Hey, Sugar! I’m Michelle.
I’m here to help you make people wonder how you do it. (read: look like a superhero)
You can stop being pissed off about being the only diabetic in town and start feeling special and owning it, instead.
Exercising with Type 1 Diabetes? I’ve been there. I’m still doing that.
If you say you’re high I’m not going to look at you funny (Ok, maybe a little) and if you say you’re low I’m going to get you juice before I give you a hug. (because hugs turn that frown upside down!)
Whether you like it or not, diabetes is a lifestyle. It’s goes ways beyond insulin. You may as well have fun with it, right?
So, what’s my story?
It didn’t matter if I was enjoying a long walk outside, busting a move at dance practice, training for a 5k, or teaching Zumba class. If exercise was involved, everything about my diabetes control changed. AND NO ONE COULD HELP ME FIGURE IT OUT! This headache around diabetes and exercise became my passion. I loved being active. I wasn’t going to give it up. I had to figure it out.
My desire to learn about exercise and what it meant for my diabetes control has fueled my career decisions. I’ve earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science and certifications as a Clinical Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. My education has helped me immensely, but after 20+ years of Type 1 Diabetes the biggest lessons still come from trial and error.
In grad school I worked at a gym and was surrounded by people who were incredibly fit and strong. I wanted that life, but at that time Diabetes + Exercise = Shoveling my face with cookies and tons of lows.
I started going about my workouts differently and things started to click. Patterns started showing up that I couldn’t see before. I remember thinking, “What?! I don’t have to carb load and cut back my insulin before? I don’t have to guzzle juice after? This is fantastic!
In the Spring of 2011, I started the process of getting certified with Metabolic Effect in group fitness and nutrition. I learned about fat loss from a hormone approach. As a former, aspiring endocrinologist and long- time physiology nerd, they were speaking my language! I finally had a way to figure out how the diabetic body reacted differently to exercise and weight loss.
I stopped looking at my body as a problem and started treating it like a science experiment (no stoichiometry required). Every type of workout affected my body differently. As with any experiment, it takes concentration and knowledge. Every body is different. Every diabetic body is different….every day. It’s a headache, but it’s also powerful to know my body so well. I ditched the time table, ditched the scale, and started focusing on what makes me stronger and puts me in control every single day. I’m a nerd when it comes to health, fitness, physiology, and diabetes. Let’s use that to our advantage and figure out this ‘betes thing together!
Are you “this close” to giving up on exercising because it’s too complicated?
Are you ready to get control of your diabetes, so it doesn’t control you?
Imagine knowing exactly how to get ready for your workout, feeling excited about exercise (instead of out of control), and making progress on your goals.
Stick around. I’ll be talking more about diabetes, fitness, and other sugar-free goodness in upcoming posts. Enter your email in the form on the right to stay up to date and receive your “Pre-Sweat” Checklist as my gift to you.
Sweet and Sweaty Hugs,Michelle