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  1. After me thinking that I had got a handle on this, my blood glucose levels have been all over the place - one over ten and one over eleven after eating lunch, which is only a few carbs - but also fives and sixes, so obviously something is altering.
    I have a blood test on Friday, follow up to the original one for the diagnosis. I expect my levels will be unfavourable, after a few months of low carbing - but things can only get better. I will be able to walk down to the hospital for the test now - I'll probably get the bus back up the hill, I have not yet got back into tackling that incline, but things are changing on that front too.
    I must get my bicycle back into working order - the back wheel keeps slipping and the chain loosens.
    I do feel a lot better, even if my levels are so up and down.
  2. Today I went to the folk club. I can use my bus pass and get fairly close to the venue, and off I went, no sticks and no wobbles. I feel a lot stronger these days.
    I go to the diabetes advisory course tomorrow so expect to get some stick about not taking the pills, but they really make life not worth living for me, so I will not go back on them voluntarily.
    This session starts at twelve, so I must remember to eat early enough - but weigh first thing to see if I have lost any weight.
    I did buy some chocolate when I went to Lidl - but I don't really like it, even though it is only 24percent carbs. I might try making some sort of dessert with it, or fat bombs maybe.
  3. I am continuing to see lower BG levels, but this week I have not dropped any weight, and I am wondering if I am becoming less insulin resistant. Insulin creates fat, removing the glucose from the blood. It would therefor make weight loss slower if insulin was having more effect.
    It might also be the six Lidl protein rolls I ate in the last week or so.
    I can only to on keeping on and see what happens. At the moment I am happier to see the lower BG levels than I would have been to have another 2lb weight loss.
  4. I just took my BG and it is the lowest I have recorded - something seems to be happening to my metabolism after two months of low carbing.
    I have seen my average levels of before and after my evening meal gradually drifting downwards, and not altering very much between the readings, but I am down by a whole number after being rather higher than anything I have seen unless testing a food for spiking.
    The only thing I have changed is using double cream in my coffee and on the berries I eat - perhaps I have reached some level of fat consumption which has changed things, as I have been eating a few more carbs due to the falling BG levels.
    I did hope to drop to this level once I had lost a bit more weight, with some hope of reversing diabetes eventually - I am just surprised at it happening so soon if that is what it is.
  5. Yesterday I got a sudden increase in BG up to 10.7 mmol/l which only decreased to 8.9 at bedtime and today my fasting level is 8.7.
    That is rather worrying, as I had been seeing numbers in the 7s and low 8s even after eating.
    I am going to reduce carbs down to the lower levels I was on when I was first diagnosed, as I have been adding in more of what I used to be able to eat, little by little as I did way back when I was doing Atkins for ongoing weightloss.
    I was losing weight on target for 2lb a week, but I should have dropped another pound by now, and I haven't.
    Ah well - I will have to go out and exercise as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer and dryer.
  6. I am just coming towards the end of the second month of LCHF and the difference between my before and after eating BG levels was just 0.7 mmol/l today. My pre meal levels are still between 6.5 and 7 mmol/l which is a bit high, I think, but the small elevation by food should mean that my Hga1c levels will be down. I do hope so, as it will confirm the level of control I want to achieve.
    I have to confess that I have looked at my husband's stock of sweets and chocolate from time to time and been tempted, but did not give in. I think about the display on the meter, and the weighing scales, and know that such an indulgence will be obvious there - and I must say that I want to see the look on the doctor's face too - when he tells me what change there has been.
  7. I bought a couple of boxes of grapes when out shopping, the large ones with seeds as sold in Lidl - and I did really well with the first one, eating only a few each day. This is done by taking a few out of the box and then putting it back in the fridge. A simple ploy but it works. Then I was unable to get to the fridge as my husband was getting himself some milk for his coffee - so I carried the box to my desk, and then I ate them.
    Other people have admired my self control with foods I simply do not eat, but that requires no effort at all. I do not eat biscuits, chips or cake, so I do not eat them even if I see them, and things such as green salad - fine, a single tomato - I take the smallest one from the net - but those things I do eat but should restrict, grapes and melon, I have to put them out of sight or I just keep on having a few, or another little slice, and I can't do that these days.

    At least my waist has continued to shrink and soften - my abdomen was totally rigid a few months ago, and I had an equator rather than a waist. Now I need to make myself a whole new set of clothes which compress my waist to stay in place - otherwise the waistline slides down rather alarmingly, or are held up in some other way - dresses rather than skirts, or some sort of top to secure them from the effects of gravity.
  8. I have not been able to test my BG as I ran out of strips for the One Touch meter we inherited from my mother in law. The pot of 50 strips was 32 pounds at the clinic, but I just bought a meter, lancets and 75 strips for under 30 pounds in Lidl.
    I had been concerned that I did not know what my readings were, but the first test with the new meter shows 6.4 mmol/l. I am really pleased with that.
  9. Last night I was lazy and I ate some of the sweetcorn I made for my husband - even though it had gravy with it.
    For the first time I got a reaction on the urine sticks last night. It was only the slightest alteration, but I have acute colour vision and it was there again, though not so much, this morning.
    I really have to accept that I need to make the extra effort, take the time to do the foods I know I can eat.
    I used mayonnaise with my salad rather than make up more of the oil and vinegar dressing I usually use - that might have made the impact greater,
    Ah well - lesson learned. Constant vigilance.
  10. Well - we are getting through the double lot of shopping I did, though rather slowly.
    I forgot about weighing myself on Friday but stood on the scales this morning and found that I have lost another pound, so I am happy with that.
    I need to arrange an appointment for my eye check. The optician I usually go to is on the list of those to visit, so I must either phone or call in when I am next passing by.
    I have the next session of diabetes information on the 23rd, I think it is, which should be interesting - lifestyle and heart protection is part of it. I expect I will be told that I risk heart attack if I eat according to Atkins.
  11. As it was over a week since I took any Metformin, and being concerned about not having any way to test my blood glucose levels after overdoing the roasted sprouts, I took a tablet. Now I daren't go to bed. I have been trotting up to the loo about once an hour. I really should have known better than to cook the whole bag of sprouts and plan to reheat half tomorrow - they didn't even get to the plate, I ate them straight from the pan.
  12. I feel more myself now - stopping taking my medication has been rather a good idea - I thought I was OK but before Christmas I went shopping and lost the car in the supermarket car park then, after walking up and down the rows until I spotted it I opened the back and found that I'd already done the bulk of the shopping and forgotten to take it into the house, so some of it had spoilt.
    I took myself home and unpacked it all so my fridges were full - I have two, one kept at a lower temperature than the other.
    I still can't remember the answer to one of my security questions, but hopefully it will come back to me - but I am rather concerned that I could suddenly find myself in that situation. I had forgotten to take all my tablets for two days, which is probably why I am still functioning now - but I do normally watch myself for signs of loosing the plot.
    I had been trying to learn a new song, stopping the medication allowed me to sing the song at the folk club so I hope no permanent damage has been done.
  13. Every year just before Christmas I feel a bit low - it is, I think due to the death of my grandmother just before Christmas back in 1957 - we had lived with my father's parents for about 5 years, and I had spent a lot of time with my grandmother as my mother had my two younger siblings and the house to run.
    She died from the complications of diabetes, untreated for the most part, as the family simply did not understand what she should eat, or drink.
    I did not understand that she had died, as she had been in and out of hospital all the time we'd been living there, so I assumed that she would be coming back. I was only six years old at the time, so it isn't all that surprising. It was not for some years that I happened to be in the room when my father explained to someone what had happened, and I understood the circumstances.
  14. I tell myself it is early days, that it cannot last, and the rate will slow down but I am really pleased to find that I can still manage to lose weight doing Atkins . I am rather pleased that my waistline is reducing and also that my middle is not rigid like it used to be.
    I was told that I would be sent a letter to let me know the date and time of the next diabetes education session. I am hoping that I can lose enough weight before then to astonish the nurses.

    My BG is staying below 8 mmol/l even without taking the Metformin, and so far the urine testing has not shown anything but negatives.
  15. There is a series of educational events which diabetics are supposed to attend, so off I went this afternoon for the first one - oh dear oh dear - I am in dire danger of heart disease or bowel cancer eating low carb.
    The eat well plate was carefully described and the things we diabetics should be doing were explained.
    They did try to be a bit scientific, but most of it was inaccurate.

    We - there were two of us, were handed test strips and a record sheet to test our urine for glucose. I had a go when I got back and got a negative, so that seems OK. I might save the remaining glucose meter test strips for the day I go to see the doctor again - just for my own amusement.
    I seem to be getting readings under 7 mmol/l now, so it isn't really worth using up test strips to check what is going on.
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