Dataphile Type 1 Diabetes Diet: Step 1

DinoPicFitnessSo, I’ve begun the initial earnest stages of “getting fit” (which of course involves all the additional fun stuff that happens when you start getting fit with diabetes).  No, I don’t ever expect to look like the gladiator chick with the T-rex in the picture but I will need to borrow her warrior spirit.

Brief Backstory:  Baby No. 2 (who is now 18 months) was a total surprise!  I’m pretty old to be a new mommy again and also was told I couldn’t have any more kids.   The pregnancy was difficult on my body in many ways, not to mention being Type 1, having Graves Disease, and requiring bucu synthetic hormones to maintain it.  It took me a little over a year postpartum to feel remotely back on track (and finish nursing the babe).  Then the week before this past Christmas I had outpatient surgery (also related to baby No. 2), which I hope was the final step in getting my body more or less regulated again.  Yippee!

MyFitnessPalStep1Now, it’s finally time to lose that baby weight (and hopefully get my A1c back to where it used to be)!  I’ve been tracking my weight and BGs, and keeping a rigid food journal for about three months so that I have a realistic baseline.  Also, while counting carbs is obviously a daily occurrence, I’ve never had occasion to count calories before.  The baseline data really gave me a good idea of where the calories I’m consuming are coming from.  (Note to self:  Yet another variable that I would love to compare long-term via computer algorithm to my BGs to see if there was any correlation between high/low calorie meals or days and BG readings).  I used MyFitnessPal food journaling app and a Fitbit to collect my data.

A week and a half ago I started hitting the gym for regular exercise and cutting out enough calories to supposedly lose 1lb a week.  More on how things are going and how all this is affecting my BGs in future posts : )  Wish me luck!

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Photo-a-Day: Exercise

My Fitbit Flex: A Delightful Surprise

Photo-a-Day: Exercise

Photo-a-Day_exerciseAh, this one hits close to home for me these days.  #babyweight.  Before my last pregnancy (which btw was nothing short of a miracle, as I was told I wouldn’t physically be able to have any more children several years earlier) I was in a really good routine with regular exercise and I enjoyed it (Bonus, I was in great shape too!).  The last pregnancy pretty much rocked my world and my exercise routine hasn’t yet recovered.  I feel guilty about it every day.  For my birthday (later this month,) I asked my husband for a Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale, which he sweetly let me have a couple of weeks early…yay!  In general, I’m really into data tracking and I know once I do head back to the gym, it will be nice to have a record of it.  I’m not setting a deadline for myself or anything…you might say, I’m just starting to get some little extra pieces of motivation in place.

This post is one in a series for the National Diabetes Month of November.  Kerri from initiated the Photo-a-Day idea and prompts and lots of other diabetes bloggers have chosen to follow suite.

My Fitbit Flex: A Delightful Surprise

Just got a new Fitbit Flex.  So far, I’ve only used it for two days, although two days was enough to have me feeling a bit like Wonder Woman with her indestructible wrist cuffs.

Fitbit_Wonder_Woman_cuffsWith logging diabetes data on my OmniPod, CGM, and BG tracking app, why on earth would I want yet another data entry device to worry about?!  Turns out one of the most attractive things about the Fitbit is that it isn’t subject to any of the proprietary B.S. that all my other devices fall victim to when it comes time to actually view the data.  It’s so simple to use that I can see my data with no more hassle than looking at a mobile app or website, it syncs automatically via WiFi, and works across all operating systems and platforms!  It’s open API and integrates with lots of mobile apps, giving it even more functionality.  Bonus: I don’t have to pierce my body to get it on, deal with calibrations, site changes, alarms, or discomfort.  I just wear it like a bracelet and essentially forget about it.  It’s providing me with a sense of freedom in patient generated data (PGD) that I’ve longed for with my diabetes devices.  Because it’s so much easier than what I’m used to, I’m actually motivated to set activity goals and complete them.  What a treat!

Fitbit_gollum_and_ringI know a lot of Fitbit users like to keep in touch via social media and share their data, but something else I really love about the Fitbit is that I don’t have to share.  This is my data and mine alone!  I’m not required to whip it out and share it with physicians at every turn in the road.  I don’t have to scramble to have all my data-entry ducks in a row, only to have my Endo pour over it (in 5 minutes flat!) offering the inevitable praise here and reprimand there.  It’s my Fitbit…my secret…my precious…

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