Support is Nice

I have been gone for the past week  due to a death in the family. It was a hard week but I am finally getting back on my feet.

Regrets. I try not to have any, but one I do have is that I wish I had gotten in a diabetes support group earlier. I was diagnosed just a couple weeks before my 13th birthday and thought I was to cool for support groups and camps. Eventually as I got older, I finally realized I needed to be around other diabetics my age. I had no one to talk to that really understands diabetes.

At the age of 17, I finally went to a wonderful diabetic camp that soon led me to amazing type 1 diabetics my age and younger. I befriended a girl, who actually has a very similar diagnoses story as I did. We bonded over being healthy, being active, and other diabetics/non-diabetic things. To this day we still talk and share stories. We even send each other fun care packages on each others birthdays. We often talk about becoming counselors at the camp we met at and hopefully will do.

I say this now because I want other diabetics to know that joining a diabetes community is not weird!It is wonderful! I promise you everyone is so welcoming and you will bond immediately. It really has helped me become more educated and more strong. I no longer feel different and it has really helped me become even more in control!

Now I am off to spend some quality time with my family. I am too excited for Thanksgiving and I am ready to dose up for all the stuffing and pies I will be digesting! I can’t wait! Keep up with the good control!

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Fuel Me

Exercise and diabetes can be a nuisance. I am still trying to figure it out from time to time. A lot of times, I am having to plan my exercise  to what my blood sugar is. Sometimes I wish I could just wake up and work out knowing I won’t be going low or high at all. But, you know what? I can’t change that, I can only own it and work through it!

Lately, I have been finding myself fueling my body with some good ole’ carbs before I work out. Yesterday, I had time to do a morning work out. I heated up a Cliff nutrition bar in the microwave and made a latte, making it a fast breakfast that will sure raise my sugar up and give me energy. Note: I don’t take insulin for breakfast on mornings I can work out. My sugar is usually on the lower side ( 70’s 80’s), so eating a high carb breakfast doesn’t cause me to go over 180. Must you know that I ONLY do this on work out mornings. If I didn’t workout and skipped the insulin, eating 60 carbs would sure raise my sugar up and that is not what I want and is dangerous.

I make sure to check my sugar before I eat, 45 minutes after  eating or before exercise, and after exercise.

Example: Woke up 73 and ate breakfast. 45 minutes later, I was 150. Worked out and was 67.

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I tried the Gingerbread Cliff and it was AMAZING! I am definitely going to get more next week! I also love heating them up in the microwave. It makes it almost like a baked oatmeal cookie!Although, I kind of wish they didn’t put the drizzle of glaze on it.

After getting my sugar up, I made sure to fill a water bottle up with a little bit of orange juice. I do this for me to take tiny sips during exercise in hoping to not go low. I always make sure to keep my diabetic things with me at the work out machine I am on.

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I am always low after a work out. I am trying to figure out how to not become low after. I don’t know if it is possible to not, but hopefully one day I will defeat the low!

This routine works even after a snack, lunch, or dinner. It’s so helpful to exercise after a meal because then it is not food you are forced to eat.

It is always a good idea to speak about your exercise routine to your doctor. It is no problem calling them or sending a email. It takes no time at all! (= Do what suits you!

Small Town Girl

Just a small town girl livin’ in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anywherrreeee.

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Gotta love some Journey!

Monday night I got home safe and sound! I had to sit in traffic for a hour, so I got home later then I was hoping.

I had so much fun over the weekend! It was really wonderful to catch up with a old friend. Our weekend consisted of eating, cooking, movies, reminiscing the old times, and more fun! We even went to stay the night at her parents house, which I used to live just down the street from them. I loved that small town, and seeing it again was absolutely wonderful! I am such a small town girl. It was just unbelievable that we are old enough to visit each other without having our parents tagging along. Growing up is a bitter-sweet thing!

On Friday, we had her friends over and ate a homemade vegetarian vegetable stew with corn dumplings. Which was ah-mazing! We then saw Thor 2 later in the night. Oh my goodness it was good! I found myself laughing constantly and always on my toes waiting for the next event to happen! We stayed up late talking and laughing.

On Saturday, we woke up kind of late but still fitted a little jog to the post office. That night she gave me a tour of her schools campus and showed me the music building, where she showed me her skills playing the harp. Such a beautiful instrument! We got dressed up cute to go out and took many pictures. We stopped at a pizza restaurant and got a vegetable deep crust pizza. (No cheese!) It was so delicious!

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Sunday we made smoothies and ate a lot of hummus while watching episodes on Netflix of Vampire Diaries. I have never seen it (I know, shocking!)  I love funny-witty sitcoms. But… I have to say, Vampire Diaries was not bad! We found ourselves watching episode after episode, making the time fly by. We drove over to the town I used to live in to stay the night at her parents. Her sister, who is vegan, made this amazing gluten free, vegan pumpkin lasagna. It was insanely good! I even had two servings! Her mom also made homemade ginger cookies that were so divine! I am sure I ate 10! Woopsies! On my defense, they were tiny. (= Don’t you worry! Insulin was my best friend this weekend!

On Monday, we walked downtown to check out some shops and stopped at a coffee place. I have to say their lattes were SO GOOD! My friend also got some goodies at the coffee shop to give to her sisters boyfriend as a secret Santa gift! We dropped it off at his work and he loved it! He had no idea that it was from her! We then stopped by my old home. Such a beautiful house! I miss that place so much!

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Now I am home and still have some laundry to do! Make sure you check out my next post, Fuel Me! If you are diabetic… you know working out can be hard to do. That is why I am doing a post about it next to show you what I do!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Keep the Awareness strong and spread the word!

RoadTrip Tips for the D-life!

After a four hour drive, I arrived safe and sound at my friends apartment. Experiencing a drive by myself and reading up tips from other, I have listed some tips that helped me the most!

Tips:

  • Keep fast acting glucose and protein+carbs in a easy, reachable place!
  • Put on your cgm or make sure to check your sugar at every pit stop.
  • Keep radio volume lower more than you normally do. ( Helps keep your focus and helps you concentrate on low or high feelings.)
  • Stay hydrated and make sure you eat something decent during your trip. Even being on a pump, not eating regularly can give you lows.
  • Be safe! Make sure to text parents and friends knowing that you are okay.

During my drive I was really glad that I kept plenty of snacks on hand because I did run into traffic twice. Being prepared is always good! You never know when you will need the things you need. Plus, I always feel that it is always when you are not prepared is when the most you need it.

The biggest thing that helped me was to pay attention to what my body was feeling. I  did feel low once and ate a mini pack of candy corn to hold me over. I then stayed attentive to make sure I didn’t feel like I was going high. Listening did really help! Once I got to my destination my sugar was at the right level it needed to be!

The other very important thing to do is pack your diabetes bag and make sure you got everything you need!! …And I mean EVERYTHING! Pumps, insulin,insulin, insulin, finger pricker, test strips, glucose tablets, chargers, batteries, mini icing tube, tape, and anything else you can think!

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Diabetics can do anything anyone can do! Never underestimate yourself! The only thing you need to remember is to plan and say to yourself, “I can do this!”.

I can’t wait to spend the weekend here and to make more memories with my friend!

Have a lovely LONG weekend and remember to keep up with the good work with you diabetes!!

Time for Research

Holy moly! I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving!! I am so excited to eat some yummy home cooked food and spend time with my lovely family!

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, I decided to do a Thankful Tuesday! Every Tuesday I will say something I am thankful for.

For my first Tuesday, I am thankful for my blog because it keeps me in constant motivation mode. I only hope to inspire myself and other diabetics in this not so big world!

My weekend was a very laidback weekend and we got our last farmers market basket for the year. ) = We loved doing it so much that we are going to sign up again next year and also get the meat and eggs! Super fresh! Super good! ( We got a basket of fruit, vegetables, and herbs every Saturday from June to November. These are just four baskets out of the many we got.)

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This weekend I am going to be visiting my childhood best friend! We have been friends for 17 years ( Oh my goodness that makes me feel old!) Being four hours away and in college, we don’t have a lot of time catching up, so I’ll be driving to her place to spend the weekend with her and her roommates. This will be my longest road trip by myself and I am feeling confident that I will be fine during the drive there. Of course, diabetes has shotgun next to me the whole trip. I have planned to research lots of tips for diabetics who are taking a road trip by themselves. If you have any tips please share as well! I really can’t wait for this weekend!

When I gather some tips I will post about them. I already know one tip and that is to wear my CGM, so I can be warned if my sugar is going low or high. CGM’s are so helpful!!!

Also, remember that it is diabetic awareness month! Spread the word!!

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Today is November 1st, incase you didn’t know…

Do you know what that means!?

IT IS DIABETES AWARNESS MONTH!! WOOHOO!

Diabetes awareness month is not as known as other awareness months. This is why it is our job, as diabetics, to spread the awareness ourselves. Lets educate the world!

Now I have to cut this post short because my day is very busy. I just wanted to remind everyone that it is our awareness month!

P.S. I will be changing the colors of my blog to represent diabetes!

Have a wonderful weekend and always remember to have hope!

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