Smorgasbord Sunday - Monitoring your Diabetes

One of the most basic tools for taking care of yourself when you are a Diabetic is your blood glucose meter. Just like how every person is different, every meter is different as well. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when looking to buy a meter. When you are looking to buy a meter you might value one feature over another. While i have a very limited knowledge of just a couple meters, i can point in the right direction to at least start your search. I am referring to the American Diabetes Association's article on the 2012 Consumer guide for blood glucose meters. This article is filled with a lot of helpful information in order for you to begin your search for the meter that is perfect for you. Happy Shopping . . .



WEIGHT-y Wednesday

In my limited experience I know that one of the biggest issues that some diabetics can face is their weight. Not everyone who has diabetes is overweight, but some of us are. By losing even just a few pounds, one can better control and maintain their diabetes. Losing weight can mean that those who are on oral medications may be able to come off them and control their diabetes by diet and exercise alone. You will also find that you will have more energy for the things you love by losing a few pounds. Exercise does not have to mean going to the gym day in and day out and walking to nowhere on the treadmill. You can get exercise by doing the things you love. Just get active for a awhile each day. Whether it is walking, working out, or even dancing. Every bit helps. And before you know it you will see that you have lost some weight and feel great! So get out there and start moving today!! ~Traci

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Hello 2012!

So one year is gone and a new one is here. I didn't do nearly as much as I wanted to last year, but there is nothing i can do about that. It is a new year and time for new and improved things. I did start 2012 off in some new ways. The hubby and i actually went out for New Years Eve to a neighboring town, Mechanicsburg, and watched the wrench drop. Neither of us had been anywhere to see anything drop before. It was fun. And we discovered a quaint little cafe while doing it. Then on New Years Day we took a trip down to City Island and participated in the 2012 Penguin Plunge which benefited the Humane Society. The weather was great, but the water was frigid. i heard the water temp was only 34 degrees! These were some things i had never done before, so i was successful in starting the New Year off by doing something new!

My biggest challenge for the new year will be my health. I am going to work to do even better to lose weight and get healthy. I am starting a biggest loser type challenge with some friends and co-workers tomorrow, with money at stake. So that should help motivate me!!! I have been losing some weight (about 10 pounds in the last two months), but not enough. I am using the site www.myfitnesspal.com to track my weight and measurements. As I was resetting it tonight I noticed that since i originally signed up on that site i have lost 15.6 pounds and 5 inches. So I was at least doing something right!

Another thing i want to tackle this year is keeping this blog alive. So in order to do that I am going to start doing some theme days, like when I first started this blog for Diabetes Month 2010. Tentatively I think my topics will be:

Mundane Monday - Just some everyday thoughts from me
Tippy Tuesday - Tips for food, exercise, etc
Weighty Wednesday - issues that are a big concern for diabetics
Techie Thursday - info on apps and other gadgets that could/would be useful
Foto Friday - A picture says it all
Sugary Saturday - alternatives to super sweet snacking
Smorgasbord Sunday - Anything and everything

So stayed tuned and see what the new year has in store for us!