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Let's get moving

The challenge:
Friday 5/14 - Let's get moving. Exercise . . . love it or hate it? Do you have a regular exercise routine? Or do you have trouble finding your exercise motivation? How do you manage your insulin and food to avoid bottoming out during your workout? Today is the day to tell us all about your exercise habits, or lack thereof.

A true story:

A few years back I underwent a treadmill stress test. It was one of the big ones, EKG patches and leads all over my body, oxygen regulator on my face, the whole nine years. I got on the treadmill and started walking along, completed the workout and waited for my doctor to view my results.

After a few minutes he came in and started looking at the chart. "This is amazing!" he remarked. He flipped through the numbers, looked at the squiggles on the EKG ribbon tape for a moment, then called over the nurse. "Come take a look at this," he remarked to her. "This is unbelievable."

I have to admit that I was a bit surprised, particularly given that I haven't really exercised much over the years. Or at all, my wife would tell you. Still, I must have done okay given the reaction.

The doctor and the nurse peered at the results, then looked up me. "I've never seen anything like this," he told me. "You are amazingly out of shape." He looked down at my body. "It's funny, you don't look out of shape. But I'll be damned if you aren't the most out of shape person I have ever seen in my career!"

Given that, perhaps you can understand my dislike of exercise. Oh, I know that some of you are thinking, "Heck, if the doctor told me that, I'd be exercising everyday!" My response? Yeah, sure you would. If you were that kind of person you probably wouldn't be sitting here, reading these words on your computer. You'd be out running a marathon or training for your next bike race or something. For me, exercise sucks. It's boring, my legs start hurting in about 5 minutes on the treadmill, I get dizzy, then I have to factor in the blood sugar issues... it's just too much of a pain.

But I do to get on the treadmill at least twice a week for 30 minutes. It's a start. I would truly love to be in amazing shape like those men and women in the PX-90 infomercials. Of course, that's the one I watch where I think I'd just like to look like the "before" picture, let alone the "after." I then wonder what kind of problems you must have with infusion sets if you only have like 7% body fat (compared with my 27% or whatever it is.) I don't think I have to worry about those issues for quite a while... if ever.

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