Diabadass Life – Eye Health Edition!

I have way more than the standard number of health appointments.
And they are all usually way more complex than the norm, too.

This is part of managing Diabetes. This is part of doing what I can, when I can, how I can.

I have long said I don’t love all these appointments, or how invasive they can sometimes feel (I’m just being honest), and on occasion, it’s hard not to panic when things come back anything less than perfect and perfectly normal.

But I do love having this information at my disposal.
I do love that I have doctors who will explain things to me in terminology I understand, as someone who did NOT go to med school and someone who CAN get overwhelmed with technical jargon.
I do love that modern technology makes so much more possible; that the list of what we CAN’T do is basically shorter than what we CAN do.

And I do love that I have the means to take care of myself and my health.

I get it – health issues can be terrifying… but we are NEVER victims and we are NEVER powerless.

And THAT mindset is just as crucial as any other part of your treatment.

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World Diabetes Day

I never wanted to be a part of this club.

And honestly? I still don’t.

But… I am. That’s the hand I was dealt.

I am a Diabetic.

No, not just because I ate candy. Not just because I enjoyed bagels and pasta. The only people who think that are the ignorant ones not battling Diabetes.

Today, on World Diabetes Day, I invite you to open your mind and perspective, stop judging/blaming Diabetics, and educate yourself – the disease is truly WAY MORE complex than your suggestions to “just eat less sugar”.

I assure you, if it were that easy, that’s EXACTLY what we would do.

Be the LIGHT, be the ENCOURAGER, be a source of SUPPORT and a beacon of HOPE… but please don’t be judgmental.

To all my fellow diabadasses, keep fighting the good fight – we are all stronger than we think!

Truthbomb Tuesday – My Reaction Is My Path

•The way you treat me is your path. The way I react is mine•

This has been one of the hardest, but also most worthwhile lessons to learn.

Realizing that people can (and sometimes do) whatever they want, feelings and consequences be damned, is a tough pill to swallow…

But there is power in remembering that while we can’t control the ACTIONS of others, we can control our REACTIONS.

Attitude of Gratitude – Happy Veterans Day

I don’t like to think I can’t do something.

But I think most people know why I could never be a member of the military – for my safety and the safety of others, I think it’s painfully obvious that I couldn’t, with how poorly my ears function.

So as someone who has immense love and pride for her country and those who fight for it, I’m GRATEFUL to be able to show my love and support for the military on an every day basis, by showing up and bringing my absolute best efforts to my JOB!

Having been a Navy contractor in Newport for 11.5+ years now, I’ve worked with SO MANY amazing veterans and active duty military, and I consider it such an honor to put my pride and my talents to use for their use!

It’s all about perspective; maybe I can’t be in the military, but I can show my gratitude in other ways, so that’s what I do! 🇺🇸💕

Fit Tip Friday – Change Your Mindset

I am so often asked how I stay motivated and consistently show up.

And honestly, some days, I have NO IDEA how I do that, I just do. Those days are rare, but they happen.

Other days, it helps immensely that I have a friend/success partner/workout accountabilibuddy that’s on the same page as me, and pushes me to show up, and reminds me why we do it, and on days we can, joins me virtually to crush it together.

And some days, it’s the amazing group Sara and I run, full of amazing ladies who are also working on their best self, who are also showing up consistently, who also motivate, inspire, encourage and empower me.

But also, something that worked for me was changing my mindset from feeling like I ‘have to’ (as if wellness is a chore or something 🤦‍♀️) to feeling blessed to be ‘able to’.

I have PUSHED my body, and she is CAPABLE… and that is a GIFT, one I try not to take for granted.

And those rare moments where my mindset shifts from “get to” to “have to” I remind myself that there are people who are unable – perhaps due to disease, perhaps due to injury, perhaps due to another circumstance. And so it makes it easier to realize I am blessed to be able, and that becomes fuel to JUST DO IT.

When you change the way you see things, magic happens! 💕

Thankful Thursday – My Husband, My Chef!

Today and every day, I am thankful for this guy, for so many reasons, but today’s focus is on how he steps up and keeps me fed well. I don’t mind chopping and meal prep, but I don’t love cooking, and he always steps up and helps me out with my prep and all of our meals, and I can never thank him enough for it!

Marriage is a partnership 💕

(I should note he isn’t really a chef, but if you tasted his stuff, you wouldn’t know that! He has lived with 3 professional chefs who are all his best friends, so he has gained a lot of skills and knowledge!)

Whole Foods Wednesday – Why Are Egg Sammiches Not Good For You?!

I love food. Like, LOVE FOOD.

And breakfast sammiches rank hiiiiiigh on my list of favorites. And I could (and if my health wouldn’t suffer for it, would…) eat them every day!

But I don’t, because that’s not balance. When I start my morning with a good-for-me breakfast, most often, the rest of the day just flows much better!

I still enjoy a bagel (boy do I enjoy it!) or a breakfast sammich, because, BALANCE… but for me, my health, and my goals, that’s not the norm, and I’m grateful I enjoy, and my body responds well to, cleaner breakfasts!

Today: farina with a tsp of Maple syrup, cinnamon, apples and walnuts – so good!