2013 has been the greatest year ever for people living with diabetes. With so much new technology in front of us 2014 looks to be even better. Before moving on to the New Year I thought it would be great to look at some of the top diabetes moments of 2013.
I often say that it is a great time to be a diabetic. I still believe that even though I have been having a rough couple of weeks, I feel that I need to yell at myself for being upset with my CGM. It was not to long ago that the thought of CGM brought with it laughter and the "that will never happen" comment. What I have forgotten is that CGM technology is still in its infancy stage, with any technology you are going to have hiccups, it is just a part of life. When I look at CGM technology I cant help but think of the cell phone, They have gone from this to this and to the amazing technology we have today. What I have to remember is that the CGM is the second picture, the technology is better but the CGM can be so much more and will be better in the years to come.
The best part is that I have options when it comes to a CGM. I have written numerous times about my love for Medtronic and the products that they make. They have a new CGM, the Enlite is Medtronics newest CGM and from the reviews I have read the product improves tremendously over the CGM that I have been using the past few years. I'm very comfortable with Medtronics product and familiarity has me leaning towards the Elite but I still want to tryout the newest Dexcom CGM. Dexcom in my opinion is the best CGM on the market, A lot of the people I know use the Dexcom and love everything about it. I have been tempted many time to make the switch but I've always been nervous about having to carry another device with me at all times. I'm running out of pockets, I have my cell phone, wallet and a the Dexcom if I go that route. That leaves me with one free pocket, for someone with sensory issues having to much in my pockets is very annoying. I hate large products in my pocket, I even I have my own key for Leannes car because I hate that she has so many keys and cards on her keychain. The Dexcom receiver is small and thin so I doubt it will cause any problems but it will be taking up another pocket.
I know that complaining about pocket space is very absurd, I honestly need to test drive the Dexcom if I can. I need to step out of my comfort zone and explore other options, tomorrow I will be making a few phone calls and exploring my options. I honestly miss my CGM, I need to fix this problem and get back to checking my pump or Dexcom every five minutes to see my blood sugar!!
After three days and five different CGM sites I have decided to take a short break from the CGM. For so long I had thought I found a secret CGM spot, just below my pant line on my butt. For a couple of years it worked great, my pants would keep the sensor secure and the CGM reading was on target 90% of the time. Now I don't know if my butt is becoming to muscular but every CGM site that I put in results in the tubing getting bent. The worse part is that the CGM works great for about six hours and then something happens and I get the dreaded sensor error message.
I have thought about going to my midsection with the CGM but I can't imagine that working at all. With running and cycling I don't see how the sensor would be effective. I have also thought about going with the CGM on the back of my arms, up near my shoulder. Again I'm not sure how this would work, part of the problem might be that I'm a little stubborn. I don't want to wrap the CGM like a mummy, I'm totally against having to tape down the sensor. I don't know why I'm like this, if my CGM problems go any further however I will have to suck it up and tape myself up like a mummy.
Once again I feel that I need to reach out to my fellow CGM users and ask what works best for them. I hate to be so upset wityh such amazing technology, I want to use it I just need to find what works best for me.
This is not what I expected as the holidays approached, I thought I would have a few ups and downs but nothing like what happened yesterday. Again I'm not sure what happened but I'm not happy about it. I did not take my own advice, I wanted to enjoy the holidays but a few cookies made my blood sugar battle an adventure.
I'm use to taking thirty to thirty-five units of insulin per day. Yesterday I took a staggering 50.25 units of insulin, mentally that is very tough for me to see. I would be a lot more accepting of the fifty units if I had more than two blood sugars below 200 all day. My usual blood sugars of 130 and 100 were replaced with obscure numbers like 276 and even a 304!!! Again that did a number on me mentally. As I went to bed last night I was sad that my blood sugars were so crazy but said to myself "It was Christmas, tomorrow things will get back to normal." This morning with a blood sugar of 150 when I awoke I felt good. That would be the last good number until this afternoon, after two hours of basketball my blood sugar was at 226, I did a quick thirty minute workout before another varsity basketball practice. With a bad migraine and a blood sugar of 237 I headed home for a small lunch and a nap to sleep the migraine off. I took a ridiculous six units of insulin for a sandwich, almonds, and a granola bar. I awoke without a migraine but my blood sugar was at 190!! 190, I should have been at 90. This last reading really has me upset, I don't want to be mad at my diabetes but I can't figure out what is going on. I'm working out and eating the right food and I'm still above 150 most of the time.
I hope that this is just a funk, I'm sick of seeing higher than normal numbers. I want to be low!!! I want to be around 80 and wondering why I can't get my blood sugar above 120. More than likely this is just a small bump in the road, I will continue to take more insulin than normal until my blood sugars are back to normal. I may even tweak my basal rates to get things under control. I know it's only December but I want Spring so I can be out running, biking, and having lower blood sugars.
As I write my last post before a mini Christmas break, I will be back on the 26th, I wanted to say thank you to everyone in the diabetes community. Thank you to everyone that comes to this site and any other diabetes blog on the web. When I write each day I try my best to connect with my readers, I know that if I'm having a problem with my diabetes that someone in the world may have had the same problem or has the same questions. The diabetes family is bigger, stronger and better than it has ever been before. I'm honored to be a part of the diabetes family, yes diabetes may make us upset at times but it is truly a family, when anyone one of us has a problem with diabetes we can ask one of our diabetes family members for help and I love that!!
I love that I get emails and Facebook messages thanking me for helping them with a diabetes problem that they had. I also love sending thank you messages to the members of the community that have helped me so much. The New York City marathon was one of the biggest moments of my entire life, it is right behind getting married. I remember that I had no clue how to run and manage my diabetes, so many people that I have never met gave me ideas of how to run successfully with diabetes. It might be getting old but I can't say thank you enough!!
We have an idea of what is ahead when it comes to diabetes supplies, the future looks very bright. The diabetes technology is going to take off and we will be seeing things in the next year that we had never imagined!! No matter what technologies come our way as diabetics the diabetes community will always be our best resource. Talking to a fellow diabetic will do more for us than any device can ever do, we are family!! I want to again send a very sincere thank you to everyone in the diabetes family, I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a very joyous New Year!!
I'm not sure if I'm crazy or just like a challenge. Starting today and ending Christmas night I don't want to see my blood sugar above 200 at any point!! The challenge will come in controlling my urges to eat cookies and unhealthy foods this years.
For some this sounds like a crazy idea. I want to enjoy my Christmas, I don't want to have to worry that I'm being quite because my blood sugar is low or high. I want to be in my zone and be myself for the holidays. The self discipline will have to be at it's best but I will also need to step up my pump management. Usually if I'm heading to a party I will take four to six units of insulin to cover my meal and any food that I will eat before hand. That plan has not proven to be so successful in the past. This year I plan on taking insulin for everything that I'm going to eat, no more taking insulin and hoping for the best. Another option will be to set a six or eight unit square bolus for two hours. The hope would be that the insulin is working during the entire party and any food that I will eat will be covered. In the past it was just six units at once, I believe the more units and them being stretched out for the entirety of the party could work best.
The holidays are always interesting, I'm still learning but I believe I'm close to solve this mystery. I'd love to hear what others do to mange their diabetes during the holidays. I wish that everyone has a very safe and happy holiday!!
Not having a exercise goal right now is not the best thing for me. I need some kind of goal to be training for, my workouts are just as intense if I was training for an event but I feel that I'm just treading water. I'm a very goal oriented person so if I have no goal I feel like I'm not being productive. With no goal my mind is free to wander while I workout, for those of you that don't know me this is a very bad thing. When my mind is free I have either great or totally random ideas. For example one great idea was building partnerships with New England based sports teams to raise diabetes awareness. This idea became a reality after years of work, at the same time I have had some crazy ideas.
The crazy idea I thought of this week tops all of the ones that I have had before. I will begin with the somewhat crazy idea, I want to tattoo all of the major races that I have done or will do on my arm somewhere. So I would put NYC Marathon 13 on my left bicep, I also want to compete in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb. I would then "These legs climbed Mt. Washington" kind of like this bumper sticker. Enough about my weird ideas concerning tattoos.
While I worked out this week I have been thinking about going the extreme marathon route. What exactly is an extreme marathon? Click Here to get an idea, and yes that is the extreme marathon I have in mind. I have many reasons for this. First and foremost, diabetes, I want to prove that although I may have diabetes I can complete extreme sporting events. I almost lost my life because I didn't take care of my diabetes, that thought is in my mind everyday. I know to many that have lost the battle against diabetes, I hear about the negative side of diabetes more than I hear the great things people do with diabetes. This may sound selfish but I want to complete an ultra marathon so people say "Did you hear about this guy with diabetes that ran almost 200 miles in seven days?!?!" I also know that may never happen, I may compete an ultra marathon and only a small group of people will know but at the end of the day I'm competing in any race for those that have diabetes, I never compete for myself. The second reason I want to run in an ultra marathon is because I love pain!! Yes, I'm weird, I'm well aware of that. For those of you that are immature like me, I don't mean whips and stuff like that. (I don't know why I feel I had to write that but I hope it got a laugh or two) What I really like is being pushed to the limit physically and mentally. Running a marathon is one of the toughest mental challenges I have ever had in my life and I loved it. I love the heat, I love running or biking when it's 90 and the humidity is at 90%. I'm not normal, I love the pain from working out, I love it all!! I love doing all of this and having my blood sugar be below 200, I love doing what people say I can't!!!
The thought of an extreme marathon might be just a dream but with my track record I feel that this dream may become true. With this dream however I might be on my own, Leanne has already shaken her head and wants no part of me being in an extreme marathon. At the end of the day family may win, the pain that she would have for seven days would be to much, not to mention putting my parents and her parents through the same torture. Time will tell and I will continue to push my body to extremes, if that leads me to The Badwater Ultramarathon then I will sit down with the ones I love and form a plan of attack. I have this article on my desk and have a new goal set!! I wouldn't bet against me!!!
I don't know what is going on with my body but I don't like it!! I woke up around 6:30 this morning and felt great, I had a lot of energy and a blood sugar of 74. It couldn't get much better but it could get worse, after my usual two egg and waffle breakfast I was out walking the dog and running to the store, when I returned home I felt "off". When I tested I was at 239, I took two units of insulin and was off to complete some tasks around the house.
An hour later I was laying down on the couch, to be safe I went and tested again, I was at 263. I took another two units of insulin. The weird thing was that I did not feel "off" because of my blood sugar, this was a different feeling. I returned to the couch with some water, an hour later when I woke up from a nap I still felt "off". My blood sugar was at 212 so I felt good about that but decided to only have a bowl of cheerios for lunch. As I began to shower and get ready for practice something clicked and I felt great all of a sudden. My blood sugar was dropping so with the return of my hunger I had some pasta. The new me went to practice and was off the wall, I was running around like crazy and feeling great. I had so much energy and was so upset with the morning that I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill for thirty minutes.
The thought is that maybe I was sluggish this morning because I didn't have much planned, but I wanted to go workout and had plenty to do around the house. Leanne has had the same little bug for the past week but it is one of those functioning bugs. You can get through your day but your just dragging and not yourself. I can deal with that but I get upset when it affects my blood sugar and my day. The hope is that this cold leaves the Noonan house tomorrow, it is not wanted at the house for Christmas. I may even have a chat with our "attack" dog Dusty to see if he can chase the cold away!!
I'm a tad OCD when it comes to my diet. I do my best to have a balanced diet and stay away from sugary soft drinks and candy. I often get yelled at for being to worried about my diet, I will often hear from co-workers and family that "It's ok to eat a slice of pizza or have a brownie" I know that it is but in the back of my head I still believe that I can be a competitive cyclist or runner. For me competitive means finishing in the top three in any race that I enter. I still have dreams of looking like this, that will probably never happen. The real reason I'm so worried about my diet is of course my diabetes but a closed second is that I have a fear of going back to my days of being 230 pounds and not healthy.
To help me watch what I eat I have been using Calorie Count. Calorie Count is a great app that tracks, what you eat, your activity throughout the day and how much water you consume. Calorie Count is my personal favorite but you can find a number of websites or applications by searching for calorie tracker. The apps also come in very handy when you are out to dinner and have no idea what the carbohydrate count is on the food you just ordered. I'm a technology guy so I love to use my phone but for those without a phone can use The Calorie King Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. This book fits in the palm of your hand and has stats for every food you can think of.
It doesn't matter if your a world class athlete or just a normal person worried about the food you eat, a calorie tracking app is a great thing. I don't want to be one that expects my pump to do everything for me but I would love for my pump and the Calorie Count app to communicate. Rather than just knowing the number of carbohydrates I'm about to eat I'd love for my pump to know that I was just on the bike for two hours or that I'm about to eat a huge bowl of pasta. By knowing what food I eat the pump could set either a normal bolus or a dual wave. I know that this technology is just around the corner!! I can't wait!!
For me nothing is worse than having a blood sugar above 250, I get short tempered and become very tired. Sometimes a high blood sugar is caused by a situation beyond our control. This morning I woke with a blood sugar of 88 and was feeling great. I figured I'd do a little bit around the house before heading to the gym for 10am, as the morning went on I started to feel tired and very thirsty. I figured it was my cold but tested to be on the safe side, my blood sugar was at 259 at 9am. I figured I would take 1.5 units of insulin and see what happens.
I hate to toot my own horn but I very rarely have any soreness in my legs during or after a workout. I don't know why but ever since I was a kid my legs don't get sore, this morning my trainer decided to put me through a very intense endurance workout. With fifteen minutes left I felt very thirsty, I figured it was the workout, I downed some Gatorade and headed off to my last exercise. I would have 3 sets of 1 minute on Jacobs Ladder and 3 sets of 20 barbell curls. Going in to the last set of curls my left quad was very sore, I was shocked but still not feeling like myself. I decided to have my post workout snack and then test when I got home. Driving home I could feel that odd dryness in my nose which means I'm very high (over 300). I was at 462 when I got home!!! (This article explains why working out with such a high blood sugar is a terrible idea)
The only reason for this could be a faulty insulin pump site, as I took off my old site I could see a bruise and a bunch of insulin had backed up in the delivery tube. I calmly changed the site and then ran and grabbed my humalog pen and took 12 units of insulin. I'm happy that my trainer didn't win and that my legs are fine, I'm pissed that I didn't change my site sooner. Nothing is more upsetting than have a feeling the site was going bad and putting off changing it until later. A couple hours later everything got back to normal but again I'm pissed that I had a feeling and didn't follow through on it. Tomorrow as I head to the gym on my own I will take out that anger on myself. I have to keep reminding myself that these things happen, my blood sugar wasn't this high for days, it will be ok. Listening to myself will be a lot tougher however, tomorrow is a new day and I can't wait for it.
A few weeks ago a good friend told me about InsuilinIndependence, he said that it was a community full of people with diabetes that love to exercise. I made the mistake of not visiting the website when I was first told about it, I added Insulin Independence on Facebook and Twitter. This morning I saw this tweet while I was checking out their page,
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After seeing that tweet, I thought that is amazing, I need to buy something from amazon and I need to check out the Insulin Independence page. I finally checked out the page this afternoon and I'm very upset that I did not checkout the website sooner!! I have created my profile and have been looking around the website. I'm so impressed with what I have seen on the website in just one afternoon of checking it out. I'm also a bit upset, I wish I was in Philadelphia for the marathon in November to meet some of the amazing Insulin Independence family. The good news is that I will have 2014 to find an event that Insulin Independence is a part of.
Having the Insulin Independence page is great, I always have questions and want to know what other athletes with Type 1 do to mange their blood sugar while racing. I feel like the kid on Christmas that just got this great technological gift!! I want to check it out and be a part of it but I need to look it over and think about what event I would like to do. I know this is a bit early but I have a feeling I will be in Philadelphia next November for the marathon. I can only hope to have an Insulin Independence singlet on while running!!
On a cold and snowy morning it is very tempting to take it easy and maybe take a day off from working out. I'm human, I have those days, I even slept in this morning, it is odd but getting up at 8am upset me this morning. It was 8am, I needed to do my usual blood sugar check and eat breakfast before my day officially began. After that what is it that gets me motivated to go to the gym rather than sit on my butt and watch football all day.
For me I have turned working out in to my diabetes, as everyone knows diabetes is 24/7 365. Everyday you take shots and test your blood sugar, if you ask any diabetic they will say they don't like it but they do it because they have to live. This past year I made working out a part of my diabetes, if I don't do some kind of exercise during the day to me that is like not taking insulin. For some that may be a bit drastic and you are probably right. I'm not writing tonight to talk about how great I am because I workout everyday, I'm writing to let you in to what motivates me.
I'm a very emotional person and someone that loves a great underdog story. Today I needed a Youtube video or a recorded tv show to give me that kick in the butt. I turned to one of my all time favorite motivating speeches given by the great Jim Valvano. Below is his famous speech that was given at the 1993 ESPY awards. That speech gets me every time, he is talking about life and how to enjoy it day in and day out. Just like everyone else Jimmy V had his ups and downs but he never gave up on his dreams and what he believed in. I ask you to take ten minutes to listen to the great speech, you may not enjoy it but I hope that this post or the video gets you to thinking about what motivates you. Find what does motivate you and make available whenever you need a little kick in the butt. No matter what it is in your life keep fighting, you will eventually realize your dreams, it won't be easy but the work you put in to realize your dream makes it that much better!!
“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Jimmy V
Mid December usually brings with it a week long cold, this December is no different. For the past few days I have had a nagging cough and have been stuffed up each morning. I have also felt weak and some of the normal everyday tasks take quite a bit out of me.
This doesn't sound like anything to bad but this minor cold is a good challenge for my diabetes. I have not been eating like I normally do and I have been sleeping a bit more than usual. This make my usual basal rates inefficient, knowing that this is just a small cold I will not make any changes to my basal rates. I have been taking more insulin with my meals and will often take a unit of insulin around 10am and 3pm to avoid higher blood sugars.
Although things have been going as well as they could while I'm under the weather, I'm slightly worried because I did not receive a flu shot this fall. With all of the training I was doing for the marathon I was scared to get a flu shot, after the marathon I knew my body was weak and again opted to not get the flu shot. If my body was weak wouldn't I be more at risk to get sick? Yes but I'm more scared of what is in the flu shot than the flu itself. I'm happy with my choice but a bit worried at the same time, I want no part of the flu. A week of being really sick could be devastating to my race plans for next spring, my hope is that my workouts and healthy eating habits will help me to ward off the flu. Only time will tell but for now I'm focused on getting over this minor cold.
Last night was the season opener for the high school team, as a coach with diabetes that means the game time battle was one of epic proportions. For those that know me this may be hard to believe but I'm a very loud and intense as a coach. Not having a voice this morning is the result, I love my team and I love the game so I become very animated during games.
The high intensity and the stress I put myself through does a number on my diabetes. Yesterday I tried something new, I took five units of insulin an hour before the game. I was nervous that the insulin I took would give me a unnecessary low at halftime but I was banking on the stress to raise my blood sugar during the game. For most of the first half my blood sugar was hovering around the 200 mark, I will take that for every game that we have this year. It helped that the team played great and that I could relax just a little bit. A tough ending would add more stress and do a number on me emotionally, my blood sugar jumped a little bit but nothing to crazy. With twenty minutes before the varsity game I decided not to eat, I figured I would have my dinner after the game. I did not take any insulin for a 214 blood sugar just before the tip, sitting on the bench and having less stress I figured taking any insulin would be a bad idea. I'm glad I didn't take a shot before the game, as the game ended and the gym emptied my blood sugar was at 58 as I sat in the locker room going over the games with the other coaches. A Gatorade and some Skittles (thank Leanne for the emergency low blood sugar helper before the JV game) would allow me to get my blood sugar up before heading home.
I learned a lot last night as a coach and as a diabetic. I will be packing a lunch for every game that we have, not eating between games isn't the best decision. I'm still learning about myself as a diabetic when I coach, the situation will not be the same for every game. I hate to admit it but I think every game is going to be a shot in the dark when it comes to my diabetes. Having the CGM will be great, I will learn from each game and hope to have a set plan of attack before the holidays.
This evening while I was looking at the mail I was surprised to see a letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. I figured it was some sort of bill, what I got amazed me!! The letter below is what I got in the mail, I couldn't help but laugh and say to Leanne "I get this now that I take care of myself?"
The weird thing is that I probably received these letters in the mail for years when I wasn't taking care of myself. The sad thing is that I probably didn't even open them or I opened it saw that it wasn't a bill and put it in the trash. Don't get me wrong I love that I got this letter but how about taking a step further? Obviously Insurance companies have all of our doctor visits in the system, what if someone hasn't gone to the endocrinologist for a year? They get this great letter but like I did in the past they don't read it, why not make a phone call? I know a phone call won't fix everything but I feel a phone call is better than a letter or an email. Lets say another year goes by, now we are at two years with no doctor visit. The insurance company should take the next step which to me would be very drastic, if you don't go see a doctor we will not cover your next prescription. Obviously this could never happen, but something drastic needs to happen so that people are seeing their endocrinologist!! I don't know how I went ten years without seeing one but it bothers me that I did, I don't want anyone to ever do that. We have amazing doctors and supplies, yes this disease sucks at times but we need to do all that we can day in and day out to kick the crap out of diabetes.
At the end of the day our diabetes care comes down to the person with diabetes. We can have insurance companies yell at us for not going to the doctor, we can lose husbands and wives to divorce because we don't take care of ourselves. It should never ever get to that point however, I kind of just went on a rant but in all seriousness a lot of us would rather play candy crush than test our blood sugar. We would rather text our friends or watch Youtube videos about cute puppies. All of that stuff is fun but what is not fun is being in the hospital or even dying because we feel bad for ourselves because we have diabetes. We have people that care and want to help us, if you feel that you do not have that, then click that little envelope on the right side of this page and email me. That is why I write each night, I want to help and this is the best way that I know how.
It has taken a couple of weeks but I believe that I have finally made the transition to winter mode. For the past two weeks I have been taking it easy when it comes to my workouts. I now feel comfortable moving forward, I have tweaked my basal rate from .65 from 9am until noon up to .7. This small change has made a world of difference, I no longer see blood sugars of 190 at 10am I'm now in the 140 range. It's crazy how such a small tweak can help so much.
As always I don't like anything to be easy, now that I have my blood sugars where I want them I will be adding a 6am workout in to my schedule. This will give me a workout at 6am and 6pm on Monday Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and nights I have games I will only workout at 6am. I know that this will cause my blood sugars to be a little crazy but I'm very confident in my control and where my blood sugars have been lately that this move will not cause to many lows.
With the most important part of my workouts covered I can now try to setup a workout plan. I have never really had a workout plan, in the past I would do a lot of cardio and some weight workouts once or twice a week. I never had a detailed plan, all I knew was that I needed to add muscle for the upcoming cycling season. This winter is a bit different, I want to focus on both running and cycling. Again I don't have a plan, I would love to hear from some more experienced cyclists and runners on what you focus on during the winter months. I thank you in advance and can't wait to be in the gym!!
Before I get started I must say that I'm not affiliated with any drug companies or receiving any money from any products that I review or any product that I endorse.
I' often get asked "What are you on?" or "You must be on something, no one can have your energy." and my favorite "No one goes from being forty pounds over weight to being an endurance athlete!!!" The truth is that I have never taken any kind of steroid or anything that is not approved for use in competition. I did not take any supplements until this past summer when I began training for a marathon. Until that point I was using protein from eggs after working out, I would occasionally drink a protein shake or use a Powerbar to help recovery.
In September a good friend of mine introduced me to Advocare. I'm not going to lie, it was a little shady when he gave me the products, we were at a restaurant in Providence and he handed me a brown paper bag with a bunch of supplies in it. After receiving a brief description of each product I was excited to test them out. The next day I used the product Spark by Advocare before I left for work, after being at work for an hour I was told by my boss that I needed to slow down. I had finished a job that should've lasted three hours in just one hour. Spark gave me a nice kick in the butt and I had none of the jitters from high caffeine energy drinks.
I was happy that I had found something to pick me up when I'm dragging a little bit but what about something to help while training. I then tried O2 Gold, this supplement helps facilitate the bodies use of oxygen. This sounds very steroid like, I was very hesitant of using it when I first saw what it did. After I was assured that it was made with all natural products I gave it a try, by using this product I was no longer suffering on hills while running. I even used O2 while I ran the NYC Marathon and had no problems. Finally, for post exercise I was given Rehydrate. I have a very difficult time getting rehydrated after working out. I have been looking for years to find something that helps me rehydrate, Rehydrate is a huge help. If you just take rehydrate and do not drink water water you will not be hydrated!! I used Rehydrate right after running or cycling, I would then walk around with a gallon of water for the rest of the day. By using Rehydrate I had help being able to get hydrated for the next days workout. It will not solve dehydration but Rehydrate is a huge help.
Finally all of these products had no effect on my blood sugar what so ever!! As a diabetic I'm nervous to try a bunch of products that say they help during workouts, usually they contain a bunch of sugar and I have more trouble with my blood sugars than my workouts. By using Advocare I have found products that not only help me while I train but products that won't raise my blood sugar while I train. Again, I'm writing this blog because I believe in Advocare products, I'm not receiving any money for what I write!! Advocare works and I will continue to use it for as long as I keep doing endurance events!!!
No matter how much you plan sometimes you just can't keep your blood sugar where you would like. Last night Leanne and I headed off to a Noonan family gathering. The Noonan family is large bunch that loves to be together and loves to have fun. The last thing I wanted heading up to Worcester for the party was a high blood sugar. What I got was a night of higher than normal blood sugars.
Having the CGM connected was a good idea but I was getting very angry every time I would look at it and see my blood sugar was above 200. I was with great company but with a high blood sugar I couldn't get out of the funk that I was in. Every little thing was getting to me, the noise and number of people had me taking short trips to the bathroom to get a minute to regroup. During this whole process I kept taking insulin to try and get my blood sugar lower. After a small plate of pasta for dinner I started to slowly feel better, I was getting back to my normal fun and easy going self. I was happy to have an hour or so to enjoy the party without having to worry about my blood sugar.
As I said I kept taking insulin to try and get lower, that would eventually catch up to me and cause a low blood sugar when we got home around 10:30. My blood sugar was at 67, I would have to have a bowl of cereal and an english muffin to get my blood sugar up before heading to bed. We all have bad days and it seems that they happen when we need them the least. The holiday season is one of the most difficult seasons. I feel like I'm a pro coach but I will go back to the drawing board and learn
For the most part I'm a very laid back, easy going guy. I feel that I only get truly upset when people are lazy or don't follow directions. I'm sure the people closest to me may laugh when I say that. This week however I have had this very odd anger in me after I leave practice at 5pm. An anger that makes me not want to talk or be around anyone, the littlest noise or silly comment can set me off in this unhappy hour.
At first I thought it was because I had no time to relax when practice got out, I believed that my mind was still in that coaching mode. The odd thing is that my coaching mode is to explain what someone did wrong before I even think of yelling. One day this week I figured that I would go workout after practice so that I could get some of that anger out while I ran or lifted, I had no luck.
My second thought was my blood sugar, the last two nights however I was getting home with a blood sugar close to 140, so that couldn't't be the reason for the bad mood. I then thought it could be because I'm hungry, once I eat dinner and watch a little television I'm back to normal and laughing. For the past two days I had a small snack during practice, this did not change my mood after practice however. Now I'm out of ideas, the only thing I can think to do is to drive around for a little while and try to unwind. I have had moments like this in the past but nothing this consistent, again I'm out of ideas and would welcome any and all suggestions.
The winter months bring some very odd and ridiculous blogs, I apologize in advance. Tonight I would like to talk about candles and cinnamon. I warned you that this blog would be straight out of left field!!
Candles what the heck am I talking about?!? A trip to the local Yankee Candle shop with a giddy 74 blood sugar reading is the blame for this. As Leanne and I did our usual sniff and discuss about each candle I thought aloud what about diabetes scented candles. I often get the "Did you just change your pump site? You smell like band-aids. Boom, that's a candle scent, you could have company over and burn a beautiful insulin scented candle during dinner. You could also burn the beloved insulin pump case scent, for those of us with leather cases for our pumps we would not mind the scent. For now those are the only smells that I could think of but I would welcome other diabetes related scent suggestions.
If anyone is still reading after that last paragraph I thank you, the second topic tonight is about cinnamon. About a month ago my boss was talking to me about this study that he had read. At first I thought this must just work for Type 2, this Sunday my opinion changed when the grocery store was having a buy one get one special on supplements. I grabbed a bottle of green tea capsules and decided to give cinnamon a chance. I have been taking two capsuels every morning with my breakfast. I don't know if it is the hour that I spend at the gym everyday or if it is the cinnamon but I have had lower blood sugars this week. My first blood sugar over 200 came this morning after a stressful morning. Again I don't know if it is the cinnamon or just a good week. I would love to hear from anyone that has tried it and if it worked.
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