Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Perfect Week


In an episode of How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson does an interview where he is talking about having a perfect week. Of course in Barney context, its gross and nothing to really brag about. But for me my perfect week is. 

I recently, started to watch what I was eating in hopes of losing some weight by swimsuit season. With my new diet, I have created a daily food routine that so far has proven successful. Fingers crossed that I can keep it up. Little did I know that another benefit would pop up in the midst of my new diet. That's right, my numbers decided to get in line. Now, don't get me wrong my A1C has been pretty good these last few months, however, my weekly numbers tend to looks like the Rocky Mountains when graphed. 1

It all started on the first day of my diet. I checked my blood sugar as I usually do when I get up and per usual I was in the 90's range. Then after breakfast before my midmorning snack it was time to check again and behold 113. Again, this is all routine, my morning numbers are usually in the happy face range of the blood sugar chart. Very rarely is there a morning spike. The real trick is to master my after lunch numbers those are the ones where I tend to have trouble. 

I checked my numbers again before lunch and again I had a great number! I bolused for my lunch and prayed for more good numbers. Two hours after lunch my pump alarm rang and with a little hesitance I checked my numbers. To my surprise they were right where they needed to be! I stopped and rejoiced for this was indeed a rare thing. I couldn't believe it my first 4 checks of the day were immaculate, all I could do was hope they continued. 

Dinner was approaching and again I was nervous. I drew a drop of blood and again my numbers were perfect! I have to stop watching this show...the Sexless Inn Keeper episode is on in the background while I write this which is why I think I'm beginning to rhyme. But enough of that. The evening continued and my numbers stayed perfect I couldn't believe it I had 6 perfect numbers! 

This was just one day of the week and I couldn't help but fear that this would be a one time thing. There is always at least one number where I don't want it to be. Then the week continued, and the perfect numbers kept coming. I checked my meter because I thought for sure it must have been broken. But thankfully I learned it wasn't, I had just achieved the unthinkable thing in my diabetes world...a Perfect Week! Now, to just show my doctor. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

My New Diabetes Diet



I hate dieting, cleansing, and anything else depleting me from the things I'd like to eat. But after looking through my vacation pictures I realized it's time to do something. Of course the first thing I did was look online for answers because the sacred Google seems to know everything, but after researching the newer dieting trends and miracle pills, I decided to heck with dieting because we all know I will binge later and hate myself. So why not just eat better?

The first thing I did was sit down and make a goal. Now the thing about my goal is it had to be doable, because for me, if I fail I will give up altogether which is something I don't want to chance. My goal is to just lose 5lbs at the end of each month. I know, pretty basic right? But for me this was a number I could handle. It has taken me time to put on my weight I can handle taking just as long to get it off. I mean, really, when you think about it summer is 7 months away and if I stick to this goal and am successful thats 35lbs gone by swim suit season! 

Then I made an action plan. The only diety thing I am doing it watching everything I eat. Making sure that I eat more vegetables, and that I watch the sweets. For breakfast I am currently enjoying a spinach and kale smoothie (You can check out my recipe below). For a mid morning snack I'm having a small handful of almonds or if I feel like I need a little something more I am having about 4-5 pretzels with my homemade hummus. For lunches I am on a huge soup kick. I have been eating minestrone, chicken tortilla, and when I want to splurge a little, I have been eating Panera's Fall Autumn Squash. I could literally eat a vat of it I love it so much! In the afternoon I have another small snack it's usually hummus or nuts depending where I am at hunger wise and for Dinner I make a basic meal that coincides with the plate method or that I steal out of my Diabetic Living magazine. 

Then of course I made a goal to work out at the end of each day. Some days I go for a run right now I can manage about 3 miles, but I am hoping to build that up. On days that I am not running, I do a 30 minute workout at home. You will not believe the amount of workouts there are on YouTube, what did we do before the internet? I'm being sarcastic...don't worry. I usually have a day or two where I skip my workout, but on those days I still try to keep active and avoid sitting on my couch. I'm pretty sure that it has some sort of magical powers because as soon as I sit I turn into a sloth. 

So far, I am hitting my goal for this month and I think that my success has come from the fact that I am not denying myself the things I want to eat. If there is something I know I shouldn't eat or that is high in fat or calories I take a small piece of it and walk away. Or if I know that I am going to get a good workout in the evening, I may splurge a little more. But for the most part, my self control has been awesome. Lets hope this works and that I can honestly show and tell you guys my success in May. 


Spinach and Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

Almond milk
1/2 of a banana
a handful of Kale
a handful of spinach
1/4 cup frozen fruit (I prefer the tropical mixes)
1 Tbsp of flax or chia seeds
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Take all the ingredients and throw them into your blender and mix until your desired textured has been reached. 

The carbs I have been entering on my pump for this has been around 20-25. For me this has been successful, however, you may have to tweak your numbers for the first few to see how your body does with this as a breakfast option.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Disney Vacation

Last week we went to Disneyland. This is an annual trip for us, we usually go closer to the hubs birthday and our anniversary, but decided we wanted to avoid the crowds this year and go a little earlier. My favorite time of year at the park is Halloween Time. When all the Fall decor comes out, it just makes Disney come alive.


We arrived at the Disneyland hotel, got settled into our room and decided to get our tickets. I finally broke down and got an annual pass which, I had been a little reluctant on due to the cost, but was honestly worth every penny. The hubs and I decided to head into the park that night and enjoy a couple of rides before we headed back to the hotel. The freedom an annual pass brings is intoxicating. There isn't an obligation to do as much as you can to get your moneys worth. You can just relax and enjoy the park.

Any time we go on vacation I usually blog about packing with diabetes and blah blah blah...making sure you're prepared for everything blah blah blah...But this time I realized that sometimes the thing we really should talk about is eating while on vacation and managing your diabetes. We are definitely out of our eating routine, and definitely eating things that make our blood sugars go crazy, but hey, we're on vacation, let us eat like kings! 

I try to make the right choices during vacation, but sometimes, there are just those Disney treats you just have to have. For breakfast the hubs and I did great, we went to Starbucks and grabbed a protein pack to get us off to a good start. Then as the day went on the Disneyland treats starting calling our names. This is where having an insulin pump comes in handy. I am all about the dual wave bolus when I eat terrible things. I can give myself a little bit of insulin in the beginning of my meal and program the pump to give me the remaining amount a couple hours later when my body will need it. For example, One of my favorite places to go in Downtown Disney is the Jazz Kitchen the food in general is fantastic, but the beignets are even better. Because they are fried, it takes longer for your blood sugars to rise so using the dual wave bolus helps me balance out that huge peak that comes on a few hours after eating.


The hubs and I did alright with food. We probably ate more of the bad stuff than the good stuff, but hey it's vacation. Of course I am feeling it and seeing it now, but when I was eating it, it was worth every minute.

Our anniversary trip came to an end on Thursday, but our Disneyland girls trip also started on Thursday. That's right I had another three days in the park! Do you see why an annual pass was a good choice...it basically paid for itself during the week. All the ladies arrived and I was so excited to see them. We always begin the weekend by going out to dinner and celebrating being together. We chose to eat at Tortilla Joes that night which is a nice little Mexican restaurant that I love, but that also means making sure to bolus smart.



The trip continued with loads of Disney fun and of course Disney food. I stuck to my protein packs in the morning, and threw a Nutrigrain bar in my purse for a mid morning snack. Splurged on some places and skimped on others. But was able to manage my blood sugars well. It was definitely a world-win week, but totally and completely worth it.

 

After the girls trip came to an end (tear). My sister-in-law wanted to have lunch at the Anaheim Packing House. I was so tired at that point I didn't care what I put in my mouth, but then I walked through the doors and was a new world. There were so many options it was hard to choose which vendor to eat from, they had Indian food, Chinese food, a Grilled Cheese kiosk and so much more I thought I would flood the place with the drool coming out of my mouth. I finally decided to just go fatty and enjoyed some fried calamari and chips. Once again, my sensor and dual bolus came to the rescue.

 

Managing your diabetes while on vacation can be hard. And honestly don't get yourself down if your numbers aren't perfect, you're on vacation after all! Diabetes is tough and yes it is a part of everyday, but if you take a few moments to think through what you are going to eat it helps make the trip a lot easier.