How about food /activity journaling? Does anyone else do it?

By Pynetree Latest Reply 2010-12-11 14:07:14 -0600
Started 2010-09-01 13:06:56 -0500

I have been writting down my BG results, what I eat, how I feel, and any activity, or whats going on, for a few years. I find it really helps me, see what is making my BG rise or fall. And lately I've been charting my small weight drop. Maybe it just kicks my conscience into gear!

24 replies

bicker68 2010-09-16 05:22:19 -0500 Report

I have no problem writing down my bs, or bp but as far as sitting down and journaling ever little thing I just have a hard time doing it. Sometimes I may only eat once a day, which I know I should eat more. But there are days it's all I can do to just eat once.

newbie51 2010-09-16 04:51:52 -0500 Report

I'm just starting to journal my things. I log me bs, amount of insulin I have to take and what I eat durring the day and night and the time of day that I do all that. Judith

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:47:40 -0500 Report

I log BG numbers, meals, snacks, everything… but, you know what? I find it hard not to resent doing it… I have to stop, test my sugar, write it all down, and make everybody wait — I struggle with resenting being "different"

ccfromdc 2010-09-09 21:40:03 -0500 Report

During the year that I was getting myself off meds I wrote down everything - food, supplements, water, BG, weight, blood pressure, exercise - in a 4x6 notebook that I kept on my kitchen table. I would periodically transfer key data into an on-line tracking site, but it was the pen on paper that kept me accountable. (The 6-month graphs from the on-line tracker were sufficient to convince my doctor that my A1-C readings were not an anomaly.)

Now I only journal when I notice an unexpected weight gain or rise in my fasting BG levels or when I do my annual profile (fasting, before meals and 1/2 hr readings for 3 hours after each meal and ditto for exercise over a period of three days).

For me, once I've learned from my journaling what healthy and unhealthy eating and BG patterns look like I tend to internalize that knowledge, at which point the returns tend to outweigh even the nominal effort involved. However, if my numbers start to drift off track, a return to daily logging can often gets me quickly back on track, or on the phone for an appointment with my physician.

soldierdad 2010-09-09 20:56:25 -0500 Report

I do try to write or log everything down, but have not been very consistent about it. I am good at work, but I get home and it all goes out the window. I use LIVESTRONG.COM "My Plate" section. There is one for just diabetics, and food wise, it literally has every food item out there.

gregsteele 2010-09-03 09:22:58 -0500 Report

I write down everthing i eat ,how much insulin i take and the effect it has on my numbers when i started doing this i began to get control love to all GREG

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-02 22:50:41 -0500 Report

Happy day,
I love to write so I've been journaling for awhile. It does not matter to me rather it was a tablet are a notebook. But after awhile I would catch myself in different places looking for nice journals to purchase to write in (but I get mines on sale) then friends that know I do journal blesses me w/some on occasion. Really it does not matter what you write in what matters is that you continue to do it. It has been a safe place for you why leave it. Be blessed & know God is every where you are so you are in a good place.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

Ahsoup 2010-09-02 12:34:02 -0500 Report

AMEN! I keep track of everything in a daily journal. BG levels, moods, what I eat, temp. if it changes dramatically, when I have hot flashes (now that I am perimenopausal), adverse reactions to foods or meds, anything that may have some influence on my blood sugar. It helps me to track patterns and triggers for a bad episode. It is an invaluable tool for anyone concerned with better health. It helps your doctor to better aid you in treatments as well.

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 19:05:21 -0500 Report

I applaud you! I have notebooks that are full of all kinds of notes. I am currently only writing my numbers down, but I need to get back to journalling like you are doing. It shows me so much! I can look back and see why I have spikes or why I feel so determined or sad. I am glad you are doing it, and have inspired me to get back to doing it that thoroughly again. It is worth the effort.

Pynetree 2010-09-01 20:50:42 -0500 Report

I ask, because I'm thinking about stopping. Have been using Day-Timer Diabetes calendar set. They are not going to make it for 2011. Don't know wether to just journal in a notebook…or lose the habit. But I feel it has helped me stay on track. Just wondered if many were writting it out?

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 18:17:34 -0500 Report

I would say use a note book. I found that it had enough room for me to write down all the things I needed or wanted to keep track of. I tried to make a printed out page, but some days I needed more space. I will say, keep the habit going. I know it is a pain some times, but it is worth it. Now that I have started again, I am finding that I had lost all true site of portion sizes, and calorie counts. It is a good thing to journal.

Harlen 2010-09-01 14:30:44 -0500 Report

I do it, its the only way I know how to keep my blood sugars in line
I put down how long I worked out how much I eat each meal and how much insulin I used.
Best wishes

Pynetree 2010-09-01 20:56:21 -0500 Report

Well I'm not on insulin, but that's what I do now. Guess since I'm in the habit, I'll just keep doing it . Thanks