When I went to my endo appointment in April, I was really upset with myself. Not just weight, but also just the amount of insulin I was taking and all. Granted, I was also in school and it was around the hardest part of the semester, so mindless eating was my go-to stress reliever.
Now that I’ve taken the summer off and I’m not stressing over a lot of things, not just school, I’m concentrating on my own health. Yes, I still have my normal duties to think of, but I’m working on a routine that I hope I can stick to when school starts back in the fall. When the semester ended at the beginning of May, I took advantage of the new “time off” I had and steered it toward getting active. My dear friend challenged me to a friendly walking competition of walking 50 miles by July 6th (or 5th? I can’t remember.) I have to say, I bucked it at first. There was just no way. It was getting hot here already and I don’t have a gym membership to be able to use a treadmill, so I didn’t think it was possible. But, I had 2 months to complete it, so that would mean I could just do things slow and steady – maybe 1 mile a day… not to bad, huh?
Today, a month and a few days in, I’m at 46 miles of my 50. I’ve not lost a lot of weight (about 3 pounds I think… It’s hard to know with the swelling that comes and goes). Just this past weekend? Friday night I walked 3 miles, and Saturday I walked 6 (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening). That’s 9 miles within 36 hours. I NEVER would have dreamed of being able to do that in April or even in the beginning of May (granted, I needed a lot of IcyHot that night on my calves!).
Disclaimer: AS ALWAYS, YOUR DIABETES MAY VARY!
But, where I was missing the point, was in my own diabetes care. It wasn’t until yesterday when I looked at my pump and thought, “You know, it’s been a while since I changed my cartridge.” Sure enough, I had changed it last Wednesday. That was 6 days off of one cartridge that I usually get 3-4 days out of. I checked my total daily dose averages for 7 days, and it shocked me.
My TDD of insulin when I had gone to my endo back in April was around 45-46u per day. Yesterday? It was 29.38. That’s freakin’ awesome. Granted, I also use MyFitnessPal, and even just tracking food helped to bring it down an average of 10u from what my records show, but adding in the exercise brought it down even more.
I’m not saying that this is how it will work for you, but I have my own experience as well as I know others who have told me of how making little changes helps to reduce your insulin needs, and it’s true. Granted, I know I will never be off of insulin completely – that’s just a given with being Type 1, but doing things to help implement a healthier lifestyle through food choices and exercise goes a loooong way to feeling better, at least. If not doing it for ANY other reason, just feeling better is a huge payoff for the hard work (of course, don’t ask me how “good” I actually feel in the morning when I can’t move my legs… hoping that will pass soon!)
This morning, I had the awesome satisfaction of filling my insulin pump with just about 100u, not my normal 150u. It felt good. I felt like for once, I had accomplished something very cool. Even though the scale isn’t moving as fast as I’d like, I’m loving the other benefits I’m seeing. I’m making progress, and that’s all that matters.
(And, I’m thinking of making this thing a monthly goal of 50 miles….Am I crazy???)