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Back from Candyland & Ready to Tackle October Goals

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!
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    emoticon Job,better to do the jacket than never! It's always a healthy positive thing when we begin and finish things no matter how long it takes,these are healthy habits that will help us in the future.I hope you had a wonderfully successful healthy October! emoticon Diana emoticon
    2310 days ago
    You can do it! emoticon
    2316 days ago
    Good for you, getting back on track. We all "weaken" sometimes but it takes real strength to just get back and do what has to be done!
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    2330 days ago
    In the big picture you did great last month. emoticon
    2333 days ago
    My only goal this month is to get my blood sugar readings under control. I am not worrying about weight or even fitness minutes right now. I know fitness is important but I am not going to stress about missing a few days now and then. I feel better and do better when sugars are controlled. So I am right there with you. Keeping my hands busy with crocheting baby blankets for baby showers at school.
    2333 days ago
    Sometimes we just need a break. emoticon Glad you're back and ready to work at managing the glucose, etc., again. I love the idea of "spirit" goals, that's a great way to focus on accomplishments other than the usual ones of diet and exercise. Have fun making the jacket! Would love to see it when finished!
    2333 days ago
    Cool! Seems like you are back on track after a short hiatus! You can do it. Love your attitude! emoticon
    2333 days ago
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