Social Detox

Oh hello dear reader,

Happy November!  It’s been a few months since I’ve been here and my little corner of the interwebs has been neglected.  Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the world, that I just go silent.

And it’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s that I have so many thoughts all at once that It’s like my channels get clogged so nothing comes out and the thoughts just bounce around inside me looking for an outlet, everything is so jumbled and the frustration builds, the anxiety builds and I shut down.

Quiet.

Silent.

Sometimes the only way to reconnect is to disconnect.

The world throws so much at us at once. Adding social media in the mix intensifies it.  It can be a wonderful tool but it can also be a massive distraction.

A distraction from being present.

A distraction from actually delivering the message you were meant to share with the world.

A distraction from our own priorities.

I’ve felt a huge pull as I’ve been going through what I can only describe as a spiritual awakening, to spend less time on social media so that I can get clarity on what it is I’m designed to bring to the world.

I’m thinking that November will be the month for me to get clear, to slow down even more even though the marketers tell us this is the busiest season and only an idiot would slow down now…but what people don’t want to tell you because they value hustle more than anything is that-WHAT IS FOR YOU, WILL NOT PASS YOU and that sometimes you have to SLOW DOWN to SPEED UP.

Have you ever taken a social media detox?

So here’s to me slowing down, getting clear, finding my authentic voice, and probably getting weirder in the eyes of the world (but I really don’t care), so that I can show up as my true authentic self with a message that I’m divinely guided to share.

 

I plan on taking you, dear friend, along for the journey so I hope you’re ready for the ride.  

 

XOXO,

Dorothy

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Top Tips for a T1S 4th of July

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY🇺🇸

Today and this weekend I know so many of us will be celebrating the holiday!  To help stay on track during today’s festivities here are my best tips:

🎉Workout FIRST THING!

🎉Stay hydrated. If you do drink alcohol, alternate between water and your drink of choice. Avoid drinks with mixers. Remember, alcohol can actually lower blood sugar in some cases. Stay on top of it. Watch the mixers bc they usually have LOTS of sugar.

🎉If you’re going to a cookout, take something that YOU CAN EAT! This is a good idea if you’re adopting a new lifestyle or not. How many times have you gone to an event and had to guess at what you’re eating and how to dose for it? Better to know so you can carb count accurately!

🎉Want sweets? Go with the berries and melons OR us this opportunity to bake something with almond or coconut flour for a lower carb count.

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🎉Don’t show up to an event super hungry.

🎉If you slip up, DON’T GIVE UP! Your next decision can put you back on track.

❌Remember that heat can impact blood sugar AND make sure to keep your insulin COOL so it doesn’t spoil.

What are your plans to celebrate the 4th?!?

T1D Thrive Program Launching Soon

I feel like we are the forgotten ones.

I remember when I had graduated from college, stopped playing soccer, gotten into my 8-5 job (then tack on the commute) and before I realized it, I had gained 12lbs.

I also remember S E A R C H I N G like it was my freaking job to find a program that would fit my individual needs as a type 1 diabetic and you know what I found?

NADA.

I felt like I was always trying to manipulate programs to work for my t1 but nothing ever worked 100%.  I hired a trainer, I did the Beachbody programs, I did the YouTube videos, I bought every copy of Women’s Health and scoured Bodybuilding.com for the latest plans that had me eating like a gazillion carbs and every 2 hours on the hour, til I felt like I’d pop.

Have you been there my t1 sister? Feeling like you’re trying everything to lose weight, to manage your blood sugar, to reduce stress, to live your life in some kind of balance to create a LIFESTYLE that’s maintainable? Me too.

I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I got tired of trying to make everyone else’s plan (who didn’t have t1) fit me, with t1!

I took what worked, left what didn’t, and came up with new strategies that DO work with type 1.

I reduced my a1c to 5.4%, lost weight, boosted my confidence, reduced my stress, got stronger (mentally and physically), kicked the depression meds, and started living a lifestyle, NOT a diet.

On June 17th, I’m launching T1D THRIVE! A 6 week program for type 1 diabetic women geared towards better blood sugars, reducing inflammation, more energy, workouts that are quick and effective, plus lifestyle tips, sample meal plans, group coaching, daily education and much more!

If this is something you’d like to be a part of email me at dorothyboothcoaching@gmail.com and I’ll be in touch! I decided for this first round, I want to keep it small and intimate so I’ll only be working with TEN women who are COMMITTED to themselves, the process and making progress.

Can’t wait to get started with you!

xo,

Dorothy

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Omnipod 2 Week Review

Eeeekkk it’s been a full two weeks since I started the Omnipod Dash!

Choosing to go back to an insulin pump was a big deal for me. I’m the anti insulin pump gal and I’ve openly shared about that. I pumped for 13 years straight then went to MDI for years following by a few stints pumping around pregnancy. After going back to MDI I never lasted long on a pump. I hated being tethered. I felt like I altered many things that I do, my clothing choices (everything must have pockets), how I worked out, swimming, showering, so many things. So MDI worked better for my lifestyle.

I decided to wear a demo pod for a few days in April, just to see how I’d like another device being attached to me. Honestly, I forgot it was there most of the time so I decided to go for it after finding out my insurance was going to cover it 100%. I mean why not, right?

Within a week I had the Dash system, which was just released by Omnipod.  This system is a little different than the last version. The PDM (personal diabetes manager) looks exactly like an android phone. The glucometer is no longer integrated with the PDM, instead you receive the contour next meter that will communicate via blue tooth to the PDM.

The first site I decided to try was on my arm. Insertion was basically painless and I forgot it was there the majority of the time. IT WAS SO FREAKING NICE! Yes, I looked like the bionic woman, GGM on one arm and Omnipod on the other but I didn’t care one bit!

My second site I tried on my outer thigh. I will say because I have muscular legs, I don’t feel like that site worked the best for me because of the cannula length (6.5mm) and 45 degree. My toddler also decided he could use my pod like he was rock climbing and would grab a hold of it because it was at his eye level. OUCH!

My third site was an abdomen site. This one worked well, but I did feel itchy by day three. That typically happened to me using regular insulin pumps as well, so I wasn’t surprised.

My fourth site was my other arm. I did notice this one more because I tend to sleep on that side & carry my son on that side (he also found it). I also could feel the weight of it while running but it wasn’t horrible, just noticeable. My arms have worked GREAT!IMG_8726

My most recent site I’m using is on my lower back. That’s also going well, but I did feel kind of awkward driving and feeling it pressed between me and the seat.

I have loved the ability to use temp basals again. That was THE biggest reason that I even ventured back to the pump arena. I also love being able to set different basal profiles to combat the dawn phenomenon. I was setting a few alarms through the night to deal with this, so now I’m only setting one just to double check my cgm.

The only negative I’ve had is sometimes I have to retry boluses because the PDM/pump communication takes too long and it times out and I’ve had one pod malfunction but Omnipod took care of it overnight. So all in all not a big deal. I will say that Omnipod customer service is ON IT, especially with this being a new system and investigating anything that’s happening so it can be fixed ASAP.

On my Omnipod wish list would be the ability to have different canals based on our preference. 45 and 90 degree would be nice and having 6.5mm and 8mm lengths for cannulas, since different things work for different people. Maybe in the future???

I know many other diabetics are anxious about starting to LOOP and I will say the Omnipod Dash does NOT loop! If you have the previous system, you can do the DIY loop but if you upgrade to the DASH, looping is about a year away and will be called “Horizon.” Looping wasn’t important to me (right now anyway), so that didn’t play into my decision.

I’d say, if you’ve been looking at Omnipod as an option, get a demo pod, wear it, see how you like it!

Right now I’m happy and plan to ride this out until I feel like I want another pump break…which inevitably will happen, I’m sure. For now, the Omnipod gives me the best of both worlds, the tubing free lifestyle of MDI and the ability to change and suspend dosages with the press of a button like a pump.  I think it’s a win-win.

Done With Diabetes?

IMG_4756When are you going to be done dealing with your diabetes?”
That’s what a basketball coach asked me when I was dealing with my 2nd low in one day during summer practice.

DONE. When will I be DONE? I remember the anger bubbling up inside me but I was too exhausted to tell that uneducated coach how incredibly insensitive she was being just because she wanted me back on the court. But after that day I refused to play for someone who obviously didn’t care.

I’ll never be “DONE,” with diabetes.
Well, Ok, there’s a chance of a cure “someday,” but I’ve been waiting 23 years so, until then, I’ll be here.

Exercise with diabetes can be TOUGH! I envy my friends that only have to worry about grabbing their water and a towel. Getting ready to exercise is part of the game with diabetes.

When’s the last time I ate?
What’s my blood sugar?
Where’s it trending, up or down or stable?
How much insulin is onboard?
Do I have emergency 🚨 glucose/snacks?
Do I have enough emergency stuff Incase this goes really bad?
Is my CGM charged?
Where’s my glucagon?
Wearing a medic alert?
How hot or cold is it? (Yes temperatures impact insulin and glucose levels).
What type of exercise will I be doing and for how long? (That impacts rising or falling).
Do I need to set a temp basal?
Do I need a small bolus?
Do I need a snack before?

I’m probably missing something, (let me know below what that might be😂) but ya get the point. It’s never as easy as just “going and doing.”

If you’re another exhausted t1d like me reading that list, I feel you! It’s long enough to make you wanna skip the workout all together, right??

But even with allllll the hoops we have to jump through, exercise is SO vital for our insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control!

Are you a t1 friend and you wanna learn HOW to exercise safely and effectively? 🖐
As a fellow t1d that’s also a personal trainer, certified health coach & associate CDE, I’m here to tell you, YOU CAN and I want to be your guide.

I’m currently taking on *NEW* clients and the best part is, it doesn’t matter where you live! Thank you internet! 🙏🏻 Group coaching and 1:1 coaching available.

Schedule a free call using the “work with me” tab on the top menu.

Chat soon, friend.

Paying Uncle Sam

Today my CPA’s office called. The secretary asked if I was sitting down.

She proceeded to tell me I’ll have to write a check to Uncle Sam for the same amount of money that used to be my pay for 6 months.

SIX. MONTHS. 💰

A few years ago, that would’ve made my stomach turn.
Today, I was excited.

As you read this you might think I’m crazy but follow my train of thought.

Entrepreneurship is seen as “sexy” right now, and let’s be honest, it kinda is. But it’s also a huge risk and LOTS and LOTS of work!

I’ve been doing my own thing for years now and the fact that I’m to the point where my business brings in enough that I have to pay taxes equal to what six months of my pay would’ve been in corporate America, to me, that says, “Girl, you’re making it! You’re doing it! You’re work is paying off!”

I look at writing that big check not as a negative thing, but a very positive sign showing my business is successful!

Writing that big fat check is a blessing.
It makes me feel abundant!
It makes me feel empowered!
It makes me realize banking on myself was the best risk I ever took!

 

I hope my entrepreneur friends get to experience this feeling! I hope you keep betting on yourself! If I can do it, so can you!

XO,

Dorothy

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Agnes & Dora 6 Month Update

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Time flies when you’re having fun! Did you guys think I totally disappeared? Well I did for a little while, but now we’re together again, so let me bring you up to speed!

The last time we talked, I had just left the LuLaRoe queue and signed with Agnes & Dora. I gave you all my reasons and left you hanging with how things shook out! Sorry about that, but I had a good reason I promise.  I will be sharing some financial things in the blog post, not to brag, but because many ladies want to know what’s possible with this business.  I believe in being transparent in business so others can see what’s possible 🙂 

On November 7, 2016, I went into preterm labor with my son.  He was 31 weeks and 5 days old. There was NO stopping the birth and he came into the world a solid 8 weeks early. Don’t panic! He was so healthy. The doctors were unbelievably impressed but we still had to leave him in the NICU.  The following week, as my husband and I IMG_5184were playing the NICU parenting game, me trying to recover, him working and both of us bouncing back and forth between the hospital and home, my inventory arrived. Both excitement and overwhelm took over at that point.  I had a business to run but was also now the mom of a preemie and trying to rest and recover.

 

If there’s one thing you’ll learn about me, it’s that I have a hard time slowing down and resting. If I have goals, well watch out!  Despite it being the CRAZIEST time in my life, I launched my business the same week I received my inventory. Some people thought I was nuts, but I truly needed the distraction. I needed something to keep my mind from the fact that my son was 35 minutes away from me and that there was nothing I could do about it but wait for time to pass, weight to be gained and for him to hit certain milestones so he could come home.

The first weekend, I did an inhome open house and had friends and family come shop and try on all the A&D goodies. It was a success in my eyes! I sold around $1k retail in just a few hours that weekend.  I then went to my Facebook group and starting doing both album and live sales there.

What everyone wants to know is, “how long did it take you to make back what you invested?” Originally my plan was 30 days but seeings how I had extenuating circumstances, I cut myself some slack.  It took me until the end of December, so around 45 days.  I ended 2016 breaking even.

During that time, our son was discharged from the hospital and my business strategy changed drastically.  Originally, I had planned to do a mix of online, in home shopping hours and pop ups in other friends homes.  However, we knew bringing a preemie baby home in December meant we needed to now go into hermit mode for the sake of health.  All of my sales ended up being done online from early December until now (May 2017). The last week of December, I sat and really reflected on what I wanted to create with this business.  I could see the potential for this business to me the thing that changed the life of my family.  You see during December, my husband was home the entire month. All I wanted now was to create enough income to 1) pay off the enormous debt the NICU had piled on us and 2) give my husband more time at home with us.

I was determined and committed to creating MASSIVE change for us and that’s what I have done.

Since January my retail sales have grown between  $1.5-$2k every month and April I closed out my first 5 figure month in sales! In fact, in April I far surpassed my original sales goal. It was a pretty awesome 30th birthday present to get.  Now, one thing I want to say about this growth is that it doesn’t come easy. You’ll hear some people say that “the clothes sell themselves,” and that’s not true. You have to market, create a presence online, create relationships, provide good customer service, be a real and authentic person and show your personality. It’s work! It’s a lot of work! And with success comes more work…leggings, dresses and tops don’t just package and ship themselves ha!

 

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When you turn 30, wear lemons!

Some other amazing things have happened besides my sales as well.  A&D did NOT allow us to recruit (until recently and we are NOT an MLM) but wanted us to have organic growth. My team organically grew to over 60 fabulous women! Many of whom were brought to me from this blog or my YouTube channel. One thing that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE is helping other women build their business and A&D has provided the opportunity for me to do that as well. We’ve formed a tight team based on empowering each other and uplifting each other up. We are a tribe of positive, go-getters, determined to change our lives and to make an impact in the world.

 

With all this hard work came other rewards like paying off our son’s NICU stay, allowing my husband the freedom to not work as much in order to be more present with us and we booked an oceanfront beach house for our family as well as a dream getaway to stay at the Biltmore. Of course, A&D doesn’t guarantee any level of income and like I said you have to work, but with hard work, amazing things are possible.

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I’m sure many of you reading this will have particular questions if you’re looking at A&D as a business opportunity. I plan on doing more blogs on specific topics as well as adding more to my YouTube channel  but in the meantime, feel free to email me at agnesanddorabydorothy@gmail.com. If you’re interested in joining my tribe of go-getters please list “business opportunity” in the subject line. If you’d like to shop A&D you can do that here: shopwithdorothy.com  

Thank you all for taking the time to be a part of my journey!

Xoxo,

Dorothy