One of the Keys to a Diabetic Diet is Preparation

2-meals-2-people-2-snacks1One of the important factors behind eating correctly is preparation and for me this has been a difficult week in that area. There were many days where I set up a meal plan but didn’t really have those foods on hand, but did have the intention of getting those foods that I need. This doesn’t work and I believe that the fact that while I was out of work for many weeks and had the opportunity to run to the market each day to purchase these foods it is for this reason that I have lost my edge with meal preparation. With a working schedule there has to be time set aside to put together a plan for the whole week. For me each dinner has to be what will provide enough for lunch the next day. A large bowl of salad should of been sitting in the fridge so I can make a small salad each day to go along with those left overs from the night before. This weekend I have to make this a priority.

There were many days this week where without healthy food on hand it was too easy to elect to pick up a burrito, or some other quick item for lunch, and yes, that is exactly what I did. And there is a big difference in my thinking pattern from early in the morning when I am typing out my meal plan for the day and late afternoon, after an 11 hour working day. It actually only 9 hours but I include work preparation and travel time. But anyway, by 6 o’clock all I am thinking about is getting home and eating. So if I do stop at the market at this time it is too easy to grab something quick and unhealthy.

So this morning as I look at my numbers I realize that it is time once again to draw a line in the sand and start thinking about what is important in my daily diet and how I can get back on track once again to eating correctly for Type II Diabetes. With this in mind I will work with Sharon to make sure that I have those meals each day for the week. I will also be very mindful each day of the meal plan that I have set up for the day and strictly adhere to it. It is too easy to get off track and continue to keep eating this way once we cross over.


Today is one of those workout days where I find myself in a position where it is difficult to get motivated. There are days where I am hitting that Bowflex like a beast and feel unstoppable. But today I am not so revved up for the challenge and I feel it may have a lot to do with my poor meal choices this week. So what do I do? Do it anyway and give it all I have even if it less than my best. It is still better to do a mediocre workout than no workout at all. I am not sore or injured, I just lack motivation and my energy is much lower than it normally is. So there are no excuses for not going through today’s routine. It is days like this where I find that I get more out of the workout than days when I am like a wild horse breaking out of a stall.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 172.8

Treadmill- 20 Minutes

Bowflex- ARMS
Curls- 170 lbs – 12
Hammer Curls- 130 lbs – 12
Tricep Pulldown- 140 lbs – 17
Dips- 310 lbs – 25
Situps Alternating- 3×10
Leg Lifts- 15

Breakfast- FASTING
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Spinach

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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4 Responses to One of the Keys to a Diabetic Diet is Preparation

  1. I admire you for your diligence and discipline to keep things in check with your diabetes.

    My lifestyle changes are involving depression and high blood pressure, but ultimately it is exercise and healthy eating habits that has been helping.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. 🙂


  2. jncthedc says:

    The difference between succeeding and success is the time duration. On a “strong feeling” workout day we SUCCEED accomplishing the particular workout. On the “weak day” accomplishing the workout leads to a pattern of SUCCESS. I agree with you; this is the more important workout.

  3. This is so true. If you are not prepared, you will be tempted to catch food on the run. No food on the run is healthy unless you made it yourself! Being prepared is the key to success with healthy eating! Sunday is my big prep day. I’ve gotta get moving! Lol!

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