New year, new ME. It seems like a cliche, but the end of one year and beginning another presents the perfect time to reflect and prepare for change. Balance is the utmost priority in my life, however, and 2016 delivered a few curveballs to whack me out of line. Regardless, I have committed to the following.
1. BLOG! Here I am. I set a goal to add blogging to my routine (HELLLLLOOOOO, my last post was in MAY!). My goal is to post once a month, which will allow me to develop, write and edit a meaningful post. Writing blog posts is one of my favorite things to do, particularly when they are written like a diary entry. My hope is that I have readers who learn something new, think about the topic at hand or at least feel supported.
2. DRINK WATER! As many of my friends know (and often observe) this Mama LOVES her diet soda. Ahhh, my sweet nectar, my liquid gold. Now, when I say I like balance, I mean it when I talk about my liquid refreshments, as well. I drink water. For example, before I leave my house for school, I try to drink 1-2 water bottles (16.9 ounces). But, after that I don't drink any. Nada. In the fall, I agreed to be part of a Water Challenge. I committed to drinking the correct amount of water per day for a predetermined number of days. It used to be said that we need to drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water each day. As time has gone on (and common sense was added, now that I think about it) it has been determined that we need to drink half of our body weight in ounces per day. I'm gonna be honest here and not give up too much info, but let's say my goal is to drink 4 of those 16.9 ounces of water per day. During the Water Challenge, I met my daily goal of drinking 4 bottles each day. AND I FELT AMAZING. Therefore, one of my 2017 goals is to get back to the 4 bottles each day by adding 2 additional bottles throughout the day after I consume the 2 before school. Ironically, the water was very filling and it helped me eat healthier, as well. AND after exercising in the morning, it is not difficult to chug 2 water bottles. See? The eating/exercising/hydrating process is actually a cycle. Win-win.
It seems as if I need to add food and exercise goals....
3. COMMIT TO HEALTHY EATING! The end of a calendar year follows the most dangerous season of my life with diabetes: the holidays. My blood sugar control is better when I have a firm grasp on what and when I eat and the holidays provide everything BUT this structure. I LOVE Christmas and everything that goes with it, including shopping, wrapping, music, looking at lights and of course, all of the social get-togethers that go with it. Sure, I know the tricks about eating dinner at home before going to a party to eliminate the non-stop party grazing. Nonetheless, I graze and my CGM screen looks like a Six Flags rollercoaster with lots and lots of peaks. I benefit from a routine, including Monday-Friday lunch at 11:45. I know when I eat and how many carbs I plan to consume. I do well when I bolus 15 minutes prior to eating to avoid those peaks. Hopefully, with careful planning and a whole lotta will power, I will see more of that happy, flat line of consistency on my CGM.
4. Let's state the obvious...EXERCISE has always been-and I expect it to always be-part of my New Year's Resolutions. This lil nugget has evolved over time, becoming stronger or weaker due to life changes. Kids schedules, surgery, working on education degrees all affect exercise. One fact remains: exercise is good for me, mentally AND physically. Watching my blood sugar patterns has revealed that they hold better in the morning after I wake up, but before I bolus for breakfast. I can wake up and run as far as I want to go without my blood sugar rollercoaster taking a nosedive. However, if I exercise after school, my blood sugar plummets. It is obvious what I need to do in order to have the daily exercise routine I want...run/spin/lift weights in the morning. My commitment is to go to bed early enough (balanced with the family responsibilities each evening brings) so that I can wake up and get a workout in before the kids wake up and my teaching life begins. When the alarm rings each morning, it startles me out of sleep and I spend a few minutes debating whether or not I should get up. If I don't, it most likely won't happen so I get up and give it a whirl. And I AM ALWAYS happy when I do. It is a personal victory that gives me an extra amount of pep when I throw the kids' lights on to wake them up. My time. My control. Exercise helps me in so many ways and I am committed to it in 2017. As they say...It takes 21 days to create a habit, it takes 90 days to create a lifestyle.
So, off we go. Writing this blog post is not only fun, but it also validates my commitment to being a more well-rounded person. Ironically, I am drinking a diet soda while doing it. ;) I hope you are looking forward to my next post...February, 2017!