WORLD DIABETES AWARENESS DAY

TL 11-14 WORLD DIABETES AWARENESS DAY (2)

https://youtu.be/LGCjKPmegdU

No matter what type of diabetes we have, none of us want to be part of this “club”.  This is a frightening disease because it’s so unpredictable.  What will it attack next?  According to a recent study published online in JAMA, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and have so far managed alright.  My hemoglobin A1c is not at goal yet, but I’m working on it.  Diabetics can only manage symptoms now.  There is no cure for diabetes type 1, and if people like me with type 2 can lose weight, it’s possible to maintain a healthy blood sugar – but a type 2 diabetic will always be a type 2 diabetic regardless.

I asked the folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they had anything in particular to add to my post today.  Here’s the one response I received:

I think every day should be Diabetes Awareness Day. It is a work in progress for many of us. You have it on your mind all the time, and if you ignore it, it can cause so many complications.  – John Manganiello

Some of us express our thoughts and feelings through the designs we make.  I guess I’m in that category.  Here are a few I’ve come up with that say what I need to say:

AS WE MANAGE

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

It hurts to be judged – especially when it is something as intensely personal as your body and your weight where your health is concerned.  I had a chiropractor ask me in a very flip and off-hand manner, “Why don’t you just lose the weight and get rid of the diabetes?”  I never went back to him.  I wonder why???

Judging doesn’t help!  People think they can shame a type 2 into compliance and obedience.  It works the opposite way for me.  I’ll speak for myself – but if someone belittles me all the time – nags me about my eating habits and crushes my spirit – I’m going to eat more.  No, I can’t explain it – but it’s true.  I suppose I just think “Well, I can’t do anything right, so why try?” 

Now…  encourage me and I’ll go the distance and I will reach a goal.  It doesn’t have to be much of a compliment – just a little one will set me in motion heading in a positive direction!  It’s how I’m wired – how God made me!  If I do good and I’m told it’s good – I’ll keep it up! 

I’m thankful for the support I get online and on facebook in the diabetic community.  They seem to understand and that really helps when I feel like I’m the only one struggling.  🙂

DITCH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DAY

TL 1-17 DITCH NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS DAY

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?  Well, now all the hoop-la that surrounded the fiery determination you felt when you made that promise to yourself has died down, and you have been sorely tempted to settle back into some old, familiar and let’s face it – comfortable habits and patterns that you know are not too good for you!

I’m not scolding you, I’m talking to myself too!  I told myself I would do a little exercise every day this year.  Frankly, with the colder temperatures and feeling a little under the weather, it’s been a lot easier to sit in my recliner watching DVD’s of “Touched By an Angel”.  I’m getting plenty of spiritual exercise, but that’s not taking my weight off.

To add further incentive, there is a new study that suggests it is not the weight we carry that necessarily harms us, but it is the fact that we do not do some form of physical activity every day!   They say 20 minutes of walking every day will do the trick.  It’s not the crazy one hour workout you do once in a blue moon that counts, but the consistent activity on a daily basis that will be the most beneficial.

January 17th is the most common date to give up on resolutions.  Today we acknowledge (notice I did not say celebrate) DITCH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DAY.

I don’t have a gym membership.  I exercise with a recumbent bike, treadmill, free weights and bands here in my house.  I have a lovely area where I can walk when the weather is good.  I just have to make it a priority.

The message I want to pass along to you today is that God did not make robots.  There is not a button we can push to make us be perfect (I know because I’ve looked everywhere for it).  Now, it may sound like I just offered you a perfect excuse to give up, but I’m not finished.  Since we are not perfect, as we try to keep our resolutions we will not be perfect.  I have not exercised every day this year.  I missed yesterday, the 16th.  Does that mean I will give up completely – throw my hands up and say, “Well that’s it then – I’m never going to exercise again because I didn’t keep my New Year’s Resolution”  – ???

To quote the Apostle Paul…  HEAVEN FORBID!!!

I’ll simply pick it up today and look ahead.  Looking behind is not only a waste of time, it is totally pointless in every way.  Look back for what?  To beat myself up?  To heap a pile of shame on myself?  Shoot NO!  I had a good day yesterday and maybe my body needed a rest – but yesterday is over and today I need an attitude that is positive and says, “YES I CAN!”

1-17 CANS

Join me and be a part of God’s “I CAN CLAN”.  There is NOTHING we cannot accomplish with the Lord by our side, right?  Good talk!  Now – I gotta go exercise!  😉

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (15)

 

TAKE CARE

10424247_652103474874069_3967698806916136750_n

I believe people mean well.  Most people have a kind of “sign-off” to their conversation that goes something like this:  TAKE CARE.  It’s a rhetorical comment, not something we are expected to respond to.  We’re just expected to smile, nod and say HEY, YOU TOO – GOOD TO SEE YOU, or something like that.

It seems like all I get done is taking care of myself.  Wouldn’t it be so nice if I didn’t have to think about every little thing as it concerns my health?  It’d be great if I was not restricted by diet, activity level and the style of shoes I wear.  When I was younger, I wore pretty shoes with a nice heel.  I wore pretty dresses or suits to work with open-toe sandals in the summer.  Today my feet are more delicate and particular.  I’m forced to wear a closed toe shoe with plenty of “wiggle room” for my tootsies.  When my feet are happy, I’m happy.

Type II diabetes is such a frustrating disease.  Everyone (including my chiropractor and doctor)  tells me  if I lose weight, it will magically disappear.  That is my only incentive for losing weight because I would love to be rid of it once and for all.  I stay active and I’d set my diet up alongside anyone else’s any day of the week – I eat a very healthy diet!  The weight will not leave – it will not GO!

I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but I’ll make an exception this year.  If it’s true that weight loss would rid me of type II – then I simply have to resolve to get the weight off once and for all.  I’m doing 30 minutes of cardio in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.  I’m not a couch potato by any means.

Friends, please keep me in your prayers.  Pray that I stay strong and achieve some significant weight loss and a drop in my A1c.  How great would it be to be taken off insulin and not have to take as much metformin?  Now I’m taking 4 250 mg capsules a day and 20-35 units of Levemir every night.

The weight seems to be glued to me – that’s the only way I know how to describe it.  It really likes me and wants to stay.  I really don’t like it and don’t want it to stay – LOL! 

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.   – Doug Larson

Living with invisible chronic health conditions is challenging.  I try so hard but the effort I put in is not always visible to others.  I’ll keep trying…. and do my best.   I’m making a New Year’s Resolution to TAKE CARE.  And I hope you will take care too!  😉

It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book!  Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?

ResizeImageHandler

Click on the link below to get your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx