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Exercise: Day 6

The pool was really warm today for some reason. Made it a little tougher to swim vigorously, and my routine was a few minutes longer. I swam my three easy warmup laps, then rested. Swam two laps of an easy backstroke, then rested. Two laps vigorous sidestroke, rested. Then two laps of a vigorous backstroke, and rested. Varied the routine a bit at this point — swam two laps vigorous breaststroke and rested. Then 2/3 lap of an all-out crawl. I gave it everything I had and it left me gasping. About 23 minutes in the pool altogether. Into the hot tub for five minutes, then the sauna for another five. I still can’t get much beyond five...

posted on: May 31, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 5

Uh oh. . . No exercise today. I fell off the wagon, got sidetracked by a huge technical issue here with the website. I know this is bound to happen sometimes, but I can’t get thrown very often. But in the interests of full disclosure, I’m letting you know. Yup, I’m only human. Today I blew it. Will do better tomorrow. Hope you did better...

posted on: May 25, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 4

I went back and re-read part of the PACE book, and realized I had been doing things a little bit backwards. The Progressive part of PACE means increasing the intensity within each workout session as well as from one session to the next. I had been starting my workout with my most intense effort. Wrong! So today I started out more slowly and worked up, which is what I should have been doing all along. I swam three slow laps of the breast stroke to warm up, then rested until my breathing had settled back to normal. I swam two laps of back stroke, then rested. I swam two laps of side stroke with a little more intensity,...

posted on: May 19, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 3

Headed out to the gym a little later than I wanted to. It was about 2:30 when I arrived, and all three lap lanes in the pool were in use. I waited a few minutes, then joined the woman using the widest of the three lanes. I noticed today that my recovery rate after a lap was definitely faster than it was on Monday or Wednesday. Also, a problem I’d been having with the range of motion in my left arm was better. Not sure why. After my 20 minutes of “swim sprints” I left the pool and got into the hot tub. It was a bit disappointing today – more like a “lukewarm” tub than a “hot.”...

posted on: May 17, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama


Hi, and welcome to my new website, Overcome Diabesity. I’m going to be using the word “diabesity” a lot in these videos and on this site. Diabesity is sort of shorthand for diabetes + obesity, as well as a constellation of other symptoms of metabolic disorder. When I use the word “diabetes” here, I’m referring to Type 2 diabetes. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name’s Susanna Perkins. I’m in my middle fifties, married, with five grown children. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and I am medically obese. I carry about 50 extra pounds right now, which on my 5 foot nothing frame is a lot. Since my...

posted on: May 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Introduction to PACE

My fitness workout is based on the PACE program developed by Dr. Al Sears. PACE stands for Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion. I had bought Dr. Sears’ PACE program, had been receiving his emails and visiting his website regularly for over a year without putting it to use. Then he did something that really got my attention! Dr. Sears started tellling us about a patient named Terry. Terry was very overweight, and so out of condition when she first went to him that the only activity she could do safely was walking. So Dr. Sears developed a personalized PACE program for her. For the first several weeks, all Terry did was walk for 45 seconds and rest for 45...

posted on: May 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama