Monday, March 30, 2009

Hello, Old Friend . . .

or should I say Enemy??  Either way, my treadmill and I were re-united this morning.

In my third post for The Diabetes O.C., I talked again about how much I dislike exercise and how I manage to make up any excuse not to workout.  Little did I know, that post inspired me to try AGAIN to get back into an exercise routine.  The last time I tried, I kept getting a ton of lows, both on the treadmill and through out the rest of the day.  After four days, I talked myself out of even trying.

March was a really good blood sugar month for me.  But, if I'm going to be honest, I haven't felt all that good.  I'm tired all the time.  I don't sleep well.  Last week, I had a head-ache almost every afternoon.  I think a lot of that can be solved with some exercise.  Getting in shape will help me feel more energetic.  It will help me sleep better.  And better sleep will probably solve the head-ache problem.

So I'm starting the exercise routine again.  I started slow, with just 20 minutes today.  I began with a blood sugar of 98.  I had a sip of orange juice half-way though.  And I ended at 91.  Last week I bought some Nurta-Grain bars, and although I bolus for the carbs, I find they spike me anyway.  But I had one for breakfast after my "work-out" and only went as high as 107 on the CGM.

Of course, as I write this post, my low alarm has just gone off.  My CGM shows me at 66, and a finger stick shows me at 49.   I'm drinking a juice box and making a note in my logbook to drop a unit from my breakfast bolus tomorrow.  Because I will walk on the treadmill again tomorrow!!!!


  1. Good for you Karen! Stick with it. As chaotic as exercise can be to your blood sugars, it is SO good for you (both physically and mentally).

  2. "Of course, as I write this post, my low alarm has just gone off. My CGM shows me at 66, and a finger stick shows me at 49. " Now that's funny (in a diabetic way!)

    Keep up the great blog!

  3. Yet another reason why we should live closer. I could help keep you motivated, and hopefully you could could do the same for me. Ugh, I really need to start doing something. Good for you for getting started again. I hope you can keep the lows reigned in enough that they don't make you want to quit. That happens to me too, and it's so unbelievably frustrating. I feel like I have to exercise everyday to get a handle on my BG's, but realistically, if I could just exercise a couple times a week, at this point, that would be a major accomplishment. Not doing it everyday totally wrecks my BG's though. I'm proud of you for trying to get this going.

  4. Good Luck! I know you can do it! You've just inspired me to get on the ball.

  5. Hi Karen,
    once you get into an exercise routine, the lows do disappear. It's just the initial training period that is rough. Lower your insulin accordingly.

    Good luck!


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