Happy New Year

With the new year beginning I can’t help but reflect on my last year. What has 2018 done for me? Well, it gave me diabetes. That certainly was a disappointment. We are still working on getting the house, but that, again, did not happen. Well, if this is the extent of my bad times I can’t help but feel grateful.

Life is not about it being fantastic every single day. It is about living through the disappointments and coming out the other end a better person. Was getting diabetes a hardship? Well duh, but the important thing is turning the hardship into a championship.

So, again what has 2018 done for me? Well, I am a healthier person. I eat less carbs and work out more. My outlook on life has changed drastically for the better. I am no longer about getting through the work day. My eyes opened and I realized I did not just want to be another worker. I wanted to be someone that made a difference. So, I took the leap and left the job I have been at for four years of my life. Shortly before Thanksgiving I stated a new career as an educational aide. Not going to lie, I was terrified and almost changed my mind. After two days working there I was never more certain I made the right choice. I love working with the children and my stress level has gone down considerably.

I worked on my friendships this last year as well. I am not what you call a social person. Socially awkward is more like it. I prefer to stay in my house and binge on Netflix. However, that is not living life to the fullest. So, this year  I focused on creating more friendships. I rekindled old friendships and worked on created a couple new ones. Am I still socially awkward? Oh yes. I think its something my friends love about me. Or maybe they are feel they are just as socially awkward as I am.

So, 2018 kind of sucked due to getting diabetes, but was great because getting diabetes made me stronger. It helped me see I want to be more. I worked hard to make the positive changes I wanted. I got healthier, changed my career and I worked on foraging more friendships. I made sure to get myself out of the house and have adventures. I am loving the new Katie. She is much more positive and outgoing than non-diabetic Katie. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.

Bluefin Bay Resort

Not far from the border of Canada in Minnesota, on the rocky shores of Lake Superior, is a place called Bluefin Bay Resort. Not going to sugarcoat it…I adore this place!! My husband and I went there last year on our honeymoon for one night and were bummed we did not reserve a second night. This year I took my sister Jennifer as a birthday present and stayed for two days. It was amazing! The staff was wonderful and super friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. We of course went with the cheapest room we could. They have a full range of rooms available. Our room was a small, one queen bed room. It had a fridge, microwave, tv and a nice bathroom. It was about $100 a night. The best thing about Bluefin? Everything is complementary!

Well, not everything, but pretty close! All equipment such as bikes, helmets, kayaks, etc are all complementary for guests. Not only that, but they have complementary guided tours and excursions. My sister and I went on a guided hike tour to a waterfall. Joe and I went on a canoe guided tour on a river. I saved the best for last! Every night at 6:00 they light campfires and give smores to all the guests. Yum! This is just barely the tip of the iceberg.

What is not complementary? The delicious food at the restaurants on the resort, but the food still worth it! If you want to save on the cost of food you can bring food along and store in the the fridge. They have grills available for use. The spa also costs some money and, if you want to go, make sure you book well in advance. The only thing left when Jennifer and I arrived was the very expensive back massage.

In all we had an amazing time and I recommend Bluefin to anyone looking for a beautiful place to vacation at. Check out my video of our time there!

Low Carb Grocery Store Sections

You know what sucks? There are no low carbohydrate or carbohydrate free sections in grocery stores. There are gluten free, organic, vegetarian, and so much more, but no diabetic friendly sections. This amazes me considering how many diabetics there are. We are sadly only growing in numbers.

So I ask why no has thought to have a low carb section? And none of that keto crap. I always get so disappointed when I find something low carb only to discover it is “net carbs”. Come on!!

Certainly grocery stores would sell these products. It seems every third person I speak to is diabetic; type 1 or 2. It is tiresome reading all the labels just to find which one is the lowest carb. I do order a lot online. Amazon has an amazing selection of low carb items. Maybe Whole Foods, which Amazon just purchased, will have a low carb section? One would hope! Sadly will do me no good since there are no Whole Food stores near me. The joys of living in small town America.

Yes there are plenty of brands and foods I have learned are lower carb or free of carbs, but it would be nice to just have a section I could go to. Why does everyone else get a section and not the lower carbers? Even a keto section, yes I said it, would be better than nothing.