My last post told you about my decision to go on an insulin pump after 13 years as a Type 1 with steadily rising A1Cs, scary low blood sugars, and frustrating highs. My timing couldn’t have been better. The Medtronic 670g – the world’s first FDA approved pump to use information from its continuous glucose monitor to make basal insulin adjustments – was on its way to market.
You’re standing on a winding trail at the precipice of a sheer cliff. The ocean crashes on the rocks below. Sidle up to the cliff and peek over the edge. Certain death. Look behind you, to the edge of a forest in the near distance. Hungry wolves with dripping jaws and glowing eyes wait, and watch.
Take notice of a child waking up in the morning. He or she usually gives a big yawn, rubs the sand out of their eyes and then stretches arms and legs all the way out, top to bottom. They then hop out of bed and rev up the energy of the day. Children capture the essence and importance of the morning stretch. Do you?
Look at what we have today: insulin pumps, CGM's we can read on our smart phones, bionic pancreases, support groups and blogs to name a few. Sure, it has taken years of blood, sweat and research to achieve all this. Odd as it may seem sometimes I ask what is it all for anyway? Is the mission for all the discoveries and technologies to improve the lives of those of us who live with diabetes?
Do you trust me? Do you believe me? What would you say if I told you that after nearly fifty-five years of being a PWD1 and at age sixty-five plus I have become a ballerina?
For over twenty years I ran a small exclusive catering business in New York City. One of my clients was an interior designer who decided to have a series of dinner parties to show off the décor in his new apartment to his top clients. And so, my mission impossible staff and I rallied uptown to carry out the order. To tell the truth the apartment was gorgeous but the kitchen, although sleek and beautiful, was not a cook’s kitchen.
If you are looking for the prime mover of diabetes and exercise look no further than Sheri, as in Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD. Sheri has been at the forefront of exercise, sports and active lifestyle for PWD’s for many years. In fact, her first research paper on diabetes and exercise was written when she was twelve years old. The main focus of the paper was herself since, she jokes, she knew everything there was to know about living with T1 diabetes. After all, she had been diagnosed at age four and a half.
Is there such a thing as limits to our capacities of willpower and grit? Can we muster them up anytime we need them? Where do we find them? How do we keep them? These are questions for MoTo Move to ponder today.
Sure, it’s easy for me to give you advice on how to get started moving, stay with it, challenge yourself, be inspired to exercise and always be active with a mindful and positive attitude. But recently I found myself in a pinch - a pinched nerve to be more specific - and realized it is not always easy to follow my own advice. Motivating one’s mojo can present resistance.
The motivation to move our diabetes into good places that keep us secure and on target can appear from a variety of epiphanies. The one I am talking about today is a little different from the standard issue prescription of eating fresh and healthy foods, participating in exciting physical activity and staying up to date with new medications and diabetes technology. We know about these and how they all play in concert. Today is about a little niche in the diabetes world known as the Wise Women of Diabetes.