Month: August 2015

How I’m Dealing with Type 2 Diabetes

How I'm Dealing with Type 2 DiabetesWhen I was told that I had Type 2 diabetes, my mind stopped. I was scared. Not only for myself, but for my family. In my mind I’m not old enough to deal with health issues like this but the reality is, I am. Although I still feel like I’m 16 (on a good day), I have to realize that I’m in my mid-30s and it’s high time I take responsibility for my health! It’s been 3 weeks since my diagnosis and I’ve been dealing with it fairly well – if I do say so myself.

Acceptance

This was the most difficult part for me. I had to admit that I’ve done this to myself and that was a bitter pill to swallow. Once it sunk in that this was all my fault, I started to have clarity and things started to fall into place. I have to do what’s necessary to change my life and health so that I can cure myself. I’m not going to rely solely on medication because it’s my fault I have diabetes to begin with.

Eat better

Type 2 diabetes is a curable disease that often occurs when people are overweight, or, in my case, obese. I have to completely change my eating habits if I expect to see any changes. I really thought this was going to be difficult because my family is a meat and potatoes kinda family. But, I’m happy to report that it hasn’t been difficult at all! I’ve switched my breads and pastas to whole grain, my rice from white to brown, and my snacks are low carb and often sugar free.

Get Moving

One sure-fire way to get rid of diabetes is to move more. I can’t just sit around and think that the weight is going to magically fall off because we all know it doesn’t happen that way. I got myself a new FitBit (the charge HR) and I’ve been trying to meet my step goal daily. I’ve dusted off my recumbent bike and I started riding while I’m watching television. Sometimes that 20 minutes flies by and other times, well, let’s just say, I’m watching the clock. But, any additional movement is better for me than just holding my couch to the floor.

Realize it’s curable

This is not a death sentence! Type 2 diabetes is curable by losing weight and making healthier choices. Even losing as little as 10 pounds can make all the difference, according to my doctor. As of this writing, I’ve lost 14 pounds and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve been testing my sugar each morning and I’m happy to report that it’s only been out of range once. My doctor told me to keep my numbers between 80-120 and I’ve done it. The highest my sugar has been is 134 and that was 2 weeks ago.

Stick to a schedule

It’s important to keep your blood sugar, or glucose, as stable as possible to prevent spikes throughout the day. You all know that I’m a planner fanatic so I’ve just incorporated that into my routine. I eat on a schedule every day to keep my sugar under control. The only time I really have an issue with this is one the weekends, for a couple of reasons: 1) I sleep in which makes my meals later than usual, and 2) we’re often out of the house a lot running errands or doing something together as a family. I’ve learned to always have snacks in my bag so that I can somewhat keep my schedule when we’re out.

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes isn’t the end of the world. It’s an opportunity for you to take control of your health – once and for all! My next checkup with my doctor is in 6 months and I’m determined to walk in there and knock her socks off. We each cope with things in our own way, but I’m here to tell you not to dwell on things. If there’s anything you can do to change your current situation, do it! You hold the power to change your life – YOU – no one else. If there’s something you want to change, change it.

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How to Shop for Healthy Foods with a Family

How to Shop for Healthy Foods with a FamilyIf you’re anything like me, grocery shopping is a huge pain on a normal day. Trying to eat healthy and manage weight loss makes grocery shopping even more difficult – especially when my family tags along. We have a limited amount of time together so we always grocery shop together, which makes it somewhat difficult for me. I’m a list maker and I tend to only go down the aisles that house the items on my list. My husband, however, is the total opposite. He goes down each and every aisle, whether we need anything or not, just to look, he says. Here’s how I shop for healthy foods with a family.

The first thing I do is make my plan of attack. I think of the supermarket as the battlefield because it’s chock full of temptations that can very easily sway me. My husband and I are strategic now when it comes to grocery shopping. We divide and conquer.

I’m a paper and pen list maker but I’ve adjusted to make things a bit easier for my husband, who, for whatever reason, despises writing things down. We use the Out of Milk app (Apple & Android) on our phones to make our grocery list because we can share it. He tackles the inner parts of the store and I handle the outer perimeter.

One thing that I always do before heading out to the grocery store is to make sure I’m not hungry. I grab a snack or make sure I have lunch before I walk through those doors. If I don’t have something on my stomach, I tend to buy more crap, which defeats the purpose of shopping for healthy foods. If I’m not the least bit hungry, I always throw a baggie of cashews or something in my bag before we go. There’s nothing wrong with noshing on a snack as you’re shopping. 🙂

I try to plan our meals for the week before heading to the store, too. This not only helps keep me on track with my food but it’s good for my budget, too! We only buy what’s absolutely necessary to get through the week and whatever spices or condiments we may need. I plan all 3 of my meals because it’s easier for me. I don’t like having to think too much about what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course, dinner is the only meal that my family participates in planning, which is okay. I can always make my portion of dinner healthy even if they don’t.

That’s how I shop for healthy foods with a family. It’s not always easy but it’s nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be either. That was just another excuse I made for not shopping for healthy foods before, but that’s not the case now.

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My First Weigh In: How Did I Do?

My First Weigh InThis is my first weigh in and I don’t have high expectations. I haven’t been exercising at all. Well, except for walking around the zoo over the weekend. But, other than that, I haven’t done anything. I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time and get a firm grasp before I move on to something else. Since food is the hardest for me, I’m tackling that first. You know, the whole eat the frog mentality.

Since I’ve only focused on my food, I wasn’t expecting to see much of a change on the scale. I wasn’t even planning on weighing myself so soon after my check up but I was curious. Every other time I’ve done this, I’ve weighed myself daily. I know, I know, some of you are going to say I shouldn’t do that but it works for me, okay?

I’ve been stepping on the scale all week just to see what’s happening. Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale yesterday and saw….drum roll please…..268.0! Which means, if my math is right, that I’ve lost 10 pounds! I know that this is pretty much all water weight but, hey, I’ll take what I can get. 😀 I can’t tell you what this has done for my motivation!

The only thing I’ve done is watch my carbs, sugar, and calories. I’ve also done some meal planning and snack prep. I love cashew, and, as it turns out, they’re good for you. So, I bought some and portioned them out into snack baggies. I just grab and go now and I love it!

For week 2, I’ll be incorporating exercise into the mix to see what happens. So, stay tuned for the next weigh in to see how I did.

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