Monday, September 9, 2013

Destination ME: Week 2

WOW!!  I can't believe how such a simple concept as this "Destination ME" project that Hallie started would benefit me!  Last week I wanted to be in bed and asleep by 10:30 each night.  I did ok most of the nights but there were a couple nights that bed & sleep didn't happen until after the midnight check :(  However I did make up for it one night when I was asleep by just after 8:00.  Exhaustion caught up with me.  The one thing that I did notice this week is that by allowing myself to be in bed that much earlier I was much better equipped to deal with the curve balls that were thrown at me.  I didn't feel nearly as stressed and overwhelmed as I have previously when thrown these nasty stressers.  Some of the curve balls were D related but most of them weren't.  We are in the middle of trying to sell our house and purchase something slightly bigger.  All summer the real estate market out here has been incredibly slow.  As a result we hardly had any showing on our house all summer.  (3 in July and nothing in August).  Since the beginning of September we have had 8 showings of our house.  Now I'm giddy that we are getting showings but I could use a day or two (or three!) in between them to catch up on stuff.  I am tired of my house having to be "Show Ready" and I would really like to be able to do laundry without being rushed.  I hang most of the laundry to dry and when we have people coming so often I can't leave the clothes hanging to dry as I would like too.  My dryer is getting WAY too much usage the last couple weeks!

Since I noticed such great success with last weeks goal I am going to continue with my early bedtime as much as I can.  This weeks goal is to eat breakfast EVERYDAY!!  I know that this may sound simple to some people but for me it is really hard.  And it's not because I'm not hungry.  I just don't take the time for myself to actually sit for 5 or 10 minutes in the morning and eat before we leave for school.  Most mornings I will grab a banana or something as we go out the door and I will eat this as soon as I get to school.  I know this is not good for me, (even though I'm eating fruit).  I need to sit and eat a proper breakfast and I need to take the time to eat it slowly and enjoy it.  I am hoping that if I do this I won't be starving by the time recess comes and thus will be able to resist the sweet treats that inevitably end up in the staff room.  Even on the days where I pack a snack I am always so hungry I am end up eating my snack AND some of whatever has been brought to share :(

Hopefully this week will be as successful as last week!!


First Week Success!!

Monkey's first week of grade 5 is done!  I can't believe it.  Where did the time go?  I must say she had an AMAZING first week!!  She loves her teachers this year (all 3 of them!) which makes me very heart happy indeed.  As far as D goes last week wasn't too bad.  She had a few lows but nothing drastic and with a couple tweaks I thought we were good to go.  I was expecting the lows just from the change in routine.  What I didn't expect was the 2.5 that snuck up on her today and knocked her for a loop.  A nasty no-good 2.5 that showed up right at the beginning of recess and that came AFTER a breakfast of Honey Nut Chex.  This cereal normally sends her sky high and the only reason she got to eat it on a school day was because the healthy fruit shake that I made her last night before bed decided to curdle in the fridge overnight rendering it un-consumable and left her in tears.  Sweet cereal to the rescue!!  Needless to say the fact that she didn't feel the 2.5 left me rather disconcerted.  This was followed up by a 3.3 after lunch this afternoon :(  Needless to say there were more changes made this evening.  Hopefully the rest of the week will bring up more success.  The other thing that has me crossing my fingers is dance.  Ballet started tonight and is just the first of her 4 weekly dance classes.  She is quite serious this year and has even decided that she will sit the Ballet exams at the end of the year!  Her new ballet teacher has never taught a T1D but was super receptive when I stopped in at the studio to give her a quick rundown of what to watch for.  I'm hoping she is as understanding the first time a low disrupts her class!  We have 2 more new dance teachers this year so hopefully they too will be understanding and receptive of information.

Hope everyone else's weeks were equally/more cooperative!!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Destination ME

Okay so I totally stole my title from Hallie but it works so I'm going with it!!  I have decided to join Hallie in her journey to take better care of herself.  I need to do this too for me, for my physical self as well as for my sanity!  In the last 12 years I have yo-yo'd up and down with both my weight and my fitness. I used to go to step classes twice a week. I used to dance ALOT!  I even took up running at one time and liked it so much that I completed a sprint triathlon.  I'm not entirely sure where I lost myself but I did. I miss the me that was more active. I miss the mental clarity that came with being more active & healthy.  It is hard working full time, running a house and all the things that mom's do. As soon as you throw D in there then things get messy and all of a sudden there is no more time to even contemplate taking care of one's self. Well no more!!!  From here on in I need to take some small steps to find a healthier me.  So starting this week I am going to do things for me. Just little things. This week I am going to follow with Hallie's suggestion for sleep!  Ah precious, beautiful, long forgotten sleep!  My goal for this week is to be in bed and asleep by 10:30 each night. We'll see how it goes but 10:30 should give me enough sleep even when I factor in night time checks.  I'll keep you posted.
Hallie, thank you so much for the inspiration!  You ROCK and we CAN do this :-)