Sunday, July 22, 2012
So I wanted to make a quick blog about a setback I've been slowly overcoming. We all have them right?
Mine is Type 1 Diabetes, or more specifically, my control over it.
Before SP, I was very erratic with my blood glucose monitoring, and got into the habit of doing it only once oh say...a week. OR if I had a low blood sugar, or if my wife (bless her) made me do it.
I think my problem was I wasn't checking blood sugars for myself. It was for the doctor, or to show someone how I was doing. Now I can honestly say I check my blood sugar about 5 times daily and more if needed to make sure I'm on track. And I can totally tell I am. My Average blood sugar has been under 130 since I started SPs. I'm getting much better control and paying much more attention to what I eat and how I have to dial in my insulin on my pump accordingly.
Eating better, making goals, and exercising have all helped TREMENDOUSLY. If I want to beat diabetes I need all of the help I can get :).
Thank you everyone for your love and support! If you're diabetic, or know someone who is, let me know what works for you?
PS: Has anyone tried the diabetic nutrition tracker? I've heard the ADA guidelines for carb intake aren't the best. I've decided to take a week to use the normal tracker. The one cool thing the diabetic tracker did have was a goal range for each meal. Otherwise , I think the blood sugar tracker was broken (Seriously? I can only log blood sugar reading but can't log the time I ate here, just the type of meal? How is that accurate???) so I had to start tracking it on the "weight goals" page. You can do this by adding another measurement. They have two. Which is silly. One is called Blood Sugar and Blood Glucose. Speaking of which...I'm way behind on my logging.....I'll get to that soon. Good luck sparkers!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Alright, so I've had almost no time to blog! It's been really busy at work too this week, so no free time to blog. I've got a short window of time tonight, so I'm taking advantage of it!
July 2nd - 8th:
1) Exercise at least 5 times a week with 3 days of strength training. - I got plenty of exercise last week, hitting my goal except for strength training on my legs. Unless you count 30 day shred.
2) Keep sodium levels in the 500-2000 range. - Still doing awesome here!
3) Continue eliminating diet soda and caffeine from my diet. - I don't even miss it now! My water is all I need.
4) Eat a healthy balance of grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, lean meats etc. and still hit my calorie, sodium, fat, protein goals. - Last week was interesting. The BLC weekly challenge was to hit my calorie goals and my macronutrients, and somehow I did it! Angelique was a major help there! She helped me come up with some interesting snacks.
5) Run continuously for 30 minutes at one time. - I'm almost there! I ran for 21 minutes last week! :)
6) Lose at least 15 pounds. I lost about 1.4 pounds last week. It's still steady weight loss so I'm happy about that.
7) Try or create 4 healthy recipes - I did last week! It was a unique stir fry to the say the least ;-). Bok Choy, jalapeno, zuccini, onion, tomato, ground beef, evoo, a little balsamic vinagrette and lime. Turned out good! I'm staying away from soy sauce until we can figure out how to make the low low sodium alternative.
8) Build up enough stamina to get through the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred Video - I did the video two times last week, and I'm finally able to do every single jumping jack without stopping. This week my goal is to do it 3 times.
9) Get 8 hours of sleep each night - Didn't happen last week except maybe the weekend. It's ongoing struggle. This week is no different.
11) Maintain an average blood sugar reading between 80-150 - Doing great here!
I hope you are all doing well this week. If not, I hope it you feel better soon!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Hey all. I've got another goal for this week to have my exercise plan mapped out. I've already got it in my head but I need to have it written down, so here goes!
Monday > Run 4 Min/ Walk 1 Min x6 (35 min) + Walk at least 30 min at work or otherwise.
Tuesday > 30 Day Shred / Strength Training (Upper Body) + Walk at least 30 min at work or otherwise
Wednesday > Run 4 Min/ Walk 1 Min x6 (35 min) + Walk at least 30 min at work or otherwise
Thursday > 30 Day Shred / Strength Training (Core) + Walk at least 30 min at work or otherwise
Friday > Run 4 Min/ Walk 1 Min x6 (35 min) + Walk at least 30 min at work or otherwise
Saturday > 30 Day Shred / Strength Training (Lower Body) + Walk at least 30 min during the day
Sunday > Off
So what was the breakthrough today? I made one of my favorite concoctions. Pico De Gallo! If you don't know what it is, look it up. It turned out fantastic! And everyone who tried it with the chalupas we did for dinner loved it! It was my first time, and I did the ingredients from memory. Tomatoes, onions, cilantro, steamed jalapenos (fresh is fine), half a clove of garlic, and a little lime juice, and a teensy bit of salt and shook the fresh ingredients up in a container. Loved it! :)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ok Guys and gals. Hermanos y hermanas.Time for the weekly update!
It's the WUB (Weekly Update Blog) I'm doing for the BLC#15 (Go Dune Riders!). I posted my month goals a few posts back and now it's time to check back in and see how I'm doing after a week. I'll just put my progress next to the goal-
July 2nd - 8th:
1) Exercise at least 5 times a week with 3 days of strength training. - I exericised 5 times last week! Woo. But I think I missed one day of strength training. I'll fix that this week.
2) Keep sodium levels in the 500-2000 range. - Check! I haven't gone over my sodium in weeks thankfully.
3) Continue eliminating diet soda and caffeine from my diet. - Another check. And it feels great not being dependent on caffeine or soda. Water For The Win! Or I could say WFTW!
4) Eat a healthy balance of grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, lean meats etc. and still hit my calorie, sodium, fat, protein goals. - I hit all of my calorie and sodium goals last week. I did pretty good on protein and fat but I plan to stay perfectly within range this week.
5) Run continuously for 30 minutes at one time. - I'm getting there! I'm doing the spark 5k plan and I'm current running 4 min walking 1 every other day for 35 min in the morning.
6) Lose at least 15 pounds. I lost two pounds last week. I'll keep trying to push my self harder. Safety first though! Don't worry.
7) Try or create 4 healthy recipes - Check! I haven't posted anything but I did try to make:
Brown Rice Meatloaf recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=727519 which turned out great!
and I've made my own taco salad, and several stir fry blends of different vegetables, plus some stir fry salsa (weird right?). I'm branching out folks!
8) Build up enough stamina to get through the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred Video - I did the video twice last week, and though it kicked my butt, I can tell I'm slowly gaining more stamina.
9) Get 8 hours of sleep each night - I've only managed this on non weekdays. It's tough to get to bed at 10:30!
10) Get to bed by 10:30 on weekdays - Ditto. I'm going to recommit myself to this challenge this week. It will mean getting dinner ready earlier and getting the kids to bed by 9-9:30.
11) Maintain an average blood sugar reading between 80-150 - I'm very happy to report that my average for the last 7 days (according to my meter) was 121! Can't get any better than that folks.
Thanks for your support! I can't do it without you. :) And of course and I can't forget my awesome wife. You rock honey!
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Ok. Remember back in first grade, when your teacher asked you, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". I remember kids shout things like "a fireman!", "a cop!", "a forensic entomologist!". Ok so maybe not that last one, but I do remember what I said: "I want to be a frog!".
My childhood hero.
Well you may notice this post isn't about how I became a frog, or learned how to jump really high or go on a high-protein fly diet. It is, however, about my second choice, the profession I offered after a little scolding from Ms. Eickelberry, "A chef!", I said, "I want to be a chef!". Now don't ask me why I wanted to be a chef. My parents weren't the best cooks growing up, but I sure did love to eat. So why not?
My other childhood hero.
I think the first thing I ever remember making on my own was eggs. My mom let me crack a whole bunch of eggs in a frying pan and I wondered in amazement at how this clear liquid could turn white when fried. Though my interest in cooking was piqued, I was the youngest of 5 kids, so I never really "needed" to know how to cook. So I didn't. Not until I was about 12.
After becoming diabetic when I was 9, I used to receive a lot of random diabetic giveaways from diabetic camps and doctor's offices. I remember getting a spiral bound Diabetic Cookbook. So when I was 12 I got up the courage to ask my mom and step dad to let me make Tortilla Pizza!™ It was fantastic. We had to buy some of those hubcap sized tortillas, ricotta, mozzarrella, pasta sauce, and pepporoni. Now that I look back, I'm not sure it had much business being in a diabetic cookbook, but it was the first, and only recipe I made for a looong time.
Ok so you read that wall of text, and wonder, ok so how does this having ANYTHING to do with the title of this blog post? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? WHY ARE YOU TALKING IN ALL CAPS? WHY?
Well....my whole point is that I've never been a miracle worker in the kitchen or anything, but I do enjoy cooking! And not just grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter and jelly or oatmeal. Here's the kicker:
I've lacked confidence in my cooking abilities since I was little. Angelique is such an amazing wonderful out-of-this world chef that I've always kinda hung back and let her do all of the cooking or just go for the easy processed food stuff. Y'know, dinner in a box, or cuisine a la microwave. But since Angelique and I are eating the same food on the same basic diet, I now find myself in the position of cooking more often and branching out! Just tonight, I made the kids spaghetti just with spaghetti squash, and....they loved it. I've also discovered a passion for combining unique flavors or trying new things. The dinner I made for Angelique and I consisted of:
Pan seared boneless skinless chicken breast with a little lemon pepper followed by....
A mix of Spaghetti Squash, Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Nopalitos (cactus fruit), Mango, Zucchini, Mushroom, Spinach, Celery, Almonds all stir fried with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I also steamed a potato with some carrots and placed the stir fried veggies on top. It was delicious! We had plenty of leftovers.
I'm getting more and more used to cutting vegetables and I got the idea to add some fruit just to give things a different flavor. I love mango salsa so this seemed liked a good idea. My wife is also my biggest supporter. I'm sure I drive her crazy with my all of my questions...like "Can I really add this?" or "Do you like it?" or "Are you just eating this because you're married to me and you have to?". In all honestly It hasn't been nearly that bad. I am so thankful for my wife and her constant support and wisdom.
Oh wow, can't believe the time. It's already July 4th guys and gals! Happy Independence Day! Good luck out there in SP land!
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