Friday, January 9, 2015

Diabetes Mine: Guest Blog

I am so excited to have had the opportunity to be a guest blogger with Diabetes Mine today. They are a great blog with tons of diabetes information. They talk about the newest research going on in the diabetes world, diabetes products, advocacy and much much more. I was so excited when I found their blog, and am more than grateful to be a small part of it. Be sure to check out my post: Running on Batteries in Her First Decade of Diabetes

Monday, January 5, 2015

Back to Basics - Blood Sugar Logging

I know what you're thinking, this is old, ancient even, but I decided to head back to the olden times to see if it will make much of a difference in my diabetes management. Remember taking better care of my diabetes management was a goal for January and 2015 and like all those people who sign up for gym memberships in the beginning of the year, I am reverting back to the olden age of logging. 

I also know what some of you may be thinking, "isn't there an app for that" and the answer is yes, several actually. But for me there is something about physically writing down everything down that works for me. It could be that the apps sometimes make me feel guilty or ashamed on a bad day, I don't know, but as of right now this is working great. 

So far, I am writing everything down that I can. When I wake up, what my numbers were, what I'm having for breakfast, the calories, proteins, carbs, and fats, everything. I'm writing down my workouts and their durations. I write my numbers before and after a workout and then what they are an hour after. I am hoping I will be able to see a trend of what exercise does to my blood sugars. 

Another huge plus is it is also helping me really see how many calories a day I am actually taking in and where those calories are coming from. For example, the other day I woke up, had toast and an americano for breakfast, for lunch I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and two angel finger cookies, and for dinner I had corn flake chicken, roasted red potatoes, and veggies. When I looked at that I thought to myself, where are all my veggies? One of my goals has been to increase my veggie intake and I literally only had veggies with one meal. It helped me to plan for the next day to amp up the veggies. 

For now, I like this ancient art of writing everything down. But we will see how long it lasts before I either switch to an app or give up completely. My hope is that it can stick and that I can take my notepad to my doctors appointments and have them applaud my OCD. Here to hoping! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New year everyone! I cannot believe we are are already in a new year. But I can honestly tell you I have high hopes for 2015 and am thoroughly looking forward to it. Every New Year the hubs and I sit down and make a list of our New Year resolutions, as well as, try to come up with a hashtag for the year. This years hashtag is #getfit15. It's one my friends and I have been throwing around this last month and we like it and think it's going to stick. The resolution we chose for the both of us is we are going to try to be more positive. 2014 was rough and started to really bring out our pessimist side and it wasn't the best. So this year together we are going to try to stay more on the positive side.

My goals or resolutions for this year is to get my numbers ready for baby. Family, please don't get too excited, I just would rather us be ready, so that when we do get to this point we are not waiting for me to get my stuff together. I want to be healthy and ready.

I am also going to work really hard on getting this blog going. I haven't put as much time and effort in it because it was more for me in the beginning. But the more involved I am getting in the Diabetes Online Community, the more I'm realizing I want to be a voice for people. I want to help encourage people who are on the verge of just giving up that they can do this. I am going to put myself out there more, sign up for more speaking engagements and see what happens.

I really am looking forward to this year. And I wish you all an amazing one too!