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Swimming = Diabetes Medication

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I swim like a frog, but I can do it for a very long time, and I enjoy it. Added bonus: it pulls my blood sugar down more than any other sport I've tried. Today, I swam for 30 minutes, and my glucose level went from 148 to 87. That's as good as another dose of medication, and a whole lot healthier.

  
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/24/2013 10:29AM

    What a great discovery! Isn't it wild that something we enjoy so much can be good for us? I think many of us were trained to think "diets" were dull and exercise was work and not play.

Great blog!

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MOVEITMARY 1/23/2013 9:41PM

    I swim like a frog too. :)

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MPETERSON2311 1/23/2013 12:12PM

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PATSYB7 1/23/2013 6:09AM

    I love to swim--I find lap swimming very meditative. My swim bag is all packed but I'm having trouble getting motivated. It's only 9 degrees outside and just the thought of swimming gives me a chill. I think I'll workout at home until this deep freeze passes. LOL

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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THESUBY 1/23/2013 12:03AM

    Just laps, breaststroke. It's very relaxing to me.

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LINDY2013 1/23/2013 12:00AM

    I love to swim also! I am not diabetic....YET! But I am trying not to be!!!! So I think your swim idea is great! Did you swim 30 minutes solid, or take swim aerobic type exercises in the pool...?
This has motivated me. Time to get back to the pool! emoticon

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Zumba!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Since I was off work today, I finally had a chance to try the beginner's low Zumba class at the health club. I figured that would be the right beginning for me, and I was right.
The crowd consisted mainly of women in their 50s and up. The instructor spotted me right away as a new participant, welcomed me and asked my name. She was really nice, none of that attitude that some fitness instructors have.
I brought my towel and water bottle, and I needed both. The nice thing about the class was that there were mini breaks between the songs; just a few seconds, long enough to get a drink and get ready for the next song.
I was surprised how well I did. I worked up a sweat, but I did not get exhausted. The steps came pretty easy to me; I guess all the jazz exercise and dance classes in the 80s and the line dancing in the 90s helped out. Muscle memory.
Anyway, I thanked the instructor at the end. Then I had enough energy to swim a little after cooling down and taking a nice shower. Great workout, I actually had fun. I think I'm almost ready to try the full length regular Zumba class. If I build up my endurance just a bit more with swimming, I think I'll be able to go to an hour long class next.

  
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MOVEITMARY 1/22/2013 9:57PM

    How great that you are trying new things! Glad you had a good experience.

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PATSYB7 1/22/2013 5:43AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Flatbread

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My stomach was a bit queasy this evening, and I didn't feel like going grocery shopping, so I stopped at Walgreen's. They were out of bread, but had whole wheat flat bread, so I decided to try it. Heated it up in the microwave with ham and cheese and rolled it up like a burrito. It tasted pretty good. I also got some diet A&W root beer; one of the few sodas that tastes almost like the original. I'm becoming a pro at this low carb thing!

  
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MPETERSON2311 1/21/2013 9:18AM

    yummy!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/21/2013 7:52AM

    Feel better soon! I'm a BIG fan of Diet Root Beer, too!!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/21/2013 7:14AM

    No flatbread at the market yesterday so I got a raincheck. Flatbread makes a nice pizza crust, too. Not nearly the calories and you can veg it up if you want. Makes a healthy dinner or snack.

When I have a quesy stomach I go for ginger ale, the real thing, or ginger tea. Does rootbeer work? Never tried that.

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PATSYB7 1/21/2013 7:11AM

    Hope you feel better! emoticon

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Sugar Levels are Better!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Since the doctor changed my meds to metformin, I didn't see much improvement, other than nausea that lasted for a month. I did lose more weight, but it wasn't exactly comfortable. My sugar levels were still in the 150s to 170s in the morning - they should be under 120 fasting, says my doctor.
Well, last night I went to bed early and woke up at about 2 a.m. I tested, and my sugar was only 111! I was hungry, so I had some oatmeal, but I expected that would bounce my sugars back up. It didn't! When I woke up at 8:30 a.m., it was only 126, and that was probably due to not having taken my meds yet (on workdays, I take them at 6 a.m.).
I'm absolutely thrilled! I already feared I'd have to pump more and more meds into my body, but it seems the plan is working out after all.
Thank you to all of you who encouraged me to hang in there!

  
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NASFKAB 1/20/2013 10:41PM

  great

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TODOMEPASA 1/20/2013 4:33PM

    Happy for you!

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KATI5668 1/20/2013 2:14PM

    Yea....that is great news!!

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LITTLEWIND53 1/19/2013 6:14PM

    It sometimes takes a week or two for metformin to kick in. Now that it has, keep testing so you know effect what various foods have...... emoticon

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SCHNOOTIE 1/19/2013 12:31PM

    That is great news!!!!! Celebrating with you ;)

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MOVEITMARY 1/19/2013 12:17PM

    Yes! Whenever possible, medicine should be the secondary rather than the main treatment (lifestyle changes). You are doing everything right! Go you!
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MPETERSON2311 1/19/2013 12:07PM

    YAY! such good news!

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SMLAPINSKI 1/19/2013 11:10AM

    I would encourage you to check out a website with methods for naturally regulating your blood sugar. Hope this link works for you correctly. I am giving you a link with search results of articles I found. Blessings!!

http://search.me
rcola.com/search/pages/Results.
aspx?k=treatments for regulating blood sugar


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DMEYER4 1/19/2013 11:07AM

  congrats on your sugar levels. keep up the good work

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The Thug Look

Friday, January 18, 2013

My pants are starting to slip. I've been wearing a pair that was too tight for me for a few years, but they are moving downwards now, too. My students are looking at me funny; they probably think I'm getting into the thug look, lol! I have to dig deeper into the closet for tighter pants!

  
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SCHNOOTIE 1/19/2013 12:32PM

    Or you could always get nice underwear, lol. That way it won't offend anyones eyeballs :) JUUUUUST kidding. Congratulations on your success!

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UWHK8STER 1/18/2013 10:53PM

    If that's your only problem in the classroom, I think you're doing a great job. Keep up the work and you might have to go buy new clothes here before too much longer!

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ALWAYSROSY 1/18/2013 7:39PM

    This is a GREAT problem to have! emoticon

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