Hi everybody. Last summer I achieved my lowest A1C since diagnosis (6.5%). I was obviously ecstatic to see such a result. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal to some of you out there with A1Cs around 5 (Kudos!). But me, I have major elf-control issues and I usually feel indignant about having to change m life style and I thought for such a long time that I could eat anything as long as I bolused for it. So that was something I was very much proud of. I restrained myself, went to the gym everyday and my work finally paid off. I felt great. We traveled and I was active all day long. It was the perfect scenario and I didn't want anything to change. And then I started med school and hell broke loose.
First off, my eating habits. I lived on granola bars, cup-in-a-soup and other processed food products. Chocolate and coffee were my daily routine. Whenever I stayed up late to study I would fix myself a pot of coffee and have some biscuits to go with it if I'm hungry. When my reservoir goes empty before my midterm I try to ignore it and tell myself I'm going to do it can wait. I didn't test often because seeing high numbers breaks my heart. Naturally I couldn't keep my regular fitness program and dropped my TKD classes. I walked to school everyday (I live near the hospital) and try to walk at least twice a week and do situps whenever I can. And the stress, of course, only made it worse. The week before my finals I had ketones every morning. Waking up was torturous. Both my diabetes control and grades suffered. One semester later and my A1C is 8. My endo was devastated. The staff just kept shaking their heads in disappointment at my incriminating test results. But they couldn't possibly be as devastated as I was. They hinted at the possibility of taking me off the pump and that finally did it. I'm really willing to do anything it takes. I'm not going back on MDI.
Which is why I'm here.
What I'm asking for is, how do you do it? How did achieve your perfect A1C score? How did you fit your diabetes regimen in your life? How do you keep yourself motivated? Your dos and don'ts? I'm ready to adopt a new attitude because my old I-can-eat-whatever-I-want is not cutting it anymore. Any tips appreciated. Thank you.