Recently I’ve been following Ginger Vieira on Twitter. Originally it was due to the fact we live within a few hours of each other, and she’d commented about the upcoming Montreal Jazz Festival that I'd tweeted about. From there, we connected, and I discovered that she’s not only a Type 1 diabetic like me, but also a power lifter and competed in a few national competitions over the years. Imagine, dead lifting 315 lbs, squatted 265 lbs, and bench-pressing 187 lbs! Serious training and commitment needed for that! Not only does she deal with diabetes, but also with Celiac disease , which means she has to eat a gluten-free diet. Not easy in today’s world of over processed foods!
What is even better, is she is like myself, on MDI (multiple dosage injections) and managing very well with all the exercise she does (I feel lazy compared to what her daily work outs are). She used to be on an insulin pump for 6 years, but after experiencing DKA (diabetic coma due to high blood sugars) – she decided to go back to daily injections – and so far – she has much better control. Like she says, “
She started a mission a few weeks ago to lose 10 pounds by August 15th – you can find her blog here. She put out a call to others to join her and a few of us have – among those are Sarah at Sarah Loses It, as well as Cherise aka Diabetic_Iz_Me who posts once in awhile here at Diabetes1.org and at Diabetes Daily. We all have goals to lose weight and have better control of our diabetes. Mine is to gain more muscle, which in the end will mean better insulin absorption and hopefully more level blood sugars (BG's). Not sure if I can lose 10 lbs in such a short time, but I’ll be happy with whatever I can lose (remember muscle weighs more then fat). It'll just be nice to do it with others that are trying to accomplish similar goals!
So far for myself – I started on Monday, June 7th – my initial weigh in is 152 lb / 69 kg and I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. I try to aim to exercise with BG’s in the 100-200 mg/dl or 5.5-11 mmol/l. Lately I’ve been fighting with BG’s in the a.m. of under 100 mg/dl / 5.5 mmol/l – when I have time to exercise. I’ve managed to tweak my p.m. dose of Levemir to where I’ve woken up to good BG’s – so able to get in some cycling. My food intake hasn’t really changed from before. I try to eat no more then 120 grams of carb a day. Due to another gum surgery, and being “forced” onto antibiotics, my appetite isn’t the greatest. Main thing, I’m trying! I’ll be try to report back on a weekly basis each Monday with updates on how I’m doing.
So, anyone else wanting to join us? Come on Summer Days are coming!!!