Lulu to the Rescue!

One of the things I was struggling with in training for my run (WHICH IS IN 23 DAYS!!) was how in the hell I’m going to carry all of my necessary diabetes supplies.  For a run on any given day, I’m usually carrying a meter, strips, sugar, lancing device, and cellphone (I don’t take insulin with me as I’m generally only gone about an hour).  It’s a lot, especially for someone who didn’t even carry a purse before I got diagnosed.  Needless to say, I hate carrying extra shit around and I hate things bouncing in pockets even more.

I bought a Tummitote from TallyGear, and although it’s a great product it just didn’t work for me.  I’m not sure if I bought it too big or if the material was just too slippy, but it ended up hanging really loose around my waist and driving me nuts.  Lots of bouncing…not cool.  So I’d been trying to search for different options.

Going back to mine and the boyfriend’s trip to Alberta and Edmonton, I found my solution!!  And it came in the most unexpected way.

I was in Lulu Lemon buying my sister her birthday present.  Ordinarily, when shopping for workout clothes, I usually make it a point to avoid going there (for everyone who doesn’t know, it’s a store that specializes in yoga and workout gear).  They have really nice stuff but it is RIDICULOUSLY expensive and I can’t bring myself to spend that much money on their product.  Or so I thought.

Anyways, I was browsing through their stuff waiting for my sister to decide on what she wanted when I discovered this:

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Yes, that’s a sports bra with POCKETS!!!!  POCKETS!!!

I grabbed one and immediately ran to the change room to test it out.  In went the meter, strips, lancer, tube of dex and my cellphone.  Cue lots of jumping and fake running and putting on my shirt to show my sister and boyfriend my lumpy boobs…needless to say it was a pretty good time!  Everything fit and held nice and snug with no bouncing around, and aside from the aforementioned lumpy boobs everything was perfect!  So I paid the exorbitant price and I was on my way!

On another note, you know you have diabetes when you get this excited over something with pockets…true story.

I’ve used it for a few runs and I absolutely love it!!  It keeps everything together and compartmentalized (a tube of dex fits nicely in a small pocket in the cleavage!) and there is absolutely no bouncing around.  And because there’s a barrier between your skin and the items, sweat isn’t as big of an issue.  It’s made going out for runs a whole lot easier and much more convenient.  It’s been a fantastic investment!  And if the bra fits…

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Buy it in every colour!  Thanks Lulu!

*I was not asked to provide a review.  I just bought a product that I love and wanted to share it with all of you!!

Workout Fail…Or Did It?

Ok, I’ll admit it…I’ve been slacking in the gym lately.  My workout frequency has decreased significantly over the past few weeks for a variety of reasons and I’ve been struggling to get back into the 6am groove. I managed to make it a couple of times last week, including Friday where I worked up to some heavy deadlifts for the first time in a long time.  Nothing like lifting your bodyweight off the floor to make you feel alive!

So in keeping with Friday’s workout, I got up to go for a run this morning.  Checked my BG before heading out…11.5.  Shit.  Damn you midnight cracker snack!  Oh well, didn’t matter, I was going for a run damnit!

So I made it to the gym and started to warm up.  My warm up includes 10 laps of a 150m track, doing various dynamic movements to ensure my legs and knees are happy with me.  Most days I fly right through it and easily enter into the workout zone.

Not today.

Halfway through my warm up, I noticed I was dragging a little.  I was struggling to find a groove and to get my breathing into a rhythm.  My legs felt heavy and my stomach was knotting up – not the usual feeling I get early in my run.  I finished my warm up and did one more lap.  And that was it.  My body was not having it.  My stomach was wonky, my breathing was laboured and I felt exhausted.  I know my body well enough to know when to push it and when to call it quits.  So I called it about 12 minutes after I started, and I’ll try again another day.

But all is not lost!  Checked my sugar in the change room and that small amount of activity dropped it from 11.5 to 7.8.  Looks like it was worth it after all 🙂

Goals, they are a changin!

Yesterday was a big day for me.  After two years of work, through all of life’s ups, downs and distractions (including a diabetes diagnosis) I finally reached a milestone in my training.  5 chin ups!  In a row.  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was close before I got diagnosed, doing about 3 in a row, and when I got sick I thought it would take me another long while before I got close again.  But here I am, almost 4 months after diagnosis and I pulled myself up over that bar 5 freaking times!  Cue excited music, and in my head happy dance! 

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I wish my happy dance was this cool…

This also makes me happy because as of this week, my goals have officially changed.  I found out that I no longer qualify for the powerlifting meet I wanted to do (they changed the qualifying numbers and I came up about 30lbs short…damnit!!) so I found something else to work towards.

A 10km run.

In Iceland.

No, I’m not kidding!  I signed up to be a part of the Team Diabetes fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association, so I agreed to raise at least $6100 for them, and they’ll fly me to Iceland to participate in the event.  I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, and if I can manage to go while raising money for diabetes, then all the better!!

ImageNow here’s the kicker…I hate running. 

Actually, that’s not fair.  I don’t hate running, it’s just not my favourite form of activity.  As I’ve mention numerous times before, I love weight training.  There’s just something about lifting heavy stuff that makes me feel so amazing, healthy and powerful.  Running makes me feel like I’m going to die.  My sister was always the runner, not me.  So to do this is going to require some extra dedication on my part.

Because I didn’t just sign up for the race.  No no no no no.  That would be too easy.  I also set a time goal for myself (obviously I’m an idiot).  I ran the Bluenose 10km race here in Halifax last May, and I managed to do that in 1:04:32 or something like that.  So for this one, I’m aiming for 55 minutes or less.  Who does that???  Answer:  Crazy people.

So now my fitness goals are going to be working on my endurance and running speed, while trying to maintain strength (after all, the Nova Scotia provincial powerlifting meet is in the spring!).  I’ll be keeping my time in the weight room as well as now adding runs in when I can.  Sounds like fun eh?  I’ll let you know how it goes. Just so you can laugh at my expense.  I’m not above a little self deprecating humour!

 

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