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

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A Funny Thing Called Hope

My Endo - Dr. G

It’s amazing how the moment that I was so terrified of, became a moment of joy and hope. I basically spent the last couple of days worrying about going to the Endocrinologist on Tuesday. Don’t get me wrong, I like him a lot when it comes to anything BUT my diabetes management. Yesterday, I got a call from his office that ended with my appointment being rescheduled for today…Three days early! WHAT!!!!

So there I was sitting nervously in the doctor’s office, waiting for him to say those awful, dreaded words:”Let’s take a look at your numbers” My horrible numbers that were all over the place. I began to ask myself, “Will he see how hard I am trying and the fact that I wrote everything down? What if he only focuses on the negatives… Will I lose my chance of ever getting the pump?”

With sweaty palms and a racing heartbeat, I watched as he went through my log and began writing notes on a piece of paper. He then turned and looked at me, showed me the numbers I had written and asked, “What do you see? ” Umm… “I see (horrible numbers… the lost chance of you prescribing a pump… my life flashing before my eyes…) high numbers?” I answered and held my breath. He explained that I was getting rebound hypers (high readings) from all of my hypos (the low ones) and that if I got rid of the hypos, the hypers should go as well.

There was no ‘What are you doing wrong?’ No blame or hurt. Instead he said that  he was impressed… He told my mom that I was maturing. He believes in me. I felt like I had won the lottery! Amazingly, although I was already self-motivated from before this visit to finally gain control of my diabetes. Now, I feel on fire and I know I can do it! I got the validation I needed that all the hard work I have done so far is actually showing. I guess the funny thing about hope is that you can find it where you least expect it.
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My Diabetes Really Hates Going To The Doctor

Sometimes my blood sugar does not seem to want to co-operate with me. I have an appointment with the Endo in less than a week (well actually in six days but who’s counting) and I was hoping to be able to proudly show my log book with perfect glucose numbers in it and he would then say, “Well Steph, I think you’re ready for the pump!”

Apparently, Big D missed the game plan! My goal was to have my

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bloodsugars under 7 mmol/L. Which was going pretty well until this week. Now however, my meter would blatantly show you 12s, 15s and even 20s. Seriously? What happened to all of my pretty 5.2s and 6.6s?

Hmm… Maybe I am stressing a bit (which would explain the high readings). Hmm… I know… I’ll call in sick. – Eh, Doc I can’t make it on Tuesday… I’m under stress caused by having to come in for a visit. – I don’t know about you but I don’t think that will work -_-

My diabetes must really hate going to the doctor lol.

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Getting Back Onto The Wagon

The years following my diabetes diagnosis I could have been nominated as the poster child of the “perfect” type 1 diabetic. I kept my appointments, tested frequently, logged my numbers, rode my bike every evening, etc, etc…

Since this post is about getting back onto the wagon, when I say that the perfect diabetic fell off I mean HARD…. with the wagon veering out of control since no one was guiding it. I just wanted to be normal. I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be one of the cool kids who sat on the benches laughing over snow-cones (with sweetened condensed milk) and (fried cod) fishcakes instead of the girl who had to stick herself and got to cut in line because she was “special.” I know most of my friends probably accepted me as I was but I was young and insecure.

So I cheated and skipped testing so that I would not have to explain a high or “HI” blood sugar. I rearranged my numbers, for example, instead of writing 9.4mmol/L I would write 4.9mmol/L. Man I’ll tell you that wagon was definitely O.U.T O.F. C.O.N.T.R.O.L and I oblivious to the damage I was doing until I started getting sick , at this point I would try to do the right thing. I guess you could say that sometimes it worked and I stayed out of hospital and other times… well let’s just say that I have been in hospital more times than I’d like to remember.

There were times I found myself running after the wagon, barely getting a grip on it when a bump in the road would cause it to slip out of my hands again. I was doing all that I could. I wanted to be better and I was trying. Those road bumps included anything from getting periods to studying (both schoolwork and boys) to those days when you have no idea why it is high but it is. Then there would the ride of shame (on the hospital gurney) when I got admitted to hospital where the nurses and doctors would ask, “What you eat now?” or state “You got to be doing something wrong!” but I really wasn’t. I was being really good but puberty meant my body changing and I understood neither my body or the doctors’ answers to my questions. That wagon was on its own again. I just stood and watched it go.

After years of running after it and getting dragged for a ride I got Fed Up! I mean seriously pissed off! So bloodied and bruised I began searching for a solution. I began my search for the answers which included things like the insulin-to-carb ratio and calculating correction doses. I am more aware of what I eat and its effect on my blood sugar and I am exercising again. I think I have finally gotten back onto the wagon. However, this is not the end of my journey but rather the beginning, now that I have gotten on again my new goal is to steer my wagon back home to an A1c of under 7%.

With you guys by my side I know I can do it! If you have fallen off of your wagon then I encourage you not to give up either and get back on – We will get healthy together!