I just finished my day 5 CARDIO…. Oh NAH I didn’t finish the entire video. Insanity, Insanity, Insanity! What I’m not going to do is feel sorry for myself. I will not feel bad that I could not finish. I had 15 minutes left to finish. I just didn’t have it in me. I gave the first 20 minutes my all.

I take martial arts and I couldn’t hang. Oh well! I will try it again the next time that dvd comes up again. Meanwhile, I will keep doing what I am doing. Eat  healthy and love me some me. Everything else will fall in place.

For those that don’t know. I am a picky eater and  I’m GLUTEN free. Now I hate a lot of things. I eat  wholefoods and rarely processed anything. I am not to king on salad or dressings. I rather have meat and a fruit. My area of eating needs a little help.

But let’s go back to me taking martial arts and can’t finish the cardio from Insanity.  It’s been a long six year with me doing martial arts. I get this new video to try to tone up and loose a few pounds and I am beat.


Like I said I am not going to beat myself up. Long as I feel good that I tried is all that matters. I do find it strange I couldn’t finish it.

I do feel great over all. I feel like I am changing my body slowly. I can’t wait to see what my end results will look like.



I completed four days of Insanity. Tonight I will be doing day 5. So far so good. I find that the workout is a challenge.  I am sticking to it. In fact I look forward in dropping a few extra pounds. Anything to get rid of high blood pressure.

I had to get to the point where I had to want to do it for me.

Well it was my breaking point. As a diabetic I stress about my feet and legs the most. However, the meds I suppose to be taking for my high blood pressure  made my ankles and calf swell badly. For me I can’t handle that. I stress, what if it isn’t the meds? What if this or that. Suppose my skin breaks open and I get an infection. I can’t deal with that.

So, I’m changing somethings to be around a little long. It all starts with me.


I guess this is a before of me that I am willing to show. I don’t know how much weight I am willing to drop, but long as I get rid of HBP (High Blood Pressure) !


I have not blogged for over a year. Not sure where to start either.

I am  challenging myself to loose weight to get my blood pressure under control. I don’t like the new meds my doctor put me on. My ankles and calf are always swollen. That isn’t right nor cute. Never had that happen to me until the meds. Now I am scared to take the meds. This was one of my breaking point. You would think being a diabetic on insulin would have made me say I want to take less insulin, I need to do something. Nope! Not at all!

What made me break was the tight feeling I got from the side effects from the meds. I get scared when it comes to my feet and legs. I need my legs to kick. Besides this is interfering with my martial arts life style. Plus I don’t want a stroke or heart attack from high blood pressure.  My question to myself was this….. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

That may seem like a simple or easy question. It isn’t!

I ordered the Insanity videos. Maybe this will whip me up in shape and to get rid of the high blood pressure meds.  Not worried about the insulin,  I have a feeling I will be taking less dosage once I finish.

Today I got my insanity package. This is my day 1 of a 60 day challenge. I did the fit test.

One I am glad I take martial arts. Cause I would have not made it as far as I did. I think I did okay, but I still doubt myself.

One day at a time.

And one more thing. I hate when I read blogs from someone loosing weight and they don’t really say what they did to loose it. Just a brief I change my eating style, and joined the gym. No real details at all.

Well I am going to give you the good and bad. I will try to log my meals, my exercises, and my thoughts.




Just a thought

I am sitting here thinking about life in general.  How times flies and every moment isn’t always accounted for. I have not blogged in a couple of years. I thought I would start back doing so. I even decided to do a few video blogs. Hell I really don’t have anything to loose by making a few videos. People will either like it or hate it. I guess you are wondering what will I video about. It’s simple me being me!  I am a diabetic and I have a fight to do everyday. I have to manage this disease every day. Listening to people that have no clue tell me what I can’t have. Some reason they have a doctors or endocrinologist degree I was unaware of.  Yes there are many videos out there. Yes , yes, yes! But wait, mines may not be the same ole same ole. Mines may be different. I may even show the part of me that no one sees. Well not that part because I am not that crazy. Maybe the silly or humor part of me.

I am diabetic, I am a fighter, and I am me.  A lot have changed in my life. I have a Dexcom that have saved my life several times. It is a CGM (continues glucose meter) . It reads your blood sugar levels every five minutes. It alarms when rising or dropping. It is one amazing tool for diabetics. You still have to finger stick yourself 3 times a day.  However, this is one of the best tools I have. I would not trade this in for any other.

Okay enough for the moment. I will be back soon!

Spun to shawl

just penny1


I am so proud how this shawl came out. The pattern is  Find A Penny. You can find it on Ravelry. I added extra eyelets to the pattern. I repeated the pattern as I felt the need to do until I was low on yarn.



nita (3)


A friend asked me to dye this color way for her. I did two  because I liked how the colors came together. This is Monkey Fiberland wool. You can find this and many more colors in my shop Lyseartisticcreations.com


Nita (3)


As I was spinning. I kept in mind that I needed enough yards to do a shawl of some sort. I also wanted to do a n-ply so that the colors combine nicely.



Nita spun2

I did the n-ply and made it over 400 yards. I was overwhelmed and thrilled at the same time.


She is the one who normally wakes before anyone else. If it was me I would be dragging myself around because I am still tired. She is full of energy. She do kicks first thing in the morning. I thinks she challenges herself to see how high she is able to kick. Every time I turn around she is practicing her kicks. I will start having my camera at hand.

Inspiring, but in the morning even my bones won’t act right.

Reflection back

2012 has been an interesting year for me. I have had my ups and my downs. I learned several things about myself.

I started the year off with bowling. I manage to bowl the ball backwards. Somewhere on youtube you can find it. Look for  lysebab videos.

Every time I thought I had control over my numbers. I didn’t! It is a daily struggle, unless I eat only meats. I notice I hate a lot of foods. I get tired of the same foods I like. It sucks my taste buds are not liking the so called good stuff. What I have learned in the matter. Is that no matter what I eat it is dangerous for me. No diabetic is on the same level. For me, my body reacts the same if it was good for me, to whats bad for me. It is all in the same pot. I stressed on this and yet it didn’t do any good. Stop asking me to eat more veggies cause I do… My levels are still high after. I refuse to keep limiting myself and not enjoying the small things. This is what works for me. Enjoy everything I like. Even if it is just a bite. I cant live off meat alone. If I want to eat just that I am fine with it. If I want some rice…so be it. One way or another it will pan out.  Going to start a page just for this topic….

I got back to the gym. Love that alot. I stuck too it. Didn’t loose any weight but it felt good. Until I stop because of the move…..

I hated soup and I made some fresh soup. Going to make a page of me exploring foods.

I cut my dreads off. My hair was falling out because of the new meds I was on. Insulin is no joke.

I have dry skin on my face and ears.

I lost weight without trying.

We bought a house and I started painting. I had to stop fixing house because a change took place to slow me down. I am sure you will be glad to here I will be back at it and you can follow me with it too.  I have some great ideas.

I got released from my first publishers with my book. I am moving it to another location.

One of the drugs I took to cause me to have many of my issues went to settlement. I now wait for my papers.

Never made my 120 projects…

I had a hysterectomy in Oct. It was one of the worst pains I have ever felt. My husband was very good to me. He still is. I didn’t loose my sex drive in fact it ampt up big time. I was down for a while. In fact later I will blog on it more. Some of the things about after process. My insides ache some still. One of my incision got infected, but now healed. So far this was the best thing to happen for me. I am not sick like I was before. I feel a lot better. No more pain. However, hot flashes are no JOKE!

Monkey Jewels yarn and fiber will be back next Year.