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Walking to Stars Hollow

Well, in a sense, anyway…

I’ve known for a while that I needed to get back to walking for some time now, I’ve just been making up excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t:

  • the treadmill was cluttered
  • I’m too tired, I’ve worked/cleaned/chased kids all day
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    Photo credit: Pixabay – geralt

    I don’t want to deal with basal rates right now

  • I’m doing too well with my glucose control and exercise right now would just screw it up
  • I’m too busy with the kids, work, blahhhh blaahhh..
  • Exercise helps the most in the morning, and I’m too tired in the morning since the toddler still won’t sleep through the night.
  • I don’t need to, I walk enough keeping up with the toddler now since she walks everywhere and gets into everything

On and on and on. Seriously. And on…

But I finally just took a deep breath and made myself realize that:

  • my diabetes will always be here (hello, no cure yet… still waiting,) so therefore, the challenges around balancing insulin requirements will always be here,
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    Photo credit: Pixabay – Clker-Free-Vector-Images

    exercise is a weird thing in that if you don’t have energy, exercise will help give you energy. Unless there’s some other underlying cause like hypothyroidism (which I have, and also just had medication adjusted for this week) as well as things like anemia (which I have had, and it is a tired feeling beyond belief.)

  • exercise, while it is helpful for your day if you can do it in the morning and you do burn more calories, does not have to be in the morning. Fit it in whenever you can, just do it.
  • I have two kids… they need to see me exercising to take care of my body so that they know it’s a very important part of staying healthy, even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes a day.

I love watching Gilmore Girls. I’m a total geek. I’ve watched it through THREE times since it’s been on Netflix. It’s one of those shows that just draws you in, and you wonder what it would be like to live in a dreamy town like that. I get lost in the episode and time is up before I realize it. I love watching the show, and I know that each episode runs at least 40 minutes.

1Wb7vCqPiZPOjBcB.jpgMy solution? Rather than spend that 40 minutes doing nothing, I’m going to walk and watch. People walk to music, I walk to Gilmore Girls episodes. For those 40 minutes, I walk step by step to a little imaginary town of Stars Hollow so that being on the treadmill isn’t so boring.

40 minutes on a treadmill will be just over 2 miles if you walk at a 3 mph pace. My goal? 35/3.5/3.5 (because I like ratios.) 35 minutes at 3.5 mph, at a 3.5 percent incline. This gives 5 minutes left over, to be split between beginning and end for warm up and cool down, which is important for your heart and muscles; and I still get my 2 miles in.

After I’m comfortable with that, I plan on upping to 40/4/4, and just doing my warm up/cool down outside of watching the show. I’ve actually been going over my time limit a bit in efforts to knock down some highs by walking.

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One of my “good” days

I’ve actually been going over my time limit a bit in efforts to knock down some highs by walking. Not that taking insulin for a high is bad (it’s NOT,) but if a simple 10-minute burst of walking can help curb the spike, I’m all for it.

Now, I’m on a mission. I know how much I want to exercise. Now, I just have to fit it in with life with diabetes, which can be hard. Meltdowns from frustration due to lows and timing have happened and probably will happen again. But I’m not going to let it stop me.

I can do this and I will do this.

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Making Progress

When I went to my endo appointment in April, I was really upset with myself. Not just weight, but also just the amount of insulin I was taking and all. Granted, I was also in school and it was around the hardest part of the semester, so mindless eating was my go-to stress reliever.

Now that I’ve taken the summer off and I’m not stressing over a lot of things, not just school, I’m concentrating on my own health. Yes, I still have my normal duties to think of, but I’m working on a routine that I hope I can stick to when school starts back in the fall. When the semester ended at the beginning of May, I took advantage of the new “time off” I had and steered it toward getting active. My dear friend challenged me to a friendly walking competition of walking 50 miles by July 6th (or 5th? I can’t remember.) I have to say, I bucked it at first. There was just no way. It was getting hot here already and I don’t have a gym membership to be able to use a treadmill, so I didn’t think it was possible. But, I had 2 months to complete it, so that would mean I could just do things slow and steady – maybe 1 mile a day… not to bad, huh?

Today, a month and a few days in, I’m at 46 miles of my 50. I’ve not lost a lot of weight (about 3 pounds I think… It’s hard to know with the swelling that comes and goes). Just this past weekend? Friday night I walked 3 miles, and Saturday I walked 6 (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening). That’s 9 miles within 36 hours. I NEVER would have dreamed of being able to do that in April or even in the beginning of May (granted, I needed a lot of IcyHot that night on my calves!).

Disclaimer: AS ALWAYS, YOUR DIABETES MAY VARY!

But, where I was missing the point, was in my own diabetes care. It wasn’t until yesterday when I looked at my pump and thought, “You know, it’s been a while since I changed my cartridge.” Sure enough, I had changed it last Wednesday. That was 6 days off of one cartridge that I usually get 3-4 days out of. I checked my total daily dose averages for 7 days, and it shocked me.

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My TDD of insulin when I had gone to my endo back in April was around 45-46u per day. Yesterday? It was 29.38. That’s freakin’ awesome. Granted, I also use MyFitnessPal, and even just tracking food helped to bring it down an average of 10u from what my records show, but adding in the exercise brought it down even more.

I’m not saying that this is how it will work for you, but I have my own experience as well as I know others who have told me of how making little changes helps to reduce your insulin needs, and it’s true. Granted, I know I will never be off of insulin completely – that’s just a given with being Type 1, but doing things to help implement a healthier lifestyle through food choices and exercise goes a loooong way to feeling better, at least. If not doing it for ANY other reason, just feeling better is a huge payoff for the hard work (of course, don’t ask me how “good” I actually feel in the morning when I can’t move my legs… hoping that will pass soon!)

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This morning, I had the awesome satisfaction of filling my insulin pump with just about 100u, not my normal 150u. It felt good. I felt like for once, I had accomplished something very cool. Even though the scale isn’t moving as fast as I’d like, I’m loving the other benefits I’m seeing. I’m making progress, and that’s all that matters.

(And, I’m thinking of making this thing a monthly goal of 50 miles….Am I crazy???)

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Cooked?

So I’ve been exercising with my sisters-in-law at night to try to lose some weight and get “fit” before vacation next month. Last night, we went walking (2.8 miles!! yay!) and for a 1/4 mile, I ran {yes, me, I finally ran 1/4 mile straight!}. The only thing is, my pump (the t:slim) was right next to my body.

Today, I’ve been having issues with highs. Like, spikey ones and ones that make me sick to my stomach. I haven’t had this in a while, and I’m worried about if the heat cooked my insulin? I know others can’t use Apidra in the t:slim because of how much heat the little pump gives off anyway, and now I’m wondering if out in exposed settings, it can overheat even Novolog (which has the highest temperature tolerance of the three RA insulins). Which would be bad, because with summer comes heat and we go to the beach every year for vacation and spend a lot of time outside playing there.

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I only had switched back to the t:slim to be able to study my reports (because I can’t stand Diasend), but I’m thinking maybe if it can’t handle heat too, then what’s the point? I certainly don’t want to be switching out every two days either. And my reports? Well, they’re all screwed up to heck and back.. and what’s worse is I think it is because I put the pump to “sleep” back in March when I went on break from it and it messed up the pump memory (Tandem is looking into this).

I’m just baffled by this. I never had this issue with my Animas pump (which I’m strongly thinking of going back to and not looking back at all ever again).  I have plenty of stocked up supplies for my Ping, so I may as well switch back. I just hate how picky this t:slim pump is seeming to be for me. It’s really cool and I think they have  a great product, but it’s just not working out for me the more and more I use it. (Oh, and did you know the smallest basal rate you can set on it is 0.1? Not great for those who need tiny basals like 0.025u/hr.)

Have any of you other Tandem t:slim users had this problem??

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