Why do you log your data?
To see if I am hitting the mark. I use One Drop to analyze the constant stream of Dexcom data. That way I can see if my daily average is where I want it to be or if I need to focus more attention on my diabetes.
Why One Drop?
I love the advanced analytics of the Dexcom data. Having a 1- 7- and 30- day average is crucial. I also love how it will tell me the percentage of my day spent high and low. It’s also fun to be able to share a blood sugar moment straight from the app with only one or two clicks.
Stand up paddling, open water swimming, surfing, hiking, and pretty much anything that gets me moving.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food?
I love a big meal from Veggie Grill which is a vegan restaurant that makes food that tastes like real American food.
Weirdest place you’ve checked your blood sugar / injected insulin / changed an infusion set … ?
In the middle of the Intercoastal Waterway. We did a 100-mile stand up paddle trip there last year and had to do all of our diabetes management on the water. So that meant checking Dexcom data and injecting. My teammates also had to change a pump site and a Dexcom sensor while on the water. It was awesome.
Anything you’ve learned on your diabetes journey that you’d like to share with the world?
For me the only way to motivate myself to continually get out there and be active is to plan a great adventure every year. If I don’t have something on the books to train for I get complacent with my exercise which, in turn, makes managing blood sugars tougher. So I would say to everyone, find a way to be adventurous and watch it bring the motivation you need to keep doing all of the tedious, never-ending tasks that we have to do to take great care of our diabetes.
You can check out our adventures at SeaPeptide.com or on Instagram or Twitter (@erinspineto). This year we are doing a 42-hour weekender backpacking trip to show that anyone can find time to squeeze in an adventure. And in 2017 we will be heading off to Turks and Caicos for a 100-mile adventure on stand up paddle boards, hiking, swimming, and riding around on Electra cruisers.