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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Respecting the Data...

 As an intuitive person, I pretty much play things the way I feel it.  Even in terms of my Type 1 Diabetes...yep...it is true.  I would usually just check my blood sugar in the AM to get things set for the day...and then just adjust during the day...depending upon how I felt.  I know, bad...very bad.  One can't do much in terms of increasing their game physically while managing their lack of a working pancreas in this manner.  This Type 1 Diabetic can't expect to walk a half marathon and a marathon without embracing the data.  You need data to do accomplish amazing things. I get it now.

This is what I am learning most as I set out on this journey...that is both scary and exciting.  It is the data thing that scares me, but I am starting to embrace it.  I am respecting it.  This is huge.  I have spent the last week keeping logs of my blood sugar, insulin taken, and carb intake.  A full week of honest of numbers...I say honest because when I was a kid...I would just write numbers down and create fake trends to give my doctor something work on.  I know, bad...very bad.  There is much, much room for improvement and deciding to get to the starting line to walk 26 miles is helping me.

I'm adapting and adjusting to the fact that I need to know how my blood sugars will rise and fall over the miles.  I'm also accepting that I will need to measure other things as I ready myself, especially in terms of intensity in my training.  So a heart rate monitor is now being incorporated into my set of essential gear.  I have never trained for anything before...and since I usually use my time with Gym to relive stress and zone out for an hour or so a day...I realize that I'm going to lose that.  It is tough knowing that I'll have to start watching the HRM while I elliptical or treadmill...and vary the intensity depending upon what is prescribed for day's workout.  It will be true work.  It is going to change things.  It is going to be worth it.  My intuition tells me so...   

1 comment:

PinkyGiraffe said...

Great first week of tracking your numbers, might not be want you want to see but they are honest numbers and only a starting point!