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9/10/10 9:55 P

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Heck yeah! Go for it ;) I'll get in touch with you Sunday to make sure you're on track!

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9/10/10 1:05 P

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I accept the challenge :) I'm in on logging BG's for a week starting on Sunday. Think we should post this in the challenge section of the T1 discussions here?


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9/10/10 11:10 A

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Great idea! I don't have problems tracking my food on Sparkpeople, just my diabetes stuff on another spreadsheet. Should we start on Sunday and see if we can make it a week?!

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9/10/10 8:57 A

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Yes, I think it's perfectionistic tendencies that are the problem. You are right, it is hard to be OK with unknowns or gaps in a log, not to mention facing down the numbers we don't like to see. Intellectually I know I should just be able to write down the pieces I do know and have time to track, let the rest go, and then calmly analyze them later. But emotionally that's not always the case.

I have a couple of great logging tools. One is called "My Other Checkbook" http://www.diabetesnet.com/mocb1.php#axzz0
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I think it's pretty similar to the chart from Gary Schiner's website that you use. The other is a spreadsheet that I got from another T1 pumper. He put a lot of time into it, and it has related charts and graphs as well. It is probably the best logging tool I've seen. I can upload my meter to Carelink and see lots of graphs, but if I don't add some comments to it regarding activity levels, unusual meals, etc, it's pretty hard to interpret them. My endo uses an antequated manual log sheet that only has spots for before and after meals, ugh...thus my full page of notes, which I think he totally ignored.

OK, so how can we get better at this? I'm thining about committing to one week of BG logging, and then one week of food logging, but not at the same time. And maybe planning in a mental break from each would help, and also help me keep from thinking of each of them as "forever" things....another mental roadblock. What do you think? And anyone else have strategies that work/don't work for you?

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9/9/10 6:59 P

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Aaaah so true! I can't explain every detail I want to. Although I like the log sheet I use, what do YOU use?!

I get frustrated when I have a lot of high numbers and then I stop recording. Or I eat a bunch of carbs over an extended period of time so I have no idea what to write down, haha... glad to know I'm not alone!

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9/9/10 6:50 P

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Thanks so much for your reply! It's good to know I'm not alone in this. 3 weeks is my all time record, not the norm. It does help to have a good log sheet for the BG's and I can't complain about Sparkpeople with regards to their food log. It's excellent.

I think part of my hangup is that I don't ever really feel like I'm capturing enough information since there are so many variables and it's hard to find patterns. I sent a week's worth of #'s to my endoc recently (yay me...I did it for a week) and had a full page of notes to go with the log. A lot of work, but the numbers alone don't tell the story.

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9/8/10 1:29 P

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Oh my gosh you are NOT alone on this one!! I can't even go a day, let alone a few weeks. It's too hard to keep track of everything and then I like to snack, which makes tracking twice as hard.
I also do a lot better when I track my BGs... I have a word document I use to keep track of boluses, carbs, exercise, basal, BGs and whatever else I want to add.

This site is being updated now, but it has REALLY good logsheets to use: www.integrateddiabetes.com/

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9/8/10 10:02 A

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I have an ongoing mental battle with logging, and just wondered if this resonates with anyone else, and how you have overcome it. Whether it is blood sugar or food, I seem to only be able to keep up logging for a few weeks at a time. Then I begin to resent it and it becomes such a mental chore so I stop alltogether (where I am at the moment). I don't go wild with eating, but my consumption gradually creeps up when I don't log, and that + my middle aged metabolism is not a good combo. My blood sugar control slips a little as well. Thanks to D, I don't let any of it go completely, continuing to test 5 or 6 times a day, guesstimate carbs and bolus accordingly, but it's just not as good as I know it can be. Have any of you been able to log here in SP and also maintain detailed BG logs consistently over the long haul? If so, what are your secrets? Or if you struggle too, can you think of any new strategies we might try?

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