I gave up exercise routine several month ago, because like any other “plan” or routine it was not working out long term for me. My go-to exercise was inline skating and when I started 25+ years ago, I would skate ½ mile daily and felt great and it certainly helped stabilize BG readings. Within a few days, however, my body got used to the ½ mile routine and to get the same effect, had to then increase to .8 miles. This trend continued until I was up to 20 miles per day M-F and 50 miles on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 200 miles per week. My motivation beyond stabilizing BG was to compete in inline marathons around the world.
Over time I realized that once the body gets used to a certain heart rate for a certain amount of time, in order to maintain BG stability a continual increase in that exercise is required to maintain the same BG stability. Bottom line, is that doing the same exercise day after day, even with rest days is a sure road to failure.
For the past several months, I have found that to eat, dose, and exercise to my CGM meter has worked out the best so far this year. I went on a low carb diet and found that my body will naturally deal with up to 24 carbs per day and will require no medication or exercise at all to stay 100% TIR. (Previously taking 50+ units of insulin/day). If I eat 30 carbs, I can dose I:C 1:3 for the difference or I can go for a 20 minute walk and stay in range. For 60 days, I went the no insulin route but had to temporarily give that up and do a modicum of insulin in the airplane and inland on a recent trip to Asia.
My next goal is to see what is the maximum number of carbs that I can eat in a day with the most variety of foods and alternate between either an aerobic walk or treadmill. On the weekend, if the weather is good, will still hit the rail trail for a 25 mile skate.
The ultimate goal is to be able to eat the highest number of carbs per day, without any oral medication or insulin while eating the most variety of foods. This work in process has not only been very educational, but fun as well and would have never believed that life without insulin was a possible reality had I not been able to do it.