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So. It’s April :)

1 Apr

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And that means time for some new and improved goals/resolutions!!  Let’s see how well I do this time around!!

Things started out great when the mailman came bright and early and brought me my new SkirtSports loot!!  Two new skirts, a tank and a new grown-up running bra! I can’t wait to wear my new Gym Girl Ultra for Saturday’s Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon!!

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Better pictures soon!!

Sunday is Easter, of course, and I’m hoping to head to NYC to spend a bit of time with my cousin from Minnesota!

And there’s that packing thing that I’ve started…

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Oh. And taxes? Yeah. Should probably finish those before I leave the country!!

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And now for the goals.

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Since I haven’t been terribly successful the last couple of months, I’m aiming low. I need the feeling I’ll get from actually accomplishing what I set out to do!! Plus I’ll be starting that new job (FINALLY!!) and need to figure out my schedule!

 

And so I bring you Anne’s April Goals:

  • Running – I set my monthly mileage goal pretty low, and definitely attainable – 35 miles. Yeah. Kind of a cop out but … that’s that. Also a running goal – to finish the Paris Marathon while there is still support on the course!! The course limit is between 5:40 and 6:00 depending on what I look at. My PR is 6:18. The only solace I can give myself is that the 6:18 was done with VERY very little training. So. We shall see!! If nothing else, it will be a gorgeous tour through Paris!!
  • Organization – I did a pretty decent job in March of getting my office cleared out. Some. There’s still a bit to go so I’ll be finishing that up this month. As well as getting my basement a little more organized so it can return to a more relaxing kind of place!
  • Other Fitness – again, as every month, I want to be much more consistent with my Bikram practice. At least 3 days a week is not unreasonable at all!! Especially with such a low mileage goal.
  • Insulin Pumping/Health – I should hopefully get this figured out and stable by the end of the month! It’s a never ending adventure though!

I figure this is all very do-able – and I should see much success in a few weeks and head into the summer ready to start training for the Marine Corps Marathon!!

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Flashback to Beating the Bridge in 2014!!

But before any of this…I have some packing to do and some Francais to be parlez-ing 🙂 And a little matter of my Third 26.2 in 6 months!

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It’s Been a Big Week!!

27 Mar

HAPPY FRIDAY

So, I finally got back into the gym AND the Hot Room this week and it feels good!! And, though it makes me sad, and muddy, the snow is almost all gone so I guess Spring really is here. On top of all that, I’ve started playing around with some changes on the blog here so we’ll see how that goes!!

2 weeks from now I’ll be in Paris, panicking about…er getting ready for the Paris Marathon so lots of excitement around here – though sometimes it’s hard to tell…

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I will never get tired of this picture!!

On top of my Paris trip planning (scheduled a cooking class and a champagne tour!) I also started on my insulin pump this week. I’ve had it for 2 weeks and have been using the Continuous Glucose Monitor on it’s own while pumping saline in place of insulin. Wednesday I filled my cartridge with insulin so it is ON! I definitely like the convenience and there will be more on this coming up…

I also got some exciting mail deliveries this week! Who doesn’t love great mail?!

Gotta Sparkle during the Paris Breakfast Run the morning before the marathon, right?!

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For the Breakfast Run the morning before the Paris Marathon!

And since I’m travelling with my oldest friend in the world, Fellow Flowers to celebrate our Fiercely United relationship!

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The last time Eydie and I ran together was probably 7th grade PE…it was an excruciating hour long mile!!

 

And the other great news? Maybe you notice a new badge in the sidebar – That’s right!

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I’ve been selected as a Skirt Sports Ambassador! When I first started wearing skirts to run, Skirt Sports was the skirt I wore! And I remember VERY well the days when I was the only person on the course wearing a skirt!

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Me, rockin’ the 2004 NYC Marathon in a TRIKS – an original Gym Girl from Skirt Sports!! ps – I got a NYC PR here…was it the skirt?

 

Of course, now that’s all changed. I wear a few different brands of skirts, but the original is still my favorite “all-in-one” skirt (that means it has panties or shorts under!) I can’t wait to share all of the fun with you. And hey, why not start off with a little gift…from me to you 🙂 That’s right. A discount code! I Know we love our discount codes right?!! When you order from Skirt Sports, use this code — SSORF20 — for 20% off of your order. And you know what else is pretty neat about that code? You can use it to participate in any of the Skirt Sports Virtual runs!

I was just over there grabbing some great new things and lots of goodies on sale!! Good thing I start my job soon!

So wishing you all a wonderful weekend!! Get out there and get it!!

 

Being a Responsible Adult….

15 Oct

It was a little over 10 years ago that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (ironically, to me, it was about 5 years after I started actually exercising and you know…moving). I was diagnosed with an A1C that was WAY above acceptable – I want to say it was around 12 or so. The target A1C for a diabetic is around 7. The average A1C for a non- diabetic is anywhere from 4.5 – 6. So, I was way out of acceptable ranges.

I had no symptoms, but had switched doctors and the new guy wanted to run full blood work – that’s how it was discovered. Up to that point my blood sugar readings at my regular primary care visits were completely within acceptable range…

At first I was pretty good at managing my numbers. I gave up many things I love 🙂 Oh, real, regular Coke – how I miss you!!

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And, of course they had just started opening Krispy Kreme shops in California…

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I hated sticking my finger so I found meters that let me do “alternate site testing” – which generally meant, for me, my forearm.

I found an endocrinologist. The only one covered by my insurance. And there was something like a 4 month wait. So I waited. I took the Metformin that my PCP had prescribed. I went to the Diabetes Education classes. Finally saw the endo and he really didn’t do much more than the PCP had…

Fast forward to later in 2004 – I had sold my house, quit my job and moved to the East Coast where I, eventually, found a job! With the job came insurance once more so I headed out to find a Primary Care doctor and an endocrinologist. First visit with the PCP and my numbers were once more out of control (no insurance = no medications) so he upped some dosages and added in Glimipiride (as well as blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication as stroke preventives…). I then visited my new endocrinologist and after hearing my history, she wanted to run a new test – a GAD Antibody test (Presence of these antibodies means that your pancreas is under attack and will eventually stop producing insulin.) When that came back positive, she told me that I had what they were starting to call Type 1.5 or Type 1X diabetes  Dr. B put me on insulin – a small dose at bedtime. (Feb 11, 2005 was my first time! — the dates we remember!!) as a start at reducing my morning numbers.

I did what I was supposed to, I ate decently most of the time, lost some more weight and my numbers started to REALLY improve! Time passed and it got more and more difficult for me to keep things under control. Which is very frustrating which would sometimes lead to a little “binge” on foods I shouldn’t eat much of…which would make the numbers bad which is a never ending cycle…

Late last year, I had to change my Primary Care doc since he was retiring. My new GP (who has since moved to Seattle!) decided I needed to get back to seeing an endocrinologist. But meanwhile she put me on a second insulin regimen – to be taken before meals.

Slowly things started to improve again. Very. Slowly. I finally met with the new endocrinologist and it has been quite nice to get real explanations of the “whys” behind why I need to do what I need to do. And I decided, once again, that I need to take this seriously. Plus with all the #Dopey15 training, I need to be sure to stay on top of things!! One of the big things we discussed was the results from that old GAD Antibody test, and what I have is now being called  LADA or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults.

Today I had my second visit with the endo and things are definitely improving! We’re even taking me off of one of my oral medications which makes me happy. I will never be completely off of everything, since I just don’t produce as much insulin as I need to, but it is VERY nice to be able to knock one off of the list! Now, the only medication I’ll be taking specifically for diabetes is insulin!

We also discussed adding a Continuous Glucose Monitor to my arsenal. This would be REALLY handy not only for running/training but also because I’m starting to become desensitized to lower blood sugars – not having any symptoms til my numbers get near dangerous lows. Eventually we may also look at combining this with an insulin pump to gain better control.

So things are definitely looking up, and the changes I am making seem to be working! My A1C is *almost* at target, my cholesterol is all good and all of my other numbers are pretty impressive 😉

And I still get to splurge every now and then – which is fine with me!! Cause we know I love me some cake!!

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