Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Diet Matters

The ole BG logging truck is definitely broken down and on the side of the road. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm logging Weight Watchers points instead. Hubby is doing the online version, and I'm doing my own Excel worksheet version. I've been inspired by many of you in the OC who are losing weight with Weight Watchers. I lost 10 lbs with them a few years ago, and....ahem...need to re-lose at least those 10 again. After one week, hubby lost 5 lbs and I lost 3. I'm pretty sure that's the most weight I have ever lost in a week!

It is definitely making a difference in my BG's. I pulled the numbers out of my meter for the last week and here they are:

Average BG 108
Standard deviation 46%
41% in range, 39% low, 20% high

The number of lows is not acceptable, and I'm tweaking my ratios to try and get a handle on that. It's a little concerning since my BG upon waking in the morning has been in the 40's for 5 of the last 7 days. Not a good way to start the day!

On the job front, I'm starting a part-time, work from home accounting job tomorrow, and really looking forward to getting started. Pet sitting has picked up a bit as well, and I met with a really nice new client last night. Actually, all my clients are great. People who love their animals just tend to be my kinda people. Best of all, I found out last week that a new satellite church is opening soon in our area. The pastor and his wife were both used by God in my introduction to Christ, and my husband really respects them as well. We are both interested in helping with the new church.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Logging for Superbowl Week

Superbowl Sunday was pretty fun this year, even without the Cowboys. Our family came over to watch, and we had some bad-for-you football food. I made Sloppy Joe's w/ lean ground turkey and Rotel Dip w/ a little sausage thrown in. Can you guess which one we ate more of? We didn't even make the attempt at putting out a salad or veggies. And why is Rotel Dip so addictive anyway? Had a post meal high of 227, but brought that down to 117 by bed time. I did spend much of the day raking, mulching, and pulling weeds in the back yard, so maybe that counted for something.

As for logging, I'm sorry to report another not stellar week of keeping up with it. I did log my blood sugars, but mostly a day or two after the fact. At that point, it seems too difficult to remember what I ate or when I exercised, or to pull the bolus amounts out of my pump history. The only way I'm going to keep up with it is to do it at least daily. Here are the results. They highlight why my A1C comes back better than I think it should. I'm all over the place, but the average is decent. That "normal range" sure is slippery to hang onto! Guess that greasy Rotel Dip (and the chips) didn't help! Is anyone else willing to share their standard deviation with me? I know we're all different, but I just wonder how out of line mine is in comparison w/ other "living real life" Type 1's out there?

Avg BG -- 171 (wk1), 161 (wk2), 140 (wk3), 156 (wk4), 141 (wk5)
Normal Range -- 25%, 43%, 40%, 34%, 34%
High -- 64%, 49%, 40%, 56%, 48%
Low -- 11%, 8%, 20%, 10%, 18%
Average Daily Standard Deviation -- 64, 65, 62, 55, 62

I did get my resume updated, contacted my references and other contacts, and even got a little action on a couple of jobs I sent in for last week. Took a while to get myself psyched up, but I'm starting to get a better feeling about being able to balance some part time accounting work with pet sitting jobs, and still maintain some lifestyle flexibility. I have a phone interview this week w/ a local firm who wants someone part time with a home office set-up (check), one of my former employees may want me to do some work for his family's business, and I have lunch set up with my old boss who may need me to do a little contract work for the old job AND have a pet sitting job for me. May also help a friend with a team photo shoot and the related processing, which would be fun. All of this is rather preliminary, so not counting my chickens before they hatch, but it's at least encouraging. This free-flowing work life thing is still new to me, and part of me loves it. The other part still obsesses about making the right choices, how much to charge, how much work to take on, etc.