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Living life as a Type 1 Diabetic.

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How do you reward yourself?

When I was younger, if I’d have a great report card, my mother would get me the shirt I’ve been wanting, or the video game that just came out. Sometimes, she would even take me, alone, to the restaurant and it would be our night out, just the two of us. When I would help her around the house a few weeks in a row, she would reward me by taking me out to the movies or another night out to the restaurant. This was our treat. This was my reward for being productive or for achieving great things.

5 years ago, my mother passed away and I’ve made a discovery very recently (actually about a few hours ago) while I was listening to my weight loss coach. She was talking about rewards. “How do you reward yourself?” she asked, and I kind of shrugged, not really knowing the answer.

“Reward for what?” is all I could answer back.

She kind of smiled and I started to realize where she was going with that. “You’ve kept the house clean longer than you should’ve. You’ve worked out six times last week instead of three or four. You’ve surpassed yourself in something. How do you celebrate this? How do you reward yourself?” and I already knew the answer.

“Sweets. Chips. Something that tastes good.”

And it’s true. If I would step inside a supermarket and see something I shouldn’t be eating during this weight loss, like a peanut butter chocolate cup (Or Reese’s Pieces) or even chips I haven’t had in a while… If they are on special, I’ll think back; “Do I deserve this? Of course I do! This week I was awesome with this and that so I deserve it.”

So in order to reward myself because of something I’ve done, I’ll sabotage it right back by eating something I ‘enjoy’. Chocolate. Chips. Skittles. Ice cream from Cold Stone. High calories intakes, all the time, every time. The biggest thing would be to go to Boston Pizza and think that I ‘deserve’ the food because I’ve been great at something.

I have not learned how to reward myself properly because I let my mother do it for me.

It’s as simple as that. And so, starting today, I’ve decided that in order to reward myself, I need to put goals. When these goals are reached, I will indeed reward myself. It can be food, but healthy one. It can be things for around the house, but not expensive, and nothing useless.

Something that will make me happy and will leave me feeling happy after I obtained it. Fast food usually has a tendency to make me feel bad after I eat it and then I step back and wonder “Did I really need this?”. So, as of right now, I am setting goals for myself.

Goal # 1 : At every weight loss every week (so, on wednesdays); I get to eat a low fat Subway sandwich. They are delicious and healthy. No side orders, just the sandwich. And believe me, it’s a treat for me! I absolutely love them.

Goal #2 : when I reach my 5% weight loss for my goal; I will get myself a nice material from Fabricville to make a pretty tablecloth.

Goal #3: When I lose 20 lbs from my weight loss start; (Well, I’m not sure yet).

I’ll have to make a goal list and write down things I want to do when I reach those goals.

Oh. As for today’s weight-in? I’ve lost 3.6lbs. I am 2.6lbs away from my 5% weight loss.

I think I can lose that in one week, what do you think?

And how will you reward yourself today?

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Nothing Kraft Dinner can’t fix.

One thing you’re used to do when you’re diabetic is to eat ‘healthy’. Pack up on nice proteins, eat a lot of vegetables, fruit is very good for you and please, stay away from the white rice. But when you think about it, isn’t this what everyone should be following as a healthy lifestyle? I am not saying that you can’t have your weekly Ice cream cone at that favourite diary place of yours, or even to have McD’s once in a while (McDonald’s is one of the worst foods you could put in your body… But so delicious!), but having a healthy lifestyle should be something everyone to follow. And while I applaud those who can follow it, I find it extremely difficult to maintain it.

Let me explain; I have been working non-stop on Chronicles Of Tyria and CoT’s forums for the past week or so. To a point where spending 45 minutes in the kitchen was impossible. So often this week I would have pork or chicken slow cooking for 8 hours.

Slow cooked anything:

Directions: Place meat, veggies and broth in Slow cooker. Add spices. Wait 8 hours. Place in plate, add salad. Eat. Keep left-overs for next diner.

But then, you run out of ingredients, and you ‘forget’ to go grocery shopping. What’s in the cupboard? Goldfish, oatmeal, canned goods, dried gravy sachet and Jello package. Oh. But what’s this? Kraft Dinner! (Or Mac-And-Cheese)

While Kraft Dinner was seen as a -very- bad processed food in the past, I’m not sure it is, anymore. At least not the one I buy as a back-up meal plan. The ‘smart’ Kraft Dinner’s noodles are actually made of cauliflower. Yes, you read right. Cauliflower. With no artificial colours or preservatives. The ingredient list isn’t confusing. They are actual words I can read and recognize. The original Kraft Dinner, not so much.

So eating right all the time is a hard thing to do when you’re extremely busy and I’m thankful for the 10 minutes preparation some things offer.

What are your back-up meals?

Weight-loss journey: Weight-in #5

I woke up this morning dreading the scale to begin with.

This week, I had worked out maybe twice, walked a bit every day, packed a little for the move and ate junk food one day. I mean, REAL junk food. Whoever visited Quebec once in their life probably tasted the most delicious junk food ever; Poutine (Pronounced put-sin). And I’m not talking about what the rest of Canada claims as Poutine, but real, french canadian, grease induced, sodium praised, Poutine. And it was delicious. I had a downfall. And I blame this on raging hormones that happens once a month, where my blood sugar goes whack one week and keep me low the other. With it comes cravings of the most intense levels. And I couldn’t resist.

So, recap; little physical activities, big eating.

I still followed my Points allowance though.

So I stepped on the scale expecting a weight gain, thinking about the worst where I would gain back all the weight I had lost in one week. But with it all, I’ve still managed to lose a pound. Two-O-Four read the scale. So that means I’ve lost a total of 12lbs so far. Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good amount. I’m SO close to being back in the 100’s and even closer to my Weight Watcher’s 1st goal weight.

All in all, not bad! But I will put in much more work this week, for sure. If my body is saying “Go on, lose some!” I’m gonna work it! Especially since half the house still needs packing before the move… I have a long ways to go!

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