Frantic Fridays

So I was too exhausted to post last night.  I was going non-stop from 4:30 in the morning until about 11 at night.  I’m finally off today and I couldn’t be happier!

Earlier this week I knew that I would have a really early morning and I would have time or even want to make anything for breakfast, so Thursday, when I made my pancakes, I also made breakfast muffins for Friday.  They were really quick and delicious.  I brought them into work (didn’t tell any of my co-workers that I used a diabetic recipe) and they disappeared immediately.

Breakfast: Banana Blueberry muffins

Pre-meal BS reading: 277

Post-meal BS reading: 237





-Whole Wheat Flour


-Baking Power

-Baking Soda

-Vanilla extract

This is the perfect grab and go breakfast.  It has 22 carbs and I feel really good about eating it.  Since I had made the muffins the day before so they had already been cool by the time I ate one.  I nuked it for about 30 seconds once I got to work, and it was really good warm.  I’m sure they would have been even better fresh out of the oven.  I think these muffins are something I’ll try to keep in the fridge, ready to go for early mornings just like this.  My only problem with this breakfast is that it didn’t keep me full as long as I would have liked.  I ate at around 7:30 and by 11:30, my stomach was growling.

Lunch: Beef tacos (2)

Pre-meal BS reading: 234

Post-meal BS reading: 247


-2 corn tortillas

-1 large scoop shredded beef with onions and spices

Usually at work Friday’s are Fish Fridays, so I was really happy to see that we had something different, because to be honest, the fish is never good.  I calculated about 10 grams of carbs per tortilla and had a small side of steamed veggies, so my total estimation was 25 grams of carbs.  My sugar was pretty steady afterwards so I think it was a good estimation, I probably should have given myself a little more to bring my BS down to below 200.  I felt full, but not stuffed and wasn’t hungry until dinner time.

After work I went to the Third St. Promenade to shop for a few things for my anniversary trip with Sean.  We’re going to Monterey, and I’m really excited.  It’s going to be hot in July so I needed some new tanks and shorts.  I kept an eye on my BS and had glucose tablets and an apple in my bag.  Trying on clothes seemed to make my BS drop and when it got down to 104 I ate my apple and started heading home.  Of course once I got home I changed into running clothes and decided to go for a quick 3 mile run.  At that point my sugar was just below 200, but I ran with glucose and my sensor anyway.  Just as I was wrapping up I checked my sensor and saw that I was just below 100.  Not too bad.

Poor Sean was working until about 9:30 so I had plenty of time to get dinner started.  In my rush this morning I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer so I had to wait a bit for everything to thaw.

Dinner: Apply Thyme Chicken with Onion and Red Bell Pepper

Pre-meal BS reading: 257

Post-meal BS reading: 213



-Chicken breast

-Apple slices


-Balsamic Vinegar

-Red Bell Pepper


This was a quick and delicious dinner.  I wanted to make something extra because the chicken only had about 7 grams of carbs.  I know a cup of cooked veggies has about 15 grams so I decided to use some of the bell pepper I had chilling in my fridge.  It probably took about 30 minutes to make everything, and I calculated about 22 grams of carbs total.

After my busy, early day on Friday, Saturday couldn’t have come soon enough!


Terrible Thursdays

Today was a crazy day at work.  I was literally moving non-stop. Although, even with all of that activity, I was able to keep my BS pretty steady.  I have to keep this post quick because I have an early day tomorrow.

Breakfast: Onion and Corn Pancakes

Pre-meal BS reading: 229

Post-meal BS reading: 290



-Whole wheat flour ((I didn’t have white flour)

-Baking Soda



-Green Onions




-Chili Powder

I really liked this breakfast. I usually don’t like spice foods, but the chili powder gave it a really great kick.  I almost skipped the chili powder all together and that would have been a huge mistake.  I think that the carb nutrition info was pretty right on.  My sugar went up a little bit, but that’s because I had a second cup of coffee that I hadn’t calculated insulin for.  My breakfast kept me full and gave me ton of energy.  I definitely needed it, I spent a majority of the day cleaning out the backroom and moving around large, heavy, boxes full of shoes.

Lunch: Cucumber salad with baked beans and a cheeseburger (no bun)

Pre-meal BS reading: 121

Post-meal BS reading: 190

I wasn’t able to take a picture of this because cell phones are not allowed at the club (except for employee break areas).  I ate very close to what I had yesterday, except today I have about 2 tablespoons of bakes beans.  I figured they would have a lot of carbs so I didn’t want to have too many.  After lunch my sugar started climbing.  I kept an eye on it and gave myself a correction when I saw that it had reached 290, but I didn’t want it to go too low since I was running around so much, so I kept my sensor in my pocket and glanced at it every time I remembered to.

Dinner: Grilled Sole with Corn and Asparagus Salad (I changed the recipe slightly, the grocery store didn’t have Halibut…)


Pre-meal BS reading: 131

Post-meal BS reading: 174

Dinner was a disaster.  I completely forgot to get half of the ingredients for the dressing and when I grilled the sole it stuck to the grill and fell to the bottom.  I was really upset because II had been working hard all day, lost my apartment key and all I wanted to do was eat and go to bed since I had to be up so early.  It just felt like everything part of the recipe (except for boiling the corn and asparagus) was wrong.  So Sean had to make himself Nachos and I had like half the sole I should have had (the recipe was supposed to make 4 servings, and I barely got one).  Looking back I should have used tin foil, especially since I changed the recipe and cooked a different kind of fish.  Not everything cooks the same and that was my first mistake.  Well my first mistake was not reading my ingredients list as carefully as I should have.

Going to sleep now.  Hopefully tomorrow is better!

Wake up Wednesday

I’m trying really hard to keep my BS’s steady.  Dr. Peters said she’s fine with my sugars being slightly higher (150-200) as long as they’re steady because then all she needs to do is bring it down.  So this morning I saw that my BS stayed around 200 all night and into the morning and I was happy.  I woke up early and ran a few miles before it started to get hot and surprisingly, my knees and ankles didn’t kill me.

Breakfast: Veggie Cheddar Frittata


Pre-meal BS reading: 257

Post-meal BS reading: 368




-Red Bell pepper





-Salt and pepper

I really enjoyed my breakfast.  I’ve never made frittata before and in the recipe it said to put a plate on top of the pan and flip it over then slide it back into the pan.  Well I did that step way too early and ended up losing some egg.  But after I cleaned up my mess and put the runny frittata back on the stove, it came out great.  I was a little skeptical of the carb count on the recipe.  I got this from and figured they would be right on in terms of nutritional facts, but it said that one slice was about 4.5 grams of carbs.  Meg has told me that 1 cup of cooked vegetable is about 15 grams of carbs and I know that I was definitely eating close to that.  I was also drinking coffee which raises my blood sugar.  So I listened to the nutritional facts on the recipe and gave myself insulin for 19 grams of carbs.  About an hour later I discovered that I way underestimated.  My sugar was over 300 and trending up fast.  So I gave myself a correction and hoped that it wouldn’t ruin my day.

Lunch: Hamburger patty with tabouleh and cauliflower


Pre-meal BS reading: 138

Post-meal BS reading: 164


-Grilled hamburger patty

-Slice of cheddar cheese

-1/2 cup tabouleh salad

-3 large cooked cauliflower

It was a strange mixture for lunch today but I was excited to see Tabouleh.  I looked up the carb count on my phone and saw that 1/2 cup equals roughly 11 carbs.  The patty is 0 and the veggies are about 15 so I gave myself insulin for 26 carbs.  I felt full, but not stuffed.  I also drank a diet coke.  My sugars stayed pretty level, they started going up a little during the day but didn’t really go that much over 200.  I did give myself a correction when it reached 206.

Dinner: ‘Fried’ chicken with veggie kabobs 


Pre-meal BS reading: 228

Post-meal BS reading: 231




-Plain greek yogurt


-Zucchini (I added some of the zucchini left over from breakfast this morning)



Dinner came out pretty good.  The chicken came out perfect, but I probably could have cooked the kabobs a little bit longer.  I was starving though and didn’t want to eat too late.  I liked this meal because it kept my BS pretty consistent and I’m not about to go to bed feeling too full.  I’ve had a pretty good food day today.  I love that besides this morning my BS didn’t spike too much and I was able to bring it back down fairly quickly when it did.  I’m using the alarm on my pump to check my sensor and see if I need a correction, otherwise I’d probably never remember.  Not looking forward to tomorrow.  It’s going to be a really late night.  We have a pretty big tournament at the club and I know that meant that I’m going to have to stay pretty late.  At least Sean and I are both off Saturday though!

Taco Tuesday

I got to sleep in this morning!  And by sleep in that means I woke up at 8:40.  But since I had been waking up between 4:30 and 5 every morning last week those extra 4 hours felt amazing.

Breakfast: Hawaiian Bread French Toast

Pre-meal BS reading: 228

Post-meal BS reading: 247



-2 small (thin) slices of Hawaiian bread (I changed the recipe slightly)

-2 eggs beaten

-1 cup sliced strawberries


-2 tbsp.’s whipped cream

I loved this breakfast! While it might not be low on the glycemic index, it is delicious and has less than 30 grams of carbs.  I added a couple tablespoons of whipped cream which has 2 grams of carbs so instead of giving myself insulin for 26.5 carbs (which was what was written in the recipe), I gave myself insulin for 29.  Hubby loved it too.  I have a feeling I’m going to be making this breakfast a lot.

Lunch: Ground Turkey taco

Pre-meal BS reading: 338

Post-meal BS reading: 347



-one corn tortilla

-one tbsp. refried beans

-1/4 cup ground turkey and whole wheat rice

-1/4 cup bell pepper and onions

-1 tbsp. sour cream

-1/2 avocado

Not sure why my BS spiked so high.  I changed my insulin pump right before I ate breakfast, so that might have something to do with it.  For lunch I decided to use the extra ground turkey and rice in tacos.  I heated up some refried beans my grandfather made for me and sautéed some bell pepper and onion.  I used one corn tortilla which only has 8 carbs and added a tablespoon of sour cream and half an avocado.  It was very filling and delicious.  Sean had 2 tacos, I only had one.  I calculated about 25 carbs for the whole thing.

Dinner: Grilled Salmon and Brussels Sprouts

Pre-meal BS reading: 212

Post-meal BS reading: 240



-Salmon fillet

-Brussels Sprouts

-Lemon (I generally don’t like orange that much so I swapped it for lemon)

-Black pepper

-Olive oil

I really enjoyed my dinner.  I changed the recipes slightly and used a grill my parents got me a few months ago.  I brushed the lemon and pepper marinade on the salmon before grilling and put the Brussels Sprouts in a think aluminum foil packet with pepper, lemon and olive oil and cooked both the salmon and the Brussels sprouts for 10 minutes. Everything was cooked perfectly and I don’t think I’ll every cook Brussels sprouts any other way.  I calculated about 25 grams of carbs for everything.  Meg told me that 1 cup of cooked veggies is about 15 grams of carbs.  The Salmon recipe says it has 12 grams of carbs, but I’m thinking it’s because it uses orange and orange juice.  I switched it to lemon and ate about 3/4 cup of Brussels sprouts.  If I’m wrong I’ll be able to tell before I go to bed. ** Note, I did not eat the lemon**

All in all I’ve had a pretty great day.  I met with Dr. Peters to go over my progress and she says I’m doing better.  She knows that I’m really trying hard to bring my a1c down and knows how tired I am of feeling sick.  The main thing I took away from our meeting today is that I need to check my blood about 1 to 2 hours after giving myself a correction or eating to bring my blood sugar up.  I also need to monitor what my sensor says more than just at meal times and give myself small corrections throughout the day when I see that my blood sugar is running high.

Sean came with me to my appointment today and we talked about where I need to be before we start trying to have kids.  Right now kids are far into our future, but Sean and I had been talking about it last week and he was concerned about what would happen to me and our baby once we did get pregnant.  Dr. Peters told us that my a1c would have to be below 6.5 before we could even conceive and it would have to stay below 6 throughout the pregnancy.  Right now my a1c is 10, so I have a long way to go- but I’m fine with that.  She is helping me eek down my a1c slowly so that I don’t feel even more sick than I usually do.  Sean and I are not planning on expanding our family any time soon, and to be honest, I’m really happy with our small family of 2.  Even if I didn’t have diabetes, right now isn’t the time to have kids.  But it was nice to hear Dr. peters say that she believes that I can do it when I’m ready and that she has helped plenty of women have healthy babies.  All I need to do is follow everything she says the entire time, and I’m 100% ok with that.  That’s pretty much what I’m ding now anyway!

So for now, I’m going to watch a movie with Sean, relax for the night and enjoy some me time.

Making it Monday

I have a fridge and pantry filled with groceries and 14 new recipes I’m really excited to try.  I hope there are some winners in there! Today is a pretty easy day at work and I finally have the day off tomorrow so I’m ready to get cooking.  What I need to focus on is combining carbs and protein for each meal.  I can’t just eat a banana for breakfast or just a piece of grilled chicken or fish for dinner.  I need to eat the banana with peanut butter or have some fresh veggies or brown rice with the chicken/fish.  I also want to try and stick with foods that are low on the glycemic index.  That’s easier said than done, but I will definitely do what I can.

Breakfast: Yogurt and Almond Apples


Pre-meal BS reading: 186

Post-meal BS reading: 213


-1 medium sized apple

-Orange zest (thought zest would taste better than rind)

-lemon juice



-greek yogurt

-almond slivers

I was pretty excited about this breakfast, but to be completely honest, I found it to be a total bust.  First of all, I didn’t understand how to stuff the apple with orange zest.  I guess I was supposed to core the apple, but since I don’t have an apple corer and don’t trust myself to carve apples with a knife, I decided to slice the apple in half and take out the core that way.  It still worked, it just wasn’t as pretty as it could have been.  I love cinnamon and figured that would have given it an apple pie taste.  After talking to my mom about the recipe while driving to work, I realized that I should have just baked it in the oven for about 10 minutes instead of microwaving it for 4 and it probably would have tasted better.  I generally don’t like plain yogurt but I didn’t want to add more carbs by going with something flavored and throw off the recipe.  I was very surprised to find that I did like the yogurt- it would have been way too sweet had I picked vanilla or honey flavored.  All in all, it’s probably safe to say that I will never make this breakfast again, which is a shame because I do love apples.  I guess I’ll stick to my homemade applesauce.

Lunch: Scoop of tuna salad and 1/2 grilled cheese

Pre-meal BS reading: 216

Post-meal BS reading: 229

I forgot my phone when I went to lunch today so I wasn’t able to take a picture of my meal, but it wasn’t too exciting.  Monday’s are tough at work.  There is no hot lunch for employees so the options are limited to tuna salad, chicken salad and lunch meat.  I didn’t want to have too much bread so I scooped about 1/2 cup of tuna salad onto a large lettuce leaf and then toasted one slice of wheat bread and added a slice of melted cheese.  I grabbed an apple to much on later and sadly my half hour lunch break went by way too fast.

Dinner: Crockpot Stuffed Tomatoes


Pre-meal BS reading: 208

Post-meal BS reading: 225


-4 large tomatoes

-cooked whole wheat rice

-ground turkey (I changed the recipe slightly)

-Italian seasoning

-28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-parmesan cheese

I really enjoyed this meal.  It was really nice to come home after an exhausting day and have dinner ready.  It was really filling, but I didn’t feel bad about eating it.  Hubby loved it as well.  Not looking forward to cleaning out my crockpot, but I do love the smell I’m greeted with as soon as I open the door.  Overall today was a pretty good day.  My blood sugar stayed around 200 all day which isn’t great, but at least I wasn’t over 300.  I have to admit that I had absolutely no energy today.  I’m thinking it was because of my breakfast.  I was yawning all day and as soon as I got home I wanted to take a nap.  At least I’m off tomorrow and get to sleep in.  I also have a doctors appointment that I’m excited about.  Looking forward to relaxing, cooking and eating 🙂

Bringing it Back to Food

This past weekend was tough.  My mom went back home to Connecticut on Saturday and I’m not going to be able to see her again until September, and even then it will only be for a few days.  I feel like I didn’t have enough time with her.  I work so much and have the weirdest hours so even though I’d go visit work almost everyday, it just wasn’t enough.  She felt it necessary to visit with her siblings and my grandfather and clearly didn’t realize that the only reason she was in California in the first place was to hang out with me! And to make matters worse, now that I don’t have my mom’s amazing food and wonderful recipes, I have actually plan and cook for myself!

A few months ago I forced myself to experiment with a lot of great new ‘diabetic’ recipes when I tracked my food on my blog, so I decided that it’s time to break out the camera and document my blood sugars, and my meals again.  This time around I’m going to be more organized.  I’ve spent the past couple days researching different recipes and picking a mix of meals that I’m excited to learn how to make and curious to try.  The only thing I’ll miss is having my mom try everything, although I’d probably never willingly pick my prepared food over hers, nor would I expect her to pick it either.

I also started slacking slightly with exercise and in the past 3 weeks have gone to a few ballet classes and got for maybe 2 runs.  In 21 days I’ve worked out maybe 5 or 6 times total.  I’m excited to keep taking ballet classes though.  The first one was great and I felt like everything I had learned 15 years ago was slowly coming back.  But the next class I took was very overwhelming.  Instead of just 2 or 3 students, there were at least 10 and everyone knew what they were doing.  Well that’s not completely true, but I felt like I was the only person staring at my feet the whole time.  And I couldn’t for the life of me remember where to hold my arms.  It was not graceful.  So when I went last week I felt confident that I could really pick it up again, but I completely overestimated my dancing skills.  I was still in over my head.  Luckily the other women taking the classes with me are very nice and the instructors are so so patient.

This next week is going to be really busy, but not because I’m working 3 golf tournaments in a row and planning trunk shows and vendor meetings, but because I’m going to try to step outside the box and find delicious, healthy, diabetic-friendly (god I hate that phrase) meals that help me stay on track.  I have my new transmitter, new sensors, test strips, glucose tablets and insulin so I have no excuse.

Heat Wave

When I was living in Connecticut and Massachusetts and freezing my butt off in the snow, I vowed that I would move to Los Angeles the moment I could.  By the time I was in high school I was already completely over the magic of the first snowfall.  I loved white Christmas’s, but besides that, I’d rather it be 65 and sunny.  Well I’ve been living here for a few years already and I can’t remember May ever being this hot.  We had a hot Fall, basically no winter and it’s been 100 degrees all week.  On top of that, the air conditioner in my car needs Freon, badly.  I love to exercise outdoors, but the heat is so bad, I’m doing everything I can to stay indoors.

The gym in my apartment building is pretty lame.  There are maybe three machines and one of them is always broken.  The only time I usually work out in the gym is if I haven’t had time to go for a run or a bike ride so I do the elliptical or the stationary bike for 20 to 30 minutes.  It smells weird, there’s no TV or anything to keep me distracted while I work out and it’s about the size of a large walk in closet.  In this heat I’m still staying out of the gym, but I have been taking advantage of the pool,  and I try to fit in 10 -20 laps every other day.  I’ve also looked into adult ballet classes, something I’ve been thinking about for a while.  I’ve tried yoga, I’ve tried zumba, I’ve tried meditation exercises, and besides running, dance is the only thing that truly calms my mind.  I took ballet classes when I was a kid and I loved it.  So on Sunday I’m going to try a local dance studio.  I’m really excited.

In the meantime I’m in the middle of a DIY project.  I found a cute little bookcase in Hollywood sometime last year and grabbed it with the intention of sprucing it up and selling it on my Etsy shop.  For the past 8 or 9 months it has served as a nice home for my record player and a few of my records.  It used to have a dark stain and a strange ledge on each of the shelves.  So today I spent a couple hours taking off the ledges and sanding down all of the knicks and dings that have accumulated on it.   I know that my arms are going to be sore tomorrow!  Sanding is hard work!!  My BS even went down from 176 to 90.  So tonight, I will treat myself to some delicious two ingredient ice cream that I made the other night.  I might even have 2 scoops!




It all comes back to food

Thankfully work has calmed down since my last post.  I’m clocking about 40 hours a week again and I’m able to spend more time at home, but I’m also craving horrible, terrible, non-diabetic foods.

For the most part I’ve been able to keep my bread and candy cravings under control, but the other day I walked past the employee lounge and saw the most delicious looking loaves of bread I’d ever seen.  I knew I should have just kept walking.  I wasn’t even really hungry, but they smelled so good.  So I grabbed one, sliced it in half and toasted it with some cheese.  It was delicious, and I truly enjoyed every bite, but of course my BS spiked afterwards, stayed high through dinner.  For the rest of the day I felt guilty and crappy.

The next day a co-worker brought in a giant tub of Jelly Beans.  The old me would have been all over that, keeping a steady flow of jelly beans at my desk throughout the day.  This time however, I restrained… a bit.  I noticed my blood sugar was trending down and registering at about 107.  I could have had a clementine, or a couple strawberries and been fine.  In fact I keep a little insulated lunch bag at my desk filled with goodies in case my sugar does start dropping, but no, I grabbed a handful of Jelly beans and watched at my BS shot up.

The other night my husband and I decided to see a movie we’ve been wanting to see for a while, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  It was fantastic.  Very entertaining and we both really enjoyed it.  What wasn’t fantastic though was how much popcorn I consumed.  The last time we went to a movie I didn’t know how many carbs were in  popcorn so I just didn’t give myself insulin for it.  Stupid, I know, but this was also before I decided to take back control of my diabetes and work towards bringing down my a1c.  At that point, I didn’t really care.  This time I gave myself insulin for 30g of carbs and vowed to not overdo it.  That went out the window when I realized I had consumed almost the entire Small popcorn all by myself.  Not only that, but my insulin pump ran out of insulin during the middle of the movie.  As soon as I got home I changed my pump, but the damage was done.  For the rest of the night I was restless, got up to pee about 4 or 5 times and woke up feeling crappy…again.

So yesterday I decided to only eat healthy foods, count every single carb and learn from my small setback.  Sean and I both had the day off so we slept in, made a delicious and healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs with green pepper and onion.  We relaxed at the beach for a few hours, made chicken sandwiches and brought fruit and water.  No candy for me.  Dinner was one of my now favorite meals, grilled eggplant with provolone.  We had a really great day off together.  It felt like a mini vacation, and I feel wonderful.

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I’m a 10!

I had my May doctors appointment this week and I feel fantastic! I figured that not having a sensor all month would reflect a higher a1c, but surprisingly I went from a 10.3 to a 10 despite not having sensors, getting food poisoning and working approximately 50 hours in 4 days last week.

I gotta say that this has been a very challenging month. I would have liked to have used my sensor (especially during one of the busiest tournaments at my work) but Dexcom made that impossible. I called them over a month ago to get more sensors with only 2 left (which lasts roughly 2 weeks). After calling once a week and finally getting one of their lovely territory managers involved I received a 3 month supply on Wednesday.

Being sick for a whole day when I was in Vegas really took it’s toll on me and it took a while to recover from that. So working as much as I did last week didn’t really help that. I found myself in a constant bad mood, always tired, and I just felt really crummy. Unfortunately I took out my frustration with Dexcom, work and my diabetes on the people closest to me. Mainly my wonderful, patient, sweet and loving husband. I work in the customer service industry and last week I just had no patience. It’s a good thing my supervisor gave me 2 days off back to back at the beginning of this week. I really needed the time to relax and just hit my reset button. I needed to get back to feeling like myself again.

When I went to my appointment on Monday, I was afraid to check my a1c. I said I would do it at my last appointment though, so I knew I just had to get it over with. I had lost a couple pounds since April (113 in April and 111 in May) so I just knew my a1c would be higher.

Dr. Peters and I were completely shocked when we saw that it went down to 10. It might not be as big a difference as it was the last time I checked it, but we are taking baby steps and making progress. She says I’m a very unusual patient and that she loves having me as a project. I love having a doctor who cares about lowering my a1c as much as I do.

My job for this next month is to eat more carbs. I need to eat about 30g per meal and 100g per day. I can eat more fruits and veggies (I don’t have to eat more refined carbs like bread and pasta- which is good because I always feel sick after I eat those foods) I just have to make sure to calculate for all carbs that I do eat. Now that I can use my sensor again I’m going to make sure to check it closely after I eat and adjust accordingly. Right now though, my main focus is spending time with my mom. I haven’t seen her in months and she lives so far away and she’s coming to visit for 6 weeks!! If I don’t post for a while it’s because my mom and I are going to be going on shopping sprees and getting our nails done!


Miles Away

It’s been too long since I enjoyed Los Angeles.  I live here and work here, but I needed to get out and appreciate it’s beauty.  Since I wasn’t able to hike or run in Vegas I was eager to get back into motion in LA.  Luckily I had the next day off after I got back from my girls weekend so I slept in, ate a delicious breakfast of eggs, salsa, shredded cheese and avocado with Sean and got ready for an adventure to Temescal Canyon in Pacific Palisades.

I met up with a few friends at Pacific Palisades High School.  My blood sugar was 237.  With my glucose in hand I made my way up the Canyon.  It was hot,and humid, but the hike up was breathtaking.  I felt so great hiking up the Canyon.  I made sure to stay at a conversation pace and chatted with my friends.  Even though I was minutes away from Downtown Santa Monica it seemed like I was hundreds of miles outside of Los Angeles.  The only thing that made me nervous about the hike, besides rattle snakes, was the fact that I did not have my CGM.  I’m so used to just looking at my sensor and seeing where my blood sugar has been and where it is going.  Not having access to  this information that quickly is frustrating.  I made sure that I hiked with my blood glucose monitor and checked my blood right before and right after my work out.  I probably should have checked again once I reached the top, but I was way too distracted by the amazing views.

The hike down was obviously much easier than the hike up.  It went by quickly because we were all chatting the entire way down.  I loved breathing in the fresh air and surrounding myself with trees and sky and dirt. If I had time I would hike Temescal Canyon everyday.  The rest of the week I knew I would be spending my entire day at work so I wanted to make sure I spent as much time outside as I could.  Once I got to my car my blood sugar was 56.  I ate a few glucose tablets, waited until my sugar started going up and went home.

It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day routine of work and sleep, work and sleep, work and sleep.  The days are getting longer so I’m staying at work later and finding less and less time to get outside and get moving.