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PT and Shock Therapy

PT: today for an hour. Seems as if I have knots under the front of my ankle bone and up the hamstring muscles. She did a deep massage. Lets just say the party was over before it even started. ugh Next week if the knots are still there they will do the dry needles into each knot. She says anyway. The guy Chris may not. It's a catch 22 either way.   Part 2: Waiting in the lobby was a heavy woman in a wheelchair. The front half of her foot had been amputated and she had metal pins (4 of them) sticking out of both sides of her legs about 6" and 4" above the ankle. She proceeds to tell me a few years ago she had broken a bone in her foot but because of having no feeling due to her diabetic neuropathy she never felt it so she never told her doctor. Well in due time the bone came right out of the skin so she had to have amputation, have pins inserted, move into assisted living and have PT basically forever.   Shock: The lady then reaches into her pocket and pulls out two giant Kit Kat bars and proceeds to eat them in less than 5 minutes. I almost passed out in shock! I can still she her cramming those chocolate bars like there was a party and she was the guest of honor. I can say one thing for sure and that is no candy bar, slice of bread, handful of fries, bowl of ice cream or anything else I used to eat on a daily basis will never cross my lips again! Her condition is forever imprinted on my mind. TWO candy bars. Unbelievable!

kooka

kooka

 

Sometimes I could just scream and punch somebody!

Why am I so docile? Never taking up for myself. Never saying what I really want to say when somebody insults me or tries to make me feel stupid or uneducated. My feet were red, dry and painful this morning as well as my knees being crushed while I slept....or tried to anyway. Like an a$$ I had to mention it to Sheila who sighed and said "well maybe my legs hurt too and so do a lot of other peoples. " "I said maybe yours hurt from riding a bike down the street after 45 years." Basically she cut me off then and changed the subject and of course I just let sugar drip from my lips as usual like it never hurt my feelings or anything. I think sometimes I have to talk about it just to wrap my head around the fact that this is my new life. Hands are aching but I am typing and later will clean the house even though I will be down then for hours afterward.   I need to just embrace the pain as my ankles are already going numb in the front. A few spots on the bottoms of my feet as well and part of the top of my right foot. They say as the numbness continues then the pain is gone. I am thinking I would much rather have the pain than be in a wheelchair in assisted living. perish the thought! On someone who has this could truly understand it. Meds just mask it and make you less aware of your being. Not for me. At least I still have full control of my mentality. I hope they legalize cannabis this year. My doctor said 1 puff 3 times a day would rid my pain for 24 hours. I can't even imagine an entire day without pain. It's been a long time.

kooka

kooka

 

Life is just a bowl of fat

Sometimes I get so sick of eating fat. Except fat bombs of course. made them into a nice candy bar yesterday with peanuts. I need some almonds then I could have almond bark. I guess whatever works. I hate this disease. MY leg hurts today from the knee down this morning hopefully can do some stationary bike today if it eases up some. . Hurts? I should say somebody lit a match to it. I believe its the new house slippers which were not cheap by a long shot but I can't hardly wear any kind of shoes so I just keep trying to find some. As for my boots I only need them to get into the car, out and into church, out and back into the car. LOL Keep on keeping on. What else can I do. Exp. continues: Last night ate half a dill pickle, 2 slices of deli roasted turkey breast and 1 oz. of cheese. Still peed all night long but fasting was 120 this morning so I am happy.

kooka

kooka

 

DPN and High Heeled boots

"Kooka have you lost your mind?" "No why would you ask that?" "Because hunzies you ordered a pair of knee high boots with heels and I'm afraid now that you are losing your mind." "Well I did put them on and they will look good with my long skirts this winter." "But can you walk in them without your calves going into spasms like they did this morning 2 minutes after you ripped the package open and went prancing around the living room?" "No but I figure if I practice a little each day I may get up to 30 minutes or so." "Kooka. You need medication. You should have had a serious conversation with yourself and come to a more sensible agreement like flat soles maybe." "Just shut up before I punch your lights out!"   Last night experiment. Had a snack of pickles slices, small cheese slice and a slice of deli turkey before bed. Sugar 126 this morning so have any carb at all with the snack is not gonna work and besides that I have gained 6 pounds of water in 2 days from that Mexican cheese that I love! Today no cheese.

kooka

kooka

 

Dawn Phen Experiment: Day 2

Ate supper at 7 instead of 5:30. Snack before bed was a slice of deli turkey. Bedtime reading 109 and fasting this morning was 120 so that is a lot better than yesterdays. -15 to be exact. Only woke up once to go to the bathroom so my sleep is so much improved as well as my leg cramps because of the dehydration during the night. I did have to take a prescription Previcid though in the middle of the night as my reflux is giving me a fit right now. Possibly I am drinking was to much coffee or adding so much to my WOE mainly spices. I doubt if it's the ginger because it calms your stomach but the garlic and tumeric could be one of the meanies. Sugars yesterday averaged 110 throughout the day so I am pleased with that and what pleases me most is I have cut my morning Metformin down to a 500 instead of a 1000. Mainly I feel like because I am much ore active during the day and rarely eat any carbs before I eat supper at night. I then take 1000. Been doing that all week and so far it's working. Go me!

kooka

kooka

 

Day one: Dawn Phenonomen

Since doing much research I have discovered I have dawn phenonomen. Ex:: Go to be 94, wake up with reading of 120, eat a no carb breakfast and one hour later reading of 102, Two hours after breakfast 98. This continues throughout lunch. Then in the evening it stays steady the rest of the day always going down after lunch and supper but not as fast as after breakfast so my first experiment started last night:   1 2 hours before bed I a 2 ozs. of hard cheese and a small pack of peanuts. Sugar was 110. Woke up at 3:30 a.m. and sugar was 131. Ate an ounce of cheese then woke up at six and sugar was 136. Ate breakfast. One hour later sugar was 115.   So eating a no or lock before bed cause the sugar to rise even higher during the night. The only good thing I did not have to pee every 45 mins. as usual when I woke up at 3. My mouth and tongue were not dry as a bone. I did not wake up in a sweat so tonight it's on to exp. #2.

kooka

kooka

 

Decent day

Things are going well today. My foot is an issue. But when is it not. I may have to put the ankle brace back on even though I hate it. I believe I will fry some chicken tonight. Been a while since I made much effort to cook. Cheri told me to smash pork rinds and roll it in them for a nice chrispy coating without carbs. So onward and forward. Sugar was 119 this morning when I got up. God is good. All the time.

kooka

kooka

 

If they say no pain no gain then....

last night I gained the world. Oh man did I have a bad night. Finally got a couple hours sleep after I took a Lortab in the middle of the night. I have 2 left and Doc will not renew them even though they expired in 2013. Oh does that make me an addict. I guess so. I said well I guess the gov. wants me to get addicted to pain instead of taking 30 pain pills every 6-9 months of which I only take a half of one since they make me sick to my belly but at least they take the edge off the pain when I can hardly stand it. "Hi there. My name is Barb and I am a pain addict. Nice to meet you. Do you have a good withdrawal program?"   Went to a church rummage sale with my aide and we had to leave because my leg started hurting so bad I broke out in a sweat and had to hold onto the wall to make it to the car. Some days are just bum, bum and bummer days. It will be better. Already is because I am sitting and my feet are done cooking for the moment. 2 Cor. 4: 16-18 God is good.

kooka

kooka

 

Blah blog day

No clue why I am blah. Maybe tired of the humidity. Maybe I want a hot fudge sundae. Maybe I am just bored because I miss Connor. No clue. On a better note riding that portable stationary bike for 30 mins. seems to be helping my leg pain. Sugars staying around 100 during the entire day. Going shopping tomorrow to stock up on some of the things other members are using. My meter is stating a 30 day average at 134. It was 157 for a long minute. Like a year of minutes. I can't complain as I have done this to myself. Not to say I never listened to Doc because I did there were times I just chose to ignore him and my own mind with my I do not give a $#@* attitude. There is always a consequence to every choice.

kooka

kooka

 

And I almost tossed it

Diabetic Solutions book by Dr. Bernstein. I can't believe how much good information this book has for type 1 diabetics and type 2. I listed a lot of the foods he suggests and along with the recipes I am off to the grocery again Friday. I did see a few things made from soy flour. I used to make gravy out of flax meal and a bit of heavy cream and water just to have a tad on my eggs in the morning but I am going to go ahead and try it with the soy flour. 3.3 grms. carbs for 1/8 cup and that should make more than enough gravy for me. can't wait. He also suggests those SF 0% calorie syrups. Says he even eats them on his eggs. Yuck! Try the SF jello almost set and then whipped with heavy cream and after it sets drizzle some chocolate SF syrup on it. I am ready to get out of this rut. Sugar down to 100 after breakfast so I am happy.

kooka

kooka

 

Baloney is the word of the day

I cannot believe I waited 3 weeks to go for PT and get these dry needle treatments which as my orthopedic said "will decrease your neuropathy pain especially in your right foot" and the PT says dry needling treatments do nothing for DPN except possibly reduce pain for a few hours. Sooooooooooooo he makes me ride a stationary bike and I am now home with both feet and ankles swollen and a sore knee. I wish I could get the CT on my foot like the x-ray tech said I needed 2 months and 4 doctors ago. I am just so frustrated with the whole thing.

kooka

kooka

 

good day....so far

I get so tired of cooking sometimes. I had to force myself to fry an egg this morning. I ate a hot dog on a fork for lunch. Now I have a pot of beef vegetable soup simmering on the stove and will freeze half of it for other days. All the veggys are LC. According to my meter I have my 30 day average down to 136 so onward and forward. Beats prior reading for sure. I can do this. I don't like it but I can and will do it.

kooka

kooka

 

Church Picnic

Yeehaw I am one happy old chicka. Went to the picnic after church this afternoon. One table loaded with pasta salads, potato casseroles, and the like. Another table baked beans, mac and cheese etc. One table weighted down with cakes, brownies, pies, cookies, apple dumplings and every sweet know to man. A table of hot dogs and hamburgers and one with salad dressings, tossed green salads and melons. So I took my reading 107 and then proceded to eat two burgers no bun, two hot dogs no buns, a spoon of mustard, and a tossed salad with dressing. Two cubes of red watermelon and 2 cubes of yellow watermelon. I am stuffed and my friends are stuffed too.........with sugar. LOL Feeling really pumped about it.

kooka

kooka

 

Workin it

I promised my doctor to work on getting my A1C down in the next four months. If not he is adding another medication to my Metformin. Between the neuropathy pain today and the heat and humidity exercise is the farthest thing from my mind. So is cooking in this weather. I need to plan too cook for the weeks and freeze it and then just nuke it for the hotter days. Oh well maybe I will just eat hot dogs without the bun today. I am bummed.

kooka

kooka

 

Triglycerides/HDL Ratio Trend to date....

I used to not care as much as I should have about this ratio given my ignorance of Metabolic Syndrome end points and diabetes, esp. with symptoms I was oblivious to. Keeping an eye on this ratio being below 2.0 as well as other lipid panel results.   In general, a bit of a regression over the last month or so which I think showed up in my FBG and most recent A1C numbers. I know I can do better without doing something crazy and unsustainable.

Bishop

Bishop

 

90 days since DX

Blood work: Microalbumin/Creatinine ratio elevated at 78 up from 36 two months ago. Wondering if this is due to all of the protein and experiments, or something more sinister like kidney disease and my feeling more tired recently. Will chat with the doctor about this and read up a bit too.
Fasting Blood Glucose was a worry of mine given my recent trends, especially since the last time I “calibrated” against the lab, it was 83 (home) vs 88 (lab). But this time, it was 87 at the lab and 96 at home. <shrug> I have a lot of silly graphs here.
A1C is at 6.0 - certainly an improvement vs. the 13.2 at DX 3 months ago, but I’d like to go a lot lower and more importantly, figure out what’s sustainable.
Some thoughts on this ~90th day after DX: FBG still okay relative to that 198 DX FBG value, which was insane and panic'd me quite a bit, along with the 13.2 A1C, but need to keep an eye on this upwards trend and upwards trends in general - Honeymoon Period, "The Easy Part", or similar effects, T1/T1.5/LADA actual DX, increasing my carb intake far too fast, too soon, and some of the other things which correlated with the start of at least one trend - being sick, that crazy fitbit challenge I did for 2 weeks, backed off on the hard boiled eggs (no good reason, I still LOVE them), stopped kale consumption, greatly reduced veggie consumption, HUGE increase in cashew consumption, no more "super" low carb days.
The idea of fasting (intermittent, or whatever the terminology, where things are not drastic, yet still quite deliberate) - intrigues me more and more despite being the opposite of what some have written. I think fasting also fits my personality quite well. Will have to add that to the toolbox.
Speaking of The Toolbox, haven't had to use the monster muscle groups yet and related routines (proper squats, deadlifts; compound movements, and so on). As needed. Later.
Do want to think more about portion control. I feel like a pig sometimes and it just doesn't seem okay anymore. Believe this is a reasonable, sustainable change and I've noticed I actually take home doggie bags far more often. That never happened in the past.
Keeping an eye on what I call my "core, functional strength" via an oversimplified proxy like my number of continuous pushups, pullups, and body squats. Nice because they are relative to body weight vs. absolute strength, and pretty mellow. Though note to self - 2 out of 3 of those thresholds should be One Hundred. At least. =)
Totally forgot to keep track of something potentially more meaningful than weight, like my waist size, which has gone down enough for me to buy new jeans and forced me to buy a new belt since I was beyond the last hole.
Still continuing to really ignore flexibility and stretching. Will have to work this in. Really bad things have happened before when this has been ignored.
As with so many things diabetes and non-diabetes - "coming to terms" with this being a progressive, dynamic situation. Just like growing old. NBD. =)
Update of my super-signature below:     [earlier] had some mild but clear symptoms for a few months, did some exercise, symptoms went away; but was worried enough to see a doctor given what I had read online about diabetes; diet up until this point was LOADED with carbs (200+ grams of carbs per sitting quite common) and close to 100% restaurant, fast food, and all-you-can-eat catered food and snacks. DX'd with Metabolic Syndrome ages ago, but no symptoms, didn't pay attention or make changes. BAD MOVE. Last FBG on record was 83 on 2012.09.17.   2015.05.28 DX'd A1C at 13.2, FBG at 194 - The Wake Up Call !!   2015.06.08 [11 days after DX] FBG mostly in 80s, all below 100 2015.06.27 [~1 month after DX] A1C at 9.8 & FBG at 88 2015.08.28 [~3 months after DX] A1C at 6.0 & FBG at 87   Diet: low-to-moderate carbs; eat a ton; love my fats, especially given my love of hard boiled eggs, all kinds of cheeses, nuts and meat; though I get a lot of veggies in too; much more mindful of overeating and also try to only eat when hungry not strictly following any given LCHF, Paleo, Atkins, or Diet X, but learning from all of them and trying to figure out what works best for me over time   Exercise: daily mild, but deliberate walking, or ~12,000 easy steps a day on average, very light strength training, occasional but well beyond recreational tennis; intimately familiar with HIIT and various exercise vs. training routines, but not going down that path for now   Medication: currently not taking any medication for diabetes or non-diabetes, though realize this will probably change significantly over time   Weight: as of 2015.08.28 roughly at 195 pounds, down from an all time high of ~245 around 8/2013 this is technically the lightest I've been in since at least March 7, 2005 (the earliest records I have) - as a 6' male, given my activity level, athletic exposure, and genetics, need to figure out a reasonable steady state given my muscle mass, sustainability, and age   Speaking about sustainability, it's way too early for me to tell. Ongoing homework, understanding, measuring, corrections, experiments, etc., especially given the progressive nature of this disease.   ==   2015.05.28 A1C at 13.2 (DX) 2015.08.28 A1C at 6.0 (3 months after DX)   No medication of any kind, so far....   http://www.diabetesforums.com/forum/blog/256-bishops-blog/ ( latest post should have most up to date details, routine, and thoughts )

Bishop

Bishop

 

i'm not entirely sure of whether i'm depressed or just burnt out...

Well, where to start...my name is Elizabeth, I'm a 27 yr old T1D since 1997, I've had an insulin pump since I was 14, and out of nowhere, I just haven't felt like myself. I guess I'm stressing over making sure that my son's ready to start 1st grade but I look around my house and started hearing my parent's voices saying that I need to clean my house more, that I should be on top of my bills, and if I don't watch my BGLs more closely, I'm going to end up in the hospital in DKA again; I've gotten back to the point I was at exactly a year ago because my house is a disaster, my BGLs are out of control, and the bills just keep on coming...I'm working at a nursing home (mostly night shifts), doing some paperwork for the family business, and I'm considering taking a 3rd job as a certified hemodialysis technician while my fiancé is in-between jobs due to his epilepsy (no one wants to hire him because the epilepsy makes him a liability to the job). Last year, I developed DKA and I didn't notice until it was almost too late...I had lost a lot of weight (I went from 148 to 132 in 2 weeks), I wasn't taking my insulin or counting carbs like I should've been, and when I went to the doctor because I wasn't feeling well, they gave me a steroid injection (but no one realized that I was already in the beginning stages of DKA) and my BGL skyrocketed from bad (200-300) to worse (400 and higher). From what the doctors told me and my family, my BGL readings on my pump only showed that I had checked my BGL 10 times in a month...they labeled it as a "passive suicide attempt" because I hadn't intended to but I almost killed myself. I'm very lucky to be alive but now, I'm feeling burnt out again...maybe I'm just stressed and need to take a breath and relax.. I need to get my head on straight, if not for me, for my son...any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thanks

Elizabeth51988

Elizabeth51988

 

Breakfast 8/4

4 small eggs fried in ghee and red palm oil* spinach kimchi   *no orangutans were harmed. Nutiva brand sourced in Ecuador. ------------------------------------------------------- Only did a 36 hr fast this time. May need more time between day+ fasts. I may have to try IF again, although in past I've found it harder than longer fasts. hmmm Experimentation needed. Goal - max weight and BG level reduction along with mood raising effects, versus discomfort level and time. ------------------------------------------------------ Managed to eat slightly more than half that plate. Eggs must be the most filling food ever. Lunch leftovers along with a bit from last nights dinner.

kayell

kayell

 

No more Shaking Beef

Had a lovely lunch with my brother, ate 1/2 my plate of shaking beef (saved rest for dinner (that didn't happen)). Went back home, helped him haul about various furniture and stuff he was picking up and wound up taking my BG at 3 hrs PP. 133! Damn it. Apparently sugar in the marinade. A plate full of beef, watercress and a few tomato slices shouldn't do that. Unless it was the effect of me staring mournfully at his Vietnamese coffee full of condensed milk. (not that mournfully, I KNEW what that coffee would do)   I can't think of anything else at that restaurant that might be safer. This could be a problem since the whole rest of the family LOVES the place. I'll have to check if they can customize something for me.   When I test for ketosis at the end of my fast, the Ketonix (breathalyzer) said I hadn't made it. (after a full 4 days!) Either it's not accurate or my liver is a really busy little devil. I'm debating doing a fat fast and then back into a few days of fasting to try to get into keto.   On the other hand, the last 2 days of my fast I felt really great and energetic (except for the short bit where I forgot to drink the salty broth.) That's usually a pretty good sign of ketosis. I might have to spring for the keto blood test strips.   On a happy note, AC is coming by Friday. Major duct cleaning today and installation the next 2 days. HALLELUJAH!

kayell

kayell

 

Decided to break fast last night

I decided to break my fast last night when I remembered my brother is due to come by today. And that means we will go to his favorite Vietnamese restaurant for Shaking Beef. Yum.   Had a very tiny dinner last night - 1/3 cup greek yogurt (2% ugh) but it was in the fridge and yogurt recommended as a first food for breaking fast. Had a small reaction to the yogurt TMI ALERT - small watery bowel. Apparently typical but unpleasant when breaking multi day fast but ewwwww. Will be prepared next time   Waited 1/2 hour and ate 2 oz of trout and 1/2 cup greek salad. 5.5 gms carbs. Tiny meal but I was very full.   Overall I'd say the fast experience was good and I'll do it again. My energy was excellent on the third day. Yesterday energy was down in the AM and I took a nap. After that I felt great and would have continued, but brother visiting and shaking beef is too good to pass up.     7/27 12pm 111, 6pm before dinner 95, 2 hrs PP 113 (gotta love my liver!), started 500 mg met in evening, before bed 103 7/28 FBG 104   2 eggs, 1/2 avocado and salsa verde, black coffee this morning 8.5 carbs, 3.4 net. Getting used to eating again slowly. I don't know how fast metformin works but between it and the fast and lc (and not binging on ice cream!) my fbg is down 102 points since last Monday.

kayell

kayell

 

A Wake Up and Fasting Day 4

I haven't been here for a while and frankly fell hard off the low carb wagon during that time. Depression, anxiety and life hit me hard for a while. Monday a week ago I got a serious wakeup call in the form of a FBG of 206 and an A1C of 8.3. I'd also shot up to 202 pounds from the low of 170 I'd gotten to on LC a year and a half ago.   Doc put me on Metformin HCL 500 one in AM and starting today one in AM and one in PM. (lucky me, none of the digestive Met problems) I went straight back to eating a LC diet and walking and weights.   I'm kind of panicking though that I let things get this bad. I'm very lucky that so far I don't seem to have any of the horrid D side effects, although of course, bad things are bound to be happening inside my body. So off to digging through the depths of the internet, hoping to sort the gold from the dross. So I came across this site (URL deleted because I think this got me in trouble before) with heaps of info from a Dr. Jason Fung whose emphasis is on reducing the insulin resistance that is the hallmark of T2 diabetes. One of the methods he emphasizes to get that down is fasting, both intermittent and longer fasts. Sounds like a plan after reading through how he recommends doing fasting.   His site is fascinating - lots of videos on diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, fasting etc. Articles also.   I'm starting day 4 now. Non-caloric beverages - water, tea, coffee, no sweeteners or sodas. Bone broth. (I add salt, a bit of potassium and magnesium to the broth) A squirt of lemon juice ok, a Tbs of chia seeds once a day ok, a Tbs of coconut oil ok. It's not been bad and my BG has been dropping fast, down to a low of 100 at bedtime night before last. Dawn phenomenon hit hard this am though and I had a 129. Ugh.   I'm hoping to continue this until I can get down to at least one reading of 83, then go back to VLC (Bernstein style) and IF or periodically do longer fasts. Otherwise I'll stop when either serious hunger hits again or anything like lightheadedness or lower BP. So far I'm feeling pretty fantastic - clearer head, more energy, more motivation and the depression/anxiety is way down.   7/20: FBG 206! Started Metformin Started eating LC again 7/21 Eating LC No BG, couldn't find meter 7/22 FBG 158, Breakfast - 2 hrs PP 189 (hands may have been dirty - out shopping), 2.5 hrs PP 159, Lunch, 2 hrs PP 152, Dinner, 2 hrs PP149 7/23 FBG 154, 2 hrs later - (only coffee) 176 holy #@$%, breakfast, 2hrs PP 124. lunch, 3 hrs PP 131, dinner 2 hrs PP 147   7/24 Start of Fast - FBG 145, 12pm 134, 6pm 115 7/25 6am 130, 12pm 131, 6pm 111, 9pm 100 7/26 6am 112, 12pm 110, 6 pm 104, 10pm 111 7/27 6am 129   I'll try to post daily to stay accountable and to have a handy place to keep notes. Feel free to comment if you want.

kayell

kayell

 

First 30 days....

Seems like this blog area is the right place for this sort of entry vs. my first post on this DF site. Yikes! (though all of you were quite accommodating and just went with the flow)   Anyhow, I did want to snapshot a entry after my first 30 days after DX and see how things change over time. I've already uploaded my FBG chart in my images gallery but here are some raw thoughts at Day 30.     What seems to help, at least as I look forward from today.... Ultimately focusing on doing whatever it takes to be strong, supportive and to be there for my family.
Considering the hardships so many others face each and every day which make my situation look like a walk in the park. Think about mom's cancer situation and how far she went with so little education, so little support, horrible doctors, and so on.
My love of numbers, measuring things, hitting targets. It's a large part of we as engineers do to solve problems. Fitbit, blood works, fitness metrics, various vitals, glucose meter and carb counting - all align very nicely with this.
The act of writing. Putting thoughts down on (virtual) paper, via forums, etc. - and the sense of community via WWW online forums.
What I worry about.... My family worrying about me. Stress on my family.
Complications. Eye problems, cancer, amputation, kidney failure, and the list goes on....
Fatigue and low energy due to diet changes.
Getting sick (or throwing out my back, etc.) for a long enough period where things can't be controlled as much via exercise. Perhaps diet will have to be enough. Or diet plus meds.
What seems to be working for me, or at least what resonates with me.... There has definitely been a huge reduction in carbs and also almost complete elimination of junk and processed foods. That said, I like the idea of not eating as many carbs if I know I cannot work out. Eating a bit more if I feel like it and I know I will work out afterwards. Exercise cannot always overcome diet, at least given what I'm not willing to do on the exercise front.
Not eating too close to bedtime. Letting my body enjoy the low BG as I sleep, even though I may encounter some DP situations. In the same vein, take a nap only after measuring a low BG level. This seems to have been demonstrated in my real-world data points.
Strength training is important in terms of the pump and for building muscle.
Don't let perfection become the enemy of the good enough. Can't always achieve a perfect schedule or pure sustainability. Life gets in the way. shoot happens. Need to adapt, use your creativity, intellect, and figure things out. Take what you can get, when you can get it (vs. only looking at 100% sustainable solutions) - this is especially true for exercise.
If I'm going to eat more carbs, try not to mix with fat. (Though I'm reading TOTALLY conflicting data/studies on this.)
Not eating if I'm not hungry (i.e. social situations, "time for lunch" routines, etc.).
Okay to do short fasts. Related to the bedtime rule, but so far, I haven't done anything beyond that. Adding this here as a contrast to my prior eat-every-2-hours brainwashing.
Proper management of sleep, stress, exercise, and diet seem like the way to go - the usual suspects!
      [earlier] had some mild but clear symptoms for a few months, did some exercise, symptoms went away; but was worried enough to see a doctor given what I had read online about diabetes; diet up until this point was LOADED with carbs (200+ grams of carbs per sitting quite common) and close to 100% restaurant, fast food, and all-you-can-eat catered food and snacks. DX'd with Metabolic Syndrome ages ago, no symptoms, didn't pay attention, bad move.   2015.05.28 DX'd A1C at 13.2, FBG at 194 - The Wake Up Call !!   2015.06.08 [11 days after DX ] FBG mostly in 80s, all below 100; routine and details below; visual graph in my gallery 2015.06.27 [~1 month after DX] lab A1C at 9.8 & FBG at 88 ; lipid and metabolic panels 100% normal 2015.07.28 [~2 months after DX] lab A1C at x.x 2015.08.28 [~3 months after DX] lab A1C at x.x   Diet: low-to-moderate carbs; eat a ton; love my fats, especially given my love of hard boiled eggs, all kinds of cheeses and meat; though I get a lot of veggies in too; much more mindful of overeating and also try to only eat when hungry   Exercise: daily mild, but deliberate walking (~12,000 steps a day on average, very light strength training, occasional but well beyond recreational tennis)- intimately familiar with HIIT and various conditioning routines, but not going down that path for now; that said, I do need to spend WAY more time on stretch/flexibility routines - otherwise really bad things happen   Medication: currently not taking any medication for diabetes or non-diabetes   Weight: as of 2015.06.28 roughly at 200 pounds, down from an all time high of ~250 not that long ago this is technically the lightest I've been in since at least March 7, 2005 (the earliest records I have) - as a 6' male, given my activity level, athletic exposure, and genetics, need to figure out a reasonable goal given my muscle mass, standards, sustainability, and age   Way too early to talk about sustainability, but so far, things have been encouraging, with minimal signs of craving, fatigue, cheating, etc. Though being so new, all of this requires much more homework, understanding, measuring, experiments, and so on. Also rough for me to be away from ridiculous amounts of rice, pasta, ramen noodles, and so on. I grew up with that stuff!          

Bishop

Bishop

 

Trying to get Pregnant with a Broken Down Body!

Hi my name is Crystal, I am 30 years old. I have been a diabetic my whole life but was diagnosed at 16. I am type 1.5 and am insulin resistant. I have to inject an abundance of insulin daily to try to counter the insulin resistance. Diabetes has affected by life in so many ways. It's hard to lose weight (I am sure most of you know), I am always tired and never feel right, admitted to the hospital many times... and it has also kept me from having a baby with my husband. We have been trying for a year now and have not had any luck. I would love some advice if you have any. My endocrinologist is putting me on an Insulin Pump to help with the insulin resistance but the cost is keeping me from getting it. My insurance only pays half which leaves me with a $3,500 amount that I have to raise before they will send me it; that's not including the monthly upkeep. I have created a go fund me page to help raise money to get the pump and would appreciate it if you could pass it along on your twitter and/or facebook. The link is: http://www.gofundme.com/needinsulinpump I look forward to reading and posting and learning more about what I can do to help me get pregnant. *** Picture is with me and my precious niece Mackenzie***

Clstewart1011

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