I've been clawing my way out of an exercise funk that started around the first of the year. It's been a terrible fight so far, and full of speed bumps. About eight weeks ago I started getting back to the YMCA for basketball. About six weeks ago I twisted my ankle while playing. The worst sprain in a long time. For the record, these injuries usually need a minimum of six … [Read more...] about Diversifying Exercise (and a Larry Bird)
Third Annual Diabetes Blog Week! Today's assignment is called "One Great Thing" - what is just one diabetes thing I do spectacularly? Most of the time, activity is easy for me. I love playing basketball, and most weeks I'm able to play four or five days per week. There is a YMCA near where I used to work where there are always guys playing basketball over the lunch … [Read more...] about D-Blog Week: One Great Thing – Activity!
With diabetes, preparing for any exercise or activity is never as simple as it should be. 10:30 AM - I actually remembered to start my temporary basal rate adjustment 10:45 AM - Blood sugar is 95 mg/dl with some insulin on board. Eat a quick sandwich. 10:50 AM - Refill my Gatorade supply, grab a fresh bottle of test strips, and even a pad of post-it notes to write … [Read more...] about Forgot My Shorts…
I am riding 100 miles (!!) in the 2012 Tour de Cure ride for the ADA in June (June 2, 2012). I must be crazy. More than a few things have come together to make this happen, and I'm excited about all of it! This will be the third year for me to ride with The Pancremaniacs, our Tour de Cure team that is more than 30 strong so far (and still recruiting - want to ride with … [Read more...] about Scott – On His Bike a LOT This Spring!
Last year, at my first Friends for Life (FFL) conference, I bumped into Gary Scheiner in the exhibit hall. He told me that they play basketball in the activity center in the evenings. I didn't have any of my basketball gear (contact lenses, ankle braces, etc) but wanted to give it a try. It was so much fun. This year I made sure to pack some basketball clothes. George and … [Read more...] about I’m Proud of Bennet!
This has been an active week for me. It feels good. My body feels good.Four days of basketball, with one seriously kick ass weight session afterward. Four days of tossing a football around with my son and shooting baskets with my daughter. One short bike ride back home after taking my old pickup truck to the repair shop.As far as exercise, I'm doing it. And it feels … [Read more...] about Sloppy Evenings, Low Blood Sugars, Guilt, and Fear
I think one of the secrets to decent diabetes management is management ... of priorities. November of 2010 I had the best lab report I've had since I was in my early 20's. Best A1C, best cholesterol, best everything. I hadn't made any purposeful changes to my diabetes routine, I wasn't testing more, I wasn't counting carbs better, I wasn't watching what I ate any closer … [Read more...] about Angry About Exercise
Routines help me with my diabetes. As much as I like to think that by using an insulin pump I can just go with the flow, that's not always the case. A routine, by definition, is something that is done over and over. With diabetes, repetition gives us an opportunity to fine tune all the calculations that go into life with diabetes. Working with Ginger, I've come up with … [Read more...] about Sleeping In & Basketball Anxiety (Eggs & Grits Confidence)
I've been working hard to mix in some weight lifting with all of the basketball I've been playing lately. On a good week, I'll play ball 4-5 times and lift weights 1-2 times (it's a start, right?). Last week was tough. Thursday was the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. There was also a problem with one half of the basketball court on Monday, so that messed up my … [Read more...] about Stepping It Up
I have really been trying to get back on the exercise wagon lately. Everything feels better when I'm exercising regularly, both physically and mentally. Within the past year or so, I've noticed that my body just hurts when I'm not getting enough exercise. My back hurts, my knee hurts, everything seems like such a chore. It is clear that as I age, I need to be downright … [Read more...] about Spontaneous Exercise and Diabetes