Keeping Track

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-11-11 07:31:29 -0600
Started 2008-07-01 13:08:04 -0500

Since I have joined the community here, I have discovered all kinds of things I need to keep track of. However, I have yet to find a single place to do it. BG book here, food log there, journal under the pillow…not really. But I have not found a book that existis out there that helps us organize and keep track of all the quirky things we need to pay attention to. So I am on a mission to create one. I need your input.

What would you like to see included?

How would you like it organized?

Need more space to write notes?

What are things that you make mental notes of?

Where do you keep your notes to review with your doctor?

Do you have a place that you can chart your progress?

Do you track the weather and how it makes you feel, eat, exercise?

Do you write down how you slept the night before?

The list is endless, but if I can find the ones that you feel mean the most, I can make a useful book.

I know a lot of people do it one line, but I am not always near a computer and having a book with me kind of like a daytimer (remember those?) but with our observnces, numbers, hits and misses all recorded in one place.
Help me, and maybe I can help you…together we can make a great record keeping book for all of us.

19 replies

Susie624 2009-11-11 07:31:29 -0600 Report

Maybe you could put it together in sections like a cook book,with each section labled and pages left blank to be filled in.

Waltznfool 2009-10-02 16:03:14 -0500 Report


Hi. Your idea sounds great…but aren’t you trying to “reinvent the wheel”? I don’t mean for that to sound harsh and apologize if it does. What I mean is a simple dated writers journal (Heck, you can even do what I did and take a sketch pad & draw the lines you want) – the travel kind, with the basic info you want to add, while you’re away from your computer. Jot down the notes as needed. Unless you do want to take the time to organize something like that (hard copy)… go for it & I’ll shut up about it. :^) Good luck with whatever you decide.

GabbyPA 2009-10-02 16:55:01 -0500 Report is just getting the white walls off the wheel! LOL

Yeah, I do the hand thing, but I know I would do better and save time if it was a booklet already done. The books I have seen never allow for all the things that affect our levels. They usually focus so much on just the numbers...I know emotions and stress play a huge role in my numbers and more so in my food cravings, which inturn mess with my numbers. The more we know about what is going on, the more we can put the dots together.

I am on the computer enough with all the other things I do, and I guess I am just old fashioned and like paper. I like to flip thru the pages and compare days. I like to see a good day (with a big smiley face on it) and see what meals worked really well, or if it was that I exercised more that day....we have to be our own advocates and besides. I am curious as a cat when it comes to figuring out what makes us tick.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-02 18:19:37 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
Since getting out of the hospital last week I know I need to keep track of my
Bg's, Bp, and otherthings that affect my
numbers and breathing. I know that my breathing problems affect my numbers due to stress. So I need to keep track of the days that I have problems andwhat the weather was on those days. Also a good way to track my weight loss. Dan

GabbyPA 2009-10-04 09:02:55 -0500 Report

See, I agree! The weather has a lot to do with us, but we don't really consider it much. That is so true. Even just emotionally, weather is a shifter. If it rains for 3 days in a row, we tend to get down....things like that can help us find the links that can effect us.

GabbyPA 2009-10-02 15:40:43 -0500 Report

John has asked me how this idea was I shared with him what I have found. But we still need practical input from you. Share your ideas with us, it will help everyone.

nickle.penny 2008-09-04 11:05:53 -0500 Report

I think it's a great idea, Gabby. I, too, have many books around for various things. I need something that will allow me to track my meals and their values, including fats—not just calories and carbs, somewhere to keep appointments to different doctors, moods because they definitely affect my eatin habits and anything else you suggest! Much success on your great idea!

GabbyPA 2008-09-04 13:57:59 -0500 Report

I have not gotten very much feed back on what people actually want. I have been really busy, and this has kind of taken a back seat, but I really need to do it. Thanks for commenting on it and bring it back to the front.

optimalirish 2008-07-02 03:11:42 -0500 Report

I have a carelink for my meter. It uploads my readings to my computer. It gives the time day and levels. So when I go to the doctor all I do is print it out. It also works on certain insulin pumps. I find that if I write down my carbs during the day and I enter that into the computer at night. It puts it into 1 report and is very managable. You can even enter your excercise too.

jupton1 2008-07-02 03:14:06 -0500 Report

That sounds realy neat.Im honestly glad I dont have to do that so far.I just try to eat what I think is a healthy meal..great info..JU

tmana 2008-07-01 15:58:11 -0500 Report

I have a custom Excel workbook that I've been using for years to track blood pressure, blood glucose, food, exercise, test results, and questions for the doctor. When I am away from the computer, I jot the info down in a small notepad I keep with my meter, and add it into the logbook later.

GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:17:23 -0500 Report

Do you include notes like how you feel, what is happening around you that might cause a spike? Does that look at times and seasons since we are creatures of habit and seasons change our moods, cravings, and so on because there is still a little primitive in each of us? That is why I am looking for more, something that I can carry with me that becomes my bible so to speak.

tmana 2008-07-01 23:41:25 -0500 Report

I have a general comments area, but I don't use the info for trend analysis unless I have a specific trend I want to look at.
Co-Pilot, which is the software for my monitor, will do time-of-day analysis, MAY do analysis based on carbs consumed, but I don't think it really transfers over that way. SweetSpot ( is supposed to have some more advanced trend analysis; it is a Web-based service.
If I were looking, I could probably copy over my base file, remove comments, sort/filter by time-of-day or date and run graphs in my Excel workbook; for the most part though it's a pretty low return on investment for the work it would take me to set it up right now. (I'm going through enough issues after a break from logging during which my usual online nutrition database disappeared from service.)

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-01 15:46:10 -0500 Report

I just use a notebook… works for me

GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:10:27 -0500 Report

I use a spiral notebook, but find that if I have things to fill in instead of making a new sheet every day, I would waste less time and be more prone to actually keeping track better. As it is, my morning routine that used to be nuke a leftover and out the door...has now become a 45 minute ritual of prep, cook, test, supplement, eat and clean up. When I have to record all the things on top of that, I was just looking for a comprehensive place to do it where it would be easier.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-01 15:20:03 -0500 Report

A good one came with my AccuCheck meter, It was small enough to fit in my testing kit. It included date, time, bgl and a space for comments. I like your idea of including food and also a daily journal.

GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:12:58 -0500 Report

yeah, I just wanted it all in one place. I am an organization freak, not quite over the edge, but I do have my moments, and this was an idea spawned from my many stations placed in the house that I keep various things. What kind of things would you like to see included? What is the one thing you wish you had rememberd to keep track of because now, in hind site, you see it was a flag or a symptom?

jupton1 2008-07-01 14:22:14 -0500 Report

For me I think this diabetes thing is as hard as a person makes it to be.If I no Im going to my Dr I will keep track of things 4 days before, other than that I just do my best unless I need to adress a certain problem..JU

GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:14:57 -0500 Report

4 days is good, but sometimes our patterns are longer in the making and there are things we can figure out if we have more information. There are so many complications associated with diabetes, it is good to watch everything so we can find those patterns and help with researching our own cures.

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