Saturday, 21st July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.5Weetabix with Skimmed Milk5
Lunch4.62 x Bacon Sandwiches6
Tea7.0Chicken, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Mash, Wholemeal Roll10
Night6.4None28 (gl)

I made a pact with myself to be really focused today. I managed to do better having my normal breakfast and a decent lunch, no snacks until tea then my tea with no subsequent snacks afterwards.

The only error I made was allowing myself a little brown sauce and not factoring that in or checking the sugar content. That hiked me to 7.0 but I got it back. I attended Football this afternoon and didn’t snack. I then went to a quiz in the evening and didn’t have food.

Friday, 20th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.7Weetabix with Skimmed Milk5
Lunch5.0Hamburger, Chicken Breast, Beans, Poached Egg, Bacon, 1 Wholemeal Toast10
Tea6.92 x Bacon Sandwiches in Wholemeal Roll5
Night10.7None36 (gl)

Today was going fine until after lunch then things went a bit crazy! I agreed to meet someone after work to put the goalposts in for the Football team I manage and then one of the Managers had problems so we went to the pub and relaxed and discussed it.

I had had a “lighter breakfast” (a new offering) at Morrison’s with a good friend of mine. It was a rare treat, but this meant I probably (definitely) over-ate today. Because I used to always get a “little breakfast” it caused a bit of havoc when I ordered something different. We had the checkout attendant in absolute knots lol. Anyway, that just shows how naughty I was. I’m a saint by comparison now although today was a bit of a blip. Bizarrely you will note my sugar levels weren’t too bad. Admittedly my evening 10.7 reading sucked but I will have a tremendous food day tomorrow and do some exercise too.


Thursday, 19th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.0Weetabix with Skimmed Milk5
Lunch5.0Scrambled Eggs and Beans with Wholemeal Roll4
2.30pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar0
Tea6.4Beef, Mash, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Gravy11
Night7.8None30 (gl)

Today was a better day for Food. It’s no coincidence I was really busy and that’s a great way of moving your attention away from food. The levels were fine today. I cooked a topside joint and that was a first for me! It came out well and I ate a few slices of beef.

There is not much else to say on today! Solid readings and same again tomorrow.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.6Weetabix with Skimmed Milk5
Lunch7.01 Wholemeal Bun with Chicken6
3.00pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar2
Tea5.82 x Bacon Sandwiches
Packet of Ready Salted Walkers
Night5.9None26 (gl)

Today was not a fantastic food day but well within my calorie goal. My usual breakfast at 5.6 (I will try taking 6 units tomorrow) saw me come in at 7.0 around lunchtime and I am at a loss to explain that one. At tea my adjustment worked.

Because I had a Football match (we won 4-1!)  and had to leave the house at 5.10pm I could not make my usual roast. I had a packet of crisps at the bar afterwards and good job I did as I came in low at 5.9. I thought 5 units at tea was more than enough to get back to my 7.0 range. From 5.9 I adjusted to 26 units of glargine before bed.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.6Weetabix with Skimmed Milk4
Lunch6.5Bacon, Eggs, Beans and Wholemeal Roll5
3.00pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar2
Tea5.8Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Wholemeal Roll10
Night9.5None34 (gl)

I ate better today but it does seem to have got harder in the last few days. My readings have increased a little bit into the 6.0 – 7.0 so I’m going to work hard to get them back into the 5.0 – 6.0 range. I was just in range at 9.5 before bed so adjusted to 34 units of glargine. Sometimes the readings are not completely predictable and it’s important to stay in range rather than stressing about specific numbers.

A solid, if unspectacular day. Tomorrow will be maximum effort because whilst I have no made what I would class as “mistakes” I have lost a bit of intensity and need it back if I am to achieve my goals.

Over the summer I shall be putting together plans for a new gym space in the garage.


Monday, 16th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.2Weetabix with Skimmed Milk4
Lunch6.1Wholemeal Tortilla wrap and chicken with banana6
3.00pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar2
Tea7.1Rump Steak, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, 1/2 a Small Granary Baguette10
Night6.7None30 (gl)

Today I ate half of a small brown granary baguette to add a bit of variety as my food has been very similar of late. Initially I felt guilty, but as long as I don’t go too crazy justifying treats I will be fine. A bit of what you like is acceptable.

My calories remain bang on and although there are tons of diets out there and people often (in a well-meaning way) point at one meal and saying “you can’t eat that”, my macros are calculated and my overall daily intake is within the correct ranges. I’ve looked at introducing pasta but it is full of carbs so I’m sticking with my low-carb set-up for the time being. I will introduce it in time though.

My diet is pretty much as good as I can sustainably make it. I don’t eat chips, takeaways, chocolate, crisps, cakes or fast food and I limit my carbs to under 190g a day. I don’t drink alcohol. I limit my fruit intake as despite being good for you it contains sugar and at my evening meal I eat a lot of root veg. I eat things that I enjoy and don’t feel like I’m missing out. This is vital as otherwise I would either cheat or be miserable. I don’t want to do either of those things.

The only thing I can do now in order to improve is begin to introduce more regular exercise. I am aiming to get down to a reasonable weight for someone my height and I think 210 pounds (15 stone) is a realistic target, although my overall goal is to reach 196 pounds (14 stone). I hope to be there in a years time!

Sunday, 15th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast10.1Weetabix with Skimmed Milk8
Lunch5.22 x Bacon Sandwiches on Wholemeal Roll6
3.00pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar0
Tea7.7Mince, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Wholemeal Roll9
Night6.9None30 (gl)

After my error last night where my night reading was 4.9, I awoke at 10.1. I corrected at breakfast by taking 8 units of insulin and have calculated that each unit of insulin gets me down about 1.2 m/mol. At lunch I was 5.2 so that worked well.

My tea reading was 7.7. My calorie count was fine but I’ve noticed if I have a protein bar I need to take 2 units of insulin to gobble up the few carbs it contains. A night reading of 6.9 showed my evening calculation was spot on.

A few friends have voiced surprise that I’ve stuck this out. In the past I might have got frustrated at this apparent lack of faith, but on reflection I note that nobody will have faith you can achieve something they have not seen you achieve before. What matters is your own ‘how’ and ‘why’. View any surprise you encounter as a compliment because they can see the positive changes you have made having the desired impact.

Saturday, 14th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.9Weetabix with Skimmed Milk4
Lunch7.52 x Bacon Sandwiches6
Tea6.8Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Wholemeal Roll12
Night4.92 x Wholemeal Rolls28 (gl)

Today was a weird day. I had my breakfast late and my lunch early hence the 7.5 reading as I had Football at 11.30am. I got to tea and had my usual meal and read 6.8. I wanted to stand still at around 7.0 by 11pm so had 12 units of insulin and came in at 11.30pm at 4.9. In hindsight I should have taken 9 units so my decision to take 12 was clearly a big error.

This forced me to eat carbs and then take a reduced amount of glargine. I am really angry as I write this! I don’t want to eat food I don’t need as it will stifle and slow my weight loss.

I will probably wake up higher than I’d like tomorrow morning and have to equalise by lunch. That is one of the problems with getting it wrong. It takes a full meal and therefore many hours to rectify the readings.

Friday, 13th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.8Weetabix with Skimmed Milk4
Lunch6.3Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and Banana5
3.00pmN/ASmall brown chicken sandwich2
Tea5.9Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Wholemeal Roll12
Night6.9None30 (gl)

Today is supposed to be unlucky, but my readings were fine today. I struggled with feelings of depression, but that’s for another blog.

Breakfast to lunch was alright although I was surprised to be 6.3 as I’d taken 4 units of insulin so expected my readings to drop to lower than my breakfast reading. I may need to increase breakfast insulin to 5.

I went to Morrison’s after work and had one of their tiny small chicken sandwiches as a snack. It’s one slice of brown bread and chicken pieces, so is a great small snack and feels like something more substantial. It filled a massive void as I was struggling at the time. 2.30pm – 3.30pm remains a difficult hour for me. I took 2 units of insulin to deal with the 20g of carbs. It worked as my tea reading was not high.

I took 12 insulin units at tea although I almost burned my mince and it was only just edible! I felt down in the dumps all evening and really wanted a bread bun and butter! I resisted and mt reading was 6.9 before bed which was a nice lift. I don’t feel hungry, just needy for the lift I get from food. It’s psychological.

Thursday, 12th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.71/2 a banana then Scrambled Egg on Brown Toast4
Lunch6.6Bacon on Wholemeal Roll5
Tea7.5Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Tortilla Wrap12
Night6.0None26 (gl)

Today was an erratic day food-wise. I arranged to meet a friend for breakfast but the place we were going to opened at 9am. I ate at 9.15am so ate half a banana to keep me going before setting off at 8.45am. I made a healthy choice of scrambled egg on brown toast, which was lovely, but was 6.6 by lunchtime because I hadn’t waited the full 4 hours before having lunch at 12.30pm.

At lunch I ate sensibly and injected 5 units to hopefully level out by tea. Unfortunately my normal routine was hampered once again because I had to eat at 5.30pm where normally having ate at 12.30pm for lunch I would have waited until 6pm at least before having tea, but I had a 6.30pm meeting.

Furthermore I had ran out of brown rolls so had a tortilla wrap instead. I attempted to compensate with 12 units to get back to around 7.0 before bed and over-compensated to arrive at 6.0. The frustrating thing is I suspected 12 was too much and thought about having 11 because it was a wholemeal wrap rather than a wholemeal roll. I should have gone with my instinct!

I adjusted to 26 units of glargine before bed. It’s weird when my calorie intake is great but things still feel difficult!

Wednesday, 11th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.42 x Bacon Rashers with Wholemeal Roll4
Lunch5.6Scrambled Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Roll4
Tea5.5Rump Steak, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas, Gravy, Wholemeal Roll11
Night8.3None32 (gl)

After going to bed at 7.0 last night and taking 30 units of glargine I expected to be lower than 6.1 when I woke up today. However, I adjusted and injected 4 units with my sandwich.

I am due a shop so was out of veg and milk so I had to make do with a bacon sandwich. After breakfast I headed to Morrison’s at 7.50am for a quick shop. £9.64 later I returned with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, eggs, milk, mint sauce and bananas.

I got home from Morrisons at 8.20am and quickly made scrambled egg and beans to take to work. I had no time to cook the bacon but as I had eaten some already that was fine.

After work I got home and made tea after a walk to a park which was a nice bit of low-impact exercise. In the end it was heartbreak for England at the World Cup but at 11pm I was 8.3 and took 32 units of glargine as a result. I had temptation today and managed to successfully get past it.

I will adjust future evening meal insulin to 12 from now on to bring the readings a bit closer to seven, but my aim is 7.0 to 8.0, but 8.5 isn’t bad at all.

Tuesday, 10th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.3Weetabix, Skimmed Milk4
Lunch5.1Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and Banana5
3.30pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar1
Tea5.3Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas, Gravy, 2 x Wholemeal Roll13
Night7.0None30 (gl)

A very standard day until the evening. I struggled through the day and allowed myself an extra wholemeal roll with tea, injecting 13 units of insulin to compensate. It was a small but avoidable diversion from normal eating. I’m not beating myself up and will be fully back on point tomorrow.

It was very pleasing to arrive at 7.0 by 11.25pm! I don’t want to slip into regular indulgences and calculating correctly as maintaining weight loss is important. I am making a note on the board above my cooker on the various observations I’m making on tea readings so I can calculate what to inject more accurately.

Today I ate 1800 calories which is by no means a blow out but is higher in terms of calories than what I’ve eaten since starting this new regime. A few people mentioned that they can tell I’ve trimmed down a little which is a nice feeling and I can’t wait until I lose even more!

What isn’t a nice feeling is the rather horrible break-up between myself and, I suppose, my now ex-partner. I’m pretty upset about it but pleased it has not resulted in a fall from grace from a diet and health standpoint. That’s the last I’ll be mentioning of that.

Monday, 9th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.5Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch6.1Bacon, Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Roll4
Tea5.8Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas, Wholemeal Roll10
Night8.1None32 (gl)

Today was fairly standard. I kept to my diet and do not remember a moment where I was craving for any extra food at all. I had two important council meetings which did a good job of passing the time and I am pleased to note that I almost never feel hungry between meals now.

In terms of adjustments I plan on having 4 units of insulin in the morning with breakfast and 11 in the evening to ensure my sugar reading before bed gets into the 7.0 – 8.0 range and the earlier adjustment is to ensure my lunch reading reaches less than 6.0. I adjusted to 32 units of glargine given that I was just over 8.0 and the readings are spot on in the morning when I adjust.

It’s just the tea to night readings that require thought now. The rest is almost second nature.

Sunday, 8th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.3Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.6Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Mushy Peas, Gravy, Yorkshire Pudding3
Tea5.22 x Wholemeal Roll, Chicken and Banana5
Night7.5None30 (gl)

Today’s sugar results were exactly as I hoped they would be and my calorie intake was disciplined. I even got my tea calculation right and came in before bed at 7.5, meaning my standard 30 units of glargine was taken to head to bed happy.

The health achievements were contrasted by a difficult day in other areas, but I won’t burden you with the details. It is, however, my intention to find ongoing full-time work and look to the future that way. Everything else barring my health seems to be up in the air at the moment and I need clarity in a few areas to avoid stress-related issues that do not help my diabetes. I viewed a wedding photography website tonight that gave me some great ideas for myself and Neil to push our business forward so I am focussing on that as well as getting more exercise into my routine.

Saturday, 7th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.7Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch6.7Chicken, Scrambled Eggs, Wholemeal Roll4
3.00pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar0
Tea6.7Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Mushy Peas, Gravy, Wholemeal Roll10
Night9.1None34 (gl)

Today I suffered with a huge downer in mood despite England beating Sweden and advancing to the semi-finals of the World Cup! I struggled with fancying nice food, although I did not cheat, but I really wanted to!

My readings are slightly up and that has frustrated me for a while. I’m eating the same food and the insulin same intake seems to be lead to results 1.0 higher than previously. It’s not a huge deal but it messes with my averages and makes me look like I’m slightly less controlled than I was before. But I’m doing exactly the same thing!

It was only the tea time reading that went slightly wrong again so I’ve made a note on my board that injecting 10 units with my full evening meal with all the trimmings results in +2.5 or so after 5 hours. I will get it right! The nurse said as long as it’s under 10 it’s alright, but I hope to get nearer to the 7.0 range more often than not.