diet, food, lifestyle, stress, type 1 diabetes

Type 2 and the New Beauty Definition

Should being heavier be acceptable in society? I’ve noticed it is a pushing issue right now that women accept their bodies. Stretch marks, C-section scars and being heavier are all becoming more and more acceptable.

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I have to say, the notion of heavier women being acceptable is troubling. The battling issue in my mind is are we as a society saying that being overweight and unhealthy is okay by accepting being heavy? My main concern here, is more type 2 diabetics.

As you might have read, I am battling all kinds of health concerns. I don’t wish diabetes on anyone and hope others that know me feel that they should make strides in trying to avoid getting type 2 diabetes.  Although type 1 and type 2 are not the same, type 2 still involves having a toll done on your body and perhaps taking insulin by needle (hopefully all you need is a pill or two). This doesn’t make type 2 diabetes any less serious in my eyes. You. Don’t. Want. It.

Are we saying type 2 diabetes is okay? Being unhealthy is okay? Are we just accepting that our nation is unhealthy and therefore we should just throw our hands in the air, saying it’s okay? OR are we simply saying different body types are okay as long as they are healthy? Is it empowering?

What are your thoughts?

 

insulin, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

Happiness is not in Pounds

I started going through clothes that don’t fit me today. A lot of them are from when I was an itty-bitty me and wore tons of tight Forever 21 clothes. I got a bit depressed. I feel that being that weight again is far away and perhaps even impossible.

I gained a lot of weight due to diabetes. It’s rare for a type 1 to have this happen but it did for me. Insulin is also making it hard to lose any pounds. I’m stronger, can walk farther but still I have the weight.

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I’ve decided to get rid of clothes that don’t fit me but get clothes that do. Clothes that I like- not clothes that just fit me. I miss my style! My style became warped with gaining weight.

Then I read a post by a friend on facebook: “Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy. Stop stopping yourself.”

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I needed to hear that. It’s not all about my weight. It’s about being healthy and taking care of my diabetes not all about my weight. I gotta be happy! There are reasons to be happy. I’m not sick, I have a wonderful husband, 3 great furbabies and a job. My friends are awesome too. I don’t need to be down in the dumps! Heck with it!

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insulin, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

I’m not the same as your Grandma.

Close up of syringe with vial of medication isolated on white backgroundNot every diabetic is the same. I know we may have the same labels, but we are still not all the same. Doctors who think we fit in cute little categories all tight and snug are morons. Why is this?

  • We have different lifestyles. Athletes, health-freaks,  go-go-gos, carnivores, moms, . . . . . all different kinds of people have different needs.
  • We eat differently. I know for myself I grew up with veggies on my plate and a helping of meat.  I am careful of my carb amount on my plate but I love them. I’m Italian and love my pasta. Yet, there are vegan, vegetarians and people doing the paleo diet. There are different ways to eat, different cultures and different diets. Not all diabetics eat the same and there is no one diet that is a cure-all.
  • We have different tools. Some of us use what is called an insulin pen, insulin pumps, needle and vials or pill medication.  It all depends on what kind of diabetes is being treated, your lifestyle and your personal preference.
  • Our bodies are not the same. Our bodies respond similarly to medication, again, depending on the type of diabetes you have. Most diabetics respond to exercise by their blood sugar going up but mine goes down.  I need a lot of insulin where others might not. Depends on your own body.

 

Please don’t say I’m like Grandma or your cousin Timmy. I assure you, we are not the same.