By Flustrated Latest Reply 2012-07-12 14:41:20 -0500
Started 2011-08-10 12:47:32 -0500

I'm giving myself a push to excercise again. I have been just walking with my dog and know that is not enough. Now I picked up working with light weights. No heavy ones yet. To me 25 lbs is heavy. I'm really started light. How do you get yourself excercising?

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crazeknot 2012-07-12 14:41:20 -0500 Report

I try 2 excierise every day. I start early in the morning. I like 2 swim,ride bikes take long walks on the beach.Then when I can't walk on the beach,because I've got 2 teach a small group of kids in gardening. I going out clear some weed & pick the ripe vegies & flowers. That's how I exercise the most. Even doing housecleaning is a form of exercise. I also have a good diet site that keeps the motivation going. Sparks People.com, maybe U heard of it. Give it a try & see if that gets U started in exercising & on a good diet. Wish U the best!!! Linda

gadgetgirl007 2012-06-02 16:55:35 -0500 Report

Finding a work out partner is helpful. If you aren't in the mood they can encourage you to exercise and vice versa, if they aren't in the mood you can encourage them.

Mpwife99 2012-06-02 08:53:00 -0500 Report

I just started working out again about a month ago and I have a personal trainer at the gym on base and I love it.. I feel fantastic now… I do 30 minutes on the weight machines with 30 min of Cardio after and I do that 3 to 4 times a week and then I will do either 2 days of cardio or just 1 day.. I work out 5 days a week… Last October2011 when I was diagnosed with being diabetic I was 260 lbs and I couldn't walk from my house to my car without becoming winded and now I am 130 lbs and I can walk and run without being winded…

old biker
old biker 2012-06-02 09:10:51 -0500 Report

Well done!!!!!!!You have turned a negative into a positive

Mpwife99 2012-06-02 23:52:08 -0500 Report

Thanks, I have at that… I didn't want to end up on insulin or dead… My doctor says she should have me come in and talk to all her diabetic patients and I'm a good inspiration..

old biker
old biker 2012-06-03 05:07:19 -0500 Report

That's great..Give it a try,inspiring others is a great way you keep yourself motivated and focused on your own goals..Much luck in your journey of life

tabby9146 2011-08-13 10:44:09 -0500 Report

I have some fun DVDs, I walk fast on the treadmill, but I have to do other things or I get bored. I love my exercise ball, or stability ball, they always call it, has a DVD with it. In late Fall, and spring I love to walk outside a couple of miles most days. All I needed was to be told I had diabetes, scared me to death, and that was all I needed to keep exercising. Once I returned to exercise, I was reminded of all of the great benefits. Once you get used to it, you might feel tired afterward for a while, then comes that great burst of energy that can last a long time.

Type1Lou 2011-08-13 08:23:29 -0500 Report

A friend and I started walking 4 times a week. Since she's taller than I am, I have to walk faster to keep up. We do about 2.5 to 3 miles in 40 to 50 minutes and work up a sweat. The time goes by fast because we chat as we walk…so much better than walking alone. It really helps lower by BG too. Good friend-time, good BG, healthy activity…what a deal! (Your dog will probably be healthier because of it too!)

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-08-12 14:02:58 -0500 Report

I'm starting yoga again. I burn fat so fast it's scares my docs when I get active. For me to lose weight all I gotta do is wake up my muscles. Losing weight as fast as I do is dangerous though and that's why I chose to do things like yoga. I tend to lose weight, but not as fast. I have stretch marks from when I lost weight last time because my skin, as young as it is, wasn't given time to adjust to the lost weight.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-12 09:00:12 -0500 Report

I also enjoy walking. I prefer to do it in a more serine & outdoor setting. I have a couple trails through the woods/swamp near me. Or going up and down the beach. Every now and then I have to bump up my routine. I was going through the same thing a while back. I find when I really push myself and burn that energy I get that awesome endorphine kick and I feel great and I want to do more!!!! Good luck!!

GinnyWho 2011-08-11 15:16:58 -0500 Report

My favorite activity is walking, but I also enjoy pilates-yoga, turbo kick, and the Wii Fit exercises. I like to have a variety of exercises. My numbers didn't begin to get anywhere near normal until I established a regular exercise routine - and I feel a million times better!

tabby9146 2011-08-13 10:46:10 -0500 Report

I plan to get a Wii Fit Plus, got a lot going on right now, need new tires for my car, daughter's b'day, but lately, it's been back to school uniforms and supplies. If I can't get it before Christmas, then that is what I am getting myself this year. I bought myself a good treadmill for christmas, the month after I was diagnosed, in 2008, best thing I ever did for myself.

Flustrated 2011-08-11 15:29:00 -0500 Report

I dumped what I was going to say and I have to start all over. This is a great site to learn and get motivated. Can't remember everything gotta fix supper. Nice meeting you.

Marytea 2011-08-11 08:15:57 -0500 Report

I enjoy mall walking when the weather isn't great. I get there early and do about 2-3 miles. When done I usually treat myself to a diet coke and if bg numbers permit an egg mc muffin. I listen to my ipod and find country music is great for keeping a good pace. LOL

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-11 15:57:44 -0500 Report

The only way I would enjoy mall walking is walking away from it! Thank God I have a wife that hates to shop, especially at a Mall. I am truely blessed!

Type1Lou 2011-08-13 08:27:28 -0500 Report

You and my husband are of the same mind-set! …and quite frankly, when I go shopping, I prefer he stay at home. I live in the Nature Coast area of Florida where any good malls are over an hour away so I/we don't go very often anyway!

Marytea 2011-08-11 16:42:37 -0500 Report

Jim, let me let you in on a little secret, you go to the mall when the stores are closed. Can't shop even if you want to. LOL I don't like shopping either.

happytazmania 2011-08-11 00:14:55 -0500 Report

Im type 2. I want to adopt a dog for the walking part. I need a partner and thats a dog! haha. I cant find anybody to walk with me. :(

granniesophie 2011-08-11 06:50:42 -0500 Report

If you have an ASPCA, shelter or some kind of dog pound nearby, and you volunteer there, you could just volunteer to walk a dog. Any dog, they will just love it! They love for people to come and walk the dogs. That way you get exercise and they get the dogs walked, and you have fun!!

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-08-10 18:17:27 -0500 Report

I just read that a combination of aerobics like walking and working out with weights is a very good approach for people with diabetes. So, I think you are on the right track! I walk my dog daily-30 minutes and trying to work up to 45. My dog's sad eyes are what motivates me-haha!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-11 16:50:46 -0500 Report

My neighbor's dog, a cockier spaniel (who thinks he is our dog) has the eyes that can make you do anything. when he joins us for our walk, he always brings a ball and expects us to continuously throw it each time he returns it, and we do!

Flustrated 2011-08-10 19:45:12 -0500 Report

You must have a bassett. They give you a guilt trip. She only last so long and I find all kind of work I have to do. But I know I have to really get involved in something. thanks

granniesophie 2011-08-11 06:52:05 -0500 Report

The other thing sadder than one set of Basset eyes is 2 sets of Basset eyes! And the thing is, they really aren't sad, they just want your food!

eristar 2011-08-11 07:06:33 -0500 Report

Ah, yes - try THREE sets of those sad, bassety eyes! (at the moment I have my own houndie plus two fosters.) And Flustrated, I have been meaning to ask you about your avatar - love your Basset picture! :)

eristar 2011-08-11 16:50:39 -0500 Report

Nope - WI - just know them from other basset rescues and Facebook. My own rescue (yep, I own it - grin - ) is Basset Buddies Rescue. The one in Wisconsin, not Texas!

Flustrated 2011-08-11 15:10:40 -0500 Report

Wow! My bother-in-law is in Mesa and sometime in Feb. we plan to visit him. I better not come home with a Bassett. He's in a nursing home. My daughter has 3 rescue dogs already and we would hav to get out of our home. We have Association.

MoeGig 2011-08-10 17:49:09 -0500 Report

Exercise is very important for a bunch of reasons. I run on the treadmill 3-4 times per week for two reasons…first to exercise my heart (get heart rate up from a triple bypass 10 years ago) and second, exercise your feet…keep those small arteries pumping/clear. One of my doctors and a couple podiatrists told me that as a Type 1 diabetic (that I've been for 46 years), you can help avoid complications in your feet by running…it encourages the creation of additional arteriols (small arteries) in your feet to keep the oxygen flowing there…thus avoiding amputations, neuropathy, etc. If I don't feel like going to the gym, I only think of this, and I'm on my way…do not want this problem.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-10 16:28:34 -0500 Report

hello friend…just keep trying…thats half the battle !!!!you win this battle , then celebrate !…go on to the next ! wars of any kind, are won by sticking to the battle plan…and planning the next move…concentrate on this one battle…and you'll do great…
with R.A. crippling my feet…i am limited in walking long distances…i fall very easy ! but…over a day , dude , my dog , and i make several walks a part of my day ! since he came into my life…i am doing the walks everyday…he's great motivation ! he looks up , with those huge ,brown eyes ! saying ,okay mom…gotta take a potty run…and while he's getting his needs taken care of…having him ,has helped take care of me !so…i put on my M.P.3 player , music is a must , for my walks…and off we go…good luck…you will get there !! brenda

Flustrated 2011-08-10 19:52:40 -0500 Report

My dog determines the pace. When I worked I did a mile a day for one of those job health related things and I was the only one in my department who did it. I sweat like a pig and when I finished my last day they gave me a bottle of gatarade. I had a ball. I felt like I ran the marathon. Now I just have to get my own butt going with no cheers. That's ok reading DC we all do it.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-08-10 16:16:32 -0500 Report

I either walk or bike each day, at about 3 miles right now. Not sure what I going to do when winter hits?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 16:45:46 -0500 Report

You could try and do what I did last February. A triple twist, double lux, with some language I do not usually use in mid spin. The 2 point landing is what hurt. Next time i will try and have ice skates on. The shoulder, tailbone, and lower back are still not back to my pre-Olympic debut, or should I say, debacle!

granniesophie 2011-08-11 06:54:27 -0500 Report

Used to do that in Montana all the time! Now in Arizona winter is prime walking weather-the issue is the summers! I don't know if yiu can consider exersise runiing from one air conditioned place to another, or can you??

MewElla 2011-08-11 08:06:16 -0500 Report

Because TX is incrediably hot, I do my walking in the airconditioning stores, like Lowes, around and up and down ea aisle, about 4-5 trips a visit, and another store..have my pedometer clicking off my steps and when I hit 5 miles I AM DONE..I do this every morning, makes me feel better, kind of like a runner's high I am told.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-10 16:33:12 -0500 Report

hey there…try what i do…our church is in the neighborhood…4 blocks away…in bad weather…we ladies meet , with or without our dogs…and head to the multi purpose building…no carpet…but indoors, safe even at night…and lots of time to chat and catch up, as we walk !!those who bring their 4 legged motivation, as i do , bring an old towel..in case , theres a potty break needed …we can clean the little puppy paws , before bringing them back in the building !

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 12:54:37 -0500 Report

I get out of bed ever morning, so far!

granniesophie 2011-08-10 13:04:02 -0500 Report

Always a plus!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 13:12:42 -0500 Report

Somedays, like today, it was not easy. Did something to my back yesterday, took Oxycotin last night, slept well, but it effects seem to hang on for the next day. At least my back is not killing me each step. this getting old isn't for sissies.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 13:01:18 -0500 Report

Oh, i guess there is more. Honestly, I need to wait for cooler weather, unless I can find someone to follow me around carrying the 100 pounds of water that I will need. I do a bunch of walking on the job here at camp, but it is low level for the most part. In September I start walking to the chapel and the gym. The chapel walk isn't bad, but the hill to the gym is steep enough that it is one that is described as walking uphill both ways. In the cooler days I walk to and from the Barn. Definitely a work out as the gym is halfway on this hill. Real energetic, i walk down the one road and up the other. Now how can I do this at "work"? I pick up the trash along the way, which keeps the camp looking good.
then on the weekends we take the dogs for a walk (figure of speech) through the woods. My wife and I walk about 2 miles each way, doing the hills as we choose. The dogs run free and do 5 miles each way, checking on the slow pokes every now and then.

Flustrated 2011-08-10 15:51:07 -0500 Report

You really do a lot. I let my dog walk me but it's no 2 miles. It's a 1/2 mile and she is done. That's why I have to start extra excercises. The dog wants her way and I wind up pulling her in line. That's 45 lbs I have to pull back. Does that count has excercise? lol

granniesophie 2011-08-10 17:18:32 -0500 Report

How about 2 hounds who each want to go their own way around a tree and Mom is in the middle. They just don't get that Mom can't go through the tree and one of them just has to give! Talk about exersisng muscles-what a hassle pulling one or the other of them back around the tree, and then they look at you with those big Basset eyes like they did nothing wrong and you just gotta laugh!!
Tried a connector, and they both tried to kill me wrapping themselves around me in different directions!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 16:51:28 -0500 Report

Heck, 1/2 mile with 2 dogs that love to run is just not enough. Our are both about 50 pounds and always ready for a walk. We live in an unpopulated area so they run free all day, but if you say, "Do you want to go for a walk?" They are ready to go.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-10 16:37:42 -0500 Report


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-11 12:29:49 -0500 Report

You think it is easy counting carbs? A serving of XXX cereal which has, say, 38 grams of carbs. You are hungry, so you consume 1 5/6 of a serving. Plus you add milk with 17 grams of carbs. Now this is a healthy cereal, and it has 11 grams of fiber per serving. How many carb servings have you consumed? Of course, you have to subtract the # of carbs that your brain used to compute this answer! And subtract the amount of negative carbs that the fiber contributes. You will never eat again! :) Oh, I almost forget, you either have to multiply or divide by pi (no, not pie, but pi!)

Flustrated 2011-08-11 14:59:23 -0500 Report

OMG! No wonder my doctor send me to the nutiricianist and diabetic educator,but still for me to calculate would make me a calculist. Sometimes I feel if they don't know there is a test to take and more money for us beside a new medicine to add.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-11 15:52:24 -0500 Report

Actually, its not that bad. Usually for cereal the serving size is in 1/4 cups. So if it's 1/2 cup serving, and you take a cup, you just double it. So this would be 38 + 38+ 17 for the milk, for a total of 83 grams. Then you divide by 15, because there are 15 grams of carbs per a carb serving. So this meal would be about 5 1/2 carb servings. I allow myself a maximum of 3 carb servings per meal, so I would not eat this! Now, I know the fiber content of the meal does supposely lower your carb count, but I have not been able to find out how to figure. I just threw the Pi in for fun!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-10 16:26:14 -0500 Report

mY NEIGHBOR HAS A HOUND DOG THAT LOVES TO RUN. (Whoops) He rides in his 4 wheeler and Hercules runs ahead. I followed them one time in my truck and Herc was doing about 35 and was in the lead!

Flustrated 2011-08-10 20:09:21 -0500 Report

Hi ha ha a hound dog is different than a Bassett. We met a man with a hound dog that ate 10 lbs of potatoes in one sitting. Can you imagine all the carbs. They don't care. Yet that speed is unbelieveable. I won't tell you my Speed…lol