It’s been a while since I’ve put a blog post together. I’ve been busy with work and wedding planning, and I have been a bit absent from the world of diabetes. For instance, I’ve missed a number of #OzDoc weekly chats because I keep forgetting it’s on!
This means I’m going to be taking a 28 day break from alcohol. As they say on their website, it can be easy to “feel a little sluggish after a big Christmas, New Year summer holiday or Australia Day”, and that describes me. I’m in a stage where I’m trying to both save money (more needed for the house, planning a wedding and travel plans) and improve my fitness (I’m about ~10kgs over my ideal playing weight).
These days, I’m not a huge drinker. I do like a beer, especially for the taste, but I generally only drink at functions or sports events. On the odd ocassion I will have a big night, but not often. Very rarely would I have a drink at home without having some particular reason for doing so. Still, February contains a friend’s 30th, a few sporting events and a few other occassions where I would ordinarily have a beer or two.
What does this mean for my diabetes?
Well, the FebFast mantra is “a pause for the better”. I think this applies to how alcohol and diabetes sit together.
I like to tell myself that alcohol doesn’t have an effect on my diabetes. But in all honesty, it does. Of course it’s possible to drink with diabetes, but it does impact on my BGL’s – sometimes unpredictably. Big highs, crashing lows, temp basals, more temp basals.
A pause for the better means putting the position of alcohol into perspective. February will demonstrate the impact that alcohol often has on my BGL’s, diabetes management and life more broadly. To counter the absense of alcohol, I am also trying to include more exercise into my routine. Yesterday I shot the basketball for a good 45 minutes. Today I’m going to walk Cody the super dog around the lake. Tomorrow – something else.
So, cheers to February. A month of no alcohol and more exercise.