Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Changes

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne "Anna" Bradstreet

Lately, things have been crazy hectic- and time has been an issue with everything.

As far as Diabetesaliciousness goes, writers block has been staring at me square in the face as of late.

On the work front, I’m ending one contract job (which I’m happy about) and continuing with another – which makes me smile. I’ve also been lucky enough to garner a couple of freelance writing and consulting gigs in the diabetes arena and that fact reminds me that hope does indeed float~

On the health front all seems to be OK. Eye tests are great and I’m inching closer to the dreaded basal tests. They start at the beginning of next week with my friend Gary Scheiner. I’m not thrilled about the basal testing, but I am looking forward to the results.

I’ve been known Gary since 2006 and he’s been a great help in keeping me off the “Screw The Basal Testing - I'm Fine” track!

I’ve been obsessively testing my blood sugars (more so than usual- I'm going through test strips like freaking water!) as of late to get into the swing of the whole basal testing thing and I’ve already learned a few things.

1. I barely eat after breakfast and have to force myself to eat lunch. I’m just not that hungry during the day and I’m not really sure why. This of course means I’m famished towards the end of the workday and start to run low around between 4 and 6 pm.

2. I get hungry at night and that’s a problem because I find myself not only treating my low before I eat dinner, (which is a balancing act in and in of it self,) but I also find myself grazing after dinner – Again, not good for my numbers or my waistline. As far as weight goes, I haven’t gained or lost any… so that’s good. I’ve managed to stay at the same weight all winter. BUT I’m still about 7lbs from where I’d like to be.

3. I need to get back into the habit of exercising more. It’s been a long, cold winter and my cardio has been off. Even though the size 8’s still fit, I need to get tighter in the muscle department. So along with swimming, I’ve decided to do more weights and stretching, AND put some air in the bike tires and start peddling again. It’s a cruiser not a racing bike, so no finish lines to cross p no pressure there.

I rode a bike when I was in Florida and I forgot how much fun (and what great exercise) bike riding could be – I can’t wait to start!

I’m itching for changes in my life, both big and small. I’m the only person who can make these changes happen by doing what needs to be done. It's a daunting thought at times, but totally doable as far as I'm concerned.

I believe that every single one of us is capable of making changes that will help us in life. Everyone can make changes- it's the actual doing that's hard.

What changes (little or big, diabetes related or not) are you planning to make for spring?


Karen said...

Like Manny's Pollan tweets suggested, I want to eat more food that my great-grandma would recognize at food. So, more trips to the farmer's market near my house, lots more veggies and making food from scratch.

My big (slightly insane) goal, of course, is to see how low I can get my A1C by June - I'm not-so-secretly hoping to be down to a 6.0!

Cara said...

I got an exercise machine. Actually just a Gazelle Glider, but still. I've been trying to do it 5 days a week. Last week was a bust. But this week and the week before last were good. :)
Because my apartment's so small, I have it parked in the middle of my livingroom floor. It's kind of hard to miss there. ;) I'm hoping it helps with keeping me on track.

Becca said...

Upping exercise is a big one for me. MUST DO IT!

Penny said...

Opening our pool and enjoying G swimming in it each and every day...getting G on the OmniPod - excitement/fear/anticipation abound...cannot wait for Spring. You know what that means, don't you KK? The annual Easter egg hunt on the beach in OC! An annual tradition. I am SO there!

Stacey D. said...

My main spring change is going to be more exercise too ... I really need it in all aspects of my being! I wish you luck with your basal testing. It'll probably be a bit tough but you can do it & hopefully get useful info from it. I'm glad that things are going toward what makes you happy in the job dept :)

Karen said...

Great plan, k2!!! Exercise is a big one for me. Pete and I just started doing the C25K program - workout 2 of week 1 was completed tonight. I've never been a runner, so I don't know how this will go - but we're giving it a try!!

Scott K. Johnson said...

Lots of great changes in Spring! I'm excited for you and your new happenings.

I am gaining some positive momentum too, feeling better about things (funny how warm weather and sunlight can do that, eh?).

I committed to a 30 mile bike ride for ADA this summer with my friend Heather. I need to get pedaling! I just wish my rear end didn't have to go through that "break in" period - you know, where the seat kills you?