CINEMAVEN's SparkPeople Blog CINEMAVEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The good, the bad and the ugly I just returned from a cruise and weathered Christmas with no excuses. 9 months ago, I just accepted that holidays meant weight gain but now, it's a fun excuse to buy new size 14 clothing and to put on my swimsuit. <BR> <BR> I've had so much support from friends and family but there are those who just aren't happy about my changes. This weekend, I visited my sis in law for the first time since my diagnosis of diabetes that changed my life. I got out of the car and my bro in law was shocked..... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:11:02 EST Size 14! It's been 9 months since my diagnosis of diabetes and a lot of changes have taken place in my life. I am now a person who pretty consistantly eats correctly and who exercises. My body has gone from a size 22 to a size 14 but my mind hasn't quite made the leap. <BR> <BR> Today, I was shopping at Jones New York, one of my favourite shops for splurging in. I was happily digging through the sales racks when the saleswoman came up to ask if I was searching for a gift for someone. I smiled and sai... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 01:59:15 EST Diabetes - A life sentence! Yesterday was my third Endo appointment and 4 1/2 months since my diagnosis of diabetes. Because my introduction to diabetes was such a dramatic one (70.7 mmol/l -1272.6 mg/dl) and according to the doctors during my five day hospital stay, a near-death one, I came home feeling very lucky and grateful to have survived what many do not. I was determined, for the first time in my life, to make diet and real exercise a priority. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got to the office for my appointment and the... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:01 EST Splurging bigtime and still meeting my goal I'm having an emotional day and really felt like a splurge but, as an insulin dependent diabetic, the splurge has to be within the parameters of my diet so I grabbed my iPad and went looking at the A & W page which is my favorite guilty pleasure other than chocolate. Turns out, a Whistle dog and a diet root beer float have 50 grams of carbs so once I've given my dog her large dollop of the ice cream, I'm right at 45 grams which is my normal lunchtime amount. It's 592 calories which is about 1... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:57:17 EST Diabetes... daily I've only known about my diabetes for four months but my diagnosis put me right into the deep end and I've been very diligent at making the changes to my diet and sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My Endocrinologist has been very happy with my successes but concerned with my too frequent low blood glucose and she insisted I purchase a medic alert bracelet. I've only had my bracelet for a few's stainless and I opted to get one with the alert symbol and the word diabetes on the front a... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:22:33 EST 50 Shades & other masochistic endeavors The voice in my head is sometimes cruel, it looks through my eyes and only sees the negatives. It growls and tuts and shakes my head as it tries to convince me of the futility of this journey. I don't believe it as often these days but last week, while I was all alone and lonely in a house with a LOT of mirrors, I listened long enough to go to the bakery and buy myself a rum ball (think monster rum ball...the size of a fist!). I ate it...damn, it was good! It's the first treat I've had in thr... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:10:03 EST A pound of butter When I started this journey, I had to move three pounds of butter to my freezer because it became very apparent that we wouldn't be eating them any time soon. Coincidentally and thankfully, I had just (only) lost three pounds after two weeks and I was wondering why it wasn't coming off faster since I was working so hard. <BR> <BR> I held the butter, three pounds stacked together and it suddenly hit me that the butter was exactly what I'd lost. A pound of butter is a very substantial thing. A... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:21:59 EST YTV Zoink'd <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's official, the YTV network is bringing back their hit new game show for another 22 episodes. If you know someone with a wacky talent in Ontario (or Canada... I'm not sure how far they go to find talent) who doesn't mind getting slimed...check out the link before the end of August. They're also looking for new kid judges and are auditioning. <BR> <BR> This show has the cutest host of any show on tv! (lol...and he'd kill me if he knew I was sa... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:38:55 EST It took me so long to get the Spark.... It makes me blush to see the 2007 date as when I joined. I joined, poked around and left. In the beginning of 2011, I came back... This time, I actually started doing the work and over 6 wonderful months, I went from a size 22 to a 16 and convinced two of my sisters to join. I tracked my food and began to really understand portion sizes and how much my body needed balance. Everything was going great until I started feeling unwell...I wasn't sick...I was tired and tuned out. I still ate quite ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:50:42 EST Friday the 13th... Lucky in love It was a Friday the 13th almost 34 years ago that I tricked the boy of my dreams to take me out on a date. <BR> He was a soccer player...I first saw him from the back and ohhhhh that butt!!! He was just so yummy. We were in our last year of high school ... I was new, he knew everyone... I was hippy-dippy, he was a jock. <BR> <BR> I surreptitiously checked out where his locker was and talked a girl I sort of knew into letting me move into her locker beside his for a few days. I skipped a few... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:54:12 EST My 45 minute walk takes 25 minutes now Since starting the diabetic 8 week challenge, I haven't lost much weight ...3 lbs. in three weeks (and none this week) but the changes are so much bigger than weight loss. <BR> <BR> I went for my walk today. I've been playing the jogging game on my wii and walking 5 miles a week at a local park as well as walking the dog. Today, I went for my usual walk on my normal route. When I started walking a month and a half ago, the circuit took me 45 minutes with me walking what I thought at the tim... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:00:19 EST Hypoglycemia and exercise My body is determined to make things difficult. Just when I think I've cracked the code so I can exercise, I bottom out and have to go back to the drawing board. <BR> <BR> I've reduced carbs and insulin with the blessing of my endo. I get about 100-120 carbs a day and my insulin has gone from 12 units to 8 units (7 units before swimfit). <BR> When I walk, I take a snack of nuts or raisins or a power bar so my BG doesn't make a drastic drop and when I do my stretch band exercises, it's at h... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 23:35:04 EST Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts.... It's been 2 months and 2 weeks since I was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes. It was a shock because my BG numbers were great 2 years ago when I had my last test. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I was sure that diabetes meant the end of good eating and treats but 2 1/2 months in, I'm blown away by how well I'm eating compared with how I ate before. Fresh fruit and veggies, stir fries, delicious chicken dishes and so much seafood. <BR> <BR> I start each morning with either a cup of cere... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:33:05 EST On the road again... With a new passenger (diabetes) This is the 2 monthiversary of my hospital discharge as a brand new diabetic. <BR> <BR> I thought I had the flu. I was severely dehydrated for days culminating in my passing out, vomiting and being rushed to hospital. The lovely guy in triage pulled out a glucose testing meter immediately and when the message said "higher than our maximum range" he rushed me in for blood testing and intravenous fluids. My endo says I'm a type 1 1/2 because I presented like a juvenile with a bs of 70Mmol (12... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:16:30 EST The last time I was this weight... I stepped on the scale this morning and did a little happy dance. I'm so close to leaving obese and merely being overweight. Another 10lbs, another victory. I crowed to my husband and my son and I've spent all morning smiling. <BR> <BR> Thinking about how much has changed since last year when I had slipped over the threshold from obese to morbidly obese, I suddenly remembered how I felt 10 years ago at this weight. I buried myself in the number and let it drag me down. I used this number as ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:04:03 EST