Diabetes care is and can be quite overwhelming in this day and age. With the internet and especially social media, everyone is an expert. People are easily able to fall into dogmatic thinking. I have fallen guilty of this as well. I would put down others that did things differently and I thought they had no idea what they were doing. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter how someone else chooses to do things. What works for me may not work for others and vice versa.
Reflecting back on my 26 plus years of living with type 1 diabetes, one major thing has always led to success and that has been being consistent. When I was first diagnosed at 12 years old, everything was the same for each meal and insulin dosage. For being newly diagnosed my numbers were pretty solid despite having hardly any idea what we were doing. Once I hit high school, I ignored the fact that I needed to do things a certain way. I kept this attitude into my early college years as well. My numbers were terrible, my health was terrible and my performance on the athletic field was not what it should have been. I was riding a roller coaster, guessing and hoping. Once I was starting to be consistent, things were very much improved. I was leaner, lighter and had more confidence in all that I did.
If we fast forward to about three years ago, we hit the most successful part of my type 1 life. Today, I have structure and I stay within my parameters for food. No restrictions. Not worried about labeling or identifying myself as a diabetic. The same goes for my training protocol. No program jumping. Following the plan and sticking to it.
Being consistent is huge. People that are successful are consistent in their behaviors. Health should not be taken for granted. We only get one shot. Whatever is that you do to be a success, be consistent and see results!
I have created a Facebook group called “Breaking Diabetes” that will have 12 weeks of free programming with the goal of increasing strength and conditioning. Figuring out what to do in the gym can be a daunting task. With this program, all you need to do is be consistent and be willing to allow yourself to get stronger, leaner and more conditioned.