After lunch I finish off the work day and head home. I’m usually home by 5:30 pm, and I start helping the kids with their homework assignments. Usually my older son is doing the dishes, the little one is running around and the 9-year-old and I are sparring over her homework. Meanwhile, my husband is busy preparing our meal. Tonight it’s thin cut steak ($8 for a 3-pound package). He seasons it and fries it up in a pan. For sides, he heats up two cans of pinto beans ($.69 each) and mashes them up to make refried beans and a medium-sized pan of arroz (Mexican rice with celery, carrots, onions and tomatoes. Probably about $3). He serves me a regular plate of food with some meat with rice and beans and a tortilla. I drink a diet drink, sometimes a diet soda or iced tea with sugar substitute. Tomorrow I will take a layered container of rice, beans and meat for lunch, minus the tortilla. Also at least once a week—depending on the kids’ work load—my husband and I eat out. When we feel we can afford it, we will go do a sit down dinner at a Chinese or Mexican restaurant. When we don’t have time to cook, I am guilty of taking the easy route and picking up a pizza or some burgers for the family. This usually happens when one of the kids has a concert or awards program. I get it. I understand why some people think it’s the diet that makes someone diabetic, but I don’t know about that. I know it can help control things, and I do what I can. At times, I’m overwhelmed by work and family activities and take the easy way out. I’m sure several people will tell me different, but for me, this is what has to work, and I know we are not the only family that does this routine every single day. At the end of the day, I squeeze in a walk. I may walk a few times around the subdivision where we live, other times when I get home late, I head to are big box stores or outdoor outlet mall just to get some walking done.