As a new diabetic, I have discovered the dreaded hemoglobin A1C blood tests. It’s basically like a not-so-fun test that you can’t study for. It is a test to see a person’s average blood sugar levels for the past 3 months. The normal hemoglobin A1C levels that an average person has are between 5.7 and 6.4. For us diabetics it is a test that shows our doctors how we manage our blood sugars. A really good A1C reading for diabetics is any where somewhat close to the 6.0-7.0 range. Managing blood sugars itself is an up and down rollercoaster that can be a tiring 24/7 task, but we must do it.
Today I went to my usual endocrinologist doctor appointment to go over my test results among other things. I was nervous to see what my A1C report would be because the past three months were during the craziness of the holidays. A diabetic’s A1C can be its worst of the year during this time because we eat what we would normally not eat, not exercise as much, and our daily routine is just not the same, therefore making our numbers stay a little higher than normal. But that is okay! Those are special occasions and we are allowed to live a little! As my endocrinologist opens up her files to pull out my report, I instantly tense up. She looked at the paper then at me with a smile. Her smile made me feel at ease and I was eager to see what my numbers were. She was happy to report to me that my numbers were amazing! She was so happy for me and confident that my numbers were going to be great on this test. I received a 6.6! This was the best kind of news that I could of heard! It had made my whole day, actually my whole week! I remember when I was first diagnosed my first A1C was 9.1! I have come a long way. It just reassured myself that everything that I am doing as I am learning about myself is working for me. Even through Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day I can still listen to my own body and do what it needs.
After hearing this great news, it was time for a celebration! I needed to reward myself for the awesome news and for the great path that I am paving for myself. I picked up my favorite person (my boyfriend) and went to my favorite place for brunch where I ordered a large plate of eggs, sausage, and blueberry pancakes! Quite the celebration!
It is so crucial to be able to allow yourself to have celebrations and special occasions where you can let yourself enjoy and indulge. When big milestones, little achievements, and personal goals are met allow yourself to celebrate and reward yourself with something that truly makes you feel above and beyond because you deserve it.
Believe that you CAN and everything else will follow!
Since February is known as the month of love and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, it’s time to step back and think about those that we love and the support that they give us.
There are so many people in my life that I am unbelievably thankful for. However, this post is about the love and support that the Animal Kingdom can provide.
Winnie the Bunny
I have to introduce my new best friend, my partner in happy frolics, my twin vegetable obsessor, my bunny.. Winnie. Although she is small, she has a great impact on my life. I even think of her as my diabetic alert bunny. Even though she is not trained to help me if I’m in a diabetic emergency, she does help me in other ways. Just by simply being with her reduces my stress levels, in which lower stress equals lower numbers. She accompanies me when we are eating our yummy salads together. She can’t eat breads or candies so its nice to have a buddy that likes to eat the same way that I do. Winnie even enjoys to go on romantic evening walks on the beach with me so that we stay physically fit too. She is my support system and always cheers me up if I’m having a rough diabetic day. Support is one of the biggest qualities to have in life and it can come in all shapes and sizes..even if it’s a bunny.
Reflect on those that you love (human and non-human) and think of what positive impacts they have on your daily life.
Even lows should not take away my happiness at the “happiest place in the world”.. aka Disneyland!
Isn’t it funny that we can often get lows in the most inconvenient times and places of the day? It’s always a stressful surprising thing when it happens. For me, I think it’s because I am so distracted about what I am doing or what is happening around me to where I’m not able to check-in to listen and feel how my body is doing at that moment. I always need to remind myself to allow a little minute to check-in with myself to see how I am really doing.
During these times, especially at Disneyland, I don’t care that people see me pricking my finger. I always think that I shouldn’t have to hide something that is simply keeping me alive.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when I did a wall squat
My legs were so sore, I couldn’t walk across a parking lot.
So today’s Type Happy Challenge won’t be a big scare,
But your legs will be wobbly, so please be aware.
Day 8 for the Type Happy Holiday Challenge calls for some strength. The challenge is to read the Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas” while you perform a wall squat. Take breaks if you need it, but try to finish the book.
- Stand in the sitting position leaning against the wall
- Feet hip distance apart
- Make sure your knees are at 90 degree angles
- You knees should be located directly above your ankles, make sure that they aren’t positioned past your feet or ankles
Feel that burn and your legs workin’!
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”