Tag Archives: blood sugar levels

101 things in 1001 days

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. (Inspired by Allison from Low Snacks and Lip Gloss)

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: April 26th 2012    End Date: January 22nd 2015

Personal Health and Wellness
1. Establish a weekly workout routine
2. Run another 10K
3. Run in a half-marathon
4. Have A1C less than 6.5
5. Be able to do 25 perfect push ups
6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day for one month
7. Take dance lessons
8. Become more toned
9. Go a month without fast food

Travel and Entertainment
10. Visit Florida
11. Visit London
12. Visit Jamaica, where my dad’s side of family is from
13. Take a Euro. Trip
14. Visit Trinidad
15. Visit New York City, where I was born
16. Visit Las Vegas, NV
17. Go on a Catamaran cruise
18. Attend a performance at the Frank Collymore Hall
19. Attend a festival
20. Go on a picnic
21. Attend a concert
22. Visit all of the monuments around Barbados
23. Visit the Barbados Historical museum
24. Go to a cricket match
25. Go sing karaoke
26. Attend a blogger meet-up
27. Go bungee-jumping
28. Take an island safari trip

29. Go horseback riding

30. Go on the submarine

31. Ride a jet-ski

32. Visit Harrison’s cave

Creativity and Education
33. Paint 1 painting a month
34. Take a photography class
35.Take a pastry class
36. Take a web design class
37. Learn and use new word every month for a year
38. Learn to drive
39. Learn to type
40. Learn to swim
41. Learn to sew
42. Learn a foreign language
43. Learn to play poker
44. Create a comic strip
45. Learn how to create the perfect smokey eye
46. Become better-educated about wine

Culinary Skill
47. Learn to make the “perfect” chocolate chip cookies
48. Create a signature drink
49. Learn how to make a traditional Barbadian dish
50. Bake a pie from scratch
51. Make a pizza from scratch
52. Host a dinner party
53. Learn proper knife technique
54. Plan a weekly menu for 2 consecutive weeks
55. Make at least one recipe from a cookbook at least once a month

Purchases
56. Buy a exercise game for my Wii
57. Buy and take care of a plant
58. Buy a camera

Organization and History
59. Document a “day in my life” in photographs
60.Scan old family pictures and make a photo-book
61. Frame and hang my best paintings
62. Consistently log all of my blood sugars in my log for 6 months
63. Organize my closet
64. Organize all of my photos

65. Organize my art supplies

66. Send out Christmas cards to arrive in time for Christmas
67. Organize my blog posts into categories

68. Organize my music collection

Random
69. Sing in the rain
70. Enter a contest
71. Attend church services for a month
72. Mail a letter to a pen-pal
73. Do something special for a complete stranger
74. Read one new book every month
75. Finish a crossword puzzle from each day of the week, but not necessarily from the same week
76.Get involved with an organization that is important to me
77. Plan a girls weekend for my best-friends and I
78. Stop apologizing for things I shouldn’t apologize for
79. Get my passport
80. Throw a birthday party
81. List 101 things that make me happy
82. Find something to make me laugh every day for a month
83. Host my first art show
84. Write a business proposal
85. Get in the habit of writing thank you cards for even the most mundane things (just to blow people’s minds lol)
86. Change jobs
87. Write a living will and have it notarized
88. Host my blog
89. Be more outgoing
90. Read the entire Bible
91. Take a train somewhere
92. Find a mentor
93. Become a mentor to someone
94. Write consistently for 6 months
95. Volunteer for something
96. Enter a pageant
97. Start modeling (again)
98. Meet another d-blogger
99. Build my self-confidence
100. Play a sport
101. Inspire at least one other person to start a 101 things list

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Testing

SEELOW, BRANDENBURG - AUGUST 08:  Country doct...

Testing. Why do I hate you so? I have to admit that I absolutely despise checking my blood sugar. I have been trying to figure out the reason but I am still at a lost. You see, I don’t mind the blood, the poker doesn’t hurt that much (most of the time not at all), it only takes 5 secs to read and yet I feel pure, unadulterated dread when that time comes. Maybe it is the fear of knowing that it is not where it should be at that point in time. I tend to feel like my number. If my meter says I am high, I start to feel that way even though two seconds before I was feeling fine and it was probably high then as well. Maybe it is the routine of it all – taking it out, testing, waiting and maybe freaking out, fast forward two hours later and repeat.

What ever the reason I have decided to take the plunge! To take a trip on the wild side. I am going to test before and after each meal, before I go to bed and at 2am. I printed a log sheet from Accu-Chek  called a 360 degree view tool that allows me to chart my readings into a graph. My first testing goal is to stick with this at least until the 17th. That is when I will have to see my Endocrinologist. I hope he will see all the hard work I’ve been doing and really consider me as a candidate for the insulin pump. Even if he doesn’t, I will have a better idea for how my sugars are trending.

That is the real reason to test. You want to be able to see how well you are staying in your target zone. Testing can show you the effects of food, exercise, medications, illness or stress have on your blood sugar and alert you of a high or low. It puts you in control. Well, I’m off for now to do a bedtime blood sugar test .

Enhanced by Zemanta

3 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Why I’m Crying

Heartbreak is a hard thing for anyone to deal with but when you are diabetic it can seem ten times worse. However, you can’t stop everything you are doing, eat a ton and sulk like you see in the movies. Your diabetes needs to be managed and you have to do it unless you want to add DKA to your pity party. Stress, in any shape or form, tends to raise my blood sugar levels higher than the Empire State building (or Central Bank for all my Bajans) and thats no joke, especially when you are trying to lower your a1c.

So today when the guy that I wasn’t sure I still liked, reminded me he was leaving and moving over 4000 miles away – I felt sad. I was heartbroken. Why is it that it is only when something is gone that you realize how much you really do miss it. It is like growing up before my diagnosis, I never liked anything sweet but after I would gaze longingly at my friends sno-cones and the snack table at the end of each school year filled with sodas, cakes and ice-cream. When I could have them before, they were never that appealing and the same is true with this guy… kind of.

So here I am with a tear-stained face wondering why am I crying. Is it because he is leaving…. (Seems like an awful lot of tears over a guy that I’m not sure I still like that much if you asked me)  or is it because my blood sugar is a bit high? (I tend to get overemotional with high blood sugars, either really angry or really sad.) Whatever the reason for my tears, I now have to focus on bringing down this high reading. An extra shot of insulin, a bottle of water and a comedy (laughter is always the best medicine at times like this). Hopefully, today won’t undo my whole week.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

April 4, 2012 · 4:08 pm