Now it has been about 6 weeks since I started my exercise program. I have lost about 6.5 pounds so far. I am going to the gym about 4-5 times a week. Typically doing cardio and weights. I am a little more focused on the cardio right now. I want to try and get under 200 pounds. I am at around 211 right now. I have gotten frustrated at how long it is taking to lose the weight.
I have gone in and tried different elliptical machines this week to see which one I like the most. I tried two of the new machines. Our gym recently purchases several new machines. I think the one I started with so far is still my favorite. I like it because it has a smooth motion to it and it is solid, so I don't feel like I am going to fall off it or tip the thing over.
This is ending my third week of exercise. I have gone to the gym about 5 times this week either to do weights or cardio. The big change that I have seen is that I have more energy. I actually look forward to going to the gym after work. I don't feel like I just want to take a nap all the time. I did have a bad day last week when my blood sugar just would not come down. It stayed around 300 most of the day. I'm not sure what was happening there.
This morning my blood sugar was 100, The mornings before that were Friday 104, Thursday 75, Wednesday 72, Tuesday 89, Monday 104, 164 on Sunday. I have split the Lantus that I was taking to 16 in the morning and 16 in the evening before bed. If I have a problem time it appears to be in the evening and that is why the Lantus was split. Also, I was dropping in the middle of the night quite often. Overall, I am taking 8 less units a day of Lantus since starting to exercise.
Overall, feeling better is great, but I would like to lose weight also and that doesn't appear to be happening. Maybe a pound or two, but not much more than that. I have to try and be patient which is difficult for me since I am not good at waiting.
Along with switching to a new regular insulin, now I have switched to using Lantus twice a day instead of once. I am using around 12 units before bed and 12 in the morning. This morning I had a 109, the day before it was 101, the day before that fasting blood sugar was 122. That is a lot better than I was doing. I was waking up around 150 or more a few weeks ago.
I worked out hard yesterday with the weights. I was a little afraid I would drop too low and not be able to test since I realized when I got to the gym that I had only one test strip left. Maybe I shouldn't be that paranoid, but I have been taking my meter in with me to the gym just in case and checking before and after I work out. It seems I can drop as much as 80 points due to exercise. It also seems to help me stay more even throughout the day.
Plan on going back to gym today to work out with elliptical machine.
This is my first blog on this forum. For the last two weeks or so, I have really been trying harder to get my numbers under better control. I think once I admitted to myself that I am scared to death of going too low, I was able to deal with that fear. I've seen my son, who has Type 1, pass out once and come close to passing out two other times. It makes me afraid that it would happen to me, especially if I was the only adult home at the time.
But, to back up for a second, I have been diagnosed with diabetes Type 2 since September 2001. I am now 43 years old. At first, I was just doing metformin and diet and exercise and that lasted about 6 months. For the last two years or so I have been on insulin. I use Lantus and Humalog and that has recently switched around some also due to my now exercising. We joined the YMCA about a week ago and I have gone about 4 times this last week. I have had more energy this week, but energy has been a problem for years. My last A1C was a 9.8 which is horrible.
Since starting to eat better and exercise, I have stepped down on the Lantus to only 28 units from the high of 38. I have been thinking that perhaps I will change things up to where I am giving half of the Lantus at night and half during the morning. I have been having to get up in the middle of the night and the suggestions was made on this forum that I half it, which I think is a pretty good idea. I hate having to get up in the middle of the night all shaky from being low.
I am hoping if things continue to improve that I will be able to get off the insulin entirely, but not sure if that will happen or not. I have been neglecting taking care of myself for the last four years and focused on my career and everyone else except myself. I am at the heaviest I have ever been which is 216 pounds. When I graduated college I was around 190 and that was a pretty good weight for me. I am certain I would have less of a problem with my diabetes if I get my weight down. I am mainly doing the elliptical machine at the gym or the treadmill, but also doing some weight training.
Anyway, that's my story. Thanks for reading. . .comments welcome.