What about exercise?

I’m pretty busy lately. I’ve organized some stuff about my studies. This is my last year at the university so I have to figure out what kind of a final project would I like to make. That’s actually a lot tougher than I thought. And so I’ve thought a lot lately about how could I improve  my health, and how to feel better.

I have found a very nice dietitian and fitness instructor and she provided me with some training exercises. The key is to do them every day, 5-6 times a week. What she explained in the beginning of the videos is that a person should do the program every morning before breakfast, on an empty stomach. I’ve tried that, but somehow it doesn’t work always for me.

There are times where my blood sugar is in the 70-80s range after getting up and I really am afraid of working out with these values. So I spoke to her and she suggested to make the exercises before dinner. Of course, this has its negatives sites too.

For example, I don’t like to eat too late in the evening, and if I come back let’s say around 19, I normally need some time to rest before the workout. The program takes about 40-50 min and after that I need a shower, so let’s say another 20 min. And it’s already 20:20 when I start cooking dinner. I tent not to eat too much at dinner, but still it’s too late.

So…I know I have to deal with it. But does anybody has a nice everyday workout routine?

I’ll be more than happy to hear it and to have some advice on that!

Thanks a lot!!!! :)))))

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It’s been a while since my last post. I know, but I was so busy and couldn’t manage to take a sit even for a minute. Nevertheless I am more than happy because of my blood sugar readings. It’s incredible how the stable blood glucose makes you happy, energetic and gives you the wish to go on.

I’ve worked for a month and a half now and on Wednesday is my last day. I’ve got plenty of stuff to do, but most of the time it didn’t bother me that much. Most likely because the alternative was to stay at home and to do nothing. The weather wasn’t that nice and my boyfriend worked all the time. So to make some extra hours at the office was actually not so bad. I’ve joined a fitness and after work visited some courses. For the first time I went to a course called “zumba”, which is one of the most energizing courses I’ve ever done. It’s a mix between latin dances, aerobics, reggae… The fun part is that you dance all the time on a nice music, have not to think that much and just enjoy the class. It’s like a party where you dance without a break. Of course my heart was beating so fast because of all the jumping and the dancing, but it felt so nice….:) and after the training when you read a number of 91 mg/dl on your meter the feeling of excitement.

I’m planning now my holidays and have no patience to start packing. I can not remember when was the last time I could enjoy my holiday – for already 3 years I had no real vacation. There was always something and I couldn’t make it to the beach. Actually I’m a bit concerned about how would it be with the pump and the beach. Will everyone notice it? Would it be comfortable for me to wear it? I’m pretty nervous about that.

The other thing that  bothers me is the eating part. We’re planning to go camping for several days. The place is really beautiful and wild. I always wanted to go there, but till now there was no time for it. We have to take some food with us and I’m not really sure what exactly should I buy. One of the main problems is that I’m guessing the weather will be like 35 C, which is really hot – so I have to pick up stuff that could stay on that temperature. If somebody has some ideas, I would be more than happy to hear them..:)

I have one more question – when I go for a swim and take off my pump should I change every time the needle? Or I could just put the safety cap and go swimming? What about the salt in the water and the band-aid of the infusion set?

So, back to my duties..today is cleaning and washing day…:)

I wish everyone a very nice and sunny Sunday.

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I’ve always considered myself as a happy person. In my school years I was always full of energy and enthusiastic about everything – no matter what no matter how.

Sometimes I find myself in some sort of moods where nothing seems to have a meaning and everything is so grey and I see no light, no colors, nothing. And I prefer to stay alone and not to get out which makes it even worse.

I’m asking myself why? Is it because of diabetes or is it because I’m getting older? Is there a connection between diabetes and depression? Do we become depressed because we have diabetes or do we have diabetes because we are depressed?

A hard part for me has been the weight that I have gained. Before the diagnoses I’ve always been slim. I’ve danced ballet for 12 years and that gave me a wonderful ballerina body. I was always self-conscious and now after gaining this extra weight sometimes I get very upset. It is hard enough to keep it all in control without diabetes. The hardest part of it is that I remember how thin and gracious  I used to be and when I look in the mirror now I cannot find the ballerina anymore. I see her eyes, I hear her heart beating every time she listens music and I can feel her wish to start dancing again – to be as light and tender as a snowflake in the winter.

Another thing which bothers me is when my blood glucose levels are going nuts instead of all my efforts. Sometimes this really could kill your wish for doing everything right. I’ve noticed that my blood sugar journals are complete only when my blood sugar is stable and the results are nice. If there are elevated numbers I’ve simply don’t want to see them displayed on the meter and try to erase them from my mind. It has to be actually just the opposite way but for me it doesn’t. I’m proud of myself when my results are nice and I’m really ashamed if they aren’t.

I’m not sure if diabetes causes depression. Perhaps it contributes and makes it deeper. I’ve always been hard on myself and wanted always to be the best – no matter what I was doing.  There is no difference now. Additionally I have to deal with diabetes and try to be the best example for diabetes control. Not because somebody will control me, but because I want to feel comfortable with myself and because this is who I am.

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Today is a beautiful sunny Sunday! I’m planning to have a log day out since the weather is just lovely. But there is one big BUT. Yesterday I’ve joined tudiabetes and now cannot leave my laptop. It’s so addictive to read all the posts there and everybody is so welcoming and friendly! I’m love with it!

The group actively promotes positive and proactive actions to stay healthy while living with diabetes. It’s such a great opportunity to get access to  far more information and resource than any particular person and you could learn about so much stuff.  And you can find opinions and positions that are not like yours and it’s OK to disagree. It’s just great!

I’m trying to read most of the topics in the forums. It’s just impossible in one day to do it. It’s so surprising  to see the answers on questions which you wanted to ask before and then you forgot or there was nobody who could answer them. The best thing is that there is no stupid question and no wrong answer and you are free to ask everything you like or to write your comment based on your own experience.

I love it!

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Today it’s all about possibilities. There’s something I’ve found while doing nothing at home. It’s  a prototype device from Medtronic and Ford that helps drivers track blood sugar levels.  Here is the article I’ve read.

The main idea is:

“Using Bluetooth connectivity, the system links the automaker’s popular in-car infotainment system, called Sync, to a Medtronic continuous glucose monitor. If a driver’s glucose levels are too low, an alert sounds or a signal appears on a dashboard screen.”

I’m not very sure that I get it properly. If you have an CGM and properly working insulin  pump, then why would you need another beeping? Not only that your pump will vibrate, but also you will get it displayed!!! Ok, I do understand that it is a safeguard, but I don’t think I would ever want to have it in my car.

I have to admit that the idea of connecting the diabetes devices to some other electronics is actually very nice. If there is a way to reduce the amount of all that stuff I need to carry around I would be very happy. It also would be nice to have an App for transferring the results from the glucose meter or the pump to my phone so I could have a daily view.  I know I could get pretty nice statistics and detailed information from CareLink, but I’m too lazy to upload every evening my pump readings.

But as we all know there’s a lot of research and someday we’ll get there!

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After the rainy weekend I’m so glad to see the sun shining again. It’s so much fun when it’s warm and everybody is walking around with summer clothes and summer spirit. This could be very dangerous when there is plenty of work to be done and stuff that you must learn.

And especially when you get some board games like Antimonopoly as a gift. I hope on Friday I could play it with some friends, drinking the home made wine of my mom. Which actually tastes so gut!!!  Wouldn’t it be a very nice ending of the busy week?

Yesterday one of my teachers introduced us to the last assignment for the semester. We’ll have to do a 40sec opening theme of CSI Vienna. 🙂 We have to choose one of the  The Who’s songs  from CSI Miami, CSI NY or CSI Las Vegas. I’m so excited. I do not know how exactly it should look like, but I have to figure it out as soon as possible. I’ll have to think who of my friends I would have to  take as actor and what exactly they should be doing. It’s sounds like fun, but I know it’s going to take a lot of time.

For now I’m only sure that I would take the opening song of CSI Las Vegas Who you are.

“Who are you?
Who, who, who, who? ”



I’m walking the whole day around with this chorus in my head. It makes my feet dance when I’m writing this.

So…I have to go back to my duties… hope that soon some fresh ideas will come to my mind..:)

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It’s been an amazing week! I’m so happy that I was part of the Diabetes Blog Week.

Although I’ve been reading a lot of blogs, I’ve never imagined how many diabetes bloggers are out there.
It was so great to see how the daily topic inspired so many and brought such a bright palette of opinions and posts.

I just can’t express with words how happy am I about this community and the support and the inspiration. It’s just amazing how you are connected with people that you’ve never met in person but they know stuff about you that perhaps not even your friends know.

I’ve learned that writing on a daily basis helps me to be more organized about my daily schedule and to be more accurate about my diabetes.

Thank you!

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I’m so glad to write about what excites me about diabetes! Not that I’m thankful that I got it, but I try to find a way to stay on the bright side of life!

From the first moment I was diagnosed I started to read many books and tried to understand what was happening to me. And from that moment I began to realize how amazing and complex the human body is and that there is perhaps nothing more perfectly functioning . There are millions of processes which are going on and we could hardly imagine how it is possible. Every system is composed of other smaller systems. Organs are composed of tissues, tissues – of cells, cells – of organelles, organelles – of molecules, and so on. Although each system has its own function they all work together. It is really amazing how the human body is engineered. It takes care of every small movement, every mimic, every thought. There аrе no two humans who are exactly alike in external and internal anatomy. And I always think how amazing is all that! And I only have to deal with some stupid diabetes and not properly working pancreas and have complains about it???? How stupid am I and how great the human body is!!!

Isn’t it amazing how you could read what’s going on in your body through your blood sugar levels. If you have an infection, if you are ill, if you are stressed – then you’ll probably have unusual levels. And if there are unexplainable values – they are unexplainable for us, not for our bodies. Everything has its reason! But we don’t know it. Our body does.

I’ve experienced several times high blood sugar levels that at first made no sense to me at all. After that I realized there was an exact reason for all of them. Listen to your body, it tells you everything. In its own language.

I don’t know if there is something that my body tried to tell me with that diabetes. I’m still looking for the answer.

And after all living with diabetes isn’t all bad. You take more care of yourself, watch your food intake and exercise. You get to know many others related somehow to diabetes – mothers, father, friends. You realize who loves you because of who you are. You start to appreciate all the small things. You change your way of thinking. You start to help others with whatever you could do – information, supplies, your own experience. You learn so many new stuff. I’ve started cooking! I’ve started even blogging. 🙂

We’re much stronger than many other people. What doesn’t kill us – makes us stronger!

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Today is all about the things I hate about diabetes! After sometime carrying it around,  I’ve started getting  used to most of the inconveniences diabetes comes with. After all, without smiling at them and having a positive attitude I would be constantly sad, perhaps depressed and not able to take better care of it and myself. Although I’m trying not to think  about all that stuff it will never be gone and I could never erase it from my mind. Diabetes is just evil. Actually one old native name for diabetes is “pissing evil”.  Ha-ha-ha. There’s the list of  my top 10 things, which can really piss me off sometimes:

1. Hate lows! Hate lows! Hate lows! Every time I get one, I’m so scared how low will it get. I hate the feeling of being weak.

2. Having to stop what am doing to check my blood sugar levels..:(

3. Hate to see bad results when I’m doing everything right.

4. Hate to be dependent on anything at all, in this case insulin

5. Hate that it strikes at any age, taking no care what happens afterwards

6. Hate to think about all the complications that could happen

7. Hate to think about my blood sugar all the time

8. Hate that the skin on my  fingers is rough from all the testing

9.  Hate having to explain why I dont eat this and why I dont drink that

10.  Hate having  to see that pity look when you tell people you have diabetes

… I believe I could name some more things I really hate. But if I continue to think like that I’ll get in one of these moods when you are asking yourself: “Why me?”  “Am I so bad?” and so on …  In reality you have to be optimistic and to believe that only good things will happen to you and someday you will get rid of diabetes!

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