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7 am and 80

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I'm back to checking my blood sugar pre-breakfast, in prep for a MD follow up visit this Thursday.

This morning, my blood sugar was 80! That is the lowest it's been in....since one afternoon when it dipped to 50. Most mornings I've been in the low 90's.

The weight loss strategy is working...I've lost over 10% of my body weight since being diagnosed in August. I'm tracking what I eat, most days. I have a fitbit to track my steps.

Exercise is still problematic. I did great in Las Terrenas...though I'd lost my fitbit just before we left (it had hid under the bed). I know walking into the village was 1k and we did that trip 4+ times a day.

Since returning I've yet to make a 10,000 step day, or about 5 miles. My best day has been over 8000, my worst...well last week I had 3 days of stomach bug and I didn't do much walking at all.

I've begun using light weights on my arms, and have watched the 1st yoga video - Foundations, for strengthening core. Now I need to actually do it.

My SAD has been pretty well controlled this winter. I had a couple of low days before the Caribbean; now, two weeks post return I'm beginning to feel signs. Signs like staying in this chair and my warm nightgown, sitting by my 'happy light' would be a fine way to spend the entire day.

This is check-in week, here, with my MD and with my spiritual director. I am continuing to take steps, in the right direction, the direction toward healthy living.

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REVSERENA 3/8/2013 8:32AM

    That is really awesome! Congratulations on your progress. I go to a yoga class on my day off. The class keeps me accountable. I have a hard time motivating myself to do yoga with videos. It can be hard to tell if I am doing things correctly, and I never challenge my self as much when there is no one to hold me accountable.

The day light is returning! Don't forget to switch your clocks this weekend.


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PYNETREE 2/5/2013 8:50AM

    emoticon You are doing great! Nice BG#'s. emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 2/5/2013 8:50AM

    You're doing a great job and are really getting in tune with your body and mind. Keep up the good work.

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/5/2013 7:32AM

  Great progress for you! emoticon

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DARJR50 2/5/2013 7:21AM

  Great job. I can't get my morning glucose under 100. My doc seems satisfied with how it is going so I am not gonna worry too much. Keep up the good work.

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Next move....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

OK...I'm ending the weekly check in's - feel I am getting a handle on diabetes, and am losing weight on a slow but regular basis.'s the end of October and after a week of 70 degrees and sunshine, the 'other' fall has hit Ohio. Rain, wind and 50 degrees. I'm sitting w/my 'grow light' (for SAD) on my right side, but no light coming in from the southern exposed window. Sigh. There will be more days of sunshine, but the truth is we are moving into late fall and winter.

Last Saturday I spent a wonderful almost hour walking, w/my smartphone playing my workout set (thanks to Spotify) and tracking my distance/pace.

Now....I'm a workout wimp. To be honest, I am more 'in my mind' than 'in my body.' Esp w/SAD coming on, I could hibernate the winter away, in my comfy chair, if not my bed. I have a Wii, and it is in the living room - same room as my comfy chair and where I work (no church office - I work from the parsonage). Walking in place just doesn't do it for me. We also have a Bo-Flex (used, from my husband's co-worker). I used the rowing part till I burnt it out and realized it was for bursts of cardio, not 25-30 minutes straight. No room or $ for a treadmill, eclipse or cycle. Or is that my excuse? It is at least a 30 minute drive to a workout facility (Curves, the Y or a private gym). Plus the $ factor. I've paid $ in the past, used Curves for 1-2 months, then had to pay for the rest of the year.

Now...I'm a workout wimp. SO am I using this change in seasons and in my mood/energy level as an EXCUSE to stop exercising, even though exercise is an IMPORTANT part of my physical/emotional/spiritual needs?

Now...that I've admitted what I'm facing, what will my response be? What will my next move be?

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PATTYKLAVER 10/27/2012 9:58AM

    It's hard dealing with SAD. But you've got the upper hand. You know you have it, you know what to do to combat it. And exercising plays such a great part in improving your mood. I've been a little lax myself because of the change in the weather (I live in Michigan, so I know what you mean about the change and how it can affect us.) Let's make a pact to keep exercising, even if it's just a little bit of walking in place or power cleaning the place. We can do this.

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WCI # 4

Friday, October 19, 2012

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon

Ran out of meds this week...a reminder it's been a month since my initial diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes

1) water +++++++ (dry mouth continues)
2) logging food ++++++ (a couple of dinners were too complicated, but I used notes)
3) exercise +++ (getting out walking is a challenge, esp as SAD is coming on )
4) education +++++++
5) stress eating +++++ (1 episode of unscheduled snack - pretzels - with in my calories for the day - not really stress, but wanted to eat while watching tv, and was tired)
6) weight +++++++ continue to lose weight...

I enjoyed a 1/2 cup of ice cream w/family last night - didn't have the sugar hangover I'd had a couple of weeks ago, but to be honest, it just wasn't that good. I'm enjoying sugar free snack packs of pudding - chocolate and Blue Bunny sugar free raspberry vanilla bars - both are portion controlled which makes it easier. I bought donuts for the family and had no problem ignoring them. emoticon

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REVSERENA 10/19/2012 2:24PM

    It looks like you are really getting the hang of things! Congratulations!

I am having trouble getting exercise lately too. It is a busy time, and it is easy to be "too busy" or "too tired."

I've started taking a probiotic, because studies have linked probiotics with mood elevation. I am hoping that it will help me have a bit more umph.

I hope the effort you've put into making adjustments become habits that keep you healthy! You should be proud!

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Weeky Check In 3

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good week! Feeling more energy!!!

1) water +++++++ (Thank God I love water - I'm noticing more of a dry mouth)
2) logging food +++++++ (SP mobile isn't the easiest, but I try to use it)
3) exercise ++++ (used Map My Walk when I was in Col Sat...easy to track distance and time, STILL need to do strengthening 2x a week)
4) education +++++++
5) stress eating +++++++
6) weight +++++++ (down a 1b and 4 oz from last week)

A tablespoon of hummus and baby carrots is a satisfying snack! Snacks don't need to be ice cream or chocolate based!! Go figure!

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REVSERENA 10/10/2012 10:31PM

    Excellent! Congratulations on a great week! emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 10/10/2012 11:09AM

    Though you can PRETENED they are..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weekly Check In 2

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon's been 12 days, not 7. Last Friday, we (DH and DD) were on a college visit. I walked, and walked and walked. :)

I'm feeling pretty darn good today. Using my light (SAD) - we are into day 2 of 4 forecast-ed for rain. I got meds and have been using...remembering a pill w/meals 2x a day has been a new habit to learn; I've forgotten some.

I used my blood glucose monitor 2x, one evening and one morning...106 and 109. My first try used up 6 test strips and 7 pricks....after the first 2 times, I've stopped testing. I'm still high, but w/in a tolerable range. Focusing on eating right and exercise for now.

I've been making good food choices! Ate out a lot over the 3 day, 2 night college tour trip, plus it was my birthday on Sunday. NO birthday cake, but we went out (Olive Garden). I ordered the salmon and took half home, which was my dinner later. Enjoyed a Light Strawberry Lemon Drop as a drink.

On the trip we visited a huge chocolate store in South Bend; I bought some very expensive sugar free chocolates which I enjoyed as a birthday treat. To tell you the truth, I find one Ghiradelli's dark chocolate square much more enjoyable.

1)water +++++++
2) logged food ++++++ (missed a bit while traveling; I have SP's mobile app, but it is slower and more of a challenge to log)
3) exercise +++ (walked a lot but haven't done the strength building exercises)
4) education +++++++ (learned to use the monitor, still reading and learning hints)
5)stress eating +++++++ (none the past 12 days. If I've chosen a sweet, it's been small, low or sugar free and w/in my available food ranges)
6) weight +++++++ (down another lb this morning)

I met w/my spiritual director last week and discussed how sometimes I feel this self evaluation is 'selfish' and 'self-indulgent.' She reminded me, and I do know that self care isn't selfish, it is necessary to be able to be present for and to care for others. I'm tracking and checking in weekly as I'm learning a new way to live.

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PASTORJO 10/10/2012 10:09AM

    Revserena - Thanks for your honest and blunt comments - I will remember to come to this week's blog and re-read them when I need.

I sometimes 'forget' - not really, but it isn't forefront- how much my actions and attitude affect the congregation and community. I remember during crises - but not always everyday.

This is a 'crisis' for me, in that it is changing my life. How I'm responding is modeling self-care for others. When they see me make healthy snack choices, or intentionally go for a walk, perhaps others will be encouraged. I know I'm encouraged by others - heck, isn't that in part why we are on SP?

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REVSERENA 10/10/2012 9:38AM

    I'm with your spiritual director. Especially as you are adjusting to a new but necessary regimen to maintain your health.

As a pastor, I'm sure you have seen the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. The consequences don't appear immediately , but over time there are devastating health effects. There are the big obvious things (like amputations), but the more subtle issues like slower healing and heart disease risk, are also debilitating and can rob a person of the ability to be productive and care for others. The time you invest now in developing a lifestyle that keeps your blood sugars in check will literally result in more productive time to serve (rather than needing others to serve you) in the future.

I believe that it is not selfish, but good stewardship of your body. Further, I would claim that it is selfish to ignore self evaluation in favor of more immediately rewarding activities (like doing for others!)

There will always be more that you can/could/should/would do for others, but without the balance of self care, you will, in the long run, do less. Invest the time without apology, and recognize that you are setting a good example for others of appropriate stewardship.

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