Every diabetic (regardless of type) knows the importance of heart health. At the risk of sounding harsh and/or critical, if you are diabetic and NOT concerned about your heart and circulatory system, then I hope the rock you are living under is warm and cozy.
Months ago, in the depths of winter, Cherise hosted a DSMA chat (diabetes social media advocacy chat) about exercising during the cold winter months and how do we stay motivated. I ended up in a conversation during the chat with some of my #DOC Dweeps (diabetic Twitter friends) about keeping each other motivated and that I would essentially take the role of “Drill Sargent”. Our group has grown over the months and there are so many “@” names on the tweets that there is barely room for a message (140 characters is clearly not enough). It is not particularly organized but the tweets are a great reminder to keep yourself moving and nice little pat on the back from your friends.
This morning it was POURING rain here in NYC. I had plans to be at the gym before work. I packed up my bags, put on my rain gear and sloshed through puddles on my way to the gym, quickly realizing that the rain was already IN my boots, soaking through every layer of my clothing and my umbrella was serving as little more than a lightning stick. When I arrived at the gym, my fingerprint wouldn’t register at check-in because water was pouring out the cuffs of my raincoat sleeves. It’s funny that I considered this a problem because about 1 second later I discovered a far greater problem, I’d worn my rain/snow boots and FORGOT my sneakers!
There was no chance to run home and get my sneakers, workout and make it to work on time, even if I skipped a shower (EWWWWW). Some quick thinking and a bunch of questions later, a decision was made. I believe strongly in commitments. I believe in having goals. I believe in ME (even if I don’t feel that confident all the time). My only regret is that I lacked a cape. Enjoy this one folks!