1. Stop being a sugarjunkie and eliminate sugar from my diet.
So far so good, I have quit the sugar that I thought I couldn’t live without. No more soda, chocolate, cocoa, bon-bons and sweets.
This alone will make your A1c number come crashing down. How do I know? Well, I can only speak for myself, but that was my first step. I live alone, and have a lot of emotional issues wrapped around no job, no money, and no,… oh well, that doesn’t matter. I ate a lot of that kind of food. Never really got very overweight. I am 6 foot, and was 239 lbs (sorry I can’t speak your numbers ) I knew I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I didn’t really care, and was basically that size for years. I called it my maintenance zone
My second A1c number was waaay down from the initial one because of that, and my fasting numbers showed a huge difference right away as well.
2. Eat only healthy food.
This is a work in progress. My poor stomach has not had an easy time these last 6 weeks. I just can’t seem to digest all this healthy food, wholegrain and veggies.
Yea, to a point. You still need to find foods you enjoy, and you will. Watch the grains. Me, I do eggs, bacon sausage, most meats like skinless chicken, steaks, bratwurst, pork, and hamburgers without the bun… Deli meats, like turkey and ham get me by for lunches. Bread and I don’t get along. I sneak one or two slices maybe once a week, but grains can be a problem. I would go easy on them till you have a comfort zone with your meter. Salads with lots of carrots and tomatoes, and I toss in a hard boiled egg, along with low fat dressing.
I recently broke down and tried spaghetti squash. Believe me, I never ate squash in my life It was rather bland tasting, but I put some spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese on it, and it was not bad. The sauce is a bit ‘carby’ but I just kept it to a minimum and was okay. It really did fill me up.
I found that non-fat, no sugar instant pudding helps with my chocolate craving. I use non-fat milk, and nonfat whipped topping. It helps because I crave chocolate after a big meal. Very few carbs. hardly bumps my numbers at all with one serving.
3. Learn what I can eat by testing, testing testing.
Well I need to get back to this one when I figure out my meter.
This one sounds like you have some legwork to do to get there, but yes, this is the one that will get you where you need to be. Meanwhile, simply using your good sense and leaving the true junk food behind will do wonders towards lowering your numbers. Don’t stress not being comfortable with the meter testing yet. Just do what you can with your diet and you will be okay. Then the meter can help you fine tune things.
4. Loose weight.
Also a work in progress. Have lost 11 kilo so far.
11 kilo is 24 pounds, isn’t it? That is tremendous, terrific, and fantastic. Nice going. I won’t ask you how much you weigh(ed) but that is a significant amount of body mass which will go a long way towards lowering your BG levels.
Way to go, Eydna!
This is a difficult one. I HATE exercise! I am also very overweight, wich ofcourse makes it even more important, but also makes it hurt! Astma doesn’t make it easier either. So all in all not there yet at all!
Yep, this one is a bummer, but it really, really matters. Exercise burns off the carbs, and lightens the load on your system as it tries to keep enough insulin flowing, and/or it helps with your insulin resistance. The weight loss is obvious what it does. Sometimes, if you overdo the eating, and your reading is higher than you like, exercise will bring them down a bit quicker.
Okay, its trite, but the longest journey starts with the first step. Take the first exercise steps, and work up from there. My doctor looked at me and told me I needed to spend one hour in an aerobic zone every day if I wanted to keep my health. That meant a heart rate of 145 bps, for 60 minutes! He is nuts. I walk a total of between a mile and two miles a day. No running. Lift some weights, and hit the old heavy bag for a while. That will have to do. My body is not ever going to let me be in the olympics, and so I do what I can and I don’t feel badly about it. I have lost about 24 pounds since July. He wants me to lose another 35 pounds. He is nuts. I know what my body can take, and what will hurt me. Do what you can, and just remember what all the HS teachers always say when they figure you are not doing your best. “you are only hurting yourself” No one knows your best, but you. Give it, and call it good.
6. Quit smoking.
Not ready for that yet either. Quitting the sugar is difficult enough for now.
Well, I don’t smoke, but a quick search of the net gives you lots of reasons why you should give it up when diabetic, but on the other hand, I can really understand how hard that will be, so please go easy on yourself. Not many of us have the fortitude to just do a complete 180 on our lifestyle in a short time. You pick the ones you can handle, and you attack them as best as you can.
The water thing may be a problem When you are feeling confident with whatever meter you end up with, use it and watch for the milk to bump your numbers us. As I keep repeating, we are all different, and some react poorly to milk.
I think most of my ‘success’ is because of testing, testing and testing. Its not so much is your meter dead on, but what do the trends show. Once you have some meal menus that you know are okay, you may find yourself testing, and seeing that your numbers are kind of high, and meal “A” would be too much, so you would have to modify it, or change to something else.
As you get things stable, which they may well be right now for all I know, your number will return to something close to fasting a few hours after you eat, so you won’t often find that you are too far up to eat. However, its good to keep an eye out till you have at least fooled yourself into thinking you are an old hand at all of this. lol! Even in the six months I have been working this, things have changed that I could eat, and now ought not, and there are things that used to spike me hard, that don’t anymore. Its a moving target, at least for me.
Baby steps, and no fear or stress about complications that can arise. Your numbers aren’t that bad, and will only get better as you get your arms around what is good, and what is bad.
Some people seem to have started by just subtracting a bit here and there and seeing how it goes. I did it the other way, and went overboard on low carbs and cutting out anything even remotely bad looking on the label. Then I started to add things one at a time to change it up and make eating a bit more rewarding. Whichever way works for you.
My initial A1c was ‘only’ 6.8. Three months later, it was 5.5. I got a free test at a local pharmacy about two weeks ago, and it was 5.0, but that is because I am still way on the side of ‘safe’ wanting to know how low I could get, and if I really could control this. I expect that number to rise a bit, as I get careless, cocky, and simply break down and eat stuff I shouldn’t on occasion. No one is perfect. Be kind to yourself. Its a hard thing to have to deal with in your head, so don’t beat yourself up when things go awry. If you spike high, you spike high. Just note why, and try to avoid it next time.
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