10 Things I Do and Don’t Look Forward to for the Holidays
Ten things I look forward to for the holidays
- Spending down time with my husband. Life is so busy, we don’t get enough down time.
- My ‘kids’ coming home. One lives in a city close by. The other will be home from university.
- No work. No commuting! I’m fortunate enough that I don’t have to go to work between Christmas and New Years. Less stress will help keep my blood sugars in line.
- Rest. I plan on catching up on some much needed sleep. Very important to my diabetes.
- Cooking Christmas Eve supper. Yum!
- No cooking on Christmas Day! Just eating the leftovers from Christmas Eve.
- Staying in my pjs all day, Christmas Day. It’s our family tradition.
- Driving around the city to see all the homes decorated for Christmas. Some are pretty amazing!
- Going bowling as a family. That’s a blast! And getting out for a walk or helping to shovel snow. I only want enough snow to shovel, not enough that needs the snowblower.
- Not having to be somewhere at a certain time. I’m heavily scheduled most days. Again, less stress.
Ten things I don’t look forward to for the holidays
- Having to worry about what I’m eating.
- Having to check my blood sugars so I don’t worry.
- Realizing again that even when I’m ‘good’ my blood sugars might disagree.
- Having to think twice, about everything related to my diabetes.
- Sometimes feeling bad that I’m diabetic. Why me? I feel sorry for myself sometimes during the holidays.
- Feeling internal pressure to get some exercise to help my blood sugars that won’t come down anyway because I’m worrying about them...and so on.
- Knowing that within a month of my wonderful holiday, I see my endocrinologist. What will my A1C be this time?
- Waving goodbye to the kids when they go off again to their own lives. I always miss them a little but am so very proud of them both.
- Clean up after cooking. Yuck. Oh well, I guess it’s some exercise.
- What if it’s a green Christmas? I like a white Christmas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After that, the snow can go away.
All in all, I’m sure it will be a great holiday even though diabetes will always be in the back of my mind.
Did you know that diabetes is a risk factor for developing chronic kidney disease?