What a great week this was for glucose control! My 2-hour postprandial readings averaged 88.6 mg/dL, with a high of 93 and a low of 85. I'm very happy with those numbers (especially since they're all post-breakfast readings, which has historically been the toughest time of day for me to keep my blood sugar in non-diabetic range), and they're certainly an improvement over last week!
Another difference this week from last is that my breakfast was the same every morning1: three hard-boiled eggs with iodized table salt and cracked black pepper. This consistency was important for evaluating different types of exercise.
I did heavy2, but short3, weight-lifting before and immediately after breakfast on two days (along with a pre-meal ebike ride in pedal-assist mode), and got similar results on those days (89 and 90 mg/dL). I walked 1.19 to 1.22 miles before breakfast on two days, with no post-meal exercise, and got the widest variations on those two days (85 and 93 mg/dL). And, this morning, I had my most intense exercise: swinging around a 49-inch, 18lb. fitness bar as if it were a sword. That accounts for the 86 mg/dL reading.
But the best part of this week was staying in range while making the exercise more enjoyable. Whether it was due to the music I listened to on my walks, the exhilaration of riding the electric bicycle, or the sheer stupid of too-heavy swordplay, this week was fun!
Barring unexpected highs or lows, next week will bring new challenges: either a change in the menu, but with the same sorts of exercise I used this week, or keeping breakfast consistent but taking a peek at what's going on around lunch time....
1. Breakfast and exercise are all procedded by coffee with heavy whipping cream and saccharine. Pretty much every damned day. And not just because consistency.↩
2. "Heavy" for you and "heavy" for me are probably two different things. 30-lb. bicep curls are heavy for me. 15-lb curls may be heavy for you. Or 60. Or...↩
3. "Short", for me, in regards to weight training, means "three sets of each of three different exercises, with each set consisting of four to thrity reps, with quantity dependent upon difficulty."↩