Fill in the Blank Friday: During the holidays, my biggest frustration with diabetes is ...

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2013-12-19 19:53:22 -0600
Started 2013-12-06 10:02:45 -0600

Hey, it's Friday again! Time for another Fill in the Blank discussion.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week. And that got me thinking about this tough season of year where it seems every time you turn around there is some holiday event going on. And there are more treats and bigger meals and more expectations and on and on.

So consider your holidays and your traditions to fill in the blank to this statement:

During the holidays, my biggest frustration with diabetes is …

17 replies

GabbyPA 2013-12-13 15:13:10 -0600 Report

....that I have to think about it at all. I would rather be free and do what I want. But, then that would most likely mean I would gain weight during the holidays, which is something I don't want to do. I do miss my fruit cake though.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 08:57:50 -0600 Report

Gabby I am free and I do what I want because I have made my diabetes not the focal point of my life. I know what to eat and if I want a special treat, I am going to have it. I aboslutely hate fruit cake but if you eat less carbs, you can have a sliver of fruit cake. Take a walk after you eat it and you might find out that you will be fine and you will have had your treat.

GabbyPA 2013-12-19 09:22:14 -0600 Report

I know, but it's better if I don't. Not all of us have the will power you have. I know my weaknesses, and I try not to feed them.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:37:32 -0600 Report

I have weaknesses but I don't let them stop me from doing a thing. I know I am going to die one day. There is nothing I can do to stop that. However, I am never going to deny myself anything.

Will power is simply mind over matter. I know I can't have a normal size slice of cake or pie and that one or two cookies is all I can have but that is based on what I eat. So on Christmas I will have my tiny slice of cake or pie or a cookie or two and be happy with it. Sometimes its the little things in life that makes us the happiest.

My sisters boss made everyone a cake for Christmas. I had a small sliver of it yesterday. Waited an hour and went for a walk. Took a lot for me to take that walk it was cold out and I had to bundle up. By the way the cake is delicious. I am going to have some again Saturday if she hasn't eaten the entire cake…LOL.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-12-07 14:16:59 -0600 Report

My biggest frustration is the lack of routine. I can keep my blood sugar levels pretty stable if I stick to my daily routine and eat around the same time everyday. But the holidays are so busy that my routine is thrown out the window so I just have to wing it and often that is reflected in poor blood sugar control unfortunately.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:00:33 -0600 Report

Jeanette, I don't have a routine. It is literally impossible for me to eat around the same time everyday. I have too much going on and depending on the time I eat breakfast depends on the time I eat lunch and dinner. Besides there is no fun in having the same routine day in and day out.

mspiggy81 2013-12-07 12:56:00 -0600 Report

being so busy with last minute gift buying and such I lose track of time and forget to eat. One of my Christmas gift wishes this year is a new wrist watch that has an alarm I can set to remind myself to eat.

kimfing 2013-12-06 22:46:54 -0600 Report

It's my first holiday season w D. I guess, not baking all the good cookies this year that i usually do. Don't trust myself to not lick my fingers :-)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:01:35 -0600 Report

I made the sugar free thumbprint cookies and added a piece of sugar free chocolate in the middle and they were delicious. My oven is now broken and they didn't turn out so well in my NuWave Oven.

Gavia 2013-12-06 17:52:30 -0600 Report

Having to repeatedly explain to well meaning friends and family what diabetes is and isn't.

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