GET BACK ON THE HORSE!

Bottom line — every time I fall off the horse, I simply have to dust myself off and hop back on!

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That’s diabetes — up down, on off.  Deal with it, Kathy.  As long as we can hop back on, it’s all good. Whoever said it was going to be easy?

Fact is, at the beginning, lo’ those many years ago, it was relatively easy. I was stirred, by the diagnosis. Determined. Now, I call it dedicated. It matters not. What matters is that we T2D‘s stay committed — regardless of what happens.

By staying dedicated to good health, paying attention to our bodies, and making good decisions, we’ll be on the right diabetes management track.

HAPPY 4th!

Let freedom ring across our land!

Celebrate the freedoms we enjoy every day. Today, may you have a great time at barbecues, fireworks displays, wherever you go.

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I’m counting my blessings on this important day and thanking our troops for fighting and defending our nation.

 

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Oh baby! It’s pretty hot here on the east coast, so keeping hydrated is important. REALLY important. I try to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of H20 every day. So far, so good. For some reason, I seem to be able to drink more water when I drink from a bottle instead of a glass. Why? I have no clue. But, truth be told, it just seems to go down faster. All I know is that it works — it’s just easier. I’ve been drinking water from the 16.9 ounce bottles which computes to a little less than 4 of those a day. Easy peasy!

Water comes in many forms and can hydrate us in various ways. Water in the form of oceans, streams, ponds, rivers and lakes brings serenity and nourish me. Whenever I’m relaxing by the sea I can only think positive thoughts. What a gift water is to us!

Physically we’re hydrated by the consumption of water.  An ice cold glass of water is incredibly refreshing and protects us from getting dehydrated. Just plain water! The consumption of water will help you to manage your diabetes.

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Water in a “stem.” (Paris)

Sometimes, this T2D gets bored with it but, there’s an easy solution. A wedge or slice of fruit adds a great taste to this beverage. Fruit-infused water is refreshing! It’s all good, no matter how you drink it and it’s certainly the healthiest choice you can make.

So folks, during this hot weather season, DRINK UP!

If Vegetarians Can Do It, So Can I!

I recently read an article in Prevention Guide. The theme was Sugar Detox Made Easy — yeah, right! 🙂

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I keep telling myself, you’ve done it before, and you can do it again. That’s absolutely true, so what’s my problem? Maybe, my issues are because I’m doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Isn’t that the definition of INSANITY!

My answer to that dilemma is to branch out, in terms of my research. I bought this magazine sometime in January. I’ll admit to skimming it; like that ever worked… This time around, I read it cover to cover and back again.

Author Aviva Patz wrote, Your Step-by-Step Detox Plan. In fact, she had a slew of helpful hints to formulate an action plan. Action Plan? I didn’t sign up for an Action Plan. However, her program consists of things to DO to help in dealing with diabetes, to overcome the addiction. She talked about the importance of writing down a Manifesto. WHAT? C’mon, I’m a busy woman. I don’t have time for this nonsense! And then, the little voice inside me reminded me that I always have time to eat cookies, and cakes, and candy, Oh, My! Developing a manifesto took about three minutes, and consisted of writing the pros and cons of quitting sugar, and the same for NOT quitting sugar. She recommends keeping your notes nearby for when that temptation creeps in.

Ms. Patz talked about replacing the addictive food with something palatable but not as unhealthy. Example: Fruit — still sweet, so it will stomp out the cravings, while eating healthy nutrients. (Be careful. There is such a thing as having too much of a good thing.) Easy does it — fruit will absolutely effect your blood sugar levels. The goal is to maintain a balance.

I’ll be writing about Patz’ article for a number of days. She presents some great healthy alternatives to poor choices, and I’ll be passing them along to you.

Of all her suggestions, one jumped out at me — why didn’t I think of this??? She suggests that we don’t use the words “I can’t” when sugar is offered to us. Sounds like my usual, “I can’t have dessert, I’m diabetic.” waaa, waaaaah, waaaaaah, poor Kathy… Instead of the “poor me” response, Patz advises us to simply say, “I don’t eat refined sugar.” Simple, to the point. She compares the dilemma to that of the VEGETARIAN who easily states, “I don’t eat meat.” She’s right! It’s a choice — OUR choice! It makes perfect sense. It’s empowering. The decision is ours and the words, “I can’t,” give away our power and weaken our resolve. It’s brilliant! Obviously, this is an easy change in behavior and will likely end with the person offering the sweets to back down. Sounds good to me. No more pity party when the host cuts the cake.  🙂

“I don’t eat refined sugar.” Period!

My sincere thanks to Aviva Patz for an article that was not only motivating, but also made sense.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do!

There’s NO getting around it, there are feelings of loss to breaking up with someone or something — in my case, that THING is SUGAR. I work so hard at detaching myself from it, whatever form it takes.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO — accept it. Listen to the words. Do they ring a bell, in terms of your carbs? I know, it sounds crazy. I’m serious, though, if you’ve had a long-term relationship with certain foods, it absolutely is difficult to BREAK UP!

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This T2D has been doing a lot of research about sugar lately, because that’s my downfall/addiction. Truth is, I can read about it ’til the cows come home but that won’t change anything.

Excuse me — I’m going to tune in to Neil Sedaka again, and think about it. I’ll be back.

 

BACK IN ACTION…

It’s as if I forgot how to type! Words mulling around in my brain, but not taking the time to sit down and connect with my laptop. Crazy. Well, I’m back in action!!!

My goal for the rest of this week (Yes, I know — 4 whole days!) is to post each day, in an effort to get myself back on track and stay there. Well, it’s still Wednesday, so here I go —

Wednesday is YOGA day! Truth is, I LOVE yoga. Another truth is, I HATE to go! Know what I mean? Getting dressed (big deal!). Driving there (another big deal!). Practicing yoga for an hour (yet, another big deal!). 🙂  Ridiculous, right? So what’s my problem?

While I was taking off my shoes, I asked another member if she enjoyed coming to class. Her response: “I HATE IT!” 🙂  We both laughed and agreed that it’s not the class that we don’t like, it’s GETTING there.  It’s all about attitudeIMG_3214and sometimes, mine leaves much to be desired.

The other important factor is motivation. Anyone who is a T2D should be motivated — to exercise, develop healthy eating habits, monitor blood sugar, etc. But, I confess, there are those times when I just don’t give a damn — and then there are those times, NOW, when I hop back on track and keep that train moving.

I “stole” this from Bill over at Simple Living Over 50.  Thanks, Bill!

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Isn’t it great?  🙂  I printed it out and taped it onto my mirror, to remind me every day that I AM motivated and need to keep developing those HEALTHY HABITS! 

That’s where it’s at for me.