I had an appointment with my endocrinologist yesterday to review my latest lab results. While overall I am doing very well and my A1c is moving in the right direction, my blood sugar remains too high. Normal A1c >6 and mine is at 9.1. This down from 3 months ago, but the downward progression hardly moved. Reviewing my logs, there are wild swings and inconsistency, all of which can be related directly to my diet, because I am exercising consistently and even increasing it, which shows in my nearly perfect cholesterol numbers.
He suggested I get back to extreme basics, diabetes 101 – carb counting.
My daily “budget” for breakfast, lunch, dinner is 45-60 carbs. Total carbs (as interpreted by me) is 185, because I like a little wiggle room for a snack. But sticking to the 45-60 per the 3 daily meals is critical at this point. I am definitely capable of maintaining a consistent blood sugar, but if I am binging on breads, pastas, potatoes, etc. it is going to serve up the wild swings my meter is reporting about me.
Starting today, I’m back using MyFitnessPal to plan/record food consumption and keep track of carbs consumed. I am trying to be philosophical about it, view this as a science experiment and the PITA-ness of recording food and measuring/weighing portions as part of the data collection process. Mostly it just feels uncomfortable and like another unreasonable demand to be performed every day that I would rather not.
But I will force myself to do it. I am also allowing 24 to 48 hours of piss poor attitude toward it in order to purge my system of the irritation and resentment. I know that I can adjust my attitude and make this process easier and just another daily habit, but right now I’d rather whine about it. Damn body and it’s high-maintenance demands.