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So. Yesterday, we moved. - Zer Netmouse
July 12th, 2010
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So. Yesterday, we moved.
Some people had the impression we moved last week, but that was moving a bunch of my stuff out of storage and only a fraction of our stuff from the apartment where we've been living with three friends since March. (Where Brian has been living since January, and where I moved March 16, and we'd been living in together since returning from the TAFF trip, natch).

Sunday we rented a truck and moved the rest of our stuff out of the apartment and over to the new one. Friends Chris, Victor, Lucy, and Matt joined Brian in doing most of the Carting. Roommate Alison and I did some last-minute sorting and checking over whether or not we'd gotten all the stuff, I finished cleaning the bathroom that had been just Brian's and mine, and we were off!

The move-in went impressively quickly, and after we fed the crew with pizza and salad, most left, Chris and Brian went to return the truck, take stuff back to storage in Dave's van, return that, and get Brian's car, and me? I unpacked the refrigerables and then crashed for a nap. Later in the evening, Brian and I hit the grocery store for minor supplies, and unpacked enough stuff to get the kitchen and bathroom operable.

I had been up until 1:30 am Saturday night packing (after a nap from 9 to 11), then got up at 6 and kept packing. This morning when I woke up my main thought was that my hands really really hurt. My feet hurt, too, but my hands, especially. Packing and unpacking is a lot of work for swollen hands.

So I mostly took today off and rested. Did 4 loads of laundry and unpacked a couple more boxes, went and got my hair cut and did a couple other errands, but mostly rested. Then in the evening I went and swam in the pool for half an hour while Brian hit the fitness center. That was really nice. Very calm blue sky above with tufts of clouds, slow-moving. I can float on my back quite easily right now.

And now it must be just about time for sleep, because the baby is really active and moving about. :P

I have a return appointment with the Docs at U of M tomorrow about the gestational diabetes and whether or not I need to go on medication. It was hard to keep to schedule and regimen yesterday, but today's glucose numbers were all 94-97. It was nice to have a quiet non-stressful day.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 13th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
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I wish my blood glucose numbers would stay that low. My target is to keep it under 150. My success rate at that isn't 100% - more like 75%. Getting it under 100 is rare, and usually means I'm starving and starting to shake.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 13th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
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Besides regular exercise, I find that the best approach for me has a few characteristics:

* eat two 15 g carb snacks if I need to bridge between meals highly separated in time
* have at least one snack 2-4 hours after each meal
* don't just sleep between meal and blood check - that screws up the numbers
* generally have 30 g carbs for breakfast, 45 for lunch, 45 for dinner
* always always eat a significant amount of protein (meat, nuts, cheese, eggs) every time I eat anything
* completely avoid refined sugar; drink only water (and for me, electrolyte-laden water)
* if possible, avoid white rice
* mix in significant amounts of vegetables

On this diet, we can eat as much protein, fat, and non-starchy veggies as we want, so you needn't feel hungry.

Edited at 2010-07-13 03:10 am (UTC)
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From:holyhippie
Date:July 13th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
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The comment above was me - didn't realize that I wasn't logged in at the time.

The past two weeks I've been traveling with the family - and that has made meals just that much more challenging. Restaurants don't always have a good selection of diabetic-friendly meals. I've been doing better with steaks, since they tend to come with steamed veggies and not a lot of starches.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 13th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
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Yeah, and restaurants don't carry a lot of whole grains, which is really what you need. I traveled a lot for work last year, and I found that (since the atkins diet got popular, especially) restaurants are generally quite willing to substitute veggies for carbs for almost any of their entrees. Including having almost any sandwich or burger without the bun or bread.

The trick for my diet is that I'm *supposed* to eat carbs each time I eat as well, so I can't just get rid of them. Another thing that can really throw you at restaurants, though, is how much sugar they add to stuff, especially their sauces. www.CalorieKing.com has a lot of the major restaurant chain menu items on it and helps a lot in checking carbs on the go.

The other thing while traveling is just to make sure you still eat fresh fruit and have easy protein snackables to eat with it, like cheese sticks or cubes, or nuts. I also tend to take nuts and instant oatmeal, granola bars, fiber one bars, and peanut butter cracker snack packs with me when I travel.
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From:gerisullivan
Date:July 13th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! On the move, the day of resting (which sounds awfully productive for a day mostly spent resting), the excellent glucose numbers du jour, and all the moving help, too.

I've changed my electronic address book to your new address. Whee!
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From:netmouse
Date:July 13th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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:)

thanks!

It's good to be settling into a place all our own. Now we have 6 weeks when we can easily spend time together, just the two of us, and then that's gone again! Whee!
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From:atothek
Date:July 13th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the move! I really, really wish we were the sort of friends who could help with moving, but that's just not within our ability right now. :)

However, when you're nursing and caring for your new baby, we're all yours!

xoxo
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