My Sincerest Apologies

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger, I know. I haven’t posted since my JDRF interview. And, full disclosure…I was pretty disheartened by it. The JDRF is a great organization that does a huge amount of work for Type 1 diabetics every day. I know I don’t need to tell you that. I am just trying to acknowledge it in an attempt to not sound bitter when I discuss my interview. I was just very passionate about starting Diabuddies, and when I kept receiving e-mails and an interview offer from the JDRF I got my hopes up that I would be able to work there when I graduated. They we excited about my idea. They even wanted to do it, with me running the entire thing. Its just that they offered me a 40 hr/week unpaid internship to do it. And I would have had to pay the state fees and taxes on the organization out of my own pocket. I completely understand that JDRF like most non-profits doesn’t really have the budget to just create a position and program for some just graduated hopeful. However, I have to pay for insulin, not to mention rent and there is just no way that I would ever be able to take that offer. So I got kind of depressed, because I felt like all the time and effort and excitement that I had went to waste. I feel this way because I think that newly diagnosed diabetics would have really benefited from my idea, and I know that I will not have the time or financial means to do it until I have an actual job. It also just added a lot of stress for me, because now I have been applying for jobs like crazy and honestly have no idea what I am going to do when I graduate in 3 weeks.

That in addition to finishing my honors thesis, (which I am so grateful to those of you who helped me with that) doing finals, and raising money for the JDRF walk left me completely exhausted. Every time I opened my blog I would get anxiety that I could be doing some other school work.

However, with that aside, I do want to say that my dad, Nick and I raised $585 for the JDRF and completed the 5k Walk to Cure Diabetes last Saturday! So many people reached out to support me in this, and I am so grateful. It is truly inspiring to me, because my original goal was to raise $200, and then when people were so interested I raised the goal to $300. I kept raising it at small increments as people donated, but I never imagined that I would approach $600! This to me was a true testament of how supportive people have been in my recent endeavors. I hope that those who donated to me who do not know about Type 1 diabetes took the time to read about it. It was also cool because I was the newest diabetic there, having been diagnosed in September.


Fitness wise, I have been keeping up with that. I’ve been at the gym or running from home at least 4 or 5 times a week. How have your fitness goals been going?I have been experiencing weird trends with my BG, which I don’t know whether to attribute to stress or not. When I started exercising, my insulin needs decreased and I had to turn down my basal permanently because I was setting a temp basal almost every night just to wake up between 90 and 100. But now, my exercise habits have remained the same, yet I have been waking up in the 130s-150s. I turned my basal back up to what it used to be, but I don’t really understand the change. I would prefer to use as little insulin as possible so I am sort of disappoint about it…

I finally completed my Honors Thesis, and I turned in the final draft last night. A HUGE thank you to anyone who participated. I will be searching for publishers, and hopefully be able to send out the paper in a few months. Though it is academic writing, I think anyone who wears a pump would enjoy reading it!

Endo Nurse

At my endocrinologist appointment yesterday, they wanted to check if my meter was working correctly since I will get three totally different results when I run high sometimes. (I have a really cheap meter because I have to pay out of pocket for test strips.)

So a nurse comes in with the office meter and is priming it. I just thought it would be stupid for her to check it for me…I mean come on, I do that myself 10 times a day. Plus she was taking sort of a long time and individually alcohol swabbing all of my fingers, even though we’d only use one. So I offered to do it. And she gladly handed it to me. As I pressed the lancet to my finger she squeezed her eyes shut and turned away in disgust. And I said, “It bothers you?” She responded, “I can do it if I have to, but I don’t like to look at the blood.” Then afterward she insisted that I wash my hands AND use an alcohol swab.


1)WHY do you work as a nurse at an endocrinologist’s office if you can’t check people’s sugar?????

2) Why do you work as a nurse if a tiny drop of blood freaks you out so much?


As a diabetic I check my sugar in public multiple times per week (in class, at restaurants, at the gym, when I feel low in the middle of a supermarket etc.) Yea, in the beginning I was self-conscious that I was bothering people. I used to be really grossed out by blood too. I get that it bothers some people, but I also don’t feel like I should have to feel shame about my disease. Additionally, if I feel like my sugar is low, I don’t care what people think, I am not going to take the time to go to a bathroom when I can just check where I am standing. 99.9% of the time people have no reaction. On the rare occasion that they do, I ap0logize and very obviously use my hand sanitizer in front of them afterward.




Hey guys! I hope you had a good weekend! I did! (Except my pump ran out of insulin while I was out…you know how that goes.)

Today I had my endocrinologist appointment and I got back my A1C. (The measure of average blood glucose for the past 3 months.) It was a 6.0 which roughly translates to 120 mg/dl average blood sugar…which is a normal reading for a non-diabetic! I was stoked as my last A1c was 6.6 at about 2 1/2 months after diagnosis and before that it was 12 and I was in the hospital. Getting a good A1C feels to me like when you look at a scale and you lost 10 lbs. Beyond that, my triglycerides and cholesterol were really low and the doctor asked me if I work out a lot because my numbers indicated that I did. As diabetics, we have the opportunity to really monitor our systems so much more closely than the average person. It is amazing to me to see how my lifestyle pays off on a regular basis! (There’s a plus side to diabetes!)

I also found a new work out buddy. (Hey Lauren!) And she really holds me accountable as I got up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning to meet her at the “Y.”

My doctor pretty much told me that doing a juice fast is a ridiculously stupid idea. I think I could get a way with substituting one meal a day with it, but I guess I have to give up on that one.

This week, I challenge you to “plank” every day and hold it for as long as you can! This is a great exercise for your abs. Time yourself, and I bet that by the end of the week you will have extended your time by so much! Let me know how you do with it! I will post my times here as well! πŸ™‚

Now I am going to go bury my head in thesis writing…Have a great Monday! πŸ™‚

Yummy Recipes and Killer Workouts!

Today I made these two recipes from

Cream of Asparagus Soup and Roasted Chickpeas

I modified the soup by making it with vegetable stock and topping it with a bit of Parmesan cheese. It was DELICIOUS. However, I think next time I would make it with slightly less stock and more yogurt as it wasn’t very creamy.


It is asparagus season, so this is a great time of year to make this! When I was in Switzerland, I had white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce…which believe it or not is an extreme delicacy there. This is a great way to have a low carb and low fat dinner with tons of protein! I bolused 15 carbs for a whole bowl! And it was extremely filling!

The roasted chickpeas were literally the best snack ever! I am going to buy at least 5 cans of chickpeas and make a huge batch. Nick and I ate the whole bowl of them in 10 min. I didn’t leave them in the oven long enough, so they weren’t crunchy enough. Next time I will leave them in for longer. I didn’t use any oil, except for on the pan that I cooked them in so that the chickpeas wouldn’t stick. They are a great snack substitute with barely any carbs and no fat, and I think they are way better than potato chips! (Plus you can eat a lot more of them!)

Today I did an INSANE 45 minutes ab workout. I am going to be so sore tomorrow! Then I did 15 minutes of thighs and 20 minutes of suicide running. I feel awesome! I also went shopping and picked out lots of dresses for graduation…I may post them as I need advice on which to actually wear.

I am having hesitation about doing the liquid juice diet. I decided to substitute lunch for a 30 carb beet, apple, carrot, spinach juice mix. I was super low with in 2 hours. I think that the juice makes my sugar spike and then drop so fast because of how it is absorbed. Therefore, I don’t know how I could only drink juice. I may bolus for half of what the juice is actually worth, or turn down my basals while I do it. I have an endocrinologist appointment on Monday, so I may ask for advice about that then.

Lastly, I just wanted to share with you guys the new Type 1 Disney character! Check this out, so cool!

I hope you are having an awesome Friday! πŸ™‚

Fitness Day Four

Hey guys!

Yesterday was such a long day! I got up, did my training after eating a left over cheesecake muffin. My BG was 122 after eating and running. I drove 2 hours to Gainesville for a meeting that ended up not happening. I visited my favorite diabetes RN at the University of Florida Student health Care Center, and then I headed off to the Undergraduate Research Symposium to display the project I have been working on for the last year.

I'm a nerd.

There were some other interesting projects on display. My personal favorite was, of course, the one about the artificial pancreases that had been implanted in diabetic mice. (Half were cured of diabetes, the others not so much.)

Anyway, then I drove all the way back to Orlando and met Nick and his coworkers for a drink. When I finally got home at 11:00 p.m. I had to clean Addy’s poop off of the floor. 😦 I went low 3 times because I never really had time to eat. the I over treated because I was worried about it happening again. However, when I went to bed my sugar was 110.

So today I took it pretty easy…meaning that after I got out of class I “accidentally” fell asleep for 3 1/2 hours.

Though I have been doing my running, and eating lots of healthy recipes (I am about to make one which I will share with you tomorrow), I literally haven’t had ANY other time to do strength training or anything.

Just a tip for all of the other pumpers out there about basal rates. I know some of you probably do this, but after talking to some women who have told me they get really nervous about lows in the night or with exercise, I figured I would put this out there for those of you who haven’t thought about it. (For all you non-diabetics, a “basal” is the steady stream of insulin that we get throughout the day, whereas “bolus” is a boost of insulin we get for food. On the pump, the basal rate is automatic and we direct the pump to give us a bolus. On shots, there are separate shots for both of these things.) Anyway…when I don’t feel like eating and its 11:00 p.m. and I am about to go to bed, my sugar is usually in normal range. Then I get paranoid that I am going to have a low blood sugar in the middle of the night. So now what I do is set a “temporary basal” for 65-75% of my regular basal rate. I wake up in normal range 90% of the time with this. And if I am out of range, my sugar has ALWAYS been 130-140. I have never gone low after doing this. I also set temp. basals when I exercise, which is especially pertinent to those of you who are working out a lot like me. This is one of the biggest benefits of the pump. After you inject a long-acting insulin basal, you just have to deal with whatever the outcome is for your sugar. With a pump, I can decrease how much insulin I am getting whenever I want. I never snack before bed, as most people with diabetes think you need to do to keep steady overnight blood sugars. That would just cause me to gain weight. So temporary basal rates are the best thing ever to me!

Tomorrow I hope to get through at least half of the rough draft for my thesis. (Finally I will get to analyze all of the awesome date that you guys sent me!)

How are your fitness goals going??

Fleeing From Fleas.

Addy got fleas. Consequently, so did Theodore and Luna. So today I went to class all day, picked up my poster and Theodore’s meds, came home and took an online exam. Then Nick came home and we literally moved EVERYTHING off of the floor and put Borax all over the carpet. Then we(he) vacuumed every square inch of this place.Β 

I had planned on making homemade soup, but I sort of forgot about it after we exterminated everything.

As a quick healthy meal, I took wheat pitas, low-fat cheese, tofu pepperoni, and sauce. I made mini-pizzas, side salads with avocado and balsamic vinegar. Popped the pizzas in the oven for 10 minutes and dinner was served. (I also chopped up some fresh basil and put that on top…I put basil on everything.) Total carbs: 30. Total fat: 5 grams + however much was in the avocado lol.

Tomorrow, since I will be in Gainesville ALL DAY I doubt I will have time to make anything spectacular. I am going to have to get up super early to get my running out of the way. However, the thing I like best about Gainesville is how much really good vegan food there is everywhere. So I am excited to eat there lol.

Anyway, just wanted to update you guys. Sorry I don’t have any new recipes today!

Awesome Low-Carb Recipes and the First Day’s Run

This morning was beautiful. I did my HIIT training which I talked about here. I ate this burrito thing that I have had a few times…but only once before on CGM. It is a vegan frozen couscous burrito that says on the back that there are 36 carbs in it. Both times I have eaten it, with CGM I have noticed a spike to over 275, so I don’t think I am going to eat it any more. I ran and my CGM was buzzing saying that my sugar was spiking. I waited for the drop from exercise, but it never happened. When I checked after the run I was at 188, though my CGM was saying 250…I am not really sure how that worked. The upside to this is that I think I don’t have intense sugar drops from exercise as much any more because I do it all the time.

I experimented with two amazing recipes tonight! Both of them are from Blogilates. I slightly tweaked them, but literally have had completely stable sugar from eating them. I barely spiked!

For the first recipe I used the Peanut Sauce from Blogilates.

Here are the ingredients:

I forgot to take out the red wine vinegar that is also in the recipe…oops.

Anyway, I halved the amounts called for in the Blogilates post, because it was only for Nick and me. Also…that peanut butter (which is the best peanut butter on earth) is really expensive.

So I used:

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable broth

1/3 cup tamari or other soy sauce

1/8 cup dark sesame oil

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons agave syrup or sugar

2 teaspoons minced ginger

1 1/2 minced garlic cloves

1 tablespoon hot sauce

I kept the amount of hot sauce in the original recipe, as Nick and I like things a little spicy. However, add or subtract from that as per your taste!

I just mixed all of this in my Bella food processor (a Christmas gift from my mom) until smooth. The I left it in the fridge while I prepared the rest of my dish.

Then I just used ingredients that I have in my house. I am a vegetarian, so I used cubed super firm tofu, but you could use chicken if you wanted.

I steamed 2 cups of broccoli. In a separate large pot (or wok if you have it) I sauteed some onion, green and red peppers, and zucchini in a very light amount of olive oil. I put an extra tablespoon of garlic in after the veggies got soft.

Then, I simply added the tofu and broccoli. I stirred it for an additional minute and added the peanut sauce. I also chopped up a few fresh basil leaves and threw them on the top. It was SO EASY. Plus this recipe is packed with protein and vitamins from the veggies. The veggies really filled me up! I bolused 15 carbs for this meal and my sugar went from 90 before dinner to about 105 and stayed there for a few hours. I know that Type 1 diabetics can eat whatever as long as there is insulin to cover it…but with my sugars actually behaving like a person with out diabetes, it makes me see the benefit of staying low-carb. And the sauce…it was AMAZING. Nick literally licked his plate…and also took all the left over sauce from my plate.

I will probably make this at least once a week now. Once you stock up on all the ingredients to make the peanut sauce, its a relatively cheap recipe. And you can add or subtract any ingredient you want. I think this would be good with cabbage, corn, or carrots (woah alliteration).

A few hours later Nick’s friend Allen came over and I decided to test this recipe out on them:

Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins! These things are amazing! I was a little skeptical, but now Nick and I are debating over how many he can take to work with him tomorrow. They are soooo good. They only have 15 carbs per serving, so I had two!

The ingredients are as follows:

  • 1 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of nonfat or 1-2% fat cottage cheese (I used 2%)
  • 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour (orig. recipe called for coconut flour, but I didn’t have any)
  • 1 whole medium lemon
  • 2 fresh organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla whey
  • 1/4 cup Stevia
  • 1/2 cup berries

Crust part:

  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 6-7 pitted medjool dates

For my modifications, I used regular packaged dates, added some cinnamon to the recipe, and used liquid egg whites. Oh…and I forgot to buy a lemon. Next time I would love to add bananas or raspberries.

For the crust, I used the Bella blender again. I needed more dates than the recipe called for in order to have enough crust for 12 cupcakes.

Then I simply blended the rest of the ingredients in my regular blender and poured them over the crust in my cupcake pan.

I baked them for 20 minutes and then put them in the freezer for a bit so that we could eat them faster. πŸ˜‰

And though we were all a bit skeptical…I think I am going to make them all the time now!

At 120 calories and 15 carbs per serving, you really can’t beat it!

My test subjects (and Luna)

A very genuine post-bite face πŸ™‚

Allen loved them too!

I am so excited! I have a lot of other recipes to try for you guys tomorrow. In the meantime, check out my diabetic stomach! (CGM and Pump included…and a nice shot of all our toilet paper lol)

Have a great Tuesday!

It’s Gonna Be a Long Week (Fitness, Dexcom, Homework)

This post is gonna be as long as this week is because I have SO MUCH to share with you guys.

Let me start with our first work out challenge. Last week I wrote about how a lot of diabetics that I spoke to have problems losing weight. Let’s face it, when it comes to diet and exercise, we have a lot more to be concerned about than the average person. If we work out with a lot of intensity, odds are our sugar will go low and we will end up consuming calories that counter-act the benefits of working out. In regards to diet, cutting out things and experimenting with different foods can do wacky things to our sugar levels. Beyond that, insulin makes you gain weight. So last week, I decided to be your guinea pig. However, the challenges that I will be doing…it would be cool if you did them too. It is appropriate that I am starting this plan this week, because I am also doing a test trial with Dexcom. (More on that later.) Therefore, I will be able to report how all of these lifestyle changes impact my sugar. Note that I am not a health care professional, and my experience may not mean that you will have the same results. However, I think if we are motivated together it will be mutually beneficial.

So for the first week’s challenge, I am going to focus on the most effective way to burn fat: cardio. One of the most effective ways to burn fat is called HIIT training, or High Intesity Interval Training. you can read about that here. What this pretty much entails is shooting your heart rate up and then letting it drop and repeating. I hate running. I find it very boring and monotonous. However, I force myself to do it on a regular basis. What I discovered is when I incorporate HIIT training into my runs, though they become significantly more difficult, they go a lot more quickly and are more fun. I also feel that I get a better quality work out with them. Therefore, this week I am going to do 30 minutes of “suicides” Monday-Friday. Suicides are when you sprint as fast as you can for a certain period, and then walk while your heart rate recovers for a certain period. I like to run for a minute and walk for 2 minutes. The first 3 rounds are easy and pretty exhilarating, but after that you can really feel the burn. I also think this is a good exercise for people who don’t usually work out, because you can change the walk/run ratio to suit your needs. If you start out running for a minute and walking for two but feel a lot of burn out, up your walk to 3 minutes and give yourself more of a break. I am going to monitor my sugar before, during, and after each session. Does anyone want to join me on this? πŸ˜‰

Cardio and weight/flexibility training go hand in hand. I am not going to do a challenge for that this week, however I will make a recommendation. One of my favorite websites is There are a lot of quick and fun videos that target various areas of the body. There is a menu tab for abs, glutes, thighs etc. with videos to target any location you want. Because they are all super short, I like do do a few different ones and make a whole work out. However, if you don’t have a lot of time, this is a great website because most of the videos are less than 10 minutes and you can do them all from home with minimal equipment. If you try it out, tell me what your favorite videos are!

Lifestyle challenge: I don’t know if you guys have seen “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (which you can watch on Netflix instant watch) but it seems like a great way to detoxify and cleanse your system. A lot of Type 2 diabetics got rid of their diabetes with this diet. I spoke to my endo about trying it and she was basically like “we don’t recommend you do that.” However, since I have the Dexcom and can add lots of fruits to the juices for carbs, I really want to try it. I’m not challenging anyone to do this with me, as obviously it was not recommended by my doctor. However, I do plan to document how this journey goes. It basically consists of substituting all your meals for homemade fruit/veggie juice. I plan to run a test trial of it for 3 days, and sugars permitting I will extend it to 5 or 7. A lot of people who did this diet for a week lost 8 lbs! I am not a fan of crash dieting, as you tend to put all the weight back on, but I plan to end this juice fast with 2 weeks of mostly raw and completely vegan dieting. I am already a really healthy eater, so I feel like I have to make a drastic change in my eating habits to see results. I have to go to Gainesville to present at a research symposium on Wednesday. Therefore I will probably start this on Thursday, as I don’t want to experiment with my sugar while driving long distances. For your part-I challenge you to cleanse out your system as well! Drink the actually recommended full 8 glasses of water per day. I’m sure a lot of you haven’t even done that since right before you were diagnosed…if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰ (For those of you who don’t, extreme thirst is a side effect to undiagnosed diabetes.) Let’s kick-start weight loss with really doing a good thing for our bodies!

Dexcom: For those of you who don’t know, Dexcom is a Continuous Glucose Monitoring system, or CGM. I wear it like my pump (24/7) and it measures my glucose all the time. It also has a handy graph that shows the trends that your body experiences based on your daily activities andΒ  food intake. I was pretty hesitant about ever using a CGM because having one thing hooked up to me 24/7 seemed like more than enough. Additionally, as some of you may have read, I attempted to wear the Medtronic CGM and had a panic attack. However, it seemed like a really cool piece of technology, and when I was put in contact with a Dexcom representative, I decided to give CGM another go. Any time I have read or heard about someone using CGM (even if their pump is Medtronic) they have used a Dexcom. I have NEVER met anyone who uses a Medtronic CGM with regularity. After looking at the Dexcom for 3 seconds it was obvious to me why that is. The cannula/overall Medtronic device is HUGE. The medical tape that is used to stick to you cannot really support the weight of the actual device. A lot of people who wear them have to use additional medical tape to keep them on. The Dexcom cannula looks like an eyelash. And though the tape that keeps it stuck to you is bigger than the Medtronic tape, the actual device is a lot smaller and smoother so as to be less noticeable under clothing. Though the insertion of the Medtronic CGM didn’t hurt, it was a lot harder to insert as the certer goes in at an angle that is very easy to mess up. The Dexcom one has a certer that guides the device in at a precise angle, which takes out a lot of the guess work and uncertainty. Anyway, I have worn it for 3 days now, and I am pretty sure I want one. I don’t think I will wear it all the time, as I still feel like that’s ANOTHER diabetes thing to think about. However, I feel it is especially useful right now as I plan to increase my work out routines and change my diet. Also, it is really fun. Maybe that is because I haven’t had it that long, but I look at what my sugar is every 3 seconds. And at least once every 15 minutes I show it to Nick saying “Look, my sugar is going up,” “Look my sugar is going down,” “Look, my sugar is stable.” I don’t think he is exactly as fascinated as I am… Anyway, I documented the whole thing in photos and plan to write a full review of it after I take it off at the end of the trial period. So…stay tuned for that. πŸ™‚

So many people have been awesome about getting surveys to me! I think I have about 25…and last week I was stressing about getting 10. But keep them coming! The more the better! However, I plan to compile a full draft by next Sunday, so I sort of need all the data ASAP so I can analyze it.

Last but not least, I told you guys a few weeks ago I plan to walk in a JDRF walk to cure diabetes in a few weeks with my dad and Nick. My original goal was to raise $200, but so many awesome people have helped me raise $315 so far. Therefore, I raised my goal to $500. Again, 100% of these proceeds go to the JDRf, the leading non-profit for funding Type 1 diabetes research. (Who I happen to have an interview with in about a week!) If you would like to donate, here is my personal page go here.

So many exciting things are happening for me right now! Can’t wait to update you on all of them! πŸ™‚

Hope this brightens your day!

I found this hilarious Facebook page.

It was nice to read some Type 1 memes!

Here are my faves! All from the Type 1 Diabetes Memes Facebook page.

Hope that put a smile on your face! πŸ™‚

Type 1s: Trimming Down and Toning Up Together

What I am about to say is sort of hypocritical since I just wrote a post complaining about how I am too small to comfortably insert my pump anywhere. That being said, I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, and right now…I don’t.

I have complained before about how I have gained weight since my diagnosis. I just don’t like how it sits on me, especially on my face. When I wrote about losing weight with diabetes, (which you can read about here) a lot of women contacted me saying that they too experienced frustration with loosing weight and diabetes. I have also read this on a lot of other diabetes blogs, and spoke to diabetics about this in person. Whether loosing weight is a personal goal, or you are using physical exercise as a way to control your blood sugar, exercise is an immensely important part of a healthy diabetic lifestyle.

Therefore…I have decided to be your guinea pig. This has mutual benefit…I have to keep up with this since I committed to blogging about it, and you can share your experiences, tips, and questions with other diabetics. Every week, I will post at least one challenge. This will be an exercise, lifestyle commitment (such as drinking 8 glasses or water a day or using the stairs as opposed to elevators etc.), or a diet/recipe to try.Β  I will also be testing out how different diets affect my blood sugars and weight. I will be measuring myself with a tape measure to see how many inches I lose over time (as weighing will be less useful because I will probably gain muscle).

I know that we have different fitness goals…but we share one thing, diabetes. So I am making a commitment to you to share my experiences. I hope that you will try some of these things as well!

Addy= 5lb weight

Challenges start on Monday! Are you ready???

I just want to close in saying that I am not a health care professional. All of my tips are based on my personal experiences. If you are considering any serious diet/exercise commitment you should consult a healthcare professional.

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