From Abby: Jillian, Tally, Ginger, & Abby - Part One.
Abby is on a mission: the girl is off to get fit, make use of some diabetes gear we were sent to try out, and tap into her inner diabetes scientist. Here's Part One of her Mission. :) Go, Abby, go!!!
Exercise is one of those words in my life that brings mixed emotions. I love what a solid workout routine does for my blood sugars, my weight, my energy level, and the way my clothes fit. The actual exercise part though, blows. I seriously hate it. I hate being out of breath. I hate sweating. I hate worrying the entire time that it was all for nothing if I go low after and have to eat all the calories back. It sucks.
That being said, sometimes things in life just suck and you have to do them anyway. (See: insulin).
So last year I was working for the YMCA and had a free gym membership. I went quite a bit until I broke my arm (snowboarding, not at the gym) then took so much time off and school caught up to me and I had a stack of excuses bigger than the stack of schoolwork looming over my head. So exercise flew out the window.
Now that I'm here in Boston, with tons and tons of time to spare, I figured I had no excuse. Like, seriously... not a good one at all. One of my very dear friends at CBC has just transformed her life by getting healthy, losing a bunch of weight, and she looks freeking awesome (hey Kerry!) and she did it by eating healthy, and working out. She posted frequently about her struggles with it on Facebook, and about her triumphs. Long story short, she is my inspiration. I know that at one point toward the beginning she used the Jillian Michaels' 30-day-shred DVD and she really loved it. A lot of girls at camp this summer were using it too, and raved about it - so I ordered it on Amazon last week. It came yesterday.
Another addition to this little story is TallyGear. While visiting camp this summer, Kerri gave me some TallyGear pouch band things to try out. (I had secretly wanted one for a while). So today I finally gave it a go while doing day one of the shred routines.
Last player in this game of health: Ginger Vieira. A really long time ago she sent me her book Your Diabetes Science Experiment and I LOVE it. I read it immediately, and it's great. I won't recap it for you (yet!), but basically she puts your body's experience with diabetes and exercise into really understandable language. The book also makes learning how your own body deals with things really easy.
So today, September 20, 2011 [Editor's note: So I'm late in posting this. Sorry!!], I vow to do this 30-day-shred while wearing my flowery TallyGear tummy band thing, and write down my blood glucose before and after every workout, and two hours out, every day for 30 days.
You heard it here people. If I'm not going to be employed, I'm going to be healthy. Time for a change.
Go, Abby, go!!!!! I personally think that the cooler seasons are an easier time for me to get in shape, because summer has us doing a lot of travel and playing outside. Following a steadier workout routine is more viable for me in the fall and winter. (Even though I should be more motivated in the summer - bathing suit, and all.) How about you guys - what motivates you, and how do you follow through?