I went into a bit of a cheesecake-induced depression after learning that I couldn’t do much running anymore—especially with my knees killing me. Getting older sucks; not much you can do about it.
Still, even though I went off on the cheesecake, I stuck to a new workout routine that involved freeweights and aerobics, and I managed to keep my blood sugar beneath 130 all week. I’ve also learned that it’s not only how much you exercise, it’s also when. So what I learned last week, I happily share with you;
1). Hit The Ground Running.
…I should’ve found a better way to phrase that. But seriously, when you get out of bed, immediately get into your routine. I’ll knock off twenty pushups before I hit the bathroom just to get my heart working. Your metabolism is still picking up speed when you first wake up; getting your heart rate up first thing in the morning not only increases metabolic speed when you first wake up, but that, and a good breakfast, will carry you through most of the day. In my case, I wake up, knock off twenty pushups, fifty sit ups, fifty curls, and fifty butterflies, all in about ten minutes. After either a smoothie or oatmeal (and a single cup of coffee) for breakfast, I’m pretty energized by the time I take off.
2). Shut Down The Fridge After 8pm.
You may have to tailor this to your own schedule, but one’s metabolism tends to slow down when the bulk of the day’s workload is down. For diabetics, this means your blood sugar begins to rise regardless of what you’ve eaten. Even if you eat a carb-friendly meal for dinner, you may see abnormal results simply because your body isn’t digesting as quickly as it should. So roughly four (six is ideal) hours before you hit the sack, shut down the kitchen.
It doesn’t hurt to sneak in a workout, too.
So many people who are new to this disease run into this problem; not understanding why their blood sugar rises at night. I cannot overemphasize this; at night, your body is most vulnerable. This is where you need to be especially careful as to how you treat yourself. Above all else, STAY ACTIVE.
As for me? Well, I feel better than I have in awhile. I can actually see a little definition in my arms, I feel lighter, I can jump higher, and my kicks have a little snap in them again. I do a lot of work with the weights (shadowboxing and footwork, I don’t recommend it unless you’re sure you can take it, because you will feel it in the morning), and I’m starting to slim up a bit. So, one more week down.
Oh, before I go…
Tell me; does anyone who own an iphone/ipod touch find it impossible to live without? I can’t tell you how much I take this thing for granted. Being able to check my email in the middle of the night? Music, movies, news, podcasts, and I can write from the thing on top of it? I’ll be buried with my ipod. But I digress.
I disovered Glucose Buddy about four months ago. I haven’t tinkered around with other diabetic-friendly apps on the ipod, because I haven’t felt a need to.
Initially, I had some syncing issues between the device and the web page; they seem to have been worked out over the last couple of months. Basically, the program lets you enter your blood sugar level and then sync it to your device so you can track your results anywhere. This is excellent for taking your history to the doctor. It’s one thing when you have to recall from memory, it’s another when you can walk through the last two weeks with your physician.
Beyond syncing your results, there are columns for recent activity and exercise. This may be the most beneficial aspect of the application, as if you can make revisions to routine on the fly.
I really feel bad here; I follow this guy on Facebook and couldn’t find him on my friends list (and yes, I’m sure he’s still there). He’s also available on twitter, and when I turn him up, I’ll share links. In the meantime, if you run search for “Glucose Buddy” in the iTunes App store, you should be able to find it.
Till next week!
(c) Avery K. Tingle for Akting Out LLC
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