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  1. This morning I stood on the scales and yes indeed, I have lost the few pounds I regained and I am now below 230lb for the first time in years.
    I hope that my insulin is beginning to reduce after six months of low carbing, and adding in a bit more fat has done the trick.
    Frozen avocadoes and cream for fresh strawberries seem to be the changes in my diet. The avocadoes, partly defrosted and mashed up are quite like icecream for one totally deprived of commercial stuff - I might try adding an egg and cream custard and then refreezing to see how that works.
    I do feel so well - able to walk further and do more - I am even going out into the garden to jump on the trampoline.
  2. I have been struggling to keep the 18lb weightloss I had when first diagnosed, but gave in to the huge grapes and strawberries in the supermarket, and my weight began to creep up.
    Then I bought some extra thick cream to go with them in the hope of minimising the weight gain.
    I ate some each day along with the fat - and my weight has started to drop. On average. 0.2 or 0.3 lb per day.
    I compensated for the extra carbs from the fruit and weighed carefully - so in theory I should be just hanging on but next week I might see a 'real' loss rather than one I used to have - ever the optimist.
    I can control blood glucose with tweaks to the carbs, but weightloss requires fats.
    I do eat fats, from the meat, from mayonnaise, and salad dressing, but is seems that the extra fat pushes me into weightloss.
  3. I tried fasting - not for very long, but still longer than normal between meals, but that put up my BG so I thought that I would try getting up earlier and eating so that there is more time between meals.
    That seems to have lowered my general levels and I was down at 5.4 today before eating my evening meal.
    I am eating a bit earlier in the evenings too, and hopefully that will help me get to sleep better - as I have been suffering from insomnia all this year - it seems to be working, it is not yet midnight and I am feeling rather tired.
  4. I think that the lower BG levels mean that my insulin is working better, but also that I need to cut down carbs as I am gaining weight.
    Only a little, but even so not something I want to do.
    I tried to walk a little more today - but my left leg ached so much. I had to sit down several times, but I managed to cover the distance, but no more - I caught a bus up the slope back home. I suppose being 66 today I am expecting a lot - but I will go on trying.
  5. Obviously things are changing.
    I am still eating the same sort of meals, but there is chocolate and strawberries added to the mix now - however, the reading after dinner yesterday was 5.9mmol/l.
    It is so good to be seeing that sort of number.
    My only worry really is the pain in my leg.
    It is just my left leg, on the outside curve, just below my knee. It isn't a cramp, just an ache, not all the time, but it arrived when I was taking the tablets and has not gone away - though all the other aches and pains seem to have diminished, and the dreadful itching all over, so there is improvement.
  6. My reading 2 hours after eating this evening was 6.4 mmol/l. I am seeing similar readings all the time now - it is not quite 5 months from diagnosis but with sticking to low carb everything seems to be correcting itself. Hopefully the lower BG levels are an indication that I might start to lose weight again. The 18lb at 2 lb a week was good, and I was a bit disappointed to stop losing, but I had to see what would happen.
    Now that the weather is better I think that there will be more chance of going out and exercising - I might be able to walk down to the folk club on Sundays - it starts at 3 o'clock, so would be quite pleasant.
  7. It is past 5 pm now and I don't feel like eating - there is the half done lunch just waiting for my attention, but my BG at 3.30 was 8.6 mmol/l and I have no appetite.
    I just finished a cup of coffee, I like the real stuff, made in an old fashioned percolator - well - electric, not a proper one you put over a flame.
    I buy the grounds from Lidl - the paper cones from Waitrose, and it bloops and gurgles away until it is done, then keeps the coffee warm until needed. Maybe it will get things started.
  8. Went to the third diabetes education session and they were pretty well floored by the reduction in my Hba1c level. Even said that if it was the first one I'd not even be classed as diabetic.
    The leader said that her male assistant would talk about Atkins - he didn't.
    Ah well - I suppose that not talking about it is better than saying it is really dangerous.
  9. For the first time I have seen a reading below 5 on the meter. My insulin is obviously having an effect again, rather than being ignored, as I am continuing to eat 'normally' on low carb, but my ability to control my blood glucose is increasing.
    I have the third diabetes education session in a week's time - I wonder if there will be any comment about my results.
    I hope that my change in diet will have resulted in a reversal of diabetes, and that I will be able to remain without medication, so I will be out of the ridiculous Eatwell advice loop.
  10. I keep opening my notebook and looking at the figures from the last test, I have even looked up what information I have from diagnosis and written the numbers alongside. I still get the feeling of not knowing if I ought to laugh or cry. People who get the all clear after a cancer scare must experience something similar - I suspect, but they have had to go through far more onerous treatment.
    I now have every excuse and reason to go on eating low carb, and a pressing requirement to make myself some new clothes.
    Although I am not losing weight I am changing shape, regaining a waist. Nothing fits properly.
  11. I went to the butcher and picked up a half pig I ordered from them. They are an old fashioned firm and I can have the carcase cut up into the size of joint I need for the two of us, then they pack and freeze it so I just need to pick it up and put into the freezer here.
    Many years a go now, when I went to buy the freezer, the size I wanted was out of stock, so the manager offered me a larger one at a good price, and I have never regretted having the extra space. I have been able to stock up on cheap deals, buy bread at 10p a loaf and raid the marked down shelves ever since. Now I always have veges available, with the carb count marked on the pack, and the Lidl rolls freeze well so I always have them fresh when I want them, plus I can take half an ordinary loaf out for my husband and leave the other half to stay fresh.
  12. I am still feeling shocked by my results today - Hba1c reduced to 47, from 91 - I was thinking perhaps something in the 60s - and in such a short time. I thought it was 80 days but I think it might be 78 - not that it matters - but I am sure that the results were to a large extent due to my having a meter so I could check after meals and then act on the results to maintain a low spike.
    Of course I need to continue to eat low carb - but that is no hardship really - I hope that I will be able to eat more fruit eventually, but that would be fairly low carb - the greatest temptation will be the apples from my trees later this year, if it is a good year. Perhaps I should get an apple crusher and turn them all into cider rather than see them go to waste. The birds appreciate the windfalls, but in a good year there can be hundreds of apples on each tree.

    The main problem at the moment is that I have almost nothing to wear. I will have to get busy and make myself a few things to tide me over until my weight stabilises.
  13. Today I managed to walk over a mile to the folk club, which was quite a surprise to me, and my BG was 6.0 mmol/l when I got back - I came back on the bus as it is not much fun walking in the cold and dark. Later in the year I hope to be able to walk there and back again. It finishes at 6, so not too late.
  14. I seem to be able to eat an evening meal and have berries with yoghurt or cream and remain under 8 mmol/l - 7.9 today.
    I cut down the veges if I have the berries, but I can have - for instance sweet pepper, mushrooms and some peas with my meat of the day on the days when I don't have berries.
    I keep thinking about the blood test I had done yesterday, and I do hope that the results are good - thinking that I could have experimented less - but I did need to establish just what I could or could not eat - I will not be able to buy strips for the meter and test several times a day - though my results are very much more variable now than when I was losing weight. Perhaps I need to cut down until I am losing weight again. My BG levels are dropping, so IF I am becoming more responsive to insulin I am converting glucose to stored energy in the form of glycogen and fat.
    I am going out every day and doing more walking, but I can't say that I am doing buch exercise. I will go and use the trampoline in the garden once the weather improves - it will probably need a scrub so it is not slippery before I can use it safely.
  15. I finally realised that the odd levels are due to exercise and nothing to do with food at all.
    Walking is making a big impact on the lowest levels I see, but after even a short walk my readings are high.
    Hopefully as my fitness increases the highs will not be so abrupt. I can go up and down stairs far more easily than at diagnosis, my feet have shrunk so much that I have had to discard several pairs of shoes and sandals - but I did not have symptoms of diabetes - I have been watching for them, as I expected to be diabetic long ago. Perhaps I was, but eating as low carb as I could might have helped.

    Exercise is altering my reaction to insulin, I think, so my readings go down after eating. It is 7.5 after eating this evening, it is usually closer to 8.
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