The Journey: Episode Twenty-Eight

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving regardless of how you spent it. I also hope you all were safe this past weekend. I live in a multi-generational home so we stayed home for Thanksgiving for the most part. I helped my grandma make the turkey, my husband and I cooked the sides, my sister and mom sat with my grandma and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

My mom went to California the week before and came back the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I was against it but she never listened to me before. She tried to appease me by buying us stuff. I’m still upset that she went and put us all at risk but now I can be upset with dried cranberries and almonds.

We had two regular pumpkin pies, a custard pie, and a pumpkin cream cheese pie. The last one was so good, it was gone by the end of dinner. We had a good time as a family. It’s the only time of year that my family actually acts like a family and we eat together and talk and have fun together.

I accidentally carb loaded my plate, but on the bright side I was so full from my one plate that I didn’t go for seconds. I barely had room for pie. I felt, not completely full, but really full. Usually I would pile food on my plate and then go back for seconds, but this year I didn’t eat that much which was a surprise to everyone. I drank a lot of water and I went on a short walk before eating.

I wish we still had our community Turkey Trot this year. I went with my other sister the last two years and it was a lot of fun. But she moved away a couple months ago so I would have had to go alone anyway. Last year, I had beat my time from the year before and I was hoping to do it again, but alas, stupid Coronavirus prevented us from having the Turkey Trot this year.

We didn’t do Black Friday this year. Our stores weren’t doing the usual Black Friday anyway, but also we just didn’t have the money. Instead, we looked longingly at the sales papers at all the things we wanted but couldn’t buy. Same thing this Cyber Monday unfortunately. We don’t get paid until later this week and even then we have bills to pay and medication to buy.

I’m thinking of designing a diabetes planner journal thing. Not sure what I’m going to call it yet. I’m thinking about it mostly because I have to find a printer and I don’t have much of a budget for those sort of things right now. But it’s an idea I want to work on.

Besides that my health has been in the hole this holiday season. My blood sugar has been high, my blood pressure has been high, my sleep schedule is messed up, and my feet have been really sore. I’ve been really super depressed lately but yesterday I pushed through and cleaned my room. I also sold some stuff on Facebook Marketplace that we no longer need and was cluttering our room. They’ve all sold pretty quickly and we had money for gas thankfully.

Good luck this holiday season. There’s so much going on this season and we can all make it through this. Don’t be afraid to talk about what’s going on in your life. It’s a whole weight off your shoulder just by sharing your troubles with someone.


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Tips for the Holidays 2020

Hello there fellow diabetics! I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. I know we may not be able to celebrate the same way this year as years before. You may even be celebrating alone this year. Please do not let this get you down, this is not an excuse to eat in excess this year.

There will be a lot of challenges this holiday season and I want to give you some tips to help keep you on track as much as possible.

  • Balance rich treats and special meals with super healthy, veggie-based snacks and meals
  • Fit in extra activity daily
  • Increase your water intake
  • Keep thinking positively
  • Engage with others
  • Don’t let others pressure you
  • Remember your overall health goals
  • Slow down and be present with the food
  • Capture the first bite
  • Take small portions – you can always go back for more
  • Enjoy the flavor and texture of the food
  • Remember family and friends no longer with us
  • Honor your memories, all the special people and moments with the food you make this year
  • Appreciate that you have enough food to eat
  • Appreciate that you have a choice in what you eat
  • Chew your food slowly and savor the flavors
  • I cannot stress this enough, get some extra activity in!

Remember, this is a time to spend being thankful for what you still have this year. I know 2020 freaking sucks, you may have lost a couple people this year. But there is still so much to be thankful for.

There’s a couple of really good looking vaccines that will be available soon. You are still alive right now. You may still have friends and family. You still have someone to talk to (me). You woke up this morning.

Times may seem dark right now, but I want you to know that wherever there is darkness, light is sure to follow. Just hang in there. You are the most amazing person in the world. You can make it through each day one step at a time. You’ve got this!

Some of them are bad quality but I want to share some photos of my fur baby that passed away a month ago. May it trigger your seratonin and make you feel better.