Tag Archives: type 1 diabetes and exercise

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Housework


I buy a quart of juice each week and the kids get a few drops of it in their cup of water so that it’s flavored.  We went to a local university to enjoy the nice fall weather recently and when I realized that I forgot to buy glucose tablets, I just packed that unopened quart of juice in the car for any emergencies.

Earlier that same day, my parents let me know they were stopping by.  I took a look around me and knew  I’d have to speed clean in order to make the house presentable.  So I whipped the kitchen, living room, and guest bathroom into shape in 30 minutes.  This is something that would have normally taken me 2 hours.

I was sweating after it all and almost out of breathe (not sure what that says about me).

And a little after that is when we went out to walk.  And that’s when I was thankful for that entire quart of juice I packed in the car.  I needed every last drop totaling 96 grams of carbs.  Two hours later I was 83 and in desperate need to pee.

I think this was a great reminder for me.  When I ponder choosing between a workout and cleaning the house, why not combine the two?  One and the same if you move quickly and deliberately.

What about you?  Do you get lows during or after housework?

Reminder to Self


From my head AND my feet.

I recently had a two week stint of…oh I don’t know, diabetes burnout or just feeling “blah” and unmotivated.  I didn’t exercise much for two weeks and I had some processed food and began to need about 25 units of my long acting basal insulin a day.  I’m back on my exercise routine and regular eating pattern and I just wanted to share that I’m down to 15 units of my long acting.  That’s a huge change isn’t it?

I don’t know which I love more: healthy food or exercise.  I feel like I can’t manage my diabetes unless I use the powers of both.

Sometimes I’m jealous of our ancestors.  Exercise was a built in way of life (no cars, no TV, no internet, no food unless you work for it).  Healthy eating was a lot easier (no processed or gmo foods, no two week old produce shipped from another continent.)  See?  They almost had it easier.

How can we make the most of what we have?  How do we exercise smart choices over temptation?

I don’t know about you but what helps me is to meditate and work on being aware of what I want for myself.  This keeps me focused (most of the time) on what needs to be done to get me where I want to go.

I’ll try to remind myself of all this next time I go into a “I don’t feel like it” phase.

Exercise with Blood Sugar Over 250?

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Yep, that’s me.  I grew up being told not to exercise with blood sugar over 250 because it would put me into ketone making mode.  Nowadays, I don’t exercise over 160 just because it doesn’t feel good on my feet and I don’t want to suffer through exercise since that might encourage me to not keep up with it the next day.  In other words, I don’t want a bad experience to ruin my motivation.

Lately, I can’t help but notice that I hear of a lot of kids with type 1 exercising well over 250.  I immediately assumed that the information had changed and that what I grew up knowing was outdated.  Wil, a type 1 and certified diabetes educator answered my question at Diabetes Mine today.  Go on over there and check it out.  I think it’s important we know what to do in order to minimize serious complications like ketones, which can lead to ketoacidosis.  I remember sitting out soccer matches and basketball games but it was for the best.  I remember lying to my parents about my blood sugars and playing in some of those games and feeling really acidic and weak and like I was going to die for a week afterwards.  It really wasn’t worth it.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay safe!