You know, as much as I write about exercise and know how important it is to my on-going treatment and success, you would think I would joyously get out to do it. Not so much sometimes.
Tonight I found myself going just a bit slower as I was changing. Thinking that it was going to be too late. Hoping it might get too late. Looking for reasons not to get my rear in gear and get some walking done. Thinking about what I might do instead of walking and wondering if it ‘would count.’ (It wouldn’t.)
Do I really have to exercise? do I really have to walk? It is such a pain some days.
Well, for me, my walking or my exercise drops my blood glucose readings about 12 to 15%. Yeah, it really shows when I don’t do it. How does it show up? When I walk, I have morning readings in the low 80’s. If I don’t walk, they are in the mid 90’s. While both numbers aren’t bad, I want the low 80’s in the morning. So, regardless of how I feel, I get out and walk or exercise.
Why do I want the lower numbers? Two reasons. One, I know that Diabetes is not winning and I should not have any of the complications of the disease. And, two, I want to be off of all meds one day – and still enjoy ‘regular’ food.
Look, there was a period of about two months when I did not walk. What happened? My readings went up a bit and my weight went up 7 pounds. Now, I know seven pounds does not sound like a lot, but it’s a major pain to lose those seven pounds. I’m down to about 4 pounds to lose now…it comes on much easier than goes away!
What do I do when I don’t want to walk? I walk – and feel better for it because I know I am doing something to control and manage Diabetes. I am fighting and winning.
And, you can, too.
As always, thank you for reading.