One Month In

Well, it has been 1 month since I decided to get serious about my diabetes. That is when I started my reduced calorie / carb diet. My goal at the time was to stay below 1800 calories and 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. So far I am actually averaging about 1500 calories and 88 grams of carbs per day.

I have lost 12 pounds since I started. I know that most of this is water; but, I have taken in a notch on my belt and my wife says she can tell I am loosing. But, I seem to have hit a plateau for the last couple of weeks. At 1500 calories a day I should be dropping 2 or 3 pounds per week. Yesterday I added exercise to my daily routine –

  • treadmill – 1.5 miles at 3 mph on a 5 degree incline
  • weights — 100 pound bench press, 3 reps of 10

I will increase both of these as I loose weight (hopefully) and gain strength. I sure hope that the exercise kick starts my metabolism and I start to loose weight again.

Six weeks ago my fasting blood glucose was 148 mg/dL and HbA1c was 6.7%. This morning the blood glucose was 128 (mid morning with no breakfast). My average (average the tests I have taken) blood glucose over the month is 130 mg/dL. That should correlate to a HbA1c of about 6.5%. It is an improvement. But, in order to get into the 5% club (membership is a HbA1c of less that 6%) I need to get the average glucose down to less than 114 mg/dL. That is 13% lower than where I am now. I may try eliminating the carbs in my evening snack. That has been averaging 76 grams of carbs. That should do it if there is a linear relationship between carbs consumed and average blood glucose levels.

4 thoughts on “One Month In

  1. Sir,

    The link to the spreadsheet is not working.

    Would you be so kind of letting me know where I can get a brand new copy of said workbook??

    Regards

  2. Downloaded your log and look forward to using it.

    Would you be willing to update your blog to let us know how you are doing? Thanks.

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