Small changes: a small plate

I can lower my morning NPH insulin two points!

Yeah!

The small changes in making in my diet are working!

(I promise to stop using !).

I am using a smaller plate for my meals:

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I’ve found that when I use a dinner-sized plate, I want to fill it up with food.

Ha.

And I’m getting plenty to eat using this smaller plate.

I’m feeling great right now. 😉

 

Small changes!

So I’ve been working hard to get my blood sugars down.

The rules are simple. Eat real food, avoid sugar, stay active, take my meds, and test my blood sugars twice a day.

Easy?

Some days are easy, other days are really hard. Sometimes I just don’t have a lot of energy.

But I not here to dwell on the hard stuff. Not this time anyway!

I have made many changes in this quest to feel better. I’m eating spinach and broccoli almost every day. And at least one salad every day!

But things like bottled salad dressings and things like butter can be traps. Also I cannot overload my stomach; that’s no Bueno for my blood sugars.

My daughter-in-law introduced me to rice vinegar, and it’s tasty!

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No calories, no sugar, no salt. And it tastes a bit milder than other types of vinegar. Yummy!

This bottle of rice vinegar costs under $4 at Uwajimaya.

Small changes help me every day, but especially on the days when I crave something sweet.

I’ll share more of my small changes!

Hail, Caesar? Are you kidding me?

Last night I went to see The latest Coen brothers film with some friends.

We walked out, I think it was after thirty minutes or so.

It felt like an eternity.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Coen brothers films, usually.

Hail, Caesar is a stinker. Despite a star-studded cast, the film meanders all over the place in search of a story that makes any sense at all.

Hail, Caesar takes place during the 1950’s, at a major Hollywood movie studio.

I can’t tell you any more, because I kept falling asleep. Hail, Caesar failed to make me give a shit about what was going to happen next.

The only good thing about the experience was I had an excellent time with some good friends.

B.Burcroff gives Hail, Caesar 0% on her stink-o-meter.

This weekend I am going to see The Witch! I will give you that review next week.

Taking a breather

The last 2-3 months have been really busy for me.

I know; I’m retired, right?

I’m a soccer granny these days, and I love it! It’s a way for me to spend time with the grand kiddoes, but also stay active. Moving keeps my blood sugars down, and my mood at an even keel. 

But it’s been busy, as I said. I got kind of tired out. But thanks to my son Jay and my new daughter-in-law Aya, I’m getting some time to chill!

I hope to spend some time with friends tomorrow night (happy hour+movie), then Saturday night I’ve got an reservation at a swank area hotel (the jacuzzi suite, thanks again Jay & Aya).

So staying busy is good, but so is taking a breather!

It’s 57 degrees F in Seattle today, a few clouds but some sun also! I’m sitting on the back porch watching Rose and just breathing…

Diabetes update

I’m doing so much better!

All the changes I’ve made are helping:  nighttime insulin, increased exercise, and  paying attention to what and how much I eat every day.

I’ve tripled my daily activities since December, averaging between 5-6,000 steps a day. My goal is 10,000 steps a day!

I’m feeling lots better, have more energy, and am noticing my mood has improved also.

Onward and upward!

Blogging note: I am still trying to figure out how to use my Google pics here on WordPress. I’m posting via iPhone, and as usual it’s taking me some time to figure it all out! Ha!

Connecting 

I got my first computer in 1996. It was a desktop, and I thought it was the greatest toy I’ve ever had. Connecting to the Internet was a frustrating experience for me, at least at first.

I was in graduate school, and it was expected that I would become computer and Internet proficient. Quickly.

Social work students are kindly folks, usually, and a few of my fellow grad students helped me a lot. I learned how to navigate my computer and the Internet world.

My next computer was a laptop, and I was amazed all over again. I could carry my computer around with me! Awesome!

Tonight I’m connecting to the Internet via iPhone. Most nights I also use my Kindle Fire to read email and watch my shows on Netflix and Hulu. 

Holy moley.

I don’t really need a computer anymore! 

Modern technology makes me happy! 

I just have to move pictures over from my laptop. I’m working on it!

Managing my blood sugars

I successfully managed my blood sugars for six years. 

This past year I did not do so well managing my Type 2 diabetes.

So I’m working to get my blood sugars back down, with some help from nighttime insulin.

I’m doing well so far, mainly by cutting sugar from my diet, eating more veggies, and exercising again.

It can be tricky managing how much I eat at meals. I can’t overeat, but I need to get enough food. I’ve found that eating raw veggies before meals helps me control my appetite.

But I hate cleaning celery and carrots. That’s where baby carrots come in handy!

And the more expensive option of cleaned/cut celery ensures that I actually eat my veggies!

Yeah I know, I’m lazy, but it’s something I accept about myself! 

  
So here’s my veggies, right next to the onion rings I’m baking for the kiddos!

I’m going to be blogging my latest venture in healthy eating, so expect more of these posts!

It’s snowing in Seattle!

Who knows if we will get any accumulation, but it’s great just to see the flakes!

  

Happy New Year!

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It’s been a great 2015!

You know, some good, some bad.

Life.

But it’s almost 2016, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

a bit of this, a bit of that

The National Weather Service is predicting our first “fall like” storm tomorrow.

For Seattle, that means rain, wind, possible power outages.

It means that fall is closing in on us, and I’m ready for it!

It’s been a hot dry summer here in the PNW, and I’m ready for rain, cooler temps, and hot soups for dinner )along with a load of fresh bread with a nice crust). I’m not complaining. At my age, I try to remain grateful for every day I can swing my legs out of bed and get ready for another day!

Ha!

Kids are getting ready to go back to school-my youngest grandchild is taking advanced placement courses and Chinese this fall. Where does the time go?

I got my free copy of Windows 10 (FREE) and downloaded it to my laptop. It’s working pretty good so far.

Washington State has been dealing with lots of wildfires; I’m hoping the rain helps put some of these fires out. I’m not always a praying kind of gal, but I’ve been sending out good thoughts and hoping our neighbors and firefighters stay safe.

I’ve not been blogging a lot these days, because Facebook is so damn easy. I sometimes think about the days I would rush home and get ready to push out my daily blog posts. Hell, a long Facebook post is three paragraphs! Add a picture or a smiley face and you’re done!

As for my reading, I’m re reading the “In Death” series of books, in order. I own a lot of them, and borrow the rest from local libraries. On Kindle, of course.

It’s been almost 14 months since I retired, and I’m still in a kind of weird space. I’m really enjoying not working. I miss the money, of course, but my heart just isn’t into going out and working every day. I’m enjoying looking after the family, doing yard work, trying out new recipes, and sleeping in once in a while. It’s a lot less stressful, and something I’ve needed to do for myself for a long time.

So if you take the time to read this, I thank you and hope you are doing well.

Come on, Fall!

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Seattle pic

The photo above is one of mine, taken a few years ago at the Seattle waterfront.

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