ILoveSox's Journal, 26 April 2018

Day 4 I am hungry. LOL So, I did really well with my diet today...so far. I was able to stay in the parameters my doctor asked me to. I actually am under on the calories...not sure how that one happened...but I am officially hungry and it's almost 9:30 at night. My blood sugar is steady at 119 right now. MY CGM is set to 80 for the low and 180 for the high. Today so far, since midnight till now, I have for the first time stayed within those numbers. My highest today was 159. My lowest was 88. I know it isn't perfect, but I am proud. This is a big milestone for me. And with keeping my calories and carbs lower than I am used to, and my protein higher, I am hoping to see some movement on the scale. Speaking of, I don't know whether I should wait to see if I lost anything when I go back to the doctors in a month, or if I should jump on my scale at home. Part of me would love to know if what I am doing is working, but another part of me if afraid that I could sabotage myself if the scale hasn't moved at all or very little. I need to learn patience. LOL I know the weight will take time to come off, but I want it to hurry up and just go away. LOL I did do a little more physical stuff today, BUT I totally forgot to carry my phone when I was doing things around the house, so my steps didn't get recorded for about 3 hours. Which really sucks. I am going to record what my phone says for today, but I know it is much more. I made it a point to walk up and down the steps several times today. Normally, I would send my kid to get what I need. Not today. I got myself up and walked up and back down those steps on my own. I also walked all over the house, to each room, and picked up any trash or kitty fur I found. LOL I emptied the trash cans from the bathrooms. And I made dinner. LOL I made bean soup. Northern Beans and Ham, with garlic powder and pepper. That's it. I'm not sure if it was a good choice or not. I read online that beans are good for you. But when I registered what I ate in my food log, it said it was pretty high on carbs. It didn't seem to spike my sugar too much though, so I don't know. My body is weird I guess. LOL And on that note, I am contemplating what to do with my hunger pains right now. My blood sugar is now 106. It's showing steady/slow movement. But I will still be up another couple hours, at least two, with my mother in law. I think I may have an apple with peanut butter to see if that helps my tummy feel full for the night. Steps taken: 3337

Diet Calendar Entries for 26 April 2018:
1146 kcal Fat: 30.66g | Prot: 109.74g | Carb: 113.87g.   Breakfast: Cornerstone Wellness High Protein Meal Replacement Shake, Milk (1% Lowfat with Added Vitamin A), Peanut Butter. Lunch: Cornerstone Wellness High Protein Meal Replacement Shake, 1% Fat Milk, Banana. Dinner: Randall Great Northern Beans, Sugardale Diced Ham. Snacks/Other: Sargento String Cheese Mozzarella Cheese Snacks, Dannon Light & Fit Protein Smoothie - Strawberry Banana, Sargento String Cheese Mozzarella Cheese Snacks, Jell-O Sugar Free Lime Gelatin. more...
3309 kcal Activities & Exercise: Watching TV/Computer - 3 hours, Driving - 5 minutes, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 15 minutes, Housework - 30 minutes, Resting - 12 hours and 10 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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Good job on the intake and keeping things on an even keel today! Its an effort and you damn well should be proud of yourself! Great job. I would suggest instead of the apple and pbutter, maybe a bit of cheese instead. the proteins and fats might satisfy faster and sustain you longer and I would think have a lower sugar impact. As for that scale, I would say do NOT step on it until its time to see the doc. At least not for a couple of weeks Don't even think about doing it until you are mentally prepared for catching yourself at a time when that number is naturally flexing up. that number on the scale is the least important indicator of progress but tends to have the greatest impact on one's outlook IMO 
26 Apr 18 by member: JLente
JLente Thank you! I wish I had read your reply last night. LOL I went with the apple and peanut butter. On a good note...my blood sugar did not spike too high this morning. I woke up at 112. On a bad note, I ate a small breakfast and was fine for several hours, but got busy and I just checked my blood sugar...191! WTH? I only had a piece of string cheese and 1 O-N-E egg, scrambled with 1TBSP of 1%milk. No oil, no butter. I don't get it. LOL So now I am chasing my numbers again. Yesterday was great. Today isn't going so well. BUT, I'll keep going and see what tomorrow brings. As for the scale, thank you for your advice. I think I will take it. I am not going to get on the scale until next month. Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Oh...I thought about cheese last night, but I am not sure how much cheese is too much in a day. I had 2 pieces of string cheese yesterday already. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks again!!! 
27 Apr 18 by member: ILoveSox
I want to congratulate you on doing all of those extra steps throughout the day! It is great exercise. Did you ever consider not eating anything at night before bed? If your blood sugar was stable (and it was) then maybe you can learn to tolerate being hungry. Just drink a big glass of water. Are you on an insulin pump? The reason I ask is I am a Type II also but I give myself the insulin. So I was just trying to understand if you had to take your blood yourself before breakfast and if you gave yourself the insulin or if it automatically dispensed by a pump. Sorry I don't know about that process that's why I am asking.  
27 Apr 18 by member: ny_shelly
nu_shelly Thank you. I am not on insulin. I take oral diabetic medications only. I do have a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) that I have to track my blood sugars. It is attached to my upper arm and I can scan it with a small handheld device to get my current reading, which isn't actually blood glucose, its the glucose in the fluid thats under the skin...or something like that. LOL It's supposed to be just as accurate as the blood sugar, although it could be a few minutes behind. For example, if something makes my blood sugar raise at 10:00 and it shows on the finger stick test, it would show up on my monitor a couple minutes later at maybe 10:05 or something. But I do like it because I also get a lot of data with it, and it's monitoring around the clock. I can see my average blood glucose, percent of time I am in target range, a couple charts, etc. Plus I hated sticking myself so much. Using this, I only have to stick myself once every 10 days to apply a new disc to my arm, and then only if my meter tells me to check blood glucose due to a quick change or an error reading, which I only get a couple times a week. I hope I explained that well. LOL Ok, as for feeling hungry last night...yeah, I was starving. LOL My stomach physically was hurting and felt so hollow. I did try water and it made me feel quite sick to my stomach. My calorie level yesterday was much lower than it should have been. Aside from that, if I do not eat fairly close to when I go to sleep, my blood sugar skyrockets by morning due to Dawn Phenomenon. I don't know much about it yet...my Dr just told me that is what I have because when I fast, my sugars go up between 6 and 8am daily. So far, I have only found that eating late tends to help with that. I am trying to find other ways though. I don't like eating right before bed. I have been researching everything I can. It's just so much information to absorb all at once, and there are so many ideas, I can't try everything in one day. So yeah...if you have any ideas, please let me know. Knowledge is power! I hope that all makes sense. LOL If not, I'll try to explain it better.  
27 Apr 18 by member: ILoveSox
Good advice Shelly! ILoveSox do you eat carbs? Carbs will make you hungry also diabetis thrives on carbs. I cut mine to under 20 and I am no longer a diabetic.Good luck! 
27 Apr 18 by member: 8Patty
Ilovesox, try to have a small amount of cheese or meat w/o carbs right at bedtime. I was having the same thing happen. The cheese with a few crackers worked, or part of a protein bar. I now use a smoothie since I have to eat to take two of my night meds anyway. I add lots of ice and make it with almond milk and a bit of greek yogurt, protein powder, etc... it’s in my recipes under Blender Base- Vanilla... on the main Fatsecret dot com website (makes three servings & I combine with the Blender Adds in my cookbook because I’m too lazy to repeat the recipes!) lol If the protein at night doesn’t work, you may have to have your doctor prescribe a medication called Acarbose that is designed to drop your nighttime sugars down to more normal levels, unless it truly is just that spike right at dawn. If so, you may be looking at not eating breakfast until noon or later until your blood sugars have dropped from that morning boost. 🤷🏻‍♀️That ‘boost’ is what allows farmers and such to go do their morning chores before they actually eat any food and then they carb up because they need so much energy for their day. We, unfortunately, don’t. A few nuts, a bit of salad or soup can probably get most of us through until dinner. LOL 🙋🏻 
27 Apr 18 by member: smprowett
8Patty Do I eat Carbs? Do I eat Carbs! LOL Yes I do. Up until very recently, I was consuming way way way too many carbs. My Dr. has me trying to stay as close to 30 at each meal and 15 at each snack now...and I have been doing fairly well with that. It did take a little while to adjust and figure out what I could eat in those parameters, but I am doing fairly well with that now. I would love to go carb free, but I don't have the willpower to just do it all at once. I figure one day at a time, one step at a time. As long as I am moving in the right direction. But I bet I am eating probably half the carbs I once did. Did you cut your carbs back to 20 all at once? How did you do that? Thanks for your advice.  
27 Apr 18 by member: ILoveSox
smprowett I am going to try that tonight. I purposely didn't eat my string cheese this afternoon. I saved it to try tonight to see if that works. I will for sure check out your recipes tomorrow. I should have some extra time tomorrow to poke around this site and learn a bit more about it. And yes, my sugars do only spike up between 6 and 8am. That is when it starts. I am not sure what would happen if I didn't eat at all in the morning until it came down. I will ask my Dr. about that next month for sure. I just made a note on my phone to ask him, so I won't forget, because that is a great question. I could wait to eat. I don't think it would kill me to wait a little while. LOL Thank you. I love all your advice. You are so knowledgeable.  
27 Apr 18 by member: ILoveSox
I agree with jlente on the scale! It’s not important right now! Your health is! And those blood sugar numbers! 🙆🏻‍♀️ You might want to take a few minutes and take ALL your measurements (arms and legs and neck too!) because when that scale isn’t moving sometimes those measurements are! And take a full length full body photo. It can be really motivating in a few months to make that comparison! LOL I didn’t have one, and wish I did. But I can tell you that the doctor put one in my medical file and last year I had a nurse try to find me in a waiting room using it! LOL 😆 She reported that I wasn’t there! The receptionist had to point me out to her. 
28 Apr 18 by member: smprowett

     
 

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