So here's a trend: Today, I woke up to the sound of my baby cooing from her bassinet. My hands reached over to the Dexcom receiver and I clicked on the button to light up the screen. I saw a "74" and an arrow trending oh-so-slightly down. So while Chris changed the baby, I went out to the kitchen to grab a swig of juice before settling in to breastfeed BSparl. I fed her and then went into the living room to play with her.
Notice any problems here? Anything ... oh, I don't know ... missing? Like maybe a blood sugar check when I woke up? Or at least one after I fed her?
Nope. Nothing. No test. I went all the way from waking up to freaking NOON before busting out my meter. This is a terrible trend. And it's happened twice in the last four days. I'm relying way too much on my Dexcom for guidance, instead of double-checking every hour or two with my meter. I mean, missing a fasting blood sugar? I've never, ever done that before. Even in college, when I was at my diabetes worst, I still tested first thing every morning.
This is not a trend I want sticking.
Here's another trend: For the most part, I am BSparl's daytime friend. During the day, Chris leaves our home office for a distraction and baby-free zone where he can focus on his writing. So for several hours a day, BSparl is left to her mommy's devices. (Including, but not limited to, visiting friends for lunch dates, running household errand-type things, and my own attempts to get work done.) When I'm hanging with the baby, getting to the gym is impossible, and with the weather so hot and humid lately, I don't feel comfortable taking her for a walk in the stroller. By the time Chris gets home, and we talk for a while, and we have dinner, etc. etc., it's suddenly so late that it's almost time for Colbert to come on. (NATION!) And I'm too exhausted to hit the gym.
This is not a trend I want sticking, either.
A lot of the baby weight has come off (thank you, breastfeeding), but I am in desperate need of some muscle toning. I need to get some workouts in as part of my schedule in a hurry, because I'm growing tired of feeling flumpy. Before I got pregnant, I felt good about my body. Now? I need a little more effort to get back to fighting shape, or at least faux-fighting shape. (Like the kind of fighting that includes throwing styrafoam peanuts. Or something similar.)
The trends of missing blood sugar checks and workouts must end TODAY. These habits are too damn crappy to let them continue. I can't let these two trends wreck my goal of good health. Small changes can make the biggest difference, so as of this moment, I'm realigned myself to test every morning and to get some exercise in at least four days a week. (I was doing five days a week for years, so four days isn't a bad starting point.) And it doesn't have to be a gym workout - I'll take anything from a long walk with the stroller and BSparl to an ellipmachine workout to a bike ride.
Why am I rambling on about this? Accountability, my friends. By telling you, I'm setting myself up to be accountable for my actions (or lack of action). It worked in helping me get my diabetes reigned in for pregnancy, and I hope accountability can help me get my act together to be a healthier mom.