I’m not so good with changes, and there’s been a lot of them lately. About 2 months ago I started working full time from home. Besides being a pretty big adjustment mentally, it’s also meant pretty significant changes to my normal routine. So what’s changed?
- My wake up time (no commute means sleeping in later)
- My meal times
- What I eat for meals since now I have access to my full kitchen and appliances
- My workout times (taking my lunch break in the morning to do a fitness class is a nice benefit of working from home)
- My actual workouts (started going to a barre class to get myself out of the apartment)
- My snacks (the meal time shifts have meant less afternoon snacks)
- My bedtime (sleeping in later sometimes means staying up later)
Do you know what all of these changes in my routine also has effected? My blood sugar! Imagine that!
With the predictability of the past 3 years’ routine gone, I’ve been trying to get a handle on my blood sugar’s behavior with this new, more unpredictable routine. Working out in the morning as opposed to after work has been affecting my blood sugar differently, as is the type of exercise, transitioning from more cardio based to more strength based.
Then to complicate things even more, I started taking metformin to help increase my insulin sensitivity. I love that there are less drastic spikes in my blood sugar, but now I’m also dealing with more lows as I work on figuring out the right adjustments to make. And then I got sick for a week and everything got shot to hell as I combated constant stubborn highs.
Needless to say, there’s been a lot of ups and downs the past couple months as I’ve been adjusting to all these changes- physically, mentally, emotionally, and blood sugarally.
Honestly, I’ve been pretty resistant to change. But as I’m realizing, things are going to change regardless of how you feel about it. And you can choose to resist it, but what good does that do? Instead, I’m working on focusing on the benefits of my new situation. As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on all the changes from this past year and where I am today. Instead of being a passive recipient of change, I’ve started to think of what changes I can actively make in the New Year to help me feel empowered by my situation, rather than a victim of change. And what I can do to help me find balance, both in life and with my blood sugars.