Skin, Drugs and Rock & Roll?

Its now been a week and a half since my doctor’s visits and starting on my diabetes meds. Taking the meds is a big pain in the butt, but I must say, already I’m feeling so much different. I have SO much more energy it (and I’ve only been taking half doses to get my body used to it!) and my appetite has slowed down dramatically. I’ve yet to prick my finger to see where my B.S. is be sitting. Honestly, I’m afraid of that finger pricker. Because I KNOW it hurts, I can’t imagine doing it to myself intentionally 🙂 Sooner or later I’ll muster up the courage though! But, based on feelings alone, I’m optimistic!

I’m a little scared to start taking stronger doses of everything (the amt the doc prescribed). What if my blood sugar goes TOO low? What if my body can’t handle a bunch of medication due to unforeseen circumstances? I know I’m just paranoid. The doctor definitely knows more about how to treat me than I do. But I’ve never been a fan of medication. I’m that person who will either push through my symptoms, ignore them completely or search for natural remedies before even considering putting man-made medicine in my body. I think it all goes back to my core issue of needing to feel in control. Currently, my body is out of control and I can’t control it without outside help.  Yet.  I WILL if there is any way possible defeat this disease and not be medicine dependent the rest of my life on this planet!

One thing I will say is that I’m so incredibly blessed and thankful to have the partner I do in Brian. I can’t really say it enough. From the moment I told him I had diabetes, he started making lifestyle changes himself to help me along my journey. He has a ‘we’ll fight it together’ mentality that helps keep me strong everyday.

In other news, I’m going to get back to reviewing products here on the site. I did a few reviews for books, and I’ll be continuing that as well. I figure I’ll be trying lots of new things in the months to come 🙂 So look for reviews on Michelle Visage’s book Diva Rules, You Are A Bad Ass by Jen Sincero and also Rodan + Fields Soothe Skin Regimen in the near future.

One final note… I just did the most fun workout (at home) in a long time! I’m a big fan of zumba so I always try to find zumba workouts on youtube that I can do on my off days from the class at the gym. A friend shared this video with me and I fell in love with this guy! He has an entire youtube channel and some playlists with a full workout. I just clicked on the playlist called ‘warm ups’ today. And if those are warm ups I’m definitely not ready for the real deal. ha! I did 11 songs in the warm up playlist and got a GREAT workout! This sweat did not make itself!

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Until next time my sweet friends, namaste!

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Happy Birthday… you have Diabetes!

One week before my 37th birthday [yikes! did I really say 37?!] I receive a phone call from my gyno. My blood test results are in. I kind of expected her to say the words “You’re diabetic”, so it wasn’t a shock when she did. My mother has been living with diabetes for years and to say the least I was certainly not taking precautions to avoid it. That being said, it is harsh pill of reality to swallow.

If you look back through my previous posts you’ll see I’ve always been on some sort of cycle of trying to eat healthy and get my lifestyle right. As per the current diagnosis it’s obvious that hasn’t happened yet! I intend to take this diagnosis and use it as my motivation though. I know how bad of a disease that diabetes can be, especially if it is not treated and met with healthy eating habits and exercise.

So I decided to start up my blogging website once again to chronicle my journey, however long it may be, into diabetes and getting better. I haven’t felt healthy for a long time and I’m hoping that now with getting this treated along with my other issues (high TSH and high cholesterol, yay) that I can start to feel like my old self again. I’m challenging myself to stay active with Zumba 2-3x per week and DDPYoga on my off days. I actually started this last week when I took my Day 1 pics (see below).

I’m also thinking that putting my words out into the universe on things (not just my health) will get me back into being the introspective person I used to pride myself on being. These past few months, hell, year seems I just go through the motions. I have a lot of wonderful blessings in my life these days the least I can do is make sure I’m enjoying them to the best of my abilities!

I have always said that by the time I turned 40 I’d be in the best shape of my life. Well, that gives me 3 years now to get it done!

Also, I like to try and choose theme songs for my year. Last year’s theme song was Secrets by Mary Lambert. This year’s jam is going to be Meghan Trainor’s Me Too. If I can believe about myself what she’s putting into those lyrics, it’ll be a great year 🙂

In other news, had a great pre-bday week weekend! Full of drag queens and musical theatre. Can’t really go wrong there! Enjoy your week everyone and be good to yourselves!

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Today Was A Special Day!

Today is a special day for me!

You may not know me, but here’s a little tidbit about myself. I hate exercising. I didn’t always used to be this way…there was a point in time when I was at the gym everyday running a 5k on that treadmill. I loved sweating, I loved being toned and I loved fitting into smaller clothes.

Well, then I fell in love, got engaged, bought a house and 4+ years later I find myself to hate the conventional form of exercise. I enjoy being active…hiking, walking, camping, etc. but to actually set out to burn off the egg mcmuffin I had for breakfast? Not so much.

I’d really like to have the motivation back that I lost so many years ago. According to my doctor I need to shed a few pounds to keep myself from becoming diabetic since I’m predisposed to get it. Thanks genes! So I’ve been trying to get back on track…. and trying…and trying..and trying some more with no luck.

This week though…something changed. I’m not sure where the motivation came from..but it came!

My typical morning (pre-motivation week) existed of rolling out of bed with only 30 minutes to spare before I had to leave the house. It’d take about another 15 minutes of that time to find something to wear and attempt to make my hair presentable. Then I’d kiss the fiance goodbye and trudge down the stairs with the cat hot on my heels looking for breakfast. Typically I’d leave the house 15 minutes later than I should have.

Not this week though! This week I’ve managed to pull myself out of bed 30 minutes BEFORE my alarm would normally go off! And what did I do with this extra time? ZUMBA!!!!!  Boy, do I love Zumba. It is one form of exercise that never gets old to me. Though I’m sure I look like a marionette with an electric eel controlling my strings (a blind one at that)..I have so much fun. And I did this..not just one day this week..but EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Guess what? I’m going to do it again next week too, and the week after that, and the week after that! I don’t know that it will shed the pounds needed to avoid becoming diabetic…but it sure makes me feel fantastic everyday 🙂

So in honor of this very special day, I present to you a very special locket! One that needs to go in my collection very soon 🙂

Do you love Zumba too?

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