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2/21/10 11:09 A

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I wish you the best in discovering the best way for you to get successfully through stage 1. I was someone as a diabetic who could never predict accurately the number of carbs I was eating by looking so 90% of the time I never took enough insulin. This meant high blood sugars after every meal. I also like eating what I want when I want it. As I progressed with technology I kept looking for a way to have balanced my blood sugars. I started on the pump over 12 years ago, symlin and now the sensor which protects me from lows and rebounding. I never experienced success until I started measuring what I eat by planning in advance (weekly) and eating the things I should and not just what I wanted. After many years of failure, lows and highs, emergency 911 calls, high A1c's, I only found balance and peace by planning, tracking and balance my carbs. I put all my food in my favorites of the nutrition. It took time to set up but once it was in there, I planned my meals for the week in advance, I make sure they are balanced and within the ranges that will keep me healthy and on track. I pack my meals and always have them with me in advance, I plan to have 6 small meals a day so I never get hungry. Higher protein protects me from getting hungry. So for me all I had to do was see it work and now I am addicted to daily tracking of everything I eat. I have been doing that for over 20 years when I was first diagnosed as Type 1. I would not plan it though just track it, even when it was bad. It has helped my manage my diabetes and increased my consistency with my health. That has convinced my family and friends that I am in control of my diabetes and they NEVER tell me what I should be doing, because I am the proof that I know how to take care of myself. Anyone who does still give me advice is more about them "telling people what to do" like an authority, it's more about them than me.

I wish you the best, you can do this, take charge of your health instead of letting it take charge of you. With 30 years of experience you have all the knowledge you need to manage this successfully. I wish you the best!

Maria

Edited by: KLBRZE at: 2/21/2010 (11:33)
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2/16/10 12:54 A

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Thank you both. I appreciate your advice. I don't really see myself ever accurately and happily tracking all my food every day. So...I know I can accept the rest of the program and move on...Upward and onward. emoticon

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2/15/10 2:41 P

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Hi Robin,
I'm a non-tracker, I think I have enough going on without logging absolutely everything to cross my lips as well. I understand that means I don't have the clearest picture of how many calories I'm eating, and so its going to take longer to lose, but I get so angry and obsessive when I'm tracking its not worth it.
I think if you can be reasonable, and stay aware of general calories eaten (you're already good at measuring portions and reading labels, its not so hard to get a general idea of calories) you'll be okay. Slower maybe, but if tracking doesn't work for you, you have to find something that does. For me at least, that means no tracking, although I have to be diligent about what I eat and making sure I'm getting lots of good choices in.
Good luck!
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2/13/10 12:45 P

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Hey.
It seems like you have been through a lot!
I haven't had a problem with logging what I eat into the nutrition-tracker, but I do know what you mean. People watch what you eat and think they know better than you, and tell you so too, IS really annoying.
I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 14years now, and being 19 now, means I have really grown up with it.
A tip for starting to log your food might be to take one meal at the time. Try to track either the easiest or the most difficult meal for you first. Do that a few times, and then move on to another meal. Tracking one meal per day might make this easier for you : )
Hope this helps! : ) And good luck! emoticon

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2/13/10 12:33 P

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Hello all.
I am looking for help from those who have already made it over this obstacle. This may be insignificant for most, for me this I think is my biggest challenge... I am having a VERY difficult time beginning tracking my food. I have been a type 1 brittle diabetic for 30 years and food has been an issue since day 1. Tons of misinformation, well intentioned relatives, being too young to realize that I did not have to stay with a condescending endocrinologist (that was one of my strongest battles as a teenager), everyone, everywhere watching what you eat and what you do...all while entering puberty and dealing with emotions from being molested by my sitter. So you can see, it is all a jumbled mess and the idea of writing down what I eat all the time makes me feel like I am running into a a brick wall fast. The pump gave me a lot of freedom and I got real good, real fast at counting carbs and knowing how certain foods affect me differently and I do record my sugars for my endo. But now I am having major resistance. I want to do this. I need to know if anyone had these types of issues when facing this step and what did you do? Or if you didn't, why not? :) Help me get out of Stage 1. Thanks,
Robin
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Edited by: ROBINTOO at: 2/13/2010 (12:35)
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