The Amazing, Carb-Cancelling Power of Walking.
Last week, Chris and I brought the Birdzone to Disney World for some holiday family time (since we are rarely in the same place at the same time, making trips like this a welcomed changed from the hustle and chaos of the norm). The weather was much nicer in Florida than it was in Rhode Island (when we left, it was 11 degrees in RI, but 71 degrees when we landed in FL), which meant we were on the move, all day, every day.
Normally, traveling for me equals out to harder-to-manage blood sugars because I’m working harder to adjust to time zones, different exercise schedules, and food that’s unfamiliar. But for trips that involve nicer weather, there’s usually a lot of walking. And we logged many miles per day on this go-around … according to my Shine, it was close to six miles every day. That’s not a ton of movement when it’s crunched into a run, but spread out over the course of a day, it makes the impact of carbohydrates melt away. Walking all day long is a magical, carb-cancelling activity.
Even the three year old managed to do most of the walking (except when she’d turn to Chris and say, with a drawn-out sigh, “Daddy, carry me?”):
Birdy on the bridge in EPCOT.
Lightning McQueen was an awkward meet-and-greet, because with the other characters, you can go up and shake their hand, or high-five them, or at least say hello. But meeting a car was strange because they don’t hug back. Or blink.
Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland section is one of Birdy’s favorite places to visit because she can run amuck, go down slides, play with other kids, and generally go berserk.
But for the week, my Dexcom graphs were crazy, with very few highs and a lot of lows that my body kept revisiting because we were consistently on the move. So many carbs consumed without bolusing and I burnt through the entire stash of glucose tabs that I brought with me. Even a temporary basal rate (down to 50%) wasn’t enough to keep the magic of Disney from cancelling out my carbs.
Oh exercise … you are as magical on my diabetes as time with my family is on my soul.
[Cue music that's super cheesy. Like this. Balki Bartokomous is awesome.]