Self Control & Evenings

I’ve been waking up high a lot lately (say that to a non-diabetic and see what they do…).

I’ve got an idea as to why, and it doesn’t have anything to do with basal rates or the dawn phenomenon or anything like that.

I mentioned in a previous post how managing diabetes requires many “mental visits” through the day. I usually do pretty good with things all day. I seem to have the mental discipline to keep track of things, counting as best I can the things I eat, testing a lot, correcting, etc.

evening sunsetBy the time I get home at night I seem to get a little lazy. Eat more than I should, don’t count it as close, guestimate my insulin, yadda yadda yadda…

I think it could also have something to do with the fact I seem to be a product of packaged food (usually junk food at that). I get home, don’t have stuff in pre-packaged serving sizes, don’t feel like measuring and before you know it I’ve eaten four servings and counted for two.

You’d think I’d be pretty darn good at carb counting after 25 years, but I’ve always hated it and use any excuse available to fall back into my old bad habits.

Does anyone else recognize that they let their guard down in the evening? It’s almost like it has beat me up all day and I just surrender to it at night. What’s the deal with that? Any thoughts on what to do to keep my motivation going once I get home?

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…