Monday, February 28, 2011


Woohoo!!  Staying in the normal zone!  Today's blood sugar is 97.  Noting I had lightly breaded baked fish last night with potatoes lightly fried in olive oil, and carrots/peas.  Yummy!  I was a bit concerned that the potatoes would cause the rise as pasta does, but I needn't be concerned obviously.
Eating in moderation.  Will weigh in today later.
Have not been feeling well for 3 days.  Upper GI upset and muscle/joint pain that medication doesn't hit.  Assumption is I'm not drinking enough to filter out the medication for T2Diabetes.
Will try this and if it fails, will call PCP.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Yippee!!!!  Another great blood sugar reading this morning.  92 and normal.  YAY!!!!  I must be doing something right.  It's a good feeling to know I can eat normally and reduce my glucose.  Now if I can get Wendell's down .. he's tough.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

99 !

Wow.. can't beat that much.  99 today.  Feeling good.  Noting all the things that gave me the 99.. like the bowl of cereal for supper?  Hmmmmmmm

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wendell down 8#

Wendell saw the doctor yesterday before the storm got started.  It was his usual check up for weight.  He's down 8# !!!  Proud of you my dear.. Atta boy!!!!  Go Go Go Go Go...


I tried something different last night as far as carbs went.. I had 3 small dinner rolls with my vegetables and chicken for supper. 
I added Activia with a dollop of Cool Whip (sugar free, natch).
Today the glucose is coming down, but not far enough.  UGH.

Monday, February 21, 2011

112 :(

Wish 112 was my weight rather than my blood sugar today. 
I can see pasta going away in my life.  I'm certain it was the macaroni in the chicken salad last night, though I didn't overeat, my portions were just right, but the macaroni seems to be a bit too much for my body to handle.. add that to my list of banned foods.
Turkey, beef, and milk... now pasta.  sigh.....
After that I got on the scales.. Thankfully, I still hold my 5# loss quite easily.  AMEN.
Thought for myself:  Don't get hung up on one bad blood sugar.  Learn from it, Keep track of your diet, and know what causes the spikes. 

2 scrambled eggs - PAM for lube
1 slice whole wheat toast with a tsp butter (real butter, uh huh.)
1/2c sliced peaches
2 small dry cooked strips bacon.
Lunch grilled cheese,
handful of grapes,
mouthful of canned tomatoes
supper is grilled chicken breast- 3oz
home made dinner roll
thinking about rice/veggies... would love to see how I react to rice.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

down 5#

Well.. I didn't check my glucose this morning, but I didn't need to since I didn't have any cake last night.  Good for me.  When I stepped on the scales, I was pleasantly surprised to see another pound bit the dust.  That's 5 total since I got my metformin started.  Not bad.   I hope it continues.
Today was cereal for breakfast with Coffeemate Coffee Creamer liquid in lieu of milk which my body doesn't tolerate.
Lunch was a grilled cheese with provolone and american cheeses, and chicken noodle and vegetables soup.  Yummy.
I had a sugar free pudding this afternoon.
Tonite was macaroni with chicken and veggies on top.  Very good. 
My bedtime snack is raspberry yogurt with a dollop of SF Cool Whip.  Very filling.
It is peculiar to me that I can eat cheese and yogurt without any side effects, but one swallow of milk and my stomach goes wild.  Ice cream ...?  Well, I can eat a small dish of ice cream, but if I have another one within a few days, it's the same crazy abdominal symptoms.. weird.

Friday, February 18, 2011


I should have seen that coming.   We were out all day yesterday and twice had potatoes.  I believe the glycemic load was a bit heavy.  I had bread twice too.. something I never do.
We shall see how it goes on Sabbath when I recheck after little Paul's party..

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


As you can see, my blood sugar is coming down nicely.  I'm feeling a bit different.. tired without ultra tired evenings.  I am refreshed today and ready for the day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

no fasting glucose today

I decided to take a break from jagging my fingers.  Don't panic.. I was told to check my glucose a couple times a week or up to every other day.  So I am still following the doctor's direction.
My diet is improving.  I'm so proud of myself.  The cravings have really settled.
This morning we had 2 scrambled eggs, a small strip of bacon, and 2 small pancakes with Sugar free syrup.  It held me till lunch when I made us each a small bowl of cream of mushroom soup.  I don't use milk in it, just hot water and extra mushrooms of course.  With that we each had a grilled cheese sandwich- one slice of american cheese and one slice of provolone.. Oh.. delicious!
Not sure about tonite.. but I will be having fresh steamed broccoli with whatever the choice is. 
Here's something I found on the internet for combatting abdominal bloating;
Which foods are the best at reducing visible bloat in the belly?

"Definitely reduce fried, saturated fats and increase fat-burning foods like green cruciferous vegetables. In terms of what you should be eating, consume three to four servings of vegetables a day, increase lean protein intake with free-range meats, incorporate high-fiber foods like apples or berries, and make sure you eat the right kinds of fats like avocados and nuts."

I love fresh sweet onions and broccoli.. as well as brussels sprouts..
I shouldn't have a problem with this.  When I scramble the eggs, I use PAM, and if I have to use oil, it's always Olive oil.  I could drink olive oil, but I think I'd be sick if I tried it. 
Time for a cup of coffee..
As things ended up, we had tuna salad again with macaroni.  I was careful to take only a cup of the macaroni, but loaded my bowl with fresh celery and onion, tuna fish, and then a dollop of Mayo for it all.  Yummy and very satisfying.  No snack needed tonite.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Wow.. still hanging up there above 100, but going down slowly but surely.  My diet is going well and I find I have NO cravings any more.  That's a good sign.
I thought about a Hershey chocolate bar yesterday, but had no desire to eat one.  Now, that should go down in the annals of time!
Preparing for breakfast..

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I was really hoping my blood sugar would come down a bit faster.  It's discouraging sometimes to get up and find readings that are above 100.  :(  
But today is the Sabbath and I'm going to worship the King today with a number of other like minded folk.  That makes my day.
BS 111.. weight later.
Off to get some breakfast.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Doesn't seem to matter what I eat, my glucose is high in the morning.  Today it's 116.  Sigh...
I will not relent.  I will stay with the diet and exercise too.  Yesterday I had a nice ride on the Schwinn.  I may repeat that today after looking outside- snow.
Breakfast was same as always, lunch was not much different- cream of mushroom soup with extra mushrooms , and the rest of teh left over sliced chicken.  
Tonite will be a tuna salad with nuts, apple, tuna (of course ;) ), and celery chopped together with a dab of mayo.. yummy!
snack: cheerios

Friday, February 11, 2011

Glycemic index or glycemic load..

Some good information:

Glycemic Load is the application of the glycemic index to a standard serving of food.
Glycemic index tests are not performed on typical portion sizes. So, by using the Glycemic Index alone, the glycemic effects of foods containing a small percentage of carbs are likely to be overstated, while the glycemic effects of foods containing a high percentage of carbs are likely to be understated. For example, foods that are mostly water or air will not cause a surge in your blood sugar levels even if their glycemic index is high.

This is why scientists developed the idea of Glycemic Load. It ranks foods according to actual carb content (eg. in a typical portion-size), not how fast a 50g amount of carbs raises blood sugar levels.


Down 4#, Glucose up to 118
I started the Metformin last evening.  I need to drink more water.
Breakfast was the same as usual..
2 scrambled eggs, 2 small dry crisp pieces of bacon, 1 slice toast with a tsp butter.   Of course, 1 1/2 c coffee to go with it all. 
Planning a ride on the Schwinn.  Gotta get that FBS down.
Good lunch- same as yesterday,but cream of mushroom soup- 90 calories. 
Wish I had some decaf coffee... perhaps I'll get a cup of hot tea.
supper was very good.  Leftover chicken in slices.. I still have another meal I can make with it. :)  Broccoli and fruit salad on cottage cheese, and sliced fresh tomato.  Yum.  It sure was good.
Snack today was cheerios- multigrain. 
I'm very tired tonite.  Heading for bed.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fasting blood sugar 106

I would guess that this is what my daily morning blood sugar runs~ 106 today. 
Breakfast was the usual-
2 scrambled eggs, 1 slice toast with a dab of butter, 2 small pieces of dry, crisp bacon, and a half of a 6" banana, and 1 1/2c coffee with creamer.
Lunch~ 2 slices bread, 2 thin slices deli ham with 2 tsp mayo, and a bowl of vegetable soup.
Supper tonite will be baked chicken, left over broccoli and canned carrots doctored with Splenda and a dab of butter.
I have fresh frozen red raspberries and some SF Cool Whip for dessert.  I will likely add a container of Activia to this also.  I try to do that daily.
I'm on an antibiotic and need the yogurt.
Tonite is my big night.  I will take my first dose of metformin.  It doesn't work like insulin, but makes it easier for insulin to get through to cells reducing the sugar in the blood.  I'm anxious to get started.  I desire that this will work.  I am insulin resistant.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


It's odd to me that I have this total acceptance and calm about being a new diabetic.  Wonder why that is?  I believe it is God's grace showering me with peace. 
I have certain goals today:
1. Blood sugar fasting = 109
2. Weigh in= same as dr office yesterday- too high to print.
3. Exercise in some fashion
4. Eat well=
Breakfast 2 eggs, 1 toast with 1 tsp butter, 2 slices crispy bacon, and 1/2c fruit- peaches today
Coffee!  Yes, 1 1/2c as usual.
This is a normal breakfast for me- nothing out of the usual .  It's hearty and healthy.  I am using 35cal bread for my toast, and the bacon is cooked twice to get all the fat out that I can possibly do- it is so crisp, it falls apart.
5. Drink water
It's after lunch now.  I had a ham sandwich, a dill pickle, and water.
After consulting with Wendy, I decided to buy a loaf of Sara Lee whole wheat bread that is free of high fructose corn syrup.  I was surprised how good it was.  So 2 slices of bread with 2 tsp mayo and 2 slices of deli ham.  I sliced up a garlic dill pickle and poured a glass of water which I'm still sipping.
I think I need a fruit here.  I'll see if I have any mandarin oranges left, and if not, I'll try a half banana.
One day at a time.
I started my antibiotic horse pills today, and got my box of lancets and test strips.
Supper was very good and low calorie.  I chopped up 2 tiny pieces of chicken and braised it in a little bit of olive oil.. then I added chopped onion, carrots, colorful peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms.  Oh yum!  I skipped the rice tonite~ I spooned the veggies and chicken over a dollop of cottage cheese for a much different taste.  So good.  For a dessert, I added a dollop of SF Cool Whip to my nightly Activia and then tossed in a half cup of frozen red raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  So very delicious!
I feel stuffed.
I'm working on Glycemic Index- 0-55 is low, 56-70 is medium, and over 70 is high.  I'm going to try to concentrate on the low GI veggies and fruits, as these don't raise the blood sugar like the medium and high GI does.  You don't get the high spikes of blood sugar when you use the low GI veggies and fruits.  I'm learning .. day by day I am learning all over how to eat and keep my blood sugars under control.
Glad you stopped by.  I'll be back with more reports on various topics and, of course, give an update on my journey into diabetes.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Diabetes, the diagnosis

Today truly is the first day of the rest of my life.  I saw the PCP today.  Good news.. most of my labs were perfect.. except for the one that I was afraid might be out of kilter.. that of the A1c which is slightly elevated and says I'm heading for Type 2 diabetes.. and then he saw my fasting glucose.. a whopping 128 !!!!! This should be under 100 to be high normal.  With those 2 factors together, he announced to  me that I am no longer Pre diabetic, I am full blown type 2 diabetic.  I'm not upset or unraveled..  In fact, it's a relief to be diagnosed so I can get the medication that will help me along.  I don't metabolize carbohydrates well, if at all.  I've suspected that for a while now.  In fact, I crave carbs so much, I could be manic about them.. but I'm never sated after eating them.  Dr Harry says it's because though I'm eating them, my body is not metabolizing them, and just turns all that food into fat and applies it liberally to my body and asks for more. 
So, when the pharmacy sends my meds, I'll be starting Metformin, an oral medication for diabetes.  Metformin is used in Europe as a weight loss drug, but in the US, we use it only for diabetes.  I should lose weight on this and get the glucose under control.  It's not totally outlandish now, but it could become so without treatment.
I now have my own glucometer.  I ate supper tonite and when I got home, tried it out.  My glucose was 128 after a meal.  That's not bad.  We shall see in the morning.  I plan to do several checks before my meds arrive.  The office was to fax it to the pharmacy so I could have a 3 month supply.
Pray this works.  He also told me that my muscle aches and pains should diminish or disappear with this, as that can easily be caused by the diabetes..
*My plan is to do something with exercise officially every day whether it's walking from one end of our trailer to the other, or a good walk around the perimeter.. maybe a dip in the pool at the Y.. we are long overdue there.
* Plan to eat better quality foods and watch those calories.. especially the carbs.
Here we go Marilyn, here we go!!