So.....How Did You Do?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-01-07 20:36:07 -0600
Started 2010-11-26 10:08:16 -0600

Thanksgiving day is over and the dishes are all put away. The frige is overflowing with leftovers even though we sent lots of food home with our guests. It was a great day of board games, great conversations and of course good foods.

I did okay. Not as well as I would have hoped, but thank goodness for steamed green beans and tossed salad. My levels were a little high and I topped out at 204. Dang pecan pie! The day was an overall success though, and I am happy to say my jeans still fit at the end of the day. This is often my spring board for the rest of the Holidays and I feel confident that I will make it through them.

Tags: holidays

49 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2010-12-01 12:33:36 -0600 Report

It's funny really, because we spent so much time here in the community talking about ways to be smart and eat smart and plan for the big thanksgiving meal. I didn't do any of it, I just ate and ate and ate... and loved every bit of it. Including the pie. But the next day I regreted it, just like I new I would. Luckily it didn't throw my blood sugars off that much, I just felt sick for a few days. It is strange to me that my blood sugars can be fine but I can still feel it when I eat something I know I shouldn't. my body has a hard time digesting things it is not used to I guess. Well I can always to better next year :)

jayabee52 2010-12-01 14:56:55 -0600 Report

Well there's Christmas & New Years coming up too! Another couple of days to potentially over eat. You can do better on those days!

shorty31 2010-11-29 06:14:12 -0600 Report

i know how you feel all those sweet tempting the eye. But i had to many body guards my oldest granddaughter followed me every where she made sure i didn' fall off the wagon as she would say. but all in all i had a good time.

Debra Austin
Debra Austin 2010-11-28 18:52:07 -0600 Report


regor203 2010-11-28 18:33:17 -0600 Report

I didn't do so well. I usually have a lot of self control but I know I ate too much and didn't even bother testing that day because I knew it would be a disappointment. Not to mention I cooked the entire meal for the family so my will power was shot by the time the food was done. I am glad everyone had a good day. I am a little mad at myself.

jayabee52 2010-11-28 22:31:51 -0600 Report

Hey, give yourself a break Regor! It's only 1 day. As long as you don't make a habit of it, you should be fine. Just do your best to do better on Christmas & New years, and the remainder of the year, of course.

It might have been informative to you to have taken your BG#s even though you blew it.

There are times I have blown it, and took my BG# after and found my BG wasn't so bad. Instead of the 300+ I expected, it was only in the upper 100s or lower 200s. It was bad enough, but not as bad as I had feared So it might have been informative for you to check your BG afterwards.

Blessings to you and yours


alanbossman 2010-11-27 21:35:26 -0600 Report

I did okay also eat little of this and that BS after the meal was 143.

GabbyPA 2010-11-28 08:27:41 -0600 Report

That is fantastic! I guess I am just not too good at this stuff still.

Dev 2010-11-28 17:00:50 -0600 Report

A friend of mine has a moto for such events. If you indulge walk it away. :)
I kind of agree. It is not always easy to keep yourself in perfect control all the time especially on feast days like these. So you just add a little more exercise and control BS in that way.

msann 2010-11-27 19:55:36 -0600 Report

hey guys glad all had good day, i didn't eat anything not good for me, but dressing and gravy, daughter fixed me sugar-free mini chesse cakes, so i did real good, got to have colonoscopy on tuesday so monday got to clean my self out, hope all have great day

Kirla 2010-11-27 13:01:07 -0600 Report

I had a small amount of everything. Except for the turkey. Ate a lot of turkey. One hour after eating it was 106. But that was the second test I did. The first one I tested about 30 minutes after eating and it was 165. Not to good.

Jennipenni 2010-11-27 12:12:52 -0600 Report

I did the same as every year. Just ate in moderation, and had everything I Took a little more insulin, as my doc said to do on occasion, and I adjust it according to my BS levels all the time anyway. Didn't have pie, as I was full, and don't really eat dessert that much. It was nice getting together with family :) I did go shopping thansgiving eve at 1 am til yesterday 2 pm…so never went to bed until 3 yesterday afternoon and woke up at dinner time…lol We had a blast though.

emilyvoorn 2010-11-27 11:54:54 -0600 Report

I did really well! I'm so proud of myself, I ate at two different houses. My daughter for lunch (3:00pm) and my mom's for dinner (7:00pm), I had a TBS of most everything and mostly veggies. Even a pc. of sweet potato pie with fatfree cool whip! My BS highest reading was 164 however when I retested at bed time it dropped to 122:) I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for all of you support!

emilyvoorn 2010-11-27 12:03:58 -0600 Report

ps- my family was so supportive b/c they adjusted their recipes with Splenda sugar and brown sugar, used fatfree milk products, and smart balance butter products and of course EVOO for the turkey. They even made a special dip using fat free cottage cheese, fat free sour cream, immatation bacon bits with a ranch dip packet the appetizers snacks they used turkey summer sausage, cheese and reduced wheat thins. It was awesome! I also excerised 70 min. before eating too.

GabbyPA 2010-11-28 08:30:06 -0600 Report

Exercise does help a lot. I walked the dog before we ate and then again after we were done with dishes. It made me feel better and she had fun. Usually, I just sit and watch TV and I knew I didn't want to do that this time.

jayabee52 2010-11-26 20:52:05 -0600 Report

I was getting out of the hospital on Thanksgiving day. I was planning to have the thanksgiving meal with Jem's brother, but as they had Thanksgiving brunch (BIL had another engagement for PM), and I was in hospital till mid-afternoon, I missed the family thanksgiving.

But I was THANKFUL anyway as I believe that I could have died if I hadn't gone to ER on Sunday eve. Unbeknownst to me, my very good lady friend "Suzanne" died on Sat or Sun (unclear, as to when) of a very similar reason that I went to ER on Sunday Eve. I was low on blood due to a Duodenal ulcer bleed. I had to be given 5 or 6 units on Monday & Tues.

Also the blood I did have was "dirty" with waste which should have been taken out by my kidneys. So since I had an easy access (fistula) for dialysis I also received hemodialysis on 2 days. It remains to be seen whether or not I will need to continue dialysis.

I vomited a black vomit like coffee grounds, which caused me to go in to the ER. So if anyone has emesis like coffee grounds, or your BM is black and tar-like (sticky) you should go to ER and get it checked out.

Even though my thanksgiving meal was anything but traditional (cold chicken sandwich & fruit cocktail) I am thankful that I could see another Thanksgiving at all.

Blessings to all


GabbyPA 2010-11-28 08:27:05 -0600 Report

What a horrible way to have to spend the day. But you are right, at least you have lived to see another one and maybe next year will be better. So have they found out why you got dirty blood? Do you donate for yourself? My mom does that and it helps so many people plus herself. I am glad you are home and well.

jayabee52 2010-11-29 16:33:56 -0600 Report

My kidneys haven't been working at 100% since 2006. I had to be on dialysis between Nov 2006 through July 2007 due to an infection which shut my kidneys down. The infection resolved itself and I didn't need dialysis any longer. But that left my renal system weak. I suspect losing all that blood into my belly caused my HB & BP to go up to try to compensate for lowered volume of blood pumped, so Kidneys which weren't doing great before couldn't keep up.

Fortunately I had a fistula installed in my arm so it was easy access for the dialysis. They're watching my blood to see if I will need more dialysis.

I haven't been able to donate blood for a while now. I had donated about 30 gal or so in my lifetime, but with the need for dialysis and some of the meds. I'm taking I can no longer give blood.

b;essomgs to you and yours

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-27 00:57:50 -0600 Report

James, welcome back. I had not seen any posts from you this week and had been wondering what you had been doing. So shocked so much has happened. Prayers that God will give you strength and healing. Also comfort in the lose of your friend.
You make me feel like a wimp, I felt so bad when I only needed 2 units of blood.

jayabee52 2010-11-27 01:17:39 -0600 Report

Believe me, I would rather NOT compete in that contest!

In retrospect, I really should not have been driving to the ER, but I really didn't FEEL bad, a little weak but not bad. I really didn't know how at that time how close I was to "buying the farm".

Thank you for your prayers for healing and comfort. It was strange Suzanne & I had about the same problem at almost the same time.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-27 02:21:46 -0600 Report

I agree with the no competition. I have already earned the "worst I ever have seen" and "the largest I have ever assisted with" titles this year.
So glad you made it safely to the ER.
It can be unsettling when faced with different outcomes for a mutual problem.

jeffrey9127 2010-11-26 20:24:13 -0600 Report

I Had a very good day and a very good BS reading 2 hours after dinner. My reading was 147. But I did'nt eat dressing, sweet potatoes, or the green bean cassarole. I ate everything else, including pumpkin pie.

Beerlilly 2010-11-26 19:13:43 -0600 Report

I did very well. The whole day was great. I got to hang out with family and talk about the people that we will missed this holiday (people that have passed on). I got to hear old family stories about crazy relatives, protective pets; poisoned family dinners (the old wives tales of my family). All in all it was great!
As for my blood glucose numbers I did really good. I tested before eating; my numbers was: 97 mg/dL and after eating and they were: 107 mg/dL.

bobec4 2010-11-26 17:43:37 -0600 Report

I had a wonderful day with my family and friends. I was fascinated how they all agreed to take the focus of the food and into everyone there. I still over did it with my nemisis (pies) but all in all I didnt do too bad. My BG topped at 160 and my fasting BG was 105. It went much better than I thought it would. I am very happy to see we all made it with hardly a scratch! now we can have confidence that we can make it through the rest of the season and be ok.

BandonBob 2010-11-26 16:49:56 -0600 Report

I had a great Thanksgiving. I went and volunteered to help serve the Community Thanksgiving dinner put on here in Bandon. While there was plenty to eat I was able to eat it all while keeping my portion size down. When I woke this morning my bs was high for me at 106 but all in all I'm still in control.

RAYT721 2010-11-26 15:28:48 -0600 Report

I made it through successfully. We went with rotisserie chicken, lots of veggies and a very small amount of mashed potatoes. We had a sugar-free pecan pie and while it had a little different taste it was good. Wife used a sugar free pancake syrup and sugar substitute instead of Karo and table sugar. The consistency was great. We used a refrigerated pie crust but there are other options for those who won't or can't have those products. A good time was had by all.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-26 11:00:55 -0600 Report

We had Thanksgiving at The Cake Lady's with Cream Puff Sister plus her husband and 2 adorable daughters, and Lemon Cake nephew. I made two desserts, fake pumpkin pie and mandarin orange tartletts, with about 15 carbs per serving. My husband made sauted sweet potatoes with a splenda and cinnamon glaze. Endulged in wonderful smoked turkey, thanks to sis. Had small portions of all my favorite traditionals - mashed potatoes, dressing, and green bean cassserole. Black olives, carrots, cukes, and celery to snack on. The sweet potatoes were a treat I slowly enjoyed about a 3/4 cup over 5 hrs. Had two servings of my desserts - avoided the traditional pumpkin pie. I was 95 after all the cards and cleanup. Took the stairs a few extra times. had a short walk in the cold, and laughed alot during the day for my extra exercise. Don't know if I spiked during the day. I decided thisThanksgiving Day would be reserved for using sensible eating. Today I will check out what the Tartlets do, there are some waiting for experimentaion in my fridge.
Sorry I don't have a safe sub for Pecan Pie for you Gabby. I did make a Nut Bar at the Assisted Living where I used to work. It had some of the same taste elements as a Pecan Pie. I'll check out how truly Diabetic friendly my version is. If it is low enough (I aim for 7-15 carbs per serving now) I'll share it with you.

GabbyPA 2010-11-28 08:35:13 -0600 Report

On Thanksgiving, I don't do much in the substitution category. I make what everyone wants to eat and make sure I have options. I had salad and steamed green beans that helped out. Baked sweet potatoes too. I'm not much into the stuffing and gravy, so that is good. I run higher than most of you all do here. I never get below the 110's and my mornings always start high. So it is just how I roll. I was just thankful I didn't have a 300 because that is what I expected to see.

taz324 2010-11-26 10:22:47 -0600 Report

i did good as well by the end of the day i toped out at 158 b/s but this morning my fasting b/s was 190 but all in all i feel good and it was a great day