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Daring fitness adventures of a 20-something married woman desperately trying to avoid getting Diabetes someday. Diabetes runs in my family, but I vow I will NOT get Diabetes! I'm trying to lose 40 pounds I gained while on birth control, while selling our house & moving cross-country to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
By relawshe · September 20, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

What is Diabetes?

By relawshe · September 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

A Diabetes health alert tag

Diabetes is a metabolic disease, & its full name is Diabetes Mellitus, and it refers to a person whose blood sugar does not stay constant, but rises & falls dramatically throughout the day, risking strain on the body's organs, such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and eyes. Typically, a person's blood sugar remains dangerously high, and depending on what kind of Diabetes the person has, they may or may not have to take insulin to maintain their blood sugar levels.

There are two main types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes usually hits during childhood or adolescence, and typically requires injections of insulin throughout the day in order to maintain health and keep the disease at bay. Because medication is required for health, Type 1 is generally thought of as "worse" than Type 2.
Type 2 is also known as "Adult-Onset", and a person typically gets it when they are an adult, and may or may not require insulin shots or medication. Some Type 2 people have a mild case of Diabetes, and can thus manage it well with only exercise and good eating habits. Type 2 Diabetes is also the most common type of Diabetes in America, accounting for 90-95% of Diabetes cases in the United States.
There is a 3rd, smaller category called "Gestational Diabetes," where some women may get temporary Diabetes when pregnant. In most cases, the Diabetes will improve or disappear after delivery, and is treatable with the right medication.
There is no "cure" for Diabetes, but all cases are treatable, but require varying degrees of insulin and lifestyle changes.
There is lots of Diabetic literature out there, and most experts agree that losing weight if you're overweight, healthy eating habits, and exercise are the best ways to prevent yourself from getting Diabetes, or improving your quality of life if you already have Diabetes.
You can learn more about Diabetes & how it effects the body here on the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus

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Please Note: I am NOT a physician & do NOT have a medical degree, so please see a qualified doctor if you think you are at risk for Diabetes. This info is for informational purposes only, and omissions or inaccuracies may be present.

I Heart Lululemon's Cute Running/Tennis Skirt!

By relawshe · September 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Lululemon's Full Tilt Run Skirt in Charcoal

I think this Lululemon skirt is SO ADORABLE! And what's even better is that it's functional! This skirt makes me want to get out and run. When I was in high school, running clothes were baggy, bulky, and very manly looking. Exercise clothing was not cut for a woman's body, and it was certainly not cute or bright-colored. But, thankfully, we've come a LONG way in workout clothes for women, like this skirt. I typically do not wear many skirts or dresses, but this running skirt certainly appeals to me!

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Coffee, please!!!!

By relawshe · September 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I'm so glad coffee has so many antioxidants in it, because I absolutely LOVE coffee! And not just the simple brewed, drip stuff, but the fancy espresso stuff, like mocha lattes. I am slightly lactose-intolerant, so I always get my lattes made with soy milk. And they are SO TASTY!
I used to get mochas most everyday, but then decided to save myself money & calories by only getting a latte 2x a week, as opposed to everyday. This was, I believe, a very wise decision!
But today is my birthday, so I got a large, soy, caramel mocha latte to celebrate. And yes, it was wonderful.
There is a coffee shop I love to go to in Madeira, OH, called "Coffee Please." Their espresso is the best I've found in the Cincinnati area.
Happy Birthday to me!

My Very First Post on This Blog!

By relawshe · September 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel, and I will be known on this site as "The Diabetes Dodger," because that is one of my main goals in life. Diabetes is a horrible, sometimes debilitating disease that my maternal grandmother and now my own mother have. I am genetically predisposed to getting this disease myself some day down the road, but I have vowed that I will avoid it.
As a newlywed, I was taking the Birth Control shot Depo-Provera for about 2 years, when I finally had enough of it and decided to get off of it. This B.C. works fine for some women, but it made me gain about 40 pounds and gave me depression-like symptoms like lethargy, apathy, & fatigue.
This is the saga of my life right now: trying to lose those 40 pounds, get into the best shape of my life, and enjoy the process as much as possible. Also going on right now: my husband being out of work, renovating our house, and getting ready for a cross-country move to the Pacific Northwest! I've got a lot on my plate, as you can see!
So check back here often for humor, raw honesty, some ranting, moments of philosophical thoughts about God & spiritual stuff, and some pictures of the Seattle area, where I hope to call home soon!
I also have 2 other blogs that I've been writing on for quite some time, one about healthy living @ www.healthylivingjesusstyle.blogspot.com, and one about "living a simple life & enjoying the simple things in life" @ www.mylsquaredlife.blogspot.com
I welcome all comments, especially if they're constructive and/or nice!

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