End of the year ramblings

Who would think getting diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes would be a blessing? I do. I have been vegetarian since June 2017 and have been doing well. I think my body is detoxing all the years of not eating right. Once I was diagnosed with T2D (type 2 diabetes) I had to find a diabetes educator. I found Mastering Diabetes and watched all of their videos and read all of their articles. I quickly became a member so I could have support and be educated more. The owners of MD are Cyrus and Robby, both young men that have type 1 and had other health issues when first diagnosed, when they went Whole Foods Plant Based they had a lot of healing happen and they do not need as much insulin. Cyrus has a Ph.D in nutritional biochemistry and more importantly he follows his own advice to others.  So once I learned about insulin resistance even more and about WFPB I began tweaking my lifestyle again. I do take medication because I wanted to make sure my body wasn’t going to be harmed by high blood sugar but the amount has been lowered. My average BS was 232, A1C was 10, cholesterol was 198, insulin was 23.4 (yikes). I also started seeing a nutritionist close to home and everything I told her about MD she loved. The weight started falling off, I began exercising, and then it was time for my 3 month blood tests; BS average was 150, A1C was 6.4, cholesterol was 169, insulin was 8.4. HOLY moly that is awesome!!

I learned what foods make my BS go up, what makes me feel like crud, and what makes my BS lower. Let me tell you having T2D is no joke!! When my blood sugar has been too high or too low I feel awful and twice it has thrown me into a panic attack at work and thank goodness I got out of my classroom before it bad. I’m thankful I recognized the fast symptoms I was having and another teacher was right by my door so I had her go in. The second time I called the office for help and someone was there instantly. The last thing I want to do is scare my class. I have to plan my meals and I have to bring food with me wherever I go. When I had to fly back to Wisconsin because my niece passed away I had to make sure I had food for the plane ride and where I was staying.

I have lost 35 pounds so far and as of right now my BS average is 120, insulin is same, A1C is 5.8, and cholesterol is the same. I did have a hemorrhagic cyst in August that caused havoc to my body. That sucker was the size of a golf ball and painful! I had to go to half day at work (which the boss was not happy about). I had surgery in October to remove it and I am finally feeling awesome again. I am back to exercising. 

I want to make sure I am working through my grieving and that I am supporting my body as much as possible. Losing my two cats a week apart has been so hard!! It has been four weeks since Monster left and tomorrow will be three weeks Daisy left. I miss them SO much. I love the memories I have of them but life is weird without them. They were apart of my family for over 19 and 17 years. I am thankful we adopted two kitten the beginning of November. They are siblings the boy is named Chester Bennington and the girl is named Freddie Mercury. They are adorable, sweet, and naughty. Slash is having a blast with them. When Daisy and Monster were alive they also really liked them.

In my health journey I stumbled on a video on YouTube (gosh I love this site). The young lady talks about health and healing. She made a comment about eating foods that have been alive (fruits and vegetables) because how can foods with no life bring us life and healing? A good thing to think about. For today I made sure to drink my celery juice for breakfast (thank you Medical Medium) and I have not eaten any regular foods yet. I am going to try to do intermittent fasting. I have heard some really great things from people who do it.

With the New Year coming why not cleanse my body and my home? I am making a list of things to do with my body to cleanse it (food, sitting in the sunshine and when the moon is out, juices, smoothies, soups, detox baths, castor oil packs, warm oil massages, etc) and then I am making a list of what to clean and declutter in the house followed by saging it from top to bottom! I found this thing on Pinterest where you take a large mason jar and fill it with paper of good things that have made you happy or have happened to you through out the year. What a great idea, I am going to give this to my children and hope we can come together at the end of next year to see the year’s awesomeness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Man.
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

– The 14th Dalai Lama

Do you make new year resolutions? Do you reflect on the year and figure out how to do better, be better, and what you are grateful for? I saw the above quote and I just sat there and thought about it. I have been all about bettering my health and wellness as well as making a better life for me and my family. It also made me think of a conversation I had recently with my oldest daughter. She has gained weight and her self esteem is pretty low.  There is a young man that she has been talking to online for awhile now and she is chicken to meet him (she is not social like her mama that is for sure). She is even more afraid to meet him after the weight gain. I told her to stop putting her life on hold she is going to be 28 years old and she needs to live and have fun now. I warned her to be careful or she will look back on her 20s and regret not living her life.

One good thing is she is in school so that will contribute to a goal she has. When I ask her what are some things she enjoys to do, she said she doesn’t even know anymore. She feels like the things she enjoyed doing years ago she doesn’t now. I told her that is the fun of life interests change and that is ok. I asked her what does she want out of life? what does she want to learn? where does she want to go? I found some journal prompts on Pinterest so I emailed them to her and told her to answer the questions and go from there.

The one thing I have been tired of saying is we can’t afford to do…….

Now that I am not in school anymore I feel like I can get back to living life and I need to figure out what I want to learn next. Lots of thinking and journaling to do!

ta ta my friends