Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I've turned the corner in my diabetes care. While I ma still on my medication for high sugar and high blood pressure, my blood tests came back stellar. So not only does it mean that my blood sugar has dropped dramatically, but it shows that the lipids in my blood profile are looking pretty decent too.
Today, I cleared snow from the driveway, and cleaned the snow off my car for 40 mins. It felt good to be active. I see myself making good changes again.
I am working on meal plans and eating according to plan. I am expecting to be off the diabetes meds in a few months. I'm stoked about this.
I've been gearing up for a summer trip to Gettysburg and this time I want to do a little hiking. I am working on getting a little less winded and more walking under my belt again. I am moving my focus away from weight loss, which tends to trip me up and instead focus on what healthy steps I can make - physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually - and see where that leads. Inevitably, positive steps in all of these directions lead to weight loss anyway. Go Figure.
Hope everyone in sparky land is doing well!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I know it's funny how I act that you are the last to know, but obviously you are the first to get the news. I'm coming clean that I have not been as committed to you as I desire, and I've let others get in the way of me taking care of you as I've promised in the past.
Here's what I did for you today. I drank a bucket of water, or something that felt close to it. I had a ginormous salad when I came home. I ate blueberries and a banana today. I ignored the pastries that were calling my name. I'm going to bed 2 hours earlier than I have been.
I stopped hating you for things that were out of your control. I decided to let you ask for some help and the biggie - I accepted it when it came along.
Here's what I am doing for you tomorrow: I'm going to get up early enough to make a breakfast smoothie. I'm going to have some time to feel organized in the a.m. and not rush around like a chicken. I am going to fit in more salad and opt for fruit instead of junk. I am going to make time for walking, even if I am so busy with the system crash clean-up, I will march in place....and under no circumstances will I ever, ever give up on you.
We're bonded for life. Thanks for always being by my side.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Um, before you try out the new concoction in the blender, maybe you should bite the bullet and taste the soymilk first. I made a lovely smoothie this morning, with blueberries, frozen banana and flaxseeds with soymilk, and then when I tasted it, I thought it seemed a little "off" - now it could be the flaxseeds because I have not put them in anything before, so i don't know what they taste like. I thought perhaps that the soymilk was a bit past its prime and now was not the time to be playing "chicken" with rancid soymilk. I had a vision of myself doubled over in the bathroom later, and well, that was enough to convince me to pour that sucker down the drain.
Instead I made myself a quintessential Pennsylvania treat - a pb and butter sandwich. For my butter, I used smart balance. It's light and easy, and a bit of an acquired taste, I guess. When I see my hubby making it, I turned up my nose, and thought what is that? But fast forward 10 years and I am making it, too. ha ha ha.
Reported fog and slippery road conditions made me get up a bit earlier today and get moving so I had time to re-do my breakfast. Lunch is a little lame-o today, so I may get soup or salad to complement what I brought.
Later today, I have the second candidate up to interview for the job. This guy is worthy of the role and I hope he interviews well so it makes it easier. I am still worked up about that other guy and the "system" that allows it to happen, but I need to work on letting it go. I have my own crap to be concerned about, I know. Luckily, I have a great and amazing boss, and I couldn't ask for a better manager. His office is also about a quarter of mile away from me - and truth be told, I wish he was closer. I guess that is part of the charm of being on a college campus of 500 acres. Lots of room.
Well, I need to get cracking on my work load today. I hope everyone has a super and Sparky day!
Monday, February 07, 2011
I did it.
I ate breakfast. I had a healthy lunch. I did not snack on candy. I drank my water. I went for a walk (in the sunshine).
When I was tempted, I prayed.
I am bouyed up by all of the inspirational tales I read on SP this morning.
It's a GREAT DAY so far! I am filled with encouragement!
Friday, February 04, 2011
I am doing it, but I am doing it kicking and screaming.
I have been struggling so much lately, and that is because I am surrounded by things out of control and I am powerless to stop life from spinning. This is nothing new. My reaction is a bit off kilter, and this is what I am working to change.
I can't fix my parents' health issues. I can only control my reaction to it.
I can't stop traffic irritations. I can only control when I leave to go somewhere and deal with conditions as they are.
I can't stop people from doing things I wish they wouldn't - I can only control whether I ignore it or obsess over it. I am working from changing these responses from these to just acknowledging them if need be and then trying to let them go.
I am getting in my own way lately. I have a lot on my plate (no pun intended) and most of it is there because I put it there (again, no pun intended - but it is very apropos.)
Just for today, I am not going to stew that a colleague is up for a significant promotion and I have to interview him for said position. Truth be told I am mad as hell about it - but I need to get over my bad attitude pronto so I don't say something stupid. Where is the girl that used to have such an open mind? I cannot remember what I did with her!
Just for today, I am going to find a way to walk for 30 minutes.
Just for today, I am going to cut myself some slack, and stop pretending that I can somehow be perfect.
Just for today, I am going to set up a plan and track my carbs.
Just for today, I will spark and remember how much I enjoy doing that.
Happy Friday, Sparkies!
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