Monday, 12th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Lunch5.5Bacon Sandwiches7
Tea6.3Mash, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, Chicken, 2 x Roll10
EveningN/ASugar Free Polos - 98 Cal choc 16g Carbs0
11.10pm11,8None40 (gl)

Complacency cocked me up today. I did well until tea and then snacked on a few things during the evening. It was nothing that in the moment felt particularly bad but I ate stuff I shouldn’t rather absentmindedly. I paid the price with an 11.8 reading. As I write this I am really angry with myself.

I made an adjustment and injected 40 units of glargine. I feel a bit down but I will do better tomorrow. I’m finding it harder in general and it feels like I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall. It shows in a few minor errors that pile up into a mistake. I will crank up the effort but it’s not going to be easy.

Sunday, 12th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Lunch6.3Pasta, Mince, Garden Peas7
Tea6.9Mash, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, Chicken, Roll10
11.30pm8.1None32 (gl)

Evidently I got my adjustment right from last night and woke up at 5.7. My milk was almost on the turn but I had my Weetabix alright and moved on to lunch. I decided to try something new and cooked pasta, mince and garden peas and calculated 7 units would zap the carbs. I took the 7 units and perhaps will have 8 next time but 6.9 at tea was fine.

I ate a nice tea of my usual roast but did not have gravy. I was very peckish at around 9pm but didn’t falter! At 11.30pm I came in at 8.1 which is an obvious 32 units of glargine for the morning reset. After yesterday’s long journey I just stayed in today and watched some Football.

Saturday, 11th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Lunch5.12 x Tuna Rolls and 1 x Banana5
Tea4.6(Mars Bar) 2 x Bacon Rolls7
11.10pm7.2None24 (gl)

I am aching for bed so forgive the short post when the content could be much longer! We had a football match today at Windscale near Whitehaven and had to endure a long bus journey of 4 hours when the driver went down the A1 and across the A66 instead of going via Hexham and Carlisle. We got stuck in heavy traffic near Penrith and had to delay kick-off. We drew 3-3 then won on penalties!

I ate normally until tea despite this upheaval and change to my routine. I had a Mars Bar at half-time so I avoided the Pie, Chips and Peas meal laid on afterwards. I took insulin on the bus, albeit late, then ate two bacon rolls when I got home at 9pm. My 11.10pm reading was obviously not taking into account the insulin still working inside me so I took 24 units of glargine making what I hope is an accurate future adjustment downwards. I should have taken food for tea too.

Tomorrow will be more stable. I’m not having dinner at my parents so I control my food intake tomorrow and plan to have a good day without any snacks to get back on track.

Friday, 10th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.42 x Brown Bread with Eggs5
Lunch7.8Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and 1 x Banana8
Tea4.63 x Bacon Sandwich14
11.30pm9.5None36 (gl)

I visited Crook and met with friends for breakfast. I ate a little late at 9.15am so we 4.4 by then. My friend Neil visited for the afternoon and we took photos and discussed our business. I took my packed lunch out with us having prepared it in mid-morning. Preparation is key.

We had a great days photography and I had a bit of a large tea but hey, I was hungry. I ate a bit much but I’m beginning to think I need the odd treat otherwise I’m struggling to keep up with this regime. Anyway, I made the adjustment in my glargine and will have an awesome weekend and week next week to get some pounds off.

Thursday, 9th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Lunch4.5Sausage Roll, Scrambled Egg, Beans, Wholemeal Roll6
Tea5.8Broccoli, Mash, Cauliflower, Gravy, Peas, Mince, Wholemeal Roll14
11.30pm7.0None30 (gl)

Today I did more bowling and had a good one hours coaching session with a man called Brian at 8pm. I enjoy indoor bowls as it relaxes me and as stress can mess with sugar levels it’s really important to manage stress in life.

As you can see there is nothing much to report on today. I found today quite easy but enjoyed a good evening meal with two rolls. 12 units has me sit still in the evening and 11 for one roll gets me from 5.5 to 7.0 and 14 does the job if I have two wholemeal rolls (rare). Unless anything drastic changes from my future readings that will be the level I go at to get to my target night range.

Wednesday, 8th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Lunch6.4Bacon Sandwich8
Tea7.42 x Chicken Sandwiches and 1 x Banana11
11.30pm8.1None32 (gl)

Today I continued my week off work and I played 90 minutes of indoor bowls which, when played alone, means 4 bowls followed by a walk to the opposite end of the rink then repeat. I probably did about 3000 steps. It’s great for low-impact exercise. I also did a ton of tidying and clearing in the house today where we cleared the TV area, drawers in the kitchen and upstairs cupboard.

In terms of food I did fine and had a nice amount today without overdoing it. I did get a craving for (of all things) Chicken Fried Rice with curry sauce (I don’t even like curry sauce that much) this evening but it came and went. My readings were fine with good adjustments.

Tuesday, 7th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.22 x Bacon Sandwiches8
Lunch6.41 x Chicken Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap and 1 x Banana7
3.30pmN/ABread Roll2
Tea10.1Mash, Mince, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, 1 x Bread Roll14
11.30pm7.0None30 (gl)

Today I enjoyed a nice game of indoor bowls, a game I find completely relaxes me and is a good source of low-impact exercise. I bought a packet of crusty bread rolls, which was outside of my tight diet, however, I did enjoy them! I don’t think it’s a huge mistake but I want to keep disciplined in order to maintain my levels of weight loss at least for another 30 pounds.

I paid the price for a bread roll snack by having a tea reading of 10.1. The adjustment for tea and then to get to 11pm was perfect as I came in at 7.0. A triumph! I will eat perfectly tomorrow and I am trying out my new bowls between 10.30am and 12.30pm so that should see me get some steps in. I’d like to join a team at some point perhaps.

Monday, 6th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.0Weetabix with skimmed milk6
Lunch6.3Tuna Baguette and 1 x Banana10
Tea6.3Mash, Chicken, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Gravy, 1 x Wholemeal Roll11
11.30pm6.8None30 (gl)

Today I managed my sugar levels well. I adjusted at lunch as I had a tuna baguette from Morrison’s which was really nice and then I had my usual roast in the evening. I never really felt hungry or peckish today which felt really good and as you can see from the readings it was a predictable, steady, stable day.

I’ve not ordered any protein bars yet and will wait on those for this month as I need to press forward with my weight loss. I received news that I have secured an interview for a really good job, so I’m going to be preparing for that for the next 10 days so that should focus the mind as well as serve as a distraction from thoughts of food!

Sunday, 5th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast7.5Weetabix with skimmed milk7
Lunch7.7Mash, Beef, Carrott, Broccoli, Yorkshire, Gravy, Peas, Kale6
Tea5.12 x Wholemeal Chicken Sandwich and 1 x Banana8
11.30pm7.2None30 (gl)

My morning reading was higher than I’d like at 7.5 because of being low the night before and eating. Regular readers will know it’s a two reading consequence when a mistake is made. I thought 7 units would be enough for an accurate adjustment but it wasn’t so I adjusted again at lunch (where I ate no bread) to get back to normal. This worked fine and I came in at 5.1 at tea.

The challenge at tea is to get to 7.0 or thereabouts by nightfall from wherever I start. Currently I calculate I need 3 units of insulin per wholemeal bread bun and 3 units per banana. This meant 9 units for the meal to get back to 5, therefore taking 2 units less to raise my levels towards 7 which is the target range. It felt good to come in at 7.2 before bed and I took 30 units of glargine.

Tomorrow I start a Football coaching course which lasts for 4 days. I will do more exercise than normal so it will be interesting to see what this means for my readings.

Saturday, 4th August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.1Weetabix with skimmed milk6
Lunch5.4Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and 1 x Banana6
4.30pmN/ATuna Sandwich x 20
Tea10.8Chicken, Mash, Carrot, Broccoli, Cauliflower14
12.20am5.9Wholemeal Roll24 (gl)

My breakfast and lunchtime readings prove that when I do things I right I get rewarded! We had a Football match and they always put food on afterwards. I grabbed a couple of tuna sandwiches and ate those. Naughty and I was punished with a 10.8. We lost 0-4 so I think I was self-medicating! Football means a place where I always used to eat so not eating takes some effort! Effort that I know I must make. I adjusted at tea and got back to 5.9. That was a bit low so I adjusted and headed to bed.

I’ve quite a bit of stress in my life at the moment. The Football team I manage is a source of that stress. I’m also uncertain what my work situation will be come October. I’ve had a relationship break up is a stress. The weather has been weird with high humidity. I’m told all that can affect my readings. I’ll have a tight day tomorrow.

Friday, 3rd August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.1Weetabix with skimmed milk6
Lunch4.5Burger and Chips7
Tea7.92 x Wholemeal Chicken Sandwiches8
12.15am6.0Banana26 (gl)

Today I had a nice lunch at Cakes and Bakes in Esh Winning. I enjoy their Hamburger and Chips and ate a smaller dinner as a result.

I went to the Football and did not eat anything there and feel good about restraining myself when I was tempted. My sugar was a little low before bed so I had a banana and then 26 units of glargine. I know a banana increases my sugar by about 2.0.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.2Weetabix with skimmed milk7
Lunch5.32 x Tuna Wholemeal Buns with Banana8
Tea6.3Steak, Mash, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Wholemeal Roll11
11.45pm7.6None30 (gl)

Today was a good day in terms of my food and my readings although I remain puzzled as to why I now need 7 units at breakfast to reach lunch at good levels and 8 units at lunch when I only required 4 a few weeks ago. I’m eating the same food! Admittedly lunch was one bun larger than normal but I used up the tin of tuna. However, it was nice to have a little change.

I struggled tonight which is rare and could have easily eaten something from 8pm – 10pm but I battled through it. Oddly at 11.20pm I now feel fine and not hungry so I know it was my body playing tricks! Maybe I was thirsty.

Wednesday, 1st August 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.4Weetabix with skimmed milk6
Lunch7.2Bacon, Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Roll7
Tea5.3Chicken, Mash, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, 2 x Wholemeal Roll14
11.45pm10.1None38 (gl)

For some reason my insulin levels required to maintain my sugar levels have increased from 4 to around 6 or 7. I’m not sure of the reason for this. I plan on sitting down tomorrow morning and going through a few readings and making some presumptions from the data.

Tea was a bit of a nightmare when I took 14 to compensate for a rather large potato but sinned a little and had 2 wholemeal rolls. It wasn’t the worst mistake in the world but even so, I suffered with a 10.1 reading. It’s amazing how diabetics have nowhere to hide! I adjusted with 38 units of glargine and will hopefully be back to normal in the morning.

Tuesday, 31st July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.6Weetabix with skimmed milk6
Lunch7.0Chicken in Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap6
Tea5.4Chicken, Mash, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Wholemeal Roll, Mince8
11pm8.6Hot Dog34 (gl)

I made a concerted effort to do better today. I had my normal breakfast, worked hard at work and got plenty done before settling down to my lunch which I had prepared before work. I was surprised by my lunch reading of 7.0. I think I need to get up earlier to ensure I have breakfast by 7.30am.

Tea came and went and I calculated my sugar fairly well. I was a tiny bit naughty and had a Hot Dog after our final football friendly but felt happy with 8.6 before bed and I had 34 units of glargine.

Monday, 30th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.52 x Wholemeal Toast5
Lunch7.2Mash, Broccoli, Carrots, Peas, 1 x Wholemeal Slice, Gravy, Chicken10
Tea7.22 x Chicken Sandwiches7
11pm9.0None36 (gl)

I got up this morning and had 2 slices of wholemeal toast. Normally I’d have weetabix but as I had a three hour journey ahead of me I wanted to test my stomach. My sugar reading at lunch was 7.2 which was a little high so I adjusted (or so I thought) to 10.

Setting off for home at 1.10pm I arrived back at 4.10pm. I ate the piece of chicken my sister had cooked for me.

I will return tomorrow to full discipline. My weight is down again but I could have achieved more. It’s about maintaining focus because it’s working.