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  1. Denise
    Denise April 30, 2013 at 7:31 am | | Reply

    Tubers don’t disconnect, necessarily. You just wear a spibelt. Good luck. You guys are making me want to hit the trail.

    1. AmyT
      AmyT April 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | | Reply

      Thanks @Denise – I do have a spibelt. I wear it for running, but do not find it at all suited for high-impact aerobics — nobody wants any kind of “pack” bouncing around on the bod during that activity! Guess I’ll just try disconnecting…

      1. BILL KING
        BILL KING May 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm | | Reply

        Hi Amy, I know you are an exercise fanatic as am I. Exercise impacts all the areas that high glucose levels negatively effect. Not to mention the impact on the emotional aspects of life with diabetes. If the benefits of exercise came in pill form, it would be the most widely prescribe pill on the face of the earth!

        As you may know, I have been a pump wearing, type 1 marathon runner since 1996 and I’ve worn many different types of pumps, Disetronic H-Tron, MiniMed, Animas, Cosmo, OmniPod, T-Slim and like you, am now wearing the Asante Snap. The nice thing I find about the Snap is it is so light weight and a comfortable shape that allows me to wear it either in a zippered pocket or in my spy-belt without bouncing around while I’m running. As far as contact sports or high-intensity aerobics are concerned, I might recommend wearing compression shorts and either place the Snap in a sock with a safety pin (or no safety pin) of what I’ve done is use the Spy Belt around the waist but under my compression shorts. It’s better for me to have the pump with me and adjust with the temp basal rate then to disconnect during my workouts. I also like the fact that the audio bolus allows for a setting of 0.1 unit increments so I can cover any glucose I consume during the workout (if necessary). The Snap is a nice pump, well thought out and designed and easy yet fully functional. Good luck with it and keep on working out – Spring Forward!

  2. Kristin W
    Kristin W April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am | | Reply

    Yeah, you are making me want to hit the trails, too! For gym exercise on my tubed Animas pump, I just tuck it into my sports bra, either under my arm, or (ahem) front and center. It stays put, and the tubing is all under clothing so doesn’t get caught on anything. For swimming, I try to start with a normal glucose, then bolus the equiv of half an hour’s basal rate, then disconnent pump and leave it in the locker. I take my blood sugar about every half hour in the pool, to make sure, but it usually stays pretty “in the range.”

    That said, I worked out routinely in January – following my New Year’s resolution to work out and feel better and to lose “44 by 14,” 44 lbs by 2014 (I gave myself the whole year!) and 44 lbs bc I turn 44 this year. My birthday gift to myself. However, since starting a new job in Feb/March, I really quit exercising cold turkey.

    And I feel like crap. I hate feeling out of breath doing simple things, and how I look in clothes. So – I’m starting again! The Spring is definitely an inspiration! And so is my “inspiration wall” which is the wall in front of my treadmill on which I’ve taped inspirations pictures and words.

    I like Mike’s goal to just keep on moving, and to feel better. That is most motivational to me, bc otherwise, I just get down and stop if I try to make it a certain A1C or weight.

    Thanks for this post today!

  3. Terry Keelan
    Terry Keelan April 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    Walking the dog was my entry into exercising after I was diagnosed in my 40s. In fact, I even made a video about it for the Diabetes Hands Foundation!

    Now I exercise every day, volunteer with Insulindependence and run half marathons. The key is to make it part of my regular schedule and not something I have to “fit in” if I have time. In my view its no different than taking my prescription meds.

  4. Jeff LaQuey
    Jeff LaQuey April 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm | | Reply

    Amy your “rediscover how normal healthy feels”really struck my heart with our spring weather in Texas. How good it feels cycling in the warm air after winter. Last Sunday I didn’t wanna stop or ride home but duties called me back. I usually pay for it with leg cramps and sugar spikes but overall my regular exercise routine helps to maintain glucose levels.

    THANKS to you and Mike for reminding me of those blessings!

  5. Caroline
    Caroline May 1, 2013 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Great post! Amy, have you thought about investing in workout clothes with pockets? That’s what helped me most when working out with a tubed pump. Shorts or a running skirt that have velcro pockets rock!

  6. Emilia R.
    Emilia R. May 2, 2013 at 5:24 am | | Reply

    Yes Mike, the sunshine and warmth of spring does urge me to change up my exercise routine. But after reading your post, I am feeling more boosted than ever to restart my interrupted routine. Thanks a million for sharing this inspiring piece of writing here!

  7. Jerry
    Jerry May 2, 2013 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    Great article, very uplifting….will forward onto my friend who is is big need of inspiration & was the cause of my search! Thanks

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