What do you have to brag about?

Langerm
By Langerm Latest Reply 2012-12-30 01:12:40 -0600
Started 2012-11-25 00:46:54 -0600

I'm new to this community, but not to diabetes. I find it incredibly helpful to celebrate my successes, no matter how small. My question for you is— what have you done right for your diabetes recently? Did you resist the crazy carbfest that is Thanksgiving? Did you work out? Did you meet a goal?

Here's mine: It's National Day where I live, and that means piles of chocolate being distributed at work. I am leaving those empty carbs alone and just saying no!


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manapua72
manapua72 2012-12-30 00:06:57 -0600 Report

I'm pricking my fingers up to 6 times a day checking my blood sugar all the time and taking my medication … I'm also watching my carbs & food intake … That's what I've been doing lately … Now to add regular exercise in 2013 …

SandySilvers
SandySilvers 2012-12-29 07:31:05 -0600 Report

It's so funny. Being diagnosed with T2 has changed my life in so many ways…most of them for the better. In late August I ended up in the hospital with a bad infection, BG at 377, and an A1C of 14. That's when I was diagnosed. I have since started eating right, exercising, I've lost 34lbs, and I feel better than I have in YEARS! In October I had gotten my A1C down to 7.1. I have my next appointment in January and I'm hoping for the low 6s. I got through Thanksgiving, a trip to Savannah GA(where EVERYTHING is fatty and fried), and Christmas and I did just fine! I've found my strength and I'm enjoying the benefits. I'm so proud of myself!!

Safari4
Safari4 2012-12-11 13:55:15 -0600 Report

I lost 3 inches from my waist and 3 lbs. I' ve been exercising every day since I was diagnosed recently…first 10 on the bike, next week 15 min on bike , this week 20 mom on bike. Adding yoga class soon and gradually wgts, too. I read that lower body is especially good.

IronOre
IronOre 2012-12-04 19:54:14 -0600 Report

I recently cut down the amount of finger prick testing that I do from around eight per day, to around four (or even three) per day. I needed to do that to save money, as I am without insurance right now.
Well . . . I have really learned to feel those body "signs" to sense where my blood sugar is. When I feel high or low is when I test myself - because typically when I feel fine, my blood sugar level is fine.
For example; today after work, and after getting home, I felt a little high, and thought to myself that my blood sugar will be a little bit less than 200, and it was 192 . . . so as far as I was concerned that was a bullseye.
If you would ask me what the feeling is like when I feel high like that; it's really hard to describe, just one of those feelings that you have to learn to "read".
So the thing that I want to brag about is being able to feel where my blood sugar levels is without testing.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-11-27 15:04:26 -0600 Report

Congrats for avoiding it! that takes an enormous amount of will power. I was okay this year. I resisted some things, ate others in moderation. I had as much turkey as I wanted, which really isn't bad for us, as far as I know I had a small helping of sweet potato casserole, some white rice with my gumbo (chicken and oyster gumbo and I don't eat oysters LOL) a good helping of dressing, that is one day I don't worry about the dressing, why deprive myself when I am pretty good most of the rest of the time. I just did not eat much dessert and not even a roll, because of other stuff I ate. I never ever overeat, I don't eat until I feel sick, or TOO full. I used to sometimes on holidays but not anymore.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-11-27 15:04:26 -0600 Report

Congrats for avoiding it! that takes an enormous amount of will power. I was okay this year. I resisted some things, ate others in moderation. I had as much turkey as I wanted, which really isn't bad for us, as far as I know I had a small helping of sweet potato casserole, some white rice with my gumbo (chicken and oyster gumbo and I don't eat oysters LOL) a good helping of dressing, that is one day I don't worry about the dressing, why deprive myself when I am pretty good most of the rest of the time. I just did not eat much dessert and not even a roll, because of other stuff I ate. I never ever overeat, I don't eat until I feel sick, or TOO full. I used to sometimes on holidays but not anymore.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-11-25 07:37:44 -0600 Report

I resisted everything on Thanksgiving day, even the brown sugared yams with roasted marshmallows on Top, they used to be my favorite! I look forward to my workouts, I am weird about that, working out is a must Monday through Friday, and always has been even before D!

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-11-27 15:00:44 -0600 Report

I look forward to my workouts too. If I don't exercise for a couple of days, I think to myself, I've "got" to exercise today no matter what!! I love how I am nearly addicted to it, it's part of my routine.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-11-25 01:21:54 -0600 Report

where is it that you are having a National Day?

BTW congratulations! on your brag.

Langerm
Langerm 2012-11-25 01:50:52 -0600 Report

I live in Abu Dhabi. Technically, National Day isn't until Dec. 2, but the chocolate has already started!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-11-25 02:25:41 -0600 Report

We just finished with Thanksgiving here and are entering the "Christmas" season. LOTS of goodies of all kinds from baked goods to chocolate candy and hard candies from now on through the turn of the new year Jan 1.

Then we rest for a while until Feb 14, "Valentines Day" where the chocolates and candies come out again.

No wonder we live here in the USA as a nation of obese people!

We must learn moderation because here quite often food = love. I had to re-educate my 80+ y/o mother about my dietary needs as a DMt2. I am proud she has gotten the message that for me to be healthy and live with minimal medication inputs, I must follow an exacting meal plan.

I was able to discontinue the use of insulin twice daily and lose some 55 lbs by following a meal plan which discontinued the eating of breads or other grain products.

I am doing well.

Praying that God's richest blessings be upon you and yours

James Baker

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