Yes, I know I’m about 7 weeks late with my happy wishes for a good year in 2014. It’s been a kind of crazy 7 (or is it 8?) weeks so far in the year. I can’t believe Saturday will be March! Slow down new year.
New Year’s Day started the year off great with a nice hangover (NYE was a lot of fun though!). The hangover sort of kickstarted a 10 day period of really crappy blood sugars. I’m not sure why, but my blood sugars were bad, like really bad (I got up to 433 at one point!). I was coming off of my awesome A1C result 2 weeks prior. Maybe it was just exhaustion from trying to get my A1C so good, maybe it was diabetes burnout, or maybe it was a bad bottle of insulin. Who knows.
Since my blood sugars started off so bad the first week or so of 2014 (and likewise my mood/motivation) I wasn’t really attacking any new years resolutions. I did, however, manage to get to the gym a couple of times. This resulted in promptly coming down with a cold (I’m blaming the germs from the gym for my cold), where I was miserable for a full week. Not exactly great for the blood sugars. Oh and did I mention this was the week before I was set to run a half marathon?!
Yeah, so motivation lacking, diabetes burnout, bad blood sugars, bad cold…all great ingredients for an awesome start to the new year.
The first 17 days into the new year were crappy. Then it was time for a much needed vacation! My 30th birthday was January 19th and my husband and I signed up to run a half marathon as a way to ring in my 30′s. I live in Virginia and the half marathon was in sunny California, so we figured we would make a trip out of it. I had some family and friends join me out in California for my birthday celebration as well. I plan on writing another post on how the half marathon went and how my trip went so be on the lookout for that (hopefully in the next few days). It was a two week vacation and a lot of fun. I got back January 31st and since February 1st my blood sugars have somehow miraculously been wonderful (with the exception of the last 24 hours)!
I wish diabetes made any sort of sense. When I got back from my vacation, I did go to the gym everyday that first week so I think that played a part in my good blood sugars. But then my husband got sick for a week and I decided to be lazy and take the week off (which turned into two weeks off) from working out while he was recovering. I fully expected my blood sugars to go back to being crappy but instead they have stayed pretty good. Most days in February, I have been within my range (70-150) and the only exceptions have been when I’ve gone below 70. I even consumed an entire container of Animal Crackers in about a 48 hour period and my BGs behaved. I have no idea why I have been so good the past two weeks but I’ll take it. Hopefully the magic will continue on.
I’ve also been on a bit of a cleaning spurt the last week (probably because I’ve been going crazy not working out) and I cleaned my diabetes cabinet out. I had cleaned it out some about a year and half ago when I moved but I was being a bit of a hoarder. This time, I actually threw out some supplies and it felt good (mainly just expired test strips but it’s a start!).
While dealing with a lot of ups and downs the past several weeks, I had a few people reach out to me (via email) that had found my blog. It was nice to connect with others even while I was on a mini break from blogging. I also went to a Diabetes Sister’s meeting and finally participated for the first time this year in a DSMA chat last Wednesday night so I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. In fact, I’m going to the JDRF Type One Nation DC Research Summit this upcoming Saturday, which I am really excited about.
On a personal level (besides the trip and being sick), I’ve been keeping busy with work, reading the Ender’s Game series (taking way longer than anticipated), attempting to learn Spanish, furnishing/decorating my first floor and organizing our basement. Before my hubby got sick (and after the vacation), we took a tennis lesson and it was a lot of fun so I think we are going to continue to take lessons. We also watched the Olympics, cheering on Kris Freeman and played in the snow some ourselves.
Hope you have been having a good 2014 so far!