Thursday, January 11, 2007

An image

There is something about an image. How motivational can an image, or multiple images, be? Apparently, very motivating.

I discovered Kevin's logbook via Scott's blog. There was a post that included a snap shot of one day. I saw that logbook and thought "oh the order!". There is a spot for everything I want to make note of. It's on the computer, which is much more likely to get filled out than anything on paper. Ther is a graph. Oh my god I love graphs. And weekly averages? And WEEKEND averages? And standard deviation!

The best part about it is that I didn't have to do any of the work to put together what seems to be the perfect log (for me anyway). Thank you to Kevin, Scott and the multiple others that were involved with figuring it out.

Now that I see what happens when I eat healthy, when I eat pizza, when I eat that stupid muffin, when I leave a site in too long... I can make a change. I can see that everyday, around 11:00 am, I'm dropping. Every. Single. Day. Why didn't I see this before? Because I didn't have this handy graph to show me!

And now, I can have days like this:


At 7:39 AM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

What great blood sugars!! That looks really great.

I give all the credit for the spreadsheets to Kevin - I'm just his biggest fan and take every opportunity I can to show off his super great spreadsheets.

At 7:54 AM, Blogger mel said...

Isn't Kevin great?! I'm also a fan! just need to start logging again ;) It all seems so logical on paper that way!

At 8:24 AM, Blogger George said...

Count me in! Kevin is awesome and so are those numbers! That is great.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I'm officially blushing.

Although I never thought it would be possible to feel better about starting a blog and participating in the Diabetes OC when I first started, the positive feedback I've received over this little logbook and the sense that I get that I'm actually doing some good and helping folks out (even if it's just a little) gives me all kinds of warm and fuzzies. Thank you.

I am so happy you are finding this tool useful. And Tek, those really are some remarkably awesome blood sugars. Way to go!

And as always, if you'd like a copy for yourself, just shoot me an email, and I'll happily share it with you!

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous jen d said...

My name is Jenny and I am part of an online community called CarePlace, for people experiencing similar health related issues and their caregivers, including Diabetes. We have recently added new Diabetes related communities to the site.
As your blog relates to what we are doing at CarePlace, I was wondering if you might be willing to check out our site and let me know if you think it might be helpful to the people who communicate through and with you. People can join multiple communities, share experiences, check out info on medical conditions and treatments and form their own groups within the site.
We have gotten great feedback and as you know the more people in various communities the more outreach and support that happens. Our users have really liked it so far and we are adding new features all the time based on what everyone is telling us.
It’s really important to us to get feedback from people like you about the site as we develop features – the site is You can add me as a friend (jend) and let me know what you think.
Thanks in advance!
Jenny (jend)

At 3:55 AM, Blogger The Patient Connection said...

Research Blog on Diabetes and Lifestyle

Thought the post was v interesting. I wondered if you or your readers might like to contibute to our research blog

We at The Patient Connection are currently running a research blog or online discussion on the subject of diabetes and the lifestyle of diabetics

In particular we are interested in your experience of genetic counseling or those of family members

We would love it if you could share your story or just post useful resources for fellow sufferers.

If you would like to join us please go to

Thanks and remember your opinion counts

Best wishes

The Patient Connection

At 7:06 AM, Blogger David said...


I am just wondering what pump you use? I use a minimed 522 and load my data up to Carelink which provides all the graphs and so forth. If I didn't do this I would use the Excel sheet because it looks pretty cool.


At 8:41 AM, Anonymous melissa said...

I was fascinated by this program. It makes it so convenient to keep track of the numbers. I was noticing some of your food choices. You have a palet like mine. Then I figured that I wanted to eat foods that not only gave me energy, but lowered my blood sugar as well. Try this:
It's a best seller and has been so valuable to me.

At 6:40 AM, Blogger Chrissie in Belgium said...

YES, Kevin is GREAT! You cannot love his charts more than me. I love them most! Nobody could possible love them more than me - I dibs that position!

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Glad to see you found Kevin's logbook. I've read about it as well. I hope your numbers are still looking as fantastic as they do on that graph.

We are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day ( on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line and I will get back to you with more information.

Tremendous thanks,
Stephanie Tanner
IDF - Communications Assistant

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