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Cricket 01-09-2019 20:39

Where Are You In Your Journey To Get Better Control of Diabetes?
 
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Although I fully realize the path is never straight, where are you RIGHT NOW, in your journey to get better control of your diabetes?

After diving head first into the abyss at the end of last year, I am back on track with new determination. I am also setting new goals for myself, including finding time to walk every day, even if it is just a walk around the block.

Do you have specific goals to improve your health in 2019?

alamogirl 01-09-2019 20:52

I'm still maintaining my A1C. Periodically, I cheat. But my goal for the new year is to do more cardio. I do a lot of resistance band exercises. I have this fantastic apparatus called the "Chair Gym," and while it raises my heart rate a little, I feel that I need to incorporate more cardio.

itissteve 01-09-2019 21:46

Right now? Buckling down after the holidays. I haven't changed what I eat except for fewer bites of seasonal treats. But what I do for exercise has changed with the seasons.

I want to put my bike on a trainer in the basement but that means rearranging the furniture so I can at least watch TV or read or something or I never will get down there and pedal. Which means I have to negotiate rearranging furniture with my DW because the bike takes a lot of room.

I also would like to start weightlifting, at least informally. My goal is to be able to pick up my older granddaughter (currently 50 pounds); I can do that now without difficulty, but she's not going to get lighter. :biggrin: so I want to keep ahead of that curve. Gotta find some place to lift (the nuts and bolts of getting there, paying for it, etc.)

I just mostly need to get off the couch and get the ball rolling. Maybe writing this here will help.

Cricket 01-09-2019 21:56

For me, I want it to be easier when hiking trails with a lot of inclines.

Infinite 01-10-2019 05:17

I believe my best diabetes control was weight loss. Purchasing a proform threadmill. I exercise after each meal. After getting my weight back to 230 from 320 lbs, regardless what I eat now, my A1c stays in check. I excercised daily, even day's I didn't feel like it, I'd pound the threadmill for 15 minutes, super slow pace. Key was to stay consistent. When I was 320 lbs, I couldn't eat anything without spiking BG's way up there. Even a super tiny meal, kicked BG's to 300,. I could eat sandwich crumbs, have a BG spike, crash and burn, had to take a nap. Once I got my weight under control, I can eat almost anything now, small meals thoughout the day, including ice cream :wink2: Control was the key to my survival.

etherea 01-10-2019 12:40

I'm turning over a new leaf for the New Year (or going back to better habits). I'm going to start walking again--actually started that yesterday--and drinking more water. I've had some blood sugar results as high as 150 in the last week and that SCARES me!

mbuster 01-10-2019 15:00

I would like to continue with intermittent fasting and trying to get more exercise (bike riding specifically). It seems to be helping quite a bit right now but the weather is COOL outside.

If you get a trainer for your bike @itissteve, get a good fan too. I can get pretty sweaty hot with it 68-70 degrees in the house without a good breeze blowing.

itissteve 01-10-2019 15:05

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1315107)
If you get a trainer for your bike @itissteve, get a good fan too.

Thanks, mbuster! I got a fan blowing on the trainer toward the end of last winter when I first set it up. I notice now that I've lost so much weight that I don't run as warm as I used to, but it's still work on the bike and I like having the breeze. It's also one more aspect that makes bike-on-trainer feel more like real bike riding...

mbuster 01-10-2019 15:36

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Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1315109)
Thanks, mbuster! I got a fan blowing on the trainer toward the end of last winter when I first set it up. I notice now that I've lost so much weight that I don't run as warm as I used to, but it's still work on the bike and I like having the breeze. It's also one more aspect that makes bike-on-trainer feel more like real bike riding...

I've borrowed an interactive "smart" trainer. It changes the resistance based on the terrain of the ride you chose. I haven't done it yet, but you can stream a video or what they call a 3D image of the ride to your phone, tablet, or TV. I wish I could afford to buy a good one and a subscription to a streaming service.

itissteve 01-10-2019 15:47

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1315121)
I wish I could afford to buy a good one and a subscription to a streaming service.

Same here. I have yet to experience a trainer that felt like real bike riding, but that probably comes closest.

I know there are people here who ride through the winter but I don't think I can be one of them, so it's disappointing that the road season is so short here.


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