Living with Diabetes: July 2017
Summer is a lot harder than most other months when it comes down to battling diabetes. At least for me.
With baseball games and travel, it tends to get harder to watch things too much. And I won’t lie by saying I’ve been perfect — I haven’t. But I do think I have been better than I have in past summers, that’s for sure.
Part of it is probably that a lot of my baseball has included trips to more local areas — so I know the food at the park or I eat ahead of time, thus being able to eat a little better.
But this post isn’t necessarily about looking back over the past month, rather looking forward.
First, there are a couple of things I think will help me as I keep pushing forward in this battle. One is that I have ordered a new Fitbit. Though I debated sticking with Fitbit (had a few issues) or switching to Garmin, the reality was I like a lot of things about the Fitbit. If this one totally bombs out on me, there’s no doubt which way I would lean in the future. I haven’t had one for a few months and I can see that I haven’t pushed myself as much as I used to. It’s nice to have goals and know you need to reach them.
The second is finally getting a new pair of sneakers ordered. My current ones aren’t in the best of shape, so it’s nice getting something where my feet might feel better.
I’ll have all of this on the upcoming trip, which no doubt will be a test of willpower for me. Starting this Friday, I’m heading out on a whirlwind of a baseball trip where, if all goes well, I’ll see 15 games over 10 days.
What that means, of course, is spending a lot of time inside ballparks. And when I haven’t been to a park before, a hot dog is a must.
And, newsflash, hot dogs aren’t the best for you!
So it comes down to trying to be smart when traveling and that is never easy. There are so many great places where you can eat, or just grabbing quick things along the way to make sure you eat at all.
It’s not easy.
With softball season ending this week just before the trip, I’ll have to find other ways to remain active. It’s probably time to dust off my bike and ride it more and go for more walks. The good thing about many baseball stadiums is that you can walk around the full place. That helps even more when you haven’t been to some of these stadiums, which means you want to do a few laps to see what there is and what is going on. And it gets you some steps while you are at it.
With the summer speeding by, it’s definitely time to keep pushing myself because the winters are tough to remain active — so I need to find some sort of a routine to get into to help me. I don’t want to keep improving, just to take several steps back — that never helps.
My next appointment and blood test isn’t until October and I am hoping everything keeps going in the right direction. I am sure with August’s rendition of this post, I’ll have much more information about how this trip — and a few others — will have gone and how I felt after.
As always, I keep up the fight and look for ways to improve my health, not only physically, but mentally.