New Year with Diabetes : Striving for ___ in 2013!

DSMA-logo-2012-LGThis is my first ever entry into the DSMA blog carnival.  Ok, so lets get this done.  In 2013, I’m striving for an A1C of 7.0 or below.  In all my life as a type 1 diabetic, I never really even understood what that A1C score was for.  Never paid attention to it.  I only got it checked every few years or so, by doctors that had no clue about how to treat type 1 diabetes.  I never really lived my life like a diabetic.  Didn’t even know what an endocrinologist was, until my cardiac arrest in the summer of 2003.  I didn’t even start to understand my diabetes until after my cardiac arrest, and it wasn’t my doctors that got me interested in understanding it, it was bodybuilders!  When I went through cardiac rehab, that got me hooked on exercising, so I found a trainer . . . . . that just happened to be a competitive bodybuilder.  TrainerThat’s him off the right.  That was in late 2003.  I surrounded myself in that lifestyle, although I wasn’t a bodybuilder.  It was those bodybuilders who began to teach me about insulin.  Bodybuilders understand insulin better than most diabetics, and even better than most endocrinologists.  I began to understand metabolism, exercise, nutrition, etc.  2011 rolled around, and I started a home business as a Team Beachbody coach, which made me become even more interested in improving my diabetes.  Then, in early 2012, I discovered the 2 things that have been instrumental in improving my diabetes.  The paleo lifestyle, and the diabetes online community (#doc).  Slowly over the last year, I’ve become even more of a nutrition nazi, and biochemistry hobbyist.  Reading book after book, learning more and more about insulin, metabolism, biochemistry, and more.  I’ve read more books this year than any other year of my life!  All of them on nutrition.  (I’m going to start a book review series on this blog as a matter of fact!)  Although I’m an online diabetes advocate now, that doesn’t mean I’m a perfect diabetic.  It does make me want to improve my A1C to a respectable level if I’m going to be an advocate though.  I struggle just like everybody else.  My A1C did drop by 2.5 points in 6 months last year, which I was really excited about.  Still a little way to go to reach 7.0, but I’ll make it.  I have a lot of people that have thanked me for what I do in the online community, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you.  Were it not for all of you, I wouldn’t be improving nearly as well as I have over the last year.  In helping you, I’m helping myself.  thanks Diabetes Online Community (DOC)!!!


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8 thoughts on “New Year with Diabetes : Striving for ___ in 2013!

  1. The D-OC is amazing and helps me with my diabetes so much. Good luck with your 2013 goals!

  2. How interesting that it was body building that lead you to learning so much more about diabetes! It’s funny how we don’t always know where a path will lead us. With all of your knowledge and positive attitude, I’m sure you will reach the number you are striving for!

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  4. Rich- I have heard a lot of people say they’ve learned a lot about managing diabetes from bodybuilders, personal trainers and reading a lot of books. You have made a lot of changes. I’m sure you’ll make it below 7. The DOC is amazing. Thank you for participating in DSMA’s blog carnival.

  5. Hi Rich!

    Just stumbled onto your blog tonight. Where have I been? And sorry it has taken me so long. And just now it clicked that Cherise mentioned about you contributing great work to the DSMA site. Thank you!

    Yours is a fascinating story, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

    • Hi Scott! I’ve seen your picture around the internet for quite some time. I think I saw your blog recently myself. I’ll certainly go look at it right now for a refresher. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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