Sugar Surfing is a step-wise process

Sugar Surfing™ success comes in steps.

As I explain in the book Sugar Surfing, achieving dominance over your blood sugar trendline takes patience, consistency, and resilience. Since 2012, thousands of Sugar Surfers are steering and shaping their glycemic trend lines and patterns better and better each day, week, month and year they apply principles outlined in the book and/or by attending live workshops.

Parents of children and teens of diabetes are seeing comparable results.

Understandably, manipulating the glycemic trends of another person come with additional task of capturing their time and interest to participate with dynamic diabetes management principles and practices. But as many parents can attest, success can be found Sugar Surfing with children of all ages.

Success comes in small steps. Sugar Surfing is not a recipe, it’s a process. It’s a practiced skill which is maintained and developed over time. Therefore, many of you new to Sugar Surfing may ask why others seem to have results which still elude you.

Keep in mind that once you begin to Sugar Surf, positive results usually do happen early. For example, a first glycemic pivot which averts a trending BG towards 300 mg/dL [16 mmol/L] elicits a sudden burst of self-confidence that preventing many glucose extremes is now within reach. Or, when basal insulin doses (or rates) are adjusted to full neutrality, allowing the subtler moves of micro-dosing to be attempted. Pre-empting rapidly rising or falling post-meal blood sugars are for some not unlike someone staring down at the pool when standing on the edge of a 10-foot diving board for the first time. Confidence grows with time.

Many of us have been habitually exposed to the concept and practice of immediate gratification in every aspect of life. Fast food, pre-cooked meals, remote controls, even this very medium you read this post on have in some way shaped the way we think about having to wait for something to happen.

Sugar Surfing is not a dispensed product; it’s a process. It’s a skill.

The language learning system Rosetta Stone® comes to mind as an example of how Sugar Surfing proficiency is acquired. Purchasing that product does nothing to advance your linguistic acumen until you begin to use it with patience and consistency. Resilience is required to handle the situations when you forget what you’ve learned or misspeak your new language during an important encounter. But since we are already immersed in diabetes, the rate at which we can acquire Sugar Surfing skills can happen much faster than foreign language skills.

Ironically, I’ve encountered many people who tell me they have the book Sugar Surfing, but have not read it yet. Their focus might be more on what new insulin, meter, or insulin pump is in development which might immediately somehow make their condition easier or better. On the other hand, most workshop attendees will immediately start applying what they learned, even during a workshop! The book serves as a reference to refresh the memory about specific concepts or practices.