So, I’ve started a new exercise routine with a buddy. Cycling at 5:30AM. It’s been fantastic. Road bikes + lights + no traffic on the roads = awesome.
I basically wake up at 4:45AM, dial back my basal insulin rate on my OmniPod 50% for period of one hour. Then, I eat a ThinkThin protein bar and take off. I also drink a drink called Spark while on my ride to keep blood sugar up and steady.
Here’s the nerdy data from our ride…
I have an absolute addiction to this snack. It’s really a great source of energy and is delish.
ThinkThin bars have hit the health food scene with massive popularity. They are gluten free bars with high protein options. I only buy one flavor. CHOCOLATE FUDGE. I mean, come on people. How can you beat chocolate fudge? One reason why I love this bar so much is the texture. It has a soft, chewy texture like fudge should have. However, the taste is FANTASTIC as well. You don’t taste that chemical taste you get in a lot of other protein bars or weight loss snacks.
Prior to exercise, I’ll knock down a Thinkthin bar and dial my insulin basal back to about 50%, more or less depending on the strain of the exercise plan that day.
When my blood sugar is low, it’s a great snack too. Fast reacting because of the chocolate base, but really filling and long lasting too with the protein at 20g. It’s a 240 calorie snack, so you can’t eat 5 a day plus your normal meal schedule. I find them to be great treats in the hustle and bustle of a diabetic day or week. This is just one of many great tips I love to offer. If you want more access to this kind of information, sign up here!
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OmniPod Insulin Management System
I love my OmniPod tubeless insulin pump. Love it. I love it more than a bacon cheeseburger with BBQ sauce on it.
I’ve had it for two years now. It’s not without occasional technological flaws(typically the user’s fault), but at the end of the day it is the best insulin delivery system for me. Type 1 Diabetes is all about structure and control. The more you stay on top of it, the more victory you experience over it. To accomplish this, you need tools that are smart, ahead of the curve and functional. Considering your pancreas doesn’t work any more, something has to take it’s place…
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Here is the OmniPod packaged up. You replace them every three days or so.
Insulet Corporation produces the OmniPod and it has changed my life. The pump itself is tubeless, allowing you maximum movement while you wear it. The Pod has an adhesive that sticks to your body and then, through a short process, quickly injects a plastic canula(tube) just under your skin that delivers the insulin into your tissue. The computer itself is a genius use of technology as it supports your lifestyle. You can literally make changes and modifications to your plan at any point. The features of the OmniPod can be viewed at this link. Some of my favorite include: temporary basal adjustments, the 200 unit reservoir, the smallness of the Pod, programmable alerts/reminders, the carb/glucose adjustment capabilities for bolus and more.
If you are a diabetic or a parent of a diabetic, I would strongly recommend the OmniPod. Talk to your doctor today and get the ball rolling. It is a game changer. Don’t let Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 take your control from you.
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Omnipod Ran Out While I Was In A Loud Room
So, when you’re in a loud room for an extended amount of time and your Omnipod Insulin delivery stops…and you can’t hear the alarm beeps…your blood sugar will go up. It’s as predictable as gravity, except Dexcom G4 readings look more like a slow floating helium balloon. That just happened to me. Luckily, I caught it before it got too bad and counter bolused. It’s not always that “clean”.
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I rode solo this morning on what started out as a beautiful overcast fall day(coolest day yet)…then it started raining just when I was past the point of no return. So, I decided to tough it out and ride off the breakfast I had eaten without taking a bolus of insulin. Had I not, I would have been facing a severe hyperglycemic dilemma. Still, I managed to set a couple PR’s while riding a route I’ve only rode twice before. The one particular challenge from today that I’m proud of is climbing a steep hill off of Cherokee Road that always looks down on me in arrogance each time I ride by. Today as I past it by once again, in fear and trembling, something came over me and I yanked myself left onto the foot of the climb. Once I had committed, there was no turning back. I had to come out of the saddle once to push my way through the top half of the hill. It wasn’t too long, but it was deceptively steep. Below are my stats and some pics from the ride. Enjoy.
Not a long day, but a good hard burn.
I tackled this hill today. Hurt so good.
From the top
Beautiful Mountain Brook Road
I like to start out my rides a little above 200 with no bolus. Gradually increasing intensity sustains the blood glucose levels and provides a solid workout.
I’ve had great sugar control for about 12 hours…then I pounded some nacho chips at our favorite Mexican Restaurant. Starch heaven. Cheese dip too. Total Friday night gluttony. I’ll have to ride it off in the morning. Stay tuned for some pics and ride stats tomorrow! Thank God for Dexcom G4…