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Glad I planned in advance and had a snack handy!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Walking in the Sarasota area is awesome! My husband and I usually do the beach walk every weekend but today we decided to walk the John Ringling Causeway Walkway. We drive across it every time we head to the beach. The views are spectacular and the sea breeze feels awesome. Didn't seem that long or hard of a walk until we got started! I didn't take into account the pitch of the bridge! The uphill portions of the bridge are a great workout for the legs!

We got a late start to the day thanks to my staying up way too late and sleeping in until 9 a.m. Blood sugar was only 65 mg/dl. Still running to low in the a.m. So we had a nice late breakfast. Wasn't hungry at 1 p.m. and skipped lunch. BAD IDEA! I took my blood sugar, still at 88. That's o.k. So in my mind, I'm thinking, exercise would be o.k.

It only takes 15 minutes to get to Hart's Landing parking lot where we started off across the bridge to Bird Key. Stayed hydrated throughout the walk since it was around 90 degrees. When we got to the little park on Bird Key, I decided to take my blood sugar again just because I had been 88 before the walk. It was 62! We had only walked 20 minutes! I hate having to snack to raise my blood sugar, but this was one time I am glad that I packed some orange juice! I would have never made it back across the bridge if I hadn't.

I checked again once we got back to the car and it was 72. Still not where it should be but since it had been another 20 minutes since the orange juice, I decided that I should eat a granola bar. Again, I hate eating a snack to regulate my blood sugar! I calculated that I burned 165 calories on my 2.7K walk but had to subtract almost half of it because of the snacks.

The moral of the story? Don't skip your meals! Especially if you are a diabetic. Glad I prepared for the worst, because it could have happened today.

Everyone enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe in the hot weather!

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    You should read the sparkpeople article "Carbohydrate Adjustments for Exercisers with Diabetes"


    good job taking a snack! you might want to take along some glucose tablets. They get into your system faster than the granola

    2395 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2011 10:56:43 AM
    Mom, you know how I feel about you and your diabetes. I'm so glad you had orange juice and a granola bar with you. I always worry. But like I said, better low than high. I'm just glad you're doing okay. I'm happy that you made that hike! It's an accomplishment. But you also know how I feel about skipping meals! I eat even if I'm not hungry. After I had established a good routine, my body started getting hungry around the times I made myself eat. I don't know if it would be the same for you, but strict schedule is what worked for me. I love you so much and I am so proud of you!
    2395 days ago
    I am glad you packed your snack and checked your BSLs. Good job! Keep at it. You're safer that way.

    Enjoy your Independence Day weekend! emoticon
    2396 days ago
    Thanks Super3800. Since starting the SparkPeople Diabetes nutrition plan, I have had to watch my sugar like a hawk! I just qualified for a glucose monitoring system, so once I am trained on how to use it I will be a lot more comfortable since it will warn me when my sugar is trending low or high! Can't wait until I get the training started next Wednesday. I have had the sensor for two weeks and want to hook it up so bad!

    Thanks again for your comment!
    2396 days ago
  • SUPER3800
    Great job to check so often, and to have that snack ready!
    2396 days ago
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