Tuesday, December 4, 2012

An Apple Is Making ALL the Difference

As you know, I was struggling at the gym two weeks ago trying to figure out a way to prevent the hypos that I kept having.  They were extremely frustrating and were cutting into my workout. A drop in glucose levels can switch your mood and can possibly affect your entire day, so hypos were causing havoc on my Gym Time. I knew something would have to change. Well after a week of trying something different, I am here to report that it is working. And, thank God. 

Want to know what it is?

It's an apple. Fuji apples are my favorite.

I discovered that if I eat an apple before working out that my glucose levels remain around 100.  I've been doing this for a week and I haven't seen anything within the 70s and I'm SUPER EXCITED.  I have even been able to move my cardio from 30 minutes up to 45 minutes.

My old way: 
  1. Check glucose before working out.
  2. If I was less than 100 then I ate something (usually a nutrition bar or some crackers with cheese or tuna)
  3. Workout for 30 minutes and stop to check glucose.
  4. This is when I would usually find a number in the 70s and would treat the low or just end the cardio.

My new way:
  1. Check glucose before working out.
  2. If I am less than 100 then I eat the entire apple, if I am 100-150 then I eat half the apple. (I haven't been above 150 in about a year, so that is why I stopped at 150. Just in case someone else would like to try this.)
  3. Workout for 30 minutes and stop to check glucose.
  4. This is when I've been discovering that I am usually still around 100, so I get back into the cardio routine for another 15 minutes.

Here's my stock pile for this week!  Seven FUJI APPLES to the rescue.

For a reward, I signed up for Nike+ to chart my progress. Once I figure out how to use it, I'll let you know.

2 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad that you found something that works for you!

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