Sunday Well Spent – Food Prep

Food prep only has to be this huge production if you want it to be.

If you are like me and don’t like huge productions, or eating food that was prepared too many days ago, tackling just a few things will still set you up for success!

Since my husband usually handles dinner, which becomes lunches, I really only need to focus on the food I start my day with (because when I start it with the right foods, the rest of the day flows… when I don’t, my sugars are all over the place and as a result, my mood is too 😉)

This morning I focused on my fruits, steel cut oats with pomegranates or blueberries, and hard boiled eggs. When you pair that with bananas and other stuff that’s already good to go, you are golden.

And don’t tell me you don’t have an hour – you do 😉

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Tip Tuesday – Don’t Offer Unsolicited Advice About Diabetes

Saying this out of love, and out of recognition that most people mean well…

But… unsolicited advice, ESPECIALLY if you are not a Diabetic and have no idea what we go through, never goes over well.

Most of us are open for discussions and conversation, but offering up advice or opinions as though they are fact is just frustrating.

Truly most of the Diabetics I know are doing the best they can, and sometimes even thats not enough. I speak from experience when I say someone speaking matter of factly about how “if you just ate less sugar” or “eat less bagels” is not only insulting, but it is never that simple, ever.

I know you mean well, but unless you speak from experience and are down in the trenches with the rest of us Diabetics, please be careful about unsolicited advice. It often hurts feelings and makes us feel worse about where our health is.

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Motivation Monday – Be So Busy Improving…

I don’t have much else to say on this fine Monday other than this. There is being constructive, and being cruel/critical. If you aren’t gonna frame your message in a way that will encourage, empower, and lift someone up, there is no sense in the message.

We get nowhere by criticizing and cutting people down.

When you are about to speak words, think about how the same words spoken to you would make YOU feel, and then speak accordingly.

Remember, words have wings so speak good things!

Tip Tuesday – Cross Training Shoe Tips and Guides

Recently, I jumped in the market for cross-trainers. To provide some backstory – my whole life I have hated shoes and sneakers and anything where my feet weren’t free and unconfined. I get it from my mama, who is the same exact way. Sandals, flip flops, or barefoot. That’s my happy place for my feet. I wear sandals late into the season; I pretty much only don’t wear them when there is snow on the ground, but late fall, early spring, I am in them. People ask me all the time if my feet are cold. They aren’t. 🙂

But anyways, I do my workouts with the shoes I have (I can count on one hand the number of sneakers I have owned in my life, and I am almost 33…) but they cause pain on the sides of my feet, and I was getting frustrated. I prefer to workout barefoot, but I know that’s not safe, and I know as a Diabetic, I need to take care of my feet for now and for the future.

So, on the market I went for Cross-Trainers. Bought a pair, tried them, was almost in tears with pain, so I returned them. Either the sides were painful (I have slightly wide feet) or part of the show dug into my ankle bone. I tried several pairs, and I have yet to find one that agrees with me, but we are working on it!

But when I started my search, several of my friends and family members chimed in (I’m friends with a lot of fitness people, what can I say?!), and I got a boatload of good suggestions. A friend also recommended this link to help me Cross Training Shoe Tips and Guides – to help me figure out what the best shoe for me was, and I did find it helpful (despite my lack of success thus far, which is moreso due to my actual feet literally hating shoes, not lack of options and variety out there), so I thought I would pass it along in case anyone else is on the market for new sneakers 🙂