It’s been a while since I last posted. I was busy towards the end of the year with work and then took a much needed vacation during the holidays. My husband and I took this time off to stay home together. We visited different coffee shops and just did a lot of walking around playing Pokémon Go. It was fun and a much needed break for the both of us. It was also nice to get to spend more quantity time together as sometimes we get so busy and caught up in our schedules that we feel we barely get to see each other at times.
This time off also gave me the opportunity to reflect on my goals for my type 1 diabetes management in the new year. This post a is a bit late to the party as we’re already two weeks into 2017. However, I decided I should post it anyway so I can hold myself accountable and look back at it later in the year. Short and sweet, here are my goals and a short summary of how I am already working towards them:
- Continue exploring the potential of my Omnipod for Diabetes Management
I started on the Omnipod insulin pump almost two weeks ago. So far, we have been working on tweaking basals and insulin to carb ratios for different times of the day and I think we have a pretty good starting point for settings now after some trial and error. However, it is up to me now to keep tweaking and make my numbers even tighter as I know tighter numbers make me feel better. I feel I still don’t know enough about some of its features like extended boluses and whatnot to see if I can use these to experiment with different foods, especially when dining out. So far, I have definitely been making use of temporary basals for exercise, when I see I am starting to go low, etc, but need to explore its other features a little bit more. Will have to do some more research on this.
2. Lift Heavy Weights to Build Lean Muscle Mass
This is a goal I have been working on since being diagnosed towards the end of 2015. For a while though, I have been feeling that I was at the point where I needed to take it to the next level and start lifting heavy weights. I have been doing too much cardio and not lifting weights that are heavy enough. While cardio has an immediate effect on blood glucose levels for a day or so after doing it, developing muscle is what will help better manage blood glucose levels in the long run. Therefore, I joined a gym where I have been working with personal trainers to help me reach my goal of building more lean muscle mass. Will make another post on this discussing how it has been going.
3. Meditation and not letting diabetes affect my mood
My mood and emotions are extremely affected by blood sugars. Although I have pretty tight control of my blood sugar levels with an A1C of 5.8%, I am very sensitive to the ups and downs of blood sugar rises and falls. The ups cause me an immediate feeling of anxiety (especially when the rise is rapid) while going low or dropping too quickly causes me feelings of depression and fear. I try to keep myself as flat as possible as that is when I feel great. However, as anyone with this disease knows, you can do everything the same way every single day and you may not get the same result day in and day out. I have to train myself to just let it go on those days that are not going well and cause me to feel crummy. I am hoping meditation can help teach me to calm my mind during these moments of stress. I feel my mind probably makes the situation 10x worse and amplifies my feelings of un-wellness.
That’s it for my 2017 goals. I am working hard on my goals already and hope that when I look back at this in a year I can say that I have made progress on each of them. Here’s hoping to a good 2017!