Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Came and Went! and So Did Coke in the Morning

Well, phooey! Sparky thinks Bradenton/Sarasota had the shortest spring ever--like just a few days? We started the warming trend after a nice enjoyable winter, and BAM! Mid eighties hit and are staying! Record high today--88! Hope this is not a harbinger of the worst summer ever for heat index and humidity and not enough rain! Sparky is going on record as forecasting that kind of summer, hoping she's wrong.

Sarasota had spring break this week, so Sparky didn't sub...Eldy worked the Valspar golf tournament as a volunteer this week. He enjoys that very much although it is exhausting--on your feet a lot and hot. One of the pro golfers got mad at how he was playing and shoved a very expensive driver club  (he probably didn't have to pay for it) to one of the volunteers, and said, "HERE! You take this...Maybe you'll play with it better than I am!" Eldy said he wished it had been him. He would have LOVED to have been given a nice driver. (Like he needs another club, but hey---in all fairness, Sparky really doesn't need any more craft supplies either!)

So...what's new? Sparky was diagnosed with type II diabetes. It's not super bad, but it's definitely in the "you have type II diabetes range." She had to buy a glucose monitor and test strips and all that stuff. BUT--Sparky said to the doctor, let me work on this for three months and see if I can't get my numbers down with diet and exercise, and the doctor said ok. So, Sparky is:
1) drinking LOTS more water
2) totally giving up Coke for breakfast and all sugary drinks (you have no idea how hard THAT was, says E.)
3) trying to count carbs somewhat--no more than 35 g. for breakfast, 45 for lunch, and 45 for dinner.
4) switching to whole wheat bread for sandwiches
5) Giving up breads, eating smaller portions, using minimal amounts of diet drinks 'cuz they are not good for you, either
6) Eating more salads and veggies, using balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead of creamy dressings and making her own dressings
7) Reading the stack of books her daughter sent about diabetes, (thank you, Kelly!) meal planning, etc. etc.
8) keeping a food diary to see patterns of spikes in sugar....
9) riding her bike 4-5 times a week as opposed to 2-3 times per week
10) reading labels and trying to watch for "hidden sugars" in sauces and condiments
11) eating protein within 90 minutes of exercising
12) exploring SparkPeople website for healthy tips, exercises and recipes  (WHAT???!!! You are going to cook more??? asks a hopeful E.) Don't hold your breath, honey..but maybe.

Sparky is NOT going to eat oatmeal, quinoa, bulgur and things like that, but never say never. What she is doing now seems to be working for her.

So far, Sparky has lost 7 pounds in three weeks and the high sugar numbers are coming down. Sparky has discovered a nice protein bar from South Beach called Good to Go bars in double peanut butter flavor to appease her sweet tooth. 150 calories, 10 g. protein, 5 g. fiber, 6 g. sugar, and it doesn't affect her sugar hardly at all. It also has "ancient grains" in it-- quinoa, amaranth, hemp seeds, and other stuff. Sparky is also exploring apps for diabetes, but hasn't come up with any outstanding ones yet.

So that's the latest on this end of things...Here are a few more photos of the week from Sparky's bike riding.....A wasp hanging on for dear life in 15-20 mph winds. And yep, Sparky got a good workout on this 15 mile bike ride today in those winds! He looks like he was riding a bucking bronco! (taken with an iPhone 5S--doesn't it take great photos for a camera phone?)
There is only one single marsh plant left blooming out of the entire side of one marsh Sparky rides by every day....

And the scenery is just wonderful...and the weather, too, although it's getting hotter.....
A turtle rescue! Sparky saw a big, slimy, muddy, grass covered turtle in the center of a street trying to cross. Cars were swerving trying to avoid it...So she got off her bike, and nudged the turtle along by stomping her foot behind him to get him to move along until he was off the street but stuck up against a big curb. "C'mon, big guy. Move it, move it, move it." Sparky was debating on picking him up to get him over the curb when along came a couple of runners. The guy had no hesitation in picking up the turtle and deposited him back along the OTHER side of the street by the pond's edge. Mission accomplished! A turtle saved from turtle soup, maybe.

                                                                         The End


  1. Really sorry to hear about your diabetes. Sure hope your plans work to get it under control. Dropping all sodas might do it alone but for sure more plants and less junk will do it. I've lost 15 pounds since October and exercise had nothing to do with it. Wishing you the best of luck. Diabetes is an expensive disease in more ways than one.

  2. Laying off the coke ought to help a lot. Good sign that the sugar numbers are going down:)

  3. Sorry to hear about the diabetes, but the healthy eating sure does make a difference. Your diet sounds similar to ours for the last 9 months though I don't have diabetes. High cholesterol and blood pressure.
    Never drank coke but cut down on beer etc. Eat lotsa fruit, veggies, fibre, fish, chicken and smaller portions works wonderful.
    I have lost 50 lbs in 9 months. So keep up the good work and healthy eating, amazing how much better you will feel.

  4. Type 1 Diabetes you are born with. Type 2 diabetes you get from your eating and lack of exercising. Work hard enough and you can bring yourself out of that label.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  5. I beg to differ with Rick and Kathy. You are not born with Type 1. You can develope it in several ways, not all of which are understood. thet think my grandson got it from a virius.

    Anyway, most older (not old) people who get diabetes get Type 2. it can be helped greatly with diet and exercise. I too have just crossed the line on blood sugar numbers. I know I can get them down by controling what I eat and exercise. Please post about your experience and results. We are all supportive friends.

  6. Soo nice you you guys were able to be a part to help save the turtle.If you hadn't stopped first, he might have been mush.....
    KarenInTheWoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  7. Great site on controlling diabetes with diet: