Category Archives: type 2 diabetes
Back in my old couch potato days, I spent a lot of time reading, on my couch or bed.
Sitting too long is bad for this diabetic granny. So when I started being more active, I started listening to audio books more. I still read the printed word, of course, and thanks to Kindle I can read on the go.
But with audio books, I can listen to great stories when I’m walking, doing housework, or driving. And since I’m old, I don’t always sleep well, so my favorite audio books help me sleep through the night. Some of the narrators are great, others really stink. I bought an Audible book on sale, a Hercule Poirot story, and the narrator trying to capture Poirot’s heavy accent was horrible. I couldn’t understand a word.
I’m currently enjoying Agatha Christie’s The Moving Finger, narrated by Richard E. Grant. Shadow of Night, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda, is another good one (witches, daemons, and vampires in this All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness). And I’m about halfway through the Kinsey Millhone series written by the late Sue Grafton. And of course, I own many of the In Death stories by J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts. Susan Ericksen is the narrator of these books, and she’s great!
I’ve had an Audible account for a number of years, but I also recommend checking out your local library for audio books. I connect to my library with the OverDrive app.
Exercise, at least thirty minutes every day. Exercise is like medicine.
That’s what the diabetic educator told me just after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2009.
And dang it, she’s right.
I walk everywhere; thankfully, I live in Seattle, which has great sidewalks and a terrific bus system.
There’s also a walk at home program that I use, a lot.
Leslie Sansone’s one, two, and three mile walks are easy to use. The one mile walk takes about twenty minutes, including cool down stretches at the end. Sometimes when I get home form work I’m so tired I just want to drop into bed, but I can promise myself it’s only twenty minutes out of my day. It’s hard to say no when I’m so aware of the benefits of moderate exercise.
The thirty minutes of exercise daily not only helps keep my blood sugars under control, but helps me feel better. My bad knees don’t hurt so much, my lower back problems lessen, I sleep better, and I have mor energy.
And when I add a few down dogs (shown above) into my daily routine, my sinuses clear up.
So I’m feeling quite well tonight, because it’s been a great day off, and I’ve managed to shake the stress of the work week off by spending time walking outside, doing my walk at home routine, and getting some really good rest.
And I will complete two down dogs before going to bed.
That’s all for now.
Oh yeah, the fourth season of Fringe premieres September 23 🙂
- Pie, cakes, cookies
- Potato chips (especially Lay’s)
- Ice cream
Consuming more bad food =higher morning blood sugars.
- Aspartame as the cause of diabetes
- Web MD’s discussion of aspartame-FDA approved, who should and shouldn’t use different types of artificial sweeteners.
- Alan’s blog, about his personal diabetes journey, and use of Aspartame
- “Kiss My Aspartame,” an article on SNOPES about aspartame as the cause of cancer, brain tumors, and MS.
My original title was “breaking bad habits,” but I wanted to give myself a more hopeful title for this post.
I’ve written before about the challenge of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In the past eighteen months, I’ve worked hard to change my eating habits, exercise more, and generally take better care of myself.
But sometimes I have periods of time when I want bowls of potato chips, white bread, thick slices of cake liberally slapped with white icing…
You get the idea.
Sometimes I can enjoy one or two cookies, a thin slice of cake, a small bowl of Lay’s.
And sometimes I just can’t stop.
Inevitably, a big slip up is followed by feelings of shame, disgust, and just plain old anger at myself.
My quest to be healthy includes reading all that I can about getting and staying healthy.
One of my new study aides is a subscription to Yoga Journal.
YJ has helped me a lot in this journey of self-discovery, self-love, self-forgiveness.
In “Nurture the New You,” page 82, Dr. McGonigal tackles the issue of setbacks when trying to make positive changes in your life.
Whoa, this article has my name all over it! It’s also proof, yet again, that what I need will show up when I need it and am receptive to it. More about that, maybe another time.
I tried to find an online link to this article, with no success.
I hope you will go and and find a copy of the February Yoga Journal, but if you can’t here are some points I want to pass on from Dr. McGonigal’s article:
- Don’t mistake the behavior you want to change for who you are. I ate the 4th and 5th cookies, so I’m a terrible person.
- Instead, view the behavior as what is is–a pattern/habit/behavior that’s not serving you.
- View yourself as fundamentally perfect, and don’t focus on your flaws. Focus on your negative behaviors without judging yourself (whoa, I know that one is a biggie, but bear with me for ‘alf a mo).
- Love–you deserve to be healthy and happy; remind yourself how these changes will help you!
- Without judgement, consider how this habit is making you suffer (including being so hard on yourself), and how you want to be free of this suffering.
- Give yourself kudo’s for any positive changes you have made so far. And while you are at it, send some gratitude to friends and family who are supporting you.
- If you are down and feeling blue about a recent setback, remind yourself that you are human, don’t beat yourself up, and focus on the larger goal of being free.
Dr. McGonigal cautions:
- Don’t try to motivate yourself using anger and rejection towards your wonderful self.
- It’s not about feeling sorry for yourself.
- Reframe the behavior you want to change–it’s not a bad part of you, it’s a symptom of your suffering.
- Accept you went looking for happiness in the wrong place (no, Beth, gobs of thick white icing are not the cure for everything).
- Be present with your feelings and don’t push them away, and give yourself some kind and loving thoughts.
- “Remember that you are a person who deserves unconditional love and deserves not to suffer.”
- You deserve to be happy!