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This time of year, frozen grapes are heaven-sent.
Easy to pack in snack packs (3 or 4 ounces) & a lifesaver on these steaming hot med-western days. My granddaughter is in a regional girls softball tournament trying for their team to qualify for the National Softball World Series in Orlando. Grandpa sits in the shade, drinks plenty of water, wears a cooling neckband and casually eats frozen grapes. Today was 99 & a heat index of 106 & I made it through the heat. Glad I didn't have to coach or do
Water on the Brain
When I first started using Spark, I had a difficult time remembering exactly how much water I had consumed. To help me with this, I started leaving empty water bottles by the sink so I could count them.
BUT, my DW thought they made her kitchen look messy (when Mama's angry, someone ain't getting treated as lovingly as they would like).
To keep peace in the kitchen, I added water to my favorites (in two cup increments as I usually finish a two cup water bottle). Now, with my meals I have
Focus on the Whole
"As I ramble through life, whatever be my goal,
I will unfortunately always keep my eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the whole."
Stay focused on the whole!
Recording Insulin With Meals
I wanted to have one place where I could go to see pre and post blood sugar readings and also to be able to track my Insulin usage for that day. I created four new "meals", naming them Breakfast Insulin, Lunch Insulin, Dinner Insulin and Lantus.
Having the Insulin tracking on my meals also gives me an idea of what foods cause problems for me.
I learned that cheese significantly slowed the digestion of carbs, so now I take half of my computed Insulin just after a meal & the rest 2 hours later
Pain is Spelled "G O O D"
At 65, I've just had Rotator Cuff surgery. After surgery and the pain meds wore off, I couldn't lift my right arm up to my waist without the help of my left arm. Daily Rehab is painful, but every two or three days I see progress and my shoulder hurts less and less. Would you believe I'm now exercising each day? Both my injured shoulder and the rest of my body. I never thought that actual physical pain could be a Motivator. Motivation comes to you in strange packages, so be prepared to seize it -
Focus On The Objective
If we've lost sight of our objectives, we need to redouble our efforts and focus more intently.
Whether you have an in-ground pool, above ground pool or are thinking about joining the "Y", water aerobics are a terrific calorie burner. In addition to the calories you burn, you will be giving your joints & and back a favor because of the low impact. I start my pool workout w/ 20 minutes of just walking the edge of the pool, 10 min. forward & 10 min. backward - even that required some time to work up to, walking in water is MUCH harder than it looks. I added one set of 4 laps of freestyle,
Tight Control of Glucose Leads to normal A1c
I'm an Insulin dependent diabetic, & while insulin use dropped my A1c into the 7's, I wanted to be closer to normal.
My Endocrinologist worked with me to find how many grams of carbohydrates would need one unit of insulin.
Since then I have calculated the exact amount of insulin needed to keep me in the high 70's to low 80's by the time of the next meal. I calculate immediately after a meal & take my insulin After the meal. For the past year, my A1c average has been 5.9. A bonus to this tight
Excuses and Lexus'
If excuses were Lexus', almost everyone would have a garage full and extras parked on the lawn.
Walk more, drive less.
Ritz Crackersful Products
My son discovered these little treats & they are all tasty.
They have 130 calories, a total of 7 grams of fat (of which 4.5 grams are the healthy kind), about 4 grams of cholesterol, 210 mg of sodium, 5 grams of Fiber & 2 grams of Protein.
My DW and I find one of these to work well with a serving of fruit as a good tasting snack.
There are currently three flavors: Multigrain Garden Vegetable, Garlic Herb & Four Cheese.
I eat one of these plus 2-3 ounces of grapes, half an apple or banana -