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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.]

Diabetes Resources and Social Networks

AADE Side by Side Blog:  Part of the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Side by Side: A Partner Approach to Diabetes Self-Care program.

Children With Diabetes:  Started as a place for parents, but is evolving into a place for all PWD.

Chronic Babe:  The website for babes who just happen to have a chronic illness.

dLife:  For your diabetes life!  (Also where I used to work.)

Diabetes Daily:  A better life starts today.

Diabetes Monitor

Diabetes Self-Management:  Online companion to the magazine

Diabetes Social Media Advocacy:  Strengthening the diabetes community, one Tweet at a time

Diabetes Talkfest

Diabetic Feed:  The first podcast about diabetes.

Diabetic Living:  Online companion to the magazine

diaTribe:  Informative newsletter serving the diabetes community

I’m Type-Free:  Live your life.

Insulindependence: Join the revolution

Official Diabetes Blog (AU)

Tu Diabetes:  A community for people touched by diabetes

EsTuDiabetes:  A community for people touched by diabetes (Spanish)

TCOYD: Educating and empowering the diabetes community since 1995

Diabetes Twitter Accounts

Here are some people with diabetes, or the people who love PWD, who are using Twitter to connect with the DOC.  For more on how to find and connect with the diabetes community on Twitter, check out this Diabetes and Twitter 101 post.  And if you want to add your Twitter handle to this list, please leave a comment on that post!  This list will be updated periodically.



Diabetes Patient Advocate Blogroll

Active Diabetes Blogs:

1 Little Prick
A Shot in the Dark
A Sweet Grace
Amazing Grace
Bernard Farrell
Better Cell
Beyond Your Peripheral Vision
Blah Blah Bklyn
Blogging Diabetes
Canadian D-Gal
Candy Hearts
Climbing Diabetes
Computer Zen
Consequence of Hypoglycemia
Cure Moll
D-Mom Blog
Dam Diabetes
Daniel Doo
David Mendosa
Dianna’s Voice
Declaring my Diabetes
Delight in Diabetes
Dia-Beat This
Diabetes 24/7
Diabetes Dad
Diabetes and Other Stuff
Diabetes Blast
Diabetes Mine
Diabetes or Doughnuts
Diabetes Self Management
Diabetes Self-Care
Diabetes Sweeties
Diabetes Sucks
Diabetes Update
Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Low
Drea! CGMS on the Go!
Every Day, Every Hour
Good Diabetic
Grumpy Pumper
Faith Injected
Fifteen Wait Fifteen
Forever Sweet Marella
Happy Medium
I Am a Type 1 Diabetic Warrior
I Got The Suga
I Run On Insulin
Independence and Life
Instructions Not Included
Jenna’s Pet Monkey
Life After DX
Living & Loving
Living with Diabetes
Managing the Sweetness Within
Megan Radford
Michael Park
Mom of a Diabetic Princess
Moments of Wonderful
My Diabetic Heart
My Favourite Number
My Sweet Girl
Nathan’s Wish
No More Shots for Shannon
Not My Cell Phone
Not Too High, Not Too Low
One Diabetic
Our Diabetic Life
The Perfect D
Poems for Active Diabetics
Powered by Machine
Progress Trumps Perfection
Random Ramblings
Red Dot Project
Rolling in the D
Running For My Life
RFamHere’s Ramblings
Running on Carbs
Scott’s Diabetes Journal
Scott’s Weblog
Semi-Charmed Life
Short, Sweet, and to the Needlepoint
Single White Diabetic
Sugar & Spice
Sugar Donor
Sugar’s the B Not Me
Sweet Success
Sweetly Voiced
T1 Family
Tales of Rachel
Talking Blood Glucose
Tennessee Mountain Cur
Texting My Pancreas
Today’s Triumph
The Corner Booth
The D-Log Cabin
The Diabetes OC
The Diabetes Days
The Diabetic Princess
The Girl with the Portable Pancreas
The Sugar Sickness
This is my SOS
Three 2 Treat
Trying To Be Human
Type 1 At 30
Type 1 Network
Type 1 Rider
Type ONEderful
Typical Type 1
With a Side of Insulin
Without Envy
Your Diabetes May Vary

Diabetes Resources:

AADE Side by Side Blog
American Diabetes Association
Children With Diabetes
Chronic Babe
Barton Center for Diabetes Education
Diabetes Advocacy
Diabetes Daily
Diabetes Research Institute
Diabetes Sisters
Diabetes Talkfest
Joslin Diabetes Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Diabetes Product Companies:

Medtronic Minimed
One Touch

Archived Diabetes Blogs (blogs that haven’t updated since 6/10):

17 Going on 50?
A Shot Heard Around the World
Aiming for Grace
An Actress Prepares…
Anil’s Living with Diabetes
Artificially Sweetened
Being M
Better Than a Soap Opera
Bittersweet Surrender
Bundle of Contradictions
Butterfly Kisses and Bedtime Prayers
Candid Diabetes
Car — In the Garage
Chrissie’s Diabetes Blog
Confessions of a Food Addict
Cyber Pancreas
D and Me
Dead Islets
Devil in the Details
Diabetes 360
Diabetes and Then Some
Diabetes Can’t
Diabetes Diary
Diabetes Rant
Diabetic Dane
Diabetic Feed
Diabetic Forever
Diabetic in Korea
Diabetic Pixie
Diabetic Rebel
Dianne’s Diabetes Tales
Facing Diabetes
Floating Down the Karpoozi River
Grandma Donna
How’s the DB?
I Love Doughnuts
If You Or a Luv’d One …
In Search of Balance
Infusion Confusion
Is That a Beeper?
It’s My Life, People
Kate’s Quest
Kids with Juvenile Diabetes
Kiss My Sweet Sticks!
LaLa’s HiLo Log
Lemonade Life
Little Ranch
Living by the Meter
Mom Wants a Cure
Moments of Wonderful
Musings on an Ordinary Life
My Blog???:D
My Diabetic Teen
My Life with Needles
My Pump Journey
My Time
Nearest Distant Shore
Nefariouspoo of Sarah
Neonatal Diabetes
No Sugar Needed
One Sweet Adventure
Orsa Aetas
Ottoette on Life On Insulin
Parenthetic (Diabetic)
pter o dac tyl
Random Thoughts & Diabetes
Rub Eyes When Needed
Shooting Up
Spread your wings, fly, soar, explore and enjoy the world
Still Passing Open Windows
Sugar Overdose
She Sugar
Sweet & Sickly
Sweet Enough
Sweet Mama
Tales of a Twentysomething
Team Olivia
Ten Years Are Up
The Beautiful Diabetic
The Hard Road to an Easy Life
The Sweet Life 24/7
The ‘Betes
This is Me
This is My Life
Twisted and Sane
Type 1 Advocate Grandma
Unbalanced Diabetic
Until a Cure
Up High … Down Low
Very Old, Very Healthy Diabetic


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