Happy Friday!

Happy February, happy Friday!

Bloodwork today, hoping that it reflects the insulin is continuing to do its job, and if so, discussing the possibility of getting off the pills, as I don’t feel they did anything and I think everyone knows how I feel about pharmaceuticals (I realize and accept that I am now married to insulin for life…)

But if not today, we are closer; I know it!

 

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Flashback Friday – WHY

•WHY?•

The other night during a meeting, we were encouraged to revisit our WHY, and I’ll confess, it had been a while since I paid any attention to WHY I workout, WHY I eat sensibly, WHY I manage my stress and emotions, WHY I share all of that with you all…

I’d love to act like I just GREW UP and realized it’s time to take care of myself… but truthfully, there was something MAJOR propelling me into action.

The dreaded D word – Diabetes. (And yes, I DO still carry my original A1c around with me to remind myself how far I have come!)

Many people know that when I made an appointment with my primary care physician to get my blood sugars checked out after fairly alarming results at a work-sponsored health fair, I simply expected a stern “get your carb and candy habit under control”… I DID NOT expect to leave the office with a Diabetic diagnosis!

And so after that seemingly crippling information processed through my brain and my emotions, I sprang into action, because I’m a LOT of things, but PASSIVE isn’t one of them!

I plugged into LEARNING more about food and nutrition, I started doing workouts I ENJOYED – ones that left me feeling ENERGIZED, not annoyed, I plugged into a COMMUNITY of others just trying to be their best selves, and I made small but super MEANINGFUL changes to how I handle things mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

My ongoing challenge group and the community have played a HUGE role in keeping me accountable to healthy habits and I am so GRATEFUL for such a safe, uplifting, empowering place!

If YOU need that kind of love, motivation and support, we got you and would LOVE to have you; you are NEVER alone in anything you are dealing with, and we are ALWAYS better together!

You know where to find me 💕

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!

Diabetic Life – Switching to Type 1 Treatment

The saga continues…

Bloodwork today has me down to 6.8 from 7.3 in May, which is good. We have no idea what’s making the difference, but I mean, I’ll take it…

But starting now, we are treating my Diabetes as Type 1, not Type 2 as we have been for the last 8+ years.

Which means more needles. 😩

But Type 1 would make a LOT more sense, so while I do not at all LOVE the idea of needing to inject insulin into my body daily, I am opting to do so because doing everything right and not only seeing no progress but seeing things get WORSE is one of the most FRUSTRATING things I have ever experienced, so much so that I will VOLUNTARILY inject myself every single day if it means it will help me get back to controlled Diabetes instead of spinning my wheels.

I’m a lot of things, but a fan of “hamster-wheeling” isn’t one of ‘em!

So I’ll go back in a month to see if this new path of treatment is helping and we will reassess then, but I actually already feel a lot better knowing it’s likely not something I’m doing or not doing/consuming or not consuming that was contributing to such disastrous health results.

Fingers crossed this sets me on the proper path 💕

Sunday Shakeolgy

It DOESN’T keep me from never having the real deal (be it chocolate or cheesecake!)

It DOES help me keep most indulgences sensible, not whole-aisle or whole-cake style 😉

Look, small victories like that freakin’ matter – far be it from me to say it would work for everyone, but it definitely helps me keep this sweet tooth {{mostly}} in check!

Could you use some help with that?

Freefallin’…

Freefallin’.

That’s what I have been doing lately, at least nutritionally (and if I am being honest, in many other aspects of life, too…)

But nutritionally I have definitely been throwing WAY too much caution to the wind and not only am I feeling as such within my emotions, my body is feeling the effects too.

It started with birthday cake (what, I shared!) and then leftover birthday cake, and it just sent me into a tailspin – much more alcoholic beverages, much more candy (something I actually hadn’t had too much of in 2018!), just a lot more choices that haven’t nourished me.

The good news? It’s Monday and I am ready to get back on track towards making such indulgences the exception, not the rule!

Like anyone else, I have my moments of veering waaaay off track – but I have also righted my own ship many a time, so I know I can do this! 😊

Do you ever struggle nutritionally?

Tasty Thursday – Greek Zoodles

I love zoodles! This recipe gets about 4 servings – we got two dinners and two lunches out of it. It seems like a lot of zoodles, but they do cook down! I use my Vegetti for this, but a spiralizer will work!

It tastes even better the next day!

Greek Zoodles

  • 5 small Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Shallot or onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4-5 Garlic cloves
  • Cubed chicken, cooked (seasoned to your preference)
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives, halved
  • dried Oregano
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Lemon juice, to taste

Heat the olive oil, add shallots and sauté until tender. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté until very fragrant.

Add zucchini noodles, turn the heat up to Medium and season zoodles with salt, pepper and Oregano. Sauté the zoodles until they just begin to soften, then add olives and sun dried tomatoes, and continue sauteing until zoodles are al dente.

Add feta cheese and desired amount of lemon juice, add the chicken and then toss to combine.

Enjoy! So good!

Farewell to my fave doc!

Today I had my last appointment with this guy, my eye doc, because he is embarking upon the slightly slower paced life known as retirement… and I cried!

Because… little known fact about me, but I dread most doc appointments. Suffering a sudden, profound hearing loss in my Tweens, I was poked, prodded, tested, examined, and hooked up to machines CONSTANTLY growing up. I know, it all served a VERY good purpose, but as a young kid, it can be exhausting and overwhelming, too.

And especially, having lost one major sense, I was always VERY hypersensitive to my eyes, but this guy ALWAYS put me at ease with his manner, always explained what he was doing so I could understand, and never made me feel like a baby – I always got some laughs at my appointments with him and I mean, have we met? LAUGHTER IS MY HAPPY PLACE! A doc’s office doesn’t usually bring about such a happy vibe! 😊

I know, it’s silly, but it is what it is… He always made me feel much more relaxed, and I think that’s really an extremely important trait in a medical professional!

Do you have a doctor your life that you just adore?