Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year Resolutions and Goals. Get healthy and get happy!

I ate my last Starbucks chocolate chip cookie today. 
I may have said this before....
but today I mean it... (although I meant it when I said it before).

I am a huge sucker for New Year Resolutions and of course I've making a few resolutions regarding my health, weight, and fitness.

I want to dive head first into the deep in of healthy.  I'm not entirely sure yet how to do that, but I better figure it out fast.

Some of my health goals/resolutions for this year are:
1. A1C 6
2. Weight lost of about 60 pounds.
3. Look very good in a swim suit
4. No getting winded while hiking with my husband.
5. Fit into my dress I wore to my husband's 10 year high school reunion.  (This year is his 20 year reunion, so you can see why it would be important for me to fit back into that specific dress.  I don't want to actually wear it anywhere, I'm not sure what I was thinking, its a plain brown Bebe dress, size medium).
6.  Cook 200 dinners at home, or about 4 every week. (We have a serious eating out problem, so this may be challenging)
7. NO FAST FOOD (except for my cappuccinos from Starbucks and Iced Tea from wherever).
8. Be on time (I run late...all the time. This is a health issue because it causes undue stress. Stress is very bad for your health)
9. Yoga (do it, do more of it, become good at it)
10. Go to bed by 10pm 200 times, or about 4 days a week.  (I have a serious, staying up till midnight watching TV problem. I know sleep is very important for health, so I need to work on that).
11. Drink green tea every day (I hear that's good for you...)
12. Get pregnant. (but AFTER I lose some weight and get healthy)

Some of my other random goals/resolutions
1. Pay off ALL my credit cards (I won't tell you how many I have, or how much I owe...)
2. Clean up my house (and maintain that clean)
3. Read at least 25 books
4. Watch at least 100 new movies (am I the only one who puts watch movies on their goal list?  I have to explain, I LOVE movies, but I have a bad habit of watching the same ones over and over again.  That's not bad of course, but the bad part is, then I miss out on other great movies, and thus, why I have to actively put it on my list to watch new movies.)
5. Learn to speak and write Welsh (long story short, I am working on my ancestry, and my family is from Wales, used to speak Welsh, so I want to learn it....I know a handful of words at this point).
6. Learn to play Ukulele
7. Learn to quilt, and finish the quilts I've started
8. Learn to crochet
9. Make/paint/complete 25 different art projects, or about 1 every two weeks (I really need to work on being more creative.  Since going to school and having a professional job, I literally feel like the creative side of me has died.  I must revive it, even if I have to schedule artistic time).
10. Scrapbook! (At least my wedding, but it would be nice to get some other stuff done too, like my vacation this past year...)
11. Write a book. (I have a bunch of book ideas in my head, some I've actually started. I want to actually complete a book this year.)

So there it is! My New Year Resolutions and Goals. I actually prefer the word goals, but whatever. 

So how do I jump head first into the deep end of good health? 
Still working on that, but I will for sure be going to the gym. I want to start out at least 3 days a week, then push that to 4, and then eventually push it to 5.  I've also been looking into joining a Beach Body, 21 Day Fix fitness challenge group.  I am hesitant though because of the price. Its a lot.  But its also a money back as long as I actually stick with the program... I really have nothing to lose...right....and there is something seriously wrong with me if I can't stick with a program for 21 days.

I'll let you know what I decide.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

30 day diabetic challenge.

First off, wow.
Thank you to those of you who read my little blog.
I haven't blogged in what feels like forever, yet there are people out there who keep reading it. (Or at least people who click on my blog and therefore BlogSpot counts it as a view). That is really exciting.
BlogSpot tells me I have audience from the United States, Canada, Egypt, Australia, France and Poland to name a few. I think people stumble across my blog because they are looking for help, for answers, and for shared experiences from fellow diabetics.  I hope I have been of some help to you.
That has inspired me to really get back to this. Diabetes is a hard disease to live with, but its easier with help.

So a little update.  Actually not much to update. But I do have an appointment scheduled with my diabetic nurse in approximately one month.  My goal is to do a 180 with my health by then.  I need to get serious about my blood sugars, about my weight, what I eat, how much I sleep, exercise, etc etc. I want to go to my appointment in a month and impress the socks off of my nurse. (not really, please keep your shoes and socks on...gross). I want my A1C to be the best its ever been. And additionally, I'd like to get my body as healthy as possible so I can have a baby.

Dear God, did I actually put that out in the universe?!
Yes I'm (cough, cough) 32 and I think I'm finally ready to be a (cough cough) parent. If you can't tell, that idea still kind of freaks me out.
(Also I swear that's not an April Fools Joke...)

So who is with me? Who wants to become more healthy as a diabetic but also as a person? (Diabetics are people too!) Who wants to do a 30 day diabetic challenge? (These are really things we need to be doing for the rest of our lives, not just 30 days, but hey, baby steps)

Here it is! For the next 30 days...starting today (or today being whenever you may read this), I challenge you to...
1. Test your blood sugar every morning after you wake up. (My blood sugar goal is 90-140)
2. Test your blood sugar before eating (that includes before mindless snacking...better yet, don't mindless snack)
3. Test your blood sugar 90-120 minutes after eating.
4. Test your blood sugar before going to bed at night.
**If you have a different plan for blood testing prescribed by your doctor, than follow that plan as your challenge**
5.  Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning, 8oz-16oz.
6. EAT a healthy breakfast in the morning, something with fiber and protein.
7. DO NOT drink any Soda, sports drinks, or energy drinks (UNLESS necessary to correct a low)
8. At least 30 minutes of movement in your day. (Example walking around your neighborhood.) This can be done in 3 10minute increments if need be, just make sure to get it done.
9. Record and log what you do. This is not only for your accountability but also so you can refer back to good and bad days to figure out what made it a good or bad day.  Plus at the end of thirty days, other than feeling great, and maybe looking great, you'll have something you can see as record of your success. Because no matter what, at the end of the thirty days, if you've stuck with this, that is a success.
10. Eat at home MORE. And I'm not talking about fast food or restaurant food taken home. Cook more of your food and eat it at home. This is just healthier, plan and simple. I'm not saying don't go out to eat (yeah right), but make a conscience decision to eat more at home.
11. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. For me, this means going to bed around 9 or 10pm and waking up around 5 or 6am.
12. Take your vitamins. Talk to your doctor (if you haven't already) about what supplements you made need.

There you have it. Feel free to comment about your experience with this challenge.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Diabetes and Trigger Finger

I am continuing to learn about the many complications that can be caused by diabetes. My most recent discovery, Trigger Finger.

In my case, specifically my thumb. Although I've had a few scares with my middle finger.

So what is trigger finger? Well according to the Mayo Clinic, trigger finger is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. Specifically if the tenosynovium, or the protective sheath that surrounds the tendon becomes inflamed frequently or for long periods, the space within the tendon sheath can become narrow and constricting. The tendon then will not be able to glide through the sheath easily and may catch the finger in a position before popping straight. With each catch, the tendon itself becomes more irritated and inflamed. And ultimately, your finger can get caught in a bent or extended position.

Lucky for me, my thumb stuck in the straight position. So what can you do to avoid trigger finger?
Well you are already at a greater risk of developing a trigger finger if you have any of the following conditions; rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, amyloidosis, and certain infections such as tuberculosis. Diabetes is always on the risk factor list, right?! Oh, and trigger fingers are more common in women...nice. I'm still trying to figure out just what I can do to avoid trigger finger (especially since I feel I have another one coming). Because diabetes is a risk factor, I've been told better diabetic care. Get my numbers better, a better A1C, healthy diet and exercise. Oh well if that's all...

What are the treatments for trigger finger? Well it depends on the severity, but some of the treatments are;
--Finger exercises
--Avoiding repetitive gripping
--Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin) may relieve swelling.
--A steroid injection to the area. HOWEVER, this may not be as effective in people with other medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
--Percutaneous trigger finger release. Performed with local anesthesia, doctors use a needle to release the locked finger. This procedure is most effective for the index, middle and ring finger.