Upsetting the Balance

I think, generally speaking, we all know what has to be done to live a healthy life. Some level of exercise, a balanced diet, and an intangible quality of life factor loosely represent the tripod that makes our individual worlds go ’round. Obviously each one of those components is influenced by a wide range of factors, thus making each of our lives unique and blah blah blah. And while it’s a given that all of this isn’t easy, diabetes makes everything more complicated in ways that I cannot describe – but I’ll try anyway.

Let’s take today for example:

Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

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Another Reminder to Exercise

The great thing about traveling for a week and ultimately missing out on nearly two weeks of gym sessions is your diabetes can’t wait to share the impact. I can’t remember the last time I had to acknowledge a low alarm on my Dexcom. I also can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to acknowledge a high alarm. I know part of this upward shift is my miserable diet, which is entirely my own doing. I just wish the reminders of my lethargy weren’t so frequent. I just want to relax for a little bit longer.

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How You Know

I think it’s gotten to the point that my body can actively inform me that I have skipped one-two-many gym sessions in a row. Sure, sleeping in occasionally is okay. It’s not ideal, but sometimes that extra 45 minutes makes a difference. But if I string together too many of those mornings things start to break down.

And insulin starts to have the same medical impact as saline. For example:

BLARGH

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Contemplating CrossFit

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a sign for ‘Noble CrossFit’ pop up near my local Safeway. I’ve seen a few tweets and posts here and there about it so I had an idea about what was involved superficially. Having never CrossFitted myself, I can’t speak to what is actually required physically or mentally to get through a single session, but from what I’ve read it sounds intense. I’m not sure if CrossFit is right for me, but I’m strongly considering it.

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Take a Walk

Yes, the Instagram filter ruined the ‘sunny day’ that this picture was taken in. The irony is not lost.

I should have taken a picture of my CGM to complement the walk. Alas, I didn’t. But consider this your public service announcement to get some Vitamin D and walk around your home/office when you can. The weather has been miserable in the Northern Virginia area for so long I forgot what ‘nice’ felt like.

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Broken Diabetes

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I continue to be impressed and baffled at P90x’s contribution to my diabetes management. My new conclusion is this workout is so extreme, it broke my diabetes. I know I’m not cured, but things are going so well so far I almost have to make some kind of silly comment.

As I rebuild strength and slowly acquire something resembling flexibility and balance, I am learning more about what exercise is doing to my blood glucose. Thanks to the Dexcom I can see what an hour of shoulders and arms does.

No two days are alike, but every bit of info helps in the long run.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide

Those of you keeping score at home know I’m a big fan of Diet Coke. I suppose we could share an honesty moment and simply call it a caffeine addiction, but let’s not get distracted. At times my fondness for Diet Coke has resulted in the echoing of a can of soda opening throughout the halls of work at 9:45 AM. It’s bad. Admittedly, I’m starting to feel a little guilty about having so much soda with my slightly revitalized exercise routine. Side Note: I seriously think my diabetes is broken. This working out stuff is doing wonders for my control right now. I hope it sticks.

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