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.
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.
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!
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!
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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