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Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Jul 2, 2009 14:40
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  • Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

    I just watched a news clip from ABC (believe it was perhaps Good Morning America) - that was discussing the benefits of walking to lose weight.  That not only does it help offset complications of the heart, but also diabetes, dementia/Alzheimer's.  Even better, you don't have to purchase any expensive equipment to do this or join a club and it's not hard on your joints like some exercises can be. 

    I keep on thinking that maybe the reason why I am still in good health - with having had diabetes for so long - that perhaps it is my love of walking (aka Tip-Toe Through the Tulipcs).  I just love to walk!!  I have friends that tell me that my calf muscles were very athletic looking (more like hard as a rock but I'm not that athletic more like a couch potato most of the time).  I think that it is probably a combination of walking as well as long term diabetics having "firmer" flesh that have made me this way (many doctors over the years have commented on that when examining me).  I also have friends that I think I poop them out because of my joy of walking.  I don't walk fast - as far as I can tell - I just go along with the flow.

    Now, I don't wear any fancy schmancy footwear.  I either wear my rugged Mephisito thong sandals in the summer time - or if I really have to - a pair of running shoes (I hate enclosed shoes).  No foot problems as of yet - touch wood.

    According to the news clip I watched - 10,000 steps a day equals 5 miles.  Easier said then done you are saying to yourself?  Well, walking from your car that is parked further away from the mall entrance, walking up or down stairs (I always seem to forget something downstairs in my house).  It all adds up. 

    If you are lucky enough to be able to walk outside everyday - and this is supposed to be done in 30 minutes - go for it.  Pick a nice route, perhaps that has some nice gardens along the way.  Whatever gets you motivated, such as a friend, a dog that needs a walk, or even a walking club (we have a few here in Montreal that I've heard of).  Come winter time, there is mall walking as well (just window shop DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ).

    As well, check out this website I just found now - called 10,000 steps - The Walking Site it contains alot of valuable information to get you started!

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  • By: dorisjdickson: Jul, 08, 2009 10:56 AM

    Hi Anna,

    Though I know the reality of this is true, I hate walking!  In my twenties, I walked for a purposes - to get from the commuter rail station to work and I walked fast.  Even going out at lunchtime wasn't too bad because it had a purpose and was done at high speed.

    But now, I hate it.  I don't hate it as much if I can take Puglsey out but at 105 pounds and not well trained (by Jeff) he's difficult to take out in this neighborhood.  There are too many other dogs, people and trucks.  He wants to play with all of them and pulls me on my butt.

    Not to mention, walking usually hurts my back - good sneakers or not.  I also have to go through the usual check blood sugar, take meter, take keys, take cell phone (just in case, not to answer it) and take a juice.  Find a place to tuck all of that AND hold onto a 105 pound mastiff/blue tick hound. 

    Unplanned walks - especially those right after a meal in which I already took rapid acting insulin, are a russian roulette game for low blood sugar so the benefits kinda get lost on me.

    It's the unplanned part that's a problem.  When I worked out in a gym, the effort was planned - blood sugar problems minimal.  When I work in the yard, it is normally planned. 

    And for those who want to throw in their comments about adjusting basal insulin - it's not the basal!  My basal rates are low (about 30% of total) so don't normally cause a problem.  It's the food plus rapid acting and guessing how much I'll really need with an unknown amount of activity that's the issue.  It's not the method of infusion.

    So ... all in all, as much as I know how healthy walking is, I find it a huge effort and not a lot of fun.  Sorry.

    feet (1) Alzheimer's (1) dementia (1) exercise (1) walking (1)

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