I haven't been swimming in over a week and hope to get back to it today. I've been working madly on my thesis this week trying to get part of it finished before the holidays. I'm hoping to go tonight…

I haven't been swimming in over a week and hope to get back to it today. I've been working madly on my thesis this week trying to get part of it finished before the holidays. I'm hoping to go tonight and hoping it might help my blood sugar a bit!

Lately my blood sugar has been crazy, lots of random highs and lows. Last night I went to bed at 5.7 (103). I went to bed super early (7:30) because I was sooo tired—long week at work! As a result I woke up at 5:30 in the morning. Tested at 14.8 (266). Not sure if I was that high all night or what. So I corrected that and went back to sleep. Woke up at 8:30 at 2.2 (40). So I ate some glucose tablets and had breakfast and was 10.7 (193) after breakfast. Corrected that, but now (before lunch) I'm still 10.8 (194). I really don't understand why one correction will work way too much and the next won't work at all!

I have had lots of days lately where the graph on my meter shows zero readings between the lines. Although yesterday during the day was great, I thought maybe I had it fixed (the previous two days were zero days).

I'm getting an A1c done in the next few weeks and have no idea what it will be (my last one was 7.3%). According to my meter my 90-day average is 8.8 (158) which I think is pretty close to what it was last time, but that is a huge mixture of highs and lows. I've definitely been having more lows the past few months than I've had in the past, so my A1c may be lower just because of that, but that's not really a good thing.

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Comment by acidrock23 on December 2, 2012 at 6:14am

My AM correction boluses are like on steroids and seem to have no trouble blowing my BG down very quickly, like the highs aren't really there. If I wake up early, I'll just use the CGM #, correct and go back to sleep so perhaps there's some type of accuracy error involved but it seems like the DP highs aren't as "toothy" as ones from normal miscounting carbs/ overeating or whatever.

Re exercise, can you squeeze some pushups/ situps into your schedule? I've been doing that for awhile and it seems to be pretty manageable in terms of time, I just crank them out on the kitchen floor while I'm making coffee/ breakfast/ etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0y1xK-LXgo is a really compact ab series (leg lifts and crunchy things, not straight situps though) that I also mix in. I am sort of lazy in that if I do it for like a week, things tighten up, I think "all set" and stop for a week and it loosens back up. It must take you a while to get to the pool and, regardless of the effect of something different (and anaerobic...watch out for that) on your routine, maybe you can get some good feelings out of it while you're finishing your thesis!!

Comment by Jen on December 2, 2012 at 7:52am

It does take me a while to get to the pool, even an hour swim equals about 2.5 to 3 hours in terms of time! I think I need to find something that I can do besides swimming for the times I'm really busy or just don't feel like going and waiting in the nasty rain.

Comment by acidrock23 on December 2, 2012 at 8:22am

That may be the main reason I am not that into swimming. When we moved in 2009, one of the houses we looked at had a *really* awesome pool and I was sort of interested in being able to try swimming easily but the extra labor involved and risks and all that were kind of deterrents so we didn't go that way.

Pushups, on the other hand, you can do just about anywhere. A friend of one of my T1 FB friends, who is a workout monster, had mentioned this book "Convict Conditioning" that has a usefully graduated approach to pushups/ pull-ups/ squats/ leg-raises with the (very, for me...) goal of doing a one armed handstand pushup! It seems crazy but the approach is well-organized and very incremental, starting with pushups on the counter, etc. if you aren't able to do a ton of regular pushups, pullups on the doorframe, incremental squats, etc. I don't do the whole thing (and am willing to accept that I won't reach the "goal" quickly not pushing myself) but the varied approaches to things seem to be a good workout that, for me, has the advantage of being very quick to fit into my schedule while giving me results that are useful in maybe 1/2 hour.

Here's a link to a chart:


Comment by acidrock23 on December 2, 2012 at 8:27am

The other advantages of pushups/ squats are that, while they may seem super-dorky, they are easy to do at home, where we can be as dorky as we want!! Even when I have a teen-ager to be mortified at my antics! Hee hee....

Comment by oaks on December 2, 2012 at 3:05pm

Sounds like you've been swimming for a while and would hate to loose that momentum. I like the info and link acidrock23 gave. I've been using a similar approach. Even dusted off a sports-injury-waiting-to-happen bench my father bought in the 70's. Because it's easiest to fit into a routine I tend to do more anaerobic exercise at home. It's only kinda-dorky, but there aren't any teenagers to heckle me. That being said, hope you get back in the pool.
Cheers to regular exercise.

Comment by Jen on December 2, 2012 at 6:18pm

Yep, I *forced* myself to go ("Hmm, do I stay home and read this good book, or go out in the dark, pouring rain to go swimming?"). It wasn't a very good swim, only swam 1 km and it felt horrible while I was swimming, but I think that's because I haven't been in over a week. According to my fancy swim watch it's actually one of my better swims. I hope to go again on Wednesday, just renewed my monthly pass so that should motivate me more. I think my main deterrent right now is how crazy-busy I've been plus the nasty weather.


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