Liquid, It’s What’s For Lunch

Mmmmmm good?I started my all-liquid special high-protein-shake diet in preparation for surgery. This is what I had for lunch: a protein broth shake thingy. That’s it. I know it doesn’t look like much, but compared to breakfast – an “iced latte” flavored protein shake that was THE MOST HORRIBLE THING I HAVE EVER TASTED THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO TASTE LIKE COFFEE BUT DIDN’T – this chicken soup-flavored protein drink was deeeelicious.

Now, I can have the occasional snack of a sugar-free jello gelatin cup, sugar-free Popsicle, plain chicken broth, all the water I want, and moderate amounts of decaf coffee and tea (but only with stevia sweetener in them, no cream or milk.) But really, this is hard core dietary limitation in my book. And I am preparing myself mentally and physically  to do this for at least the next 3-4 weeks. Wish me luck!

Note to self: Never ever ever again consume anything with a coffee “flavor” that isn’t coffee. Except for Coffee Nips – I will always love you. 

Wordless Wednesday – The Near But Distant Past/Future

The old me, but someday new me again?I keep thinking of the “me I used to be” before Type 1 diabetes, but also before all the weight gain made even worse by Type 2-like insulin resistance tacked onto Type 1.

<–I want this again. This makes me want to work for it as hard as I can, because I remember this “me.” I felt good, and I felt healthy. (I know, I’m never truly “wordless,” and in the spirit of full disclosure, this picture has been photo-shopped to remove the person who was standing beside me. Better that one be forgotten.)


Wordless Wednesday – Take THAT

Suck it, diabetes!

(I also like to make this face when my diabetes has been misbehaving. If my Dexcom goes off ONE MORE TIME in the middle of the night because of a low or high, I might just lose it. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever sleep a straight 6-8 hours ever again.)

Don’t Buy This

Whatever you do, don’t buy this stuff!!

Whip it goodI saw this in the grocery store and thought, huh – I should eat more protein and fat in the form of peanut butter, and need a little something different to eat with crackers when I need a tide-me-over snack and looky! (It probably didn’t help that I was shopping with a bordering-on-low-blood-sugar. That never helps with making smart buying choices.)

This stuff is *whipped* and  even has a smidgeon of chocolate in it. Perfect for when you just need a teeny bit of sugary goodness, and don’t want to go overboard on something that is more of a no-no.

One taste and I was hooked. The serving size is 2 tablespoons. Good luck ONLY having that amount on your crackers, strawberries, pretzel sticks, banana sandwich, etc. It was all I could do not to empty half the container at it’s first opening.

MmmmFor those curious, there is the nutrition information. Not the absolute *worst* thing in the world for you (but the calories….WAY TOO MANY CALORIES.) To be safe, just don’t buy it. You’ll thank me for this recommendation later.

Wordy Wednesday – My Body

This week’s installment of Wordy Wednesday is brought to you in 2 parts by My Body.

1. I’m still recovering from almost a week of vacation in Florida that involved somewhere around 20+ hours worth of being in the car. Two-and-a-half year olds make car travel…interesting. On top of that, My Body really didn’t like being mushed up in a car for hours upon hours at a time….I have 3 cricks in my neck and shoulders, my upper back feels like someone has it in a vise grip, and if my feet want to just go ahead and fall off, that’s OK – because they have been hurting and aching for weeks now that I’m not taking Meloxicam for my plantar fasciitis anymore.

But one of the highlights of my trip to Florida, that made all the aches & pains worth it, was getting to hang out in real time and in real space with Christel from theperfectd and her lovely daughter and father. Read her blog post linked there – I say “ditto” to all that. She is awesome, and we would most certainly be friends if we had met up in life outside of diabetes and the DOC. And our kids were so stinking cute together, even when they both defied nap-time.

Nom nom...cookies!

Cookies BEFORE lunch?
Why, yes, I believe you should!

2. This song by Young the Giant just fits. (Amazing how you listen to songs and suddenly they have diabetes-related messages to share?) Despite My Body telling me “no” over and over again, I will never quit in this struggle against diabetes. I most certainly want more.

Stop, the train is ridin down to the station
where you lived when we were school kids
Hey, the rails are caught now
And I am falling down fools in a spiral
Round this town of steam

My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit
Cause I want more, cause I want more
My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit
Cause I want more, cause I want more

Stop the train is riding down to the station where I lived
When I was a cool kid
Hey, is it my fault that the fallen embers burn down in a spiral
Round your crown of thieves

My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit
cause I want more, cause I want more
My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit
cause I want more, cause I want more
it rides out of town

Oh, it’s my road, it’s my road, it’s my road
It’s my road, it’s my road, it’s my road

And it’s my war, It’s my war, it’s my war
His eyes are open
His eyes are open

Oh, cause I want more, I want more
Want more
His eyes are open
His eyes are open

(Hey, hey, hey)

My body tells me no but I won’t quit
Cause I want more, cause I want more
My body tells me no but I wont quit
Cause I want more cause I want more
It rides out of town

~”My Body” lyrics by Young The Giant