The Donut Decision

A tray full of donutsThursday of last week was awesome.  It was those dominoes again, each little diabetes decision affecting the balance of the day (and sometimes even the next – isn’t that scary?).

I have developed a routine on the days I play basketball that works very well most of the time.  I still have a handful of unanswered questions, mostly around whether my insulin sensitivity on day 2 is greater than on day 1, and is day 3 greater than day 2, etc.  But I’m working through those.

I was carefully monitoring a “just above low” blood sugar for most of the morning.  My symlin, oatmeal, extended bolus, and basketball basal pattern were due to start kicking my blood sugar up within the next half hour or so, and I had planned on just waiting it out.  I wasn’t low – but just above, and holding steady.  But I did have that “just above low” hunger thing happening.  I kept telling myself that I can wait it out.

I went down to the cafeteria to get some ice (to appease my Diet Coke addiction), and the idea of checking out the donut/sweet roll/pastry selection crossed my mind more than once on the way down there.

No!  I can wait out the hunger.  I can wait it out.

I filled my giant mug with ice, and as I turned away from the ice machine guess what happened.

The cafeteria lady was dancing the tray of donuts and sweet rolls right over to me, telling me that she’s trying to get rid of them, that they have MY NAME on them, and I should go ahead and take one.


She set the tray down on the counter in front of me, and my eyeballs were swimming in visions of glazed goodness.  Oh dear, they all look so good, and I AM a little low (notice how my brain switched that from “just above low” to now being “a little low”?).  I almost started drooling like a canine.

Then I turned around and walked away.

When I hit the basketball court my blood sugar had risen to the sweetspot (thanks to some info from Tony Cervati) of around 150 mg/dl and stuck there.  I’ve had a taste of that sweetspot once or twice in the past few weeks, but this?  This was the real deal folks.  Everything was on point.  Everything.  I felt like I could not only run forever, but HUSTLE forever.  I was really working hard, and enjoying it.  Didn’t feel tired one bit.  I felt like I could go forever.

I outlasted skinny and in shape guys!  If you’ve ever seen me, you’ll know what a feat that was (I’m far from skinny, and only kind of in shape…).  I was mad that we had to quit at the end, and upset that I couldn’t come back for more tomorrow.  It was simply incredible.

When I got back to work my head was so clear, and I was full of energy!  I got more work done that day than I had in a long time.  I even stayed late to keep riding the wave of motivation!  Then I went home and got a bunch of stuff done there too!  I swear I was riding an endorphin high (which I’ve NEVER experienced before) until at least midnight.

All because I stuck to my plan and turned away from the donut.

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16 thoughts on “The Donut Decision

  1. Hi , I am type 2 diabetic and dont even need to check blood sugars daily anymore. Will only check them if I feel dizzy or unwell. I am proud to be free of the sugar cravings. I dont even have cake on my birthdays. I went to a coffee & cake night at my church, only had the coffee with sweetner and took my own carob coated rice cracker treat. Those huge pieces of cake on everyone elses plate, caused No emotional response in me they may have well been blobs of playdough. Dont be enslaved to the craving anymore , just subsitute with another treat, savory cracker or other idea. Good Luck

  2. wow, scott, you’re my hero. i definitely would have had a tough time walking away from donuts.
    i have two friends who love the dunkin donuts…constantly, “a reed, you wanna come to dd?” well, yeah, i wanna….and sometimes i still do. 🙂 haha.
    you rock though. i’m really impressed.

  3. Nice!
    Been a while since I dropped a comment (and even longer since I’ve written a post, I know), but I just wanted to congratulate you.
    Certainly feels good when things like that happen.

  4. Every donut has my name on it, LOL!! ! I wouldn’t have been able to resist! I’m really hungry right now too so I can just imagine the aroma of fresh donuts…
    I’m definitely impressed with your stellar willpower. It sounds like your choice paid off too. It doesn’t feel so bad making a little sacrifice like that when you get the reward in the end. Good job showing up the skinny, in-shape dudes too!

  5. Those donuts can be very tempting. Glad to hear that you didn’t give in… I can’t say that I would have been that strong. Also really happy to hear you had such a great day with your blood sugars. Those days just don’t happen enough, do they?

  6. You may remember a post I made a couple years back about the willpower over donuts.
    I can’t say that I’ve stayed good. Ugh. It’s so hard to say no.