I was reading blogs this morning and thinking about conversations and experiences I have had this week.
New experiences with my blood sugar drops have been occurring all week. I am certainly not getting upset or anxious about it, but it makes me aware there is something new happening that should be addressed. Frankly, I am choosing to be kind of excited about it. I finished my workout this morning and tested in the locker room … 61. Out came the emergency grape juice, because it was just close enough to make me nervous about the short drive home.
Besides, my sugars have been consistently lower the past several months. I can afford a single can of juice. And I have an appointment with RD this afternoon to help me update my eating to try and avoid this.
But I cannot help being a little pleased as well as concerned. As a type 2 diabetic, I have worried more about the opposite problem and sugar numbers being way too high. It’s a new problem, seemingly more easily resolvable problem to have my blood sugar dropping into too low territory because of exercise. In my mind it means I am working adequately. In my mind it means I am somehow stepping up my intensity.
That thrills me to brand new heights.
If I had time this morning, I probably would have mixed up a protein shake for after my workout. That would have sensibly resolved the issue. But I was running late and we have guests, so things are a little off balance this week. No matter – half a can of grape juice in the car and a pear once I got home and I’m back in overall feeling good business.
One thing I’m absolutely certain of – my body will adjust. I am not working so intensely for such an extended period that I need to worry about fainting or worse. Besides, I am aware of the signs and heed them well before that happens, and in this I can absolutely trust the signals my body is sending (because there are no cookies or anything yummy I would voluntarily eat at the gym). But again, it feels like I have stepped up to a new plateau in the exercise and conditioning my inner systems to accept the new workload. Since my default position has historically one of retreat when things get difficult, I am amazed at my own resolve to charge on forward.
And that, my friends, is a system upgrade that I did not anticipate happening for me.
Lots of other stuff to talk about today in a longer post. However, this ongoing saga with blood sugar this week is exciting and was worthy of its own brief update.
Happy Wednesday everyone!