Living with Diabetes: Keep on keepin’ on
It’s been a long time since I actually did a “Living with Diabetes” post, and I think it’s time for me to do a decent update – and try to make this a more regular thing. I find it to be a good release, as well as hold myself accountable about things.
In recent months, I have been trying to figure out how my body adjusts to food and such, especially when it comes to my blood readings. I recently wrote about getting my life in order and trying to fix myself.
Since that time, I’ve done decently. I’ve kept track of my readings and I’m moving around more. I’ve slacked at times, too, which I fully expected. The next few weeks at work will be pretty crazy, so I know I’ll be moving around a lot at least.
Still, things have improved for the most part.
If you go back a couple of years, my numbers were so out of whack that I wasn’t sure what the deal was. My A1C had gone through the roof and I was lost and frustrated. But, with exercise, eating better, and medicine, I was able to bring that A1C back down quite low.
Then it bounced back up.
Interestingly enough – or predictably, I should say – it all coincided with a lack of moving around and not eating as well as I should.
Interesting how that works, eh?
Isn’t there a song about how it’s just like starting over?
So for the past month or so, I’ve been trying to get better about all of this. Some crappy weather has made me dial back some of the exercise, but I’ve been trying to move a lot more, that’s for sure. I’ve always been a bit more into watching what I’m eating. Have I been good all the time? No. If I said otherwise, I’d be a liar.
But I need to get out on my bike more. I need to walk more. I need to explore more hiking trails, and geocache, and hide geocaches – all things that would allow me to get out more and move around.
I’m not one of those people who expect things to be perfect overnight. I know it takes work and there will be ups and downs. But I am working toward the greater goal and that’s to be much more healthy.
What have I done?
I’ve definitely gotten more active than I’ve been in the past few months. I try and walk a lot more during the day. I was going on bike rides some and hiking more when the weather went sour again. Things have been getting better, it seems, weather wise, so I’m going to push myself more again. Softball is starting this week (though I’m only playing one time per week now), so that’s an added thing. I also try, when going to baseball games and such, to walk around the stadium as much as I can.
I think, for the most part, my eating habits have gotten better. Do I still sneak some sweets? Sure I do. But I’m more in tune to figuring out what it does to me now.
I’ve also been drinking much more water. I purchased an infuser, which has been amazing for me. It’s helped with my appetite, for sure, and it’s also kept me much more hydrated, which is a good thing. It’s nice to flavor my water naturally using fruits and herbs.
Finally, I’ve been better with taking my readings. I slacked for a bit a few months back and it shows. I now get an idea of what’s happening with me and it is helping as I can see energy levels. There are still times I get highly frustrated, but I know it’s a long journey and I keep plugging along.
I also got into a couple of virtual races. They don’t have a time limit on when you can finish, but when you do, you’ll get a cool medal. I am in a couple right now, so when those are finished, I’m sure I’ll do a review about the service.
What kind of things do I need to do?
One of the biggest things is to be better at keeping a notebook with all of the details.
I was pretty diligent about this for a little while, but then I kind of slacked. My meter syncs with my phone, so I always have my numbers handy, but it doesn’t tell me all the other info – such as what I had been eating etc. And something I’ve noticed when I slack at my notebook – I tend to snack on bad foods more because there’s no accountability.
So how do I fix this? Should I invest in an actual logbook, such as this one? Or, should I get a smaller Moleskine – one I can tuck in my pocket? I’d love to say I could do it all on my phone, but reality is I never will follow through. I use my phone for a lot of things, but I’ve never been able to really keep up with things like logging food and all on it. I wish I could as there are some great apps to help do it (I hear the Apple Health is great on the iPhone, but I’ve only looked at it a few times).
I believe I need to have my blood taken later this week (I have two appointments next week, one with the diabetes educator I see and one with my primary as a checkup, so this is usually something talked about), so I’ll see how things stand in that regard.
And though I think I should be down a few more pounds, the reality is I have lost some weight, so that’s a positive. I need to keep that up as well.
In the end, I think the process is much better than it was a few months ago. I’m watching things much more and now I have to take the next step in this journey.
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