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Overcoming setbacks

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!

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AARON261 7/24/2012 3:05PM

    @VALKYRIA I'd probably say on average around 210-220 carbs per day.

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VALKYRIA- 7/24/2012 12:29PM

    WooHoo, you sound like you are making great strides to controlling your diabetes emoticon!

How many grams of carb would you say you eat per day, on average? (just curious...i have insulin resistance problems so I am on a semi-low carb diet,but I don't check my blood sugar).

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KIMMYLOU2012 7/23/2012 5:30PM

    It is very good that you have started taking care of this disease. It is a VERY serious disease. A lot of people don't think of it that way, but people die from it if they do not control it. My nephew got it when he was a kid and only made it to 28 because he got lazy and tired of dealing with it.

Those you love so want to help you but only you can do this and I am vey happy to hear you are doing it! Keep at it. It will only make you stronger. You can do this for you because you want to be that strong person.

Ay time you need help reach out to us. We are always here!

Good going!

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SONIA260 7/22/2012 3:43PM

    It's amazing the progress that you are making...awareness is such a wonderful thing!

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HABROWN 7/22/2012 1:51PM

    Dealing with Diabetes isn't easy, but way to go on taking back control over your body. Keep up all the hard work it will pay off...and to a degree it already is. You are worth the time it takes to ensure that you live a long and healthy life not just for your family, but for yourself too. emoticon emoticon

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ANGELIQUE271 7/22/2012 1:03PM

    I have noticed a big difference in how you are about checking your levels. It is such a great feeling to see you taking better care of yourself. I love you! :)

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WUB #2 Electric Boogaloo

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! emoticon

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VALKYRIA- 7/20/2012 10:31AM

    Oh wow, 21 minutes of continuous running?! that is AWEOSME! emoticon

You and Angelique support each other so much and it's touching ;)

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SONIA260 7/19/2012 5:31PM

    so amazing!

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MSSTACYJ 7/19/2012 2:19PM

    Wow!! Congratulations on meeting some of your goals!! I wish I could run 21 minutes straight.... give me time :)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/19/2012 11:21AM

    So great when you hit nearly all of your goals, especially when it is as ambitious a list as yours. Congratulations!

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RRBSKI 7/18/2012 11:09PM

    Great Goals...Great Effort....all the best emoticon

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HABROWN 7/18/2012 10:45PM

    emoticon Aaron on hitting most of your goals. Can't be easy. Life is still happening as we are trying to implement all this new lifestyle changes. Congrats on your steady weight loss and I know that you will continue to have success. You have been doing great and creating some great new healthy habits. emoticon and doing all you can! emoticon

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Fitness Plan For this week + A recipe breakthrough today!

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! :) emoticon

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NANNBIRD 7/15/2012 3:04PM

    Sounds like a great plan, and writing it down adds accountability.

And pico de gallo is the best, adds all kinds of flavor for very few calories, a combo I've always loved!

Great job!

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SWALL84 7/15/2012 11:33AM

    I love your detailed plan! Way to go!!

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BET212 7/14/2012 10:52PM

    Your plan looks great! Love Pico de Gallo emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/13/2012 12:40PM

    Pico de Gallo makes everything taste better...except cheesecake. LOL! Nice blog.

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REYNOLDSREPORT 7/12/2012 11:09AM

    Great discovery! I'm going to try that recipe tonight!

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HABROWN 7/12/2012 2:20AM

    Another kitchen discovery to add to your love of the culinary. emoticon
Keep going with it cause variety will surely help us as we make healthy lifestyle changes no one wants to get bored with what we are ingesting and seek variety from unhealthy sources. emoticon Keep rock'n' with your kitchen expertise Aaron.

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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
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!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/11/2012 8:43AM

    Aaron, you and Angelique are the San Antonio Spark Team's Double AA batteries...you two just keep on going on full charge! Glad you are in a couple of challenges, one being the SA Team's as well as the BL challenge on your other team. Challenges and goal setting work well for most people and you guys are rocking them! Super big High Five on the no soda and adding more water...excellent healthy choice! Go get 'em!

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ANGELIQUE271 7/11/2012 12:27AM

    At least we can both try to keep the other in line when it comes to getting to bed on time. I know we can do this! *sigh*

I am so proud of you! emoticon

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HABROWN 7/10/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon on all you got done last week and are working on this week. Can't be easy hitting all those items, but you seem to be making some great strides toward your July goals. emoticon and before you know it those 15 pounds will be down for the count and you will be on to the next 15 pounds!

ROCK IT AARON!!! emoticon

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A Childhood Passion Reborn in the Kitchen

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! emoticon

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HABROWN 7/9/2012 10:53PM

    Cooking isn't easy and you seem to be making great strides with it. emoticon Keep it up and just keep moving forward.

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MSLEO88 7/6/2012 5:54PM

    You are making me hungry! Dinner sounded soooo yummy!!! My boyfriend sometimes cooks but he considers hot dogs cooking lol!

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BETHIEBOOPS 7/4/2012 1:59PM

    YUM! That sounds delicious. My hubby also has recently started cooking- I love it! He loves cooking ethnic foods- mostly North Indian Tandoori - and it is fun to try out all the different flavours. Plus, food made by someone else always tastes awesome.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/4/2012 7:59AM

    That's great! My husband does most of the cooking in our house. Neither one of us knew much about cooking when we got married, and in the beginning, we cooked together, but we have a big major difference in the kitchen: I'm a clean-as-you-go sort of person, and Jason is very scatterbrained when he cooked. eventually his style stressed me out and I left the kitchen to him. Which is probably good, because I'm incredibly lazy in the kitchen and probably would have done what my mom did, which is cook the exact same meals every week. Jason makes us all sorts of good stuff. Not everything works out, but most of it does. Plus, he's willing to teach the boys to cook. Our youngest decided he wanted to be a chef right around 5 years old, and he's done a lot with cooking over the last three years, and just now our oldest is starting to get interested as well. The middle son is only interested if there's dessert involved, haha!

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SWALL84 7/4/2012 4:17AM

    Dinner sounds delicious! When are the two of you having me over for dinner? :) And great job working in those freggies.

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ANGELIQUE271 7/4/2012 3:18AM

    Dinner was emoticon! It helps me so much that you are so willing to get in there and whip something up so that I can go for a walk and work up an appetite for dinner!

Thank you for being so willing to help me achieve my goals! You really are the best, and I love you!

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