What are Your Super Powers?

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-04-18 20:47:49 -0500
Started 2011-03-09 07:26:12 -0600

We all have secret tools that we like to use in the control of our diabetes and the other things that tag along with it. Those things that we always fall back on to keep us on track or going in the right direction.

For me, three of my best tools are:

1. Support! Without people around me, I would be so floundering. I use face to face and online support from you guys. It helps me so much to be able to talk to people who understand and who have been there.

2. Logs: I always do better when I am logging my numbers, my foods, counting my carbs and so on. My numbers will creep up when I stop logging. I hope one day that won't be the case, but for now, my logs keep me in line.

3. Determination: Beyond anything else, this is my best friend. It will get me through when my support is not around and my log book is empty. I get that grit and push from my determination and I would be lost if I didn't have it.

What are your Powers?


28 replies

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-04-18 20:47:49 -0500 Report

My super power is my husband. He watches what I eat and use for snacks. Sometimes I get real testy when he restrains me from eating what I shouldn't but I can't get mad at him because I know he wants me to be healthy. I had an experience this week. Being in Fl. with gandkids all week and having a sweet 16 party has definitely shown me the error of some of my ways. My readings were low most of the week and I was quite happy. I decided to have some M&M's. About 15 minutes later I felt rather weird. I mentioned it to my daughter in law so she would know what I was feeling. It took awhile but finally I started to feel "normal" again. So now I know, NO MORE M&M's. This old gal has to learn thintgs thge hard way.

headkeep
headkeep 2011-04-18 08:07:39 -0500 Report

I have 3 superpowers. They are:
1 - My wife of almost 39 years. No question I'd be long gone if not for her. She calls me "humpty-dumpty" and keeps putting me back together.
2 - My 2 children and their significant others. Very hard to not keep fighting when your 27 year old daughter is at your bedside whenever their is a problem. And, my 32 year old son (who has a 2 year old baby) is right behind her! Neither lives close to us.
3 - A man named "Jimmy V". Google Jimmy V and you'll see what I mean. Jimmy keeps me going with his famous quote "Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give UP"

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-04-17 16:08:26 -0500 Report

I have the power to make people laugh! I also have the power to make people trust me because as a friend, I keep confidences when others share confidential information about themselves. And, I have the power of writing to share information and resources with those who need them. Anyone want to challenge me?

courtcat79
courtcat79 2011-03-11 13:23:54 -0600 Report

Until I found this site I didn't really feel like I was understood when it came to my frustrations about diabetes. Its easy for people without diabetes to just shrug your feelings off because they just don't know what its like to have to worry about sticking certain things in your mouth and what its going to do to your sugar levels. This site has helped me also understand how to manage my sugars properly and give me the support I needed. My partner helps me the best she can, and I'm sure it gets hard on her because most of the time I feel like I'm fighting an endless battle alone.

On the other hand. I find that if I double up on my proteins and add a larger side of leafy greens and do very little carbs, my sugars stay stabilized and I lose more weight. I told my doctor what I was doing and he said "Well if that works for you, keep it up." I guess it varies from person to person, and from what type of diabetes you have. But what he told me is that its always a good thing to stick to whatever helps you the best.

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-03-11 12:48:59 -0600 Report

My biggest supporter is my wife, when I was told I was diabetic she went on the same diet as I did. She reminds me when I go astray, reminds me when we're out to eat what I should not get. Because of her I have more will power than I ever had before. Determination comes easy for me , not only being diabetic but I also had a heart attack about 7 years ago, I have had Crohn's since I was 19 years old. I can also though in asthma and emphasema, so I've been a fighter for a long time. When I slip I remember all the good things in my life and it's not hard to get back on track. We all ask why from time to time, I was told a long time ago that there is a reason for everything that happens to us, we might not see it today or tomorrow or even ever but there is a purpose for what happens to us. So don't look for why but look for how can I help others. God Bless.
Denny

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-04-17 21:47:26 -0500 Report

Denny,
Maybe part of the reason you have your challenges is so that you can explain in terms of understanding for those of us that read your coping mechanisms, to show us something that works. Your wife must be a special somebody. Cherish her every day, because you really miss your best bud when they are gone. Have a wonderful week, and God bless.
Nancy

0tina0
0tina0 2011-03-11 12:39:47 -0600 Report

My super powers come in an amazing Granny sort of way…
1. I have to ability to spoil grandkids in a single afternoon…and not drop my sugar much…
2. I have the ability to feed them stuff I can't have and maintain my happy self..
and last…I have the ability to correct stupid people in short sentences!

O and Gabby…I had a cape but dang…it is tattered. Super Granny is really hard work!

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-04-17 21:49:37 -0500 Report

Thank you for your wonderful sense of coping. If I had known how much fun I could have with grandchildren, I'd have started with them! Take care and have a wonderful week. God Bless.
Nancy

0tina0
0tina0 2011-04-18 20:14:36 -0500 Report

Thank you! I really agree with you…straight to the grandbabies…You have a great week too!!

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2011-03-09 22:17:27 -0600 Report

IM SUPER GIRL!!

No? Well ok I'm not but that is my desired superpower LOL. Onto the real reason why I'm posting ~ahem~

1. Accountability for my actions (*ie eating, exercising or not, etc)
2. Realizing that I am my own worse enemy to keep myself in line when I fall off.
3. Logging Logging and reading my logs! Understanding what works/doesn't.

I would be nowhere without my support network whether it be my family or friends offline and online. If ever I need to be put in line, I have a family member that will nonchalantly throw in reminders of people we have lost in the family or friends to this disease and complications from it. Support to help but also to listen and not always fix. Its a balance and I'm lucky to have it in my court.

Thanks Gabby =)

Harlen
Harlen 2011-03-09 15:23:50 -0600 Report

Love for my frends here at DC
Logs are very big with me
But the best thing is eating only when I need too, not when I just wishe too.
Best wishes all
Harlen

Richard Sauers
Richard Sauers 2011-03-09 10:51:57 -0600 Report

Being a diabetic is a way of life, it has to do with everything we do! Myself I live to survive! I know if I try to trick myself into cheating, it will come back and slap me in the head! I am not affraid to let people know my problems and not affraid to ask for help when I'm down.
Rich from Elyria

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-03-09 10:00:13 -0600 Report

I agree with all three of your points, although I'm not as good lately about logging food. I do log exercise and readings. When I tell people that know me that I'm diabetic, I usually get something like "That's no fair! You are such a good cook!" but I really consider that my super power. I use my cooking skills to craft meals that follow my meal plan, and incorporate a large range of vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and poultry. My husband tells people my cooking has only improved.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-09 09:05:23 -0600 Report

I agree with your three points although I always explain point number three as willpower. I think number 2 is very important so I track everything on mu computer. I can tell you what my BP, BG, weight and exercise level and what I ate for any day in the last 22 years since i was diagnosed.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-03-09 21:14:10 -0600 Report

That is incredible. I don't think I could even keep a diary for 22 years. What a great testament to the pay off of diligence.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-03-09 13:13:06 -0600 Report

Wow Brandon Bob!
I can tell you my BG, and what I ate, how I was feeling, every day for 6 yrs. You are a success story…and I think this journaling or recording is one of the reasons you are succeding!

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-09 17:40:21 -0600 Report

Thank you. Lots of people tell me I'm fanatic about the whole thing. But like I tell them whatever works.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-03-10 16:54:13 -0600 Report

My husband says I am too strict most of the time! ha! sometimes and sometimes not. I still need to work on my diet. some days I do great all day, and other times I need fruit, I find I don't have that many days need to dig out my portion sizes from classes and see how much of which fruits I can eat, I have forgotten. Some days I need more veggies or whatever. Most days I get enough veggies and whole grains. Some days I find myself picking at things my hubby brings in the house, awful sugar loaded, calorie dense junk. I don't eat a lot, but it isn't good to eat a little nearly everyday for a week either!! I get to where I will do this for a few days, a little here and there and then I stop and get back on track.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-10 18:08:27 -0600 Report

I may be fanatic but I do allow in my routine for lapses. Occasionally I will have a candy bar or some other forbidden fruit but only occasionally. I feel that if you can't allow yourself an occasional treat you are setting yourself up to fail. I think it is impossible for one to never want to indulge in some of the favorite things from before diagnosis. One needs some joy in life as long as one doesn't get too carried away.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-03-10 17:16:44 -0600 Report

I had the same problem with my bride Jem. She was a worse (had to take more insulins & had higher BG#s) than I am. But since she was blind, I had to do all the groc shopping. And she would ask for things I knew she shouldn't have. And because I didn't want to cross her, (we were newly in love) I got those things for her. And when those things were in the house, well, it was extremely hard not to indulge, especially when she offered.

I was amazed that my BG#s weren't worse.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-10 18:11:40 -0600 Report

I was very fortunate that my late wife only wanted to indulge with things that while probably were not the healthiest they were things like fruit, popcorn and nuts. I could get them for her and carefully avoid overdoing them for myself. I can understand why you did what you did. Diabetes is hard enough without indulging the ones you love.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-03-09 07:49:38 -0600 Report

I would have to totally agree with you on all three points of super powers. I make diabetics control a major priority in my life. Good discussion, Gabby.