I DID IT!!!!!!

By nativity4me Latest Reply 2011-11-03 17:51:54 -0500
Started 2010-09-06 11:14:56 -0500

for the 1st time in 5 years, ive managed (and within a week!) to get my glucose levels down to a normal range!

cant believe it!

all i did was make sure i didnt injest too many carbs…and took my meds (janumet) 2 times a day (as prescribed by my dr) and im BELOW 120!

i just took my glucose for the morning and im at 114!!!!

i havnt been here in…well, a long time!



66 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-03 11:39:05 -0500 Report

Michelle; CONGRADULATONS ON YOUR SUCCESS! It's amazing what carbs can and can't do for us. Keeping track works wonders. I'm proud for you…Hugs…Valentine Lady

Priscilla Ann
Priscilla Ann 2011-11-03 11:21:00 -0500 Report

Great Job Michelle!!!! It sure makes you feel good when you accomplish what you set out to do!! Keep up the good work!!

EJMac 2011-02-03 20:57:14 -0600 Report

Wonderful! I love the good stories that keep me hopeful. Good luck with your surgery. I'm new here, but I can understand your excitment.

AnnaBelle02 2011-02-03 20:31:17 -0600 Report

Congratulations! this is very encouraging for me. I also take janumet but not yet down to normal steady level. I have problems sticking to meal plan and have a tendency of not following portion control nor of cutting carbs. I do great at work when I eat at cafeteria but not so great when I eat home.

mas14years 2010-09-15 00:44:38 -0500 Report

Congratulations, and keep up the good work. Everytime I check my sugar I am scared to see what numbet will pop up. It is such a good feeling to see a good number. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brandyhill 2010-09-13 16:18:51 -0500 Report

i need motivation to do this. I am a preschool teacher at day and dance teacher at night. even with eating well and plenty excercise i can't get good numbers. they go up adn down all on their own weather i do what i'm supposed to do or not. I A1c is horrible. I get embarassed and emotional talking about it. i need some helpe

nativity4me 2010-09-13 16:57:05 -0500 Report

dont give u..keep trying, make sure your educated, and know what good carbs are and bad carbs, always keep updated on everything.

medicines, programs, food, diet, exercise, everything…

its possible.

now, you also have to understand, the glucose in your body will always go up and down, no matter what your doing, exercise should bring it down, carbs shoot it up…

so its always fluxing, no matter what.

whats important is a good level and staying in it…thats the important thing. and that CAN be achieved.

not everyone is me, so cutting carbs isnt always the answer, certain meds arnt always the answer, even diet and exercise arnt always the answer…to me, right now its a game…what works? what doesnt? and i make sure i note that stuff that doesnt.

right now, just so everyone can know, my success was one day, and one day only…not a regular thing..ive averaged in the 180s consistently for over a week. i go up sometimes, and igo down sometimes.

today i was at 2something this am, just before i saw my dr i checked and was down to 173, and im sure ive spiked somewhere in the high 200s if not the 3s since i had a high carb meal (last one for 3 months, im on a special diet plan for gastric surgery).

its not an easy road. and it will never be.

but the goal is a healthy average.
and its completely atainable. keep trying.
never give up.

if one thiing doesnt work, try a different thing, or ask about a combination of things.

keep me updated.

i talk allot about my trials with this diabetes in my youtube channel..since its so closely tied to my success at getting this surgery, i often thread it into the blog as im talking.

feel free to go watch them if youd like:



by the way, i have a huge update i have to video soon about todays events with 2 (yes TWO!) drs!!!

Whomi? 2010-09-11 23:06:51 -0500 Report

Wonderful, Michelle! Now…if I can just follow your lead!!! :)

nativity4me 2010-09-13 16:59:45 -0500 Report

be your own leader and youll feel better about your rewards *wink* following me is wonderful, but im only an example…be mine! i need some too! :)

Nora Pudin
Nora Pudin 2010-09-11 22:30:30 -0500 Report

Congrats, Michelle! I just can't control my carb intake … sob sob …

angelalock 2010-09-13 11:34:08 -0500 Report

i have the same problem. it's the potatoes and bread that get me, not the sweets.

nativity4me 2010-09-14 09:37:28 -0500 Report

oh man, those potatoes and bread, pasta, and rice…are all my killers! i have just stopped them. refuse to eat anything breaded, or with rice, pasta. and i never touch potatoes.

i just..stopped. i can enjoy food without them.

wont say its easy, by all means it IS NOT..because im a CARB addict, i crave them…and ONLY in the startchy for me, no sweets, sugars, even pastries dont do it…its in breads, pastas, rices, and POTATOES!!!

i have just decided…the risk to keep my sugars up is way too high.

(of course im motivated by the fact if i DO NOT get these sugars down to 120, i wont be able to get this gastric surgery im seeking.)


rbc 2010-09-15 17:37:55 -0500 Report

try porton control maybe that will help you, for example, if I'm going to eat toast in the morning, I will only have 1/2 slice of whole wheat bread with little butter, oatmeal or an egg omelet. I only have 1 cup of oatmeal or an omelet made with 2 eggs, chopped green peppers and onions, little salt. I eat every 3 hours and it's been working for me, my sugar is finally normalizing.

tejana65 2010-09-21 10:51:46 -0500 Report

Ok i like this i am going to start this trying to find every littel thing that might help me. I am going to start a new reg and i need help .Do you keep journal of what you eat?

nativity4me 2010-09-22 11:51:53 -0500 Report

i just started a food journal. before that i just watched the carbs, read all the labels, pushed the protein up in my diet. and cut the carbs. thats all ive done. (besides the meds)

Debbieevans 2010-09-14 08:25:45 -0500 Report

I have the same problem! I don't know if i'm counting my carbs right or not.

abblue 2010-09-16 10:08:39 -0500 Report

There's a great book out from Calorie King - it's called Calorie FAT & Carbohydrate Counter. It costs $12 dollars at most bookstores. It has been a god-send for me. I now can count my carbs better.

nativity4me 2010-09-14 09:40:44 -0500 Report

i just read labels so i always know.
but a rough reference is: a slice of bread is ususally 15 gms of carbs.

i found this online, perhaps it would help:

How To Count Carbohydrates

A few foods like table sugar and lollipops are entirely carbohydrate, so their weight on a gram scale will be exactly the same as the number of grams of carbohydrate they contain. Most foods, however, have only part of their total weight as carbohydrate. The carb content of these foods can be determined by food labels, reference books or software, or a scale and a list of carb factors.

Like any new skill, counting grams of carbohydrates will take a couple of weeks to master. You will need to consult books or software in a Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) and weigh and measure foods consistently for a while. As time passes, you will train your eye to estimate accurately both serving sizes and weights, whether eating out or at home. As you look up the foods you commonly eat, make a list of them for easy reference. Keep that list next to your Smart Charts or food log, and use it to figure the carbs in a meal before you decide how much insulin to take.

Truly accurate carb counting requires some weighing and measuring equipment, such as a gram scale and measuring cups and spoons. Remember that scales measure weight, while measuring cups and spoons measure volume. For some foods there is a big difference. For example, ten ounces of Cheerios® by volume (1 1/4 cups) is equal to one ounce by weight (28 grams). Many nutrition labels and food composition tables give both types of measure, but some give only one. Just be sure to match your type of measurement, i.e., weight or volume, with the reference material you are using. To do otherwise will require considerable calculation.

1. From Labels

Advantage: Relatively easy with minimal calculation required.

What you need: Varies. For the container of yogurt, a spoon and your pump will do. Food label, measuring cup, and a calculator to calculate the carbs in an amount with other foods and other portion sizes you plan to eat when it differs from the portion size on the label. If you have a pump with no built in carb factor adjustment, a pocket calculator will come in handy as well as tools to measure your preferred serving size.

How: Food labels contain all the information you need to do carb counting. Just be sure your serving size is the same size as the serving on the label, or calculate on the basis of the amount you'll be eating.

For example, lets say you want to eat an 8 ounce carton of low fat yogurt. The label that tells you that a one cup or 8 ounce serving contains 18 grams of carbohydrates. Once you know this and your carb factor, or how many grams of carbohydrate you cover with one unit of insulin, you can calculate the carb bolus required to cover the yogurt. If the serving you eat differs from the serving size listed on the package, you will have to weigh or measure your actual serving and do some minor calculations to determine your carb bolus.

2. From Books, PDAs with Software and Cookbooks

Advantage: Nutrition books and software may provide information useful for food eaten at home and in restaurants. They also provide an easy way to look up brand name foods. Many cookbooks provide carb information for easy counting when preparing meals at home.

What you need: Books or software programs with a food database, or a PDA. You may also need measuring cups, spoons, and scales to determine serving size.

How: Look for books and cookbooks in the “Nutrition and Diet” section of your local bookstore and library, or in online sources like the Diabetes Mall (www.diabetesnet.com). Online sources and diabetes product guides from diabetes magazines, such as Diabetes Interview and Forecast, also list software and written sources. Look for recipes that have the carb content in the “Food” section of your local newspaper and in magazines related to health.

Nutrition books, software in a PDA or Palm device, and newer cookbooks, similar to nutrition labels, list the amount of carbohydrate in a typical serving size of each food. If what you eat varies from this serving size, you may need to weigh or measure your actual serving, and you’ll need to do the necessary calculations to convert your serving into the grams of carbohydrate eaten.

3. With A Scale

Advantage: Convenient for measuring carbs in odd-sized foods like fruits, unsliced bread, soups, or casseroles.

What you need: A gram scale, a calculator, and a list of carb percentages like those in Appendix A at the back of Using Insulin, or a computer scale.

How: Find the amount of carbohydrate in a serving of food:

1. Weigh the food to find its total weight in grams. Note that the total weight of the food is not how many grams of carb in the food.
2. Find the food’s carb percentage in one of the food groups listed in Appendix A.
3. Multiply the food’s total weight in grams by its carb percentage.
4. The result of this multiplication gives the number of grams of carbohydrate that the food contains.


Say you want to have a piece of French bread with dinner. You remove a piece from the loaf and place it on a gram scale. Your scale tells you it weights 80 grams. In Appendix A of Using Insulin you find that the Carb Factor for bread is .50. (Meaning that 50% or half the total weight of bread is carbohydrate.)

You then multiply its weight (80 grams) by .50 to find out how much carbohydrate you will be eating:

80 grams of French bread X .50 = 40 grams of carbohydrate

You will be consuming 40 grams of carbohydrate from this French bread.

As another example, one gram of apple has 0.13 grams of carbohydrate, so 100 grams would have 13 grams of carbohydrate. Another way of saying this is that 13% of any apple's weight is carbohydrate (most of the rest is water).

We then know that 100 grams of apple will raise the blood sugar approximately:

13 grams x 4 points per gram = 52 points (unless countered with insulin or exercise)

For more info, visit: http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_food_diet...

Zolar1 2010-09-09 01:15:51 -0500 Report

Great job Michelle!

Have you looked into Dr Bernstein's diet?
He is a type 1 for over 50 years.

His diet can help lower blood sugar levels significantly.

When I was Dx, my a1c was 6.8.

I sorta followed his diet plan (loosely), and in 5-6 weeks dropped my a1c down to 5.7.
7 months later I was at 5.3 and that was with spikes into the 200+ range too!
All that without a single medication whatsoever!

I still loosely follow his plan. But now, as per my request, I started insulin to further control my spikes. It works wonderfully for me too.
Note: I skipped taking any oral meds and went straight to insulin.
Doc suggested an insulin pump for further blood sugar control.
At $5,000 for one, I respectfully declined that suggestion.

With self discipline, you too can achieve normal blood sugars. It's a lot of work, but well worth it to save your eyes, toes, kidneys, etc.

You can see my stats if you look me up on sugarstats. I record all blood sugars and shots.

ccfromdc 2010-09-09 21:59:56 -0500 Report

Glad to see another "loose" follower of Dr. Bernstein :-) Don't know about the more recent editions of his work, but the editions available in 1999 were packed full of helpful, and actionable, information.

nativity4me 2010-09-09 05:53:11 -0500 Report

i have never heard of his diet, ill have to go check it out. wouldnt hurt to have the diet on hand. thanks!


papajoesgurl 2010-09-09 17:50:09 -0500 Report

thanks im going to check this out too. just me…sherry

mmccance 2010-09-10 11:47:56 -0500 Report

There are two "Dr. Bernstein's" who treat diabetes — I am familiar with Dr. Richard K. Bernstein and his book "Diabetes Solution" which covers how to get and maintain normal blood sugars. I believe that is the one being suggested here. Hope that helps.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-06 17:45:01 -0500 Report

Happy day,
HOOP (Hallelujah Only Original Praise) do you know being obedient is a praise to God which you have been favored in the name of Jesus. Keep up the good work & reaping the benefits. I will be waiting for future praise reports stay blessed.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

nativity4me 2010-09-06 20:07:04 -0500 Report

i have found the closer i walk with the Lord, the more i am blessed! :D funny how he blesses like that;)


runthe 2010-09-06 12:22:06 -0500 Report

Way to go Michelle…

nativity4me 2010-09-06 12:32:27 -0500 Report

thnaks! wasnt TOO difficult, just chose NOT to eat cabs, of any kind (as minimum as i could) and take the meds, and read glucose often…

im pretty proud of myself!



gramme 2010-09-06 19:59:33 -0500 Report

you should be proud of yourself..as we all are..we all can do a happy dance for you and with you

angelalock 2010-09-08 09:30:15 -0500 Report

*joins right in the happy dance* oh happy day, oh happy day!!!

sorry, i just had to do it. i CAN be a bit goofy. lol

angelalock 2010-09-06 11:56:19 -0500 Report

way to go, michelle!!!! i, too, have problems keeping my levels down, so i know how awesome you must feel. keep up the good work!! yay!!!!!

nativity4me 2010-09-06 12:07:20 -0500 Report

thanks, it DOES feel awesome.

more often than not it flt like a huge monster id never beat…ever.

but i did it, and more amazingly, in a week!

(*pats self on back*) :)


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