The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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A 6:30 min mile {lies}

Today was the return of morning runs outside.
After last weeks rough treadmill session plus the fall like weather it seemed like a must.
After a few snooze button attacks I woke up 90 which is perfect but my body felt low.
Mind over matter. 
The perfect am pre-run blood sugar, I just had to trust myself…and fight every urge to go for some gummies or glucose tablets.
I loaded up on some layers – probably too many but I get super cranky in the cold & mixed with pre-coffee crankiness that just didn’t seem smart.
Right from the start the run felt good, light and strong – a reminder of what it’s all about. At first runkeeper told me I was running an 8+ minute mile and I thought no way! but I was on a runners high so I just went with it.
And than it told me I was busting out 5 minute miles and covering 4 miles.
Lies. All lies. 

But I just kept the momentum figuring I was either breaking records or giving it my all.

It ended up only be 2.5 miles (I was aiming for 3 but it’s been so long that I forgot how far I needed to go to reach it). I could have kept on going but had to get back to shower & get ready for work. I didn’t want to let it ruin the endorphins but it kind of sucked that I came up short from my goal and totally could have killed that last 1/2.

Blood-sugars after: 124. {perfection}

Also – this whole trying to figure out strength training thing – I’m feeling it….I still get amazed how sometimes the littlest moves have the biggest impact. Now time to set up something similar for arms.

Time for some quick foam rolling and then must.go.to.bed.

On another note: another lunch out today! This time with the office bestie. We felt like real midtown-ers. I however didn’t feel so hot after my lunch choices.

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Your turn:

Do you eat at the office?
Do you pack your lunch?
Suggestions for non-refrigerate-able ideas??


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{Weekend Recap} : Epic brunch, new finds & strength training

{Today was the first time I went out to lunch with co-workers in the three years I’ve been with my company. And I like my co-workers.  So including doctors appointments I believe I’ve had 5 lunches out of the office in 3 years. I’ve never packed lunch either….a reason why I can’t justify ordering take out at home – it’s delivered each day to work. #juststaying} 

A little recap of the weekend shall we ? 

What was supposed to be accomplished:  30 minutes of crosstraining on Saturday & 4 miles on Sunday.

What was accomplished: neither of those things. Unless brief table top dancing at brunch counts as crosstraining and going up & down 5 flights of stairs several times counts as 4 miles.

Yeah, I didn’t think so. My excuses? Sleep & the most epic birthday brunch that unintentionally lasted all day. Oh and Sunday…all those low blood-sugars I whined about…I overcorrected and woke up too high for a workout in the morning. And then overcorrected again and was too low. ::sigh:: the story of my life. I have my doctor’s appointment Friday, time to put more of a plan in action.

So am I even serious about this? I mean week one and I already missed several runs and had some rough blows.

Hell yeah. Today was strength training & stretching. I woke up low (I know I’m getting sick of saying it too) and knew that that left me with one option : a routine would be done after work. It’s a little easier to manage strength vs. cardio when blood-sugars are awry so no excuses allowed.

Report: done!

Leg Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
 -Side leg lift right
– Side leg lift left
– Inner thigh raise left
– Side leg lift left
– Side leg kick left
– Inner thigh raise right
– hamstring curls {with 3 lb weight b/c that’s all I had}
– Quad lifts
– Static lunge right
– Static lunge left
Butt Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
– Squat
– Front lunges
– side lunges
– Deadlift (3lb weight…definitely too light)
– Donkey kick right
– Donkey kick left
– Hip Bridge
– Leg Extensions
– Flutter Kicks
– Froggy glutes lifts
1 min wall squat 
10 squats 
1 min plank (x2)
1 min side plank (each side)
Kneeling roundhouse kick (15 x3 per side)

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What made running around all Sunday worth it :

Stocking up on these :    

Finding this    

Snagging a  box of this  

Discovering these  …they remind me of Gushers!

Snack time is complete. Only I make snacks for meals.

Some how it’s almost 11pm …where does the night go???

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Your turn:

What’s your favorite kid snack that you eat as an adult? 


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Record for oatmeal eating

You know how some mock how HLB’s eat oatmeal every day & have 10 million ways to prepare it?

Well, I had 3 bowls of oatmeal today. 

 

I’m getting into a new pattern with my eating & blood-sugars …unfortunately it has my running low all day.

Since I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet & ran out of granola bars my “fixes” were limited to the office stash.

Out of Crispix, Shredded Wheat & Quaker Maple Sugar oatmeal I went with the oatmeal. Twice.

Funny how oatmeal can be the most filling breakfast and yet the easiest thing for me to choke down when forced to eat. 

Apparently I need to drop my insulin again.

On a different note : I got my 3 miles in this morning – at a 11 min/mile pace but given a 2am low (see the trend?) I’ll take it!

Stepped it up a tiny bit with the weight training too :

Leg Press : 3 sets of 15 @ 130 lbs (increased 15 lbs) + single leg squats/alternating @ 70lbs

Hip abductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs

Hip Adductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 60lbs

1 min squat

wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done squats – only 1 min and legs were burning. I think a squat challenge needs to go with #plankaday

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Your turn:

Are you a big oatmeal eater?


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Double Icing

Last night I got ::smacked:: in the face with a soccer ball. Not in some cool head-butting-absorb the shock with my body to control the ball sort of way but in full blast too close to tell it’s coming at you….
::bam::

{for the record: I did not get knocked down}

But it was cool – it took away from the fact I’ve had kink in the other side of my neck since Saturday and wasn’t turning my head to the left anyways.
{perhaps I should look into new pillows??}
While I didn’t play my best game, our team still kicked it (ha!) and we won!
Undefeated, that’s right. 
I still haven’t figured out this whole late night game, sort of snack-sort of dinner, a little insulin but not too much, maybe a snack after the game deal.
The past two weeks I ran my blood-sugars high, this week I decided to be a little less conservative and aim for a good balance.
And than I woke up low.
So much for that 3 mile run.
This whole blogging thing isn’t going to work if I keep on putting it out there & jinxing myself.
And while I didn’t get to run, my blood-sugars ran low all day long
(oh that’s just bad – I should go to bed). 
So lesson: tomorrow I will be cutting back on the long acting insulin.
And schedule a doctor’s appointment. And look into a sports nutritionist ?
The good news is that I took todays “rest” day as an “icing” day. As I’m currently icing my left knee & right groin and had a heating pack on my shoulder/neck.
I really get my money’s worth out of those things.


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Dear blood-sugars: this is not how training is going to go.

96.

A perfect blood-sugar for a morning workout.

Not low but low enough to prevent a  nasty spike from activity & lack of insulin.

After yesterday’s lackluster start to training I was looking forward to a 3 mile redemption run – my first run for my first training plan for my first 1/2 marathon. Big deal folks. Ok not so much, but I wanted to really push myself for those 3 miles.

A treadmill run, my mind over body usually dictates the speed & incline and I set for increasing both every 1/2 mile.

Spoiler alert: DNF . #fail.

At 1.5 miles when I was just about to bring it up to under a 10 min mile (an old average that has been lurking in the shadows lately) when it started going down hill. By the time I neared 2 miles I knew it was over. It was all I could do to grab my stuff, wipe down the machine (holy sweatiness) and try not to crawl back to the locker room. I couldn’t tell if my blood-sugar was 40 or 400 (more like 140). On machine it was perfect, internally not so much. I had that dizzy/nauseousness thing going on.

The diabetes has made me super sensitive to how my body is feeling all my life – but here’s the thing: runners get dizzy & nauseous (not usually at 2 miles at 11/12 minute pace…) – I’m going to have to learn what’s the diabetes & what’s normal / push through it / needs to be addressed differently (looking at you dehydration) running trials.

That’s part of this “adventure” – some mega research to do / support team to build.

So stellar start right ? Well when I step away from my pity party I realize that there’s going to be sucky days made far suckier by the diabetes. But that’s partly why I’m doing this – for when I can punch those moments in the face with those awesome days & accomplishments.

{pin}

Plus I feel a teeny tiny bit better with the fact that my glutes are feeling yesterdays strength training (I did something right?) and I have soccer tonight, a little unconventional but I’ll pick up that last mile.

Not to mention this has only just begun …

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Favorite Finds

Happy Peanut Butter Day!

I currently am completely out of nutbutter (the whole ruined grocery shopping thing yesterday). I know, it’s a miracle I haven’t started having withdrawals yet.

Here are 5 reasons to love peanut butter from Yum Sugar – I have a few  several  more I could add.


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Pass me the ball

I played soccer from 7 – 12 grade and intramural in 5th & 6th. 

I spent a lot of time on the bench. 

I broke my arm in 7th grade by “tripping over the soccer ball”
(it was wet, I went to pull the ball back & I went forward).
I strained my MCL in 12th grade
(I shouldn’t have even been in the game, it was the last 10 min & I had been out sick from practice and it was one of our last games. I was turning to catch up with a girl that blew past me headed to the goal) 

A friend & old teammate suggested a league she had joined. Last year I couldn’t fit it in with work but with later games this season I decided to go for it. A little nervous of how competitive / all-star filled it would be , my theory was she saw me in my best attempts & struggles so how bad could it be. Plus I could always just be the benchwarmer for the league.

So when the email went out with details for the first game (last night) & my friend mentioned she couldn’t go my instant reaction:

wait whatttt??? I have to go alone??? I, but, oh no, awkward. 

But I couldn’t back out. Plus I’m 25, not going just because a friend wasn’t going – lame.

So I went. Slightly petrified. And definitely feeling awkward.

But guess what? No major blunders, no injuries & a some fun!

Plus we won.

 

So with late games, I thought that definitely ruled out attempts at Wednesday morning gym sessions.

It wasn’t the later bedtime that ruined it – a 4am low bloodsugar killed that idea on its own. 5:30 rolled around and 1/2 still feeling woozy & 1/2 sleeping led to a lot of snooze button hitting. It’s going to be a little tricky figuring out how to balance insulin, uncontrolled activity & dinner/no dinner situation.

{this would be totally dangerous for me and not be aligned with my #11 goal for 2012 }

The one #success was that I snuck in one round of this :

{pin}

Recently discovered that I can save a “pin” to my iPhone camera – pulling it up at the gym even with no service. #awesome

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Your turn:

Did you play sports in high school?

Have you ever joined an adult league ?

Any favorite new exercises found on Pinterest? 


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Monday Night Yoga: Free time to Exhale

 So I had grand plans that if we were given the week off between Christmas & New Years I would take full advantage of all the fitness classes my gym offers which I don’t usually get to go to,  as well as finally use passes to Pure Yoga and my gift certificate to Exhale.

Sometimes too many options and too much time leads to little action. 

But I did get to 2 Exhale classes. Both Slow Flow – aiming for a restorative approach and working on the whole knee/hip/groin thing.

{pin}

I went Saturday to the UES 12:15 with Diana Rilov. I went to the gym for a quick 30 min cardio warm up first and since I’m awful with timing and estimating how long it takes to get some place (and thinking the studio was closer to the gym than it was) I had to hustle – when it started to rain – wtf anyone else get caught in that quick shower? I snuck into class (luckily I wasn’t the only one so I wasn’t completely disruptive). Maybe it was because I jumped in but I was out of synch with the instructor. It was also my first time in that location and it’s a lot brighter. In a true NYC moment there was a fight between two women that involved a (barking) dog. Channel that Zen! At one point we went into that 1/2 table top 1/2 wheel pose. I actually have no idea what it’s called – I’d go with reaching table – but when someone asked the instructor her reply was “I don’t know but we just do it because it’s fun!” At first I thought she was a little batty but as she kept on exclaiming “it’s fun!” I realized that sometimes being on the mat isn’t only about letting it go to find that center point – sometimes it’s just about letting go and not any deeper than that.

{urban yoga girl via pin}

Since I jumped straight into the practice I also didn’t really see who I was practicing with until 1/2 way through the class. I was the youngest one there which is how I started out but far different from my usual gym class. It’s actually easier for me to not compare / judge / be competitive in that environment.

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Just as I ended the previous year, I started the new one off with another Exhale class. This time at the Central Park South location where I’ve been previously. This location is to me a more traditional studio – darker & quieter. The instructor was Danielle Lee and her style was what I needed – she focused on legs & alignment.

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It’s cliché & all zen sounding but it’s true : there’s something to learn from each class. Whether it’s more mind focused like in Saturday’s class or deepening a pose like Sunday or testing your strength like often in Monday night classes.

Which I didn’t go to this week. Again. Having the day off, I went to the gym mid day and the idea of having an early night was too alluring and a rare chance.

Since both my snooze button & blood-sugars won this morning over the gym I’m going to attempt a yoga class at the gym – we’ll see how that battle goes against work.

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Your turn:

Any yoga goals for the new year?

Do you prefer a certain type of environment / studio ? 

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Favorite Finds

The cost (time & money) of becoming a yoga instructor (of which there are over 50,000 of in the US). {yoga journal}

I’m pretty sure my liver is healthy (that whole not drinking thing…) but here are some yoga poses to help detox from the holidays. {blisstree}

I have to say that tweens was the hardest age group I’ve taught yoga to. 3-6 was my  target audience and that one summer I taught high schoolers I had only graduated a year before but it was in a library vs. a camp so I had better control. Still traumatized by the girls who sat Macrame-ing on the mat ignoring yoga time. Maybe because I never had my camp experience? Anywayssss, I totally would have checked out this video for guidance Bendigirl Yoga for Girls  , {fitbottom mamas}