Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I'm back after disappearing for a week. I went to Candyland and am coming out of the sugar induced haze that I've been in during the past week. Actually, it wasn't all chocolate and gumdrops but it feels like it, especially when I see my morning blood glucose readings.
I accomplished many of my September goals even after taking in to account that Hershey has been my corporate sponsor for the past few days. Their new diet plan is a handful of candy for breakfast, another handful at lunch and a sensible dinner. It works! Okay, it doesn't.
This month I am going to continue to focus on my blood glucose and keeping my A1C under 7 (last reading was 5.9).
One of my goals was to keep within an allotted carbohydrate range of 171g to 218g daily and I did well until last Thursday. I'm going to continue striving to keep within that daily range. Using the food tracker and pre-planning my meals helped me stay within this range until the candy thing. I will use these tools to keep my carbs in check this month.
I will test my blood glucose at least 2 times daily. Seeing those numbers on the meter is a daily reality check and a good way to monitor my progress.
I will exercise for 30 minutes daily 5 days a week. Exercise keeps my morning blood sugars low and gives me a sense of being in control. October is a traditionally busy month and this will also help me deal with stress (in theory!).
Last month I also created non-fitness related goals. A Spark friend called them "Spirit goals" which I thought sounded like a wonderful idea. Sometimes I focus on my health goals and between work and other obligations I forget about my own personal goals. The three simple projects I picked as my spirit goals have been accomplished and now I have a new scarf, a yoga mat carrier, and a tote bag for my gardening tools. Making things with your own hands gives you an opportunity to clear your mind of those little things that gnaw at you.
This month I have many obligations so I will not have the time (realistically) work on three projects to I picked one project. I bought polar fleece in a deep shade of red last year with the intention of making a fun weekend jacket. That fleece sat in a tote for a year. This month I am going to make that jacket. The fleece is now out of the tote, the pattern is cut out and I'll have enough fleece left over for a nifty hat and matching gloves (no pressure, maybe I'll finish them this month, maybe they will be a goal for next month, we'll see).
I'm ready to tackle my October goals. I'm looking forward to having a healthy, sugar-free month. I hope you have a wonderful month and meet your goals too!