Exercise and the #BigBlueTest

I actually like exercise. Actually I really like it. 

But I’ve slacked off recently. I gave up my gym membership about a year and a half ago, because I was bored with it and stopped going. I used to go a number of times a week, but eventually it started to “get in the way”, which is when I knew I wasn’t enjoying it. I also used to play squash about once a fortnight, but life has got in the way. So beyond walking the dog, I’ve felt a bit exercise-less. 

At the same time, I’ve seen discussions about the #BigBlueTest all over my twitter feed. Which got me thinking – what is stopping me from getting out there? Well, my favourite form of exercise generally includes some form of sporting activity – shooting a basketball; kicking a footy around (and by that, I mean a Sherrin – see photo below!); kicking a soccer ball around or playing a bit of tennis/squash.




So yesterday it was a lovely day in Melbourne so I decided to try and get back on track. I had a look around the house, and all I had was a flat basketball hiding in the far corner under the stairs. Off to the sports store to buy a pump, and I walked out with a soccer ball and a new shiny footy (Sherrin!), before heading to the local basketball court and then soccer net. Within about 25 minutes, my BGL had dropped from 14.9 to 9.4, and then sat at about 5 or 6 for the rest of the day. So I tweeted about it using the #BigBlueTest hash tag, and now blogging about it as a reminder to myself that it’s not that hard! 


Did the #BigBlueTest get me up and active? Well, partially. It was a motivator, and it got me thinking about my exercise habits of late and how I could easily get back into the swing of it. I know from past experience that it does make a real difference to my BGLs but also my overall health. Hell – it’s good to be outside of the office or the house. 

So what’s next? Squash on Wednesday, hopefully. 

Note: Any overseas folk coming to WDC2013 – I’m happy to teach you how to kick a Sherrin. I’m sure Simon will assist. 

No D-Day…er…month..ish…

So the other day it was “No-D Day”, a concept coined by George Simmons – a day where diabetes bloggers are encouraged to try and NOT mention diabetes online, all day. I really like this idea because I think it can be quite easy to talk/read/think about diabetes so much that it becomes a bit overwhelming and all-encompassing.

But I feel like I have been in more of No-D Month lately.

Don’t get me wrong, my overall management has been okay. Testing regularly, readings fine, doing set changes when I should – all of that. However I’m in one of those patches where I haven’t had any diabetes appointments lately, I’ve slacked off reading diabetes blogs and slacked off on posting. Work has been hectic; I’ve invested a lot of time and emotional energy watching the mighty Hawthorn Hawks win the AFL premiership and the Box Hill Hawks win the VFL premiership; and also been busy with some post-graduate study I commenced mid-year. As a result, I feel like I’ve been struggling to allocate time and headspace to blogging, or even reading and thinking about diabetes as much as I would like!

So to get back into it, my thoughts on a few things:

  • I spent the weekend here in Melbourne with the rest of the Type 1 Diabetes Network for the annual-ish planning weekend. As a volunteer organisation, it’s obviously important to determine where time and energy is spent, and I think a lot of progress was made – the new website in particular has great potential. It was also great to hang out with other people with type 1. It happens a lot online, but it’s a different experience in person, despite the insulin pump beep confusion. It was also good to fill the group in on the Diabetes Australia Young Leaders Program. It’s an important time for the Type 1 Diabetes Network and they are seeking additional volunteers to support the ongoing operations of the network. If you’d like to volunteer, email natasha@d1.org.au.
  • The Liberal/National Party obviously won the Federal Election, which means there will be a National Diabetes Strategy (I never heard back from my local Labor candidate, by the way). What will this mean in actuality? Who really knows. But it’s an opportunity to get commitments from the Government around the future of diabetes. I’m hoping Diabetes Australia in particular can capitalise on their previous advocacy efforts in order to achieve some wins for people living with Type 1. CGMS technology should be very high on this list.

Aside from that, World Diabetes Day is just around the corner (What – already? Time flies!) and the World Diabetes Congress isn’t too far away either. More on those later.

Until next time,