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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Question and Answers, Part 1

Since I was not able to host a giveaway when I made my 100th post, I decided to let my blog readers ask me questions! It was an idea borrowed from a fellow blogger, who was also the first to ask me a question.

I will still do a giveaway, hopefully within the next month.

Anyhow, I got asked so many good questions that it will take two posts to answer them all.

Rue (Heather) from Rue's Peanut Butter and Jelly Life asked: If you had only one meal left to eat on this earth, what would you choose? Appetizer to dessert.

I think I would start out with cheddar cheese sticks, then have a seafood buffet consisting of fresh fish, scallops, bourbon soaked salmon, crabmeat, and lobster. I hate breaded seafood, but would love most of these soaked in butter. For vegetables, I would have the sautéed mushrooms that the chef at my favorite restaurant prepared with diced garlic and olive oil. I would also have asparagus. For fruit, I’d have fresh raspberries. I would finish up with a slice of the real baked cheesecake, probably chocolate cheesecake drizzled in raspberry sauce, or turtle cheesecake. For my drink, I would have a caramel Moo-latte from Dairy Queen, or Sterling’s eggnog, which I can no longer get!

Sally at Smiling Sally asked me: Tell about your job.

For the last 3 ½ and almost 4 years, I have worked as a chemical dependency counselor at a non-profit alcohol/drug and mental health agency. I work with men, women, and teens. Most of my clients are court ordered to treatment, and a few are referred by Job and Family Services. It’s not an easy job, and many of my clients don’t stay well, but that is the nature of the beast. I rejoice when someone stays in recovery. Alcoholism and addiction really are diseases, and believe me, they are fatal. Several of my clients have died from their addictions. Prior to my counseling job and while I was attending college, I worked for the same agency as a monitor at our inpatient facility for women. I learned a lot about people with severe substance dependence problems while there! You would not believe some of the drugs that are coming into communities and how widespread the problem is. I really do love my job though, and pray that I make a difference. The pay is not great though.

G at Doves Today asked: How do you take your tea? (Milk, sugar, lemon....)

I like my tea iced, with lots of sugar. I will have to change that to Splenda. When I have a cold, I like hot lemon tea with honey.

Deb from Deb's Country Kisses asked me: How are you coming along with your walking and have you noticed any changes in your health?

And then BJ from Sweet Nothings asked: Are you being able to control your diabetes now, so that you are feeling good most of the time?

I’m going to answer both of these together as the questions are related. I was walking around the track at the high school stadium until the weather got cold and it started getting dark early. I was averaging 3-4 walks per week, at least one mile each time. My family recently joined the Y and I have been walking on the treadmill, usually 1 ½ to 2 miles per visit. With the exercise along with counting carbs and managing food portion control, I have been averaging about 2 pounds per week weight loss. Since I found out I am diabetic, I have lost at least 17 pounds, probably more. My numbers are great and my diabetes educator is very pleased with me! As far as feeling well, I never actually felt bad, but I am in general feeling better than I ever have before! I have more energy too. The best part is that on Friday, I bought the lowest size pants that I have purchased in the last 15 years!

Erin at Faerie Moon asked:What is your drink order at Starbucks?

There are no Starbucks anywhere in my area. I think the closest are well over an hour away. I stick with the local coffee shop Cabin Fever Coffee where I was getting English Toffee frappes (half coffee, half non-fat milk, no whipped cream) this summer. I only drink coffee about once or twice per month.

And Christie at Somewhere in Time asked: How'd you get such a great sense of humor?

Sometimes you learn to laugh to keep from crying. There have certainly been plenty of those times. For the most part though, I am a pretty happy person, and I love to laugh. I am accomplished in the art of silliness, as was my mother. My father had a very dry sense of humor, and I get some of that from him. It’s a joy for me to make people laugh, and I love catching them at a moment when they aren’t expecting me to say something funny.

These are half of the questions asked. Tune in tomorrow for more answers.

I'll be back!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I loved reading your post today, I didn't want it to end. You are a very interesting person. And let me tell you, I'm right there with you with the food choices.


Bridget said...

This was a great post kady. I enjoyed learning more about your job and congratulations on the progress you are making with your diabetes and the new pants size!!!!!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Wonderful idea for celebrating your 100th post! I loved all the questions asked and you answered them so gracioulsly.

Your food choices are mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Happy to hear about your weight loss! Here's to a healthy wonderful Kady!

Smilingsal said...

I don't like fried either. Your job sounds like teaching--dealing with the public--sometimes joyful; sometimes disheartening. Good news on your controlling the diabetes. For a good Starbucks drink (whenever you get the chance) try frappuccino vanilla bean, sugar-free, no whipped cream. It's good, and it's diabetic friendly.

Justine said...

This question and answer thing was such a great idea, that I may have to steal it from you some time soon!

I cannot believe you've lost 17 pounds! Girl, that is GREAT, and I'm so happy you're feeling so well too, and that your bs numbers are good. You go girl!!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Neabear said...

What a fun post!! That is a great idea to answer questions. Me, I couldn't think of a question to ask. Oh well, maybe next time I will think of a question. Whenever the next time is. LOL! Congrats on your weightloss success! That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Deb said...

Kady! That's wonderful! 17 pounds or more, and the best part is not that you are just bogged down with a weight loss plan but, that your change in habits due to your health issues have fringe benefits. Deb

nikkicrumpet said...

What a fun post....and it's 11:30 at night...and I'm having a serious cheesecake craving!!!!

bj said...

Oh, Kady...I so enjoyed reading your last 2 posts..answering the questions. That was such a great idea...I wanna do it sometime.

Sorry to be so late getting here to read these..I have had so much going on, I am way behind in my visiting. sorry!

So so glad you are keeping your weight down, walking, eating better...just so glad you are feeling this good...and, hey....CONGRATS on the low pant size!! woo hoo

love, bj

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey kady!
That was fun learning more about you. You have done wonderful with your walking... congratulations on losing 17 pounds...yay!
It's funny that you should say that your sense of humor comes from having to laugh to keep from crying at times. I'm the same way...I have used that expression many times in life. My family can attest to that one. My sense of humor doesn't come through much in my writting, I'm not that great of a writter. There I said it. LOL! but you sure are and I love your sense of humor. I don't think I've ever dropped by without getting a laugh from some little something you say. Thanks for that. I Hope you have a great night and please stop by anytime....