Trashcan Punch

Isn’t trashcan punch what they call it when you toss every possible alcohol within arms distance together in a big bowl or trashcan? Well this post is going to be a form of trashcan punch cause I’m gonna throw a bunch of stuff in here.

Sorry for those of you that were hoping for a recipe ūüėÄ but if you have a good one to share…

So I know I have been neglecting my blog and I deserve a good spanking. ¬†So much has been going on, but then again, isn’t that always my excuse when I’m MIA for a period of time. ¬†Shouldn’t that be when I’m blogging the most? You would think so huh? Well I’ve been known to be half-ass-backwards…

So last I blogged about being at the dr and hoping to get a good report. ¬†I actually did and would like to share some of my results with you. ¬†I was delighted to find out that I had lost 3.5 lbs in 10 days from the date I had started my 2nd diet pill. ¬†So that was super exciting. I was so excited that when the nurse got me back to my room, I warned her that my blood pressure would probably be high because I was excited. ¬†Sure enough it was. ¬†Anyway… I met with my nutritionist, told her all the changes I had made in my diet. Cut out butter almost completely. I had cut back on fried foods, lots more water, more seafood, taking my vitamins and fish oil, using my flax seed and light and greek yogurts and I could tell a big difference since starting these diet pills in my appetite and my energy level. ¬†I told her about joining the YMCA again and she was overall thrilled. ¬†I shared with her my pirates booty, my new favorite healthy snack. Told her about my other healthy go to snacks as well. ¬†She was really excited to see the changes I had made as well. ¬† I then got to see the dr. ¬†We got my blood sugar results back and my A1C had dropped from 8.3 down to 7.2 in 3 months. ¬†I was thrilled. ¬†She was very excited too. She was glad to see that I had improved in testing my sugars and was doing it regularly which I had not been doing previously. ¬†The other reports hadn’t come back yet which were the numbers I really wanted to find out… my cholesterol numbers… so I was a little disappointed. ¬†But I did get to find out before I left for the day. ¬†Here are some of my results. ¬†I was so excited. ¬†My prev date was 8/14, Current date is 11/14

Cholesterol     Prev (236)  Current (143) goal to get lower
Triglyceride ¬† ¬†Prev(1051) Current (195) (I ate some garlic butter chicken fajitas the day before blood work prev so that’s why so high) still need to get lower
HDL     Prev (27)  Current (35) still need to get higher
LDL Cholesterol   Prev (90)  Current (69)

The report – I saw it actually said “LDL (bad cholesterol) should be under 100 mg/dl. Your LDL cholesterol is good!” ¬†I have NEVER had anything say anything to do with my cholesterol was GOOD… I was so thrilled and was so happy to see that my hard work was actually showing.

The dietitian called me later in the week to tell me how proud she was and told me that they never have patients that bring their numbers down that fast in that short amount of time ever. I felt really good about the progress I was making and it makes me only want to continue and do more and try harder.

So yesterday 12/04/12 I had another follow up with my reg dr here in town that I see with my diet pill and da dat da daaa… I lost 6 lbs this month !! I was so excited. ¬†I haven’t been trying as hard as I can or should and I haven’t been really restricting myself from anything except butter and sweets. ¬†So now that I see that just that is working I’m gonna kick it into gear. ¬†I went shopping with my sister on Saturday after we pampered ourselves at the spa first. ¬†While trying on clothes the sales lady brought me the wrong size, (size smaller) and I wasn’t sure about trying it on, but I did anyway… IT FIT PERFECT !!! I was so excited, I almost squealed in the dressing room. ¬†I almost ran to the check out to buy them ūüôā ¬† So that totally made my day.

On another front… I had a guy I dated over 8 years ago look me up on fb and that was such a shock. ¬†After responding to him and catching up for about 20 mins he proceeds to tell me that he made the biggest mistake of his life letting me go so long ago. I was like wow, that was out of nowhere. I asked why and he said he didn’t know what he had until I walked out of his life. ¬†He said that he tried to find me over the years and was unable. ¬†He said that he didn’t know just how much he loved me until I was gone. ¬†I was floored. ¬†I really cared about this guy back then. ¬†I never expressed how much I cared about him because he had this wall up and kept me at arms length away. ¬†He never expressed his true feelings to me, so I had no clue. ¬†He asked me what ever happened to us, why did I leave him. ¬†I honestly didn’t know. ¬†I think at the time I was dating a couple of different guys and someone or something became more interesting or became more of a serious deal and I walked away from him. ¬†That’s the only thing I can think of. ¬† So now’s he’s making it known that if he was to ever get another chance he would never make that same mistake twice. So that’s sorta strange.

I did mention it to Chris because I did give the guy my number, his name is James by the way in case I later decide to tell something else. I’m sure something might come up again. ¬†So I did tell Chris about it… He didn’t seem to worried. ¬† But the week after we came home from my mom’s for Thanksgiving as we were sitting on the couch watching tv. I was on the computer not really paying to much attention and Chris said is that what you want and I looked up and saw a jewelry commercial on the tv. ¬†I said what? Diamonds? of course you can’t go wrong with diamonds. ¬†He’s been at me about what I want for Christmas and my birthday for weeks now. ¬†He then said no, the other. ¬†I said what other. ¬†He said, TO GET MARRIED. ¬† I almost choked. ¬†I said whoa, that was outta the blue. Where did that come from. ¬†He said well it’s been on my mind a lot lately. ¬†I said, what’s been on your mind. ¬†He said well, have we waited long enough, how long is long enough, how long should you wait, should I say something, should I just come out and ask, should we talk about it, those kinds of things. ¬†I was so shocked. ¬†I just kept taking a drink of water every time he stopped talking because I didn’t know what to say. ¬†I finally said well that really came out of the blue. ¬†Then I got up and went to the bathroom. ¬†I didn’t really know what to think of all of that. ¬†Was that suppose to be a question? Was that just information? Is he just testing the waters to see what I might say? ¬†WHAT THE HELL?? ¬†I know I am not ready to get married. I know that for a fact. ¬†I won’t be for some time. ¬†I know I love Chris or I wouldn’t put up with half of the stuff I have and still put up with on a regular basis… but there are just unresolved things that need to be finalized, taken care of and discussed before we even get to the point of discussing that topic. ¬†He’s also really pushing us going to court to get custody of his son, and to be completely honest I don’t want custody of his son. ¬†Besides the fact that the costs it would take to go to court would all be put on me, I do not want his son living with us full time. ¬†I have voiced that to Chris a couple of times and all it does is cause a huge fight. ¬†So if it comes down to it, that will be a cause for us to split. ¬†That I know for sure. ¬†I am not going to budge on that point there.

I got my 12 Days of Christmas Swop package in the mail last week and I am super excited to start blogging about my gifts starting Monday the 10th… I’m excited for Janet to get her package and to read her posts as she opens her gifts.

Well, I will close for now, cause my fingers are worn out, and I need a break.  I will be back soon.  Happy Hump Day Folks !!
~McQty~

The Good, the Bad, and the Rest

OMG !! There is so much to tell you.

So lets start with the Bad Stuff…

**I have been so busy lately I haven’t made the time to blog. So sorry for that.¬† But now’s my chance to catch up (mustard).
**I haven’t made a whole lot of time for much other than work.
**My good friend Sass-a-Frass lost her father-in-law and my heart goes out to her and her family. It’s never easy to lose a loved one and I know it’s been hard on her husband watching his father battle his illness.
**Just at my regular job, not counting my pt job, I worked 98.75 hrs over the last two weeks.
**I haven’t gotten all my shopping done for my swap partner. I have to get on the ball with this, gotta have it wrapped and mailed by Saturday.
**I didn’t go into work at my pt job and I didn’t call in or answer the phone when my boss called me or return his phone calls when he left a message.¬† This is not like me at all.¬† I just really don’t know what to say to him. I have mixed feelings about quitting and was kinda hopping he would just fire me, but then again I have never been fired from a job either.¬† He hasn’t fired me either.¬† He still calls and asks if I’m coming back or not.¬† I would have already fired my ass.

Now on to some Good stuff…

**I have been working on my mini-trees and have come up with some creative ideas and have only gotten better with each tree.
**I took off the weekend to spend some time with my sweetie, to sleep in and to get my hair done.
**I died my hair darker for the fall/winter season and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it !!!!
**I worked 98.75 hours in 2 weeks which means 18.75 hrs of overtime – OMG can’t wait until tomorrow for pay day !!!
**My sister, bro-in-law and mom came through town on Friday and I got to have lunch with them, it was great to visit, but it went by way to fast.
**My mom is spending the week with us and I took off Tues and Wed for a road trip with mom to Oklahoma.
**Today I have some down-time to catch-up (mustard) on my blogging and emails.
**The weather here in OK is gorgeous today. I took a couple of pictures of the beautiful scenery around us.  I love the trees and the fall colors all around.
**I am loving the time with my mom chatting and laughing and giving her a hard time.
**I got assigned my 12 Days of Christmas Swop partner and found out who my “Santa” was as well.¬† My “Santa” will be Cheryl and I will be “Santa” for Janet.
**I am super excited to shop for Janet and trying to come up with some creative gift ideas.  I want to find things that she may not be able to get in Austrailia or Zurich.
**I am SUPER ELATED OVER THE MOON EXCITED that when seeing my dr today I found out that I have lost another 3 lbs since 11/04. Yeah in 10 days I have lost 3 lbs… WHOOP WHOOP !!! I was so excited that when the nurse called me back and started to take my blood pressure I told her it might come up high and she asked why, I told her I was excited to see I had just lost another 3 lbs.¬† YEP it was up 175/85.¬† Well when the dr came in she said it was high and I told her what I had told the nurse. She said she would check again before I left.¬† Stay tuned for the REST of the story…
**I was pleased to find out that my A1C dropped from 8.3 down to 7.2 WHOOO HOOO !!! I need to now get it 2 point more lower and then I will be in the good ūüôā
**I met with the director at the YMCA and I will be set up with my trainer this week and start my water aerobics classes… EXCITED !!! I hope this trainer doesn’t kill me.

Now the REST of the story…

**So for my Christmas swop we are just suppose to open one present a day and then blog about the process in some way.¬† I of course like to do things a little differnet and be original so I think I might take pictures of the item before I wrap it…. but up close, really close, like where you can’t make out what it is, but gives a clue maybe and then ask Janet to look at the pics before opening the items and see if she can guess any of the presents.¬† See if she can blog about her guesses and then she can open them daily and see if she gets any right.¬† I just think that might add some fun and mystery and excitement to it.
**My dr was really pleased with all the changes I have made with my diet and how I am trying to better things and move forward. She also took my bp again before I left and it was 110/74… she laughed and said I guess you really were excited ūüôā¬† YEPPERS ūüôā

Well that’s really all I have time for today, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.¬† Happy Hump Day. Blessings to all.

That’s All Folks !!
~McQty~

Giving Thanks – Day 2

Happy November 2nd fellow bloggers/readers.

I have some great things to be thankful for today and so I am here to share with you.

**I am thankful that I made an appt (and I’m keeping it) with the Director at the YMCA to meet with a trainer and get started on the right foot when it comes to exercise.
**I’m thankful that I took a chance – I recently emailed the Director of said YMCA to ask if they offered discounted rates for people that had a medical necessity for exercise. ¬†She said not really, that they have a std fee based usually, but they could see if I qualified for assistance. ¬†I explained to her about my Diabetes and all that goes along with that diagnosis, all the meds I am on and how much those cost me and she got back to me and got me a discounted rate !!! WHOO HOOO – never know till you ask.
**I’m thankful that my blood sugars are as good as they are as of late and I am thankful for sticking to taking my meds as I should which helps with all of that. (GO FIGURE)
**I’m thankful that I took of tomorrow from the PT job so that I can get some things done and go to this appt.
**I’m thankful for my amazing friends and family. ¬†They truly mean the world to me.

That’s it for today – I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
~McQty~

Something Tasty

I was reading a fellow bloggers post today about her fav new craving and it was similar to my new favs too.

Today I had some yummy, HEALTHY morsels.
I am in love with the Food Should Taste Good brand of chips and crackers.  They are sooo delicious.  I am also not a huge hummus fan, but I found one that I actually crave from time to time.

The chips are all natural, gluten free, vegan, low sodium, kosher, cholesterol free, no MSG, no trans fat, good source of fiber, no artificial junk, lots of whole grains !!

The hummus is also gluten free, organic, cholesterol free, no trans fat, low sodium, great source of fiber and protein.

It’s so great when something healthy for you turns out to taste good too !!
SCORE !!

~McQty~

DELICIOUS !!

Great for you

Yummy stuff inside

And it’s good for you !

Trying something new

Well I gotta tell you about some new stuff going on…

First off, I wanted to share with you a recipe I found on Pinterest. Pinterest, is so addicting, there should be a 12 step program for it.

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I have found a¬†few ton of ¬†awesome recipes and I am just starting to use them. ¬†I came across a recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs. ¬† I am really trying to eat more healthy and try healthier alternatives, so what on earth was I thinking ¬†when checking out this recipe? ¬†Well, I have a few¬†criteria¬†when marking a recipe as a “to-do” recipe.

  1. Must sound somewhat appetizing.  (Not slaving in the kitchen for something my dogs would turn down, too)
  2. Must be simple, easy to make.  (I am not Julia Child or the next Iron Chef)
  3. Must not require a truck load of ingredients.  (I do not own a truck)
  4. Must not require off the wall ingredients. ¬†I don’t mind buying something special to complete the recipe, but lets get real on some of these ingredients. ¬†(I’m not traveling to another country to get an herb)

So this recipe after reviewing it, was definitely appetizing, simple, few ingredients and I had all of those ingredients or could get them easily at a nearby store. ¬†Now, onto the healthy part… I know that’s the part your wondering too, what on earth is healthy about bacon? ¬†Well, I decided to give it a shot and put a few twists on it to make it healthier. ¬†(GO ME !!) ¬†I substituted ground turkey for the beef and turkey bacon for the “good” bacon. ¬†I also am not a fan of onions, but I do like the flavor they add, so I omitted the onion and used onion flakes instead.

Here is the link to the original recipe I found. ¬†Great blog called Amy’s Cooking adventure. ¬†She has some other yummy ideas too – check her out.

I love that Chris is willing to try healthier alternatives with me, he will eat almost anything anyway. ¬†He’s not a fan of the “good” bacon, but he liked the turkey bacon, it was our first time to try it. ¬†NOT BAD.

I made the meatballs in the oven for myself and Chris requested patties to put on a burger, so he got his wish too. ¬†I left the meatballs in about 5 mins longer than the recipe called for because I like things a little more crispier… and they turned out well.

Mine turned out looking just like these.  Go figure.  I like when things turn out the way their suppose to.  So I recommend giving it a try, and enjoy this easy-to-do recipe.

On a side note – I gotta say that it actual pays off when I eat healthier and take my meds/insulin like I’m suppose to. ¬†My blood sugars have come down and have maintained a steady number for the last week or so. ¬† My dr wants me in the 80-140 range.

My 7 day average is 131
My 14 day average is 135

It was better before yesterday when I jumped up to a 200 because of a damn sugar cookie that took me hostage and made me eat it. ¬†It was a delicious cookie, so all-in-all worth it. ¬†Haven’t had any other sweets as of late, so I was deserving ūüôā

I have a couple more recipes I am planning for, so I will keep you posted.

MOVING ON NOW – ¬†I gotta get the word out on a fellow bloggers newly, released book. ¬†If you like humor, if you like someone that tells it like it is, who isn’t afraid to call someone out on their moments of stupidity, then you should check out THE HOOK. He has a couple of great blogs that often have me laughing out loud and then trying to explain to those around me what was so funny. ¬†Some people just don’t understand !! ¬†His new book The Bellman Chronicles,¬†is now¬†available¬†on Amazon. ¬† I picked up my electronic copy, and you should grab you a copy too. ¬†You will be glad you did. ¬†Enjoy the adventure THE HOOK will take you on.

You can find THE HOOK at the following locations –

You’ve Been Hooked

The Book of Terrible

Don’t forget to grab, The Bellman Chronicles, on Amazon. ¬†Tell THE HOOK, McQty sent you !!

Happy Hump Day everyone.

~McQty~

A Nut in a Shell

Yep this is that NUT !! However I think my shell is a little cracked. ¬†The title of my blog used to be McQty – The Diabetic in Denial and although I have been in serious denial the last 3 months, it just does not seem fitting anymore to keep that title. ¬†I have not been posting much on my health, my diabetes and the daily events that go on with that diagnosis. ¬†I feel like a nut as of late, and that’s a nice way of putting it. ¬†I am frustrated with myself and how I have let myself slip back into my bad habits of not taking care of myself. ¬†Thank GOD nothing serious has happened as of late (KNOCK ON WOOD), but I have¬†definitely¬†let myself go. ¬†I have not been taking my medications like I should, on a daily and timely manor. ¬†I haven’t been testing my blood sugars like I am suppose to do at least 3 times a day. ¬†I have not been watching my diet, yadda yadda… the list goes on. ¬†I am ashamed of myself and my lack of discipline. ¬† I had such amazing results 3 months ago when I went for my check up and I have thrown that all away. ¬†I go back for my 3 mo check up on Tuesday and I am dreading it. ¬†I feel like a failure and the worst part is that I know better.

So anyway, I have changed my title since I seem to post/ramble about things other than my diabetes… which is good, but the topics seem to have changed from my original intentions.

Here’s to getting back on track and doing better for myself ¬†!!

So happy I could cry – and I did

Yeah, well let me tell you why I cried…

Last week on the 2nd I went for my appts up at the Indian Hospital in Oklahoma.¬† It was my first appointments at the Diabetic Wellness Center.¬† I got to meet the dietician, the educator, and my nurse.¬† They were all great, actually the whole staff there is awesome and welcoming and just very pleasant.¬† What’s in the water up there, everyone just seems so happy ūüôā¬† Well in my first appointment with the Dietician, we went over the foods I do and don’t eat, the new changes I have made this year with trying new foods, eating greek yogurt, flaxseed and such.¬† She had some good things to say and some suggestions on things I could and need to do more of.¬†¬† Then she gave me the best news ever.¬† She told me back in Jan when I was there my A1C was 10.7¬† (higher than I originally thought) and that today (May 2nd) it was 7.7.. YEAH, you read that right, 7.7¬† I couldn’t believe it.¬† I teared up and told her that I wasn’t expecting that after the serious illness I just had. Being sick makes your sugars go up, so to have it drop 3 whole points in that time was amazing to me.¬† I told her that it proved that I was making changes for the better and it was showing.¬† I couldn’t stop crying.¬† It really gave me hope to keep doing what I am doing and made me want to do even more.¬† It motivated me and I can always do with more motivation.¬† I couldn’t wait to leave and call Chris and to tell my mom and my papa and my sister and whoever else I could think of.¬†

So that’s the recent happenings.¬† I will try to stay well and not fall off the earth again.¬† I have so many blogs to catch up on, so I am looking forward to that for sure.