Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Forward

I have no desire to relive 2011.  It’s not that it was a bad year, on the contrary, it was quite lovely!  Two of my children were married (but not to each other) and my 4th grandson was born.  I even went to Costa Rica!  I have many, many great memories, but today I feel like looking forward.

I’m not sure why but I have a great feeling of contentment and optimism today.  I don’t think it has anything to do with a new year or resolutions or anything else.  I just feel hopeful today.  Today I feel as if this next year will be a good one for me, especially when dealing with my diabetes.

I’ve been doing well with my control and have managed to make exercise a regular thing in my life.  I’m feeling good about what I’ve done but I’m more excited about the future.  It feels as if I’m on the brink of something grand!  It feels like, just maybe, this will be a stellar year for me and my condition.

I don't think I’m being a cock-eyed optimist.  Instead, it seems more like I’ve come a long way and my hard work will pay off.  I’ve gotten myself into a good groove and it will take me to great places; higher highs, achievement wise, with lower numbers and better health to prove it.

Here’s to looking forward toward good things, for all of us!

ps: Happy 3rd Anniversary to my Sweet, Wonderful husband!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pumpkin Pie for Dinner

This was, by far, the oddest Christmas on record, at least for me.  You see, Santa decided to bring some stomach flu to the family.  Aren’t we lucky?  My poor grandson Caleb was sick all Christmas day.  Since we didn’t want to have our celebration without everyone in attendance, and we certainly didn’t want to expose my 93 year old mother to the flu, we postponed Christmas.  Christmas day consisted of me, Ray and Mom.  We hung out and watched a movie ending with tuna melt sandwiches for dinner.  Woo hoo!!!

On OUR Christmas day we had some great food.  I did pretty well at avoiding too much of anything but, I must confess, I only did a fasting test and have no idea how “good” I really was.  For breakfast I had a slice of quiche which was heaven.  I got the recipe from Kim at Texting My Pancreas and you can find the recipe here. We ate Mexican cuisine at about 3PM and it was yummy!  I did eat some salad.  I was trying, really I was.  By evening I wasn’t all that hungry and ended up eating some pumpkin pie filling (no crust) with fat free Cool Whip and woke up to a respectable 108 on my meter this morning!  Now, I am not recommending that everyone start eating pumpkin pie for dinner (wouldn’t that be great!) but it was Christmas!  If you can’t eat pumpkin pie for dinner on Christmas then there is something wrong with this world!

Our Christmas started out strangely but ended up nicely.  We all had fun and I was able to watch all my grandsons and Mom open their presents from us.  That was my present and I loved it.

Gram had helpers!

Joseph's first Christmas.

I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday and that your numbers didn’t ruin the fun!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I’m a wee bit early but things are about to get busy around here, so I thought I’d send my Christmas wishes out to all of you now.  Here’s hoping that your stockings are properly hung and nicely filled, that Santa brings you just exactly what you wanted, your meal delicious and your sweets divine.  Enjoy your family til you bust.  Make great Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.  Merry Christmas to all of you from the Cornells.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How Sweet It Is!

 In an effort to make the changes I talked about in this post, I have re-evaluated how I approach baking.  This is the time of year when I do the most baking.  I like to bake for friends and have some home-made goodies around for the family at Christmas. Over the years I’ve tried to revamp my recipes to make them “friendlier” without making them taste too different for those who don’t worry so much about carbs etc.  I realized that I have been baking with sweeteners to lower the carb count of the cookies and such.  When I actually looked at the recipes I discovered that making cookies with sweetener instead of sugar only made a difference of 1 or 2 carbs.  That’s not much when you’re talking about a cookie.  

I’ve decided that it makes more sense for me to shift my thinking about what I’m eating and move away from trying to make it possible to eat even more!  Here’s the deal, if I make cookies with sweetener I trick myself into thinking that I can eat more of them since they have a few less carbs.  They still have calories…hello!!  I think what I’ll do is make my cookies with Splenda Blend for Baking, which is ½ sugar/1/2 Splenda.  Then, I’m going to try to focus on eating just a bit.  THAT is going to be tough for me.  I’m not good at just a little bit of anything that I shouldn’t eat.  I will continue to make things with lower fat, since that’s just a good idea.  I bake with applesauce instead of oil and you really can’t tell the difference.

I need to quit fearing the sugar.  I need to eat “regular” food more often and just eat less of it.  I really think this shift in my habits will make a big difference.  Who knows, maybe it will seep over into how much pasta/bread/potatoes I eat.  There is hope, you know.