Thursday, October 3, 2013

It's all about the numbers

Back at the first of the year when I was considering my "One Word" one of the things that I decided was that I needed to be more faithful in dealing with my health. I am an overweight, middle aged diabetic, I really needed to be more faithful about my diet and exercise. Uh Huh.....That worked for all of 5 minutes. I have 0 staying power when it comes to this aspect of my life. I have been really fortunate in the years since I was diagnosed that my diabetes has remained fairly stable. No major swings in my levels, no major health concerns arising from it. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't be vigilante.

So, with this new month and the return of my focus on Faithfulness I decided to get really proactive. I have an app on my smartphone that tracks my steps per day and allows me to add additional exercise. It also tracks my calorie intake. I started using it. And I started walking more, adding extra steps into my daily routine. I also started eating smaller meals more often throughout the day and more closely monitoring my blood sugar. And it is working. My blood sugar is staying lower over the course of the day. In fact, last night it was almost too low. After having a fairly high calorie and carb dinner of homemade pepperoni pizza I was walking in my bedroom (this is what you do when you can't afford a gym membership or a treadmill) when I started feeling light headed and dizzy. When I checked my blood sugar, it was 87. Now, for a "normal" person this is a great number. For me, this is low. And my body doesn't like low. I am crazy sensitive to anything outside of my usual normal range of 100-140. End result of this 87? I had to stop the exercise (which naturally lowers blood sugar) and eat a small serving of ice cream (not a real hardship) which brought my numbers up to 106. End result, I did not reach my step goal I had set for myself, but this morning my blood sugar is right back in my normal range at 134.

Really the whole incident is just frustrating! I am trying to do the right thing here, I really need my body to cooperate! It is so hard for me to do this, to be so aware of my diet and exercise. I would much rather just ignore it, to eat what I want and sit here in front of this computer, rather than getting up and moving. But I know I can't do that. With diabetes you have to stay aware. The complications of ignoring it tend to creep up on you and by the time you realize it, it is too late to reverse the process. So, I will stick with it. I will be faithful. One day at a time.


I suppose this is a rather odd post for a faith based blog. But I do have a strong belief that God wants me to be faithful in all things. The practical, physical things as well as the spiritual. He care about more than just my soul. Yes, it is his primary focus, my heart and my soul. But he gave me this human body, it is designed by his hand. So, I think it is safe to assume he would like for me to take better care of his gift. Don't you? 

1 comment:

  1. I am glad you are feeling better. My SIL was born with diabetes and it has always been part of her life, and when she was on a date with my brother (first time I met her) it happened to her in the restaurant. It was scary even for a witness. She really is vigilant, and still has episodes. She it thin and even runs marathons. But sometimes, she just has to stop, and just be and have juice or fruit or something. For her, they recommended a pump, and it made all the difference. Not sure if that would work for you, but thought I would share that. Now, for me, I am 47, overweight,and need to exercise too. Sitting at reception all day, and on my butt for 4 hrs commuting and then I want to stamp...see, no movement. Thanks for inspiring me to even walk around the house! Any movement would be better for me!


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