Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What, November Already?!?

What's New?

Whew! Well, Halloween is done, and boy, was it busy and fun! Things 1 & 2 enjoyed it quite a lot; they were Dale Earnhardt, Jr. of NASCAR fame and a pink cheetah princess. They had a Halloween carnival at school on Friday (I took last Friday off to attend; bonus was "date time" with Mr. Handsome-and-Handy!) and they went trick-or-treating with one of the neighbor kids (who made a great SuperMan; not just the costume but the slicked hair!) on Saturday. Perfect weather-not too cold-and a beautiful, almost-full moon. Mr. H&H hollowed out 6 huge pumpkins! We had fun carving them and making toasted pumpkin seeds. (Nothing terribly sophisticated, but Mr. H&H's "Windows 7" with horns was delightfully geeky.) And while I love the toasted seeds, sorting the seeds from the guts is *almost* not worth the trouble. Evening snuck up on us, though; the pumpkins took longer than we thought, plus we had to cook dinner, too! Ack! All of a sudden we were racing for time, and everyone ended up eating at the counter or standing up. Oh well. Our good pal "twriter" came over for the festivities; the guys watched baseball and hockey and passed out candy while I took the kids around with our neighbor. Luckily, our next door neighbors came over before I went. They had dressed up their 1-year-old as a bee, and they dressed as beekeepers; too cute!

I may not have paid much attention to the scale in the past when it came to the holidays, but boy, the blood glucose meter sure does help me from straying TOO out of line with the sweets. I had some noshings over the weekend, as planned. When Monday rolled around, though, I'm happy to say I got back on track. When I went to bed that night, I felt a little rumble...was that my stomach? Been awhile since I'd felt that sensation! But I knew I'd had plenty to eat that day, and it was a much more pleasant sensation than uncomfortably full. (I did the "Beck thing" and made a little mantra of it: "a little hungry feels better than belly-bustingly full." Thanksgiving should be a good litmus test of that one, don't you think? ;-D )

Oh, So You Noticed The New Decor?

Yes, it's American Diabetes Month here on "Opposite Life" and elsewhere on the blogosphere, culminating in World Diabetes Day on November 14. So I'm sporting the nifty blue template! If you have diabetes, have you heard about "The Big Blue Test"? Save a couple of test strips, and join in! Per the site: "On that day, at 14:00 hours (local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results on TuDiabetes or on Twitter." The exercise is to highlight the importance of exercise as a tool in managing diabetes. People without diabetes can play, too: join us in 14 minutes of exercise, and be glad you don't have to poke your finger before and after...maybe do a couple of burpees (or your love-to-hate-it exercise of choice) before and after, in solidarity.

Walgreens' Diabetes Wellness Clinics

When I was in the gym locker room today, an ad on TV caught my ears and eyes: Walgreens is hosting diabetes wellness clinics in November at participating stores. According to the Walgreens press release:
"The events, held in recognition of American Diabetes Month®, will take place between Nov. 9-13 and Nov. 16-20 at most 24-hour Walgreens stores.

"Each of these locations will host a six-hour walk-in clinic offering free blood glucose testing, or, for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, free A1C testing. Free pharmacist consultations are also available. Each store’s clinic will be held on one day during either the Nov. 9-13 or Nov. 16-20 timeframe.

"Walgreens also announced it will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association for every test performed at its Diabetes Wellness Events, up to $100,000."

To find a clinic near you here, see the Walgreens Diabetes Wellness Events page.

I found about my having type 2 diabetes from a pharmacy health screening. (Not a free one, though!) Oh, my doctor had gently noodged me about it during my annual exam, given my history of gestational diabetes, but I demurred. ("'Denial' isn't just a river in Egypt," so says the ol' saw....) Earlier in 2008, Mr. Handsome-and-Handy had gone to the doctor regarding heart health; everything's fine there, but he started making some changes toward getting healthier. I'm not sure if the vitamin D and fish oil supplements that I started taking along with him helped me wake up, but I was inspired to go to a pharmacy health screening myself. What an eye-opener that was! In hindsight, I suppose I could have had it covered by going to the doctor's office, but I think I was hoping that either all would be normal or close enough to normal that I could fix it without help. Boy, was I wrong there!

Progress last week

7-day blood glucose average: 100 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 96 (met goal of less than 120)

Weight goals: -.6, so out of the 190s. Barely.

Food goals:
- Brought lunch from home on all work days - yeay!
- Ate lots of veggies. Made my crockpot grilled veggie ratatouille again, with less oil; still delicious! I should have made a bigger batch.
- Got in at least 4 meatless meals and 0 fish meals. (Met meatless, missed fish by 2)
- Fiber: at least 3/7 days were over 30.

Exercise goals: I don't think the following prepared me terribly well for my upcoming races, but oh well. Sometimes it's all about doing what you can with the time you've got.
- Wednesday: 60 minutes BodyPump
- Thursday: 45 minute walk
- Friday: 45 minutes hike/jogging, and then a strength "playout" on the backyard swing set with Thing 2. (She likes playing "Mommy's Personal Trainer"; it plays nicely into her liking to tell people what to do.)
- Saturday: Nada
- Sunday: Nada
- Monday: 40 minutes walk
- Tuesday: 60 minutes spin class (hard, but felt great!)

Sleep: Met goal of 7 hours/night. Wish they were a little more uninterrupted; Thing 2 has resumed her nocturnal attempts to get me to give up my side of the bed, so lots of walking her back to her own bed. Ugh.

Goals for this week

7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.

Food goals:
- Keep going with the veggies!
- Rein in the nuts and dark chocolate; pass by some of the "just a taste of this" and "I'll have a dab of that."
- Bring lunch from home 4/5 work days.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)

Exercise goals:
Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week. Prepare for the Theta Breakers 5K run on 11/8 and the Pillar Point 10K on 11/22.

Misc. goals:
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.


Christie O. said...

yay!! a new decade! and love the new blue! you are exactly right about the seeds, i roasted them and they were deelish but it took me FOREVER to extract them from the nasty pulpness. Anyhoo, the bee and the beekeepers, that is hilarious!

Lori said...

WooHoo! A new decade. I like this color, too :D

debby said...

I am always so inspired when I read your posts about your diabetes. I hope I will remember, and I am going to test my blood sugar before and after doing the 14 minutes of exercise, because I will be at work.

I'm gonna have to come down for one of your races one of these days. And about the See Jane Tri....I don't know, but I have to admit, I am just the tiniest bit intrigued.

Anonymous said...

You're in the 190s, baby!! That's awesome!

I love how specific you are with your goals. That's so motivating!

Courtney said...

I really like the blue background. Sounds like you are doing so well on your awareness of diabetes issues, and you are bringing the awareness to others!

Good luck on the upcoming races, cannot wait to hear the race reports!
Adventures in Tri-ing

Anonymous said...

Aw, the bee and beekeeper outfit was a great idea!

We only had one trick or treater, but somehow 3/4 of my halloween candy is gone! I brought the rest to work so my hubby can't get anymore! :D

I saw that you had zero fish servings - I just tried Chilean Sea Bass and LOVED it! It's not fishy at all - maybe where you live it might be cheaper than my $24 pricetag!

I forgot to tell you my AC1 was 6.4%! :D

Anonymous said...

Love the blue, love the update and love that you keep on trucking! Congrats on the successes even during Halloween!