Falling into fall. Ready for a change? Let’s make it a time to get powered up!

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2013-08-30 20:30:55 -0500
Started 2013-08-20 21:55:08 -0500

I love the change of seasons, and fall is my favorite season of the year.

I’m not a big fan of hot weather, so I like the cooler temperatures, but not the freezing temperatures of winter. And maybe because I was in school for so long, the fall feels like the beginning of the year. I guess that makes Labor Day something like New Year’s Day.

It seems like everybody gets serious again in the fall. Back to school, back to work, and a whole lot of time ahead before the next break. I always feel a burst of energy in the fall, and it always seems like everybody around me is a little more ready to get started on projects, to make decisions. The vacation, for those who had one, is over.

I can’t say that I don’t feel a little bit sad when summer ends. The slower pace was nice for awhile, the sidewalks less crowded, fewer meetings. Of course, if you did any flying or long distance driving, you had a different perspective, I am sure. And I look better in a sweater than a tee shirt.

I often find that many of my clients have a much harder time with the end of summer than I do. They regret not having the fun they thought they would have. With a chronic condition, they had to make accommodations that made them feel different, and an outsider, maybe guilty because they had to ask their love ones to adjust their own plans. They might have been reminded of summers past when they were able to participate more, to be more active, or to eat what everybody else was eating. Families and friends may or may not have been all that supportive.

Others feel better in summer weather and are not looking forward to the arrival of the cold.

Does your self-care regimen change in the fall? More or less challenging?

We can’t avoid change. The changing seasons keeps remind us of that. For my clients that regret that fall is coming, I encourage them to focus on bring something new into their lives. A renewed commitment to taking good care of themselves. To eat more healthy. To pick up a new hobby or activity that promotes wellness. To strengthen their support network. To reenergize themselves at work. An opportunity for students to learn and reconnect with friends.

And to sweat less and not have to worry so much about sunburn (depending on where you live).

So… the fall is here. Let’s all decide to get powered up!

What’s fall like for you? Are you looking forward to it? What’s that mean for your self-care regimen? What’s going to change for you in the fall?

42 replies

Nick1962 2013-08-30 11:03:02 -0500 Report

Fall is an odd time for me. Like many here, I grew up in the Midwest (WI) and moved south. Back home we had four very distinct seasons (or as we joked, two – winter and construction). I liked the Midwest winters because I liked being outside and seemed to get more out of a walk in freezing temperatures. Of course working in my garage/shop was a challenge then.
It’s just the opposite for me now – too hot in summer to be outside or in the shop any more than necessary, so fall is usually the start of my more active days outside. Have a long list of things to build and landscape projects that need doing, and of course watching my numbers and food a little more closely. Fall starts a period where I tend to eat “on the go” which isn’t always good. I still curse the people who thought it was a good idea to put a Pretzel King in my favorite hardware store.

sandyfrazzini 2013-08-26 14:37:03 -0500 Report

I do really like fall more than any other season, for me i have a little more energy and I am home more often to cook good meals. I am from Michigan and it is a beautiful time of the year, with the fall colors it's a wonderful time to visit the Great Lakes and do a lighthouse tour. It wouldn't be fall if we didn't make it to one of the cider mills. The biggest thing I am looking forward to is the hopes that the Detroit Tigers make it to the world series. Fall really just means that I have more time to myself at home, I work a regular full time job at the VA Hospital and then a part-time/seasonal job that ends at the begining of the fall. I'm hoping to not be so tired and get myself back on the right track with my diabetes care.
Thank you for bringing up fall, it really made my day.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-26 22:23:24 -0500 Report

Hey Sandy,

I don't think I knew you were from Michigan. I am, too! In fact I was there last weekend for a family reunion. I love cider mills, one of the best things to do in the fall.

Wow, you are busy. You work like I do. I will tell you what I have to keep telling myself: take good care of yourself.

Thanks for checking in!


sandyfrazzini 2013-08-26 22:53:39 -0500 Report

I am actually from southeastern Michigan, but I love the Lake Michigan Coast.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-27 09:43:52 -0500 Report

Hi sandyfrazzini, I grew up in S.W. MI, I have wonderful memories of Lake Michigan, spent a lot of time there growing up. I spent almost 20 years of my adult life in S.E. MI. I lived in Belleville before I moved to TN 4 years ago. I really get homesick this time of year.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-30 20:30:55 -0500 Report

No, I don't miss the long winters. I never have tolerated cold very well. I would still move back there if I could though. I miss family and friends. I feel very isolated where I am now. Tennessee is beautiful, but It's lonely for me here.

sandyfrazzini 2013-08-28 10:20:40 -0500 Report

I have lived in Garden City, MI my whole life. We are about 30 minutes from Detroit and 35 minutes to Ann Arbor in the other direction.

Hart4Him 2013-08-26 07:41:16 -0500 Report

Winter used to be my all time favorite. But, now that I'm older I don't handle the freezing temp like I used to. So Fall is now my favorite. It marks the cooler seasons. I get a high when the first cold front blows in-luv it!
But it also marks regret of the end of the year fast approaching and goals set not met. The holidays start a spiral down effect.
The Fall though I get a new burst of energy, the newness and freedom to be outside-I hate the summers as well-so I can get back onto walking, and see how much weight I can lose b4 the holidays do arrive!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-26 22:15:54 -0500 Report

Hi Har4Him,

I know what you mean about winter. As I get older, I also notice that the cold bothers me more than it used to. Though I have to say I still love snow.

And yes, fall reminds us that we only have so much time to accomplish our goals for the year. It does have that downside. But, like you, I have that same burst of energy.

So I'll join you in making the best of the fall!


janet ann
janet ann 2013-08-25 09:44:54 -0500 Report

Fall or Autumn as we say here (uk) & Winter are my favourite times of the year, I find it harder to control my blood sugar during the summer.
I love the changing colours of Autumn, i am outdoors much more & often walk through the local fields picking blackberries. I admit i have never tried pumpkin but i love making soups & stews.
I have just got home after spending a few weeks in hospital so i am happy that autumn is coming because i have to rest for a while (i find it quite hard to do nothing but rest) so i can do some crafting & reading & enjoy the season, hope it doesn't rain too much,,,,,,plus i definitely look better in a sweater!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-25 20:26:53 -0500 Report

Hello Janet!

Glad you are home from the hospital, and soon you will be enjoying the fall weather. Perfect timing. You gotta try some pumpkin pie!

Take care of yourself!


swinaz 2013-08-24 21:55:33 -0500 Report

I look forward to fall as well. My job gets busy because people come to AZ in the cooler months. It is nice for us but cold or snowing in other places. I hate our summers so I love it when fall is here. Excluding the summer, we are really lucky all year around with the weather. During the summers we are above 110 and close to 120 for the majority of the days.
Plus, the kids go back to school so we can fall back into our routines. That makes me happy.
Welcome Batikfreak.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-26 11:34:42 -0500 Report

Swin I have a friend who moved to Gilbert and she was on Facebook talking about the heat. She moved from Pennsylvania. When we had the twin blizzards several winters ago, I threatened to send her as much snow as possible. She didn't like it. I am dying to get to Phoenix to the huge Bead and Gemstone show. That would be the equivilent of dying and going to heaven with all those gemstones.

We made it to about 100 hear in MD but that was with high humidity which isn't good if you are diabetic. I was drained most of those days. I missed the kids going back to school today. I was sound asleep. I will see all the little ones when they return home in a few hours.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-25 20:24:57 -0500 Report

Hi swinaz,

Nice to see you. It's been awhile.

I know you all have suffered with some high temperatures this summer. So I can see why you are looking forward to the fall, and for quieter times at home.


wishy 2013-08-24 16:48:45 -0500 Report

My favorite time of the year. Louisiana actually cools down. I can grab a sweater, smell pumpkins everywhere and start baking some sugar free goodies.

abdulhaq 2013-08-23 10:37:16 -0500 Report

I love falls and an approaching winter. Can't stand 120+ F temperatures here in Multan, Pakistan.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-23 21:42:58 -0500 Report

Hey Abdul,

Great to hear from you. Wow! 120 degrees! I would be ready for fall, too. Hope things cool down soon in Pakistan!


Batikfreak 2013-08-22 18:36:02 -0500 Report

This is my very first post reply, as I just joined this group three days ago.
I love the fall too, hate the heat and live in AZ. My fall won't really start til November sometime and only last a few weeks, if lucky. I like fall because vacation is over and I can get back to "normal" whatever that is.
We (husb and me) went on a 6 week vaca this summer and boy did it throw off my diet and numbers. Only gained 8 lbs !! Well now I'm back on my no carb diet, although struggling with the "no fruit" rule. I'm very happy to be part of this group and hope to jump in when I can.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-22 22:14:48 -0500 Report

Hey Batikfreak,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I am honored that you started posting right here. That's great. I hope this is the beginning of many, many more posts!

Wow, Arizona! Now you all know what heat is like. I see what you mean about fall starting in November.

Sounds like quite a vacation. Always hard to stick to the diet when you are traveling. But it sounds like you didn't do too bad at all. Best wishes as you get your regimen back on track.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!


Batikfreak 2013-08-24 17:37:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for the warm welcome. So far my no carb diet is going pretty smooth, although dinner is the hardest meal to plan. Broiled meat/fish and salad just seems really boring, so I'm looking forward to trying some of the dishes I see on this site. What are some of your favs?. B'fast seems to be no problem, but dinner is not fun.
I'm also disabled, so exercising is very difficult for me. All the advise I see in books and magazines say exercise is essential for good health, nothing much in there for me..
I'm still in good spirits, but that may not last long. The good thing is that my numbers are good, I only have to test twice a day three days a week, I'm on the lowest dose of Actos, 15mg and I cut the pill in half everyday. Not too bad!!! Just have to get the weight off. Could be worse…I only have to lose 30/35/lbs. I CAN DO IT.!!!

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2013-08-22 10:23:15 -0500 Report

i love fall , and your message , i was super active up to my back injury
in 1988 , that changed things , then 2004 came diabetes and all ,
yes for way too long i just existed , my wife , an angel sent blessing ,
had to do everything for a while .
my sense of self worth was near zero , but i was reminded of Romans
8:28 , and that the joy of the Lord is my strength , i hate to say this but i existed with no support but my wife and kids and a few family members for about 10 years , that's now in my pass , my now is helping others to never go through what i did feeling alone or hopeless.
summer keeps me inside cannot deal with the heat health wise , i love fall , and like winter better than summer , in alabama the weather alwys changes during the winter a few days of different types cold , cool , ect.
thank Dr. Gary for sharing this message.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-22 22:11:41 -0500 Report

Hey Sam,

Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad the discussion was useful for you. I can't tell you how much I appreciated that you took the time to share your inspirational message. Having a supportive family is such a gift. And now you are, I am sure, sharing your own gifts with others.

I am looking forward to the fall right along with you.

Thanks again, my friend!


GabbyPA 2013-08-21 19:00:11 -0500 Report

Fall is my most favorite season of the year. I am a lot like you Dr. Gary. Like my sweaters...but in Florida I never wear them out. Oppressive heat of summer fades away and while many people see autumn as a time of ending, I also feel invigorated by it. I am more willing to walk outside and be in my garden more. I love the fall foods that grow in my garden beds and most of all I like the gatherings of family in the fall. The colors, the coolness and the reminder that life will be comfortable again is what I look forward to so much.

Summer is the hardest time for me and my diabetes. I am not sure why You would think it would be better with salads and summer fun. But I find I do better in the cooler weather with my numbers. So I look forward to that too.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 20:21:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for checking in, Gabby.

I lived in Florida for a couple of years. I really liked not having to deal with the winters, having grown up in Michigan. But I did miss the fall weather.

I am hypoglycemic, and I feel the same way in the summer. The heat really depletes me and I also find that keeping myself from having low blood sugar is harder.

So yes, the fall can be all about new beginnings if we so choose!

Hart4Him 2013-08-26 07:52:18 -0500 Report

Nice to know I'm not the only one feeling drained every summer. I'm 52, and I've felt this way since we moved down here to Texas when I was 5. I wish we had stayed in Ohio! Sometimes we don't even feel changes in seasons.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-22 06:10:30 -0500 Report

I also lived in Florida for a couple of years. I loved it there but I did miss the fall colors and the changing seasons. I grew up in Michigan too Dr. Gary. :-)

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-21 16:53:12 -0500 Report

Love sweet potatoes too Joyce. I make jewelry too love baubles and beads. Do you have a web site or Etsy? I'd love to see your jewelry. I dabble in different little crafty things. My latest project has been headlands.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-26 11:28:36 -0500 Report

I tasted a sweet potato cookie and it was awful. The person at the Farmers Market said they were a hit but everyone tasting them while I was there, didn't like them. She had too much cloves in them and that was all you tasted. Same with her pie and muffins.

We are working on photos for our website. My sister is learning how to use her new camera. We met a guy at the Flea Market who lives near us who is a professional photographer and has worked at the White House. He is helping her with her lessons. As soon as she perfects it will get the website up and running.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-21 13:50:45 -0500 Report

Hi Dr. Gary, I really don't mind fall. I do miss the hot summer days and being out and about more often. I reenergize at the change of each season. Gone are the lighter foods I enjoy during the summer and incomes the heartier foods such as soups and casseroles.

This fall is going to be totally different for me as I will be entering into a new endeavor. I was referred by my City Councilman to the Mayor to be approved for the Civilian Review Board that reviews complaints made by residents against police officers. I then had to go before the city council for confirmation after I was approved by the Mayor. I almost didn't make it because I was so nervous. I had to await for the City Council to vote on all of those who were up for this board. I learned today that I was appointed. Now I am waiting to be sworn in by the Mayor. This will require a lot of reading and it helps that I have a Criminal Justice degree and am familiar with reading and writing reports.

Fall is going to find me reorganizing my entire life to accomodate this new commission. I will have to make time to do the required case reading, attend the monthly meeting, keep up with my other community activities, jewelry making and housekeeping. Thankfully, I can multi-task and still accomplish a lot of what I need to do.

I will continue with my self care. Everything is routine to me. I no longer wonder if I have to do anything as everything seems to just fall in place. As the weather cools, I will miss sitting out with my neighbors in the evening while we play Words With Friends with each other and fuss because someone played a word with huge points and chatting with them. I planted flowers this spring and will plant a few for fall only I will plant fall colors.

If you use seasonal changes as a means of changing your life by adding something new and doing away with all the clutter in your life, it does the body good both physically, mentally and spiritualy.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 20:18:16 -0500 Report

Hey Joyce!

I thought I would hear from you on this one.

Congratulations on the new role you will be taking on. That is totally awesome!!! Sounds like you are perfect for this, and what a great way to be recognized for your talent. I am so happy for you. And what a great way to kick off the fall. You are definitely powered up! Wow, multitasking is right!

So glad you enjoyed your summer. But with a routine in place, you are all set to segue into the new season.

And I agree with you on the value of making changes. That's a good way to stay energized.

Thank you.


silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-21 05:59:53 -0500 Report

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the changing colors of the landscape against the bright blue sky. I love hiking trails in the fall with my sweetheart.
Fall food is yummy too I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin soup etc… Lol. Although I haven't indulged in those treats for a couple of years. But now with the pump I may treat myself this season:-)
In fall I get more involved in indoor projects and crafting. I love being creative and fall through winter is when I get more artistically motivated.
Fall clothes are great too. Sweaters, jeans and boots are my favorite.
I always get a bit melancholy in the fall because winter is approaching and winter is my least favorite season. I tend to be cold most of the time even in summer my feet get icy cold. So in winter it's always a task trying to stay warm, especially my feet.
I'm not sure really how my management will change in the fall. I am no longer employed and my routine is pretty steady.
It is always a little sad to see the summer go, especially this year. It feels like we missed it!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 20:11:59 -0500 Report

Hi silvie mae,

You and me both on the pumpkin. I also like pumpkin frozen yogurt. I have to limit my pumpkin intake, too.

Sounds like you make a smooth transition from summer to fall. But yes, for those of us in the north, winter is coming, and it's not easy to get excited about cold weather unless you ski or snowboard.

Thanks for checking in!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-21 14:01:59 -0500 Report

Silvie, I am not a pumpkin fan at all. I only like the seeds. I love just about everything sweet potatoe. I am looking forward to roasted sweet potatoes, pies which I don't make at all but will this year and the muffins.

I look forward to my flannel jammies, my Ravens gear and the fall Bead shows. I love making my fall line of jewelry with the darker stones. I am lining up fall Craft Shows. I am also going to learn and perfect a new method of making my own beads. My sister and I are hoping to get into a big craft festival next fall. I am also perfecting my paper bead making.

Like you my feet gets cold in the summer in air conditioning. I alwas have to sleep under a quilt or put it across the foot of the bed to keep my feet warm. I live in socks during the winter months because my feet and hands feel like ice cubes.

I am also unemployed and it makes it hard with medications but I have been lucky so far. I get 90 day supply that only cost me 6 bucks at Walmart. My management only changes when my neighbor who is a dietitian changes my meal plan to make adjustments for me. Good luck.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 20:02:48 -0500 Report

Hi Joyce,

So not a pumpkin fan? I have to say I am a big fan of anything pumpkin, but I like sweet potatoes too. I definitely limit my intake of both.

Sounds like you have a great plans for the fall. There so much to look forward to, even though it's getting colder. Craft shows and then the holidays, for example.

So glad to hear you have your meds handled! And a local diet expert as well. That being resourceful!


Katykakes 2013-08-21 00:05:35 -0500 Report

I love the fall. I look forward to my last school year and the career that will follow (hopefully). With fall comes baking and alot of hearty home cooked meals so more boluses and more math to do for calculating carbs. Although its totally worth it. I find i only need to adjust my basal rates in the summer and winter.This fall im participating in a fun walk/run for cancer im hoping the training for that will offset my insulin ratios a bit. Its all very exciting for me. :-)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 19:58:51 -0500 Report

Hey Katycakes, the fall/winter does have its downside when the food options start to evolve from salad to more carbs. Your body just seems to want the carbs more, at least mine does. Much easier to pack on the pounds and not eat as healthy. What a great way to exercise. I hope it goes well!

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-20 23:19:02 -0500 Report

I love the Fall, especially the cooler temps (I'm from MA). I cannot tolerate heat as I am unable to sweat. Give me NE weather anyday, hahaha! I seem to control my BS better as well by making homemade soups, stews, ect. I think the meals are actually lighter.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-21 19:56:06 -0500 Report

Hey correctionsnurse, I know what you mean. I am from Michigan, where the fall is beautiful time of year. I lived in Florida for two years and it was nice not to have nasty snowy winters but I did miss the fall. I like winter food, too.

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