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.