I’ve taken some NyQuil because I’m having issues sleeping. So, I don’t know how long I will last writing tonight but I’m going to do the best I can.

First, I decided to download My Fitness Pal and track my macros. My goal the next few days is to just get an idea of what I’m eating. I did fine on calories today but not great on carbs. I have this bag of potatoes in my kitchen, left over from Thanksgiving and I don’t want to waste food, as I’m saving up for a wedding. I took the potatoes and sautéed them with onions, garlic and an herb seasoning. I had that for dinner but also made a roast pork loin with garlic and bruschetta seasoning. I had eggs for breakfast and then had left over chicken with sweet potatoes and broccoli.

My blood sugar was 152 this morning and 112 this afternoon. Not horrible!

Chat more tomorrow!

I started to look at the grams of carbs in things that I’m eating. It’s not a pretty sight. There are 27 grams of carbs in sweet potato and in one medium banana. I ate sweet potato, banana, cranberries. I need to do better but I also want to eat through what I have, because if I’m truthful here, money is tight. I don’t want to waste what I have.

This morning I had 2 bananas and 3 eggs, and then for lunch I had a spinach salad. The spinach salad had 20 grams of carbs but I threw away whatever the bread looking thing was, which I’m sure made up most of the carbs. Dinner tonight was 2 pieces of salmon and left over sweet potato and broccoli.

I had all of these plans to start a page with links and podcasts that I’m listening to but I didn’t do it. It’s time to go to bed. More tomorrow!

Oh, one last thing, my BS was a little high this morning. I totally forgot to take it again this afternoon, I imagine it was down.

Ok, I’m finally back from Florida and had my first day back to work today. My stomach has been in knots for the last week. I’m not sure if it’s emotions or the traversing across the country the past week but I’m excited to be home and for life to calm down, at least for a few days.

Today was a weird eating day because I wasn’t that hungry. I ate a banana this morning as well as three eggs. We were out of creamer at work so I went to the store and bought some of those pre cooked hard boiled eggs, man they always seem gross don’t they? Then I had a package of prosciutto and cheese for lunch. For dinner I roasted a chicken with sweet potatoes and broccoli. I know

I have to take sweet potatoes out of my diet, it will be difficult because they are my favorite. If I want to succeed I have to do these small things. On to tomorrow!

November 29th- Tackled by Grey Goose.

You know it’s been a successful evening with cousins when you wake up, hung over and your knee is sore from being tackled. I’m not a cousin who gets tackled very often. I’m not a cousin that hangs out with cousins very often, mainly because I feel like we have not that much in common, they like to chat about things like hunting, fishing etc., and I like broadway shows. But, this trip was different. We were mourning the loss of an uncle, we are all a little bit older, and, I think, a little bit more respectful of our differences than before.

Back to that tackle though, my knee is still in pain two days later, and with the amount of Grey Goose we consumed we should own a little bit of stock in the company. That said, mainly because my stomach has been in knots, I’ve made relatively good food choices. On Thursday I ate a banana and some veggie cream cheese for breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that cream cheese has very few carbs and is acceptable to eat, as long as a bagel is not attached to eating it, more on the bagel in a subsequent post. At the reception, after the funeral, there was a buffet. It was lined with white chocolate macadamia cookies, key lime pie, sweet tea, pasta, eggs rolls, roast beef, meatballs, buffalo cheese dip with breads, etc. I was good, I did take a little bit of the things I shouldn’t have, like pasta and bread. I took zero desserts and those shire chocolate chips were poking out at those cookies just waiting to be eaten. I took unsweetened tea, and when my cousin asked if I wanted more tea she was shocked when I asked for unsweetened.

That night at the family gathering we took home the meatballs and everything else but that is all I snacked on. I have some catching up to do with the writing. Coming up I’ll tell you about a dinner with a dear friend, and then maybe I’ll write about my life time love affair with bagels.

November 28

Yesterday, was a struggle as I traveled from Los Angeles to Northwest Florida for a funeral. I decided to basically fast until I got to Florida. I did not want to have to go to the bathroom on any of my flights. It was a success but then I binged when I got where I was going. There was onion dip, chips, etc. Then I went to a family friends house and at least she had meat and cheese out. I ate all of that and then I got back to the house and had three pieces of fried chicken and some cole slaw.

I’m not going to lie, I had indigestion last night like crazy. It kept me up most of the night. Today is the funeral so we will see what that brings. I will do my best to be good so I don’t have stomach problems.

I had a very strange thing happen this afternoon. I took my blood sugar and the first reading was 267. That was weird to me because I did not eat anything horrible today. So, I took it two minutes later and it was 159. The only anomaly I can think of is that I washed my hand in between them.

It’s been a struggle of a few days but that is part of dealing with this disease, it doesn’t hide just because life is going on. Today I learned that an old mentor, co worker and friend passed away, on top of that I’m traveling to Florida tomorrow for a family members funeral.

When all of this feeling stuff happens it makes me want to eat whatever I want. I kind of did that last night, as well as drank four vodka soda’s with a lime. FYI, I feel like the lime is an important detail. So last night I ate teriyaki chicken wings and a quesadilla.

I also ate three eggs for breakfast, an apple and banana and a salad for lunch.

Today, I had two eggs for breakfast, a banana and then some meat and cheese and a salad. The salad was from the grocery store. It had some sort of cracker thing in it and I decided to throw that away. Tonight I baked a sweet potato with sautéed onions, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and kielbasa. I added some carne asada seasoning as well as fresh like juice. I definitely will make it again.

The next couple of days will be a struggle. I am going to try very hard to work at making the right choices and I will keep you informed!

This morning I sat down and ate Thanksgiving left overs, knowing full well I was making a mistake. Last night I went to a dinner party full of soul food. I got home and my blood sugar was the highest it’s ever been, 296. This morning, after eating the left overs of mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, turkey, macaroni and cheese, etc. I decided I needed to commit myself again to losing weight and eating less carbs.

I went to the grocery store and bought veggies and spinach to make a salad. Tonight I had a spinach salad with turkey, cranberries, carrots, tomato, broccoli and asparagus and a honey mustard vinaigrette. Here is to keeping it up!

I am a Self Made Diabetic

Well, here we go.  First, let me introduce myself, my name is Ron, I’m 44 years old and I have diabetes.  I was diagnosed with diabetes in February or March 2018 after many years of the doctor telling me that I was pre-diabetic.

Here is the deal.  The reason I’m calling this website Self Made Diabetic is that I believe that it is my fault that I have diabetes.  It was years and years of mistreating my body by eating poorly, not exercising and being overweight, being told by the doctors that if I don’t lose weight something like this would happen.  It did happen and now it is my time to take control of it.  That is what I’m going to do.  This will be my place to document my journey to recovery.

I’m hoping it will be deeply personal, funny and informing for you if you happen to be going through the same thing.

Another quick thing about me, I’m a trained chef.  While I’m not cooking for work now I am a trained chef.  I have a degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America.  There is no excuse for me not to be eating healthily.  My hope is that I can heal myself with food.  I will document it all.  So, sit back, relax, you’ll hear from me almost daily.  You can also find me on Instagram at @selfmadediabetic.


Hi, this is my site where I will talk more about being diabetic, how I’m healing, etc.

More to come….

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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