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5/11/09 2:23 P

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I let life get in the way and stopped after 20 minutes of running, so I never finished it but I know I could have had I kept trying.
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5/11/09 3:31 A

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Hey Superduper-

Thanks for the suggestion. I just looked it up on sparkpeople and I am going to start tomorrow! I've always wanted to be able to run long distances, but can never make it, this will make it easier since it's a gradual upgrade.
I'm actually excited and my boyfriend said he will do it with me, which is even more motivating :)

So, have you done the couch to 5k?

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5/10/09 3:13 P

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Hello both Citrus and Mandy,
Have you heard of the Couch to 5K (C25K) program? It sounds like that's mostly already what you're doing, but its pretty fantastic (I say hypocritically because I didn't finish it) and slowly works you up to running approximately 5K, which for most of us is about 30 minutes. I totally recommend it, especially if you like organization and tracking and all that stuff, lol, its a totally organized tried and tested way to work yourself up to running 30 minutes at a time. There's half a dozen sparkteams for it, if you're interested, or just google it.
I decided a while back that its okay not to be excited and working your hardest ALL the time, because any day that you are going to track and counts and record and all that stuff is better than no days, so even you are only all gung-ho for 3 days at a pop, that's better than never (3 seems to be my limit anyway, at least for tracking obsessively).
You're not alone here, that's for sure!

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/8/09 4:53 P

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I do a few different things for exercise. I walk my dog daily and we jog sometimes. I try to go to the gym a few times a week and usually use the bike, elliptical or rowing machine.
I also have a wii fit, which I use a lot and I also go running sometimes.

My exercise really alternates, depending on the day. haha

I'm still trying to figure out the low blood sugar thing too. It's frustrating.

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CITRUSVITAMIN's Photo CITRUSVITAMIN Posts: 29
5/8/09 10:20 A

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Well i do 3o minutes total exercise, running for about 12 minutes, 10 minutes straight is the longest i have gone for. She didnt tell me to run for a specified amount of time. But i think i will keep it at 30 minutes. I want to run for 30 min straight one day. My blood sugar drops too each time so i have been trying different things, i keep juice and granola bars on me and drink a juice box when i get on the track before i run, i may start eating right before as well (without bolusing). My sugar is low for about 12 hours afterwards but i am trying to find a basal rate that works with that. I also dont go alone. My fiance comes along, sometimes he runs sometimes he just sits at the park.
What do you do for exercise?
I started running about 5 weeks ago and when i started, it was pathetic. I could only run (and by run i mean jog slowly) for like 45 seconds and i felt like my chest was gonna explode. Go super slow, do 60 seconds jogging then 2 or 3 minutes walking and repeat. Work your way up to 2 minutes jogging then 1 minute walking.

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/8/09 12:34 A

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How long did she recommend you run for a day? I've been trying to start running, but I only make it a few mins without dying and have to walk to rest of the way.

I notice whenever I run I get really low blood sugar afterwards :(

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CITRUSVITAMIN's Photo CITRUSVITAMIN Posts: 29
5/7/09 8:45 P

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So i went to the Endo today. She said she wants me to keep up this running thing 3 x a week and work on my basal rates. My A1C is 8.2. I have to see her in 3 weeks. I ran today for total of 12 minutes and speed walked for 30 minutes. i wanna be able to run for 30 minutes straight! i can barely think about strength exercises right now.
My endo said i am one of those diabetics that does really well with strict routine. i sort of thought that that was what all diabetics needed to get normal sugars.

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CITRUSVITAMIN's Photo CITRUSVITAMIN Posts: 29
5/7/09 11:15 A

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Thanks for the replies ladies. Mandy that program is called WinGlucofacts, you can look it up on the Ascensia website, if you have their glucometer than it is free. they will even send you a free one i think. i am from Canada so I'm not sure if it is the same in the states. I'm down for working hard together! Gotta go and eat some breakfast now. Talk to you soon! :)

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5/7/09 7:11 A

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Girls you are what I like to call born again diabetics,its great and anytime you take control of this disease your helping yourself avoid complications and other problems,keep trucking and working at it Being diabetic for 25 years Im turning 50 this year I know how frustrating and just plain pain in the arse this disease can be.

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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
5/7/09 2:04 A

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I totally know what you mean! It's sooo easy to fall off track with diabetes and just not care. I've been diabetic for 19 years now (I'm 23) and i've never really had good control. My A1C is a 8, but I know it's not good enough. It seems like nothing is ever good enough when it comes to diabetes.

Good luck with the new leaf! I am on a new one myself... started last night! I have trouble motivating myself to workout and eat healthy.

What is the program called that tracks your blood sugar? Sounds interesting. I would like to have something like that!

I'm going to try hard with you!

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CITRUSVITAMIN's Photo CITRUSVITAMIN Posts: 29
5/6/09 11:56 P

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I am hoping i can keep with it this time. I am 26 and have had diabetes since 2000, so almost 10 years. I was on MDI until last spring when i started on the pump, My AiC was 11 before and was down to 7.5 four months after. I worked really hard most of that summer (no exersing) to keep my sugars good but began to lose control about 6 months ago. I recently got software that shows me different analysis of my blood sugars and i had a rude awakening. Although they are better than before the pump, they are really not good. This was 2 weeks ago.
Since then i have decided to exercise and try to lose weight, gain more energy, lower sugars, decrease insulin, not get complications and make sure i am healthy enough to have a baby in 5 years or so.
I like this website because i have an insane craving for organizing and tracking sometimes. With diabetes that craving fizzes out easy though. I feel encouraged and discouraged reading the posts in here. Sometimes the reality of diabetes is so crappy, it makes you not want to do anything, like whats the point, however that is not my attitude any more, starting 3 days ago.
i am sorry it is so long it just felt easy to say things in a way that i knew fellow diabetics understand. Even though my fiance is super great and supportive, it is not totally the same.

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