I had my 3 month visit with my
HCP today. I wasn’t thrilled to be going. I fully expected a higher A1c and a
subsequent “discussion” about how/why it was going up. I just don’t have the
energy to argue. I was armed with my reasons:
I’ve been binge snacking in the
afternoons now and then.
I’ve chosen to eat a few
high-carb meals that I knew would raise my bg, and they did.
My A1c is solid as a rock.
Steady as she goes. Not wavering and a bloody good number at that. Color me
I told Terri (my HCP) that I was
quite surprised and we discussed the above-mentioned reasons why I expected a
higher number. She empathized with me regarding the stress eating (elder parent
care). She applauded me for allowing myself a splurge now and then. She told me
that I’m doing very well. (Have I mentioned how much I like this woman?) She
knows me and also knows that I am fully aware of what I need to be doing and
she gave me confidence that I can get there again. It was an uplifting visit
(but my arm hurts because I finally
got my flu shot. Whine.)
While driving home I thought
about why I was so surprised. I’ve mentioned previously that I haven’t been
dwelling on my diabetes care much lately due to other issues that require my
attention. Again, I’ve not been ignoring it, just not dwelling on it. Looking
back over my bg log I can see that the only time I’ve been testing, other than
fasting, is when I expected it to be high. I had Chinese food with my son: 197.
I binge snacked all afternoon. BEFORE dinner bg: 196. Obviously, those types of
occurrences need to become rare but, also obviously, the rest of the time I’m
doing just fine! Because I was only checking my blood glucose when I expected
it to be high, I had a skewed view of my over-all blood glucose.
I don’t plan any drastic changes
to what I’m doing, other than curbing this dang tendency to snack on carbs in
the afternoon. I rarely eat a high carb meal and often feel “bad” about it
afterward (ie: not really worth the glucose spike). I don’t see this as a
problem. Bottom line is that I’m doing just fine even though I thought I was “failing”
now and then. Score!
Lesson: It’s important to look
at the big picture and don’t make assumptions based on a few high numbers. Oh,
and regular exercise makes all the difference. Rock on!
There are so many tips, tricks,
devices and ideas out there that are designed to help people with diabetes deal
with, and hopefully control, their disease. You may have even read about some
of them here on my blog. I’ve recently been thinking about getting back on
track and tightening up my control of food intake etc and wondering what
method/tip/idea I should utilize to achieve success…yet again. It occurred to
me that all I need is time. Time is the most important tool for dealing with
I’m not talking about “if I only
had more time” kind of thing. I’m not referring to how cool it would be to have
a Tardis and be able to go back in time to change things or whatever. I’m
talking about making better use of the time that I have; that we all have.
Here is how I came to this
revelation: I know how I should be eating and I know how much exercise will
improve my health. I’ve been at this for a long time and don’t really need to
think about or research new ideas. I just need to do something! The thing is
that lately I’ve rarely “taken the time” to do what’s best for my health. I don’t
really have any excuses since I’m retired but time still seems to get away from
I know that when I eat a lower
carb dinner that is mostly vegetables, my bg the next morning is much, much
better. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I can get lazy. (Sorry
to burst your bubble.) When I’m in lazy mode, I choose to make meals that are
quick and not much of a hassle. There’s no reason that those meals can’t be
quick AND low carb/healthy! I often don’t take the time to think it out and go
and shop for the needed ingredients to make the meal. I need to take the time.
I mentioned that I’m retired and
therefore my days are pretty loose and relaxing…mostly. I do have regular
responsibilities, mostly revolving around caring for my mom, but there really
isn’t a reason for me to avoid doing the things I need to do to care for
myself; like exercising on a regular basis.
“Gosh, today I need to make
three phone calls, go to the bank and then shop for Mom’s groceries. I don’t
think I have time to exercise today.”
I know that when I take the time
to hit the treadmill every day, I feel better and have more energy to tackle my
amazingly busy days. I need to take the time.
I’ve been snacking too much in
the afternoons…again. If I take the time to make lower carb snacks and goodies,
I’m much better off. At least if I overdo it I’m not scarfing down mass quantities
of processed carbs! I need to take the time to bake. I have tons of recipes
that I’ve found online that would make it easier to snack in a better fashion.
I need to stop collecting them and actually make them. I need to take the time.
The other night I tried a new recipe
for dinner. It. Was. Fabulous! It was chock full of vegetables and…bacon.Mmmm bacon. It was a good meal that was
mostly healthy and even Ray enjoyed it. Win! It was easy and quick to make and
satisfied us both. My fasting bg the next morning was the best I’ve seen in a while.
Here is alink to the recipe in case you’re interested. I made a
few changes: I used Real Crumbled Bacon by Hormel, sautéed using olive oil,
added some onions and subbed spinach for the kale. I also doubled it, at least,
and there was hardly any left. Really, REALLY good!
My complaint that I don’t have
time to take better care of my health is bogus. I need to take the time to do
the things that I know will promote my health. Time is my new tool to deal with
my diabetes. I’ve got the time, do you?