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  1. I am running out of test strips and can't afford more - not at over 30 pounds for 50, but I am confident that I just have to keep to the same regime I used for weightloss in order to keep my BG steady and low.
    Two hours after eating lunch today I did a test and got 6.6 mmol/l. so I was wondering what it might have been before eating - but I will just have to trust to the diet and as long as I am losing weight steadily all should be well.
  2. I tried out various things I could not eat for losing weight and then tested my BG levels - and found that they raised my levels significantly - so it is not a surprise that I am still at the same weight, and I found nothing which is OK for me to eat from a diabetic point of view which is also high carb.

    I decided to return to doing low carb properly and to do more exercise to lower both my weight and BG levels as much as possible by the time of my next tests. I really do not want to be seeing double figures when I have seen lower ones.
  3. I have been trying to eat things which I would not normally include in my low carb diet for weightloss but I have seen other people eating and not getting elevated BG readings.

    Sulk sulk sulk sulk

    So far, nothing at all is different - if I could not eat it when losing weight I can't eat it without a big increase - so I went to the shops and bought a cucumber and some mushrooms, and some metal bowls. Not that I really need more bowls, but Lidl have got them, so they don't cost much and they have lids, so I can use them to hold nuts and anything chopped or sliced. I needed to go to Lidl for cough mixture, as I have a nasty cough after catching a cold. Even the cough mixture registers on the meter. Sigh.
    At least I feel better after stopping the statin. The ringing in my ears was really dreadful, and I was trying to learn the tune of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. One thing I have always been able to do is pick up a tune after hearing it a few times, or even just once, but I was absolutely stumped - I still keep losing it and then it comes back - or I try listening to it again. Even my husband has noticed that I keep playing it over and over, and he was getting a bit worried and annoyed that I could not remember things.
  4. I was left all alone at my daughter's flat yesterday, they are moving out today so my husband drove them to their new place with some of the more fragile things, and I was hungry, but there was nothing I could eat and I'd forgotten we were going out so I ate two small - like tiny - plain biscuits, which were very sweet, but everything tastes sweet to me these days. We did not get back until late, and when I tested two hours after eating, the meter showed 11.3 - highest ever it has recorded for me.

    I know I an sensitive to sugar above all else, so why not tough it out, I tell myself now it is too late.
    I found I had lost another pound overnight - but that worried me - impending insulin dependence perhaps?
    Eating a few extra carbs never mattered when it was for losing weight, but now it is totally different. It really matters.
    I do so want to lose enough weight that there is a chance of my diabetes going into remission.
  5. Down another pound this morning - I am so glad that I found low carb eating - I'd probably have reached half a ton by now if I hadn't bought New Diet Revolution when I did. I was already low carbing and weighed under 10 stone at one point, before people started on at me to eat those healthy carbs if I did not want to be ill.
    The cold seems to have gone, which is another thing I have noticed when eating low carb, infections don't stand a chance. There were occasions when I was working when the whole of the rest of the department was down with the 'flu' and I'd be holding the fort alone.
  6. The weather has been damp and dreary and now I am too, sneezing and snuffling - and it is the folk club on Sunday. I sound like Leonard Cohen.
    I am only testing after meals, as I really can't face taking Metformin every day. My readings are between 7 and 8 two hours after eating so I think that is OK. I can't feel any difference on days I do take Metformin, apart from the distressed guts.
  7. This morning I weighed myself twice, just to be sure - I have lost slightly more than 8lb in 3 weeks.
    I should not be surprised really, as low carb was always effective, but I never quite believe it will work as well as it does.
    I have read that restarting never works well - but that is not the case with my metabolism - but I have never had any success with any other diet - though to be honest when I found Atkins I stopped looking - I mean, when you have found a diet where, if taken to extreme you can lose a kilogram a day, and you can fine tune the loss by adding in your favourite carbs in small amounts, why look elsewhere?
    Now I have the additional factor of diabetes, but it is type 2, so I just take the tablet and go on low carbing.
    An additional benefit is that the loss is mostly fat and not lean body mass. Our scales can measure that, so with a bit of calculation I can work out my lean weight.
    I doubt that I will ever have a 24 inch waist again, but all my weight piles on into the middle so I have an equator rather than a waist, but at least that means that my arms and legs aren't large, so I should not - with any luck - get huge folds of skin flapping about.
    I really hope that by reducing my weight - or I should say my fat, because I was always muscular and I don't want to lose that, it will mean that I can once again fully control my BG levels. I don't mind if it is by eating low carb for the rest of my life - I was perfectly happy eating 80 gm of carbs a day. I can cope with the lower levels I am eating now - protein and salad stuff with oil and vinegar dressing. Just being able to bend over and pick up things from the floor again makes that worthwhile.
  8. Well - now I know what I have to do - stick to the low carb.
    I have now seen 6.2 mmol/l on the meter, and I hope to see no more results in double figures.
    I am absolutely convinced that having a meter and seeing what happens when I 'accidentally' cook too many potatoes - who am I trying to kid - well it made me realise that I have broken something and now I have to compensate for that. Maybe not for ever - not totally, but just as I would have to rest a sprained ankle I need to stop the carbs from impacting on my metabolism.

    If I don't then the damage will only get worse, low carbs are my Nordic walking poles, to keep me upright on uneven ground - I don't want to have the crutches of drugs, and I'll be damned if I end up in a wheel chair.
  9. I was half convinced I'd broken something earlier, I got a reading of 11.0 after lunch, but I checked again and it is back down to 7.7 in late afternoon. I'll have to be very careful to avoid making such mistakes in future. Hopefully the downward trend will continue if I stick to low carb foods.
  10. After the first reading on the meter of over 10, I have been seeing the numbers drop for four days, down in the 7s for some readings - and I thought that I would just see what happened if I ate some potato. It was just one medium baked potato, I thought it would be just a little rise - nope. back up to over ten.

    Obviously I am really sensitive to carbs, not just in terms of weight but in its affect on BG.

    I knew that really - it was obvious - but now that the meter has shown such a jump - and it is over 12 hours since I ate it and my BG is still the same I know that I am going to have to be really strict.
  11. I have noticed some odd things since going back to low carbing. This is after a couple of weeks and a weight loss of 6lb, so I can't put it down to being less fat/heavy.

    My feet have shrunk.
    I no longer bite the inside of my cheeks.
    My tongue is smaller.
    I can see better.
    I am sleeping less.
    My joints are less painful
    I can climb two flights of stairs.
    My skin feels all smooth and soft.
    I can bend down and feel more flexible.
    I need to fasten my bra tighter, as the band was loose.
  12. My evening BG reading was 7.6 mmol/l.

    Low carb really does make a difference - no Metformin today - my insides just can't take it.
  13. Well - not much help really - just got a referral to a diabetes information meeting.

    I did find an old tester, a One touch Ultra 2 - it used to belong to my mother in law. I bought strips and lancets on my way out of the clinic and used them when I got back. The reading is 10.4, which as my diagnostic reading at about the same time was 17.1mmol/l it is something of an improvement. The meter is not calibrated, though, so I can only really use it for comparison with itself - though that is quite a difference.

    I am sleeping less, and doing more, which is good.

    my lunch before diagnosis would probably have been a corned beef sandwich with half a tomato - now I am just not eating the bread.
  14. Oh joy to wake up and get out of bed without twinges from the joints, I had been going along the side of the bed, fearful of falling over, now I am out and off in seconds. Low carb so suits me I was mad to ever give it up.

    I felt fine, did not need to eat, started off doing the washing, then washing up, got the bikes out and tidied up in the conservatory, made a sandwich for the DH and ate some of the cooked meat, started to organise my books in the dining room - there's just no stopping me today.
  15. today I did not feel strange on waking, and on checking my weight I have lost a little more, so I ate Dr Atkins' revenge - that is bacon and eggs for my morning meal, after a few walnuts which worked yesterday so I might as well continue to eat them as I have many day's supply of them in the bag in the fridge.

    This afternoon I went out walking, and ate a small slice of melon when I returned. Over the last years I have been cutting larger and larger slices of melon - it is back to the half inch at most ones now, and no more water melon as it would go off before I could eat all of it.

    I visited the clinic and could walk up and down the stairs, no more using the lift.
    I have an appointment with the nurse on Thursday (Tuesday today) so we will see how that goes. At least I am beginning to feel like my old self again, I just have to fight my way down from my present weight back to something sensible. I somehow doubt that I'll ever have a 24 inch waist again.
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