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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 15:01
Subject: It doesn't look like much...
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Tags:gardening, rl, scrapbooking, tmi
but boy oh boy does it hurt.





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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 20:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, the diabetic thing is recent. My mom told me all the women in our family turn 40 and diabetic at the same time, so I figure I did pretty good lasting an additional dozen years. As for weight loss, I should be so lucky! I'm holding steady at around 250 pounds. The only treatment I've had so far is starting metformin (one pill per day). I'm supposed to meet with my family practice's nutritionist, but I've had trouble scheduling one as our calendars do not have many open slots in common.

Is there a particular watch you want? I take it you don't have a smart phone, as that's what I use for timers & appointments & the like. I've been very surprised by the usefulness of smart phones. I was a slow adopter when it came to carrying a mobile phone since I don't enjoy talking on the phone and I never felt the need to be in constant conversation, but I find I use my phone for just about everything -- in a pinch I can post to LJ/DW, I can check my calendar, look up phone numbers and addresses, use it as a GPS, it even has a (knitting) stitch counter that works better than any other method I've tried. I know you're on a fixed income, so perhaps a cell phone is out of your reach?

Also, any hope of finding the watch for less on ebay than on Amazon?
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-13 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's much harder to get low blood sugar when you're only on one Metformin a day. They must have diagnosed your diabetes quickly--most people find out because of unexplained huge weight losses. Whenever I'm not getting medical care/meds, I drop 50-70 pounds in the space of about a year; when I'm on meds, I gain that amount back even more quickly. (It all has to do with the starvation/then eating factor. Diabetes, untreated, basically starves your cells of sugar, dumping it all into your blood without the insulin to use the sugars from what you eat properly. So your body starts using up its fat stores to live. Once ypou get meds, the body goes into hyper-protective mode and stays there: hoarding calories.) However, if you never lost the weight from your diabetes being untreated for a long time, you shouldn't have the same problem with the meds. I hope you get a good nutritionist; some of them ae hopeless. Do try to eat (or drink supplements of) as much fiber as you can--it's very important for diabetics. And (ugh) water--water is important, too.

One thing I didn't know for years: if your blood sugar does go below 80 (or low enough that you're feling wobbly or faint), drink juice or soda, or only eat foods that are pure sugar, about 1 carb's worth (15g): no fat, no protein, for 15-20 mins, check your blood again. If it's at 80-120, you're okay to eat a regular meal or snack then. But fats/proteins slow the absorption of the glucose, which is not what you want when your blood sugar is low.

Ack--sorry to bore you with this! :-)

No, I don't have a smartphone. Monthly (even pay-as-you-go) cell phone service is out of my reach. I have a decent little Samsung slider QWERTY phone from Net10 that Suzan got for me to use for my trip last November, but I can't afford to keep that in service except for a trip. I love to talk on the phone...but not on cellphones. I want to hear my friends clearly, not be saying "huh?" every five seconds. *g*

Ebay might have watch I'd want at a good price, but sadly they don't take Amazon.com GCs. ;-) Otherwise, I might consider them. It's where I got my teeny portable HD this past winter. But I had a few $$ on hand then from my tax return.

I'm still cogitating on the issue; currently I'm debating between http://tinyurl.com/76urqsz and http://tinyurl.com/6nwa7xx. It's mostly looks, the rubbery plastic wristband vs. cloth (breathability); both have all the other features I want/need. I prefer the total look of the pale blue one...but the medium blue one has the cloth wristband. So I'm dithering. I might stick them both on my Wishlist so that I can dither at my leisure. *g*
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-14 18:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the drive home last I was thinking about our conversation and realized I'd never answered the part about Nia. It's a fitness thing, sorta like Zumba but with much different music and it's supposedly a fusion of seven of "the Healing Arts" -- yoga, tai chi, the alexander technique, modern dance (and I forget what else). More info can be found on Nia's website http://www.nianow.com. For the most part I enjoy the classes and I am noticeably stronger than I was when I started, but the new-agey focus on Chakras and setting intentions and the like drive me up the wall. And I know the teachers repeat the things they've been taught whether or not there is a factual basis for them (reflexology, Reiki, spiritual connections between movements and emotions, etc., etc.). As a former subscriber to Skeptical Inquirer magazine, I'm skeptical of much of what I hear in class, but I don't have the scientific and/or medical background to know exactly what's hoohaw and what isn't. I think I'd be happier if the teach just helped me figure out how to get my body to make the moves she wants and not mention Chakras.

No worries about boring me, you aren't. My husband has been diabetic for over ten years but I don't really know much about the disease. And it isn't as if I cook -- it'll be interesting to see what the Nutritionist thinks as if left to my self, I'll happily eat boxed cereal for breakfast, fast food at work at lunch, and peanut-butter
filled pretzels for dinner every night. I don't mind drinking water; I think I go through between a half gallon and full gallon each day. I also have two or three cups of black coffee I have in the morning on work days (black tea on the weekends), and one or two cans of regular soft drinks each month. So pretty much, water's my buddy. I think diet sodas will kill you and after reading up on corn sweeteners, I'm starting to feel the same way about them.

I looked at both watches and I see why you're having trouble deciding. The reviews for both make either one look like an excellent choice.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-14 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll look at the Nia website, thank you for the info! I do understand what you mean about skepticism (almost spelled that the BrEng way after writing Lewis for months! *g*); I'm very much a skeptic myself. I take all customer reviews with a grain of salt and find spiritual and religious claims to be hooey--I'm not a religious person at all. I don't think there are "chakras" or that a wafer of wheat turns into the body of a dead guy, or in a trinity of one God, or that we have spirit animals, or that there are magical healing powers in the horn of a narwhal. I like for stuff to have been proven by rigorous application of the scientific method.

Just change your breakfast cereal to a high-fiber one (if it isn't already), watch the sugar, and you're good with breakfast. (You should have only 4-5 carbs, max, per full meal, and only about 1 carb for snacks, equalling about 5-6 meals (3) and snacks (2-3) per day.) Fast food can be kinda bad. And pretzels with peanut butter--not enough nutrition, and possibly too many carbs, depending on the number of pretzels you'd eat. But those would be an acceptable snack. :-)

You are so much better than me at drinking water. I do like Diet Pepsi--been drinking it for decades--but I've cut back on it substantially the past few years. It possibly is bad for me. *rueful grin*

I'm still dithering about the watches. *g* I really do need something to remind me it's time to eat again, so that countdown timer option would be perfect. (It's on the cheaper watches, too,but lots of reviews said those had little buttons that were hard to push and hurt their fingers. Not good.) But oh, I really, really want this filing cabinet, too. It's functional, yet pretty. I'm an artist and I love interior design--I don't want something ugly. and this would fit the look I'm going for in my room. (It had a lot of good and detailed reviews at other websites.) Oh, the dilemma! :-)

Did you get Ep 4 of Lewis in the mail yet? I hope! I do have copies of 2-4 that can be played in a DVD player from someone, and of course I have the pro DVDs now, too, so if you want to borrow the fan-made ones, I'm happy to loan them out.

Ooh...must rip the pro eps to my hard drive as backup....
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