Winding up the first week of Calorie King and I think I will go ahead and buy the year. Oh sure, there’s a part of me that wants to quit but it’s going relatively well. First, it’s easy to log. I’m not going through 2 or 3 different steps to write stuff down and each day, as I add to favorites or my own foods that I input the nutritional info for, it gets easier. Plus, they started me out with 2000 calories per day which is really easy to meet.
Instead of jumping in with totally unreasonable goals of perfection, I’m just trying to stay within the 2000 calories right now. It’s helping me honestly identify problem areas instead of fibbing to myself. I had already been cutting back on bread since that is a real weak spot for me right now. Just measuring and weighing what I eat has broken through a lot of denial.
Looking at my eating the last week, it’s clear that my biggest issue remains grazing in the evenings. Fully half my calories are after 7PM which is not good for your digestion or metabolism. And that is always the hardest behavior for me to change. I’m considering different ways of approaching the issue but I’m guessing it will end up being just toughing through the desire to eat for a while.
On the plus side – blood sugar is coming down nicely. When I don’t write things down, I “forget” all those little extra carbs that contribute to higher blood sugar. I’m using less insulin already. I’ve got direct evidence of dawn phenomena in the past week because I forgot my late insulin and tested/shot up at 4 AM. I see Dr. G&P in less than two weeks and there’s not going to be enough time to positively impact my a1c but he’s always pretty supportive when I’m really trying to make changes. Next a1c should be a lot better.