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What Up Wednesday!!

9 Oct

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Okay, I have so much catching up to do here and all I did today was catch up on my DVR!

There was “How I Met Your Mother”, that “Master Chef” with the kids…and maybe something else, but obviously it didn’t stick with me!

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Yes! My TV looks exactly like this!!

But What’s Up Today is that I learned that the doctor I’ve been seeing for the last 7 years or so, since I moved to Connecticut, is retiring in November.  Since I’m diabetic, my doctor is a pretty significant relationship. He is the only long-term doctor I’ve had since being diagnosed with diabetes – we were a pretty good team! And he’s got the greatest staff ever! They’re like family. Okay, some actually ARE his family!

This means I have to find a new doctor. And he likely won’t be a nice old Irish man will tell me “If you ever feel like you want a glass of wine or a drink, don’t say no” like my current doctor did. He wasn’t encouraging me to drink but was telling me that it wasn’t absolutely forbidden.

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I will miss him. Strange I never foresaw this happening. I’d sit and wonder what it would be like when I was 80 coming to see him which, of course, was completely unrealistic since he’s likely got children my age!

Hope you made it through your ‘hump day’ and are racing into the weekend!!

Who Do You Run For?

26 Jul

Who do you run for? What keeps you going when you feel like you can’t go any further?

Once upon a time, I ran a marathon for charity – the American Diabetes Association. Mainly I did this because I wanted to go to Ireland, not because of any interest in the organization. Little did I know that 4 years later I’d be diagnosed with diabetes and, well, get a little more interested in what they do! 

Fast forward 5 or so years. I was getting ready to run my, likely, last NYC Marathon. I’ve run this one about 6 times (I think) and had decided I needed to expand my horizons! I wanted to run for charity but wasn’t sure which one.

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Then, fate struck! I was at the Country Music Half Marathon expo and met some AWESOME people from the Tug McGraw Foundation and Team McGraw. Decided then and there that this was the charity I would run for! 

That was 5 years ago and they still have my heart – and my sole(s) – hah! Get it?! Anyway…when I run, I run for all the people who have come into my life through the Foundation and Team McGraw. I run surrounded by angels.

Recently someone introduced me to a group on Facebook “I run 4 Michael”. What the organizers do is match up runners with people who can’t run. So, always looking for motivation, I signed up. It wasn’t long before I was matched with my running buddy – Kylar. He’s got bilateral Schizencephaly and his parents were told that he would never walk, talk, smile, see, hear…lots of things that he can do now! He’s got an amazing smile and is a little fighter. Now, when I run, in addition to all of my McGraw angels I’ve got Kylar in my heart and on my mind. And hopefully one day I’ll get to meet him in person.

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So, who – or what – do you run for? What is your motivation to get out there when you don’t want to get out there?!

Doctor Doctor

14 Jun

Today has been so very exciting so far! Well…exciting might not be the right word….

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I had my first chance at my new job to work from home and almost had a panic attack when I had problems connecting to the VPN — still managed to get in by 6 and get crackin’!

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Then, I had a dentist appointment. Since I’m getting older and getting diabetic, I go every 4 months instead of every 6. And generally I have pretty good teeth if I do say so myself. Though, I *have* noticed some bleeding when I floss, which is never a good sign. Of course when the hygienist started poking around with sharp tools it looked like open heart surgery in my mouth — the blood was flowing. Apparently I have a lot of “deep pockets” of “bacteria” around some crowns and they are crawling to adjacent teeth and areas of my mouth (yes, I too was picturing a mouth full of bugs thankyouverymuch.) So we did some “irrigating” and she shot some antibiotics in the worst spots (three worst spots…THREE!!). Other than that, however, “You really do have good dental hygiene habits”. Yeah. Thanks. I do floss regularly and I use a Sonic Care brush — which I highly recommend!

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After an HOUR in the dentist chair, I headed over to my doctor. That whole diabetic thing means I should go see him every 3 months to keep up on my A1c readings. I am wishing I had skipped today! Turns out that my A1c is at the level it was when I was first diagnosed 5.5 years ago.

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This means that I am back at square one. Though, about 30 pounds lighter than when I was first diagnosed. And much more active than I was then. AND much more careful about what I put in my mouth at mealtime! So it shouldn’t be too difficult to get things back in control.

  • I will probably continue some form of Whole30 or Paleo eating for longer than 30 days.
  • I will have to get back in the habit of more regular testing during the day so I can catch high numbers before they get too bad
  • I will have to be MUCH more consistent with running and yoga and all other activity – which I was planning on anyway given I have some big races in the fall!

I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again!!!

Hope everyone is planning a happy fun weekend for the Dads! I have some races on tap so look for some race reviews coming up. AND…the much anticipated coconut water post!! What? You weren’t anticipating that? You are now though aren’t you!!

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