Innova Special Edition Soft Rhyno

innova-special-edition-soft-rhynoSo if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’re probably trying to figure out what an Innova Special Edition Soft Rhyno is, because it has nothing to do with diabetes or fitness. Well, I play disc golf, and it’s the name of a disc golf putter that I have, that I discovered today is worth quite a bit of money because it’s so old, rare, and in excellent condition.  So I’m kinda happy right now.  :)

This was actually the first day I’ve even thrown this year, which is sacrilegious since it’s half way through May now.  Every nice weekend day we’ve had so far this year, I’ve had other plans for.  I had other plans for today to, but they were indoors, and I just couldn’t stay inside today.  So I started the day by dropping by our local disc golf pro shop Iron Lion,  because my discs are getting thin since I lose them all the time.  I picked up some old school discs, some that I had long ago but have lost.  I picked up a Viper, a Valkyre, and a Firebird.  Bonus was, they were cheap since they were old.  Only $8 each.  At Walgreens they were $10, so supporting my local pro shop paid off!

Click Now for Iron Lion Facebook PageWhile explaining to Chase (the owner of Iron Lion) why I’m buying these old discs, I flip open my bag to show him a Nuke SS that I like and he quickly points to my bag and says “what’s that you’ve got there, that putter”.  So I drag out all of my discs to let him see.  His eyes light up as he picks up my Rhyno, and starts to explain how rare it is, squeezing it, gently bending it, that mine is in excellent condition, etc.  He tells me that people would pay me $50 for it right on the spot, and it might sell on E-bay for as much as $100.  Ever seen Comic Book Men?  When someone brings in a rare comic and they all get giddy?  It was like that.  I think he was trying to talk me into selling it to him, but I just told him I don’t want to sell it.

So then I went to my favorite course here in the Quad Cities, Eastern Park Disc Golf, and played the front 9 like I always do (I don’t like the back nine).  Threw all three of the new discs.  The Valkyrie is my favorite out of these three.  Interestingly though, what’s printed on my Valkyrie for flight numbers don’t match what the website says, and it flies more like the numbers on the website.

Then I just sat there for a while at the picnic table at the 9th hole enjoying the beautiful weather.  Watching people come and go.  I met a kid named Paul, who’s maybe 20ish, that seems to be super eager to become a pro player.  This is his first year playing.  *chuckle*  Seems like a super smart kid.  He knew TONS about disc golf, and he happened to mention in conversation that his dad was type 1 diabetic all his life, and so I asked him about it, and I asked him if his dad lives in the QC.  [palm—->forehead]  That’s when I realized he said “WAS” type 1 diabetic.  His dad passed away, but not from diabetes.  Chatted for a while longer, then went out onto the course to take some pictures, and then headed for home.  A great Saturday.

Is 21 Day Fix Better Than Weight Watchers Simple Start?

CLICK TO ORDER TODAY!Beachbody has released the much anticipated 21 Day Fix from IFBB bikini competitor Autumn Calabrese, but is it better than Weight Watchers Simple Start?  I think so, and here’s why.  The 21 Day Fix is a food and nutrition program, combined with an awesome workout, that’s focused on portion control, without calorie counting or food lists.  If the food fits in the container, you can eat it.  It’s super simple, and you don’t deprive yourself.  The workout is designed to burn massive calories so you get the results you need, . . . FAST.  It includes a little strength training, some cardio, some yoga, and some pilates.  A little bit of everything, to give you a well rounded, yet challenging 30 minute workout each day of the week.  Would you rather just have a container, than have to memorize or carry food lists?  Would you rather have a complete and comprehensive program that includes both nutrition and exercise?  Would you rather have a FREE Beachbody coach to support you and connect you with an extensive support network?  Would you rather start a weight loss program that’s guaranteed?  Of course you would!


Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity fitness trainer, and IFBB bikini competitor.  A rising star in the fitness community, she’s made a name for herself by helping people get fit and lose weight through simple portion control and consistent exercise.  She’s a busy mom, personal trainer, and entrepreneur.  Creator of Might Mommies Fitness and Change My Plate, Autumn Calabrese is the latest in celebrity trainers to the join the Beachbody family.

The 21 Day Fix can be used once to get ready for that special event such as weddings, vacations, family photos, etc.  It can also be used repeatedly, as a continuous workout program, to get amazing weight loss results.  If you combine what you already get in the 21 Day Fix with Shakeology, your results will be even more impressive.

I know we’ve had a brutal winter across the U.S., but summer is coming.  Lots of weddings and vacations coming up quick.  Plus, right now the 21 Day Fix is on sale.  Order today, and I’ll become your FREE Team Beachbody coach, and I’ll get you connected with a 21 Day Fix support group.  What are you waiting for?


No Excuses!

no-excusesDo you have a gym membership?  Did you start a new years resolution to get fit and lose weight?  Have you been going to the gym every day like you know you should?  Do you know what kind of exercises work best?  Do you know how much cardio and how much weight training you need?  Do you have a personal trainer that guarantees results?

Right now there’s a winter storm warning for my area.  Nearly every day this winter there’s been some sort of weather advisory here in Iowa.  I don’t know about you, but when there’s -40 wind chills and a blizzard outside, I don’t want to leave my house.  Most people aren’t getting their workouts in, but I am.  That’s because I do Beachbody workouts at home.

I used to be a gym guy.  I loved working out at the gym, but those workouts took over an hour, with eliptical time plus weight training, plus changing clothes, plus shower time.  It was at least an hour and a half every workout.  PLUS, if I was out of town on business, or the weather prevented me from getting to the gym, or the gym was closed, or I just wasn’t in the mood to work around all the pretty boys trying to pick up women at the gym, I didn’t get the workout in.  With Beachbody programs, I take 5 steps into my spare room, and I do my 30 minute workout.  Even when there’s a blizzard outside.  Even when it’s 1AM.  Even when I’m traveling out of town. Plus, no one gets in my way, and I don’t have to wait for machines.  With Beachbody workouts, there are no excuses.  It’s quick, it’s fun because the trainers crack you up, you workout in the privacy of your own home, and you get a personal trainer telling you exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, with guaranteed results.  Plus they offer great nutritional info and products, and a proven support arm called Team Beachbody.  This formula simply produces results.  It just does.

How many years have you been paying that gym membership without seeing results?  Stop throwing your money away.  Beachbody’s track record stands on it’s own.  You’ve seen the commercials, you’ve seen the before and after pictures.  I know you’d like to get the results you see on TV.  You can.  All you have to do is DECIDE, and then take action and buy your workout.  Buy it from me, and I become your FREE COACH.  What are your goals?  I am a type 1 diabetic Team Beachbody Coach, and I will help you get the results you desire .  I will provide accountability for you, I will connect you with support teams, I will get you to that picture you see of yourself when you close your eyes.  So what are you waiting for?  No excuses!  Get your Beachbody workout program today!



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Body Beast Results and Diabetes

Body Beast ResultsAs a type 1 diabetic, I know the value of exercise for my diabetes.  That’s part of why I do Beachbody workouts, and why I became a Beachbody coach 2.5 years ago.  At the beginning of May I started the 90 day Beachbody workout program called Body Beast.  Now I’d like to share my Body Beast results with you, and why Body Beast can help you if you have diabetes.  I’ve done a handful of Beachbody workouts, but Body Beast has shown me the most significant results.  Not just in body composition, and fitness level, but also in my diabetes.

Body Beast is an anaerobic strength training workout, which is ideal for anyone with diabetes.  You see, anaerobic exercise improves insulin resistance.  It does this so well, that with your first workout, it can improve your insulin resistance temporarily for hours, and then again with every consecutive workout.  With continued workouts, it can improve it more permanently, possibly reducing your daily insulin requirement.  When I do my workouts, I have to set a temporary reduced basal on my pump for 8 hours.  Since I workout consistently, every now and then I need to reduce either my daily basal or bolus insulin amounts.  I use a great deal less insulin now than I did before I was a Beachbody coach.  When you do anaerobic exercise, your muscle cells have improved insulin sensitivity, and can process carbohydrates with less insulin.  This is temporary, and it’s part of why everybody tells you to drink a recovery shake within 45 minutes of completing your workout.  I have my recovery shake immediately after every workout.  It tastes so good that my workout buddies and I call it “crack juice”.

Body Beast VideoIn a little more than 2 weeks, I celebrate 10 years of life, after cardiac arrest.  As part of my recovery 10 years ago, I became interested in health, fitness, nutrition, and bodybuilding.  I was in the best shape of my life back then, thanks to my cardiac arrest.  I wanted to celebrate this 10th anniversary by being as healthy as I was back then.  I think I am.  It feels good.  I don’t suddenly look like a bodybuilder after completing this program, but my body composition has certainly changed for the better, as well as my fitness level, my insulin requirement, and my knowledge of how anaerobic exercise affects and improves my diabetes has significantly improved.

I would absolutely love to lead a Body Beast workout group of my diabetes peeps.  Do I have any diabetes peeps that are bodybuilding fans?  Do you know what “the pump” feels like?  Who’s your favorite bodybuilder?  Have you ever seen Pumping Iron?  Have you ever been to a bodybuilding show?  Do you know what rhomboids are?  What’s your favorite bodybuilding quote?  Do you know who “The Blade”, or “Superman” are?  Can you tell I’m a bodybuilding fan?  LOL!

If you have any interest in such a workout group, please comment, message me, or contact me somehow in my social networks.  When you order from me, I become your coach, so I can help with the diabetes aspect of your workouts.  Below is a video I created along my journey over the 90 days.  I hope you enjoy it.


“The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger / Pumping Iron

I Support The Big Blue Test

Big Blue TestI’ve been seeing posts on Twitter and Instagram with hashtags (#) for the Big Blue Test (#bigbluetest) ever since I started using Twitter at the beginning of the year.  The posts never really describe what it is, and I didn’t get curious enough to click on it until now.  I love the goal, and the idea of the Big Blue Test.  What’s the Big Blue Test?  It’s something designed to motivate people to get active, and improve their diabetes, while teaching them responsible habits about diabetes and exercise.  Watch the video below to see exactly what the Big Blue Test is trying to accomplish.

So you can see that the Big Blue Test is:

  1. Raising funds for people with diabetes who otherwise wouldn’t receive proper care.
  2. Teaching diabetics about the importance of exercise in your treatment plan.
  3. Teaching diabetics the importance of testing both before and after exercise.
  4. Motivating diabetics to get active, while building community and support around it.
  5. Raising awareness for both type 1, and type 2 diabetes.
  6. Promoting World Diabetes Day, which is November 14th.

What the video doesn’t have time to explain is exactly “why” your blood sugar drops after exercise, and how it helps control your diabetes.  It does this same thing for everyone, not just diabetics.  I’ll try to explain this for you now, from the perspective of a diabetic first, and then explain why it helps a non-diabetic.

First, I need to explain a little science.  Don’t worry, it won’t hurt.  I promise.  You see, when you exercise, depending on what kind of exercise you do, you’ll burn either glucose or fatty acids.  Aerobic exercise (running, biking, cardio) burns mostly fatty acids, because it provides the body with oxygen, a necessary component for burning fat.  Anaerobic exercise (weight lifting, HIIT training), burns mostly glucose, because there’s little oxygen available.

Now for insulin’s role here.  More science, I’m sorry.  I just a geek at heart I guess.  So insulin is an anabolic hormone, which means it’s kinda like a carpenter, because it builds things.  Muscle, fat, cholesterol, and much more.  There are also catabolic hormones like glucagon that are like demolition experts, who’s job is to burn fat.   They don’t co-exist well.  If insulin is present, glucagon won’t be, and vise versa.  Remember this for later.

When you eat carbs, they’re turned into fuel (glucose) and then insulin is like a key to the muscle cell so that fuel can get inside, providing the muscle what it needs to operate and grow.  Type 1 diabetics have no insulin, so we inject it.  Type 2 diabetics have worn out their natural insulin pump, or plugged up that key hole in the muscle cell from overuse, and they’re insulin is low, or doesn’t work very well anymore.  Non diabetics have a perfectly functioning checks and balances system for insulin, that keeps them supplied with just the right amount of insulin for what they eat.

I know, I know.  What does all this have to do with the Big Blue Test?  Here’s the secret behind the importance of the Big Blue Test.  When you exercise strenuously (remember what I said about anaerobic exercise), your body doesn’t need insulin to get glucose into the muscle cell.  This . . . is . . .  huge.  For EVERYONE.  Here’s why.

You do some HIIT training like Insanity or maybe some strenuous weight lifting, leaving you out of breath.  You do this for 20 – 40 or so minutes.  After your workout, diabetic or not, your blood sugar’s gonna drop . . . . . and it can keep dropping for up to 8 hours.  (A great time for P90X Results and Recovery formula with 40 grams of dextrose)  Your need for insulin is reduced because that strenuous exercise can allow your muscles to utilize glucose without insulin for up to 8 hours after your workout.  Sounds good right?  But why?  Because reduced insulin for up to 8 hours means you have improved insulin resistance (type 2 diabetics might reverse their diabetes), you burn more fat because insulin is low (remember what I told you about glucagon), you can’t store fat because insulin is required to store it (remember what I said about insulin), less daily insulin means less money spent on diabetic supplies, and the almighty blood sugar will be lower leading to a better A1C score.  Reducing insulin levels in your blood stream improves your health in to many ways to list in this article.

How do you optimize this for fitness and diabetes?  Don’t eat carbs for 3 hours before your workout, diabetic or not.  That leaves low insulin amounts in your blood stream.  If you’re type 1, of course you may not have a choice sometimes if you go low in that 3 hour window.  Such is life.  Anyway, you’ll burn fat like crazy during your workout with low insulin levels.  After your workout, take a good protein recovery shake with a 2/1 ratio of carbs/protein for serious athletes, or 4/1 for everyone else.  This is the only time of day a diabetic will want to eat high glycemic carbs.  Everybody will want that in your blood stream ASAP.  This will help a diabetic recover from the ensuing low blood sugar, and it just plain makes everyone heal and feel better.  It’s also important for non-diabetics to do this.  This will help in your weight loss results, but the reason why is another whole blog article.

So the Big Blue Test is doing a great deal more for you than they are able to tell you in a short 1 minute video.  I hope this article has helped you understand what’s going on behind the scenes in the Big Blue Test.

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When you just don’t wanna push play . . .

push-playI’m a type 1 diabetic Beachbody coach, and I run challenge groups to help my customers reach their fitness goals.  Why does a challenge group increase success?  Because it offers people support, and through the act of supporting others, you keep yourself on track, with your eyes never wavering from your goal.

Yesterday, I checked in with my challenge group, to find 1 of the participants post a message saying that he really didn’t feel like doing his workout, but he did anyway, and when he was finished he felt so much better about himself for pushing through it.  He thanked the people of the challenge group for being there everyday, and pushing him to keep at it.  Then another participant commented that she sometimes feels the same way, and knows what he was going through.  She commended him for pushing through it, and thanked the group for their support too.

Then I checked my email and saw a message from my own Beachbody coach, that she forwarded from a Tony Horton group.  The message was from Tony Horton, about those days where you just don’t feel like working out, but when you push through it, and you do it, you always feel amazing afterward.  Tony said that even a bad, lackluster workout is better than no workout at all.

Then I started my workout, all eager to kick it into high gear and burn some calories.  I load up my barbel with weight, start my workout, and suddenly hit a wall after only about 10 minutes of the 45 minute workout.  I just couldn’t find the energy to push through, so instead of quitting, I thought about my challenge group, who I’m so very proud of right now, and I thought about that email I got my from my coach, and I took some weight off the barbel, and did a crappy workout with light weight, but I did it.  I didn’t want to let down my coach, or my challenge group.

When you don’t wanna push play, a challenge group might just motivate you to do it.  If I didn’t have my challenge group, or my Team Beachbody coach, I wouldn’t have done that workout.  I’d have quit.  This is the benefit of Team Beachbody.  This is why we don’t let you fail.   Support is the secret ingredient to your success on your transformation journey.

If you’d like to learn more about my challenge groups, find me on Facebook or Twitter.

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