I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2013: Thoughts, revelations, battles and victories
It’s the end of another
year.I don’t think most people can help
thinking back over the year at a time like this.I don’t really intend to regurgitate my year
but, since I haven’t been blogging much lately, I thought this would be a good
time to highlight some observations I’ve had about my diabetes in the hopes
that others might glean some insight about their own condition.So here are some observations, in no
Eating 2 or 3 small pickles just
before bed can help my fasting blood sugar be a tad lower.I’ve read that vinegar can help control blood
sugar, and I guess it’s true, but I absolutely could not drink it. Gag.I do, however, adore dill pickles.I found some that I really like (Mt. Olive
Kosher Baby Dills).Noshing on a couple
of pickles at around 10 PM is a way for me to have some vinegar.It’s helping.Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that eating a few pickles
after overeating doesn’t negate the pig-out.I did extensive testing. :/You’re welcome.
Eating pickles after brushing
your teeth is not the best idea. Everyone has tough times.Everyone. It doesn’t matter how long
you’ve been doing the diabetes thing, or how well you’re controlling your D,
you will eventually have tough times.Sometimes all you can do is slog through it, but having the support of
people who understand is invaluable. (Thank you Bob, Bea, Sue and Doc P and tons of other awesome peeps.)
Tough times don’t last
I’ve known all along that type 2
diabetes is progressive and now I’m experiencing that for myself.This fact has a lot to do with my recent
tough times.Regardless of the fact that
I have removed most of the processed foods from my diet, reduced my carb
intake, etc., my A1c has climbed to where it was when I was diagnosed.I’m working on it with my doctor.I will get back in control.
Tough times/disease progression
can lead to uncontrolled eating because…well, I just didn’t give a flip.Depression sucks.It doesn’t help to live there.I’m working on that too.
In the last year I have eaten
less and moved more than I have in my entire adult life! Yay me! I have also gained 15 lbs during that same
time period.Huh.Makes you think that maybe, just maybe, the
folks who blame overweight people for being lazy and eating too much are
wrong.Completely, rudely wrong.There is obviously something else happening
inside my body that caused me to gain this weight and is preventing me from
losing it.Me thinks it’s excess
insulin.I mean, it’s obvious that my
insulin resistance is greater (increased A1c), therefore there is probably more
insulin floating around in my blood, doing no good, and causing me to add
There is no greater joy in life
There is no greater source of
stress in life than family.
The first statement far
outweighs the second statement.
I can’t eat bread.Period.I kept thinking I could and spent a lot of time bummed over the glucose
spikes.I’m done with it.
I CAN eat the bread I make from this recipe!Total and complete WIN!I bake
this stuff up, slice it and freeze it with waxed paper between each slice.I toast what I want, when I want it. Sandwiches
still have a place in my life.What a
Christmas without ridiculous
amounts of presents and food is still Christmas.It’s still a wonderful time.
Note to self: don’t bake a bunch
of stuff at Christmas unless you send it all home with family as they leave
I love my husband.We just celebrated our 5th
anniversary.I am so lucky to have found
him.It’s amazing what a simple “hello”
I’m sure there are more words I
could throw at you, but I’m kinda tired.Despite the tough times, I’m hopeful.I’m determined to keep at this battle with diabetes and win.I hope that those who are reading this had a
lovely holiday season with their families and that 2014 turns out to be
awesomesauce.Happy New Year.