When you put your life out there, in public, often people reach out and ask questions. Here are some of the things I’ve been frequently asked, in case you might be wondering the same thing.
Do you listen to anything while you run/workout?
If I’m lifting, I usually listen to music (especially if I’m working out at home). If I’m riding my bike on the trainer, I’ll usually listen to an audiobook or podcast. Usually when I’m running, I don’t listen to anything. I get lost in my own thoughts, think about running or what my next move to keep my blood sugar stable will be. I consider listening to something “cheating” somewhat because it distracts you from what you’re feeling. You lose the benefit of toughening your mind if you’re always listening to something and you lose the opportunity for a meditative workout.
How old are you?
Well that depends on when you stumble upon this post but I was born in November of 1987 so, at the time of writing (July 2020) I’m 32.
What kind of insulin are you on?
Humalog, currently. I’ve also used Novolog and Lantus previously.
What system do you use to manage your T1?
The Medtronic 670G & Guardian Continuous Glucose Meter
What do you have your high & low pump alarms set at?
During the day 70-120, at night it’s 75-140. I know this might seem like my pump would be alarming all the time but I believe that if it will alarm at 120, I can fix it and it might hit 150-160 before the insulin takes effect. If I wait until 150 to correct a high, it might hit 180 before coming back down. If I have my high alert set to 180, like I did when I was first diagnosed, you’ll end up going out of normal range pretty frequently. I can also typically fix an oncoming high pretty quickly with a walk around the block. For me, it’s faster than insulin and isn’t affecting me (and potentially causing a low) two hours later. On the low end, I can easily bump a lower BG (in the 70s) up to an 80 or 90 with a smartie or jelly bean or two to prevent a low. I keep these fast acting but low carb sweets on me pretty much at all times.
What kind of tape do you use?
Sugar patch! Love them! I’m allergic to everything else I’ve tried so far.
Are you a personal trainer?
I’m not but my husband, Marty, is a personal trainer. I am a licensed massage therapist, primarily working with athletes doing sports massage as a side hustle. This experience has provided me with an in-depth knowledge of muscular anatomy and kinesiology and being a lifelong athlete doesn’t hurt!
When were you diagnosed?
On June 9, 2017 at age 29. I ended up in the hospital with DKA and the ER nurse called up to the ICU and said, “You won’t believe this girl! She is textbook T1. Checks every box in terms of symptoms, but she is 29!?!?! How weird is that?” I now know a bunch of people diagnosed later in life and much older than I was but I totally blew the mind of that ER nurse. 🙂
What do you eat?
I get some form of this question more than any other! Honestly, there are very few things I don’t eat. Unfortunately, this answer is so long to actually get into detail, it will have to be its own post. More to come on this topic in a future post!
I hope that you find this to be helpful and maybe even a little bit fun. If you have any questions here that I missed, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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The content on this site is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen or adjusting your diabetes management strategy.