A Farewell to Carbs

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

Reliable Internet connection and an evergrowing waistline 06/24/2013

Filed under: Failing,Introduction,Starting over — Diabetic Diva @ 10:40 pm

It’s been a busy … uh … year since I last posted. I bought a house, moved into the house, established a reliable Internet connection for the first time since 2005 (I know!). And, believe it or not, I’ve been doing Weight Watchers and working out and trying, trying, trying to lose some weight and get my diabetes under control. I’ve been “serious” about it for about two months now (again, I know!).

So up the upshot is … I’m back. Not much has changed about my health situation. Still on a ton of meds (4 for diabetes and 1 for high cholesterol). Still avoiding my doc and regular blood tests. Still not testing regularly. But there’s a lot I want to talk about, a lot to get down so maybe I can actually change my habits.

I’ve been hitting the gym a lot in the last few weeks, though I’m still not being very consistent with that. Here’s the thing, though, I skipped today because I had to get two cavities filled, took a nap, I hung out with a friend and all of a sudden it was too late to get to the gym. And I realized I miss it. I wish I’d gotten a little sweaty on the treadmill. I wish I’d spent some time swimming laps. I’m looking forward to going in the morning before work.

During and after a session at the gym, I feel different. I feel strong, capable, graceful and optimistic. My arms are strong enough to glide through the water of the pool. My legs are strong enough to carry me more than 2 miles on a treadmill.

It’s getting to the gym that’s the problem. I’ll wake up later than I thought I would, or I feel tired, and the gym is off the table. That’s one of the things I’m hoping to fix in the next few weeks. I want to get to the point where going to the gym is just another thing to accomplish on my daily to-do list. Any suggestions on how to get there?


Finding some friends 01/19/2012

I want to thank all of you readers for stopping by and listening to my musings about health, eating, working out and living life as a young diabetic. I appreciate especially the comments and likes. It’s nice to know I’m not just typing from a black hole in space.

One blog I’ve discovered through the comments is Diabetic in Denial, whose author is so similar to me and my experiences it’s scary. I hope she’ll continue to post about her successes and setbacks. It helps to read about someone who is in the same boat.

I’ve also really been enjoying Fat Chick Fed Up, especially a recent post about how much success she and her husband have enjoyed on the scales. She’s been an inspiration to me, and I wish her all the best.

Finally, Mindful Eating Mama has a lot of very thoughful posts about eating. Her post on keeping a food journal and not writing down the “bad food” she eats — like it won’t count if it’s not put to paper — is something I do ALL THE TIME.

Your turn: Are there any other health/fitness blogs out there that I shouldn’t miss?


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!