My experiences post total pancreatectomy.

Daniele Hargenrader ROCKS!!!

I know… 2 posts in one evening!! What’s gotten into me?? But I must tell you about the Diabetes Dominator creator and coach of the True You Coaching seminar, Daniele Hargenrader and her AWESOME husband and co-coach Bill Hargenrader and their new coaching program.

It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of Daniel’s (I’m not a stalker but I love her Diabetes Dominator series on YouTube) and have come to “meet” and interact with her & her amazing husband in the course of the True You Fitness Program. They have developed this 6 week coaching course to help those of us trying to improve our fitness and nutrition through their online course. It is nothing short of AMAZING & Life altering…and I’m not exaggerating or being overly dramatic!!

I’m almost through week two of the course and have learned more than any other fitness/nutrition course I’ve taken & it’s no where near over yet!! Each of us in the group support each other through a weekly group support call and a dedicated Facebook page where we can describe our successes and failures & there’s no judgement, only support and lots of kindness.

Each week we have several videos to watch and learn from that pertain to the topic of the week. And, Daniele has done a suburb job of structuring these videos to meet the goal at hand. Plus, there are stretches and workouts each week that build on the last so those of us participating grow with each passing week. There is also a video interview that Daniele conducts with someone that’s an expert on that week’s topic so we get another point of view, not just Daniele’s or Bill’s  We journal and keep track through MyFitnessPal online app that Daniele monitors to provide constructive feedback and advice, as well as a progress tracking worksheet that helps us monitor where we’ve come from and our progress to date.

Daniele has developed what has come to be called the Pillars of Health that describe the necessary topics needed to go over and incorporate into our lives if we want to be successful in this program.

Her husband, Bill, is our co-coach and participates in the weekly group calls & is equally as knowledgeable and supportive of us as is Daniele. They make an excellent team and I couldn’t think of better people to provide this experience.

In my opinion, this program has been life altering for me. Their passion and knowledge and ability to convey the lesson at hand is AMAZING!!! I’m growing physically, emotionally and spiritually just to name a few & it’s changed my life in ways I never expected it to.

This program so far has been successful and well received and it’s my understanding that they will provide the opportunity for others later this year or early 2018 to participate. I highly recommend you sign up if you’re interested in changing your life and not just existing but thriving. Bill and Daniele have not asked me to review their program or promote it in any way. These words are my own and I only want to provide my opinion for those looking for something to improve the quality of her or his life as I was. You won’t be disappointed if you chose to register and participate, I can guarantee it!!

Until next time…Check don’t guess

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It’s A Guessing Game To Figure Out What Effects Our Blood Sugar

My sleep has been off lately and I’m working with a sleep specialist to get to the bottom of my issues…but HOLY Cow!!!! A recent nightmare caused more havoc than a sweet snack would have!!!

I understand that anything that causes flight or fight response will release cortisol and cause a higher than desired BG but I learned a valuable lesson the other night. I had a nightmare from Hell that caused me to wake up crying and in a drenching sweat but what I hadn’t anticipated was a REALLY HIGH BG!!!! It was a long hellish dream but I really don’t know how long I had experienced it.  Soon after I woke up, my Dexcom started alarming that my BG was high and I figured out I must have slept through earlier alarms alerting me to high bg’s because by the time I acknowledged my high Dexcom alarm, I was over 250!!!! And my high alarm is set at 170, so I must have really been engrossed in the dream.

I’ve never had a high BG before no matter what I dream about even the anxiety driven dreams of trying to run someplace but never getting there. I don’t remember the dream. I just remember waking up with my heart racing and sweat pouring off my brow. When I checked my Dex I was shocked to see how high it was!! With the sweating, I most  certainly thought I must be low but that was not the case.

I got up and did a finger stick which confirmed my high level so I did a correction bolus thinking it would come down in due time…BUT it didn’t!!! I must have had a doozie of a nightmare because I chased a high for hours despite a few correction boluses!! I even changed my infusion set and gave a needle injection for a correction thinking my set must have been bad despite the perfect looking cannula when I removed it!!

Moral of my post, be on the lookout for anything and everything to effect ur BG whether it be a high or low reading. I can add a bad nightmare to the growing lost of things that cause me to go high!!!! IMHO…it’s a never ending list a causative factors for a high or a low. SO I’m learning to be on my toes and to expect the unexpected BG from a myriad of experiences.


Check, Don’t Guess!!!

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