Autumn never stays long enough and winter arrives too early; this year, winter arrived far too early. Over the past four weeks, I’ve watched the golden trees along my running path discard their red, gold and yellow leaves; I’ve suffered the autumn breeze turn into a blustering frosty wind; I’ve observed the migrating birds fly south. Continue reading
First post-run BG
When I started self-monitoring my blood glucose, I was a zealous tester, testing up to ten times a day. But I tested only for food and not for exercise. Testing for other things meant using more strips, which were not cheap, and pricking more times than my fingers could handle. In addition, I did not consider it necessary because exercise is crucial to controlling diabetes and lowering high post-meal BG level, which I thought meant that exercise automatically gobbled up my BG. But one blood test laid bare my ignorance. Continue reading
Yesterday, I ran my long run along Tama River in preparation for a half-marathon this coming Saturday. In the middle of the run, I heard the approach of a large mass of running steps behind me. Without thinking, I started to step aside to let the runners pass. That involuntary reaction was honed from years of getting out of the way of fast runners.
First attempt at low carb
I tried low carb a few years ago. I ate around 50 grams a day for the first three months. But due to miserable results, I progressively raised the carbs for the next four months until I was eating around 100 grams and had to accept that my trial was not successful.
The results were not all bad, though. I had two good results, namely, I achieved two consecutive A1cs below 5% and my GP considered taking me off meds. But the good results were overshadowed by the not-so-good ones:
The guinea pig
When I was diagnosed in 2007, I had completed my first marathon and I was preparing for my second one. My main concerns were improving my time, keeping injuries at bay, not hitting the wall, and just completing the race. I’ve always been a turtle but one who has ambitions of turning into a hare. The diagnosis threw a monkey wrench into all this because, in addition to performance, I had to start thinking about my blood glucose as well.
How do I train, fuel my runs and maintain energy levels while keeping my blood glucose at an acceptable level?
Smile though your feet are aching. Smile though your legs are cramping. Smile though you’ve just realized that you miscalculated and you actually have three kilometers (not one kilometer) more to go.
After the half-marathon in May, I’ve been running to maintain a decent base but without following a specific “pre-training” program (which sounds like another training program to me). On the weekend, I’ve been setting my timer and not worrying about distance or pace. I’d also been playing games during runs, as I’m sure many runners do. I may decide to speed up or slow down every time I run through the shadows cast by apartment buildings, or from the time I meet someone with a green shirt until I see someone with blue shorts. Sometimes I’ll decide to run up and down each of the many flights of steps and steep paths along Tama River. I’ll be training soon for a November half-marathon so right now I just want to run.
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)
“Where do I start?” This was the first thought that crossed my mind last week when I read the topic for today. There are so many misconceptions, causes and issues about Type 2 diabetes that thinking about them can be disheartening at times. I have such a long list of pet peeves related to Type 2 diabetes that I can be guaranteed to be writing for a very long time. But for some reason, I can’t pick on a particular issue or set of issues to champion for day 1 of Diabetes Blog Week. Hence, I decided to postpone writing and to think about it during my scheduled half-marathon run yesterday. Continue reading
Why I resist the mild versus serious dichotomy
The perception that Type 2 diabetes is mild, or that it can be subdivided into mild and serious, usually misleads doctors, patients and the public into thinking that this so-called mild form does not deserve earnest attention. This has been my experience, almost without exception, with people who comment on diabetes (whether or not they themselves are diabetic, or are in the medical profession who ought to know better). The reactions thrown my way are a variation of Why go through all that trouble for a little bit of diabetes? Continue reading