What did you do right today?

By blindbluesmama Latest Reply 2011-04-04 21:31:01 -0500
Started 2011-03-23 03:35:02 -0500

Ok, I guess I'm thinking that since I got everybody confessing and feeling guilty I might as well start the flip side of the discussion by saying that no matter what we do that we perceive as bad or wrong or whatever there has to be some tiny thing we did right. For instance, I exercised today when I could have just as easily not done it. I have changed a lot of bad habits in a short time. My fb is always in the lower end of the 100s. My symptoms are better, and I am able to check my bs now with only one or two sticks as opposed to the 15 or twenty last week and usually only one strip and only sometimes two. It still takes a couple tries to get the blood into the strip and sometimes a couple times mashing my finger. But as frustrated as I still am, I see that I have improved my technique even though it's still a little slower than a sighted person. Darrell says I'm obsessed with it. I tell him it's not even so much about what the number is just getting the result. Right now it seems that once or twice a day is not enough to check if I want to be good at checking my bs. I mean if I want to be good at getting that blood to go where it's supposed to it has to become kind of likeinstinct how to do it. When I can do it in a public place without everybody stopping what they are doing to stare, I know I will have succeeded.

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blindbluesmama 2011-04-04 08:44:57 -0500 Report

My fbs is back up again and I guess I know why. Too many times of saying oh just a little bit won't hurt… so right here and now I am going to focus on the stuff I did do right, rather than capitalizing on the stuff I did wrong this weekend. I'm writing it all down so I can see it for myself that it wasn't a total loss.
1. I sang my a** off and won a flat screen tv. I had so much support from my family and all the people at the bar. Although I *did* have foods that were not exactly good for me… like barbecue chips, I did not totally lose control. Most of the bag of barbecue chips is still intact. Also all that easter candy is still in the cabinet. I had one of those bite sized butterfingers. I just couldn't resist a victory treat. But the final master stroke… well after having two bowls yesterday of Darrell's delicious soup which seems very healthy but is, in fact, a blood sugar raiser, crackers too… I ended up at shaky's. Well now it's called the original scoop dog. They sell ice cream and hot dogs. Well, I didn't just order something small. No, I ordered a banana split. Mized nuts on top. It was good too. But what I did right is I didn't eat the whole thing. I shared it with Darrell though it was really really hard to do that. This morning my bs was 197. Yikes. But it could have been worse. But today I am taking my diet in hand, giving it a firm shake. Determined to count carbs where possible. This morning I had an apple, 15 carbs, cream of wheat, 23.5 carbs and two slices of bacon 0 carbs. I also put some margarine and splenda and a pinch of cinnamon in the cream of wheat… also 0 carbs. so it's like 38.5 carbs which is under 40. Near as I can figure most of the time 40 carbs is the limit for a meal. If I had had yogogourt, that would have pushed it over the limit. I sure hope that my strips come soon, because when I can't check my bs on my own, it leads to more and more uncontroled eating. It's like, well big brother meter isn't watching so now I'm just going to say screw this and eat what I want. And while I didn't lose control… near as I can figure I've eaten maybe eight pieces of that easter candy thus far, spread over several days… and only had that one big splurge at shaky's, I probably wouldn't have done that if I'd been really monitoring my sugar. Oh yeah, almost forgot, even though we went to the karaoke bar twice, I did not drink any alcohol although I wanted to. I only drank diet doctor peppers. What I'm going to do to help lower my sugar is try to get in some exercise. I say try because it's rainy today and while my legs, thankfully are not hurting right now, they might be after I start. My stomach has been really messed up for the past few days as well. Of course, that's probably because of that soup which had a lot of cabbage in it. It was really good, chicken and cabbage and squash and potatoes, carrots and onions. I don't remember what else was in there. O heay, a little pasta too. Well anyway, I am glad for the things I did do right like not totally losing it or sharing my banana split. Oh yeah, I won a 32 inch flat screen tv and a hundred dollars. Not too shabby for singing two songs. Well three if you count my warmup song. I want a sign over that tv that says Karaoke queen.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-04 20:39:15 -0500 Report

Congrats on winning the singing contest. Also on resisting so many temptations.

blindbluesmama 2011-04-04 21:31:01 -0500 Report

Hey thanks. Apparently I didn't resist that many because my bs is still up but it's like 182 or something. But then it is so easy to lose focus. I resisted the temptation to eat that whole banana split… and the temptation to eat a whole bag of candy when I clearly could have done so. Also resisted the temptation to drink. Right now they are eating a frozen pizza and I've never wanted something so bad in my life. I know it's just frozen pizza and all but it smells so good and I can hear everyone eating it and I can smell it. I really don't want a salad or an apple right now. Ah well.

blindbluesmama 2011-04-01 11:35:07 -0500 Report

One more thing I did right today. I noticed a spike in my ppbs this morning and went to check it out and surprised myself by noticing that the highest serving of carb I ate was in the grapefruit. I only ate one half a grapefruit but I didn't put anything on it, no sugar or anything. I found that a cup which I fear is quite a bit less than half, has a whopping 24.5 grams of carb. So next time if I decide to eat that I'll skip the bread… a low carb bagel. What also surprised me was that peanut butter, which I thought was going to be terrible with carbs and stuff only has 3 grams of sugar and 4 of carbs. And I don't think I had two tbsp of peanut butter on that bagel. So tomorrow, for breakfast, I might just decide, fruit… or starch. See if that doesn't bring the spike down. Also, check the serving sizes.

blindbluesmama 2011-04-01 08:04:42 -0500 Report

SStuff I did right today: 1. yesterday I tried some lower carb bread. It's not as textured as the bread I was eating and it looks kike the bread also went on a diet, all looks like pancakes, but I can have a while bagel for only 20 carbs. I like my multigrain bread better though, but I don't mind trying new things. 2. Yesterday I had a migraine so I took some time off from diabetes. I only checked my blood sugar once. I had five baby butter fingers around lunch… we ate pretty late. But this morning my sugar was 123 which was lower than my fasting yesterday, 130. I have no idea what it was in between but I must have done something right. 3. I am learning that it's really true that there really are no "bad" foods. I can have a little of anything, as with the candey. I was able to have a small ammount and then even late at night the butter fingers started calling me and I just told them firmly No, I'm not doing that again and went back to sleep. These are like bite sized pieces of candy, not big old candy bars. I also had some chips yesterday. But again, I didn't let them get away from me, only had a small ammount and I also had some really good squash and carrots that weren't cooked too much and had rosemary and garlic on them. Darrell is a fantastic cook. We grilled burgers and steaks and they were really good. No turkey burgers for this chick either. My weight is hovering around 206. It will balance out by next week I'm sure.

Incmeister 2011-03-30 16:29:33 -0500 Report

Homework, homework, and homework. Then when I am done, I will do more homework! Good class though!
Also did some PHP programming early, early this morning, does that count?

LabRat90 2011-03-30 16:27:35 -0500 Report

My right things for today:
1. I slept in late.
2. I went with my daughter to the doctor.
3. I kept my carbs low at lunch.
4. I went to work and actually worked!
5. I took a break and got on DC.
6. I'm going home now to water the plants.
7. I will keep carbs low tonight.
8. Then I will fall asleep watching TV with my husband next to me.

LindaMcCravy 2011-03-30 16:24:21 -0500 Report

I went and saw my doctor for a follow up. Things are looking pretty good at this point. So as far as doing the right thing I would say this is it. I'm not a miracle worker, so this is as good as it gets…LOL

MewElla 2011-03-30 16:22:00 -0500 Report

Things I did right today:
1. Although tired today, got up and out for my 6 mile walk today.
2. BG#'s were great-makes me happy.
3. Did volunteer work today and helped some folks out.
4.Contined writing my manuscript of book I am writing.
5. Helped my neighbor with a problem.
6. Wrote 3-4 subjects to be put on discussion here.
7. Lost another 3lbs for self satisfaction.
8. Getting ready for rehearsals with Church Choir, we are making another CD.
9. Wrote several long e mails to my special friends.
10. Thanked God for giving me the strength for this day.

Dev 2011-03-30 16:13:07 -0500 Report

My right things today:
1. went to Yoga again :)
2. Went to see the last hour of the cricket world cup instead of worrying too much about work. (I am practicing taking it easy.)

This discussion thread is really good. I am going to make a habit of writing a couple of 'what I did right today' things in my small notebook everyday. Good practice to look at the positive things and also I guess after a little while to read the back entries and feel that it hasn't been all bad after all.

jayabee52 2011-03-30 15:56:06 -0500 Report

I posted my first "recipe" on DC!

I had been talking about my way of making Tomato sauce withnot a lot of cooking.on Obesity conncct and I was encouraged to share it, and then when I had shared it I was asked to post it in recipe section. I did that and them decided to post it here on DC since there were so many gardeners here too. So I did. Here's the proof! http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes/3686-t...

blindbluesmama 2011-03-29 12:33:16 -0500 Report

Hi, so glad to see everyone's positives. Keep up the good work everyone. Things I did right today.
1. Got over my anger of yesterday… sort of. I'm still not sure that I am completely over it, but at least I am calmer. 2. Went to my hospice training. 3. Ate a reasonably healthy breakfast
4. My blood sugar is down from what it was this morning. 5. Made sure to order some more strips even though I think I have enough to last a couple days, didn't want to run out. Also been keeping up with my bs most of the time. Also learned that tortillas and pizza are on the forbidden foods list… who knew. also, am remembering to do things that don't have a thing to do with DM.

LindaMcCravy 2011-03-30 16:28:34 -0500 Report

I know they can be really bad for BG. When I need that extra little self indulgence. I'll use a wheat wrap and put some sauce on it with teh cheese and then pile on veggies I like. Bake it for about five minutes to let eveything come together…YUM YUM YUM plus they are really cheap. You can get like 10 wraps for a couple of bucks. The more you buy in bulk the better.

GabbyPA 2011-03-30 09:44:22 -0500 Report

venting is so good for the soul...in a controlled place like here. Glad it helped.
Have you tried tortillas that are flour or whole wheat? I cannot do corn anything, so those are out.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-30 10:17:05 -0500 Report

That *was* a flour tortilla. And I swear all I ate that day was some salad and that flour tortilla and a chicken breast.

GabbyPA 2011-03-30 10:19:12 -0500 Report

Oh bummer...I use whole wheat ones that are low carb for wraps. They seem to be pretty good. Not my favorite, but it is what it is. Sometimes if we are not getting enough carb our liver dumps some into our system. Maybe that is what happened?

blindbluesmama 2011-03-30 11:35:51 -0500 Report

Hey man, there's too much to think about. I know now that when my hon ey moon comes I'm just going to take that week off. I have made enough changes that some of them, like eating lots of salad, will stick with me. I hope.

eristar 2011-03-29 07:11:08 -0500 Report

It's kind of early here in Oshkosh for a list of "right" stuff for today, but yesterday I went for my physical therapy and my therapist told me that I could cancel my last session - she was springing me…so now I am on my own to go in when I please and work at my own pace. After nearly a year - progress!
Sugar levels very good yesterday, too.
Helped my husband get some insurance stuff done following his car accident last Thursday. All in all, a pretty good day!

northerngal 2011-03-30 20:49:32 -0500 Report

You in Wisconsin? I know there's more than one Oshkosh. Someone else who deals with northern winters! Cool.

eristar 2011-03-31 06:25:48 -0500 Report

Yep, Wisconsin (originally from Chicago, so we're Oshkosh transplants.) People told us we were crazy to move here because of the winters…I think they were confusing it with the UP. Chicago got much worse snow and cold than we did this year! :D

Dev 2011-03-28 18:19:05 -0500 Report

1. I went for my morning Yoga
2. Ate my breakfast afterwards
3. logged in to DC :)

blindbluesmama 2011-03-26 11:16:48 -0500 Report

I haven't much time, gotta get ready for Kaeli's bd party. When I have done right today so far was didn't sleep late. Even though my ppbs was 256 I *did* eat what I thought was a good breakfast. One slice toast with some peanub butter and an apple. But I forgot to take my cinamon caps. Oh yeah what I did right. I didn't eat eat any more even though I was still really really hungry. I'm going to be good today for dinner. I'm going to try and exercise, not easy when your head is splitting. Anyway, I hadn't been keeping up with this discussion and it was so good to see that when I came back I heard so many positive things. As for the sugar testing, I am getting better. I don't use Mom's method any more. Instead I use Darrell's method. This requires me to boldly stick the strip to the bloody spot. The trick is getting enough blood. I have found that if I don't have enough my reading is low, then I get scared until I retest and it's then too high. I dispair of ever getting my ppbs down to 140 like my doctor says. I'll have to like starve. We'll deal with hunger issues on another post.

LindaMcCravy 2011-03-30 16:31:38 -0500 Report

OMG you are so right cinnamon caps are like part of my daily routine. Did you know you can take up to three of them with every meal even though the bottle says two per day. Cinnamon mimics insulin so it helps keep BG number low when you eat.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-24 22:36:50 -0500 Report

Nothing, absolutely nothing. Don't get me wrong. Nothing is what I did right. After aggrievating the back so much on Tuesday, today I just took it easy & did absolutely nothing!:~D

GabbyPA 2011-03-25 05:45:19 -0500 Report

Sometimes doing nothing is the hardest thing to do. I know it is for me and if I am supposed to do nothing...it is a battle. So good for you.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-25 09:29:13 -0500 Report

You are so right about when you are suppose to do nothing then it's the hardest thing ever. When I broke my pelvis nothing is what I was suppose to do & it was so hard. I was ready to climb the walls. I fear it's coming my way again. I think I may have a broken bone in my back.

GabbyPA 2011-03-28 07:05:44 -0500 Report

Bubble wrap for you! That is what my family always tells me when I do something. They threaten to wrap me up in bubble wrap. Could be fun....pop, pop, pop!

squog master
squog master 2011-03-29 00:08:19 -0500 Report

Got some good news. no broken bone in the back. No explaination for the back pain though. PCP wants me to call my rheu & up my percocet til I see her on 4/8.

GabbyPA 2011-03-29 07:02:30 -0500 Report

Well, at least that is partially good news. The finding out what is really wrong can be a bother, but at least you have eliminated a big one.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-25 00:39:45 -0500 Report

To do nothing is doing a lot. Spent many days doing the same. It pays off in the ability to do other things right after first doing nothing right first.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-25 00:52:53 -0500 Report

Actually, it wasn't that I did nothing right first on Tuesday if I understand you correctly. It was the circumstances of the day that aggrievated the back. For complete story of the day see the discussion "Tarnished Halo"

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-24 19:35:35 -0500 Report

Good to hear you are getting better at testing. Even with two semi good eyes the first few weeks of testing was difficult. My double vision and lack of depth perception made matching up the spot of blood and the tiny spot where the strip draws up the blood tricky. I remember wasting a few strips.
Since I'm a day behind here's my two day run down.
Yesterday I attended a stress management workshop. Shy me was one of the most outspoken overly stressed people there. Several people didn't see how a sense of humor could help when stressed. To illustrate how it helps I explained the contest my husband and I are in. He had one surgery, I had three, I almost died, He didn't, therefore I win. Everybody laughed. I met one of my most important daily goals. Try to get at least one person to laugh at and with you. Extra points if the are complete strangers.
I also got a follow up call from about my Monday job interveiw, I have now made it as far as the background check. Also one step closer to less stress and maybe lower BG numbers due to all the unemployment stress. Then I also got a library card, finally after all we moved here just over year ago. Found out it was a county library and not the city one though.
Today went to three libraries to find 1 open on Thursday to get a city library card. Then checked out 6 books (all cookbooks and only 3 are diabetic). And still need to get a library card for the city we live in and that I wanted to get yesterday.
Took three tests and diid real good on two and so-so on one. Since they were evals to see what I know and I had not studied any of the subjects I did pretty good. The so-so test was spelling of Medical Terms and was just for my own information to see how bad I would do. I got 30 out of 45 correct. My poor husband, an excellant speller was through with his tests so was watching me try to spell. He was in agony watching my mistakes. You would think I could have remembered how to spell suture after having several removed last year and emphysema after joining the COPD community today and seeing the darn word about 200 times just a few hours before the test. But I didn't.

GabbyPA 2011-03-24 18:51:28 -0500 Report

Ok, new day, new list!
1. I got my sugar down to 113 (that is great for me!)
2. I helped a friend set up his home made topsy-turvy tomatoes
3. Had a nice lunch with my hubby
4. Picked salad makings from my garden for dinner tonight. YUM
5. Worked on my tan! LOL

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-24 18:59:20 -0500 Report

Congrats on the 113!!!
I will not celebrate you getting to eat from your garden however. I am too envious. 1. no garden where I live. 2. It's Colorado and I am just happy two days ago the leaves have started budding out on the trees.

GabbyPA 2011-03-24 19:04:56 -0500 Report

Oh, but now I am green. No state calls my heart more than Colorado. I love it there and would gladly change places with you if I could. I discovered much of my creative soul and confidence in the Rockies. Oh....now I have to go look at some of my old photos. Actually, most of the flower pics I have posted in my profile are spring in Colorado.

eristar 2011-03-24 06:59:45 -0500 Report

I think this is a great idea - sometimes it's definitely the little things that count! Yesterday there was too much ice on the roads for me to go out, so I packed up a big box of stuff for Goodwill.
I gave one of my cats a much needed brushing.
I read about half of a new book.
I practiced walking without my walker, even though I know I look like Frankenstein's monster shuffling along.
And I had a good laugh with my daughter over the phone.
I am no longer shy about testing in public, and if I need a shot before a meal when we are out, I will do it right in the booth; with the walker it is too much bother to try to get into the restroom, and I will inject into my abdomen rather than try to get at my thigh.
Blindbluesmama, you are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-24 19:03:50 -0500 Report

It is a challenge to go solo. I probably looked about like you did the first bit when I was brave enough to walk without my walker. It surprised me how hard it was to feel steady.

melissa5786 2011-03-23 20:29:49 -0500 Report

I love posts like this! I want to see everyone here praising themselves for even the smallest of amount of good they've done for the day!

1. I stuck to my meal plan.
2. I did some cardio at the gym after work for 45 minutes and burned around 400 calories.
3. I didn't let people at work get to me with the nonsense that's going on at the moment.
4. I smiled all day today :D

GabbyPA 2011-03-23 20:11:09 -0500 Report

I like this one. What I did right today was....
1. I exercised by walking the pooch
2. I worked outside in the garden for a while (look at my new photos!!)
3. I managed to keep my carb intake very low today.
4. I got on line here and this always makes my day!

realsis77 2011-03-23 11:53:11 -0500 Report

Hi! Don't worry about people staring! I know that when I go to dinner or a bbq I have to take my needles for my insulin for after meals. I usually either take my case inside and shoot up in the restroom or I leave it in the car and shoot up in there. I know how your feeling. I do test in public but I try to do it in the bathroom. Its just my own insecurity I guess. Because I always use my thighs to give the insulin I really can't do it in public because I don't like shooting through my pants. I guess I need to still over come my insecurity of testing and bringing my syringes in public. What I've done good today as your topic asked is I've given myself my morning dose of 24 hour insulin! Now that helps me until I eat. After meals I use a different insulin. Its so important we take our medication as directed by our doctors! Now my blood sugar is under tight control! Every time we follow our doctors orders we are doing something good for ourselfs! :)