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My Decision

Posted Apr 11 2011 12:00am
I feel like I'm blogging next to a waterfall... for some reason our tap water is coming out slightly darker than water should be, so I'm letting the kitchen sink run and hoping the problem goes away! I use a Brita anyway, but I don't want to be drinking dirty water even if it is filtered.

Last night after getting back to my normal schedule, everything went exceptionally well. My bedtime snack was a kiwi (I eat the skin too!) and two whole wheat crackers with homemade nut butter. My bedtime level was 115, 3 am was 125 and 6:30 am was 98

Last night while I was making dinner, I mixed together this morning's breakfast.
Ingredients:1/3 cup oat bran2/3 banana2/3 cup water1/3 cup low-fat KefirT chia seedsT peanut flour (mixed with a little peanut butter)coconut

Hang on- I'm going to run check the water!
Still darker than normal.
After breakfast while I did homework, my sensor alarmed to tell me I was high (once I reach 175 my sensor alerts me). I wasn't worried about my level, but I decided to do 20 minutes of yoga, so I did the beginning of a yoga DVD I have. It may have been a coincidence, but I was in the 90's an hour later, then 71 before lunch. It never ceases to amaze me that non-cardio activities like yoga can lower my blood sugars. Cool!
For lunch I mixed up a big Green Monster.
Ingredients:1/2 banana1 cup plain almond milk1/4 cup oats (to thicken the smoothie)two handfuls spinach1/2 T ground flaxseed
Topping:Ancient Grains granola
I ate my smoothie out of a bowl and had a slice of my new low carb multigrain bread from Great Harvest with Sunbutter.
We had a tornado warning today, so I stayed inside to study, exercise and do laundry this afternoon. After lunch (and a half bolus), I did Jillian's Six Week Six Pack video. Still. so. hard. A little while later, I did the rest of the yoga video I had started in the morning.
For my afternoon snack I had a few roasted unsalted cashews and an apple. I forgot to snap a picture!
My sensor came out this morning, so I put in a new one today. Everything looked fine with it, but every single time I tried to connect the sensor my pump would tell me there was a sensor error. After trying four times, I finally pulled it out. Sorry if you're queasy! It had blood in the tube. That tube should be clear. I just inserted another one, so I'm waiting a little while before connecting it and trying again. I have a good feeling this one'll work.
For dinner I roasted the rest of the vegetables from yesterday's Kroger trip. I made a base of spinach and added brussel sprouts, okra, onions, sweet potato rounds, avocado and organic ketchup. Finger foods on the side- cherry tomatoes and Mary's Gone Crackers (herb flavored).
And now, I'll explain the title of today's post. You may be wondering what decision I'm so vaguely referring to. Well, today I came to a decision about something I want to change in my life. I want to work to eliminate low blood sugars from my everyday routine. Now clearly seeing as I am a Type 1 diabetic, I won't be able to eliminate lows from my life entirely, but I'm going to do my best to make them a much less often occurrence.

My lows are pretty much all exercise-related or either an overreaction to a correction for a high. The changes I'll be making to try to reduce my low blood sugars are threefold.

1. Lower several basal rates (by .05- I'm starting very conservatively)2. Lower my correction factor; I've been needing to do this; since switching to Apidra I've noticed that my corrections for highs are causing me to drop way too quickly3. Incorporate more forms of exercise other than intense cardio (namely I want to do more walking, swimming, yoga, weight-training, etc.)
For a long time I had the mindset that low blood sugars come with good control, because when you generally run in the 80's and 90's, you'll clearly drop into the lows more often than someone who consistently runs in the 150's. However, I'm going to try harder to get rid of these lows that plague me almost daily.
Question to any diabetics: How often do you go low? What do you do to prevent lows during/after exercise?

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