Share your Discipline Secrets

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-12-30 16:51:12 -0600
Started 2008-06-24 09:29:19 -0500

As I have been reading about all the great topics here, I gleen great ideas to keep me on track and they all pivot on planning, organizing, and the disciplined steps we all take to keep on top.
Like today, I learned about prep for on the go cravings by bagging up ahead of time veggie packs.
I would love to find out what you guys do to make the complications of our illness easier to deal with.

I usually taste as I cook, which can add a lot to my overall meal. So, what I try to do is not test until the meal is ready. That way I don't cheat and pop in a tate or two while I am cooking.

I was really hoping for a lot of tips and ideas to be shared in this post for all of us to use. Please pop in and add your tips and helpful hints.

21 replies

shastadiabetes 2008-12-27 15:54:13 -0600 Report

Hello, I am a Type 1 Diabetic. I have had Diabetes for 45 years and I am still Kicking. When I get up in the morning I decide if I am going to have a good day. By doing this I tell my self to stick to my Diabetic procedure and don't falter by any means. If I am having a bad day, it's mainly because I did some thing stupid like not stick to my Diet or not exercise that day. Sometime it involves eating at the wrong time, or getting up to late and taking my Insulin. This is a Bad day. You show great Diabetic Procedure in preparing Veggies to eat, when other choices are staring you right between the eyes. demanding that you falter on your Diet.
I say no, stand fast, and make people wonder, "How does he do that". Happy Holidays and "Be Diabetic".

Anonymous 2008-12-27 16:01:15 -0600 Report

I am type 2 and I was diabetic first and then got other diseases. So although I stick to my diet and exercise, I may not wake up and it be a good day. that is determined by my pain level for the day. Some days I stay on the couch with the heating pad on my back, but somedays I can move around and do more. My back determines my days not my diabetes. So I quess I have conqured the diabetes part. LOL

shastadiabetes 2008-12-27 16:34:15 -0600 Report

Hello, This is why Diabetes effects every Body different. The Treatments are Different. What works for you, is the Courage you display as you make it through another day. Keeping a record of your Diabetic Journey, lets you see, what the future has in store. Working around other aliments lets you decide your comfort zone and lets you decide how to work your Diabetes Treatment. If your Diabetes starts to get out of control, remember to get back to Diabetic Basics, the knowledge you first aquired being Diag with Diabetes. Visit and discover out lines for the Diabetic Basics.

.dianeb37 2008-12-27 12:57:04 -0600 Report

Last year, in August, I decided to lose weight and get back to one of my 2 pre-pregnancy weights. I started by eating smaller portions and only one helping which is something I rarely did. I also quit eating fast foods or buying frozen dinners because I saw the amount of sodium that is used in them. Then, when I bought the personal Blue Bunny Light ice cream when in was on sale, I kept the small containers and now I fill them with the frozen yogurt(sugar free) or the light ice cream. Where I once would fill a cereal bowl with at least 6 tablespoons of ice cream, I now have 5or 6 teaspoons full and find it is enough to give me an indulgence without going overboard. I also only allow myself a handful of pretzels (not as much salt) if I need something salty and put that in the bowls. I am now down to the weight I was in 1963 and maybe a little less. I also started walking and found it was so much fun meeting people who were out walking and I don't think about food all the time.

Anonymous 2008-12-27 13:10:13 -0600 Report

It is important to not think about food all the time. I try and keep busy with the computer or reading, laundry, exercising, etc. Just so I am not concentrating on what I am not eating.

GabbyPA 2008-12-12 21:58:34 -0600 Report

I am getting ready to do some new year planning and I was wondering if any more of you or some of the newer members have things they could share on how you organize and keep on track.

Next year should be exciting now that I am on meds, I expect to have better control, but it is not about meds. I am always looking for great tricks of discipline.

Anonymous 2008-12-13 14:30:58 -0600 Report

One way that helps me is I plan my meals and snacks for the day and move them up front in the fridge and cabinets. So i will not be tempted to grab something bad. Also my kitchen is big enough that I have 2 refrigerators. One is for my husbands soda and snacks. Another way I am not tempted. Also if I know I am going out I usually know where we are going and I plan my carbs for that day so I will not go over at dinner. Yes, I do eat out most weekends for dinner. So if I plan I will stay in control Like tonight we are going to Olive Garden. I will have Soup and salad. and maybe 1 breadstick. So planning is my discipline. Without planning I would be eating all the time. LOL

Jolie30 2008-12-15 13:17:51 -0600 Report

I plan our weekly menus (including a starch for my husband and kids, if they so desire). I even plan in small cheats (like a lo-carb beer every now and then) so that I feel like I am getting away with something (my warped brain needs this, lol). I experiment with lots of recipes until I get combos that we like and I write down everything. I've recently started charting my glucose readings, the times, my meds/supplements, my meals and snacks, my exercise and anything that might have caused a high or anything out of the ordinary. I'm hoping this way I'll be able to maintain discipline/consistency as that is my biggest struggle. I do well for a few weeks then I get lazy.

jupton1 2008-06-24 15:31:42 -0500 Report

Send me samples of what You cook & Ill taste it and let You no how good it was..Just teasing,great topic..John

GabbyPA 2008-06-24 22:50:41 -0500 Report

LOL, that is a good one. Unfortunately, I cook pretty well, thus my weight issue. Never trust a skinny chef. LOL

Ginetteb 2008-06-25 02:19:26 -0500 Report

I love it Gaby, "never trust a skinny chef" Well, I can assure you, you can trust my whole family.
In my case it's not tasting the food while preparing it that adds the calories to my meal, it's the left overs. While I put whatever is left away I pick. One potatoe here, one sausage there, one peace of chicken here, etc. etc…
So I try to have my husband to clear the table and put the food away. I will wash the dishes, but if I don't see what's left, I don't eat it. Let's face it, I'm just a glouton. I didn't get to be my size by looking at food. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LOSE WEIGHT, it sure was easy to put it on!!!

morris.js 2008-06-25 02:29:44 -0500 Report

Ginette, I used to have the same problem with the leftovers. I solved it by having my German Shepherd and Black Lab sitting there begging for them. Now they are just too cute to refuse giving it to them…LOL (Only the things that are not too bad for them though)
Lets face it food is "GOOD", "FUN", and "EASY" to do, while working to lose weight is just that.. "WORK". And to be honest, who wants to work?
I Love all you guys…you keep me smiling!

GabbyPA 2008-06-25 08:11:08 -0500 Report

You know one thing that I am doing is that I just focus on eating right for my know what happens then? Weight comes off and numbers go down. I know to many of you a non-fasting score of 149 is high, but for me it is a miricle!! I just tested today before lunch and wow. My best numbers yet. One of the best things I ever did was get involved on this site. I love it, and appreciate all that you share with me.

tmana 2008-06-25 08:24:59 -0500 Report

I often cook for several days, and pre-package in meal-sized portions. Knowing I need to/want to make the meal stretch to its appropriate number of servings means I don't pick at anything, but may have a few grams of something available as a snack later on.

GabbyPA 2008-06-25 08:31:49 -0500 Report

What kind of meals does that work for best for you? We use a lot of raw meals, so freezing is not always a great option, but what kinds do you freeze?

tmana 2008-06-25 09:39:11 -0500 Report

I will freeze soup, meatloaf, sliced roasts, sliced London broil, stews, and meat sauce for pasta. Chili should in theory be freezable, but I find the freezing does something to the beans that spikes my bg.

Dancehawk 2008-06-24 12:16:45 -0500 Report

I use to taste too as I cooked, now I get hubby to or our puppy, hehe, I keep 100 cal snacks, no sugar added stuff, or sugar free, lots of fresh veggies in the house.
oh and popcorn the 100 cal bag, great stuff to take to the movies, hehehe!
and you really feel like you are having a treat!
I also count everything so I know what I can have, and if I am starved I look to see why..

did I have enough calories to get me till 3 pm? what did I eat that would trigger, did I drink coffee before my oatmeal? those are all my triggers to be starved.
It is a learning process.

bluerose2 2008-06-25 01:02:49 -0500 Report

DanceHawk -

Is coffee good or bad if you drink it before your oatmeal? Does it matter what you eat with the coffee that makes a difference? I hear so many good/bad things about coffee, I don't know what to believe. But can say I never heard it affecting diabetes except for what you put IN it . I do have at least 1 cup in morning - better go see if it is done yet -late start

Dancehawk 2008-06-25 05:01:08 -0500 Report

Blue for my body if i drink my coffee before i eat oatmeal it really messes my numbers up.
I learn through writting down everything i eat and drink and how i feel after each meal, it helps me trouble shoot my readings plus gives me something to look back at, like last week we had a different brand of pasta then we normally get, it was whole wheat and the numbers were good but it sent me to 170, where healthy only sends me to 150 area, so i was hummm whats in this one thats not in the other? we found wheat starch on the label and wondered if that was the cause.
each of us have different triggers and learning what they are really helps us balance and bring down our numbers.

ps Pokes John.. hehe John is great insperation he is getting of his meds and he has given me the drive to get there too!

shastadiabetes 2008-12-27 16:10:58 -0600 Report

Now this is a Man with a Plan. Recording all aspects of your Diabetic Journey gives you insight , as to whats to come down the road. Good Job and "Be Diabetic"

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