Post Edited (gelchick) : 2/21/2008 3:56:00 PM (GMT-7)
I am one of the oddballs here. Eating really low carb actually raises my blood sugar levels. I do much better using the Insulin-Resistance or Rosedale Leptin dietary approach.
I don't know how intense Curves is, but at your elevated sugar levels, you should be doing long duration, low intensity exercise such as walking. swimming, vacuuming and mopping. The goal is to drain the excess sugar out of your blood without provoking your liver to start making more. Your insulin resistance is very high, so your muscles can't get the sugar from your blood into the cells so the mitochondria can turn it into energy.
You should probably check with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to work out. My doctor only allowed me to walk until my 14 day average was under 250. Aerobics, in particular, drive my blood sugar levels up by 30-40 points for a couple of hours, then they drop and stay low. Training with the weights doesn't raise me, but it doesn't drop me either. A 40 minute bike ride (7-8 miles) at level 3 resistance on my bike drops me by 20 points. If I do the same workout at level 5- I shoot up.
I hope the blood sugar continues to fall to normal levels. It might be gradual. If you stay away from carbs and take your meds, you must see better numbers soon. Sometimes it's tricky getting the right combo. And don't lose hope! If you stay on the diet and get some kind of daily exercise in, you'll lose weight - which will also help keep blood sugar down. Even though your fasting number of 217 this morning is high, it's a big drop from 345! Wow! That's an improvement. So, I really think you'll see better numbers soon. I also read the story of the poor woman who died on the plane. This just reminds us how important it is to take control of our health. Jeepers, I wish I knew this all 20 years ago...... but it's not too late. Don't give up the low carb diet. It may take some time for your meds to be figured out, so just continue doing what you know is right. :)