Friday, May 14, 2010

Let’s get moving. Today's topic for blog week is EXERCISE!!!

“Exercise . . . love it or hate it? Do you have a regular exercise routine? Or do you have trouble finding your exercise motivation? How do you manage your insulin and food to avoid bottoming out during your workout?”

Did you know that my crazy house cleaning frenzies cause lows that come on quicker and last longer than time spent on the treadmill? Yard work? Yard work = killer lows for me. I think cleaning and yard work = exercise doesn't it? Luckily I've learned to to sip some OJ while I zoom around. Works every time!

I do LOVE my exercise! If I could walk or hike all day I would. My motivation is my iPod, all I need is a little music most days. Of course there are the lazy days or the bored days. All I gotta do is skip a days work out to realize the slow and tired feeling I have without it SUCKS and is a total DRAG. Gets me back to motivated every time. The way my clothes fit are motivating too. When my clothes get a little too tight its a reminder that my body NEEDS exercise to be healthy and slim. Seeing the results.....thats pretty motivating.

I sip Gatorade or have a juice box before hopping on the treadmill. That usually works perfectly for the time DURING the workout. Lately however, I'm back to running too high (130-240's all day) since PMS has decided to ENTIRELY change my insulin needs since my honeymoon ended in January. I still don't quite have PMS week figured out, especially when it comes to during the exercise and after. It used to be I'd have to reduce my basal rate by 50% for 8 hours and bolus HALF my carbs. I didnt even bolus for fruit back in the "easy" D days. That isn't working so well anymore! I cant seem to get my basals or the ratios right lately. So, I CGM to help manage my numbers. Seeing the trends are priceless, especially over night. I'm just coming back from a 3 week break of the CGM....but things are getting crazy with exercise and Diabetes again so the CGM is slapped back on as of last night. Cgm=145 meter=139 That's close enough me for!


Karen said...

Actually, housework often makes me go low. And yard work or gardening always does. But I never consider them exercise. Maybe I need to change my views a bit as to what a work out is. Not to say I don't need to get better about using the traadmill or going on long walks with my husband. But yes, maybe pulling all those weeds and planting all those flowers kind of counts too. :)

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

I love how much CGM has helped us. I don't even realize how much we actually rely upon it until we are without it. Being without it is both calming (because I'm not looking at the numbers constantly) and stressful (because I don't have numbers to look at constantly). ;)