A Farewell to Carbs

A 30-something navigating the world of Type 2 Diabetes while remaining fun, fashionable and fabulous.

Cardio Now 01/01/2012

Filed under: Goals,inspiration,Working out — Diabetic Diva @ 9:07 pm
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Getting up this morning, the first day of the my new gettin’ healthy plan, was rough. Oh man. I could have slept until noon and then headed out to a friend’s for brunch.

But that was the old me. And I couldn’t start the month by not adhering to my goal of 30 minutes of exercise a day. So I rolled out of bed, changed into gym clothes (which look suspiciously like my pajamas), strapped on some sneakers way and tried to make my bedhead hair less scary.

On my drive to the gym, I told myself I would do 45 minutes of cardio, maybe a little weight lifting. It, uh, didn’t work out that way. Nope. 5 minutes into the elliptical machine (henceforth known as ‘The Bitch’), I thought I was going to die. 10 minutes, I began praying for death. I made it 15 minutes and then switched to the bike. I lasted 15 minutes on that and then crawled back to the locker room to collect my jacket.

In short, it was an embarrassing showing. I have only been out of the gym for two months. It felt like I’d spent the last two years being carried around by servants.

Tomorrow will be easier, of course. And in 2 months, I can look back at this and laugh at how hard 30 minutes at the gym was.

I have to give credit, though. Beyonce’s Run the World (Girls) got me through today.

Your turn: So what’s your go-to workout song, the one that inspires you to do 5 more minutes on The Bitch, or however you’re blasting calories?

 

The girl with the plan 12/31/2011

Filed under: Goals,Introduction — Diabetic Diva @ 11:49 pm
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It’s 2012 and a time for new beginnings.

A little more than two years ago, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I was 30 years old, and the news was devastating.

It wasn’t unexpected. I was more than 100 pounds overweight, got winded climbing more than two flights of stairs and regularly unhinged my jaw to inhale entire candy stores (not really, but it felt like it).

Surprisingly, the diagnosis has done little to change my eating habits. Oh, for a few months I counted carbs and went to the gym. And then I got angry because I couldn’t eat what I wanted to eat and I stopped. Yeah … that will show the diabetes!

Ignoring the problem (and dodging my doctor) didn’t make the diabetes go away. And I’m tired of feeling out of control.

So here’s to 2012, and chances to make a fresh start. Instead of some big, fat resolution that will┬ábe impossible to keep, I’m going to set two goals per month — all of them focused on developing those healthy habits that I’ll need to make major changes in my life.

The first two goals are relatively modest:

0 Stop eating fast food. It doesn’t really taste that good, I shouldn’t be spending my money on it, and it’s not helping my blood sugar levels

0 Exercising at least 210 minutes each week. This works out to 30 minutes a day, which is completely achievable.

Along with those, I’m hoping to get some friends involved with my getting healthy journey. In addition to making exercise and eating healthy more fun, letting other people in on my goals will help to hold me accountable.

So put on your bike helmet and get ready for the ride!