Good morning. I haven't seen any discussions on exercise and wanted to see how exercise effects your diabetes. I was diagnosed with diabetes in May of this year and personally was very angry. Mostly with myself because I was prediabetic for years and did nothing to change so I should not have been surprised when I was diagnosed. Especially since many members of my family have diabetes. I was told by many people that when you are first diagnosed you take pills for a bit and then move on to insulin. Not me, I was diagnosed on a Thursday and had to start with insulin and a pill, the following Monday. So now, I find out everyone is different and medications work differently for for us which is not really a surprise.
I am a veteran so I am treated through the local VA Medical Center. I went to the education classes and was assigned a clinical pharmacist to care for my medication needs. I talked to her weekly for the first 6-8 weeks and now I speak to her monthly or when I need renewals. I was told at the education classes that if you lose weight that there is a possibility of going off meds.
So, my goal as of May of 2014 is to be off diabetes medication my June of 2015 by eating correctly and exercising.
I started riding my bicycle 3 miles a day which was all I could do when I started. I now get up every morning, check my blood and see what my numbers are. If they are in the 80's, I have a 1/2 of a banana or a 1/2 cup of blueberries before I take off on my ride. If they are in the 90's I don't worry about it and get ready to take off. I ride between 11-15 miles in about 60-90 minutes depending on my route. I have a carry all on my bike with my cell phone, water and glucose tablets in case I need them. So far, I have not needed them. On my return home, I have breakfast which consists on a cup of green tea and two slices of peanut butter toast which is about 40 carbs. I usually wave to my grandsons on their way to school and read for an hour before I do a 30 minute video work out with Jillian Michaels.
I watch my carbs and usually keep them between 40 -50 per meal for breakfast & lunch. I have a light lunch of a sandwich in pita bread or leftovers from the night before. As for what I drink, it is water. I love to drink ice water with a squeeze of lemon, lime or Mio (many flavors). I haven't had a soda since I was diagnosed mostly because it is way too sweet. Once in awhile I have unsweetened tea with lemon. For dinner, I have between 40 - 70 carbs and then a snack around 9:00 pm of green tea with 2 slices of graham crackers or I have an apple sliced up with some cheddar cheese.
I log everything I eat and drink as well as the exercise I do, totals of carbs per meal/day, and my glucose levels. This way, if they are up a bit I know why. I have found out that while I can go out to eat that some places are just not good for me such as Mexican food, pizza and Long John Silvers. I can eat at these places but I have to decide ahead of my time to eat something and stick to it and that is difficult for me.
I reviewed a few of my days and found that I'm keeping my carbs down and checked out my calories which are averaging 2000 calories a day. I checked a website and figured that for the exercise that I do, that I need to eat about 2700 calories a day. This is for an active person which I am especially since I also watch my three grandsons each afternoon. When they are not doing homework, we are playing soccer in the front yard, going for a bike ride or swimming in the back yard. According to my calculations, I should be losing about 1.5 lbs a week but I'm not, Instead of 6 lbs a month, I am losing 3. My clinical pharmacist says that the insulin I'm taking is probably effecting my weight loss a bit but if I keep up the exercise that I will eventually lose no matter what.
I'm wondering, if anyone else is having an issue regarding their medications and exercise? I am not comfortable adding more exercise or less food because while I do want to lose weight, more importantly I want to be fit not skeletal.
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