Spring Is In The Air!

Edward and I spent the day out today… well yesterday technically since it’s 2:30 AM. We both took a long weekend this weekend because I had a lieu day that I wanted to take and I decided I didn’t feel like working Sunday so I took the day off and he ended doing the same. We went for a walk for almost an hour in Point Pleasant Park which is a large park in the south end of Halifax by the port. The view from it is beautiful, a view of the mouth of the Halifax harbour which is one of the worlds deepest natural harbours. The second I think (maybe the first?).

I took a few pictures with my phone but unfortunately they didn’t turn out to well so I didn’t bother uploading them. We walked for 58 minutes and walked 3.30 km. We were just walking really slow and stopping to admire the view and take pictures which is why we didn’t go very far distance wise. It worked out to 5981 steps and 288 calories burned. In total I actually managed to get 10,154 steps in. I have my goal right now set to 7500 steps, need to work my way up to 10,000 and beyond. I am really proud of myself I have met my goal every day this week.

It was a beautiful day out and reached 19°C and was nice and sunny. Maybe a bit of a cool wind down around the harbour but it was still nice enough I only had on a t-shirt and capris. I am so happy that spring is here. Now all we need to do is try and get our all season tires back on. We put it off because it really seemed like winter was never going to end. We had 4 storms over 10 days just the beginning of this month. Tomorrow (today technically) is supposed to rain like 20m but still get to 14°C, then Sunday is supposed to rain 5-10mm in the morning, clear up for a cloudy but 17°C afternoon. I am hoping to get Edward out driving. He is working on getting his license, he finally has his learners.

I have been thinking that I want to start some sort of project online maybe a clique or forum for diabetics or some sort of site where we can share stories, share recipes and support each other. I know there are tons of sites, blogs, etc out there and I really do want to try and do something a little different. I’m not sure what yet but I guess I will keep thinking on it and see if I can get some ideas. I don’t know maybe something more local, for people here in Halifax and Nova Scotia, some sort of support group/website.

 

Eating & Drinking with Diabetes

One of the biggest things that has been on my mind lately is eating and drinking. I eat horribly and I never know what to drink. Despite that I have somehow been able to bring my A1C down to 6.1%. But if I am being absolutely honest with myself I am not really sure how I did it. I have made some changes. The biggest one was cutting out sugary pop. For much of my teen and adult life I have been a big Pepsi and Root Beer drinker. My husband and I have stopped buying regular pop. However we have just replaced it with Coke Zero (which was the closest taste wise to Pepsi I found), which I know is just trading one issue for another. This has likely contributed to my A1C lowering because I was drinking insane amounts of regular sugary pop before I was diagnosed and even a little after while I was sort of in the denial phase.

I have been trying hard to just drink water but I find it so bland. I am not a fan of the flavor water enhancers. I know they are sugar free but I find they are bitter or taste like chemicals. Which I know is the Stevia or Aspartame or whichever natural or artificial sweetener is in them. I don’t drink fruit juices unless my blood sugar is low and it’s all I have access to then I will for the sake of bringing my blood sugar back up. I really struggle with what to drink. I know plain old water is best and sometimes I actually just want cold plain old water but other times I crave the bubbly fizzy taste of pop.

I also really really struggle with what to eat. I am very picky and have some allergies. I’m allergic to shell fish and do not like any other kind of fish. I tested positive years ago for an allergy to peanuts and almonds and some other tree nuts (can’t remember which ones) and a few years ago found out I did not actually have an allergy to peanuts. I was recently re-referred to the Halifax Asthma and Allergy Clinic and was tested again for peanuts and tree nuts and she came to the conclusion that I have Dermatographia and Chronic Hives because I reacted to everything including me scratching my arm on her desk while she did it which swelled up had a big welt. So that had been giving me false positives for years. Blood tests revealed that I am not allergic to peanuts or any tree nuts. I have been slowly reintroducing them back in.

I only like a few vegetables like carrots, peas (kind of), celery (raw only, can’t stand it cooked), radishes, lettuce, cucumber and sweet potatoes and potatoes. I would love to add in more veggies but I hate the taste of cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, squash, green beans and eggplant. My friends and family always say it’s all about how your prepare them but honestly I have never been able to find a way to prepare any of them that make them even slightly tolerable to me. I tend to like raw veggies more then cooked. Also as I mentioned in my last post. I have no time in the day to make anything before leaving for work. I never have the time on the weekend either to do any meal prep for the week.

I have the hardest time finding things that I like to take to work. I scour Pinterest, Facebook, and websites for recipes and ideas and just never come up with anything appealing which typically leads to me bringing already prepared stuff from Sobeys (grocery store) or Walmart or getting supper in the food court at work or even drinking a Glucerna for supper. I have met with a diabetic nurse and a nutritionist and still find it hard to put their ideas or suggestions in place.

Sometimes we will make casseroles like Sheppard’s pie, scalloped potatoes or a macaroni casserole with enough leftovers to take to work with us. I still find though that I get bored with eating and sometimes I just don’t enjoy eating at all and find it more of a chore that has to be done then something to enjoy. I get so frustrated because I feel like a failure because I can’t really cook other then the basics.

I haven’t been counting carbs like I have been advised to because quite honestly it is depressing. I can never get it right. I always have to many carbs but yet am left feeling hungry not not full. The only time I thought I had a decent grasp on carb counting was when I was in the IWK Woman & Childrens Hospital for 4 days in October with a uterine infection and I had to choose from their diabetic menu. I kind of which I had kept a copy of it because it was so easily layed out and so simple. I wonder if I can find a copy online…

More then a month!

It’s been almost 40 days since our wedding and how does it feel? About the same lol  I’m not really sure if I expected it to feel different? I really don’t know. Eddie and I talked about it some over the last few days and have come to the conclusion that that’s a very good thing

If anything I love him more and more and more every day so I know it’s the right decision for us. We are settling down and enjoying the married life but honestly day to day life doesn’t feel so different and I love it. I know that if you don’t live together first it must really seem different but we already knew what we wanted and had already established a pattern before getting married.

I love being at home with him during the day and I love still having the weekends together. I wish I liked to clean more and was a better housekeeper lol but I can learn. Cooking too. I really need to concentrate on cooking and nutrition and getting my diabetes more under control. I need to take some cooking classes or something.

I am loving working from home. I am not doing too bad. My speed is picking up and I can get each transcript done a bit quicker and I think my quality is improving as well. It’s all proofread by my Mom anyways as she is certified in Nova Scotia and I am not. We created a web site for our company and my mom is sending letters around to all the lawyers to let them know she started a new company with me.

I have created a LinkedIn page for the business and have been submitting it to sites like Yelp.ca and others. It’s going pretty good. I was also planning on selling Avon in my spare time but I can not get into it much. I love the products but I am not much of a sales person I will admit. I am going to try though.

I am really loving being home all day and working from home. I am however going to a job interview with Chapters/Indigo Friday and hoping I might get at least a part-time job out of it as 1) I would love to work in a bookstore and 2) I need something to keep me occupied until business picks up more for our transcription company.

We are still trying for a baby but still having no luck. It’s really frustrating but at least now that the wedding is over and we are settling down we wont feel so stressed with it and maybe we will have better luck. We are continuing with testing to see if we can figure out what is causing the issues but now we can also start the adoption process which I am really excited about. We still have to be living together 2 years, married or not but we are 1 year into it now so we can at least get the paperwork going and start taking the needed classes so we can either foster or adopt, both of which we are interested in.

I can’t believe it’s 2015!

So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.

~ John Lennon

Well I for one, am happy to welcome the new year! Not that 2014 was really bad. Just long. I see a lot of people outlining each month of 2014 however I have no posts from January and February 2014 and can’t even remember what went on in those months and I don’t have the energy to go back and look through each month. I might do a post like that later this week, maybe.

So instead I am just going to outline what I am hoping for in 2015. Wow! 2015! Can you believe it? I remember being younger and the year 2015 just seemed like something sci-fi. Something that just would never happen. Why? I don’t know. I just could not imagine that far ahead. It felt like something out of a Jetsons episode, though technically Jetsons was set in 2062. I looked it up!

My 2015 New Years Resolutions

1. Loose weight

I think this one is one tons of woman seem to think about. I think also it has been on all my “lists” if you could call them that. I haven’t even really had a list of New Years Resolutions in years. By the end of 2015 I would like to loose 50lbs, this is not really all that much, less then 1lb a week. Which is within a healthy range and brings me down to about 135-140lbs. I think I could be happy with that. I have a gym membership which I have been using some but not regularly. That has to change.

2. Eat healthier

This one fits in with the resolution above. I kinda feel like it is pointless to have one without the other. My goal is to follow a meal plan which I have set out for the next month as a test. I am only planning suppers right now. With work it is too hard to plan lunch. But I am figuring if I can take mainly leftovers for lunch then it will just be a leftover from the night before or the night before that. The meal plan for next month is with dishes we usually eat but more in proportion. One of our favorites is chicken breasts so I have that like 3 times a week, red meat twice a week, pork one night a week,  and one night of whatever we want, which for Cory likely means fish and me whatever happens to be in the cupboards or some leftovers. I am hoping to start looking up some new recipes to add into the rotation of meals for the following month.

3. Cook and clean more myself

I’m starting to notice a bit of a trend here. All health and well being related. I am not much of a cook. I can boil dry a pot of water really easily because I am super easily distracted. For instance while writing this post I am cooking super. Not really a great combination. However I am hoping to get better at cooking and Cory is a patient teacher. I also feel I am not pulling my weight with cleaning. I tend to just leave it to him because he is home all day. I shouldn’t be doing that though.

4. Moving

I am really hoping that we can look for and move into a new place. Be it an apartment or a house or flat of some sort. This apartment is just getting too small for us. I am tired of hiding the cat and I am tired of nosy neighbors. The apartment is not healthy for us. There is mold in the bathroom that we can not get rid of and things are starting to break down and stop working. It needs an overhaul which is not happening till we move out. So I hope we can get it together and find somewhere that fits more with our needs.

5 official source. Getting back into photography more

This one kinda hinges on me being able to get a new camera. I am waiting right now for my T4 so that I can get my taxes done and then I am going to use that money along with the money Cory gave me for Christmas I am going to buy myself a new camera and also renew my domain name and hosting for another year. I used to love going for drives and finding great places to take pictures but since my old camera stopped working correctly I haven’t even bothered going for drives.

6. Create and code a WordPress Theme for my blog from scratch

I have done this before, it’s just been a really long time. I tend to cheat lately and just use a pre-made theme that is close to what I want. I really want to make a nice base theme however from scratch that I can just make child themes for since I have learnt how to make child themes. Something that I can easily style with mostly css. Does anyone know any good tutorials? It’s been a long time since I have even tried.

Well that’s it really. I just have the 6 resolutions and I am hoping that I can really use this year to get some things in order and get onto a healthier track and drag Cory along with me. We both need to get back to healthy weights and need to start paying more attention to our health and not just sit at home and eat all evening.

As for what I have done in 2015? Nothing really. It was a very uneventful year. Nothing major happened that I can think of. Maybe when I look back through the posts of the year something might click.

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it is 2015!

Holiday Cooking

Being home for 4 days before Christmas means lots (hopefully) of cooking and baking. Today Mom made my favorite Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets (Macaroons). They have always been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Mom makes them every year. I am hoping we get a lot of cooking and backing in in the next few days, Mom mentioned making perogies. Another of my favorites.

10557711_10154972843200294_3641706664238865409_o

Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets

• 1 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 cup shortening or butter
• 4 tbs cocoa
• 1/2 cup coconut
• few grains salt

Directions

Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil and then add other ingredients. When mixed drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet or waxed paper. Let stand until cool.

I love this time of year but it makes me miss home so much. Cory has been sick since last night so I am hoping he is feeling better tomorrow or we may be cutting our visit short. I really love being home though. Even my brother and I are getting along pretty well. He can be really annoying at times but I have to keep reminding myself that even though he is technically 23, mentally he is not. It’s hard to remember sometimes.

Mom bought Candy Cane Bark from Costco the other day as well. She was able to locate a recipe for it online. I love it. I love peppermint and I find that it reminds me of after eight mints which my Nanny always used to have and would sneak to me when my parents were not paying attention. It’s not that I was not allowed that kind of stuff but she always had it around Christmas time and I would eat it till I had a stomach ache!

10631296_10154972843205294_1812627684730952715_o

Candy Cane Bark

•  6  ounces chopped chocolate-flavor candy coating
•  
3  ounces chopped milk chocolate bar
•  
6   ounces chopped vanilla-flavor candy coating
•  
3   ounces chopped white chocolate baking squares
•  1/4  cup crushed pepperment candy canes

Directions

1. Line a large baking sheet with foil. In a small, heavy saucepan, melt chocolate-flavor candy coating and milk chocolate bar, stirring over low heat until smooth. Pour onto baking sheet and spread into a 10×8-inch rectangle; set aside.

2. In another small, heavy saucepan, melt vanilla-flavor candy coating and white chocolate baking squares, stirring over low heat until smooth.

3. Slowly pour white mixture over chocolate mixture on baking sheet. With a thin spatula, swirl white mixture into chocolate mixture. Shake baking sheet gently for even thickness.

4. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Chill 30 minutes or until firm. Use foil to lift candy from baking sheet; break candy into pieces. Makes 1-1/4 pounds.

I’m a little sad that I might not get to see my family again till after Christmas, this will only be my second year that I have been away from them over the holidays (first one was a few years ago). I wish they lived closer sometimes but I know they love it here and it is better for my brother in a way.

I am excited for Cory and I to start some of our own traditions and find some of our own favorite recipes and cook our first Christmas dinner ourselves (not this year but probably next). This Christmas we’ll be going to his sisters place for Christmas. Which is just a few blocks from us in the city.

Whats your favorite holiday recipes? Care to share?