SUN! MOON! STARS!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It’s incredible the impact the weather can have on us.  The SUN was out today, and I felt like a million dollars $$$.

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What a difference a day makes!

I ate healthy food — breakfast, lunch, dinner. (Okay, lunch did include french fries — but I didn’t eat many of them).  Many posts ago, I declared — the French Fries will NEVER go.  I figure it in with my carbs.

Tonight the MOON was enormous and as full as it could be. The STARS glittered across the sky, predicting good weather for tomorrow and an increase in romance tonight — a star-filled sky has that effect, doesn’t it?

The forecast in my area is sunny with some clouds and 66 degrees for Wednesday, March 23, and I CAN’T WAIT!  You know where I’ll be headed…

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What a difference a day makes!

Bill from Simple Living Over 50 has been posting about the effect of the time change on his routine.  It’s pretty incredible — how the world turns…  Check out his blog!  It’s interesting, inventive, and he’s also a T2D.   Spring ahead/Fall back definitely has it’s effect on our moods, appetite, sleeping habits — the whole Magilla!  With it, though, comes the change in weather; in my area = SUN, FINALLY! The sunnier, warmer weather conditions are improving everyone’s mood, that’s for sure. Even the grocery stores seem move civilized than in the past few months.

The SUN, the MOON (huge tonight!) and the STARS all fit into the way our lives “spin.”

Have a good one, folks, and enjoy the nice weather. SOON, very soon, our stores will be filled with local vegetables and fruits — FRIENDS OF THE DIABETICS! — and we’ll be eating and feeling healthier.

Blood Sugar = 109        Weight = 149.2 lbs.

 

 

 

LOL! Winter? Spring? What to eat?

Monday, March 21, 2016

In my post from last night, I told you about my fears for my daffodils.  I was pretty sure what the effect the snow would have on them.  😦   We got about 2 1/2″ of the white stuff; so, not too bad.

THIS was MY vision of Spring, 2016.

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FIRST DAY OF SPRING, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Mother Nature’s vision…

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SECOND DAY OF SPRING, 2016!

Oh, Mother Nature, you have some sense of humor!  

 

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Yesterday, I mentioned that salads don’t do it for me in the winter, they just don’t. Here’s my  COMMITMENT  for today:  IF the temperatures live up to the predictions — 50’s, 60’s for the rest of the week — This T2D WILL dive back into my salads!

P R O M I S E!

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Sugar:   111     Weight:   147.4 lbs.     (Thinking my scale must be broken. NO WAY did I lose that much wait in one day!  Will give it a couple of days — to bask in the “denial,” then I’ll buy a new one).    😦

Not looking too happy, but the snow IS melting!  ^ ^ ^ ^   🙂

 

 

Spring — Holy Cow!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

This baby finally opened completely this morning.  So pretty.  For a moment, I actually believed that Spring had Sprung!

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But, Alas! It’s 10:00 p.m. and the view from my bedroom windows looks more like New Years than Spring.  IT’S SNOWING!  I know it was predicted, but I was in denial — Big time.  I just made a mistake and checked the weather station. What was I thinking???  My area is expected to get 2 – 6 inches of the white stuff!

 

My poor baby daffodil will probably be dead by morning, along with its “siblings” and the lone crocus, “twins,” cold and covered by the…”S” word.

 

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I’m telling myself, —it will be fine, soon it will be beach weather, and this will have just been a bad dream.  Soon.

AND, as the weather warms up, so will my diabetes management routine.  Lots of rough spots this winter; I’ve admitted it. I flipped and flopped like crazy, but I gave it my best shot.

I LOVE salads in the summer but they just don’t do it for me when the weather’s cold.  Tonight’s dinner was grilled swordfish, asparagus, and a slice of tomato. That’s it.  It was good and my walk, prior to dinner, added to my appetite. But, remember, it’s the walk after dinner that will help to lower blood sugar levels.

Looking forward to the “real” spring — it’s coming, I just know it!  🙂

Blood Sugar = 130   Weight: 150.2 lbs.

 

Yaaawn… Why so tired?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

One day I’m up with lots of energy, and the next I’m dragging like Linus’ blanket (remember that in the Peanuts cartoons?) — really dragging.  What is that?

IMG_4440It’s that damn rollercoaster again, with it’s twists and turns and ups and downs = MY definition of Diabetes. I’m sure you recognize it. I guess it’s a loss of balance (or, at least at least a feeling of a loss of balance).

I’m moving along, eating properly, walking, monitoring my blood sugar. It’s all good, and then — WHACK! There goes that balance and me with it.  Such a strange feeling.

Now, there are those days when it’s not a shock; you know, you ate that piece of cake and you’re not surprised that you feel like garbage. We are what we eat, after all. But, that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the MYSTERY of being out of balance. Do you know what I mean? When all that work we do to keep on track just doesn’t reap the rewards we expect. It’s frustrating, almost depressing. What causes it, and what can I do to fix it?

Here’s where I take a good, authentic look at myself and what I’m doing or not doing. Sometimes, if I’m aware that this out of balance feeling is creeping in, I actually log what I’m eating for the purpose of determining if there’s a connection between the food(s) and how I’m feeling. OF COURSE THERE IS!  Stress is also a component of how we’re feeling emotionally and the range in which that blood sugar fluctuates.

See what I mean? Rollercoaster Ride!

What’s important is that there are answers to all the questions we have. Not necessarily the answers I want to hear, but answers nonetheless. Here are the things I may be feeling and, what I have learned, seems to be the decision I need to make to feel better:

  1.  Tired, fatigued, lethargic  Answer: MOVE my butt! Isn’t that just the way? The answer lies in the opposite of what I feel like doing.
  2. Feeling down, down, and sometimes REALLY down. Ugh.  Answer: MOVE my butt!    Again?    C’mon, give me a break
  3. Frustrated, disgusted, sick of this damn disease! Answer: MOVE my butt!
  4. Stressed out. Answer: MOVE my butt!

The answers obviously lie in putting on my damn Big Girl Pants and moving the butt they cover!  Ahhrrrggghhh! 🙂

Have you seen the play, movie, or even heard the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof? There’s a great song in it that speaks to traditions and balance (in the lives of the people in a small village). They sing out — repeating the words, Tradition, Tradition, over and over again. The song explains that it’s because of their traditions that they maintain balance in their lives. Their belief is no different than our commitment to our diabetes management, which — gives us balance! The tune really stays in your mind. [If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear it, I hope you click onto Youtube and check it out.] I remember seeing the play and the movie and feeling incredibly uplifted when they sang the song with such conviction!

So, when I’m having the feelings I’ve described within this post, here’s what I’ve been singing — I swear — out loud! — COMMITMENT, COMMITMENT! to the same tune (Tradition/Tradition!). First of all it makes me laugh, but more importantly, it reminds me of what I MUST do to get on track and stay there — to cope (comfortably) with DIABETES! Commitment to this purpose is imperative to me, so I’ll keep singing loud and clear (hearing the music from the soundtrack) and smiling.

Oh! I’m damn determined and dedicated to stare down diabetes. To look at it straight in the eyes and say ….!    Well, those of you who know me, you know what I’d say. 🙂

Blood Sugar = 107          151.4 lbs.

 

Walking is Walking!

Monday, March 7, 2016

I didn’t walk yesterday.  Well I did, just not my usual “mall-walk.” Instead, I went to the city to celebrate my sons’ birthday.IMG_3341

I gave myself permission to be free of the “shackles” of routine — and guess what?  The world did not end. I’m convinced that the “failures” that I’ve had, in my diabetes management, are a direct result of trying to be too strict. Relax, Kathy. We’re only human.

NYC = walk your feet off; that’s the best part!  My daughter calls NYC her “personal gym.”   🙂   Hey, it works!  Walking the streets of the Big Apple is a fabulous way to get your steps in and drop those pounds.  It’s a beautiful city, the energy is palpable, and the streets go on forever.

Here’s the thing — Walking is walking, so you don’t HAVE to follow your routine, if it’s inconvenient, for some reason, walk wherever you are — IT ALL COUNTS!  We just have to keep moving, right?

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Isn’t that what’s important?  We’re exercising (via walking) enjoying it, and adding to a healthy lifestyle.  Doesn’t get better than that, right?

Walking in the city, that slight change in routine, actually gave me a boost in terms of my commitment to keeping my feet moving.

Blood Sugar = 115        150.1 lbs

 

Falling Flat on My Face!

That’s pretty much what I’ve done so far. Falling, getting up, falling again. I’m basing that statement on my numbers. My blood sugar levels hover around the same area, but why, when I’m walking, am I gaining weight? SO frustrating. I’m monitoring my food.

I’d love to attribute this to my not feeling well, but what does that really have to do with it? I’m not “sick sick,” not “go to the doctor sick,” I just feel crummy. No energy. I do know that, at least with me, sometimes when something inside my body is “brewing,” this is how I feel prior to it actually hitting me. Kind of lethargic.

This too will pass.  I bought a get well card for a friend of mine the other day. She has a great sense of humor.  It read, This too will pass then, when you opened the card the words printed were, Kind of like a kidney stone — but, it WILL pass!  🙂  I thought it was pretty funny and, apparently she did as well. A few days later she called me to thank me for the chuckle, and to let me know she’s feeling better.

Doesn’t that statement sum up life beautifully? Whatever is going on in our lives, no matter how we feel, It WILL pass. Sometimes on the fast track, oftentimes, the problem has to creep along before it’s over. The bottom line is it WILL end. It will pass.

So, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’m picking myself up, and moving on with my regime one day at a time.

Hope you’re doing well.

P.S. Sorry about the lack of photos. Still having computer issues. But, I know it will pass.   🙂

ll4 = Blood sugar            152.1 lbs.  😦