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From Abby: Ohm ...

While I've been trying my hand (my feet?) at running, Abby is tackling a new exercise endeavor:  yoga.  And for her, it's been an experience in teaching her where her comfort zone is.  Today, she's writing about finding a fitness routine that fits your life and doesn't cause you to break bones.  ;)

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It's hippie, it smells weird, and the people who do it are always skinny and eating kale.

Except - not.

This fall I ran a 5k. And I hated it. I mean, the free beer afterward was cool but the running part? Miserable. I set a goal, I worked hard, I didn't die, and I finished. That's really the point of life right? We find things we do/don't like by setting goals and reaching them, and re-assessing. That's how I like to live life anyway. Give it my best shot and then if I don't like it then whatever, I tried. I'm not competitive, I have more muscles than I actually need (thanks seven years of cheerleading) and I hate to do repetitive exercise.

I also love to whine.

This fall, my best friend and I decided to try yoga. We'd wanted to for a while, but couldn't find a beginner class that didn't cost a bazillion dollars. So finally while I was buying new sneakers (for the aforementioned running) we saw a "Grand Opening!" flyer for a new yoga place. One of their programs was a "Brand New Beginners," so we signed up right away. I realized after a few injuries that I can't just go at these things willy-nilly  [Editor's note:  Willy-nilly? And you have the balls to call me old, Abby?]  without knowing what I'm doing, and this program was going to teach us the right way to do yoga without getting hurt.

For me, running had the following negative effects: (YDMV)
  • I gained 8 lbs;
  • My A1c went up 0.4% in 2 months;
  • I had the lowest lows I've had in years;
  • I broke my ankle.
I call that a big fail.

Yoga has the following positive effects:
  • I haven't lost lbs, but my fat is turning into, less jiggly fat;
  • My A1c is back to where I want it;
  • My blood sugars are practically a plank during yoga (see what I did there? Plank? :) ), and I only go a little low (like I need an 80% temp for a few hours) about 6-7 hours later;
  • I haven't broken anything yet.
So the moral of the story is that I have gone my whole life hating exercise in the standard forms. I was a dancer and a cheerleader forever - where someone was telling me what to do, and other people counted on me to be good at it. I've joined gyms, and quit gyms. I've tried, completed, and hated running. I've even gone the home-DVD route which was great until I got bored of it. But I kept searching, and I'll keep searching.

Bird of paradise ... ha ha?

I love yoga right now. Each class is different and challenging and I'm reminded over and over to just listen to my body and do the best I can. I can't do the "bird of paradise" but today I stretched backward in my side plank without falling over. I make my own goals and nobody gives a hoot what I look like. It's making me stronger, more patient, and healthier. I'm not saying yoga is for everyone, but I'm saying that if you're like me I suggest you try new things and keep searching outside your comfort zone until you find something you enjoy ... even just for a little while.
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What's outside of your exercise comfort zone that you're looking to check out?  For me, it was running. You?


For me, it was spin. I went to a "try-cycle" class in May and I haven't looked back. I really like it and miss it when I can't go. That's a FIRST for this girl!

Boot Camp. Crazy, but fun-ish (for me). I don't get bored. It only lasts an hour. And I find myself actually going. Granted, I haven't lost any weight. I actually gained too, Abby. But I won't let that stand in my way. ;-)

A friend talked me into taking her yoga class (note: I'm not athletic, my balance stinks, and I can't touch my toes in the flexibility department). Best shape I was ever in. Agree with Abby about yoga class smelling weird though:)

hey thats great! i have been running on and off(mostly off!) for a while but find it messes with my blood sugars for a good while after which is fine if you're not doing much else the rest of the days but i work shifts and running makes my blood sugars messier that nightshift alone (pretty messy...) maybe i should be checking yoga out... also its too cold for running now!

I'm with you Abby - hate running, love yoga! :-)

I do not have diabetes. I just wanted to get in on the conversation because I love running, but I am noticing numerous downsides lately. Like you, I get mo fatter when I run more. Also if I run a lot, I have no energy to go up and down stairs, ferrying laundry to and fro, or to talk to my family or walk the dog or vacuum or think.

Yoga sounds like a perfect fit for you! I'm still looking for mine. So cool about the BG plank.

Running is okay, but it is pretty hard on my blood sugar. I drop into the 40s unless I do powerade, -50% basal, and start higher... Then I'm high until about 9 hours after, when I can't get my blood sugar over 50 for an hour. But I do want to try soccer! However, being a newbie (and a hs age girl) with diabetes at a team sport, I am definetely waiting for a CGM!

I have been racing mountain bikes forever, but I decided to try something different and switch to running. I just ran my first 10k on Thanksgiving and will be doing my first half in January. I've done quite a bit of experimenting with my pump, and the magic formula for me is 50% basal for twice the amount of time. Also, I need to eat a Gu or some gels about every half hour.

I'm not a runner either, but my t1 teenaged son is. Season after sports season he would try and try to find a way to stave off the lows he experienced in the middle of a run only to have persistent highs for hours after running. Once the highs were over, the lows began and they lasted into the early morning hours. This was not great for getting up for school the next day. We tried basals of 50% while running, basals of 150% percent after, nighttime snacks without boluses, nighttime basals of 75% for hours. Nothing worked and his A1cs were worse than when he didn't run. He did lose weight, but probably because all of the highs made him not want to eat. If running really isn't your thing, I don't see any reason to do it.

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