Ruth, I understand exactly what you're saying. I was a part-time instructor until December and resigned to sub and tutor, so my time is more or less my own schedule now, where before, it was dictated by my teaching schedule. However, I started this new regime while I was teaching and I believe you can do it, too. First of all, I found that even whole grain cereals drove my readings up. I haven't tried steel-cut oatmeal but I will next month as long as my readings acontinue to be low. Anyway, nothing motivates like fear and I am really afraid of going the route of my mom and grandmother. They were both diabetics and the disease killed them. Both were on insulin but I have to be honest that neither one was strict with diet. And neither one exercised. I figured out a diet for me based on what my readings were. I've posted these a couple of times here, so I won't repeat them because I'm sure anyone reading them is bored. Please write me if you want at laniegoins AT yahoo dot com and I'll be happy to tell you in detail how I'm dealing with this new phase in my life!