If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Head Over to the Experience Project.

Let me say this: The Experience Project should be a great thing. The concept is good, the idea is there, the only thing that went wrong is the human factor. You just can’t stop people from being judgmental douches.

The internet, and the people who use it, seem to seek out people seeking real help or advice and target them. It’s no secret that the anonymity of the internet has let an entire new breed of douches free in the world. What gets me is that when you sign up for the Experience Project website, you basically sign terms and conditions that supposedly stop you from being said douche. Unless you’re a liar, liar pants on fire (which a lot of people are).

Here’s why I’m bashing this site: when I was pregnant with Harper, I had a tough time getting my shit together to take my blood sugars like I was supposed to. I posted a question in the complicated pregnancy forum asking for tips on motivating myself and these people were pretty heartless. Of the 5 answers I received, 4 were nasty.

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See? Unnecessary.

So while the idea of the Experience Project is great, you can’t take human nature out of humans, nor the humans from experiences, and thus you get a gaggle of douches waiting to pounce on anyone and anything.



Checking in With Another A+1c!

Went back to my endo earlier this week for some good news. A1c is at 6.4…. up .2 from my last test about 6 months ago, but still down from 6.7, which was the result from last November. As long as I keep hovering near control and don’t cross the line, I’ll be content.

BG readings are a little on the higher side after dinner, and getting close to the high side in the morning, I’ll be keeping an eye on that in the future.

Hope everyone is doing as well… Don’t forget to check out my 100 Blogaversary post and giveaway!


100th Blog-stravaganza! (a giveaway?!)

So, it’s been a little longer than I originally anticipated and to be honest, it’s putting a lot of pressure on me to do something really great for this post. I was awake a lot last night and I started thinking of ideas for what to do and say and post about and here’s what I came up with:


I did decide that I’m gonna host a little giveaway to celebrate my 100th post, though! Also, I’m feeling pretty legit, reaching 100 posts and all, so I’m going to make myself a Facebook page for this blog!

With the holidays coming up (I keep telling myself that I’m gonna start early with my shopping), I’m giving away a little head start. Enter this giveaway for an awesome custom wood-photo project, perfect for, well anyone (including yourself, if you want!) An alternative: you can also win one of my diabetes bags (they can be found in the “Upgrade your D-Bags tab”), just let me know that you want that instead in the comments section!

Here’s the last one I made. I made this clock for my hubby with a picture on it of the girls. He loves it. You don’t have to have a clock, it was be whatever you want. There are trays, planks, all kinds of things!


To enter for this, just refer to the rafflecopter link and go from there!

Thanks for sticking with me for 100 posts, here’s to the next 100!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Carb Exchange, It’s Like Weight Watchers for Diabetes.

I am a big fan of the carb exchange system. As a matter of fact, I learned about the system when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes years ago (the god old days, when the promise of cake a cookies was right around the corner!). I still use it sometimes, when I’m feeling interested in watching what I eat, that is. Sidenote – I’ve been a pretty crappy diabetic lately. I think that I actually blogged something touching on this a while back…. here it is.

Anyway, at the core, this system is pretty simple: 1 carb choice is 15 grams of carbs. Easy enough, no? The Mayo Clinic website goes into more detail about all this than I plan to. I only use this for carbs. When it comes to counting calories and all that, well I’m not too interested.

The guideline that I have always stuck to is such: 45 grams (or 3 carb choices) per meal, three meals a day, and 15 grams (or 1 carb choice) per snack, 1 – 2 snacks a day. This plan gives me 11 – 13 carb choices per day, or 165 – 195 grams of carbs per day. Looking on the internet, there are a lot of different suggestions and  guidelines, so there really isn’t much to post here in the way of reference articles. What I can say is your carb intake needs to reflect your needs and only your doctor can really give you a proper RDA (recommended dietary allowance). I have never had a problem sticking to the guideline I use for myself, and even if I’m slacking on my diet, I sometimes refer to that to kind of see “hmm can I eat this?” and it works for the most part. (Read more about carb counting here!)

If you have never tried Weight Watchers, you wouldn’t know that certain foods carry a number of “points” and you have a set limit of points per day.  Sound familiar? There are books with point assignments for foods from Weight Watchers. The good thing about carb counting is that you can figure the points out without any sort of extras! 15 = 1! (sorry math majors, didn’t mean to make you cringe) If you do want some kind of reference chart, here’s one! Aaaaaand here’s another one!

If you do one thing diet-wise for your diabetes, make it this. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to cut out all carbs, that unrealistic, impossible, and unhealthy (you need carbs for energy!). If you don’t want to be hassled with picking the right carbs right away (this will come later, naturally!), just limit what you do eat…. you need to start somewhere and for me, this was a great, easy place. Every little bit helps.


Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now! (oh yes, I did.)

I decided that I love my glucometer so much that I’m giving it to someone special. Well, not MINE, but one just like it. I thought really hard about what to do for this giveaway and even consulted my hubby (who came up with the idea even!). We decided that this meter, and all its high-tech greatness, needs to belong to someone who can laugh and give it a good home. No moping. Yuck. So I’m thinking since I happen to feel like if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve got nothing left, I want to hear your best diabetes pun/joke. I mean yeah I know, diabetes is no laughing matter, blah, blah, blah…. BUT lighten up!

One of my biggest adversities has been accepting my diabetes and making the best of it, so I’m gonna go ahead and bet that I’m not alone in this one. Leave me a comment with a joke/pun, your email, and your name, and the one that makes me laugh the hardest wins. That’s it. Read the comments, get a laugh, feel better about your sucky situation, and maybe win a super cool meter; you can’t lose!

Here’s a link to the meter!

I’m sure that if you dig through some old blogs that I’ve mentioned my undying love for this thing…. I’m not up to the task myself… I know how much I love it, but you might be. Oh, and while you’re at it, check out my little Stick Me Designs Independent Distributor shop page on here, there’s some really great bags for sale there that you can’t find on their website (and mine are cheaper!). They make great gifts and Mother’s Day is coming up!

I’m thinking since it’s Monday (and Monday sucks) and I’m bringing the good news of a giveaway that I’ll end this next Monday (the 25th) to make next Monday less sucky, too (how great am I?!).

Okay… punny diabetes jokes…… anddddd GO! (good luck!)


My A+1c And Some Big News!


I’m like, totally not a diabetic anymore. Just kidding, that would be nice. BUT I definitely got an A+ on my blood work. My numbers are so good that I thought my meter was broken (yeah…), my HbA(+)1c was 6.2 (whaaaaat?!) and all my other little TSH levels and that fun stuff was normal. I’m so not diabetic (on paper). This medicine that I’m taking is awesome. I downed a healthy glass of sangria on vacation and tested my sugar about 2 hours later….. 8-effin-6. I love this stuff. So yeah, I’m bragging because I freakin rocked my doctors appointment and passed my blood tests with flying colors. PRETTY excited to actually be in (almost) perfect health; it’s a good feeling.

Okay, enough of that.


So for anyone who doesn’t remember reading my blog about Stick Me Design’s bags I’ll post this link to the blog so you can read it for yourselves and I don’t need to write the same thing all over again. My big news is that Stick Me Designs launched an Independent Distributor program last month and guess who is one of like the first ten-or-so on board? THIS GIRL. I’m psyched to be a part of this. Since this program is in its infancy, there are bound to be a few snags here and there, but for the most part I think everything is up and running! For now, I have two separate styles of clutches (both in the same print). In the future, I know there will be neat diabetes awareness necklaces available (they sent me one already.)

Because I’m new to this, I’m going to have to work out how to buy these from me. For now, I’m starting out by adding a page to my blog and using PayPal. If you have any better suggestions, feel free to leave them below! Look out in the future for other posts about this… if you have any questions, something is messed up with the ordering and you want to let me know, you want to try to talk me into selling you something for less money because you are just THAT slick, email me: epantelakis (at) gmail (dot) com OR leave me some comment-y goodness!

There will (hopefully) be more good things coming from this so stay tuned!

Also, I’m pretty sure I have a diabetes (not these bags) giveaway coming up soon for you… I just have to get my crap together with all this stuff first.


How High Are You?

I came across this today on the internet and it terrified me:

According to the 2004 Guinness book of World Records, Michael Dougherty, at 12 years old in November 1995, was found to have a blood sugar level of 2,350 and was still conscious. The normal blood sugar range is between 80-120.

What?! And to think I got sick after 250 at a time in my life. Jeez. And 12 years old?! Woah. I actually came across this while looking up “diabulemia”. In summary, this is when type 1 diabetics deprive themselves of insulin and put their bodies into “starvation mode”. Oh, and at risk for DK. Sounds like a great idea, right? Hmm… I don’t understand some things I suppose.