So this past weekend my mother and my sister hosted my bridal shower! I had such an amazing time and I honestly couldn’t have pictured a better shower! Such a huge thank you to my amazing sissy and Mumzy. My shower had a brunch theme which included quiches, fruit salad, Caesar salad, and of course lots of flowing champagne. To many this sounds like the ideal brunch. To a Type 1 Diabetic it can also be a bit of a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I love brunch and I was beyond thrilled with every aspect of my shower. Yet, T1D never takes a break, even for your one and only bridal shower. I actually have to say though I was quite proud of myself for keeping my blood sugars in a pretty good range throughout the party. I enjoyed salad and some of the charcuterie board and did my best to stay away from the fruit – minus when my blood sugar went low while opening gifts! A little more champs and some watermelon and I was good to go!
After gifts were opened many people that had traveled from far away began to take off and what was left were my bridesmaids and close girlfriends, my sister, and all of her closest girlfriends and of course my Mumzy and a few of her girlfriends. It was a recipe for a good time! We had photo shoots, champagne, my sister quizzed me on how well I know Jonathan – and it was weirdly creepy how exact our answers were 😂😏 – we took some dips in the pool with Chad (my new friend, see below 😝 sorry babe he was a good time), had Champagne, oh and did I mention we had champagne? LOL 🥂🍾
Now, I wanted to share with you guys my clarity report (for non diabetics this is an app that shows data of my blood sugars that were recorded through my Dexcom continuous glucose monitor – that thing I wear in my arm 😂) from the day of my shower. As you will see my numbers stayed pretty well in range DURING the party (Saturday Jun 16th about 1-4PM), and I will take that as a personal win because generally I always have a hard time at parties with snacks and drinks and what not.
What you will also see is that Saturday NIGHT into Sunday was quite simply, a mess. But, since this blog is about my real life with T1D, I want to be real with you guys. That night, being back in my hometown with all of my closest friends and celebrating the fact that I am soon to marry the love of my life, diabetes took a bit of a back seat. Now, I am not advocating that this is okay, ever, or that you should just not worry about your diabetes because you are having a good time. BUT at the same time, you have to live your life. Many of you know, if you follow my Instagram account (@thebeautyintypeone), that I try to stick to a low carb/keto lifestyle. And to be honest I did a pretty good job doing that during my party….except for maybe all the bubbly but c’mon! Haha. But this past weekend I did indulge in a Lobster Roll, alcohol, even a mini cupcake after my party…so much for that self control during the party 🙄. I’m not ashamed or mad at myself though. Because I knew this week I’d get myself right back on track. I know for me I can occasionally catch myself being like, “well everything is messed up now what’s the point of even trying to eat healthy and control my blood sugars again?” But this is a mentality I am trying to change. One, two, even three days is not going to ruin all my hard work. And that is something I try to carry with me now and know that even if I slip up say, for example, the evening of oh I don’t know, my bridal shower, I can still get myself back on track.
I just wanted to share with you guys my clarity reports from the past three days now that I’m home and getting back on track. Not to brag or be like “Ohhhh look at my good blood sugars,” because honestly they still need work. But, to show you that you can have days like I did with my shower and still get the days like the past three I have had where you are in range a good percentage of your day. Takes a bit more work, and for me that means eating low carb/keto, but it’s worth it in the end and makes my body just feel better.
Like I said, I just wanna be real with you guys. I want this blog to be a place where anyone, Type 1 or not, can come and not feel judged. The world is already so harsh sometimes and we tend to want to compare ourselves all. the. damn. time. I’m guilty of it too don’t get me wrong. But honestly what good is that? The only person you should be comparing yourself to is YOU. That is why I said, for ME, having my blood sugars relatively in range while I was at a brunch party, was a win. It may not be a win for you and you may see what my blood sugars were and not think it’s anything special. And that is fine, I don’t want you to compare yourself to me. I just wanted to share with you all how I try and look at this disease that I live with every single day, of every single minute, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, and try to find some positivity in it. It’s not always easy, I won’t lie to you. And I’m not always good at expressing why I’m feeling so down – just ask my fiancé lol – but I promise you if you can start looking at yourself more and looking into what you can do to make yourself feel better, I promise you you will be amazed. At the same time just know that this invisible illness that no one else around you seems to understand and probably never could, is a full. time. job. A full time job that you can never quit, never have vacation days from, never even get a 15 minute mandated break from. As mama Kris Jenner would say “You’re doing amazing sweetie!!!” (Lol not gonna lie I love me some Kardashians 🤷🏼♀️)
With all of that said I will stop blabbing and say one more thing. I honestly don’t think I could be doing this all – being so aware of my numbers, making changes, trying to stay in range as best as I can without my Dexcom CGM. It honestly is a lifesaver and has already helped my decrease my A1C (an average number of my blood sugars over the past 3 months) just with having it since February of 2018. I am so thankful for the way technology is progressing for us Type 1s! As Drake would put it, “Man what a time to be alive” OKAAAAAAY Emily….and with that I’ll leave you with some more photos of our “photo shoot” Shout out to my girl Connor for always hooking it up, sistah knows how to shoot some pics lemme just tell you.