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Body Image, Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

#DiabetesAndMe – 19 Reflections In 19 Years

June 15, 2015
Jen aged 9 and 28

This week is Diabetes Week, which I always find kinda weird, because every week is diabetes week really. How about Diabetes Life? But it’s great to have a focus and raise awareness in a concentrated way. This year’s Diabetes UK theme is #DiabetesandMe, which I like as I’m constantly emphasising how personal type 1 diabetes is to each individual living with the thing. Which can be empowering, but it also makes life very hard, as there really is no one size fits all approach to self-management. Anyways. Here we are. Last month I entered my 28th year on this earth, and also marked my 19th year as a type 1 diabetic. That’s a big portion of my life, nearly 70% in fact, in which my days have been punctuated by testing, counting, dosing and all the rest. I took some time (read: ten minutes on the tube) to ponder how…

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Body Image, Food & Drink, Wellbeing

What I Eat… And Why

June 9, 2015
Brunch

A little while back I did a day in the life vlog of me pootling about living my life and having a little natter about type 1 diabetes. You lovely people seemed to enjoy it, so thanks for that. In it I did a fair amount of eating. Obviously. I briefly touched on the sorts of things I eat and the relationship I personally have with food. So I thought it might be useful and/or interesting for me (hopefully not just me…) to chat a little about the principles of the kinds of foods I eat, and how my perspective on food these days is a rather healthy, balanced one. That perspective may sound pretty straightforward, but there was a point in my life where I felt completely controlled and entirely trapped by my relationship with food. If you’ve never had issues with food that probably sounds utterly ridiculous, but…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: May 2015

June 5, 2015
Radio 1's Big Weekend

Oh my goodness. MAY. You hot mess. What a whirlwind. I really don’t know where to begin. Apparently the beginning’s a good place to start, so we’ll try that. 1. This Skirt I mean. Upon turning 28, I figured it’s probably time I started dressing as an adult. This fleeting (and entirely ridiculous) notion lasted all of 30 minutes as I perused Westfield, until I found this here skirt, which succeeded in making me feel like a 6-year-old princess as much as it made me feel like Sandie from Grease. I wanted to get my Rydell High pompoms out in celebration upon its discovery, settling instead for spending the day last Sunday twirling around like an excitable child. But guys, surely it counts as adult if it’s from Marks & Spencer, no? 2. This Book Oh wow. was I gripped! I’m not normally one who can plant myself in eras…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: April 2015

May 6, 2015
Blogging and Bolusing

It’s May! And we had a bank holiday to welcome it in! And it’s gonna be warm now yeh? Hmmm… moving on swiftly to the joys of the past month, then. 1. The Disco Shoes Ahhhhhh the disco shoes!!!! Bringing me joy for 30 whole days now. Some context here to justify the excitement – everyone at my work LIVES in trainers. Nike Air Max to be precise, and I’ve tried. I’ve tried to rock the Converse and the kicks and the knits. I just ain’t that lady. I wish I was, in the interests of saving my feet a lot of pain over many years. So when I panic purchased these shiny silver babies ahead of my holiday to Malta for the grand total of £14.99, I figured they were a one week only, disposable thanks-for-the-memories-festival kinda purchase. NO, dear friends. These were the trainer destiny I was born…

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Tips To Calm Your Anxious Mind – From A Newly Anxious Person

April 17, 2015
A Busy Life

So. I have sort of alluded to the fact that lately, things have been getting to me a bit. Nothing in particular, but I’ve felt that I can’t put into practice all those awesome ‘fight on baby’ nuggets of self-empowered love that I preach. What’s up? Well, nothing, actually. Nothing in particular that’s for sure, except its manifestation of a constant niggling feeling somewhere in the top of my chest that slowly but surely has threatened to leave me a little bit overwhelmed by nothing and everything at any given moment. Ok good. My first and most problematic issue here is/was feeling like I have categorically, wholly absolutely and undoubtedly no right to feel like this at all. I have a lovely home. I have a great job. I have a next level awesome set of friends who are at the magical tipping point of part human, part unicorn. My family…

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Body Image, Wellbeing

Friday Thought: Compassion

April 10, 2015
Peace Emoji

Two emails have dropped into my inbox this week that had my heart in my throat a little bit. Sadness. Despair. Frustration. They both asked me the same question: ‘How do you keep your shit together?’ (Ok they didn’t ask me that exact question, but I’m utilising a little artistic licence on this one). Ohhhhh guys. Ignoring the fact that I definitely don’t have it all together all of the time, I want to explore what I believe I do have. It took me so long to find. Years, in fact. Compassion, as a human, for MYSELF. Every day I tell myself (and you have to absolutely practice this, and train yourself, and work at it, like anything else you want to maintain) that I’ve got everything I could ever need within me, at any given point, to be JUST FINE. More than fine in fact. Freaking bloody jazz-handed, disco-panted,…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: March 2015

April 7, 2015
All of the cuteness. Seriously.

Hola! This month’s Happiness Ten is late because I packed my bags and skipped off to Malta for Easter for Annie Mac’s Lost & Found festival and I’m still not organised enough as a blogger to schedule a post. Good. But there was glitter. So much glitter. It was also my first trip abroad with the Fembot attached to my person – more on that to come. This post is all about appreciating the good, but I’ll precede that by saying March was a bit stinky in places. I managed to rip the skin of my shins after a fight with the treadmill (I wish I was joking. No I don’t know how I manage it either), I had a nasty headcold and virus that wreaked absolute havoc on my blood sugars, and my poor cousin has unfortunately joined the type 1 club. He is the sibling of my other…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: Feb 2015

March 3, 2015
Kerry and Jen picture

February is done! I cannot believe it – I still feel like it’s the middle of January. It bloody isn’t. SPRING IS COMING. So this is a new thing I started last month to take a little time appreciate all the wonderful things I have in my little life, each and every month. I am a firm believer that only positive things can come of being more positive and taking time to stop and look at the glorious, great and good in this here world. A little bit of gratitude never did anyone any harm. Cheesy? Yes, but we know I’m all about the Brie. Side of Mozzarella. Camembert topping. Extra portion of Halloumi. Stilton shavings. 1. Mummytime I live in that there London. Mummy G lives in York. That’s upwards of 200 miles between us, so time spent together is very precious. I had a week off last week so…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: Jan 2015

February 1, 2015
Road bike pictures

Oh hey! Ok so we’re trying something new here. I just figured that we get a little (or a lot) bogged down in the crappy or mundane stuff, and sometimes we don’t really stop to appreciate what’s going on that’s good, or just to delight in the little things. So at the end of each month I’m going to do a little round up of 10 things that made me happy in the thirtyish days that preceded it; a little highlights collection if you will. A little peek into my life, things that interest me, some nice pictures and less waffle for once! Get involved if you fancy it, why not?! 1. This bike with both wheels Back in October some supreme toilet of a person thought it appropriate to steal the front wheel from my beloved road bike while it was locked inside my building. Cheeeeeeers. I subsequently spent over a month living…

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Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

A Day Of Diabetes Errors – And How To Bounce Back Pt II

January 30, 2015
Life Is Good Mat

Hola! What’s this? Two posts in one week? Well, I did promise. So we had a little chat about my somewhat taxing type 1 day earlier this week, where this fair condition occupied more of my brain power than is desirable. I fixed lows, corrected for highs, and again, and again. Twas wholly fun. BUT the point of these posts is not to wallow in the tiresome and endless navigation of blood sugar control (sigh) but to stop, reassess, and realize that we’re actually doing a damn good job despite the midnight 2.2s and the late night 16.7s. So as promised, some tips that help me bounce back from the days when type 1 is a big, ugly, attention-seeking pain in the arse. Disclaimer: these are absolutely not instructions; I am not telling you how to live your life, nor am I undermining the seriousness of the condition. I am…

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