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.
Pumpkin Hollow is nestled in the foothills of the Taconic mountain range close to the Berkshires. The terrain is hilly and woodsy with a meandering stream that winds its way through the 130 acre grounds to a waterfall next to the meditation dome. Rustic guest cabins are nestled in strategic spots. Since the Hollow was originally a farm there is a big old main house which lodges a comfortable salon with a welcoming fire place and cozy chairs, a library that beckons readers to explore its quiet bliss, and the kitchen commissary and dining hall whose windows open out to welcome in the greenery of tall trees.
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.