Balance Magazine

Balance Magazine

I’ve been avoiding all things diabetes recently after a little spate of diabetes burnout. My version of burnout usually takes the shape of becoming completely overwhelmed and fed up with the persistent thinking about diabetes in relation to EVERYTHING I want to do in a day. A break from the blog and social media certainly helped. That and a good dose of spending time with the ones I love.

Workouts, walks, eating, gardening, taking a shower or bath, sleep, sitting down to watch television versus being more active, stress, basal rates, bolus ratios, protein/carb/fat ratios . . . they all require different strategies when it comes to . . .

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See you in 2019!

See you in 2019!

Sorry for my absence over the last week. I’ve been fully immersed in the Christmas festivities and spending time with Hubby, who has a rare break from work. I’m drinking in every moment with rapture.

Merry Christmas to all my readers. Thank you for making 2018 such a wonderful year and The Level Scoop such a success.

I’m on Christmas Break with Hubby right now on social media blackout - well almost. I still have to check in from time-to-time because it’s where all my . . .

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Failed Assassination Attempt

Failed Assassination Attempt

This is a true story and although I’ve dramatised the language—the message behind it is real and important for people with diabetes. Many of you read about this on my Instagram and Twitter feed. Several of you sent me messages to say this has happened to you too:

You read that right. Someone tried to eliminate me last week. Unintentionally. Unexpectedly. And thanks to our lightening reactions—unsuccessfully.

There were no meticulous plans to take me down; no sniper perched hundreds of feet up in the perfectly positioned local oak trees. Nor did my assassin have an elaborate escape mapped out. All things considered, my assailant was lacking the key skills I’d expect from a . . .

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Goodbye November!

Goodbye November!

It’s the end of Diabetes Awareness Month and the last of the Instagram #happydiabeticchallenge posts for this year.

For those of us with diabetes—our condition continues. But that’s okay because we have each other for support, meet-ups and the odd pizza together. One day we will get those pre-pizza boluses nailed!

When you have diabetes, there is an obligatory awareness, which stretches far beyond the reach of November. This is an ever-present, ever-apparent and ever-complex condition.

I am overflowing with gratitude for Diabetes Awareness Month. The spotlight it places on diabetes; the sometimes serious, sometimes whacky, but always magical social media posts; and the millions of . . .

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When Magic & Wormholes Happens

When Magic & Wormholes Happens

I read a book recently called Slipstream Time Hacking - by Benjamin B. Hardy. In his book, Hardy discusses how to measure your life using distance rather than time. Doing this means you can jump further along the timeline of life. So you fit more in! Time is so precious.

Sounds unreal? Well, I thought so too. Until now.

As I glance back over the past few months of my life, it’s as though I’ve leapt through wormhole* after wormhole; accelerating my . . .

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You won't believe how much has happened . . .

You won't believe how much has happened . . .

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind; so much has happened in the world of diabetes & me.

Since making the local press for the Superhero dress-up we did for JDRF (read blog-post here) and visiting the Diabetes Professional Care Event at London Olympia (blog post here), explore the magic of what’s happened, below.

Unintentional consequences to the . . .

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