Living with Diabetes: Up and down
It’s been a while since I wrote one of these, so I wanted to give a quick update, especially considering my plan was to do at least one of these on a monthly basis.
I had a run over a couple of months where I got a little annoyed. I thought I was doing OK, but every morning, I’d be high. Usually in the 150s-170s range.
The rest of the time would be fine. From about Nov. 16-Jan. 16, and only counting days when I was up at my work time, I was in my “range” like 12 times.
That’s not good.
The rest of the time – in other words, lunch, dinner, night etc. – was fine. And it annoyed me. My A1C went up ever so slightly (5.7 to 6.1), so my doctor wasn’t ultra concerned. He explained a few things to me and gave me some ideas to try.
Those didn’t work, either.
Frustrating as it was, I didn’t give in. Then February came.
As part of my Day Zero Project, one of my goals was to give up soda for a month. Now, I don’t drink regular soda. It’s diet only. I didn’t realize that it could do something to me. And… maybe I’m wrong, but this is a coincidence.
In February? I was a tad high from Feb. 3-5, and then on the 12th. But that one, I can explain. I know what I did the night before. All other days have been solid. My other numbers have gone down, too. In fact, since all of this, my average has dropped some and my ratio has vastly improved (115 average, 90 percent in range/10 percent out).
So is it the diet soda? Possibly so.
One thing that’s good about this is the lack of missing the soda. I’ve been fine with it and if my numbers are going to be like this, I have no issue eaving it out.
I try it at different times. I used to have one with my night snack, so mixing it all together might have done it. But that will come in time. First, I have to finish February without having a soda, then I’ll worry from there.
But on a good note, I’ve been feeling pretty good, so that’s a step in the right direction. This is a lifetime thing and there will be steps back and steps forward. Hopefully this remains a big step forward.
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