I didn't think I could formally quantify what I would want to say on this topic into a single post. If you read my blog, you know that the entire thing is pretty much an exercise and diabetes blog. So I will try, though even I can't follow the bouncing ball on this post so bear with me.
In a sentence: I LOVE TO EXERCISE
I love pushing myself to my absolute physical and mental limits. I love to sweat. I don't exercise for my diabetes, I exercise for myself and because I love it. Sometimes I think the trouble I go through to manage my blood sugars makes it not worth it. So to answer the question of which came first the diabetes or the exercise? The answer is obviously the exercise. I was in top shape when I was diagnosed at 22.
What do I do? Can I really put this into a short list?
Running, Cycling (on and off road), Rollerblading, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Stair climbing, Spin class, Gym goer, Yoga doer, Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, runningjumpingclimbingtrees.
I rarely do things in the "casual" zone. When I go out for a rollerblade I call it "power blading". When I go to spin class, I'm not satisfied unless there is a big puddle of sweat under my bike. I'm competitive but only with myself.
This often makes it hard to manage my diabetes. I have to be very aggressive with my Temp Basals. I cut them down by -75% at times as well as bumping them up 140% for post exercise highs. When I work out I do it alone because I really only have one way - at my maximum. MY maximum is not that of a highly trained athlete, my maximum is probably in the middle somewhere. The point is that I work hard which means I have to work hard with my diabetes. It has easily taken over 2 years of being on the pump to really get my work outs down to a science. No, they don't always work but I've got a lot of it down.
The thing is, when something doesn't work; I spend so much time trying to figure out why it didn't work and how can I make it work. My physical goals mean far more to me than to let this wretched disease put an end to my fun.
The thing that gets me is how much time I invest in making things work. Hours before to hours after and sometimes days.
Of course I'm going to use the same picture from my last post. I love this picture because I am genuinely happy. It's not often that is captured on film.
I am grateful that exercise is a staple in my life and because I enjoy it so much I rarely have troubles with motivating myself.
So, I love to exercise but I hate diabetes.
This post is my March entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/march-dsma-blog-carnival