March 30, 2014

Inspired and Excited!

Last night it started snowing.  Just a few flakes at first, then it was coming down pretty hard.  By the time we went to bed, the car was covered.  This morning, there was a few cm covering the ground!

Today was the 30K Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton.  We headed out with Josh to go and cheer for our many friends who were running.  We got about halfway down the highway and the car started to slow down!  Slower and slower, so we pulled off at the next exit ramp and called CAA.  They towed us home and we had lots of time, so headed out again in Josh's car.

The sun came out and melted the snow and it warmed up nicely to about 10 degrees.  We cheered and rang our bells.  I find it fascinating to watch all the different running styles of the runners.  We stayed until the last of our friends went by at around the 5K point and again around 24K.  I always feel pumped up and inspired to keep up with or get back to regular movement.   

The group gathered together at Napoli's Italian restaurant in Niagara Falls for dinner.  It is always fun to get together after a race and hear everyone's race recaps. 

The eating was a bit of a challenge today but I think I did ok.  I had breakfast at home, early, around 6:30 AM.  Late morning, I had a banana, which is maybe not the lowest-carb choice, but it was pretty much that or something from Tim Horton's...bagel?  doughnut?  muffin?  It was around 1:00 PM by the time we were finished with our cheering and again, it was fast food.  I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich at Wendy's and just didn't eat the bun.  Later, I thought I could have also had a side salad, but by then, I didn't want to wait in the long line again.  Dinner was appetizers such as asiago cheese, meats, olives, shrimp and I did have one small piece of focaccia bread.  Then, salad, thinly sliced New York striploin, chicken breast with butternut squash stuffing and a very small piece of potato.

I am so proud of myself, though, for passing on the dessert!  Flourless Nutella cake.  So, probably gluten-free, but certainly NOT low-carb!  I didn't take a picture of it beautifully plated at the restaurant.  This is the takeout container that we brought it home in.  Jim can enjoy it tomorrow.  I actually wasn't very tempted.  The waiter put it in front of me and I considered it, but I was ok to not try a bite. 

I hope it is just all the fresh air and sunshine and the long day, but I was feeling SO tired at dinner.  I also didn't sleep well last night, I think probably because we got new pillows, so we will see how I feel in the morning. 


Our daughter Sarah moved to Halifax about a year and a half ago, and I hate it.  We were there for Christmas, so it has been 3 months since I've had a hug from my granddaughters.  I have been checking for seat sales to possibly go out there for Emma's birthday next month.  She will be 5 on April 21, Easter Monday this year.

She's all princess, loving rainbows, tiaras and tutus, but she also loves tools, trucks and Tow Mater, from the movie Cars! 

Airfares for Easter weekend are expensive, but I got a great deal on Porter Airlines by going the Tuesday before.  I will be staying for 2 weeks.  I am so excited.  Jim won't be able to join me, but I guess he will survive!  Sarah said that, since it is only a short time away, she is going to keep it a secret from the girls until they pick me up at the airport!

Mary Poppins will be playing at the Neptune Theatre while I am there.  We saw A Christmas Carol last time we were there.  The back row seats are only $25, and pretty good, since it isn't a very large theatre.  So, maybe we will go to see it.  Matt will also be on vacation for the week of Emma's birthday, so we should be able to do a little sightseeing.  Even just a drive along the coast is beautiful!  But, I don't care if we do anything, really.  I just want to spend time with them.   

Sarah and Lily, when we went to the theatre at Christmas.
Matt, with the Christmas bird.  He did a great job!

March 28, 2014

11 Weeks and Great Blood Sugar Readings

Our son Josh got the call today from the hospital.  His cancer surgery will be on Thursday, June 12.  That's 11 weeks from yesterday.  Seems so far away, but it is nice to have the date.  They will call him to arrange the pre-op appointment a couple weeks beforehand.  It's scary.  A while back, I googled "thyroid and lymph node surgery".  The doctor had told us where Josh will be cut, but the pictures of peoples' scars really hit me.

After the initial shock of hearing the news on February 10, and then hearing the details from the surgeon, I have been pretty good up until this week.  Everything seems to have come to a head.  I have been really missing the girls, my EI benefits finished a few weeks ago so I really need to get a job, but really not sure what I want and I'm scared about Josh.  Add to that, lack of exercise and not eating well, and Jim back on his noon - 8:30 shift, and the mental health is not good.  I have had a few good "feeling sorry for myself" cries this week.

So, I decided to buckle down again with better eating, and after just a couple days, I am already seeing improvements in my blood sugar readings.


morning:  5.3
2 hrs after breakfast:  4.2
I had a banana because I knew I would be out and busy all morning, so to prevent a low and see how it would affect my BG.

before lunch:  5.3
2 hrs after lunch:  4.7

before supper:  4.9
2 hrs after supper 4.1

When I was doing the paleo Whole 30 last summer, I was having a lot of lows, so I was told I could reduce my evening insulin.  At my last visit to the endocrinologist, she said to cut my Gluconorm dose in half if I am not going to be eating very many carbs at a meal.  I am looking forward to being able to do that!

This was posted on our running store's Facebook group page:

I have a real love/hate relationship with running.  But this is true of me.  When I was working, I would talk a lot about my training or upcoming events, or bragging about my husband and son and their marathons.  I also love to search for fun races with cool medals and can spend hours surfing the 'net.  So I guess there really is a runner in me, but she just goes into hiding sometimes.  And like with my eating, I have to find what works for me.  I can eat paleo, but enjoy a little bit of cheese or other dairy on occasion.  I can run and take walking breaks.  I have learned from experience that walk breaks are actually better for my blood sugars.  With continuous running, I get high spikes.  If I take walk breaks my levels remain more constant, and I sometimes even have to stop to eat/drink something because I go low.  Test, test, test and lots of notes are in order. 

It is a challenge for me to not try to conform to what I think others think I should be and something I know I need to work on.  I am a work in progress!

The weather actually felt spring-like today!  It will be nice to get moving outside!

This Sunday is the Around the Bay 30k road race in Hamilton, Ontario.  Jim and Josh aren't running, but we will be out there cheering on our many friends who are.  The weather forecast is looking good so far!

Have a great weekend!

March 19, 2014

Baby Steps

I had good intentions of getting up at 6:00am this morning to get on the exercise bike for a 20-minute ride.  Jim had to go in to work early today, so left at 5:00.  I ended up falling back asleep until around 9:00am (well, I didn't get to bed until 1:30am).  BUT  that desire to get on the bike wouldn't go away.

Usually, it is a case of my mind saying, "I really don't want to do this.  I have too much to do.  I slept in, so I don't have time".  And the bad inner voices agree with me.  Today, though, the voices were saying those things, and also, "It's can do it tomorrow".  BUT, I said "NO!  I actually WANT to do the workout".  So, I went down and did it.  I'm just starting out, so 20 minutes on the bike, and then did a 31-second plank (I did 30 seconds yesterday).  The biking is going to be my cross-training...slowly build up the time (breaking in the butt...LOL) and be able to go for some nice rides outside once the weather is nice.  Hopefully, that won't be too far away.  There are actually some temperatures above 0 in the forecast!  Yayyy!!

Our eating habits have been slowly sliding a little.  I've been doing more reading about low carb for Type 2 diabetes from The Low Carb Diabetic  and some of the links to other blogs/websites.  I was looking back through some of my notes from last summer when we were doing strict Paleo.  My blood sugar numbers were greatly improved, but now I see that I was probably eating a bit too much fruit and starchy veg.

There is a lot of information out there, and it is very easy to spend hours at the computer.  I purposely stayed away from it this morning.  I have so much that needs to be done around the house.  And, I need to kick my job search up a notch. 

Our oldest daughter will turn 30 next week!  I can't believe it!  We are having a small party on Saturday.  We were just going to pick up pizza, since it would be easy, but I am going to come up with some other low-carb items that I can add to the menu.  I can't keep pussy-footing around.  There is always going to be some kind of event on the calendar.  There are lots of options I can serve.  I just need to plan a bit and say that I am worth the little bit of extra effort.

I love having the dates on the old prints!  Hillary is on the right and would have just turned 6.  By the clothes, I am thinking this was probably Easter.

March 13, 2014

Hello! It's Been a While.

I haven't posted in a long time.  Almost a month, I think.  I am still here, just not quite sure what to write about.  I can never seem to gather my thoughts.  There are so many things whirling around in my mind. 

WOW!!  What crazy weather.  Yesterday, it was 12 C and beautiful.  I went for a walk down to Port Dalhousie with my friend.  There were lots of people, ducks, geese and seagulls enjoying the sunshine. 

Today, what a contrast.  It is a blizzard.  I'm glad I didn't have to go anywhere today.  The picture doesn't really show how much it is blowing. 
So, my life has been kind of crazy.  Josh has been to the ENT specialist/oncologist in Hamilton.  Josh told the hospital that he has a cruise booked for May 11, so the surgery will hopefully be shortly after that.  They had told him probably two months.  The cancer is in his lymph nodes, so they will remove his thyroid and all of the lymph nodes on both sides of his neck, and from the base of the skull to the collar bone.  It will be a large incision and the doctor said it will take "all day".

As it turns out, the terrible pain that he was having was due to a wisdom tooth!  He had that removed and is feeling a lot better.  This is a case of  "everything happens for a reason".  If he hadn't gone to the clinic back on New Year's day for the jaw pain, he wouldn't have had the ultrasound on his neck and who knows how long it would have been until the cancer was discovered.

I've been thinking about my running more.  I have given up on the idea of the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon on June 1.  That is just too soon for me to properly prepare.  I may give it a shot on October 26, which is again in Niagara Falls.  Although it is a lot of fun to do a weekend away with a lot of people from Runners' Edge, it can end up being expensive, with hotel, gas, meals, etc.  Local is nice.  I just have this nagging problem with my left leg/hip.  It is not super painful, but it is not right.  October 26 is 32 weeks away, so I have lots of time to slowly work into it. 

I used to feel like I wasn't a "real" runner if I took walk breaks, or at least that is what I thought others thought of me.  But more and more, I hear/read about people who talk about going for a run and what their intervals were.  I know from past experience that taking walk breaks worked better as far as my blood sugars were concerned.  So, I need to stop worrying about what other people think or do and just do what is best for me and my health. 

And then, the other day, my friend Celine, who writes a blog called Running on Carbs, about Type 1 diabetes and running (she is actually now a triathlete), blogged about Invisible Medals.

I just LOVED this blog post.  It is not always finishing a race and getting a medal that means the most.  Sometimes, it is those victories along the way that really mean a lot.  So I got thinking about it and I do have some of my own.

Like when I was training for my first 10k (Ottawa, 2009) and I ran 9k one Sunday morning.  I finally acknowledged to myself that yes, I was going to be able to do this!

When I first started running, the first 300 m or so were really difficult.  My legs protested and tried to tell me that I really didn't want to be doing this.  Then I would get into a groove and be ok for a while.  So, one Sunday we were running along and I got that familiar protest from the legs, but I was blown away when I realized we were at about 5k into our run.  I still had a few more km to go.  I think that day was around 7 or 8 km, but it was an incredible realization!

The first time I ran more than 10k.  It was 11k on a really hot day and I said to Jim, "I guess I can call myself a long distance runner now".  It may be a short, easy run for some, but for me it was huge.

I have had setbacks and had to start back at 'Square One' more than once, but I am learning to not be so hard on myself, which is sometimes a difficult thing for me to do.