10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4…

Sunday, July 31, 2016

3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!

…and I will be (blasting off) — tomorrow morning!

The first day of August will be the beginning of my new year, my Day #1!

We all have those days when we just start over.  I’ve had countless Day’s #1!  If I could see into the future, I’d know there would be plenty more to come.  Is this considered a FAILURE? Not to me, that’s for sure!

Every opportunity I get, to start anything over, is a wonderful thing. No one is perfect. You know that, I know that, so let’s just move along — flaws and all.

If we looked at starting over in a negative light, would we ever progress? I think not.

Instead, I choose to start each new day as a positive beginning to the rest of my days on this planet. One day at a time, I WILL —

  • One day at a time, I will take my blood sugar (in my case, 3x/day).

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  • One day at a time, I will eat healthy foods at EVERY meal.

 

 

 

 

  • One day at a time, I will walk to exercise my body and keep my blood glucose in check.

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  • One day at a time, I will LOG my blood sugar, weight, food, exercise.

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  • One day at a time, I will pay close attention to what my body is “telling” me.

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  • One day at a time, I will exercise POSITIVE THINKING.

 

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  • One day at a time, I will meditate.

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  • One day at a time, I will spend precious time reading.

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  • One day at a time, I will purge my house — getting ready to move.

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  • One day at a time, I will paint, crochet, bead, quilt, refinish furniture, upholster a piece of furniture, OR care for my flowers/plants. (ETC!)

 

 

  • One day at a time, I will continue to read, research, and work on my writing projects.

 

 

  • One day at a time, I will contact/meet with FRIENDS.

 

  • One day at a time, I will REST.

 

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Are there enough hours in the day? Of course!

 

 

 

Inspiration!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

MONDAY is August 1st, and I have a great idea!

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In my last post, I discussed logging my blood sugar levels (and my weight — forgot that one), my food intake, walking — everything possible to keep my regimen on track and working like a well-oiled machine. I am well aware that none of this is NEW to this Type 2 Diabetic.

My great idea is this — I will consider August, the NEW YEAR! Yep — like every January, starting over. I know every day is Day #1 on this Diabetes Trail but, for me AUGUST will be MY new year! I’ll be doing all the things noted above to get back on track (again) and August will be the month for me to take care of myself. Then, I’ll move that process into the other eleven months of the year.

I just started a list for Monday:

  1. Call for an appointment for a massage! I feel better already! Usually, when I go for a massage, I buy a package of three. It’s NOT inexpensive, but I’m worth it! Also, I know that, if I have them already purchased, I’ll really go.  So, THAT’S #1 on my list.  (Everyone is different, so check with your doctor.)
  2. Call for an appointment to get my hair cut and colored. I’m going to be broke after the first week of August is over but, Oh Well.  Again, I’m worth it, damn it! 🙂
  3. Call for a nail appointment! Manicure and pedicure — top to bottom. 🙂

 

TAKING CARE OF #1…………………………………………………THAT WOULD BE ME!

 

Step By Step — One at a Time!

July 30, 2016

I’m convinced this is the only way to do it.

This?

What’s that?  🙂

“This” is the simple, easy, healthy way to live. If I follow my regimen one step at a time, I’ll succeed. We can all follow through with one step, then the other, then the other.

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During this “time” of my Dental Dilemma, my food consumption has been on a downward spiral.  The reality is, that I can’t chew most foods.  I can handle pasta, meatballs, fish, that kind of thing. I’ve grown fond of soups. Somewhere along the line, I realized that cake fit into that category of “easy to chew” foods.

NO! STOP! DON’T DO IT!  Those are the words I screamed at myself, but to no avail —  I caved, on many occasions. It didn’t seem to effect my blood sugar, because I wasn’t eating MUCH food of any kind. I guess the sugar filled in where the quantity was lacking?

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I lost 21lbs some weeks ago and, although my doctor wasn’t thrilled at the speedy weight loss, secretly, I guess I wasn’t too upset about it.  As a result, I didn’t think the cake would “hurt” too much. I looked down this morning and noticed that my stomach seemed to have expanded.  OH, NO!  I guess “it” caught up to me.

My Dental Dilemma is just about coming to a close — I should be able to eat like a “normal” person within the next week or two…what will happen then? Fear is setting in. Will I binge? Will I gain all the weight back? Ugh.

GET WITH THE PROGRAM, Kathy! …and I will. Back on track, doing the right thing — one step at a time — that’s what I’ll do.

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I’ve decided that I’m going to get a head start. I’m going to chart every morsel that passes my lips — starting right now! By the time the nonsense with my teeth has come to an end, I’ll be back on track with eating properly, monitoring my blood sugar, walking, and logging it all.

Wish me luck! Hopefully, I won’t need it.

 

There goes July…swoosh!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

That went fast!  July just flew by — August still ahead, and I’m going to take advantage of it. Living in the northeast is a treat at this time of year.  Everything’s is bloom…

The colors are beautiful and invigorating.

My heart races when I enter the fruit/vegetable market.

Soon, my “Dental Dilemma”       IMG_4427will be at an end (HOPING!), and I can get back to eating properly.  Can’t wait!  Dental issues can be a real problem for a T2D, but it’s almost over.  Thinking positively.

It’s all good — or at least it WILL be. One day at a time.  Here’s where I go to reclaim my serenity.

Have a great day, folks!

To Sleep, Perchance to dream…

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shakespeare said it in Hamlet, and that phrase always comes to mind when I CAN’T SLEEP! Yes, I’m screaming.

The importance of sleep is not new to me and I’m sure it’s not a surprise to you either. I’m acutely aware of the value of sleep for everyone, not just diabetics. But for the purpose of this blog which is, after all, for diabetics, I’ll focus on us — particularly those with Type 2.

Ive been sleep deprived most of my life.  I remember sleeping my brains out in my teen years but, once I was in the work force, sleep flew out the window.  Of course, while raising my kids, sleep wasn’t in my vocabulary too often either.

I’m jealous of Bill over at Simple Living Over 50 — he’s got this “sleep thing” down pat! I understand that lack of sleep effects my blood sugar negatively but I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING. At least I think I have. Here’s what I’ve been doing to get on the sleep train — pretty much, to no avail:

  1. NO electronics in the bedroom (per Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive). If you haven’t listened to her TED Talk, give it a try — it’s excellent!
  2. Meditation. It does relax me so, if sleep were to drop by, I’d be ready. If you’re not “into” meditation, look on YouTube. For sure you’ll find some good examples. Do what works for you.
  3. Lavender pillow mist spray. Lavender is known to help calm feelings of stress and can aid in sleeping.
  4. Visualization — NO, I’m not counting sheep (this is not to say I’ve never tried it). When sleep alludes me, I visualize my body in a completely relaxed state. How do I do that — check out #5.
  5. Relaxation exercises are excellent — Relax your face, I tell myself. Relax your neck — and continue all the way down to your toes. It really is pretty amazing. I learned this while preparing for the birth of my firstborn. I used the Lamaze method of childbirth which taught me how to relax every inch of my body.
  6. Establish a sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, every day (NO MATTER WHAT!).

REPEAT 1-6 and there are many more. So, obviously, I know what to do to let sleep invade. Why am I still sleep deprived?

I asked my doctor about this issue. “I want to go to bed by 11 and get up by 7,” I told her, with obvious frustration in my voice. Her response was, “Why? This was not the first time I’ve broached the subject with her many times over the years. The difference now is that I’m retired. “As long as you’re getting ENOUGH sleep, that’s what matters.” Her point was that you’re not “sleep deprived,” if you’ve been in dreamland for enough time. It’s not about which hours in the day your sleeping. I’ve been working on this issue for years, but I’ve FINALLY come to the realization that she’s right! What difference does it make? In my mind I want the routine of getting up on the earlier side and going to bed before morning starts again.

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Which category do you inhabit?  Take the quiz!

I’m a night person, and I always have been! But, I want to be a morning person, I yell at myself. I’ve looked at the advantages and disadvantages of my pattern of sleeping, and you know what? It really shouldn’t matter. The fact is, I come alive at 8 p.m. That’s when I’m “ready” to work, to think clearly. So, why fight it? So what if I don’t see the sunrise, hear the birds, listen to the quiet of the morning. On the other side, I observe every minute of the sunset, hear the quiet of the wildlife settling in for the night, and I’m awake and alert should vampires strike.  🙂  Seriously, I DO function better at night, so why not go with the flow.

Acceptance has finally seeped into my brain. I’m a NIGHT BEING; that’s just the way it is, has always been, and always will be. Do I still want to turn it around? Yes. Will I? Probably not. What I will do is, I will be careful to get ENOUGH sleep. I will no longer stress about the specific hours that I’m out cold.

Good night my friends!    ZZZzzzz      🙂

 

 

 

 

WATER, Water, everywhere… (Addiction)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I don’t even remember the last time I drank ANYTHING other than water!

I was a major soda consumer until, after many years, I realized that it wasn’t a healthy option. When I decided to get “off” soda, I also came to see that I was addicted to it. I cut back, cut down, but I couldn’t seem to cut it OUT.  It was difficult. Research indicated that the amount of sugar and sodium that was in the soda, is why it was so hard to get off it.

It took time. First, I moved on to diet soda; the taste was awful; but, in short order, I was on the diet soda train. Further research showed that the diet soda mania might be even worse for the population. That’s when I learned, “If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t let them pass your lips.” That diet soda was chock full of chemicals and finally I jumped off that train! After my release from the soda addiction, I moved on to caffeine — I stopped drinking coffee.  It wasn’t easy; I loved it. Today — I’m soda free, coffee free, I don’t even drink tea unless it’s herbal.

Water, aqua, H2O, Adam’s Ale, aqua pura, seawater, tap water, rainwater, bath water, mineral water. It even has a beautiful sound, doesn’t it?

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If you’re traveling the world, especially in the summer, and need to stay hydrated, you’d best get your vocabulary in order. In France, the term for water is eau. In Croatia and Czech, it’s voda. The Danes refer to this magic liquid as vand. The Estonians and Fins call it vesi, while Wasser is what the Germans ask for when they’re thirsty. When in Rome, call out for acqua — they’ll ask you “still or fizz?” If you’re looking for bubbles (carbonation) in your acqua, fizz is your answer! The Norwegians who need to quench their thirst ask for vann, while right next door, in Sweden, they’ll give you a glass of vattan.  Interesting, no?

Today, if I’m having company, perched on my table will be two large pitchers of H2O. One will be pure — just water. The other will contain cut up pieces of fruit, in addition to ice, and filled to the brim with aqua. Have you tried that yet? There are many ways to “enhance” your pitchers of water. A cucumber and mint combination is very refreshing, Fruit water is my all-time favorite!  Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, OH MY! 🙂  Peaches, raspberries, watermelon, apples — you name it! Besides looking beautiful in a clear, tall pitcher, you’ll instantly smile, as these concoctions enter your mouth. I LOVE lemon and lime — careful, though, it can be bitter. I’ve learned to infuse the water with the taste and then remove the citrus rinds from the pitcher.  The taste is divine!

Another great addition to water is fruit-infused ice! It’s wonderful. Besides using fruit-infused water to make my ice cubes, I place a strawberry, a few blueberries, or a sprig of mint to each one. Your water will have a spectacular taste; the cubes look beautiful, and the taste is ever-so-refreshing.

In terms of DIABETES, sugar free is a beautiful thing. My homemade fruit waters” have literally nothing added.  My blood sugar is not effected at all!  Try it folks, you won’t regret it.

 

Enjoy folks ——– Cheers!      🙂

PICK UP THE PACE!

Wednesday, July 20, 2012

Good God, Kathy — Pick up the pace!

I CAN’T TAKE IT, when I’m off track or working at a really   S L O W  pace in ANY area of my life and that’s where I am right this minute.  Ugh! I don’t know how it happens. It’s as if an enormous gust of wind sweeps through my day, grabs my plans, blowing them right out the window.  I envision an open window, dressed in bright, white, sheer curtains –flowing, moving gently in the soft, gentle breeze. Then it happens — the sky darkens, the wind picks up its pace, and suddenly, SWOOOOSH!

I can see it, clear as day.  My calendar, filled with an agenda created by me with tasks to make my day more productive and “perfect.” I can’t reach them (my plans) — they’re “caught” by the wind and taken to someone unknown, dark and deserted area, where they will fall, wither and die.

Obviously, that’s not what really happens; it feels like it, though.

Instead, in “real” life, my calendar — filled with dates and times, an organized agenda of things to do, calls to make, places to go, FLIES in the face of sanity. Yep, I get caught up in the boring momentum of doing what I don’t necessarily even want to do. …and, there go my plans…swoooosh.

It’s disappointing. But, who’s in charge here, anyway?  That would be me! So then, GET A GRIP, Kathy. Get it together, get with the program, follow your plans! So much for the veritable tornado that you THINK is rushing through your life.

Sometimes, stuff happens — it just does. On those occasions, I know what a joke plans are; I realize that they’re not going to happen — no fault of mine. Those are not the days about which I’m speaking. I’m talking about the other days, when my schedule is laid out in a tight format, planned with no “outside influences” to distract me. The days when I pencil in:

  •  7 :00 a.m.  Take blood sugar and weight.
  •  7:20 a.m.  Throw in a load of laundry
  •  7:30 a.m.  Breakfast
  •  8:00 a.m.  Shower (toss clothes in dryer)
  •  9:00 a.m.  Get dressed, hair, makeup, blah-blah
  •  9:30 a.m.  BLOG
  • 10:30 a.m.  Leave for Writer’s Group
  • 11 – 1:00      Writer’s Group
  •   1:45 p.m.   Lunch
  •  Remainder of day: nonsense that we all have to d0.
  • 5:30 p.m.   Walk!
  • 6:30 p.m.  Prepare dinner and mange
  • 7:45 p.m.  Clean up kitchen, fold laundry, etc.
  • 8:15 p.m.  Write my brains out
  • 10:30 p.m. Relax, watch the tube, read, etc.
  • Midnight   Lights out!

Now THAT is a day that’s PLANNED PERFECTION. That is also a day that most likely will not happen the way it’s been “penciled” in. WAIT!  Maybe that’s the problem — I should be using INK!    🙂     Commit, Kathy, Commit!

I don’t think that being “committed” is my problem. No, I think maybe I NEED to be committed.  Not to completing my schedule, but to a lovely two-story,  brick facade building, with great curb appeal, manicured lawns, flowers, trees. A delightful place where all the inhabitants are calm — probably from the regularly scheduled meds!   🙂   You know what I mean, where there’s no stress, all one’s needs are met… someone else does the laundry, cooks the meals, cleans — the whole magilla!   STOP!   That sounds like there might be locks on the doors, bars on the windows, and a high fence around the perimeter. NO THANK YOU. I’m not ready for that…yet?

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No, seriously, the perfect scenario for me at this point in my life, is a regimen that keeps me on track but INCLUDES some flexibility. I’ve been living by the clock my entire life; I want to be done with that, at least for the most part. I’d like a schedule, but one that has blanks, so that I can pick and chose those things that I want/need to be included in my life. For instance, did you see Yoga on that schedule? No.  Did you notice a massage? No. Was there a time written in to go to the city or the beach? No. Volunteering? No.

My conclusion is that I DON’T necessarily need to PICK UP THE PACE. What I do need, and want to do, is to have some time scheduled into my day to complete  tasks that have to be done. Also filled in and highlighted, should be some fat ol’ blocks of time to do those things I WANT to do. I am, after all, retired; enough with the merry-go-round of jam-packed days, of running hither and yon. I repeat, NO THANK YOU!

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My focus (with my “revised” schedule) will be on keeping myself healthy.  Diabetes will not reign in my life — but I will do everything possible to keep it in check — and we all know what that means.

 

Monitoring my blood sugar regularly, exercise, healthy eating, and a positive attitude.

I’ll be taking that perfectly planned schedule (as listed above) and burning it! My new and revised “schedule” will be calmer, way more fun, and healthy, as will my diabetic-friendly meals and exercise. My PACE will be tailored for MY needs. Doesn’t that sound great?

Ta-da!  That’s all folks! My voice rings out — I sing:  “You can take that pace and…it!”

Don’t you just love Country Music?  LOL.    🙂