Turning the clock back and, with the extra hour in the morning, I’m hoping to get my sleep schedule on track. I’d love to say, “BACK on track,” but that wouldn’t be truthful. My sleep patterns/habits are horrendous — I’m a night owl. I’ve tried to change that for years, but to no avail.
Going to bed at a decent time is the most difficult part for me. As an adult, I’ve always gone to bed after midnight. My sleep pattern is usually somewhere between 3 to 5 hours, if I’m lucky. I’ve tried developing a routine; i.e., early to bed, early to rise… A cup of hot caffeine-free tea, a dull book, meditation, a warm bath, ocean sounds, a mist of lavender spray, or a warm shower before bed. I’ve set the alarm for an early hour, with the plan of starting my day with a walk. Up and at ’em, is what I’ve attempted. “Attempted” is the operative word. Attempted, but with little or no success. 😦
ANY SUGGESTIONS? Do you have the same issue?
WHY is this so important to me??? I believe that sleep, or the lack thereof, effects everything — including diabetes.
So, with that in mind, this Type 2 Diabetic is off to bed. Wish me luck!
So that’s the question that I’ve been asking myself. AM I a dedicated diabetic or not? Make up your mind Kathy! Either do it or don’t — damn it!
Obviously, I haven’t been too dedicated lately. Oh, I don’t mean to my diabetes — that’s been going along pretty well. I’m talking about my blogging. You see, the reason I started this blog in the first place was to keep me on track in terms of my diabetes (and hopefully impart some words of wisdom on the topic). I thought that if I blogged each day — or at least three or four times a week — I’d stay more focused. Obviously, I haven’t been too successful/committed/dedicated lately. But that’s about to change.
Thanks to Bill at “Simple Living Over 50,” a wonderful blog on WordPress, I’m back on track! As of this morning, probably around 7 a.m. (it’s 1:15 a.m. now), along with my post, I’ll be listing my blood sugar number and my weight! Yep, I think it’s a great idea (Thanks, Bill!), and I’m stealing it. I’ll post both at the end of…well, at the end of whatever comes out of my brain.
Posting my blood sugar, along with my weight, will keep me honest — just another form of accountability, I guess.
Sorry about my lack of pictures, folks. Planning on getting to Apple to cure this dilemma. Somehow, I just haven’t gotten there; life gets in the way. No excuses!!!
My last post was December 4th. I’ve been slightly distracted — a brief hospital stay (thanks to my wacko heart), and side effects of a new medication, kept me from posting. BUT, I’m back in action and really happy and grateful to be writing again!
So, dare I bring up Resolutions for the New Year? If you made any, have you kept them?
Many moons ago I stopped making resolutions. Why, you ask? Simple. I rarely kept them and then suffered remorse, which resulted in doing MORE of what I had resolved to do LESS. 🙂 I decided that a more positive path would put more balance into my life. Focusing on BALANCE — that’s the answer! Every area of our lives, food, exercise, family, work, all require balance.
The question is, How do we manage this juggling act, we call life? I have some ideas on this topic. I’ve tried many methods to get this miss-mosh of a life in order. Some have been somewhat successful, others might be referred to as a dismal failure. What’s imperative is that we KEEP ON TRYING! Here’s a suggestion, based on something that I always need to do: MAKE A LIST…
There’s no way to have balance in our life, if we don’t know what it is that we value. So…
1. MAKE A LIST— not in any specific order. Do you value Work, Fun (recreation), Health, Friends, Spirituality, Family? Any others? Write them down.
2. O.K., now take another sheet of paper and place it next to the list you’ve just completed. Write PRIORITIES, at the top of this page. Don’t rush. Think carefully.
3. Now, take your first list and write those things that you value, on your PRIORITIES LIST, in order, of course, of priority! How important is each one to you, and where should it fit in on the list? Don’t worry, you can’t make a mistake — this is YOUR list. [Actually, I found this the most difficult part — What? You don’t want FUN to be your #1 priority???] 🙂
4. Next, take your list of priorities, and and create a chart that will allow you to manage your time in relation to your priorities. Write the amount of TIME (hours, minutes) that you are willing and able to devote to each. Hmmm, is this exercise starting to make you feel uncomfortable? Don’t panic, you’ll figure it out, and nothing is written in stone. Time is fluid, and sometimes we’re forced to make adjustments.
At this point, you’ve carefully examined your list of priorities— you’ve committed, in writing, those things, tasks, and people that you value the most AND, you’ve established the amount of time that you’re able to devote to each. GOOD FOR YOU!
For ME managing my diabetes HAS to come FIRST on my list, and I imagine on yours, as well. Most of us Type 2 diabetics have learned that, if we don’t put management of our diabetes first, nothing else falls into place.
Reflecting at the end of the day (I journal) has helped me to see what area(s) need to be improved.
Making time to do those things that make us happy, bring enjoyment to our life, is IMPERATIVE.
We only go this way once, folks! At least, I think so…
HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear readers, and may 2016 bring laughter, love, and good health into each of your lives — Oh, and BALANCE too!
After having some difficulty motivating my body to rise early enough to beat the heat, I AM getting my morning walk back into a routine. I tell myself, I REALLY want to walk in the evening too. So, what’s my problem?
I feel like my feet are planted in cement. The reality is, I DON’T WANT TO DO IT! I feel like a spoiled child, stomping my feet and screaming “I’m not going.” It’s absurd. Just do it! — I tell myself, to no avail.
I need anattitude adjustment. Seriously. C’mon, Kathy. Get it together, MOVE YOUR BUTT! It’s just a matter of developing a habit — a good one. Grabbing my sneakers, again…and moving along. One day at a time!
Thanks for listening. Hey, let me know your exercise regimen. Are you a walking fiend???
Yesterday was rough. Last night I had a conversation with my daughter; we discussed my struggle with junk food. She suggested that I tell myself, “I don’t like chocolate anymore.” I laughed; like it’s that easy. We laughed some more and moved on to another topic.
A few hours later, I started to think about our conversation. Why not try it? I looked in the mirror and I said out loud, “I DON’T like chocolate anymore!” Then, I said it again, and again, and again, three more times. I went to sleep.
Today’s another Day One. I started out with a blood sugar of 116, pre-breakfast, and post-bkfst = 107. As I got dressed, I repeatedly told myself, “I don’t like chocolate anymore.” Calmly, I kept repeatedly saying this to myself. My brain was absorbing these words, and I felt good about it.
Went to the theatre, a matinee, today. On the train, I slipped into a seat with a friend and looked up. Further down on the end wall was a large poster with a picture of a bunch of nuts. (Did you think I was going to say YODELS?) The caption above the picture read, New York is full of nuts!” We laughed, and I told her about my Yodel incident on the train. We were seated at the opposite end of the train, and as we were talking to each other, I had my back to that wall. After a while, I turned and what do you think was next to me, plastered on the wall? A gigantic poster of, yep — a Yodels ad. Bright orange background with two “highly-polished,” cream-filled, chocolate delights, staring right at me. The caption read, “YES, PLEASE. Listen to Your Craving.” We both burst out laughing; I clicked a photo and turned away from it, because — “I don’t like chocolate anymore.”
My pre-dinner blood sugar was a beautiful 95. We walked in the city today, so that, in addition to eating the right foods/portions, probably helped to bring it down.