Friday, March 30, 2012

Update for everyone!

I made spaghetti last night and didn't burn it.  I made popcorn and didn't drop it.  I have tested my blood sugar lately and not a single bug has flown into my face.  And I bought some shampoo at the store and double-checked it 3 times.  I was even complimented on my hair by a lady at Disney that we know, so maybe the Suave Keratin products are going to do their magic on my frizz, but summer is not here yet.  So we will see.

I will be embarking on a new kind of cooking now.  I am going to be cooking low cholesterol meals to help my husband get his numbers in the normal range.  So any suggestions or recipes will be greatly appreciated.

My granddaughter got her big girl bed last night.  Hope she did really well in it.  Can't believe she is growing so fast.  Can't wait to visit her and my children, but first, I have to take care of my husband.  All prayers will be appreciate for his heart problems to clear up and for him to be healthy!  

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  It is beautiful weather here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Has this ever happened to you?

It's been a weird day.  It's like my mind took a vacation from my body.  I slept well last night, so who knows what is going on - old age?   I was making my home-made spaghetti sauce today and have had no problems cooking it until today.  I always get it all together and cook it on med-high for about 5 minutes to get it boiling, and then I will turn the heat to low to let it simmer.  Today, I let it cook for that 5 minutes, but forgot to turn it down to low.  I am pretty sure I have ruined the bottom of my pot (the spaghetti is burned on pretty thick).  It only took about 10 minutes and I realized it and ran over and poured most of it into another pot (I had only one left because I had used all the others cooking other foods).  I dropped the lid and splattered most of it everywhere on me and my stove, wall, floor, etc.  I managed to have enough for our supper and for my husband to take to work.  The pot is still soaking.

On to my next adventure.  I have really thick thick hair (used to be very curly but over the years, it is now wavy) and I had bought the new Suave Keratin products and couldn't wait to try them.  Got in the shower, wet my hair and poured the shampoo in my hair (I knew it was the shampoo because it was a different color bottle than the conditioner).  Put it on my head and rubbed it in and thought, wow, it's true what they say, it doesn't lather a lot.  Then I realized I had the conditioner.  So I rinsed it out and started over with the other bottle.   Put it in my hair and then realized it, too, was another bottle of conditioner (different kind).  So there I was, no shampoo but plenty of conditioner.  Scrambled out of the shower and found some Pantene shampoo and went from there.  Now I'm not a stylist nor do I know a lot about how to use all these hair products out there, including how to straighten my hair with a straightening iron.  I have this old heated curler-like iron that I use after my hair is dry.  So here I had a leave-in conditioner and a shine-serum and they both say to put them on when hair is damp.  And to apply mid-shaft.  How do you apply something mid-shaft????  So I put the leave-in conditioner in first after my hair had towel-dried about 15 minutes. Don't know if that was the right time or not. Then I left the towel off and 20 minutes later, I put in the shine serum.  My hair was already frizzing.  So I let my hair air dry (because I don't know any other way to do it) and then rolled it and it looks healthy and shiny but is still frizzy.  Probably because I didn't have the right shampoo.  So I can't give you my opinion yet.  So I came out and made sure I ate something with sugar and protein (a couple of pieces of Dove chocolate and some mixed nuts) after my shower because I am prone to sugar drops after I take a shower (that's another reason I like baths).  I keep the water cooler, but tonight there wasn't a lot of hot water, so I was hurrying and then freaking out because I didn't have the right shampoo and running around the house naked like a crazy woman.  So maybe that made my blood sugar drop.

Next, I was cutting a few coupons and started feeling a little dizzy, so I got up to pop some popcorn and felt as if I was going to pass out.  So I ran for the fridge and grabbed the oj (the one my husband had left in there with one sip that was old and didn't taste good) and spit it everywhere.  I grabbed the other oj and drank it.  After about 5 minutes, I started feeling better.   By then, my dog and cat were asking to be fed, so I grabbed their food and fed them and started to feel faint again.  I grabbed the orange juice (the right one) and drank more.  After I sat down, I took my blood sugar and it was down in the 80's.  So I made sure I drank enough juice, ate an egg and took it about 30 minutes later and it had climbed to 134.  I finally fixed my popcorn and dropped the whole bowl.  I had the fan on because it has been hot in our house down here in the Sunshine State and all my coupons blew in the floor.  I cleaned up the popcorn and the coupons, decided to post all of this on Facebook and text my husband and daughter to tell them.   My daughter told me to go to bed.  Sleep makes everything better.  You think she was trying to get rid of me?  Never heard from my husband.

Now I'm sitting in my recliner typing this and was trying to retest my blood sugar to make sure it is doing ok and a bug flew in from the back porch (I have our sliding door open) and into my face and I stuck myself at the exact same spot I stuck myself earlier and screamed at the same time.  The cat and dog went running to hide.  My blood sugar is doing good but my finger hurts really bad.

So here's a little funny story that has nothing to do with anything but my hair.  My dad raised me (long story, my mom left) and always sent me to the neighborhood salon (we lived out in the middle of nowhere).  It was called Miss May's Salon.  I had to get off the school bus once a week and walk down the long dirt road to her house (we were safe to walk anywhere by ourselves back then) and around to her basement, where her 2 chair salon was located.  She had a son a year older than me that always had to come down there when I was there to stare at me (he was a nice boy but you know how it is back then - I didn't like to be stared at by a boy that I really didn't want staring at me while I was getting my hair fixed).  After Miss May fixed my hair, I looked like I was in my 60's (I was around 9 or 10) and always had to put on a scarf and walk home.  I cried all the way home and for at least 2 hours after I got home.  My dad always wanted to see my hair and told me how pretty it was. See, back then, straight hair was in and my hair was curly.  And she always always rolled my hair.  So I told my daughter when I'm really old and not sure who I am or where I'm at (which probably isn't too far away) to just drop me off at Miss May's Salon to get my hair fixed.  It should look pretty good now that I'm almost 60.

Hope you all had a great weekend and that your week goes well.  Tomorrow has to be better!

Friday, March 23, 2012

7 Foods that should never cross our lips

This article upsets me.  I eat these foods most everyday.  I was raised on these foods.  The salmon I buy at the grocery store says "farm-raised".  There isn't a store near me that has the other kinds of foods that I'm supposed to eat.  And they are so expensive.  If these foods are so bad for us, why are they out there and why are they being sold to us?????

Bad Habits

Does anyone else not exercise regularly with your diabetes while self-managing?  I was a dedicated exerciser for my diabetes and then I lost about 30 pounds.  Then Thanksgiving and Christmas came along... and that did it.  I was "too" busy to exercise.  I was sick about 3 times along the way (probably because I didn't exercise).  And have experienced some personal problems.  Now here it is "Spring" and I'm still not back in the habit.  I do exercise at least 3 times a week, but to lose the rest of my weight, I have to do it every single day. 

I guess it's true what they say about losing 10% of your weight.  It does help to control your blood sugar.  And that's where I'm at.  I lost enough to control my blood sugar and now I'm stuck.  And I found out I can cheat on my diet and eat "sweets" once in a while.  And now I cheat all the time, which doesn't help me lose weight either.

Guess I need to start back.  I will be going to visit my children and granddaughter in about a week and I'm mad at myself because I was supposed to be in better shape when I went back to visit them so I would not be so tired and have enough energy to keep up with them.  But I have to forgive myself for this.  Some things weren't preventable.  Tell me if anyone else has this problem?  And here's a good article that made me start thinking about all of this.