Being diabetic comes with lot’s of mood swings, at times I felt as if I’m unable to workout because of a list of excuses I would create for myself.
The hardest part about getting into a routine is getting into it. This was something I know would help my diabetes yet I had more excuses not to work out than I did to workout.
Well the problem for me was the longer I would go without working out the more symptoms would get bad. It’s something I really wanted to do but really didn’t want to do.
I decided to motivate myself and this might be different for you but here’s what I did.
I wrote down 10 things that I could improve if I had a steady routine. This was interesting because it’s amazing how many things working out can do for a diabetic. Reduce stress, lose weight, look better, feel better, sleep better, reduce symptoms, look more attractive, builds confidence, test less frequently and live a happier life.
These ten things I thought of have actual value to me, now I had to think of the time it would take. I dedicate a few hours a week to television, probably between 10-15. These 10-15 hours do not help improve any of the things I’ve mentioned above. I decided to change things up a bit, I decided to walk/jog every other day without overworking myself. The 3 hours a week I spend doing this is much better time invested than the time I spend in front of the tv.
By reducing the amount of time I spend watching I was able to change my life. Everyday before my walk/jog I go back to my list and compare what I want to what I have been doing. This inspires me and I hope it will inspire you.
Im a strong believer that every diabetic is different and will need to experiment with different diets, exercises and lifestyle choices in order to reduce diabetic symptoms.
Sugar breaks down differently for every person, when my blood sugars are low I eat fruits rather than candy or refined sugar, to help me get my blood sugar up. The difference is, when I eat fruit it comes with other vital nutrients that help my body in several ways. On the other hand when I was younger I would resort to candy which would give me the sugar I need but overtime worsened my symptoms.
Also candy happens to be way more expensive than fruit. My conclusion is candy costs more and worsens my condition over time. Again, this works for me and I recommend experimenting, but we’re all different and need to respect our bodies.
Only eating fruit sugar was very helpful for me. The next step was exercising, I decided to do light exercising every other day. At first it was a nightmare. Eventually, I’d look forward to my long walk/jog.
Now that my symptoms are much better, I don’t need to test my blood sugar as often, I feel much better all the time and look it as well.
My name is Adam Kennedy and I am a Type 1 diabetic. I was first diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 7. I’ve experienced lots of hardship as well as good times.
Being a type 1 diabetic can be extremely challenging, I’ve been managing and maintaining my blood sugar levels for so long now that it’s part of my day to day routine.
Growing up I was too embarrassed in school to be diabetic, I always figured other kids would find it weird or disturbing if I’d prick my finger to test my blood sugar or have to take a shot of insulin. Being different in school is not usually a good thing.
On this blog I will write more about my experiences and ways I was able to overcome most obstacles that would arise in my day to day.