Today has been a big challenge in maintaining my blood sugar levels at a lower number. I started the day with a fasting blood sugar of 297. In case this doesn’t mean much to you, my doctor wants my fasting number no higher than 130. She also wants my after meal numbers no higher than 160-180.
Tonight, my blood sugar number was 587. Not good. Not good at all.
As a little background…
I had been without my insulin and another medication to help control my blood sugars for several months before I was able to get a supply in late June. At that time my fasting blood sugar was usually in the high 300s to mid 400s. Not good. This was forcing my A1c up and up and up, as well. My last one was 8.3 which wasn’t as bad as a previous one which was 9.8.
As I said, I received a supply of both insulin and Trulicity in June. It has been slow going, but the numbers have been getting lower in the morning. Most of the time my reading is between 240 and 290. Still, not ideal, but getting better.
In turn, this will help lower my A1c.
Except, having a 587 number in the evening is not going to help lower the A1c. Not one bit.
What is a girl to do?
I am well aware that my food and beverage choices affect my blood sugar readings. I have studied and researched diet plans and menus and food choices and I know what to eat. Having the ability to choose wisely is where I often fail.
I see the choices displayed before me and I think, “Okay. Should I have the burger or the salad?” Hmm… If I add lettuce, pickles and a tomato to the burger then it is like a salad, right?
Only it isn’t and I pay the price for a poor food choice.
Change my mind
I am taking a class right now called “Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Changing Your Life.” What I have learned so far is very compelling. I can actually and quite literally change my mind by repeating positive things.
So let’s say that I want to lose weight because I know that doing so will help me to lower my blood sugar numbers and my A1c. But let’s also say that I have tried nearly every diet plan known to humankind and each one has failed to yield results. I will probably say, “I can’t lose weight. I have tried everything and nothing works!”
I am attracting the negative results of that statement. I have defeated myself before I even try. In all likelihood, by own negative thinking has caused the failure after failure.
Now let’s say that I start to speak positive words to myself. I could say, “I am so glad that my body is strong. It has been working hard for me.”
I could say, “I can lose weight. In fact, I am going to lose all the weight I need to lose and then I am going to write my plan out and sell it for millions!”
I know, it sounds kind of silly. But why do we always tell ourselves that positive thoughts sound silly while the negative ones are allowed to breed, reproduce and grow into these monstrosities that somehow must be true because we hear and say them all the time.
Starting tomorrow morning…
I have decided that not only am I going to fill my thoughts with positive thoughts, I will follow those thoughts with positive actions.
After seeing that ridiculously high blood sugar reading tonight, I decided that starting tomorrow morning, I am working out again. I will start slow, but I will build that up because my body is strong.
I will begin to eat the foods that I know are good for me and stay away from choices that are unhealthy and harm my temple.
Why tomorrow? Because it is presently 11:06 PM Central Time and about the best I can accomplish right now is to set my mind toward this positive change in my lifestyle. Which I will be starting tomorrow morning!
With the many books I have read on diet, nutrition, exercise and type 2 diabetes, I know what to do. Even though there are still many paths that could be taken because it seems that everyone has an opinion of the “right” way to do this.
I tend to trust books that don’t tell me what I want to hear, but ones that tell me something I may not like at all.
l will be returning to the topic of reversing type 2 diabetes in my next few posts, but in the meantime, I wanted to give an update on where I am and where I am intending on going. It really is a matter of choice. We can choose to stay on the path we have been taking or we can choose a new path! The very best part is that we do have a choice!
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Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.