I am a Type 1 Diabetic Warrior

Conquering life living with Type 1 Diabetes

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Blogging hiatus

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The world has gone insane since I last blogged! 

We started a huge home remodel project this January and did a big portion of the remodel ourselves then Covid hit, the schools closed, we got goats and then horses!  I haven't had much time to do much blogging to say the least.  Ha!

I got Tandem's control iq software during our remodeling project and that was a bit of a nightmare to be honest.  I was doing so much physically demanding work that my blood sugar was tanking nonstop even with activity mode turned on.  I was eating sugar nonstop to keep it from crashing, which as you know is not good, ever.  After a friend of mine, who works with Tandem, offered to help I was in much better shape and FINALLY stopped crashing! That was a really rough couple of weeks going low.  

The remodel was a lot of work. We did almost all the demo ourselves and I would keep working on ripping the house apart after my husband went to work.  Then I caulked all the new trim myself and did almost all of the painting, we contracted out some of the trim painting just to get me ahead of all the work.  Otherwise I did all the drywall priming and then painting.  It took me 8 10 hour days to paint it all.  I also stained and polyurethaned all 
6 of our knotty pine doors.  Each door took me 7 hours of work. We also installed all of the flooring ourselves. 

After all that house work for 6 months I am going to physical therapy because I am fairly certain I wrecked my back and shoulders.  I just started working out again this week.  A 10 month hiatus is too long, never go that long, I have lost a lot of strength to say the least! 

Control iq has been amazing now after all the insanity! My a1c is the lowest its been in years and now I am working towards getting it even lower.  I hope you are all still being kickass diabetic warriors! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Strength training and why I am hooked.

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I started weight lifting 2 years ago because I was so far out of shape and a mess from my 2nd pregnancy.  My abdominal muscles were separated from that pregnancy and it caused me a lot of back pain.  I started out with the Mutu system to help get my muscles back together. After my first workout I swore I was never going to be able to walk again.  I was so sore I had to wait a whole week to workout again.  I got through the whole mutu system and my core felt a lot stronger. I still have weakened connective tissue, I need to have the muscles stitched back together.

Then I added in weight lifting.  At first that was horrible also, the muscle soreness was unreal and I almost gave up.  I have taken weeks off due to burn out and soreness but I knew I had to get back into it.

Now over 2 years in I am addicted to weight lifting. Its like a challenge to workout hard enough to make my muscles sore.  I have to work really hard and lift heavier and heavier to make gains, but I am hooked on it.

My diabetes is so much easier to manage when I weight lift and I need so much less insulin, even all day long after a workout.  I try to workout for 1.5 hours minimum and if the day allows it I go for 2 hours. I wear a fitbit and I workout out until I have burned at least 300 calories.

I am so much stronger than I was before and can get so much more accomplished with no pain afterward.  I can do yardwork with no pain afterward.  I can even use our gas weed eater for 4 or 5 hours with no pain afterward, other than my hands might hurt a little, I can walk over 8 miles just using the weed eater on our property. I feel so much better being stronger.

The best benefit is that I am finally losing bodyfat that Ive been trying to lose for years.  It is coming off so very slowly but it is going away! My abdominal fat is glued to me I swear, but it is shrinking! I have even gone down a size in jeans, which the best reward! I cannot wait until I can get my abdominal muscles repaired and all the extra skin removed, I will no doubt go down another jean size.

So if you are needing to lose weight or get into shape, there is no better day than today to start! If I can do it and over come the horrible muscle pain so can you.  I have even mostly cured my lower back pain, by including piriformis stretches into my routine.

I use the ketogains calculator online and I do follow a low carb high protein and moderate fat diet. If I can do it, you can too.  I LOVE bread, cookies and cakes just as much as any other carb addict but I had to give it up so I could live a long life and as healthy as I can. I do still cheat but I try to limit it as much as possible.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

How to remove a G6 transmitter, my first video ever!

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This video will show you how to remove a Dexcom G6 transmitter without breaking the sensor, so that you can restart your sensor and reuse it.  After 3 restarts this sensor finally went into sensor error mode too often so I ripped it off.  I figured it would be much easier to show how to remove it having it off and laying flat on my counter top.  After you get the transmitter off, pretending this sensor is still on your body, you can then do a sensor restart. 

Directions on how to restart can be found here:

Sunday, October 6, 2019

I restarted my Dexcom G6 sensor with an 81XXX transmitter!

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I finally got my first 81XXX Dexcom G6  transmitter and today was my first sensor restart attempt with it. I keep reading about everyone failures and attempts to get it to restart as apparently Dexcom is on to us and is trying desperately to stop us from restarting.  I hear the 8GXXX transmitters are even harder to restart sensors.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tandem updated the tclip finally!!!

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I finally had to order a new tclip for my x2 pump because it fell and broke.  I called tandem and I ordered a new one and grudgingly paid shipping.  It took much longer than I expected to get to my house but it arrived today.  Much to my surprise they updated it! Finally!

They made the top button easier to push and put a rubber gripper on the metal clip part so it stays on better. 

Here are some pics. The blue clip is the old style/was my backup.

The old style top button

The new style top button

Monday, August 5, 2019

No low blood sugar

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So I usually hand wash my vehicle in the Summer since its nice outside and we live in the country.  Today I decided since it was going to be really hot that it would be a good day to wash and maybe buff out some scratches on my Jeep with compound (former car detailer of 5 years here).

Restart your G6 sensor with an android phone and X2 pump

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This is how I successfully restart my g6 sensors with my ANDROID PHONE and X2 INSULIN PUMP.  I cannot tell you how to do it with an iphone or with just the insulin pump or with just a phone. Do this BEFORE your sensor session runs out, do it as many days or hours in advance as it works for you just do it with at least 6 hours left. I have not gotten any of the newer transmitters so when I get one I will let you know how it goes. I am still on an 80XXXX transmitter.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Snickerdoodle Protein Bites

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Snickerdoodle Protein Bites

Chocolate Protein Bites

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Chocolate Protein Bites

I did not fall off the face of the earth I promise!!

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Woah, sorry for the super long blogging hiatus!! It has been a busy busy year so far.

I am back on almost 100% low carb high protein and weight lifting.  My husband has joined me in the low carb life and is also seeing great results! I have dropped a few pounds but most importantly I have gained muscle and am slowly losing body fat.  My belly and back likes to hang onto fat for dear life.