Better Late Than Never

An update on how my workouts have been going. The last couple weeks I have started my training for a half marathon. I have officially completed 2 full weeks of the training and am on my third. Over this past weekend, I ran one of my best “long runs”. I took Brady down Hines Park. It was a little chilly, but so gorgeous and sunny out. I also had one of my best “short runs” Monday night. It was a quick run, around the neighborhood. But it was the longest I have gone without stopping in a longgg time. Felt amazing!! Of course until my shin splints and ankle pain flared up after.  Not sure what is going on, but my ankle has been killing me lately. It is so inconsistent and I can’t pinpoint exactly what it could be. Sometimes it hurts to put weight on it. Other times, it is when I’m sitting at my desk at work. Or on certain runs, or after I run. It isn’t swollen or discolored or anything. I really am unsure what is going on. After my run Monday night, I foam rolled my legs and did some planks and burpees. Ry and I are also doing a 30 day plank challenge. I took last night off of running to help rest my ankle/shins, and just took a walk with Brady and Ry, and then did some strength exercises while watching TV (lunges, planks, squats and pushups).

A couple weeks ago, a friend gave me their old Fitbit Flex (they upgraded :)). I have wanted one for a long time and have been hoping/looking for a great sale. It has definitely kept me more accountable for what I do on a daily basis. It has also helped me realize how much I sit throughout a day. It is honestly so gross to me. I hate it, not to mention they say sitting is the “new smoking“.  Being that I have an office job, and sit a majority of my day, I knew I needed to do something. The Flex definitely helps to push me to go to the gym after work or run when I get home…or at least stay active and not sit myself on the couch and do nothing at the end of the day.  During lunch, I now go somewhere and just walk around. I park further from the entrance at work, and get up often and take the “longer way” to wherever I’m going. I also have realized just how terribly I sleep each night. I always knew I slept like crap most nights, but now I have back up 🙂.

I’m excited to keep up the work, and see the progress. I also want to now start taking a class of some sort, or find ways to stay active during the work week.

The “eyes” Have it.

A couple weeks ago, I had my annual eye appointment. I’m not the best when it comes to these appointments. As I can touch my own eye, and it doesn’t bother me to see others touch their eyes. I’m the worst when it comes to drops! Since this is an annual diabetes checkup, I feel they do extra drops. I can never keep my eyes open, and the tech and the doctor always have to hold my eye open. I’m a mess!

But…good news!! I have zero complications! Not sure, and it is probably just my over anxious self, but I always get super super nervous for these appointments. It terrifies me to think that there could ANYTHING wrong with my eyes/diabetes. I am by no means the “perfect” diabetic. I am working on my habits, to make them better. I also understand that the nervousness I have should motivate me to be better.  So I get even more excited when these appointments go well. The doctor told me, again, that if they didn’t know I was there for a diabetic checkup, they would never guess I was a diabetic. Especially, since I have been a type 1 diabetic for 23 years.

I urge you all to make and keep your annual diabetes eye check-up. It is a great way to detect early complications, and some complications can even be reversible! Stay healthy, and stay knowledgeable about what is going on with your body!

 

Working Out and Blood Sugar

I have officially worked out two times this week!! I know it is not a lot, but it is certainly more than I did last year at this time, or even last week. My workouts have been super sporadic. So working out at home, and then going to the gym last night feel like an accomplishment for me. Granted, the gym was so so packed (which is no surprise). But it was nice to get out there, and get my sweat on J.

Monday, I did some free weights at home and lunges. I ate some leftover pasta about a ½ hour after I worked out. Not sure if anyone else experiences this, but my blood sugar drops a couple hours after I work out. The timing of this drop varies, based off the actual workout, how long I work out for, the intensity of the work out. I noticed that on Monday, I had about a 2.5 hour “drop time”; basically I dropped after about 2.5 hours of working out. When I drop, I try to not load up on calories, especially after a workout. Monday, I had a few small pieces of candy, to get the quick rise in my blood sugar. I then ate some peanut butter toast. Since this all happened in the evening (I worked out when I got off work), I didn’t want to experience another drop in the middle of the night. Toast and peanut butter has been a go to move for me since I was little and I had a low at night. It helps to carry me through the night.

Tuesday, I went to the gym. I ran 2 miles, and did a few leg workouts (felt so amazing to be back!). We had a couple of Ry’s cousins over for the night, so we ordered pizza (not a fun food for diabetics). I ate about an hour after I worked out. Again, my blood sugar runs higher after a workout, and the pizza put my pump into overdrive. I did do an additional bolus a couple hours after I ate, to help with the inevitable high. I think the pizza helped me to have a drop last night. I woke up at 143, and didn’t wake up once last night. I call that a win.

Today, I am taking a rest day. I am meeting up with a couple girls from MDA camp for dinner. I may do something when I get home, since I won’t be going to the gym. It feels weird to not have my bag packed and will be even weirder to not go to the gym on my way home. I also have my annual eye doctor appointment today. So here’s hoping everything turns out exactly how it should.

It is just such a great feeling to be sore, and sore for the right reasons! I have realized just how out of shape I have become, and am not a fan at all how my clothes have been fitting recently. Not to mention, I have a wedding dress to fit into in 9 months ;)…perfect reason for some extra motivation!!

 

Any tips on how to handle after workout lows, or after workout highs?? Tell me how your body reacts to your workouts!

New Year

Happy New Year!! Happy Holidays!!

I for one cannot believe it is January 4, 2016!! Where did December go? Between all the holiday plans, and starting a new job I feel like December flew by much quicker than it normally does.

We had a jam-packed holiday season, which I’m sure helped time fly. We purposely decided to do nothing for NYE and the days following. The weekend was spent watching movies, running very few errands and relaxing. It was awesome, and not to mention we got caught up (slightly) on movies we wanted to watch. We got through the original (3) Star Wars series and finally watched Jurassic World and of course binge watched some Netflix. Especially since we both went back to work today and we have a lot of wedding planning to get moving on, it was so nice to do nothing this weekend and make no plans.

We have some major goals this year. I like to think of them more as goals than as resolutions. And they are smaller goals, so I can keep myself more accountable. One of the big ones is to run another ½ marathon this year, which will hopefully get me back into running, and push myself to do better.

Another big goal is to get this blog up and going. I have noticed that after work I am lazy, and don’t do much. This is totally new for me, considering I have been going to school at night after work for the past 5 years (up until this last year). So I am focusing on this as my outlet. Of course we have a wedding to plan, so that is a big thing for 2016. I could not be more excited. I will share more on this later 🙂.

Something I spent some time (and money) on this Christmas was working on my wardrobe and makeup routine. A lot of my clothes are super outdated, worn out and just need to be replaced. I’ve had a pair of work pants since I started working full time, 8 years ago!! I received some clothes for Christmas and some gift cards that I used to help buy a few new basics. Some of my favorite places to shop for basics are H&M and Old Navy. I hit up their sales, and use RetailMeNot for coupons. You can’t beat their prices and their styles are super cute and can go from work to after work seamlessly. I also bought some new makeup products. I feel now that I have a job in a corporate setting I need to up my game in both the clothes and makeup departments. So far, using new (better) makeup has helped my confidence level at work and in my personal life. I also bought some new cleansers that I have yet to try out. I will have to post a review on everything soon.

Good luck with your goals/resolutions!! 2016 is going to be a great year!

Christmas Parties

Well I have officially been to a couple of Christmas parties this season. My extended family always celebrates the week before Christmas; it makes it easier because we are such a large group. Ry’s family decided to do Christmas early this year as well. This week we had our work potluck Christmas party.

 Needless to say, there was a ton of great food, treats and fun holiday drinks. Anyone else have a terrible time controlling themselves around so much food? I feel like any will power I may have (which already isn’t much) immediately goes out the window. One I know this is not a healthy mindset, or habit to have, but it is especially not healthy for a diabetic. Eating and not really thinking about what you’re eating. Or eating while talking and not paying attention to intake or giving yourself the correct amount of insulin can be very dangerous.

For example: my blood sugar has been terrible the last couple of days. I am thinking it has to do with having 3 parties in a row, and eating more sugary items then I normally do. Based off how I am currently feeling, I think I am going to stay away from the extra sugary items the rest of the week. Not to mention pay even more attention to my insulin and blood sugar levels.

Today I have been running pretty high, all day. I tried to eat a little, because I started to feel sick from not eating. I did extra insulin and am still running high. I think the next step for me is to check my infusion site (where my insulin pump is connected to my body). I have been downing water, like I’m a fish out of water…which is good on multiple levels.

I also realized, all the extra food is causing me to gain weight, and I know everyone feels this way. Or else we wouldn’t have the ongoing joke about “holiday weight”. So I decided to make sure my work outs this week are one of my biggest priorities.

Any tips for how to participate in all the good food and treats during the holiday season, but make sure to keep your blood sugar stays normal??

Not quite a hiatus

I can’t say this has been a hiatus. My absence from my blog has been more than just a hiatus.

The last couple months have found me in a weird depression like state, I guess, it is the best way to describe it. I was unhappy with my job, and frustrated with where I was going. I was always exhausted, and would spend my evening’s veggied out on the couch in front of Netflix. It was a weird place to be in, because I didn’t feel like anything was really wrong. I also didn’t notice how much it was affecting me and my body. My blood sugar was off, I stopped working out regularly. I started to not worry about what I was eating. There was a definite change in how my clothes fit, and that I was uncomfortable in my own skin. Not to mention I was super cranky all the time.

While this was going on, I was actively looking for a new job. My job turned out to be nothing like I thought it would be and nothing like I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I felt disconnected with my coworkers, and felt out of the loop. It was not a healthy environment for me. I also decided that I needed to make some serious changes. When you joints start to hurt and your pants don’t fit, it is a huge sign. I started to watch what I was eating, and work on portion control. I also stopped buying candy and pop, and used all my will power to not eat the candy or “treats” in front of me.

In October, I started a new job. And I could not have been more excited. It gave me more tasks to do day-to-day. I had more exposure, the people were fantastic. I felt like I had a little more freedom, and wasn’t chained to my desk to do the same thing over and over again. Who would have thought that changing my work environment would be the push I needed to change other aspects of my life. I stopped being so lazy every day after work. I started to do more around the house, and make it a priority to not sit in front of the tv and Netflix for hours upon hours. I started to run again. It helped that the holiday season was approaching; it is my favorite time of year and automatically puts me in a better mood. Ry and I made plans to do more on the weekends, and do different “fall/holiday activities”. This definitely helped my mood. With the new job came new opportunities and responsibilities and meeting new people.

November came along with even more “new”. I was approached by a recruiter, and asked if I wanted them to submit my resume for a marketing coordinator position at an international company closer to my house. More money, more room for growth, better benefits…everything that comes along with a larger company. I really didn’t think I would get the position, and I certainly didn’t think it would happen so fast. Within a couple minutes of submitting my resume, they asked for a phone interview. Within hours of that interview, I was asked for a face to face interview, and the next day they had made me an offer. An offer I could not pass up. So after only being at my other position for about 2 months, I put my notice in.

Now we are to the end of December, I feel much better. I have more motivation to do more. It helps that I became extremely concerned with my health, not only my day to day health, but my diabetes. I fear that anymore long term durations of having high blood sugars and not watching what I eat and my insulin intake better will lead to complications down the road. Complications I cannot, and more importantly DO NOT, afford to have (both financially and personally).

So here are some of the major changes I have implemented into my life since starting my newest job (and hopefully my lastJ):

  • Checking my blood sugar before every meal, or whenever I eat.
  • Checking my blood sugar when my insulin pump prompts me to – after meals, after running high.
  • Running at least 4 times a week (inside or outside)
  • I joined a gym last night, in between work and home, so there really aren’t any excuses for me to not stop by on my way home or during lunch.
  • Eating better, and eat less with portion control. And making it a priority
  • Watching how many carbs I consume, and making sure to adjust insulin as needed.

I still have a long way to go, and I still have days where I don’t want to do anything, but I am feeling so much better and noticing a change. One I didn’t really realize I needed to make.

Wedding Wednesday

Man, I’ve been pretty bad at updating all of  you on our upcoming wedding.

This past weekend we officially asked our wedding party to be apart of our big day. We decided to have a BBQ and invited everyone over. It was a nice night for everyone to meet/hang out. The boys went outside to “labor” over the grill, and us girls stayed inside. Overall it was a great night. Everyone said yes, so that was a relief. Now that we have our closest family and friends by our side, we are getting anxious to get some of the planning and creating done…or at least I am :).

We officially have our date, venue, church, DJ, tux rentals ready, bridesmaids dresses and my dress. There is still a lot more to do, but I’m feeling good about how much we have done, how we have found deals and coupons and savings, how we have agreed on so much and how it is all coming together.

I think our next big items are getting engagement pictures done and creating/sending our save the dates. But that also means we have to get our guest list finalized and that is going to be pretty difficult because of the amount of people we would like to invite and the actual number of people we want there (the latter will be much lower than the first, hopefully).

As always, tips and advice are welcome!! 🙂 Happy Wednesday.

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