The weight of it all: Mini Yay!

Lost 2.2 pounds this week, woohoo!  I’m pretty pleased with that.  I know that there is definitely room for improvement with the eating and exercise, though.  I went to boxing class once last week but other than that, I seemed to find any and every excuse not to go.  But, I’m planning on going today, assuming the blood sugar is behaving, and again on Thursday.  I really wish I could go to the 6:15 – 7:15 am class but alas, I have to be at work at 8 and there’s no way I could get home and shower and be at work on time.  Even if I changed my hours to where I’d be coming in at 8:30, with commuting, no can do.  The gym keeps talking about adding a 5am class, which I’d be interested in.  I really like having my evenings free, which I think is part of the reason why I’ve been Miss Slacker-Pants on getting to class.

BUT, I know exercise is so important in maintaining good blood sugar control and losing weight so I just need to force myself to do it, even if I’m not in the mood.  Anyone have a spare T-Rex hanging around?

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Friday Fives – July 12.

1.  This week has been fairly “easy” on the dieting front.  I haven’t given it much thought – logged my calories and moved on with my day.  I haven’t been overly hungry or feeling annoyed that I can’t shouldn’t eat XYZ.  I’m feeling confident going into the weekend.  I wish every week could be like this on the weight loss-front!

2.  Sometimes, when I have a day that shows yellow on my CGM graph, I’ll change my high threshold just to see if it’s really that bad.  My current high threshold is 170, so if I change it to 200, voila!  Those pesky yellow lines disappear and I feel like I’m not the world’s worst diabetic.  🙂

3.  I really want to start going to some of these awesome Diabetes conferences!  Definitely a goal for 2014.  Hope everyone’s having fun at the Friends For Life Conference in Orlando!!!

4.  Apple with PB is my new favorite snack.  Yum yum!

5.  I cannot wait to see what my A1c is next month.  However, I worry that if it’s at or below 7.o I’m gonna be all, “Let’s make a baby NOW!” when I know that logically, it’s not quite time yet.

Happy weekend DOC!

The Weight of it All: Kicking and Boxing.

Well, I did OK-ish on the food front this week, however I don’t have a loss to report.  Honestly, I’ve been struggling, especially on the weekends, for the past month.  Since my nephew passed away, I’ve been turning to food for comfort.  Which is typical of me, I am an emotional eater.  Always have been.  This is a constant struggle.  I see food as comfort, a friend when I’m in need of one, a celebration, entertainment when I’m bored, etc.  I recently ordered Ginger Vieira‘s book “Emotional Eating with Diabetes” and am very much looking forward to diving into it when it arrives.  (Yes, I still read paper books.  Maybe Santa Husband will get me a Kindle this year? *cough*HINT*cough*).  I really hope this book will give me some tools to prevent over treatment of lows and to not abuse myself by abusing food.  I’ll be sure to post a review once I read it.

The husband and I have been doing a pretty poor job of planning our weekend meals, which has led to lots of eating out.  Related to what I said above, I have this mental block where I see eating out as a reward or celebration.  The little devil on my shoulder tells me I’m not going to go to a restaurant and get something boring like grilled chicken and veggies when I can make that at home.  I’m getting stuff I don’t normally cook  – fried goodness, heavy pastas, etc.  I think that the husband and I need to not only be better about including weekend meals in our menu planning, but I also need to remind myself that this is a journey and a process and going out to eat does not give me a free pass to throw calories out the window.

One victory I do have to post about is that I went back to the gym yesterday for the first time in over a month.  I had previously posted about a fear of exercising because my blood sugar seems to behave pretty erratically when I work out.  I’m really striving to keep things as steady as possible with less drastic blood sugar swings.  This was making me hesitant to work out because of the naughty behavior of my blood sugar during and after exercise.  But, after some encouragement from friends, I decided I need to face this head on.  I like boxing and, duh, exercise is good for everyone but especially for a person with diabetes.  So, I went to the gym yesterday and surprisingly, stayed level the whole time.  Started my workout at 169, ended it at 161.  I also was OK after too.  I’m going to continue to play with this and take meticulous notes on my phone of my basal rates, snacks I eat, etc. to see if I can figure out a good game plan for boxing days.  Go team?

My goals for this week are:

  • Go to the gym at least 2 more times.  (And make notes of snacks, BGs, etc. in relation to said workouts)
  • Don’t let the weekend derail me.
  • Make better decisions when dining out.
  • Remind myself that food is fuel and question myself if I am eating due to emotions or boredom.
  • And, not to fart whilst I exercise:

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The weight of it all: One down, many more to go!

WooHoo!  Lost a pound this week.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t get back on the calorie counting wagon as much as I had hoped this past week.  BUT, even though it took me a few extra days, I am now back on track and hopefully will see another pound (or more) gone this coming week.  It may be a semi-challenging week with the 4th and going to a baseball game on Friday (hot dog and beer anyone?) but I think I’ll be OK.  If I want to indulge, I will just make adjustments elsewhere.

On the recommendations of my CDE, a nurse during my yearly health assessment at work, and fellow blogger Allison :o), I’ve upped my calories to 1550/day.  Seems totally do-able and hopefully I’ll see better results by eating a little more.  We’ll see how it goes.  On the Diabetes Front, I’m aiming to eat less than 60g of carbs per meal to prevent those big after meal spikes.

Exercise is, well…there.  I’m struggling with it for a variety of reasons.  The main one is that my blood sugar seems to react differently to it on different days and I really am working hard to keep my CGM graphs as smooth as possible.  I need to figure out a solution though because I know how important exercise is to not only losing weight, but maintaining a healthy D-Life.  I don’t know if this means choosing a different form of exercise or just being more aggressive with trying new things as far as basal rates when I go to boxing.

My goal for this week is to not let the holiday and baseball game derail me.  And to be more focused on what I am eating over the weekend!

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The trouble with exercise is…

I love to box and kickbox.  Back when we lived on the Outer Banks I worked with an amazing trainer and really fell in love with the sport.  Back then, since I didn’t have a CGM, my routine was as follows:

-Test BG 15-30 minutes before leaving work.
-Test BG 1/2 hour into commute (my commute was 60 minutes long)
-If BG had dropped, eat snack – banana or rice krispie treat (I know, I know).
-Test BG as arriving to gym.  I usually would get there around 6, and class didn’t start until 6:30.  If BG was lower after eating snack, skip class or eat another snack (all this snack eating kinda defeated the purpose of working out!).  If higher, yay, enjoy class!

Not the most scientific of approaches, but it worked.  Some days after class I’d be high, in the 200-300 range, but most days I would be below 200.  I only had a bad low once – was in the 30s once after class.  No passing out and after a few glucose tabs and waiting a bit, I was fine and able to drive home.  Maybe I was more confident at my previous gym because I had friends there as well as my trainer who knew I have type 1 diabetes?  I don’t know.  All I know is that it did not stress me out nearly as much as it does now.

At this point in my life I was pretty blasé about my diabetes care and my outlook was more “one day at a time”, rather than seeing the whole picture (I had an A1c of close to 9.0 to prove it!).  Blood sugar high?  Bolus and move on.  Low?  Snack time!  Now that I’m trying to get baby-ready I am really working hard at keeping my BG steady with as few drastic BG swings as possible.  My CDE told me all about the deviation smart numbers stuff and how it shows how dramatic my BG swings are.  The way she explained it that if  my deviation is larger, this is no bueno.  She said that I want to be able to multiply my deviation by 3 and have the resulting number be less than my average BG.  If I can multiply it by 4, she said that’s awesome.  So guess what my goal is?  Multiples of 4, baby.

But, with the plethora of information that my CGM provides, I have almost a fear when it comes to working out.  See, the pretty graphs on my CGM tell me that my BG has no real pattern when it comes to exercise.  Some days it will go up.  Some it will go down.  I haven’t noticed if this is dependent on if I eat before class, as well as when and what I eat.  It just seems so random and without patterns.  This annoys me.  I do much better in life with diabetes when I can at least get an idea of what to expect.

This also stresses me out because I’m trying to keep my blood sugars as steady as possible with as few swings in either direction.  It’s easy to say, “Well, Laura, use the awesome tool of the CGM during your class and make adjustments as needed”, which I have been doing.  However, it’s a lot easier said than done.  Sometimes when I notice I’m rising, it’s almost like it’s too late.  I can set a temp basal to +50-100% and I’ll still creep up and remain high for hours after exercise.  It’s like a freight train you can’t stop.  Setting a temp basal to much higher than that while I’m participating in such a physically challenging activity makes me nervous, but maybe this is what I need to do?  Also, I’ve noticed that when I get really, really high I’ll crash and burn.  Maybe too much correcting?  I don’t know.  All I know is that it’s not so good for my innards and certainly doesn’t feel great while it’s happening.

I am not sure what the solution is.  I think that the first step is to keep better records of what I eat before workouts and when.  I don’t know if I should take a step back from boxing and maybe try something that is less intense like walking on the treadmill or yoga or weight training or something?  Something that is a more steady pace that may help prevent those nasty random spikes?  What say you, DOC?

The Weight of it All – June 25

As you can imagine with the sudden passing of my nephew, I have been slacky McSlackerson on the weight loss front.  In fact, for the past 2 weeks I haven’t journaled a single morsel of food or put on my boxing gloves once.  Sometimes there are other, more important, things to worry about and you just have to give yourself a break.  However, this break ends for me today.  The scale has crept up to 205.4 and, just, ewww.  I have had a long enough diet hiatus.  I’m not angry at myself, but at the same time I’m not going to allow myself to continue on this path.  I think Josh would want his aunt to be healthy and happy.

The Hubs and I are back on our respective food plans today (counting calories + exercise for me, super low carb + exercise for him) and I think we are both pretty motivated to get back on track.  I am going back to boxing tonight and am looking forward to hitting the bags and getting some endorphins in my system.  I’m sure it will be pretty painful but I need to rip off that band-aid and just get my butt in the door.

I am in a wedding in early September and although I don’t like to set number goals, I’d like to lose about 10-15 pounds by then.  I am going to focus on this and even if I don’t reach that goal, hopefully I’ll be a few pounds lighter and a few inches smaller!

Here’s to a good week!