After my sinus surgery, I couldn’t exercise for 3 weeks. Last weekend was my first opportunity to do so, and I grabbed it with both hands. Saturday was a lovely, sunny and warm day, so I decided to go for a walk in the hills around the dam.
I didn’t want to have to eat specially before exercising, so I figured I would do it an hour after lunch. I let my sugars run a bit high, so they were 6.2 (112) before lunch. Before the walk, they were (6.3) 113. This is in the range that my dietician told me to be in, so I thought I would be okay.
I started off fairly slowly, stopping to rest as I climbed the hill. I felt good all the way up to the top. I walked along the top of the hill, and then decided, as I was feeling good, to go a bit further and head up another minor hill. On the way up this hill, I started feeling odd - out of breath and shaky. I measured my sugars, and indeed I was low!
I found a nearby rock to sit on, popped some glucose tabs and chilled for 15 minutes. I was REALLY glad I remembered to bring my cellphone with it’s mp3 player. Sadly, there was no shade around, so I got rather sunburnt in this time. After the fifteen minutes, I snacked on a rusk and made my way down the hill. I was a bit nervous about my sugar dropping while I walked, but I couldn’t stay up there any longer getting burnt. I made it down, and my sugar was 5.6 (101).
Some things I need to think about:
- I need to get a bag without straps (oh no! the dreaded fanny pack!) so I won’t have tan lines
- I should have taken something to drink!
- Sun tan lotion is good for you
- Shorter shorts mean better tanning
- Oh, and what the heck was up with my supposedly high blood sugars dropping so quickly???