Walking has become a part of my daily routine because it’s an easy way to integrate some movement and is a great way to explore my neighborhood. I try to walk 30 minutes daily, and I enjoy walking with a destination in mind, like Central Park.
I visit Trader Joe’s to pick up some food for the week. I get some of their grilled chicken as well as my new favorite snack combo (honey goat cheese and red chili crackers), plus I grab a few of their frozen meals. In the past, restricting what I eat caused me to have an unhealthy relationship with food, so I have worked with my medical team to find the right balance for me. In addition to carbs, I review the amount of cholesterol and protein on nutrition labels as advised by my medical team.
Tonight, I make an easy dinner with the grilled chicken from Trader Joe’s, mushrooms, and rice.
I always check my blood sugar right before going to bed. To do this I use Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which involves having a sensor placed under my skin to measure my blood sugar levels every five minutes. I can see the results on my phone and watch. I also inject my basal insulin now, which is the baseline level of insulin I need to keep my blood sugars consistent throughout the day.
Day 2 (Monday)
I’ve noticed that working out and taking a long walk helps me wake up with my recommended blood sugar levels the next day. This is the perfect way to kick off the work week!
I write a gratitude list dedicated to grounding myself for a new week. In this list, I always include something I’m grateful for physically and mentally. I used to feel angry about having an autoimmune disease since my body literally attacks itself. But now I focus on feeling grateful toward all of the other things my body can do.
I had a lot of meetings today, so I grab a grilled chicken sandwich and an apple.
I pick up a chicken salad for dinner since I ate a late lunch and wasn’t very hungry.
I do my nightly blood sugar check and inject my basal insulin. Before this CGM device, I used to measure my blood sugar levels by pricking my finger multiple times a day, which left scars on my fingers and didn’t allow me to check my blood sugar levels as consistently.
Day 3 (Tuesday)
I wake up feeling groggy. My blood sugar levels are in a healthy range, and I do an insulin injection.
I was really busy with meetings, so I ate a quick tomato soup and Caesar salad.
On Tuesday nights I participate in two different classes and still need to find time for dinner, so this requires some planning. My first class is an online breathing and meditation session and then I do a virtual salsa dancing class. I give myself an insulin injection in the middle of the meditation class because it gives the insulin enough time to start working. Then, I eat between the two classes. If I give myself insulin too early, my sugar drops during the breathing class, which would not be relaxing. If I take the insulin too late, then my blood sugar spikes, and I don’t feel great during salsa.
And I did it! I learned some new salsa steps, and my blood sugar has been smooth sailing. I started salsa dancing a few months after I had a hemorrhage in my eye, and it was the first activity I immersed myself in after the retinopathy diagnosis. I check my blood sugar and give myself my basal insulin.
Day 4 (Wednesday)