Sunday, August 14, 2011
It is thrilling when I see the positive steps I am taking actually make a difference.
I willed myself not to eat after dinner last night, and the resulting payoff was a pre-breakfast 93 blood sugar reading this morning.
That is awesome. My range should be between 90-110. 93 is awesome!
It is one of the things that I can do to control my sugar.
What do you do for yourself that results in a visible payoff?
Saturday, August 13, 2011
We're on the tail end of our vacation, even though we have traveled home already. We went to a restaurant that we really liked that just came to our neck of the woods. They had many things on the menu that fall into my trigger zone, and indeed, I thought about them.
This is where my progress shows up. When I could say, "not now" and have a decent salad instead with grilled chicken. I still enjoyed my meal, but I did it without fries, and without sweetening my tea. One of my newest challenges to myself is to lay off the artificial sweeteners whenever possible. I normally add splenda, or something similar, but not today, just fresh lemon. I lived. ha ha.
I didn't choose the salad as a second best thing. I chose it because I thought about whether the momentary pleasure from something cheesy would help me in any way, or would it just add to the struggle I already feel walking around and clogging my arteries. I am a cheese-a-holic, and mere mention of the word, "melty" is enough to put me into a moment of delight and delirium. Not today. I chose differently. It is a happy moment when you can pat yourself on the back for making a good choice, and even resisting stealing any of your DH's fries.
I know (and recall from past successes) that the only way for me to win, is to stop and think it through. One day, it will be second nature, but for now, I will just stop, and think and choose.
How do you make the best choices, sparkies?
Friday, August 12, 2011
I knew better. Truly. I was just not paying attention to the label, and I polished off the remaining sugar free caramel popcorn in the bag. Calorie-wise, it could have been much worse, but stomach wise, digestion-wise, and pardon-me, gas-wise, oooh there were much better choices.
Please feel free to take a page from my lesson book:
READ THE LABEL (don't assume sugar-free means eat in large quantities....
PAY ATTENTION --- I do know that sugar free goods can often cause gastrointestinal distress, but I was not paying attention, and man, did I suffer later for it.
I was away on vacation, but ended up with a wasted, painful, unpleasant day and evening, all because of my ignorance and my little friend, maltitol.
Be advised, be forewarned, be afraid. ha ha ha
I am "back to normal" now, but in the interim, that was one ugly evening.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
This morning, (in the words of my DH), I stalled. Like a motor puttering along. I could not quite decide if I was going to slip back to bed, or stay on my tight timetable and get up and go lift weights.
I hesitated. It would have been momentarily nice to slip back under my cover and hide out for a little longer. But I had a choice. I could take that option, or I could get up and go. What were the consequences?
Well, here's the thing. No one cheers for you if you go back to bed. But you get up, move around, pump some iron, you have a whole bevy of buddies cheering you on.
That, and the energy you gain from going.
and the satisfaction of the accomplishment of knowing you are on track.
So that is the choice I made. I did it. I got up, worked out and I still have some time to myself before church and the rest of the day kicks in.
What choice are you going to make for your yourself today, sparkies?
Friday, August 05, 2011
I read someone's blog recently about a cheating hubby and it put me in a dark frame of mind. While I did not get cheated on per say, I did have that sense of loss and betrayal. It's behind me now, and it happened over a year ago, and I was very vocal about the situation and how I would not tolerate that kind of thing in our marriage. I sometimes can't help but think about how it impacted me, and still does, despite time healing wounds to some extent.
I can't control how someone else acts. I can only control myself and my reaction to what happens. I look to the serenity prayer and there is wisdom in those words. God, grant me the serenity. That is not easy to come by: serenity. But, I found it. And you know where I found it? On a bike, in the middle of an interval. In a place where I was absolutely busting my rump and giving it all I had and thensome to push through. Sure, I wanted to stop but I dug in deep and pedaled on. In that moment, (yesterday), I knew I absolutely have all of the strength in me I need to do anything I want.
Operation Go Me is born.
I am celebrating myself for all of my achievements: big and small. In fact, there is no small achievement. They are all good.
I put up a new set of numbers identifying our address. They look good! The old numbers were falling down and as any fireman will tell you, if they can't find your address, they can't find you. This has been on the hubby's to do list, and while he did make an effort, they still fell down. I did my own thing today and voila! GO ME!
I mailed a letter to a sick friend. Go Me! (keeping the post office in biz one letter at a t time!)
Watched my DVR'ed Shark week specials: Go Me!
Did some Wii Country Dance: Go Me!
Sparked: Go Me
Well I think you get the picture. Do not let another person, place or thing set your self worth. That is up to you.
It's up to you to say: Go Me!
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