Personal Initiatives for 2016

I’m sure a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you made a resolution to better yourself, keep going! I don’t really make resolutions, but there are a few personal initiatives I have for the new year.

1. Finish settling into the house.

My biggest pet peeve with the state of the new house is that there’s nothing on the walls yet. It’s nerve wracking to put the first holes in brand new drywall. For now, our large decorations are leaning against the walls roughly where we think we’ll want them and our smaller ones have either been stashed away or placed on a shelf. More than just decorating though, I’m looking forward to getting some additional organization systems in place, like adding shelves in the laundry room and putting up hooks. Settling in is also going to include putting in a yard, landscaping and either a deck or patio.

2. Be smarter about vegetables.

Typically the vegetable is the last part of the meal that I plan… last as in everything may already be cooked and on the plate before I think about vegetables. Usually we end up throwing spinach and tomatoes on the plate and calling it a salad. I want to make more use of our steamer and add variety to our vegetable options. Which really means I just need to get better at planning ahead!

3. Get back to carb counting well and better manage my diabetes. Continue reading

8 Things Not to Do As a Guest In Someone’s House

It’s easy to think that everyone treats their home the same way you treat yours, but that’s not a safe assumption to make. It’s always best to err on the side of overly polite when you visit someone. There are things that you may do that drive the person you’re visiting crazy, but they’re too polite to mention it.

Here are some things to not do when visiting someone else’s home:

1. Do not go to the side door, back door or door from the garage to the house. Especially if it’s your first time at someone’s house. Go directly to the front door. This is the main entrance to the house and the place where you’ll typically find the doorbell and welcome mat. When you’ve reached the back/garage door entry point with a family, you’ll know. Also, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain at someone’s back door because they’re upstairs and can’t hear you knock, but are listening for the doorbell.

2. Do not take more than 2 steps into someone’s home without asking if they’d like you to remove your shoes. I say two steps because that’s far enough to close the door behind you but doesn’t typically get you off the rug or tile at the door and onto carpet. This goes for any flooring choices. We have all solid flooring on our first floor and you still aren’t allowed to wear shoes in my house. If the hosts says not to worry about it, then don’t. But if they’re a shoes-off house like mine, they will truly appreciate it. Continue reading

Cutting Caffeine While Still Loving Coffee

I stumbled into a caffeine-free lifestyle about a month ago.

But I still love coffee.

Brad cut caffeine out of his diet more than a year ago and noticed a big difference in the way he feels. I followed suit accidentally when I got really sick. I felt like crap and my stomach was bothering me so I didn’t drink coffee, I had water and caffeine-free herbal tea. Before I knew it, a week had gone by and I hadn’t had a drop of caffeine. So why pick it back up? That’s how I got to where I am now, caffeine free.

I have no solid, scientific evidence for what the change did for me. But I can say that in the past I did take some smaller steps. For example, years ago to help my sleeping patterns, I stopped drinking anything caffeinated after noon. Then I limited myself to one cup of coffee a day (10 oz to be fair), occasionally having a second cup. I felt like it was easier to get to sleep at night that way.

Now that I haven’t had any, the waking up parts of my morning seem to be going well. I still love to have a warm beverage when I wake up, so a mug of herbal tea or cup of decaf coffee helps, but I don’t have to have it. I still like the taste of coffee so it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

Have you given up anything that you used to have on a daily basis like caffeine or pop?

November Notes

It’s been a quiet week at ProbablyRachel.com. I truly can’t believe that November is almost halfway over already!

Here’s what’s happening-

Travel

I attended the PRSA International Conference and Leadership Assembly over the “weekend.” I left for Atlanta on Friday afternoon, the leadership assembly happened on Saturday. The International Conference ran from Sunday through Tuesday and I got back on Tuesday night. The conference was great and I learned a ton!

While I was conferencing it up, Brad was getting on a plane for Los Angeles where the lucky man got to attend T-Mobile’s UnCarrierX event and a concert with Bruno Mars, Zedd and Lil Jon. He proceeded to send me pictures of his whirlwind tour of LA making me even more jealous that I couldn’t go with him. He officially returned last night.

Which means, we spent an entire week apart. The longest time we’ve been away from each other since before we got married. It was weird.

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Does diabetes interfere with your job or daily activities?

I do a health check in with my disease management program every several months and the most recent check in call came at a time when my Dexcom had died and my request for a new one was still under review with insurance, my Apidra prescription had been denied and a moron fill-in doctor wrote me a new prescription for Humalog without contacting me (and he called me “Mr.” in a message, clearly he didn’t read my chart) so when my doctor returned from vacation we started the circus of trying to get my Apidra covered by insurance that resulted in 3 attempts and fails to actually get the right paperwork to the right people and had me fearing that I’d run out of Apidra before I had a ruling. (Apidra arrived yesterday, now I’m trying to get the Humalog they sent me and overcharged me for returned.)

Anyway, one of the questions that my health coach asked was, “Does your diabetes interfere with your ability to do your job or other daily activities?”

My answer was “no” but I could have given her an earful. Continue reading