Dr. Visit…

Ugh. I’ve not been looking forward to this.

Last week I went for my blood work so my doctor would have it prior to my visit. Friday was my appointment.

She was thrilled. My blood work was great. A1C = 6.6. She was happy, I was disappointed, actually, amazed!  “If you saw what I’ve been eating, you’d never believe that’s accurate.” Dr. G responded, “It will catch up to you, you know that.”  Yeah, yeah. I didn’t respond — she’s ALWAYS right.

For awhile now, I’ve been taking two Metformin instead of three. My goal is to get off them completely. The ONLY way to do that is to stay on track — no diversions. Lately, I’ve been the Queen of Diversions! 

A little over a week ago denial crept in (with a vengeance). I actually ate potato chips and onion dip. 😦  It didn’t kill me, but what a stupid decision. And then there was the pie…cookies… Yes, I didn’t fall off the “wagon” I took a deep-dive plunge. Ugh.

The good news is, I’m back to healthy choices. If I have to have desserts, I’ll be heading to my sugar free Jello or small portions of fresh fruit.

Just remember there is such a thing as TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING (fruit can fall right into that category!)

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Monitor glucose regularly

Obviously, I didn’t do too much damage, or 6.6 would have been WAY higher. I absolutely do NOT want to go back to 3 Metformin/day, so I’m re-committing myself again to staying on track — DAMN IT! It’s all about accountability, as always. There’s no hiding those numbers and not taking my blood sugar, is just plain irresponsible. I’m determined.

I know that when I’m dedicated and determined, I get involved in a project using my hands. I know when I do the artsy/craftsy thing, I won’t snack/eat the wrong foods.

I know that when I sit and watch TV, I’m putting myself at risk. Gigunda risk!!! I become bored and troll the cabinets for something “bad.” Rarely do I find anything, because I don’t buy the foods/snacks that I know I shouldn’t be eating. I wish I could tell you that I give up and go back to watching the tube. That would not be true. There are times when I cave. I’ve walked and driven to the corner store or the gas station for a candy bar to “tide me over.”  (I sound like a drug addict. Well, sugar IS a drug!) .

Diabetes sucks. Yes, it does. BUT, there are worse diseases, that’s for sure! So, I’ll be grateful and get back on the bike and do the right thing — one day at a time.

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This disease is one heck of a roller-coaster, that’s for sure. Better days ahead.

Back to DAY #1!

 

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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.  😦

Where Have You Been?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

So, notice the dates on my posts — I’ve been away for a while.  😦

Translation:  I fell “off the wagon” and have been eating myself into oblivion.

What a roller coaster ride this diabetes is!  Slipping and sliding.

But, I’m back on track and more determined than ever.

I started by:

  • having my blood work done
  • made an appointment with my doctor for next week
  • shopped for only the foods I should be eating
  • put my sneakers on and started walking again!

About walking. I do think that the horrendous winter weather played a part in my falling off the diabetic wagon.  (NOT an excuse!) Living in the northeast this winter, was not an asset in terms of walking — hard to do, if you can’t get out of your house. (Talk about slipping and sliding!) So, you can consider it an excuse, but no way was I willing to risk falling. I have 11 screws and a plate in my left arm, as a result of a prior fall, so no thanks! But, in my defense, I did start to walk the mall in the mornings. Any port in a storm — and it was ALWAYS a storm.

By the way, I don’t know about you, but my “storm foods” have always included potato chips and chocolate chip cookies. That’s what’s was in my wagon when I was online with other people who are stocking up on milk, water, and bread, just prior to a blizzard. Hey! We all have our “go to’s…”   (BUT, NOT ANYMORE.)

FINALLY, the weather is good again, so out I go. I’m best when I walk with a friend. Let’s face it, being accountable to someone else does keep us on track. It’s great camaraderie when you have a “walking buddy” — I highly recommend it. We discuss everything, but high on our priority list is health. She’s not diabetic, but is health conscious, so we discuss various ways to cook the foods we should be eating, and tools to use so that we don’t give in to “temptation.” Those evil carbs!

There’s something wonderful that happens in your head when you’re doing the right thing for yourself. It’s almost a feeling of euphoria. Yea Me! Crazy, but true.

So, I recommend that you pull yourself out of that chair, look squarely into the mirror and say, “THAT’S ENOUGH!

Make today Day #1.

Do the “RIGHT” thing.

You won’t regret it. Promise.