Let's play catch up.
Kristin and Max had a beautiful wedding in September. Since their wedding, they've purchased a home, and are now in the process of adopting a puppy, and possibly thinking about a baby.
Christmas was wonderful as usual; it's my favorite time of the year to spend with my family.
In January, I traveled to Florida for a guy - which didn't end up working out.
My sister, Katie, and her husband, Drew, found out they were pregnant with their first child in February of this year. As of two weeks ago, we discovered it's a girl! She is due on October 21. Her baby shower is August 31.
I saw my endocrinologist in March, and my hemoglobin a1c was 9.4%.
In April, I decided to take the 24 Day Challenge through Advocare. My brother in law is a distributor, so at the beginning of April, I signed on to take the challenge, as well as promote and distribute their products. I lost 7 pounds (which is amazing for being a type 1 diabetic), but unfortunately gained it back, due to overdosing on peanut butter. I'm not lying to you - JIF peanut butter ruined my life. I was unknowingly eating 500-700 calories of peanut butter per DAY. Hey, I loved it with my gala apple.. give me a break! So, I broke up with peanut butter.
I still love my Advocare supplements. I still take the MNS C, Catalyst, and Thermo Plus. I also can't get through a morning without my SPARK! If you are interested in starting the 24 Day Challenge, you can read more about it here: http://www.advocare.com/24daychallenge/
If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me here: https://www.advocare.com/1304626/
Anyway, in more recent news - my hemoglobin a1c came down to 8.4% as of July.
I also quit smoking cigarettes in May. My weight went up from that, but I don't care - my lungs are recooperating, and I'm not putting my risk of heart attack or stoke above average any longer!
My new discovery of Quest Protein Bars has made my weight management a little easier. They are very diabetic-friendly. Low carb, low sugar, and the right amount of fat and protein. I usually replace my breakfast and lunch with 1 bar. My favorite flavors are the Apple Pie and Peanut Butter & Jelly (peanut butter without the guilt)! You can purchase them at your local GNC store (buy 3, get 1 free through the end of this month), or online at http://www.questproteinbar.com/
I also realized this morning, while stumbling at the online news, that I am 24 months "sober" of my struggle with diabulimia. The temptation is still always there; I think about not using insulin at least twice per day, but I know what my consequences will be. I don't want to have to use my vacation time for "sick" days. I don't want my kidneys to stop functioning, and I definitely don't want my early retinopathy to develop into full-blown retinopathy. It's a day-to-day fight - something I will probably never recover from, but I am trying to at least heal my mind from thinking of harming myself.
Until next entry...