Friday, April 19, 2013

Natural Insulin



My mother and her sister and their mother, all died a few months before their 63rd birthday, all from complications from diabetes. So far my Natural Insulin, otherwise called walking and exercise has kept the disease at bay.


photos taken 4/11/2013
For  6 years I have walked 2 to 3 miles a day on the treadmill at the YMCA. several months ago, due to pain from Osteoarthritis,  I had to find another way to exercise and found the aerobics in pool at the YMCA,  30 minutes a day and our own back yard pool has taken the place of the treadmill.
(update: change of diet is a part of this, I eat sugar only 1 time every other week end, but change of diet alone will not work as well)

10 days ago I added a 15 minute walk around the deck you see above, there is a four foot wide concrete deck that circles the 40 foot by 20 foot pool. I use my kitchen timer and do 15 minutes at a time, 5 several times a day. It takes me 20 minutes to walk a mile




Added benefits are watching the Seagrape buds turning into tiny leaves each day.


counting the blooms on the pots of moss rose


staring at the  hibiscus bush covered in peppermint furls as they wait to open, furled at 7 open at 10 am,



32 comments:

Terri said...

My dh is a firm believer in exercise to combat diabetes. He completely changed his diet too.

Deb said...

good for you Sandra...the more we can do naturally for our health the better...

Catherine said...

I read somewhere that smaller bursts of exercise is even better for you then doing a full hour at once. Good for you for taking your health into your own hands!! errr.... your own walking feet!! LOL!

You go girl!!

xo Catherine

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! WATER treatment (therapy) is the best. LOVE to swim in your pool. Golden Happy n keep it up. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

RoeH said...

Good girl! I don't like exercise but I still try to do it every day just because I should.

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with what you said too - I wish we had a pool - well when the weather gets warmer we will. I ride my Schwinn Air Dyne bike Monday thru Friday. SAndie

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I have same as you the ostoarthritis but I was doing exercises half hour and more but my ostarthritis got worse. So I am now just doing walking in the house on and off in spacing walking instead of long term walking. Waiting till the mud disappears and snow coming Sat. Then will go outside.

My condition is much better going less time.. I was off doing anything for months. That is good doing timer.

Feeling much better. Sorry to hear of you also have S.diabetes as well. So far I have not got that.

I do have battle with Celiac disease and siatic on left leg as well. So we all have skeltons of some kind dont we.

Getting older is not so golden at times . One day at a time is all we can think about.

Nice pool you have. A throw away from your door. Excellent.

Amy Burzese said...

You have a great routine. Keep up the good work!

George said...

I'm glad your natural insulin routine is working so well. I'm also glad you added walking to your routine so you can get these wonderful macros to share with us.

Rebecca said...

Good for you. I have been walking 3 mi weekdays with a friend for 10 yrs. I would never be faithful if it wasn't for a walking buddy. How you do without sugar...that would be hard for me!

TexWisGirl said...

bless you. i hope you can keep that dreadful D at bay. and i hope your joints can manage your walking just fine, too.

GOOSE said...

Oh yes diet and exercise is key. My MOM is a type one diabetic, but still it is very important to her to eating right and exercise. It won't change her situation of having diabetes but it does help in holding back the complications and not letting them take over her life.
Blessings,
Goose

Betty Manousos said...

good for you. i am so happy to hear that your natural routine is working so well, sandra! bless you. keep up the great work.

diet and exercise are very important for anyone.



btw the macro shots are amazing!!

DawnTreader said...

Didn't know you were as disciplined as all that... I walk but not as regularly as that - depends a lot on the weather!

Betsy Adams said...

Love the hibiscus and rose blooms.. Gorgeous!!!

YES---it's all about exercise and healthy eating that helps with the blood sugar. My a1c is now about 5.2 --which is GREAT... It used to be MUCH higher....

Good for you.. Proud of you!
Hugs,
Betsy

SweetMarie said...

Beautiful backyard! Swimming is so much easier on your joints than pounding the sidewalk.
You have great self control with the sugar! That would be very difficult for me. I love my sweet tea and coffee with sugar. :)
Did you find anything for Jake to use in the pool?

LC said...

Good for you. I am glad your creativity extends to keeping up your exercise. You are doing a great job of finding something that works for you and that also offers entertainment along the way.

Gail said...

Great job and it has some great fringe benefits.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I need to get off my duff and exercise more. I'm diabetic but fortunately my numbers are just barely into the bad zone. I try to eat healthy, but just can't give up the sweet tea or Pepsi yet. I need to. Good to see how disciplined you are with the exercise! Beautiful photos!

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the added push to exercise by walking. My osteoarthritis in my knee keeps me hobbling. I have to have discipline like you and to cut back on the unseen sugars that seem to be in everything.
Have a great weekend and keep on truckin'.

Snapper II said...

Stay on top of the diabetes.
Great Post.

Ginny said...

The first hibiscus shot is awesome!! Gosh, you are a regular athlete, I am very impressed. You basically exercise all day! And you have broken the series of deaths in your family. It is too bad they did not know about this.

Inger said...

You are an inspiration and so disciplined once you set your mind on something.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your walks are resulting in some beautiful pictures.

Ann said...

My grandmother was diabetic and so is my mother. I think no matter what, eating right and getting exercise is essential to staying healthy. Hmm, I can say it so why can't I always do it...lol

Susannah said...

I am proud of you , Sandra. You have so much determination and ambition. Keep doing what you are doing. We open our pool in about two weeks. I can not wait.

I did not read this post until right now - 10:37 pm. Catch you tomorrow.

S.

SquirrelQueen said...

The hibiscus and moss roses are gorgeous. And I really like the way you captured the bud opening into a leaf.

Eating right and exercise are better than any medicine. In the winter I walk and use a stationary bike in the summer it's walks around my backyard or the park on days I'm not mowing or doing other yard work.

Linda said...

Well done, Sandra! You have a great environment to walk in - I would think much nicer than the treadmill regime and not only do you benefit from it health-wise we do as well by seeing the lovely
plants that are growing all around you.
My incentive for walking and maintaining health of body and mind is to go and observe the beauty of nature.

Cranberry Morning said...

Wow, Sandra, that is dedication! I have been woefully negligent of exercise during this loooooong winter. I am so sorry to hear about your mom and sister and grandma. Boy is that an incentive for you to keep walking and eat right. You really put me to shame. I need to get walking!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm so glad that you are taking such good care of yourself.

Eva Ason said...

I'm happy to hear that you've found a model that suites you, to keep a good and healthy diet along with exercise is two very important ingredients to feel good. And it's great that you have that pool in your back yard, I think that is very good exercise doing the water aerobics. Keep up the good work and enjoy your weekend. I am reading posts a little backwards these days. Am up early this morning and thought I should catch up a bit before I start to clean this place a bit more. Gosh, I'll be happy once it's over and I can enjoy the new apartment. Hugs x

Dee said...

proud of you and impressed.