciplines, eating well and exercising. Then, going in this past Wednesday, I knew what numbers I had been recording, as well as the amount of exercise I'd been getting. I've also been keeping a daily log of everything I eat: every meal, every snack, every day. So going in I was pretty much expecting a good report. I was even planning to ask what protocols they had for taking me off the Metformin completely. My weight was down 10 pounds from my last visit, my blood pressure was 112/70, and my resting heart rate was 54 bpm. But more to the point, my A1C was below 5.7%. In other words, a normal glucose level. I asked about getting off the Metformin, and my doctor readily agreed. I have an appointment in six months to see how I've been doing without it. And so far, so good. I didn't do all this hard work just so I could say, "Okay! Where's the Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate and Snickers bars?!?" I still maintain the disciplines of keeping a daily log of blood sugar readings and of what I eat, as well as daily exercise. And my glucose readings have been in normal ranges for these first three days off the Metformin. Okay, I'm being Loquacious Larry again. Sometimes I think that should be my username here. But I just felt like celebrating by sharing this with all y'all.