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Day 232: Clearing Things Up

Tuesday, August 20, 2019



"Stop apologizing. You don't have to say sorry for how you laugh, how you dress, how you make your hair, how you speak. You don't have to be sorry for being yourself. Do it fearlessly. It's time to accept this is you, and you gotta spend the rest of your life with you. So, start loving your sarcasm, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your unique sense of humor, your everything. It will make your life so much easier to simply be yourself." (Author Unknown)

Hello, my lovely friends!!!

Okay, it looks like we’re having a lively conversation about a couple of my blogs over the weekend. I want to clarify some things about what I put in those blogs. First off, thank you all for the suggestions on what to do, you ladies have a wealth of knowledge. A few weeks back I emailed my doctor to ask her about my numbers because the highest I get is around 127 and that is usually after I eat something. She had me come in for some bloodwork and my numbers are good and she took me off metformin. YAY! She wants me to come back in to get bloodwork in two months to see how I’m doing. I also have a diabetic coach calling once a week to talk about my numbers and to change things if needed.

Last week a nutritionist contacted me, and we’ve been talking about what to eat and what not to eat. Both don’t want me on a diet but would rather have me eat healthier. She asked me a lot of questions about what I like to eat and came up with a plan and because of my love for pasta she wants me to eat more of the Mediterranean. We talked about different diets and I told her I have a handful of different diet books that never seem to work. We both agreed that depriving me of certain foods never work for me and she said no to diets. The reason she likes the Mediterranean way of eating for me is because I eat majority of the time that way, but she wants me to choose healthier versions of foods. She does like that I’d rather eat fruit than any sugary sweet thing because I’m not big on chocolate, cakes or things like that. If I crave something sweet my frozen grapes or any fruit is better because it’s a natural sweet rather than something made.

So, speaking of pasta it seems you all think I’m this crazy carb freak and that’s a no. I don’t eat white pasta or rice and stopped that a year or more ago. I do quinoa or brown rice pastas and rice I’m usually a wild rice or brown rice. I probably have rice twice a month and pasta maybe three times a month. My Mom is not a pasta fan and I usually make me pasta on those nights when she just wants cereal to eat. My problem is the snacking because I’m up so late. I get bored and want to eat something. One thing that started working was keeping all food in the kitchen and then putting the alarm on at night because I can’t go downstairs without turning the alarm off that works. It’s the snacking late night that is the big problem.

I know that you all mean well and I appreciate it, but I know all about what a diabetic needs to do because my Mom has been a diabetic since I was 12. When she became one the whole family became one because we all changed the way we ate. It’s always been that way in the house. My Dad got a diabetic cookbook way back then and we all started eating that way. They never had special foods for us and then my Mom, we all ate the same thing. Maybe that’s why I’m not big on sweets because they were hardly ever in the house.

When my Dad died, I threw myself into taking care of my Mom and making sure she was okay. Things worked here and there, but something changed this year and I just forgot all about me. I never thought I was an emotional eater, but I’ve never been hit with something this devastating before. A couple of times a week I would snack on something late at night. I hate this, but I do know what I need to do. Some of you know that I love being organized with things and I’m already working on that. I have a new 2019/2020 planner and a lemon journal to write everything down. I’m also going to write down a menu plan.

Again, thank you for all the suggestions, concerns and support. I truly appreciate it so much. We all must do things our own way. My doctor was happy with what I was doing last year and talking with the nutritionist we have a plan for life and I’m happy with it. The good thing is I’m not so far down the road , but merely at the first road bump. I’m ready to get back on track.

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  • JANIEWWJD
    I think you're doing everything the right way!!! emoticon Continue taking care of "you", and may God continue to bless you!!! emoticon
    25 days ago
  • BUTEAFULL
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  • L*I*T*A*
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  • EDWARDS1411
    For the long haul, we have to find our own "live-it" - what works for one doesn't for another - and you're are going to find your very own special food plan!!!
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    26 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    You have professionals helping you so you are on the right track.

    Good luck.
    26 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You are a wonderful daughte.r So happy that you are taking care of your mother. emoticon
    26 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Sounds like you have things under control. Good!
    27 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • PACEKA1
    Yes, we must all follow our own path on this journey! Just taking care of my husband for 4 months led me to eating foods I hadn't eaten in a long time and sitting around waiting for him to need me rather than do the exercises I knew were important to my well being. Sometimes life just gets in the way. I'm so happy that you are getting the help you need. I'm one who believes all things in moderation and if I can't handle a certain food like that (french fried onions come to mind) then I only buy it for special occasions!

    Sounds like you're doing a great job of figuring things out!
    27 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Sounds like you have everything in place for this to be successful.
    Best wishes!
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  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    not saying a word about diet because i promised!!
    you have to do whats right for you.
    I have never been a diabetic. my endocrinologist put me on metformin to help me lose weight. i begged to go off when i hit 100 pounds lost. and then i stopped losing, and begged to go back on..lol. My GP said..the benefits of it are so great..there are many docs that put ALL their patients on it because it helps so much with other things...and she let me go back on it. I hate having to take meds, but thats one i dont hate.

    Had my own bloodwork and exam with my GP yesterday. she is so pleased. all my numbers were perfect...and she used the word "vibrant" when she said how i looked..then said..and trust me, i NEVER use that word, and from where you came from, never thought it was possible for you to improve this much. YAY!!

    Hope you have the same wonderful results!!
    27 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Thank you for the clarification, as being diabetic I worry about other diabetics. So glad to read you are off your meds and that you are making a wise decision regarding carb intake. I know I can preach and may be too much, but it because I truly care for your health, even though we are here in the cyber world of Spark. I have been reading your blogs for some time now, and I only want is best for you and your Mom. (Scooter too)

    I don't like anyone to be sick or in pain and have made so many many mistakes being diabetic. I wish I could say I was off my meds, but someday I will be there. All I can say is knowledge is power, and when you know better you do better.
    27 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2019 9:33:33 AM
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Good luck!
    27 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
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  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    Being knowledgeable is good but life events trip you up and make it hard to choose healthy. You have a team helping you so that you are not doing this alone.
    27 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    Great idea for the late night snacking!
    27 days ago
  • YMWONG22
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  • LOF7203
    Thanks for sharing
    27 days ago
  • LIS193
    You got help from professionals and your nutritionist will set up a good plan for you.
    Good idea about the alarm to keep you from late night snacking!
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    27 days ago
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