Bringing it Down #15 – May Update

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It’s now May which means that I need to update this series. It really is hard to believe we are in sunshine days with spring storms popping up all over verses winter darker months.¬† I’m happy for the sunshine no doubt! Total mood enhancer! ūüôā


There have been some changes since January, I started a new job in the industry I used to work for many years in.  So that means adjustments to workout times, eating and some mental stress.

When April rolled around I found the 11,000 steps was putting more mental stress on me than I expected.¬† The feeling of failure was outweighing the motivation mindset, so I made a decision.¬† I decided to reduce my daily goal to 10,500 steps.¬† It has been quite helpful and there are several days in the month I have more like 11,000 plus or even 12,000 steps.¬† I am considering changing to a weekly total verses a daily goal.¬† I think this might be beneficial to me, but I will need to keep that rolling total in front of me. That is where my Garmin app will come in quite handy! ūüôā

Since January I have lost 3.6 pounds with no real change in inches.  I am under 200 which is what I really wanted to get to and remain away from it.  Although I am not far from that number I still feel proud of the loss in weight I have had.  As of today I have lost a total of 16 pounds since January 2017.

I started strong in January with workouts and logging my food, that is where I lost most of that weight loss.  Even though I may not have eaten the best or stayed in my carb range, it was still beneficial to me.  I can see that now that I have strayed from that routine.   I also learned that drinking lots of water, especially before I get my coffee in the morning is a huge benefit!

May goals

Most of that blog post was written before  May 6, 2018.  At which point I found myself with an injured foot that kept me from walking my normal routine and some depression setting in.  I am seeking care for my foot and my hip. I  have rested the foot for a week or more.  It is better but still not good enough to walk the way I was.  Honestly my eating sucked during this period, but I am trying now to rectify that.  My blood sugar numbers are still pretty good and my app says my AC1 should be in the range of 5.9.  I still struggle with the number I have after my evening meal.  There are other exercises I could be doing (strength training and bike riding) but I did not because the depression won out.  I am taking it one day at a time.

Julie May 11, 2018

I want to be sure to be honest here so I wanted to be sure to share that last paragraph.¬† Sometimes the bad wins out.¬† It’s whether we allow ourselves to stay there that is the real problem.¬† I’m working my way out on my terms.¬† But know that I am a strong woman and can get back on track!¬† I have very good reasons to.¬† A 10 year old daughter at home, adult children that still need me, and some pretty super grandkids to name a few!

As of today, my foot has improved even more which makes me happy!  Come June 1st I hope to be back at my working out as I like to be! I did jump on my bike a couple times this week! (May 21st)

Until next time!


My Journey with Diabetes/Bringing It Down – #12 (December)

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I wanted to be sure to do one more update before I hit my one year mark which falls in mid January.¬† I haven’t accomplished all my goals since my October post but I feel okay with where I am at physically.¬† I¬† must credit my first visit with my new physician with helping me to feel good and #keepmovin!

After going to the same doctor since 1995 we decided to make the change to a new doctor.¬† The doctor didn’t do anything wrong, we just had our reasons for changing to a new doctor/hospital in another town.¬† We had debated this topic for two years and finally took the leap.

I know she was probably trying to “win me over” but I’m going with that she really really meant what she said! ūüôā After she spoke to her PA and heard my diabetes story she walks in and says the following.

“I hear you are my new poster child for Diabetes!”

I laughed. (me… really? that’s so funny!)

Apparently dropping from 7.2 on the AC1 test to 5.9 in six months is some kinda rock star action! ūüôā That was December 2016 and then July 2017.¬† My next test is a month from now.

But honestly, I needed to hear some encouraging words on that very day and she provided them!  Thank you Dr. D!   (Bonus, my hubs was present so he got to hear it too!)

Then Dr. D. said the following as I shared my thoughts and working on eating during this time of year.

“Give Yourself Some Grace This Month”

That’s what she said and I instantly felt a heaviness lifted from my shoulders.¬† I also repeat that to myself about 40 times a day now.¬† And not just in regards to eating.

“Give Yourself Some Grace”

When I think of grace I guess I primarily think of God giving it.¬† But it helps to think in terms that myself and others can do that as well.¬† Although without God I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.

By the way diabetes isn’t going away.¬† The fact that I lost some weight, stay active, and eat healthier than I used to is why it’s in a “pre-diabetes” stage.¬† But at any given time it could change. I have an insulin resistance.¬† But the best thing I can do is stay pro-active.

Now that I’ve documented my rock star moment let’s move onto other stuff!


People.¬† I’m telling you, literally writing my step count each morning,¬† two of my own emoji for how I’m feeling, and whether I ate out or not is a great tool.¬† I keep it in my bathroom, access, access, access!


Reviewing at the end of the month is easy and right in front of me. OR I can see all of it together in a moment’s notice mid-month and get myself re-centered!

My November stats:

Eating out:¬† I average 10 to 11 times per month.¬† (I know, that’s really not healthy or financially smart, new goal 2018!)¬† Six months ago the case!¬† Time management & meal planning needed!

There were  6 days out of 30 that I got less than 10,000 steps in.

There were 4 days out of 30 that I got MORE than 10,000 steps in. (that is low actually from other months)

I also reviewed my little emoji’s.¬† I would log how I felt when I woke up and then by the end of the day.¬† I think this will be beneficial in the long run so I can see how I tie food intake and emotions together.

I also measured and weighted my body and reviewed my DiabetesM app information.  This is the app I use to log my blood sugars.  It helps me see where I need to work on my food intake and exercise to benefit my blood sugars. The first screen shows me what it thinks my AC1 level is at. AC1 levels is the test that reflects my blood sugars for the past 3 months.  I can tell you right now November was a month of not eating correctly at supper time!

On a side note, I am not posting as much on my personal social media about my daily exercise journey.¬† I kind of miss it but had taken Facebook app off my phone for awhile.¬† I also felt like me sharing positive and happy things in my life might bother someone else. If their life isn’t going smoothly or they are dealing with difficult things. I know I have found myself having feelings not so kind when scrolling.¬† My life isn’t any better than anyone elses, my hope when I share is it inspire.

I have other ways of communicating with others that have shown interest in my posts or told me I am helping them. (Snapchat, texting, and FB private group) It feels good to me that something that affected my life so much a year ago has come to help others.   I pray I can continue to get healthier and spend many years playing with my grandkids on the living room floor!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to comment or ask questions!



Bringing it Down – #11

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This post was to make it’s way published October 1st,¬† as you can tell I never did that.¬† I was busy and struggling to decide what I wanted to say. Here goes.

I know my eating isn’t exactly the way it should be.¬† Too many processed foods have entered the picture, or better yet my mouth on too many occasions.¬† My blood sugars are still really good.¬† I like to chalk that up to the walking routine and not over eating in most table settings.

I’d like to mention that there have been bouts of emotional stress during the past month.¬† Which was brought on by lack of sleep and quite possibly the depression that resides within me.¬† Although both should be manageable, at times they are not.

It’s just a cycle.¬† Lack of sleep or interrupted sleep = crankiness= eractic reactions=feelings of highs and major lows = eating mindlessly= feeling physically yucky = mental let down of oneself.

But come October 1st I found the determination to get on course and make some changes to my goals!  And so far so good!

I’m a visual person.¬† I like to actually SEE things to remind me and to really get the whole picture.¬† I am going back to a simple system.¬† I am using this calendar to log things daily. I still use my Garmin Connect and Samsung Health app but this is kept in my bathroom.


I have started doing some indoor walking workouts from Leslie Sansone.¬† I am doing the ones that include hand weights. I feel at home with her if that makes sense, she doesn’t seem fake or pushy.¬† ¬†It’s not too hard either, although I know I walk faster doing her workouts than when alone outside. I know this is where a walking buddy would really help me when walking outdoors. Speed things up, if you know what I mean!

So my goals include the following:

10,000 steps 6 out of 7 days a week

Less processed foods intake.

Snack planning (meals too)

Strength training every other day.

Eat out no more than twice a week.

Look at my plate before starting to eat. Are vegetables half the plate?


That’s it. That’s where I am at.

Things I want to be able to look back in regards to¬† in this journey are….

I can feel a waist again. Just a little but it’s there.

The scale hovers at 199 and 200.¬† ¬†(Yes I really did just put my weight on the world wide web, it’s okay.¬† It’s a number.¬† Last month that drove me nuts, now it just makes me determined even more.¬† I want to be out of the 200’s and be far enough away to really celebrate it!

People are noticing a physical change.  I hope they notice the mental too. Thank you to those that have complimented me. It really is a help!

Winter is coming, that means my work is cut out for me.  It will be easy to be lazy, acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the successes, right!

It hasn’t been easy but in 10 months I’ve made a difference in ME.¬† I’ve moved forward.¬† I can continue this life change and in January when I meet with my diabetic educator feel proud of it all!

Until next time!






Bringing It Down – #10

Below is the post I shared on my personal Facebook page today. ¬†There is more I’ve felt, accomplished, failed at, and shared but this is a good start. ¬†I’m proud of where I am and can feel that I need to step up a few more things in my life. ¬†I hope you enjoy today’s post.

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58 days ago I was motivated by another individual and their social media post.  He motivated me to get myself out of the 8,000 steps a day mode and kick it up a notch.  I am grateful for him and his posts on various aspects of his life.
To hold myself accountable I decided to post daily and possibly motivate others.  I post my fitness tracker progress throughout the day in comments as well.

It has helped me a great deal to stay accountable and keep moving.  I’ve also received feedback and support from people.  Thank you to all of you that have helped me.

In those 58 days….

I have missed reaching my goal 10 out of 58 days.

I have bounced back from times of depression quicker than usual.

If I do not get 5,000 steps before noon I’m probably in trouble.

I have lost less than one pound.

Taking 3 small walks a day is better than no walks.

I have clothes that fit better.

I’ve been frustrated.

I have gained support from old friends.

I’ve ate better but still need improvement.

I realized sleep is essential, power naps are okay.

Sunrises are pretty spectacular here in Kansas.

My knees and leg have hurt and I wonder why I even try.

Stretching is a must for this lady.

I am the only person that can really make myself care about me.

My hip hurts more if I don’t walk often.

My feelings still get hurt but I probably don’t blow it out of proportion as much.

It’s social media, if someone doesn’t like your post, they can unfollow you or scroll by, just do your thing.

My process  and progress is slow.

Support is really great, but you don’t always have it.

My blood sugar numbers are super good on average!

Guilt within yourself can be a tool to motivate.

Walking to the corner of my road and back can give me 1500 to 2000 steps in no time.  Quick as that!

It’s okay to still eat yummy sweet stuff or carbs… just don’t overload.

Pay attention to you. Mindless living doesn’t work in my situation.

A little girl is watching my every move.

My process is just that.  Mine.



Bringing It Down – #9

It’s interesting that I was finally able to share this series on Facebook. ¬†I was at a point where I felt confident (for two seconds) to hit post, so I went with it a couple weeks ago. ¬†I still haven’t done it on my personal page but over on our farm blog page I did it.

Some things happened that I had to change my series title and that threw me into a place of disarray.  I have now composed myself (to some degree).  After a day or two I gathered my running thoughts and emotions and got down to business.  Arranging and organizing and feeling more in control once again.

Balanced. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† That’s it. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Balanced is what I felt.

Instead of having FOCUS as my 2017 word¬† it should have been balance. ¬†I’ve repeated it, in my mind so many times, over the course of this past eight months! ¬†I should have it down! But occasionally I tip one way or another just a little too much and find myself in a frenzy.


For example, today I wasn’t able to fit in the 30 minute walk before work I had planned. Due to circumstances out of my control! ¬†BUT instead of letting my emotions get the best of me I took the time to sneak a 10 minute walk in. ¬†The old me would have made up some excuse to just skip it. ¬†Even though I already know my lunch hour will be filled with me eating out and running errands. ¬†No real workout then either.

Here’s the deal, I’ve changed my brain somewhat, my thinking. ¬†I know for a fact that if I do not get movement into my day my blood sugar will be higher and I will feel bad physically. ¬†The movement keeps me in check and helps both mentally and physically.


I did buy a package of donuts before walking, it was an emotional buy, no doubt. ¬†This was not a good move BUT once again I turned a negative into a “not so negative” situation. ¬†I only ate half the package. ¬†I had already ate low sugar oatmeal for breakfast. ¬†That’s like 25 carbs alone, and the donuts (half) were about the same. ¬†Yes 45 is my target but this was a meal with not really much healthy carbs in my books.

I took my blood sugar and it came back 151. ¬†target range for after meals is 140. ¬†Do you know why it’s not as high as I predicted?


THE WALKING!  A little 10 minute walk can make such a difference and this is what keeps me coming back.

Finding the balance. ¬†That’s what works for me. ¬†That’s what I want to continue for the rest of my life. ¬†Not a strict diet plan or exercise regiment, but a balance that suits my life while benefitting my health.

Movement. ¬†I still try to walk about 45 minutes daily 5 out of 7 days. My goal is 10,000 steps per day so it’s been more like 6 or 7 days out of a week to reach it. ¬†I have started biking with my daughter. ¬†It’s taking some getting used to but last night I went 14 minutes. ¬†That’s pretty good for the lady that could hardly do 7 minutes the first time.

Diet. ¬†I still am not counting my carbs necessarily for my meals. I am looking at the plate to visual and plan what I need it to look like. ¬†I have been eating more “non-healthy” snacks of recent. ¬†I am noticing the way I am feeling and need to back off this habit. Grocery shopping for September is right around the corner so planning is crucial.

Support. Here is where it’s has been extremely helpful for me. ¬†I have two gal pals T & N that stay in daily contact with me to help me. ¬†I hope I am doing enough to support them as well. ¬†It has really helped me. ¬†I also am doing some challenges through Samsung Health app and my Garmin Connect app.

The other daily thing I started about 30 some days ago is posting on my personal Facebook page. ¬†I use a photo from my walks and add words. I have placed them all in an album together. ¬†I write different things depending on my mood. ¬†And there are days where I just do not want to “talk” so I write 10,000. ¬†(I put that at the end of each post too.)

Throughout the day in comments I add a photo, normally of my Garmin Vivofit 3 showing my steps status. ¬†I figure in a year my Facebook “ON THIS DAY” this will remind me where I was and where I am wanting to be. ¬†It’s another tool in my motivational box of goodies.

Also I hope I inspire someone else.

But honestly, its mostly for myself.

A selfie on that 10 minute walk!


Until next time,

Stay moving,



Bringing It Down – Diabetes #1

This post was held for publishing until I was over the six month mark of my health journey. ¬†I had to feel mostly confident and positive progress before sharing. ¬†In my life, too many times, I’ve started something only to feel I failed. ¬†This time needed to be different and so far it is. ¬†Six months was goal number one.

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Those minor changes I mentioned in my 2017 word post began on January 3rd, but reality hit when I received the call about my A1C number in December. (Diabetes) ¬†The reality of trying to fill my pain, grief, sadness, anger and lack of confidence ¬†with food (and sedentary actions) has brought about a not so lovable thing. ¬†Hold tight… more on that in a moment.

Those conversations I mentioned before in this post, well they were not life changing but they changed me enough to feel free.  It felt as though someone was finally listening to me and although in a quiet manner the results helped me take a baby step towards feeling less alone.  That tiny bit of support where I felt I could say out loud feelings I had felt ashamed of having , actually enabled me.

So now I will share with you in hopes that if you ever find yourself in a similar situation you know you aren’t alone.

But first a few things I need to get out.

  • I don’t completely understand why I was so affected by the death of my parents. Why it knocked me so far down.
    • It’s not like I was super close to either of them or saw them all the time. It’s not like I grew up in a cozy happy situation.
  • Okay, I do know one reason. It’s because ¬†I’m out of time.
    • Out of time to ask those questions. ¬†Ask the questions that make people uncomfortable and aren’t pretty. ¬†The ones that could give me answers or explain why things happened to me. ¬†Silence can be a killer in itself I think sometimes.
  • I loved them.
    • No matter what happened in life, I loved them. ¬†They were the parents that created me.¬†
  • Why didn’t they take better care of themselves?
    • Who am I to talk, look where I am now.

That freeing I spoke of earlier, it came when I said out loud, to my spouse, the part about time running out to ask the questions. That was a turning point for me.

This photo helped me move forward. Jan. 2017

All those words you just read were written a few month ago, but they still resonate with me. ¬†They still bring forward to my mind that the path I am now on is one that is really important. ¬†I’ve held off blogging about this part of my life for ¬†fear of failure, ¬†and afraid those that see me often will watch my plate each time I fill it. (like they have nothing else to do, right?)

I’m ready to share now. ¬†Maybe it’s because I’ve met with my Diabetes Educator ¬†a few times. ¬† Actually, ¬†it’s because I feel more in control then I have in a few years. ¬†Whatever the reason I’m not going to force myself to journal but I will write when necessary about DOWN WITH THE D. In hopes that it will help others and yes even keep me on track for life.

Down with the D Series # 2 – 5 will be published soon. ¬†Subscribe so you can read the next step in the series as at this moment I don’ t feel comfortable sharing on my personal social media pages.





Bringing It Down – Diabetes #2

Written early March 2017

When dealing with life changes, whether it’s in regards to eating, stopping a bad habit, starting therapy, stopping therapy, or whatever, it’s not an easy path. ¬†Although I do believe a support system is essential it really comes down to the individual. ¬†No one is going to move you forward, they might assist but ultimately you have to take that first step alone. ¬†And that first step isn’t going to come until you are ready.

My first assistance was that blood test that showed my AC1 at 7.2 and the phone call from the doctor with options.  I chose the option to visit with a Diabetic Educator named Kathy.  I spent up until the day after my 46th birthday eating as I wanted.  I began logging food and trying my best from December 27th to January 3rd, then I met Kathy.

Kathy explained things in simple terms and allowed me to ask questions.  She allowed my spouse to ask questions and she even visited about my fears.  Tears fell because of the emotions I was feeling and she never made me feel bad for it.

I now take my blood sugar glucose tests at least 2 to 3 times a day. Once before meals and once two hours after eating.


In the past couple months I’ve been on the high side emotionally, the frustrated, tantrum throwing, not to mention the low side. ¬†You name it, I’ve probably felt it. ¬†Kathy gave me just a few things to start out with. ¬†45 grams of carbs per meal and 15 per snack. ¬†Going in I knew I needed to expect less of myself. ¬†That probably sounds odd but it’s true. ¬†I have high expectations for myself and that can lead to me taking the long fall down to failing!

This time I wrote about moving into a different level of this journey. ¬†I felt it needed to be shared because only writing about the good or positive moments isn’t reality or truth. I won’t hide in the goodness of life, the ugly is part of it. ¬†Just have to choose how to deal with it.


Bringing It Down – Diabetes #3

April 2017

Three months in and I stopped.  I basically let it drift away by casually having a morsel or two then the entire item in front of me.  Yes, the 80/20 rule works but not for someone that has no willpower, is depleted by stress, tired, and most importantly on this new life change only a couple months.  Feel a lack of support was a factor too.

Here I am on April 4th, no weight loss in March, and I have a blood sugar hangover. Yesterday started as a new start to get back together. ¬†It went very well most all the day and then at supper I failed. ¬†Sweet potato fries, a few would be okay but too many no way! ¬†Then the DQ ice cream cake from my daughter’s 9th birthday. ¬†Those two things with a combination of whatever else few carbs I had throughout the day made my blood sugar increase. ¬†Increase to the point of headache and me deciding to take the actual test. ¬†154. ¬†To some that may be a great number but to me that means WAY TOO HIGH. ¬†An hour and half later 166. ¬†It wasn’t showing any signs of backing down. ¬†So I headed to bed thinking “what the he** Julie? Why did you do this?” It’s been a few weeks like this now and although stress and lack of sleep are factors, YOU chose to eat wrong a lot of the time!”

I’ve started my day by eating protein and ¬†24 carbs, which I’m suppose to have 45. ¬†It’s hard for me to get up to 45 at breakfast without going over. ¬†I took an easy paced walk as the energy level and mindset is low. ¬†Almost time to take my next test and then a snack. ¬†15 carbs. ¬† And on and on and on.

April 26, 2017

Most days have been better but still not a stellar way. ¬† I am moving. ¬†That is essential in this life with diabetes. I’m serious. ¬†It helps so much even when I’m not actually walking or moving. ¬†The issue I have is this. ¬†When my blood sugar level is great, but ¬†I don’t eat 45 grams of carbs, then go for a walk, ¬†my blood sugar drops low. ¬†And going from low up to way high is the worst feeling to me! ¬† Balance. ¬†That really is the key. ¬†But since falling off in March I’m struggling with getting balance.


Sleep. Sleep is just about as big a factor as moving. ¬†I didn’t realize it until I stopped taking my anti-depressants in early March. ¬†The one thing they did was knock me out overnight. ¬†I did sleep well while on them but for various reasons have discontinued taking them. ¬†For the most part I am doing okay off them except my “light sleeping” personality wakes too much in the night! ¬†Then the bladder issue hits and up I go to bathroom. ¬†SO, early bedtimes are essential and if a nap is needed I should do just that! Easier said than done on most days. ¬†BUT, I am going to take this one step at a time, tackle one thing at a time. ¬†If I don’t, I will fail.

So my focus is eating balanced. ¬†Then moving. ¬†Just keep moving. ¬†Just keep moving! ¬†Find some support somewhere too. ¬†It has helped me to document via Snapchat with my two daughters and best friend. ¬†I’m not sure they enjoy getting snaps of my walking logs but oh well. ¬†They are getting them! ūüôā

Until next time!


Bringing It Down – Diabetes #5 – 6 month results

July 2017

Drumroll please…….

AC1 test results December 12, 2016: 7.2

AC1 test results June 19, 2017: 5.9


It’s amazing to me how taking my blood sugar 1- 3 times a day, monitoring my levels, eating less carbs (see I didn’t say no carbs), ¬†and walking for exercise can make me feel better.

While in the process of reaching a goal I found that paying attention to my body and how it reacts is crucial. ¬†When I do carb overload the way I feel physically and mentally is essential. ¬†Do I still over eat on occasion, yes. ¬†For sure. ¬†More than I probably should, but as I’ve stated before I’m not rushing this.


I’ve lost 16 pounds since December and although I’ve been stuck at my current weight awhile I’m okay with it. ¬†Continuing to move and 80% of the time eating the best I can is what is working for me. ¬†My blood sugars are good and I’ve kinda leveled out where they should be.


Is this permanent? ¬†No. ¬†If I slide back the other way too often or quit moving, my body will go back to where it’s been. ¬†If I continue with high stress and lack of sleep that diabetic frenzy will show itself once again. ¬†Which could result in me taking insulin or some sort of diabetic medication. ¬†I DO NOT WANT THIS!

I’m lucky. ¬†I was given an opportunity to adjust my way of living. ¬†With Type 2 Diabetes it was determined before it got out of hand. ¬†This is available for many with Type 2 Diabetes, the ability to make the change, but of course not all. If caught early enough makes a difference. ¬†Annual physical and blood work is what saved me. ¬†I’m only six months in and this will need to be taken care of for the rest of my life.

As I said earlier, at this point I do not take any medication.¬†I hope to keep it that way for as long as possible. ¬†I already take one medication for another condition that costs me over $350 a month, where there is no cure for it. ¬†I struggle to get it so more expense isn’t an option.

So I spent the money for a cheap blood glucose meter, changed my eating habits, and got to moving some. ¬†It still costs me approximately $50.00 a month for alcohol wipes, lancets, ¬†and strips to test my blood. ¬†My brother takes insulin and his diabetes is much worse than mine due to not being diagnosed early enough (not his fault by the way). Spending time with him recently was a reminder to me what I’m doing is important. (Even he is doing what he can to have a better life living with diabetes.)

  • It’s really up to only me. ¬†I have to do this.
  • Having support makes things easier.
  • Choices I make today do make a difference for tomorrow.

Next six month goals

  • Walk 10,000 steps per day ( I started this last Saturday, Post # 7 talks about it)
  • Lose 7 more pounds
  • Find an exercise support buddy

I will not see Kathy until January 2018. ¬†I hope by then to have met the goals I listed above. ¬†Alot of the things I enjoy in life are where I am not active, I sit down. ¬†For instance blogging, quilting, embroidery, movies, reading, and just relaxing at home. ¬†So I have to make myself move. ¬†This is where a committed buddy will help! ¬†I’m off to find one! ūüôā

Until next time!



Bringing It Down – Diabetes #6

Written Mid- July 2017

I find myself realizing that just six months ago walking .83 of a mile took me 30 minutes or possibly more. ¬†Today I am able to walk that same path in 18 to 20 minutes. ¬†I’m no runner and I never want to be but I’m pretty proud of this. ¬†I sometimes have to break my walks up throughout the day due to my schedule. ¬†I feel bad when I look at my fitness tracker and see less than 4000 steps by 1:00 p.m. ¬†But there are those days. ¬†I’ve made some improvements in the physical part of my health, a ways to go but I’m headed in the right direction.



This week I decided I might like to try riding a bike. ¬†I have this old Schwinn bike that was my parents. I think it’s kinda cool. ¬†But the tires on it are not made for country roads and with my balance issues it’s quite possible I’ll end up on the ground more often than not. ¬†I’m hoping to try my husband or oldest daughter’s bike to decide if this is a new thing for me. ¬†To see if the addition of bike riding will give me a little variety in life so to speak! ¬†If all works with that adventure, ¬†I might just have to trade my old Schwinn for a newer country road tire bike! ūüôā

This week I noticed that when dining out I made good choices so to speak. ¬†Did I still eat a hamburger and fries and even a chocolate shake. ¬†Yes. ¬†But the good choice for me was not picking the combo meal that had the largest size of those items. ¬†I was enjoying my meal even though I didn’t stuff myself. ¬†Then one evening my husband had brought home a piece of ¬†homemade cherry pie. ¬†(In his defense, he asked the diner if they had sugar free.) ¬†I took about 3 bites and decided it was too sweet and I really didn’t want it. ¬†Perhaps that was his plan all along…… ¬† ūüôā

One of the things I dislike is having my blood sugar level go too low, for a couple reasons.  I feel bad and then when I do eat it shoots up which causes other uncomfortable results.  So balance is really a key item in this game of controlling diabetes.  I can tell when my body reaches about 95 to 90, the too low symptoms begin to show.  If it makes it to 70 I need help!  But most of the time I keep it around 105 Р120 area before meals and after meals varies from 125 to 145 depending on what I eat.

I am still in the obese section for BMI. ¬†I’m still in a size 18 and the scale hasn’t moved in a couple months. ¬† I continue to love sweets and I do eat them. ¬†The goodness for me is that I am taking the time to pay attention to my body. ¬†I am sure if I had a trainer I would be even better off but that isn’t going to happen or the home chef. ¬†Contentment with where I have come so far is important, moving forward is key as well but for now I’m okay with just settling into this new way.

Until next time,