Discovering how to pedal through the “Sweet Life” (Adjusting to life as a new diabetic;)

So if I asked you, “what are some circumstances you fear most?” What would be your reply?  Loosing your job? Getting a letter from the IRS that you are being audited?

For me it was a fear to be diagnosed as a diabetic.  You have to realize I’ve watched the destructive nature of diabetes both type 1 and type 2 impact my entire family since I can remember.  Family reunion picnics were extravagant feasts of some of the most fattening “comfort foods and sweets”…all the while conversations comparing blood sugar and dosages of insulin were overheard at every table.  Aunts, uncles and cousins, who would give themselves an “extra shot of insulin” so they could indulge in those extra desserts was common place.  Family members who had lost toes, legs, even their eyesight just worshiped food and ignored exercise.  So that was my “genetic pool” which fostered my fear…”MAYBE ONE DAY THAT WILL BE YOU!!!”

Despite that lingering fear, as I stepped over the “40” year old mark and noticed the creeping number on the scale and expanding inches on my waist band I fooled myself into thinking “surely I would be okay.”  I mean after all  I was getting out there on my bike (yeah, maybe not EVERY DAY but I was still “active”) and that was enough right?!? Yes, my metabolism had changed drastically, but I was eating healthy enough…that is WHEN I would eat! I would usually get so engrossed in work projects, traveling and selling at cycling events that come 8pm I would realize, “I haven’t eaten anything since 7am!” So then I would voraciously eat too much at that late hour, along with drinking an “adult beverage” or two.  Essentially, despite my fear, I had allowed myself to stumble down a gradual, slippery slope that resulted in “hitting rock bottom.”

This past month I found myself feeling absolutely horrible and after “dragging my feet” since I could not be bothered to stop working and pay attention to the progressing signs of diabetes (fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, dry mouth, frequent urination, etc…) I FINALLY went to the hospital.  After more than a week of excellent care and education on my situation, I was released and started my new “adventure” of pedaling through the “sweet life” as a newly diagnosed diabetic.

What does life look like now?!  For me it’s absolutely NOT sleeping in. I get to bed at a decent hour and get up early to make SURE I have time to meditate and exercise first thing. I make NO MORE EXCUSES about riding or at least walking a couple times a day.  I eat regularly throughout the day, concentrating on a plate that’s 2/3rds raw veggies, fresh fruit along with lean protein & healthy fats.  I always have little bags of nuts somewhere nearby in the Sprintervan or in my bike’s transformer frame bag to snack on in case grabbing a meal is not an option.  I have cut back HUGE on my drinking (my only temptation since I have never had a “sweet tooth”) and refuse to eat past 6pm…ice water helps take away those “late night cravings” that are pretty much just pangs of “boredom” and a bad habit that will hopefully disappear eventually.

Diabetes is so prevalent in our culture now. It is definitely easy to stumble into, especially as the cost of eating healthy increases and our pace of life interferes with getting our bodies moving. Don’t neglect the steps you need to take today to protect yourself from diabetes.  My doctor affirms, what I read online, that if I am persistent, dedicated and careful my body may be able to “correct” itself and regain a healthy balance once again.  That hope is renewed in my mind & soul every morning as I ride around the flourishing, beautiful green hills here in Ojai, CA that just 6 months ago were burnt ashen grey from the Thomas fire.  I am discovering now that diabetes, is something that can be victoriously managed day by day, as long as we choose every day to simply MOVE and fuel our body with GOOD things…that is the “sweet life!”

Okay, time to throw on one of our organic cotton Tshirts and get in some pedaling…Go Big or Go Home?!  Kind of feeling like a Bear today though?! http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com

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Still enjoying that “Merry Christmas to me” gift…check these out!!!

Here we are almost done with the first month of January 2018…it SURE GOES FAST!!

One thing I have enjoyed immensely of all my gifts from the holidays is one that I gifted to myself. Oh, I know I’m NOT the ONLY one who ends up after all the searching in the stores and on the internet who gives into the desire of buying a “Merry Christmas to me” gift.

My favourite this year was a STELLAR custom made handle bar from  Defiance Frameworks have you heard of them yet?!  Well, let me tell you, Daniel, does awesome work up in Fritz Creek, Alaska where he crafts handle bars as he told me to “keep his sanity” up north. He’s a down to earth guy, who is an EXCELLENT craftsman!!!

When I met and spoke with him at Interbike this past September this was how he explained why he does what he does…

“I started building bikes seven years ago. The winters in Alaska are long and having a good indoor activity to occupy you time goes a long way towards helping keep you sane. As happens to most builders I started daydreaming about the next frame long before the first one was finished. I’ve been more or less steadily building since then. These days my time is split between bike related activities and working as a welder and shipwright in the marine industry (because if you want to make a living as a framebuilder, you’ve got to have a side hustle;). All in all, I get to live in an amazing place and build the kind of bikes I think are cool. So, basically, I’m living the dream.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about his work!  Every time I’m on my bike now looking down at these handle bars…I still get that giddy gleam in my eye, like when I was a little tyke and saw my first bicycle behind the tree.  Funny how that never goes away the older us kids get when we make improvements on our bikes!!

 

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Made in USA t-shirts

Hey all, just in case you didn’t know, the majority of our t-shirts are made in the USA and we use organic cotton or recycled polyester as much as we can. We really don’t preach about this stuff , but we think it is just logical to use cotton that hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. Also we love to make things in the USA when possible, sure it’s a little more expensive, but I think if we can keep the stitch going in the USA it’s a good thing.
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just in time for summer

bison bicycle hats

-eco friendly trucker hat with bison on bicycle patch

-black and natural

-adjustable plastic closure

-6 panels with mesh back

only at cyclelogicalgear.com

$20.00


fathers day freebies

fahtersday

It’s another give away!!!

Last year Simple City Life Blog did a Father’s day give way for us. This year in keeping with tradition they are doing another one. Head over to the blog post and fill out the raffle copter form to enter  for your chance to win a free Tour De Outdoors tee shirt and 2 packs of spoke reflectors.

Don’t forget you can enter every day!!!

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