A Farewell to Carbs

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

Sweatin’ to the oldies 03/05/2012

Filed under: Uncategorized,Working out — Diabetic Diva @ 11:15 am
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Back in college, I took an advertising class where the teacher said that to market something to a particular age-group, use music they listened to in high school.

For me, that would be 90s alternative and rap. There’s just something about Coolio’s “Rollin’ With My Homies” that takes me right back to the parking lot of my high school, cranking the volume on that cute senior boy’s family Dodge before heading to a diner to eat french fries and smoke clove cigarettes. Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Everclear evoke memories of the all-day music festival I went to with a boy the summer before my junior year (and him rescuing me from a mosh pit that formed around me spontaneously).

Remember these? Neither do I ....

So when I read a story online last week about the ultimate 90s workout mix, I thought it was high time to make a new mix. Here’s what’s on my list:

1. Prodigy — Firestarter

2. Everclear — Santa Monica

3. Blind Melon — No Rain

4. Spin Doctors — Jimmy Olsen Blues

5. Garbage — Only Happy When it Rains

6. Coolio — Rollin’ With My Homies

7. Lit — My Own Worst Enemy

8. Harvey Danger — Flagpole Sitta

9. Toadies — Possum Kingdom

10. Reel Big Fish — Sell Out

11. No Doubt — Just a Girl

12. Nate Dogg — Regulate


Little victories 01/08/2012

Filed under: strategies,Working out — Diabetic Diva @ 12:07 am
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After an hour-long walk this morning, I’m happy to report that I logged 220 minutes of exercise this week. There was a few moments that I thought I wouldn’t hit the goal this week because I didn’t get a chance to hit the gym Wednesday or Thursday.

But instead of letting the two days of inactivity derail me, I dug deep and got up early on Friday for a workout. Today was so nice, weather-wise, that taking a walk was a pleasure.

One constant for me, regardless of whether I was huffing and puffing on The Bitch or stumbling through a routine on Just Dance 3 on my Wii, is that music makes the workout. The right song can keep me going for another five minutes or pump me up for a gym session that I wasn’t really feeling at first.

My taste in music usually runs to indie rock, with some electronic and some throwback tunes thrown in. So I combed through my music library and selected songs that got me pumped to sweat. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about — and maybe inspire you to get moving for 45 minutes — here’s a mix I made for you:   http://open.spotify.com/user/121869103/playlist/1UNq38YaDbeImd08SphA5c 

(Don’t have spotify? It’s free for a month, so check it out. I like it because I can make my own mixes and play them through my smartphone. And I’m not getting paid to plug spotify.)

Your turn: What’s your favorite workout? What are your favorite workout tunes?


Inspiration 01/03/2012

Filed under: inspiration,strategies,Working out — Diabetic Diva @ 2:36 pm
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As I freed my car from a glaze of ice and snow this morning, the wind cutting through my work-out pants, I started thinking about inspiration. Getting down to the nitty-gritty, I’m probably not the best person to be giving getting fit advice. After all, I’ve been trying to get in shape and lose weight for the better part of a decade with little success.

Try enough diets and you’ll pick up enough of the basics to know what you should be eating versus what you want to be eating. Because it all comes down to this simple truth — eat less, move more. And this girl has that figured out and in the process lost 140 pounds. You should check out her tumblr post on how she did it (caution — some might think the language is questionable).

And I also found this on my travels around the Internet this morning. While this is not an endorsement of Weight Watchers (although I did lose 75 pounds in a year on that program and made several lasting friendships), this post has some SMART (you’ll get it when you read the post) advice for people making and trying to keep New Years resolutions.

And finally, here’s a recipe I absolutely love from the Mayo clinic. I think I’ll make it next week.