November 8, 2011

Exercise - 30 Heath Posts in 30 Days

Oh  my goodness.  Exercise and diabetes is a vicious cycle.  For those of you who don't know, exercising is like giving steroids to the insulin that you already have in you.  Here is how my work out goes:

30 minutes before working out:  decrease my basal to 50% for three hours
20 minutes before working out:  eat about 20 carbs...not taking any insulin
Start working out on elliptical machine.
20 minutes into work out:  alarm from pump saying that I'm going low
30 minutes into work out:  check blood sugar and see that I'm 65.  Jump off the machine, go eat something
35 minutes into work out:  sitting on couch watching tv waiting for my blood sugar to raise
45 minutes into work out:  Back on the machine, however, now I've eaten enough carbs to bring my blood sugar up, and just enough calories to erase what I've already burned
 30 more minutes on the machine...repeating previous scenario if I go low again.
When I reach a total of about 60 minutes of working out, I finally am done.

The rest of the night is a game to see if my blood sugar sky rockets because I didn't take enough insulin and then if I take insulin to bring it down, then it works overtime and brings me down too much again and I'm woken up in the middle of the night needing to eat something erasing again more calories that I tried to burn off.  Or sometimes it just goes low without going high and then I have to eat more calories that I already tried to burn off.

Or sometimes it is just fine.

You never really know.

Exercise to lose weight?  Yeah right, it makes me GAIN weight!

But at least it is healthy, right?  :)

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:

1 comment:

Lisa said...

As I was reading this thinking it was not u that wrote this I was thinking the whole time it sounds just like u!! LOL!!.... Yes, I'm very slow!!