Monday, February 28, 2011

Attack! - Update

Hubby and I have made a goal.  On Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, and Saturday, we will go to the Y to work out together.  We both have medical conditions that make daily exercise an important need in our lives.  (High blood pressure for him, diabetes for me.)  So far so good!  We worked out last week according to our schedule, even on Saturday when I *really* wanted to sleep in.  My fasting glucose levels have been back into the 120s.  Not yet where I want them, but much better.

As a side-effect, though, I've been very tired.  This happened before when I started working out on a regular basis until my body got used to it.  On Saturday night, I was wanting to go to bed at 7 pm.  I told myself I'd try to make it until at least 8:30 pm.  At 8:45 pm, I finally gave in and went to sleep.  It's 8:30 pm right now and I'd really like to go to bed.  I didn't work out today, but I really did work.  Substitute teaching in a four year old Pre-K classroom then working at Y in the nursery.  Both very satisfying jobs, but not leaving a lot left at the end of the day. 

What type of exercise do you like?  I heard it said once that the best type of exercise for a diabetic is whatever he/she will do.  If you enjoy walking, that's for you.  If you enjoy swimming, do that.  I enjoy walking on the treadmill or track.  I also enjoy water aerobics.  However, I don't enjoy the stationary bike.  Do what you enjoy and the benefits will show!

Monday, February 21, 2011


This morning, I was reading online about someone's morning fasting reading.  Her reading was 88 mg/dL.
  Awesome!  That inspired me to check my fasting glucose.  140 mg/dL.  Hmm, not so good.  Yes, for some that's a good reading.  However, as I've mentioned many times, my goal is non-diabetic numbers.  I want my fasting under 100 mg/dL. 

Thankfully I've been able to keep my weight under control with my diet.  It's been pretty steady, only fluctuating a couple pounds now and then. Overall I have been happy with my weight.  However, my glucose levels haven't been to my liking.  Yes, I know for many Type 2s, my numbers would probably be ok.  Most of the time my glucose levels are "acceptable."  However, they're not where I want them.  What's missing?  Exercise!

Since I started substitute teaching (which is basically a full-time job), I have not had the time... scratch that... made the time to exercise.  Yes, I walk a lot, going from one side of the school to another, but I haven't kept up with a good exercise plan.  Hubby and I talked this weekend and we have a plan.  Tuesdays and Thursdays we'll work out as soon as he gets off work as well as Saturday mornings before our family really gets moving.  Our schedules for Mondays and Wednesdays really don't match to work out together, so those two days we'll do our own thing.  Sundays are a day of rest, though we do like going for walks if the weather cooperates.

Today is President's Day.  My children have the day off from school today.  My plan?  Take hubby to work, drop off #3 for her Girl Scout day trip, then head to the gym.  The treadmill and I have a date this morning. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sick again

It's that time of year. Time for three snow days in a week.  Time for sniffles.  Time for crazy glucose levels.

On Monday night, I sneezed about five or six times in a row.  While that might be normal for some, for me that usually is followed by one doozy of a cold.  This time was no different.  Tuesday afternoon I woke up with the sniffles.  Not that big of a deal.  I subbed with an eye on where the boxes of tissue were at all times.  By the time I got home, I was done.  Around 7pm I took my temperature.  100.0 - Yup, I was officially sick. My glucose level was 195, but that probably has something to do with the pizza we had for dinner more than being sick. At 7:30 I put on my pj's and attempted to read in bed.  At 8pm I gave up and laid my head onto my pillow. 

I was out for the night, barely able to open my eyes when my husband came in complaining about a child who fell asleep on the stairs and had an accident.  Barely able to open my eyes when he came in the room to get his shoes and coat to take our the garbage.  Something he also wasn't happy about since that's one of the kids' chores.  This morning I apologized that I didn't get up and help, but I couldn't even muster up a response last night to offer help.  He of course told me that he wasn't upset with me nor did he expect my help.  He knew I was sick.  (Have I mentioned lately how awesome he is?)

This morning I was feeling better, though looking very much like Rudolph with a shiny, red nose.  My temperature had gone down, enough to make me "school legal" as we call it here, but feeling the need to take it easy.  I did get a call to sub today for the same person as yesterday, but I declined.  I need a day to get better so I don't get worse.  Luckily they were able to find someone else. 

Time for lunch now.  I wonder if I'll be able to sneak in a nap before picking up the kids.