Friday, August 12, 2011

Exercise and Apple Juice

I need to get serious about exercise. I go through stages where I am so motivated and then drop off. This does not result in better blood sugars long-term or weight loss. The truth is I used to be athletic. "Used" to be athletic. Now, I am a far cry from "in shape" unless the shape we are referring to is...round.

Last night, armed with motivation and a blood sugar of 154 mg/dl, I went to the gym. Not only did I go to the gym, I went to spin. Many of you know spin is an awesome workout; it can be very intense and is a SUPER calorie burn. I felt good, I felt strong, and I felt like I could do this more often.

After class, I got home. 81 mg/dl. Awesome. (Yes, I am a self-talker) Still feeling great, I made veggie soup and continued to reel in a positive self-image of eating right and exercising.

Fast-forward six hours later. I am in a deep sleep, the kind where you don't even move. I wake up clumsily, something doesn't feel right.

I look at my clock, 1:41 am glowing in bright blue.

Close my eyes again.

2:04 am.

More self-talk. Nikki, move. Go check.

2:21 am.

Drenched in sweat, lips are tingly.

I finally realize. I am low. Really low.

So, I say it out loud to no one.

I am low.

Stumble to the kitchen.

38 mg/dl.


Panic sets in. 38! What?

I am alone, I am low. Alone and low – great combination.

Two juice boxes and a granola bar later, I get back into bed. I don't even think about how this blood sugar has racked my body.

This morning, I wake up feeling awful and full.

111 mg/dl.

And so goes my day...such is life.

1 comment:

Daisy said...

Ahh that sucks :( especially after you did so well at your work out!

I alwayssss used to get delayed lows after exercise too, so I spoke to my diabetes nurse about it and she said to make sure I eat some carbs before exercise and to lessen the amount of insulin I give myself if I am going to be excercising. And it worked for me!

I hope you find something that works for you too x