Friday, 6th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.6Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.5Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and Banana3
Tea7.7Rump Steak, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Tortilla Wrap12
Night5.2Banana24 (gl)

Today I had a photoshoot in York as I am an aspiring photographer. Myself and Neil had to go straight from Durham and then work between 12pm and 3pm in the searing midday heat.

I managed to fit in my normal breakfast and lunch but by the time we got back to Durham I had to have a protein bar at Bowburn services and did not get home to eat my tea until 8pm. This meant waiting until midnight before taking my night reading. Sometimes life just gets in the way but I kept disciplined and did not let the day lead me to a silly snack. The protein bar was low carb and 215 calories.

At 7.7 I adjusted to 12 units but as I had ran out of wholemeal rolls I made do with a wholemeal tortilla wrap. My adjustment was incorrect (it should have been 10) and I came in at 11.50pm at 5.2 which is too low for night time. I therefore a banana and then had a reduced amount of 24 units of glargine.

As I described last week I weighed myself at my parents on Sunday and weighed in at 19st 11.5lbs. A week later I weighed in at the doctors this morning at a fraction under 20 stone. I’ve not gained weight, that isn’t possible given the discipline I’m showing with my food and low calorie intake, however, having seen the lower figure it felt a bit disappointing. Clearly the scales are generous. But I am where I am and it means I’ve maintained a 2 pound drop per week since the beginning of June.

I’m now the lowest weight I’ve been since June 2007 and I’m not stopping there. My next appointment with the nurse is in one months time, by which time I hope to be under 19 stone.

Thursday, 5th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.6Weetabix, Skimmed Milk4
Lunch6.2Bacon, Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Meal4
Tea6.4Beef Mince, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Mint Sauce10
Night7.6None30 (gl)

I woke up a bit higher this morning than what I had planned but nothing bad at 6.6. I took 4 units (instead of the standard 3) with breakfast, but as I had slept in a little I took this into account at lunch when I registered 6.2. I would still have had an hours worth of novorapid in me.

At lunch I made another small adjustment and took 4 units of insulin (the meal is normally 3 units) with a view of going from from 6.2 into the low 5’s by tea time. This did not work and I arrived at 6.4, which is fine but again it just means my planning is out a little. I took 10 units with tea to ensure I was lower than 8 or 9 by 11pm.

This worked as I came in at 7.6 and injected 30 units of glargine before bed. All in all a decent day. I’m still doing well with my food, remaining at under 1600 calories a day and normally in the 1300 and 1500 range. I still need to incorporate more exercise into my routine, which is hard because I really don’t enjoy it, but with summer being quiet for council work I will make that a priority.

Wednesday, 4th July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.7Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.8Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and Banana5
Tea5.6Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Mint Sauce9
Night7.7None30 (gl)

Today I am reporting back on my adjustments from yesterday. I’ve noticed that providing I eat at 7.30am my breakfast and lunchtime readings are almost identical if I take 3 units. Therefore, if I want it to decrease by 1.0 mmol/l I should take 4 units.

I increased my lunchtime dose to 5 units for my wrap meal and came in almost identical again at 5.6 in the evening. Here marked my biggest change so far. Instead of taking 6 units which has consistently led to a high night reading I upped my dose to 9 units. I came in at 11pm at 7.7, so I may increase to 10 units to drop it to around 7. All in all a good day.

I am way under my calories for each day and whilst I do not plan to stay at eating 1400 calories per day forever I am going to use this current regime to get my weight right down.

Tuesday, 3rd July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.9Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.8Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap with Chicken and Banana5
3.30pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar0
Tea6.0Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Mint Sauce6
Night9.9None34 (gl)

Yesterdays learning was to take 6 units of insulin with my roast providing I have peas with it and 5 without as well as having 30 units of glargine overnight if my reading is 7.0 – 8.0.

After finishing work at 2.00pm I went to Durham to pay in my cheque and then headed home. When I got back at 3.30pm I had a Protein Choc Chunky bar which ensured I hit my 1400 calorie target for the day. I really enjoyed my tea, taking 6 units as I enjoyed my roast, with a 6.0 reading.

Unfortunately 6 units was not enough and my sugar went up +3.9 units to 9.9 before bed. I made the adjustment on my glargine (taking 34 units) but need to get better at my tea to night insulin level. What messes me up is getting to 7.0. I think the correct number of units at tea is 9 or 10 for my evening meal. That surprises me as the potato wasn’t even that big and I didn’t have peas.

However, the truth is in the readings. Tomorrow I will try 10 units and see where that gets me. I have pretty much the same meal so it’s a case of trial and error until I get reasonably consistent.

On a brighter note, according to MyFitnessPal, I will weigh around 18st 5lbs in 5 weeks! In the meantime I anticipate another 3 pounds off on Friday, so bearing in mind I will be wearing all my clothes I think I will come in (I hope) at about 19st 9 on the scales, which is 275 pounds. I’ll let you know!

Monday, 2nd July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.2Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.7Bacon, Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Roll3
Tea5.6Beef Mince, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Peas,6
Night7.4None28 (gl)

Even though I ate properly and achieved excellent readings I really struggled today possibly more than I have at any point so far. I just wanted to stuff myself all day! I never felt really hungry just a bit empty. But I gritted my teeth and got through it. I took 28 units of glargine this evening because I want to check where I get to from 7.4.

Today I went to Just Meat and bought 25 chicken breasts, 2 kgs of very lean beef mince and 2 kgs of rump steak. I put each chicken breast into a freezer bag and weighed, cut, bagged and froze the mince and steak. I gave my Mother the full pack of oven chips that has been in my freezer for a while and also four tins of soup (quite a bit of sugar in soup you know!). I’m now fully stocked up and ready to kick on for another good month of weight loss. My goal each month is to lose a stone or 14 pounds and I’m on course to reach that goal by August 1st.

Sunday, 1st July 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast4.9Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.2Roast Beef, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Peas,2
Tea5.42 x Chicken Breast Wholemeal Bun sandwiches and 1 Banana6
Night7.8None30 (gl)

I weighed myself today in what is becoming a Sunday tradition (because I’ve done it for the last two Sundays!) and I was very pleasantly surprised to see that I have lost 7 pounds! I weighed in at 19st 11.5 lbs (277.5lbs) after being weighed at the docs at 20st 5 (285 lbs) a week past Friday. It feels great to see some progress being made. I WILL get to my target of 14st 7lbs (203 lbs) as soon as I can. There is no set target but hopefully I’ll be close by February 2019.

The readings were uneventful and I kept to my diet very well. I saved my wholemeal roll for tea and butterfly cut a chicken breast and cooked it on my George Foreman griddle. I adjusted to 6 (2 for banana and 2 each for the rolls) and I went from 5.4 to 7.8. I’ll make a note that the meal is therefore probably 8 to get back into the 5.4 zone when the insulin wears off after 5 hours.

The George Foreman griddle is the best thing I ever bought in the kitchen. You can view it on Amazon by clicking this link https://amzn.to/2KwN97V

I save loads of money not using my oven and the grill won’t be switched on long as it doesn’t take long to cook the food. All it needs is wiping as soon as you’ve finished cooking and it cleans quickly and easily, just be careful as if you clean it right after cooking, which is the best time to do it before the food sets, it is very, very hot!

Chicken and steak takes 8-9 minutes to cook from chilled and I just spray the grill with 1 cal spray, season the meat and whack it on for 4 minutes before turning occasionally to ensure even cooking, but you don’t need to do this.

Saturday, 30th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.7Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.5Bacon, Eggs, Beans, Wholemeal Roll3
4.00pmN/ABanana0
Tea7.7Roast Chicken, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Gravy, Peas, Wholemeal Roll9
Night5.8None28 (gl)

The main consideration today was trying to make progress in the evening reading. The rest seem well within the correct ranges. So I’ll skip straight to that.

I was starving before tea so had a banana, partly because I was hungry and partly because they are nearly going off as I’ve canned them from breakfast. My tea reading therefore headed north to 7.7. This could be classed as a day of generous eating, but actually I hardly get over 1500 calories now. Here’s a graphic from MyFitnessPal on what I ate today.

As I post this I noticed the carb readings for each meal are 33 for breakfast (and I was told to take 1 unit per 10gs carbs) I calculate 3 for breakfast. Bang on. For lunch, 44 and I took 3. Tea I took 6 before adjustment (see below) and the carbs are (ignoring the banana as that was earlier) 67g which should be 6. 😀

Looking through my tea readings I had noticed I had been coming in high for about a week so action was required. From 7.7 I estimated that my usual 4 units was not high enough so adjusted to 6. Given that I would normally be looking to gain 2.0mmol (from around 5.0 to 7.0 usually to arrive at my target of 7.0 before bed), my standard tea insulin should be net +2.0. If this happened from 7.7 I would (if I calculated right) come in at around 10.

So after working out the right amount for the meal I needed to then adjust for a second time to tackle the +2.0 and down to 7.0 from a potential 10 reading. Therefore I added another 3 units on top of the 6 units to achieve that. Confused yet?

After taking 9 units of insulin I checked at 11pm and came in at 5.8. This was a little low so I took only 28 units of glargine.

Friday, 29th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.8Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.5Tortilla Wrap with Chicken Breast and Banana4
Tea5.7Lean Beef Mince, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, 2 x Wholemeal Roll6
1.30am8.3None30 (gl)

Standard day until the evening but do not disregard that I am still on the diet after almost a month! I had thrown out the final potato and gone back to my Morrison’s potato. I allowed myself an extra bread roll for a treat and adjusted to 6 units of insulin to compensate. I fell asleep at 10.30pm on my bed and woke up cursing at 1.30am! Interestingly I was 8.3 which almost proves that the carb-laden beast potatoes I had been eating were no good for me. This is another good piece of learning. 30 units of glargine taken and a quick post and off to bed.

It was a good day for me as I also found out I had a tax rebate coming in a couple of weeks. Tomorrow it will be exercise in the morning and a bit of free weights. I am thinking of turning my garage into a little gym.

Thursday, 28th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.1Weetabix, Skimmed Milk4
Lunch4.8Scrambled Eggs, Wholemeal Bun3
3.30pm7.5None0
Tea5.8Chicken Breast, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, 2 x Wholemeal Roll8
11.00pm10.1None36 (gl)

At breakfast I took at extra unit of insulin, 4 in total, coming in at lunch at 4.8. I had planned to eat Tortilla wrap, chicken breast and a banana for lunch but I forgot to defrost a chicken overnight so made do with something I could prepare before work and had scrambled eggs with a wholemeal roll. This was 605 calories so far, so I was able to enjoy a full roast in the evening.

Between lunch and tea I checked my readings at 3.30pm and found my sugar to be 7.5. My tea reading was 5.8 so I took what I thought was enough for my tea. As I’d only had about 1100 calories so far I allowed myself a treat of an extra wholemeal bread roll. I clocked in at 10.50pm at a high 10.1, despite upping my insulin to 8 units. Very frustrating.

I am confused on why I am taking the same insulin with the same meal and coming in higher than I was a few weeks ago by some distance. The only thing I have changed is the potato which I am not even bothering to eat the last one, it’s going in the bin and I’ll be buying my normal ones. Maybe the potato and the batch of Morrison’s brown wholemeal rolls are different in some way. I’m eating the same milk, the same food and almost the same meals. I just don’t get it! I will get it right tomorrow hopefully.

Wednesday, 28th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast6.0Weetabix, Skimmed Milk4
Lunch5.1Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Beans and Wholemeal Bun3
Tea6.7Chicken Breast, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Wholemeal Roll5
11.00pm10.2None36 (gl)

Breakfast to lunch readings were fine. I eat the same breakfast every day so it’s fairly easy to get that bit right.

I should have taken 4 units at lunch but 6.7 is ok to come in at tea, however, I’d prefer to be nearer to 5.0. The key thing is I’ve reduced far enough to not hypo at 3pm anymore which I was doing in early June.

At tea things took a turn. This may sound crazy but I THINK I took 5 units of insulin at tea. I wrote down on my card 5 units but don’t remember actually injecting it. From now on I’m going to inject THEN note down what I have TAKEN rather than what I will take once tea is ready and not before. That removes the chance of forgetting to take the insulin itself.

I tested late at midnight or just after and I was very frustrated coming in at 10.2. I adjusted with 36 glargine but I let myself down not testing at 11pm. It’s very frustrating as if you read my food diary above you will see I am still very disciplined on what I am eating and what I am avoiding. Today the work coffee morning had bacon sandwiches and I did not have any. My mate got a donner kebab and ate it at my house and I didn’t have any. I’m not making food mistakes!

If I did take my tea insulin the only change which the nurse did warn me about was any small change like changing the potatoes I eat (which I have as I went elsewhere to buy them this time as Morrison’s had ran out) and different carbs can react in different ways. It’s that precise!

I’m going back to the Morrison’s veg and will make an effort to keep things as they were. I’m planning to slowly cut the bread roll out of my tea and crank up the exercise. That is next months target but it starts immediately.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.8Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch6.0Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Beans and Wholemeal Bun3
Tea5.7Chicken Breast, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas5
11.00pm8.3None30 (gl)

The overnight adjustment worked well from yesterday. I opened at 5.8 and had 3 units. At lunch I was 6.0, which I think is ok but i will take 4 units tomorrow and see if that brings me in at the correct level at lunch. I was pleased with my lunch reading to tea reading.

At tea I was 5.7 and adjusted to 5 units as yesterday I had come in high. I came in a little high once again at 8.3. I took 30 glargine units, possibly 32 was the right level, however, I will simply go from 3 to 4 if I need a quick adjustment in the morning. An explanation may be that I bought some new baking potatoes that are a better sized for 1 per meal but I think may contain more carbs or slightly different carbs. I will be returning to my old type once they are used up.

My calorie intake remains at about 1200 – 1400 a day, meaning I need exercise to prevent my body storing fat and keep it burning. That’s on the menu for tomorrow.

Monday, 25th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.6Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.5Tortilla Wrap with Chicken Breast and Banana3
3.30pmN/AProtein Choc Chunky Bar0
Tea5.7Chicken Breast, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas4
11.00pm8.9None34 (gl)

Things are becoming routine and I know this because it’s becoming harder to write things. I am sitting comfortably between 5.0 and 6.0 all day. The 8.9 reading was a bit random although I did take the reading after midnight as a friend was over. This may explain the why it was up as the liver was happily chunking out sugar as it does every night in all of us. Whatever the reason for it I adjusted glargine anyway.

I am going to spend some time checking out my historical evening readings from tea (I eat almost the same meal each night) to before bed to ensure I get it right, but I think from the mid 5’s I should be taking 5 units with tea to arrive at 11.30pm at about 7.0.

My current focus is on losing weight and this week I am beginning to incorporate lifting some free weights into my daily routine as well as doing some cardio on my exercise bike. I am aiming to do 20 minutes cycling per day (two sets of 10 minutes) to begin with and then I will increase to two sets of 15 minutes. This will affect my sugar readings and require less insulin than I currently inject.

Sunday, 24th June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.0Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.4Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Slices of Beef, Mashed Potato, Peas, 2
Tea5.42 x Wholemeal Rolls with Bacon5
11.00pm8.1None30 (gl)

I felt really down and flat today but not because of food. That went well. I started with 5.0 at breakfast which meant yesterday’s adjustment was spot on. I was 5.4 and both lunch and tea and I had followed the nurse’s recommendation to adjust from 4 units to 2 when I don’t eat bread which worked perfectly.

Every Sunday tea I treat myself to a nice sandwich as a treat which in comparison to meals gone by would have been a “good” meal which now is classed as a treat. That shows how far I’ve came in such a short time. I was 8.2 at 11.00pm and adjusted glargine accordingly.

I also did 20 minutes on the exercise and will do that again tomorrow. I need to keep that weight falling off. Losing 5lbs every two weeks is a nice feeling which I’d like to experience again next time.

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.5Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch5.2Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Beans, Wholemeal Roll4
Tea8.1Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chicken, Mashed Potato, Mushy Peas, Wholemeal Roll6
11.00pm7.2None28 (gl)

Nothing major to report until the tea reading. I ate my normal lunch and then had the normal insulin amount for that lunch. For some reason I came in at 8.1! I cannot explain it as I was even delayed having my tea until 7pm so in theory I was risking a hypo but I remained just over 8.

I took it on the chin, adjusted with 6 units and came in at a satisfactory 7.2 before bed where I took 28 units of glargine. It’s amazing how different I felt seeing the night reading than I did at the tea reading. Because the number had been higher I was nervous as the reader counted down from 4 to 1 at night before giving me the result but I was pleased to almost hit my 7.0 target bang on.

Friday, 22nd June 2018

TimeSugar ReadingFood EatenInsulin Units Taken
Breakfast5.2Weetabix, Skimmed Milk3
Lunch6.81 x Tortilla Wrap, Banana, Chicken Breast5
Tea5.8Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chicken, Mashed Potato. 1 x Wholemeal Roll3
11.00pm9.1None36 (gl)

Today was a busy day as I had my diabetic check first thing this morning. The good news is I have lost 5lbs and my BP was back to normal.

Straight after my appointment I headed to Crook for a meeting at 10.30am. I left the meeting at 12.30pm because I expected to be a little low. Oddly, I had gone up and was 6.8. I cannot explain that reading as I only had Weetabix for breakfast.

At tea I was 5.8 and adjusted to 3 units of insulin to hopefully check in at 11pm at my target of 7.0. I tested at 22.52pm and was 9.1. The correct adjustment was probably about 5 units, but hindsight is always 20/20.

It’s frustrating as I ate sensibly and healthily today and used the units consistent with what has provided good readings in the past. I took 36 units of glargine as when I was 10.7 on two occasions I tested at 5.9 the next day so 36 from 9.1 should see me land around there too.

My targets over the next two weeks is to lose another 5 pounds and introduce exercise.  This will mean further adjustments and should see me hit my targets or come fairly close to them. However, as long as I’m heading in the right direction in terms of my weight that is fine.