My current lifestyle started 17 years ago. The day I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes I knew that I stood at a crossroad, and was facing two choices. Having a mother with 5 years of being a type 1 diabetic behind her, I knew my options were limited. One option was to carry on as I was, and start my diabetic life in denial, OR realize that life had thrown one of its curve-balls my way, and it was up to me to decide my fate.
At first the change was very difficult and it was hard for me to adapt, but it is only the unknown that we fear.
I very quickly realized in my first year, that Nutrition and Exercise had many benefits to the control of diabetes. Three years later I found myself taken over and consumed by Exercise and healthy eating habits.
I am now Owner and Strength and Conditioning Coach at City Bowl Fitness – Strength and Conditioning, and run a website devoted to Performance Based Training and Nutrition called Diabetic Athletic.com as well an the TopShape Academy !
The training of my clients and myself is performance based and 100% result driven. Not only does this mean muscle gain and fat loss, but more importantly deals with strength, power, flexibility, agility, endurance, overall performance, and energy.
Diabetes is an energy disease and through the right exercise and nutrition BEFORE medication, I have found a way to control my diabetes, and energy levels like never before.
Not only has my HbA1c ( 3 month average), dropped down dramatically, but the total amounts of units of insulin administered per day have more than halved.
I have gone from giving 82 units of long and short acting insulin combined, to a total of 30 units a day, with an average sugar level reading of 7.5 mmol.
I am not claiming to be the perfect diabetic, as we all have our weak moments, but I am claiming that determination and the willingness to improve your current situation especially where health is concerned, is easy because the choice is ultimately ours and ours alone.
My lifestyle and my diabetes have equally contributed to getting me to where I am today.
Currently I am among the top 100 Fittest Athletes in Africa, as well as having the opportunity to use my Diabetes to educate those around me, and my clients about the healthiest way of living, and to not take our health for granted.
Diabetes is a “Silent Killer”, if left untreated and poorly controlled. It doesn’t have to be a problem, but rather a nudge in the right direction.
Passing away before our time is easy, it is the loved ones we leave behind that are important to remember.