live with physical challenges.
I am NOT a DOCTOR!!! I don't even play one on TV!!! It is my goal to live a more healthy lifestyle. Living well and being happy is what this blog is all about.

"Nothing,' wrote Tolstoy, 'can make our life, or the lives of other people, more
beautiful than perpetual kindness."

- Gretchen Rubin

I write about my own experiences and what works (or does not) for me. Nothing I write is to be taken as medical advice.

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or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy and Humble

There are two different and distinct attributes I credit diabetes with giving me.  The first is happiness.  Some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking I am out of my mind, but hear me out.  If I had not been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I surely would not have been interested in changing my lifestyle.  I would have continued down a path that was leading me to a back alley with depression and low self-esteem.  It's not a fun place to reside and I'm so glad I don't live there anymore.  So, thank you diabetes for giving me the kick I needed to go to a happy place!  I love my new life.  I don't have to be perfect, but I just have to do my best.  No pressure - just self-care and self-love.

The second attribute I credit diabetes with giving me is humility.  You see, I know good and well if I ever stop this new lifestyle I've adopted, I can go right back down the slippery slope toward the back alley.  I could easily slide if I make a decision to embrace those old unhealthy habits.  I can't get overly proud about keeping my HbA1c happy.  I have to take one little baby step at a time and re-commit to this lifestyle every single day - sometimes every single minute. 

I'm just so very thankful that my type of diabetes can be controlled easily with lifestyle changes.  When I think of my Type 1 Diabetic friends and all the stuff they go through every day, my heart just breaks.  There are so many things that healthy people take for granted.  I do not have to count every carb I put in my mouth, but they do.  It's not necessary for me to take insulin shots, but they have to have them.  I am blessed - and I openly admit that. 

So thank you, Type 2 Diabetes, for making me live better and healthier!  It's made me not only healthier, but happier as well.  I will keep a humble attitude though because I know how easy it would be for me to slip backward.  This is the right road - but no one ever said it was the easy road - or the most fun road!  There are days when I miss sitting in front of the TV mindlessly munching potato chips!  I won't lie about it - !  I like chips - I still like them!  They are not a good choice for my body and I pay dearly if I eat them - so I don't even keep temptation in the house.  I haven't bought a bag of chips in years.

Sometimes I want soda - but again, it's not a good choice.  The regular stuff has too much sugar and the diet stuff has wicked chemicals that I can't pronounce.  I attempt to make a sort of un-cola sometimes with seltzer water and lemon / lime juices.  It's not exactly the same - but usually it's enough to curb the craving.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.  
 -C.S. Lewis

Stress is the big trap in my life.  When I feel stressed I automatically want to pick up a candy bar or something equally destructive.  This is the part I'm still working on - and working out!  I need to learn that food is not the way to combat stress - exercise is.  When I'm successful and have accomplished a workout, it makes me so happy!  Stress really does seem to lessen once you've exercised.  I do not know why that works - but it does!  I have a theory - I think you're just so pooped after a workout, you really don't give two hoots about whatever was stressing you out!  It's just a non-scientific theory. 

I'm still learning, but every day is a new opportunity to get it right!  As long as I'm open to learn more, I'll keep improving my game plan.  There are so many great new advancements in the health and wellness industry and the Internet is chalk full of information.  Today I rode my bike to the music of Journey.  I plan to do just 30 minutes of activity every day to make my stress level better. 

Being happy and humble and contented in my life is the goal.  It begins with me and it begins anew every single day.

Today is BE HUMBLE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So, humbly take on the challenge to be humble.  You can't be humble with any degree of pride.  Good luck with that.


Wanda said...

You have an interesting blog, with lots of great information. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. Bless you,
Wanda S.

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