After a pretty stressfull day at work, all I really wanted to do was eat something smothered in gravy and binge watch Netflix... but my boyfriend agreed to eating Chicken Greek Salad! So I ate that and settled down at the computer... but I couldn't. Even though I'm tired and sore, I pushed myself. I walked a movie I had rented back up to the mall (yes - I still rent dvds). On the way, I decided to walk a different way. Why? Well.... for discovering new things. Like this pear tree in someone's yard along with a "Help yourself to fruit" sign. So I did. And I carried that pear with me, all 6.36 kms. It was my treat for when I got home. I must say... tempted to go back with a basket. So crisp. Like an apple. Thank you Pear tree owners. You made my walk tonight memorable!
What a great time! I was lucky enough to be able to photograph Catherine & Sean's wedding back in the day, and also extremely appreciative for their support to help me reach my monetary goal for Fundraising for Team D and my Wicklow Hike. Their boys are just awesome. So much fun and I seriously think I laughed hard enough that I threw out my back a bit. From freeze framing jumping faces to climbing crazy playgrounds to watching the boys set out in the boat - it was a fun hour to say the least.
I hope these pictures inspire you and your family to head outside and have some fun. (Don't forget to hire me to capture the moments - and support an awesome cause.)
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I know I must stay away from it.
It feels like it is almost impossible to do so in this society.
Chocolates at work. Tim Bits at meetings. No time for lunch except for drive through.
It's giving me major Brain Fog and it is exhausting! Sugar is screwing up my life BIG TIME! I hate this. It's so addictive and in EVERYTHING! It's everywhere.
The food industry has honestly screwed us over royally, and all to make money. I've heard that before and was always like “Ya... ya...” but, until it starts effecting your health, it's too late and the addiction is there. I quit smoking (4 months and 9 days ago), and it has honestly been easier than quitting sugar.
The cravings lead to minor satisfaction with eating those refined sugars, but then the exhaustion, sleep deprivation and thirst is just intense. I wish I had listened and learned this earlier in life. I wish I had trained my body from the get-go with 'sweet = a piece of fruit' instead. When I feel overwhelmed and stressed, I use sugar as a reward or consolation and it is wrong. I'm just throwing myself into this viscous circle again and again.
For anyone who has had this struggle with sugar and has found the will power to resist more often than not, please leave your comment below on how you did/do it. I'm going through a weak moment and would appreciate the advice.
I've had this past week off work, and in doing so was able to focus on myself and what makes me happy (GISHWHES), and thinking about what would keep me happy in the future. I had some Doctor's appointments that went well this week, and I also met up with Team Diabetes at an Info Night. It was such a positive night. The people were inspiring and optimistic. After that night, I took some time to think about it all. I reflected and spent some time hiking. The trail I walked was called Jack Pine Trail off Hunt Club. I took my camera and enjoyed every bug filled moment, all 3.9 kilometers of it.
I had come to my decision. No matter how impossible the fundraising and physical goals may seem, change won't happen unless you make the change. So I signed up! It's official. I have year to fundraise, and over a year to train. I'm focusing on fundraising first. Already feeling a little discouraged... but donations will come. I have a lot of fundraising ideas, so make sure to keep this page bookmarked. I will be updating as the events become more finalized.
Until next time! - Colleen
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.