Taking the “Leap”

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Birthday to those of you who were born during a leap year!  (Click on that link to check out the history.) Celebrating one’s birthday every four years seems strange to me. I guess I can’t imagine doing that. How must you feel on March 1st when February 28th was the day before, and there was no recognition of your entry to this planet?  Sad? Abandoned? Invisible? I don’t get it.

I have a friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday. She told me that she ALWAYS wished she had been born on the 29th — “A Leap Year birthday is awesome,” she exclaimed! She felt cheated, because the year she was brought into this world was, in fact, a leap year. “One more day! Just one more, and I could feel unique.”

“You’re unique, trust me,” I responded. Still unsure of  her logic, I asked, “Why? I don’t understand — you get ripped off with every passing year; no cake, no presents. How can this be a good thing?”

Laughing, she responded, “It’s simple. I’d feel SPECIAL!” she insisted. “Not abandoned or invisible. And by the way,” she smiled, “I know I’d feel younger. Think about it, with each birthday celebration, I could subtract 3 years!”

Not sure her math was accurate, I went with her theory. “I guess LEAPING from one birthday to the next (four years later) has some advantages.” So, to those of you who have that SPECIAL Leap Year Birthday, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating today! And just think, four years from now you can do it again.   🙂

I digress — moving on to DIABETES!  The “LEAP” to which I’m referring, is a bold jump,  into making even better choices and a healthier lifestyle.  Are you thinking, “Weren’t we working on that already?”

“Yes, we have been, but I’m suggesting that we take a giant LEAP forward in the management of our diabetes.  MY LEAP will include:  testing more for the next two weeks, watching my patterns more closely, monitoring what goes into my mouth more carefully, paying strict attention to exercising (in my case, walking my butt off). LOGGING ALL OF IT.  What a pain in the …  Maybe, but this T2D can do it for the next two weeks.  I can do that. TWO WEEKS — one day at a time!  C’mon…

At the end of my two week marathon of healthier living, I’ll review what I’ve done. If my numbers are better, and I feel more energetic, my plan is to keep going for the rest of the month. When March comes to an end, I’ll determine if I’m committed enough, dedicated enough, to take the LEAP into April with the same regime. I’m counting on ME.

Let’s face it, what’s more important than a healthy lifestyle?

Want to join me?  TAKE THE “LEAP.”

Blood Sugar = 109      Weight: 150.9   WHAT????

 

 

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THOSE UPS AND DOWNS!

“ROLLERCOASTER RIDE” is how I’ve described Diabetes in the past.  Well, I’m on a wicked ride right now.  Ugh — the cravings!

I’m doing everything I know to eat properly, but I’m still being haunted by cravings.  Today, a friend, who’s an expert on alternatives, suggested that I try Essence of Grapefruit — “just a few drops on your finger — smell it.”  She gave me this recommendation after I had inhaled a cinnamon bun.  (Better to sniff grapefruit, my dear…)  🙂      Of course, I’ll be going out soon to scout out some EofG.  I’ll let you know. photo

The topic came up via a conversation on acupuncture.  I had accupuncture many years ago for severe pain in my elbow and shoulder.  It was a last resort and, I have to tell you, it worked!  So when another friend who was probably sick of my whining about the torture of cravings said, “How about acupuncture, it worked for you the last time?” I decided, Why not?

My yoga instructor recommended an acupuncturist, and I made an appointment pronto.  Last Wednesday I took the plunge.  I was slightly skeptical (I guess because I wasn’t doing it for pain.) and a little anxious, but I dove in. Susan, a licensed acupuncturist, explained everything — did you know there are various types of acupuncture? Chinese, Japanese, Korean  (probably more).  I was familiar only with the Chinese form. By the end of the session, I had 14 needles placed at various points — incredible.  She also threw in a little Reiki; to get rid of some “areas of energy.”  O.K., I’m game.  Before leaving me for what seemed to be about 15 minutes, she covered me with a FOIL blanket. (What???)  She said, “You won’t think you’ll need this now, but it will keep you warm.”  I wasn’t cold, but O.K.  Within a few minutes, I was chilly (What???).  Honest!  But that soon passed and I was warm again.  I guess, thanks to the blanket.

While horizontal on the table — needled and blanketed — I couldn’t help but think, You really WILL do anything to get rid of those cravings.  At end of the session, Susan placed two seeds (Vaccaria Seeds) that are imbedded in tiny bandaids, on points (on my ears) that relate to cravings.  Because I was having a wicked bout of allergies, she also placed a minuscule magnet (embedded into another tiny bandaid) on the “webbed” area between my thumb and index finger. I was told to keep them on until they fell off  on their own (they did — in the shower — in two days).

I have NO idea whether or not this will work, but the cravings are driving me up the wall, so I’m willing to try.  That was Wednesday morning and on Sunday morning, I downed the cinnamon bun. I have another appointment scheduled for Thursday.  These things take time.

There's always MORE than one way to do just about anything!
There’s always MORE than one way to do just about anything!

Keeping an open mind.  Remaining DEDICATED and DETERMINED!