Monday, May 17, 2010

Diabetes Blog Week - Day 5

Day 5- Let's get moving. 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? Today is the day to tell us all about your exercise habits, or lack thereof.

oh, exercise.  sometimes it's exactly what i need to bring down that frustrating high.  sometimes it leaves me shaking and disoriented at 60 mg/dL.  before i was diabetic i was big into working out.  i was at the gym a minimum of 3 days and a max of 6 every week.  after my diagnosis, it was a solid month before my doctor/CDE ok'd any sort of "vigorous" activity, and this was incredibly frustrating once i felt up to working out again.  of course, i now understand full well why they made me wait.  i am now back to my old gym routine, but it definitely takes some serious knowledge/effort to exercise with diabetes. 

when i was on injections, i needed to eat high carb pre-workout, and then fill my water bottle with 1/2 a cup of gatorade to avoid bottoming out during/right after my work out.  this was kind of annoying, especially when i wasn't hungry but too low to start a work out.  being on the pump has made exercise much, much easier.  no more gatorade or eating food i don't want.  even if i get a bit low afterward i just leave my pump off for a while and let my bg come up on its own.  reason # 2394 why i love my pump. 

2 comments:

olivejooice said...

The pump definitely makes life easier!! I'm still figuring out the gym routine, and your methods really helped me out!!

Karen said...

I'm really bad about exercise. I'm also really bad about setting temp basals to help keep me stead when I do exercise. LOL I'm working really hard on both though!! And I agree, the pump makes exercising so much easier!