Diabetes, the motivator.

By Chad1978 Latest Reply 2012-08-14 20:04:20 -0500
Started 2012-08-09 16:11:48 -0500

Good afternoon ladies, gentlemen, gentlemen dressed as ladies, ladies dressed as gentlemen, diabetics, non-diabetics just here to support diabetics, and any others I may have missed. Well, it has been a very long time since I last appeared on this site, and it's good to be back. I think the last time I was here I caused a bit of controversy, and for that I do apologize. Anywho, I am back, well, at least for today. I wish I had more time to stay up to date on these sites, but my schedule is always so darn crazy.

For those of you that have no clue who I am, and those of you that have forgotten who in the heck I am I and to those that remember who I am I say hello to you all. My name is Chad, and I have been a type 1 diabetic since early 2008, and I am now 34 years old. Diabetes has been life's biggest motivator for me, and I wonder if any others out there feel this way. Before I was a diabetic I was active, but barely. Since I have become a diabetic I mostly eat way healthier than I ever have, and I don't know if I've ever been as active as I ever have. I have been running 5K's like crazy, and have been training to run the upcoming Chicago marathon, and I would never have been doing any of these things if it wasn't for my diabetes. Although I would give it up in a minute if I could, I actually see my diagnosis 4 years back as one of the best things that ever happened to me. If they came up with a cure tomorrow I would take that cure, but still do everything the same as I was since being a diabetic. No more excuses of why I don't feel like exercising today. No more excuses of why I am going with the healthier choices instead of pizza as often as possible. I could never give pizza up, but it is more of a reward I give myself every now and then rather than a routine.

I just wonder if there are any others like me that actually see their diabetes as more of a positive thing in life rather than a negative. Now, I do understand being a diabetic in the 2008's is way easier than being one in even the 1990's, but I personally know a few diabetics that were diagnosed after me and they just look at it in the most negative way and refuse to even look at it from another angle. If they feel like being negative and angry about it that is their prerogative. I just wonder if their is anyone else out their that has looked at diabetes from a different point of view.

Have a good day, all, and I bid you all adieu.

35 replies

troublemaker27 2012-08-12 21:28:09 -0500 Report

hi chad i'm tori it's nice to meet you i have type two diabetes since 2008.
so where are you from?
i'm from omaha,ne i now live in sacramento,ca since 2004.
my blood sugars are good their not high
i'm 35yrs old i work in graphic arts but i rather be a world traveler.
i'm taking good care of myself.
nice meeting you

Chad1978 2012-08-13 21:40:39 -0500 Report

Hello, and nice to meet you, as well. I live in the suburbs near Chicago in IL. I am a train dispatcher in the city, and have worked for the railroad for a little over 10 years. I am 34 years old, and have been receiving pretty good blood sugars, except for the few days I reward myself on a given month.

dietcherry 2012-08-11 10:13:09 -0500 Report

Hey Chad and welcome back!!! How are things going for you and how is your beautiful family doing? Life is great init?!!
Ive been T1 a long time and was super healthy before…and still am! My discipline only increased with becoming diabetic. I was a runner too back in the day and have always enjoyed a regular exercise routine; this is an important component of the D trifecta along with diet and insulin.

I know you take excellent care of yourself and get much support from those around you; congrats on all your hard work and I expect you to cross that finish line——for all of us! :-)

Chad1978 2012-08-13 21:47:19 -0500 Report

Hello, and thanks. It's good to be back. My family is doing great. I just celebrated my 10th anniversary with my wife a few months back, and my 4 year old and 9 year old keep me motivated in life. Before I was a diabetic I was really inconsistent with my eating and exercise habits. In other words, I was lazy. Now, I am completely different. I always try to keep the exercising fun, though. I am not gung ho with weights and all that. Instead I like to change up bike riding and jogging, especially 5 Ks.

I agree, life is great. I hope you and your family are doing well, too.

tabby9146 2012-08-10 16:05:55 -0500 Report

Glad you are back Chad! sounds like you are doing well, I am glad. It is a motivator for me, and was from day one, I was scared, but I discovered this place not long after, over 3 1/2 years ago, and I was so glad, and everyone made me feel better. It was the wake up call I needed, even though I had made numerous changes to my diet, in the year or two before the diagnosis, and I had started exercising again, (fast walking 30 mins. a day) 7-8 months before I was diagnosed, I could not lose weight to save my life! But I knew that exercise was helping me. So by the time I knew what was going on, I'd already made major changes, so it wasn't incredibly hard to make more changes.

Chad1978 2012-08-13 21:50:31 -0500 Report

That's great. Keep up the great work. The people on this site are great. I wish I had more time to be on this site, but that is life for ya.

Patty0057 2012-08-10 07:08:21 -0500 Report

I definitely feel that diabetes motivated me. I feel stronger & healthier now. It is just shy of a year ago that I was diagnosed with type 2. At first I was frozen by fear but over that weekend U changed my diet & started to move.
Now I'm 62 pounds thinner, toned & exercise every day or every other day. I wear a pedometer to tracks steps & move more than I sit. My last 2 A1c's have been normal. I am 55 years old but feel like I'm in my 30's. I take no meds.

Chad1978 2012-08-13 21:54:27 -0500 Report

That's fantastic. You are definitely an inspiration to all folks, and not just diabetics. What you have done is one of the hardest things a person could do, and that's to make a goal and stick with it. I'm very proud of you, and I applaud your hard work.

tabby9146 2012-08-10 16:02:44 -0500 Report

That's great Patty! What an inspiration. I too am type 2 and I do not take meds. I was on Metformin for a few months at first, back at the end of 2008 when I was first diagnosed, and for three months after that, I had 35 lbs, to lose in all, to get to ideal weight, did it, kept on exercising most everyday, just a half hour a day, (now I do sometimes 2 half hour segments when I have the time) and I'm 47, getting ready to turn 48 in Dec. My attitude was one that it wasn't going to get me down and I would fight it all that I could.

Nobu 2012-08-13 21:27:55 -0500 Report

Wow! you two are great! I admire your motivation…I wish I could have some of your motivation so that I could definitely loose some weight and feel stronger and healthier…I'm type 2 and am 55 yrs. Old…5'10" and 310 lbs…190 lbs. overweight… please give me some of your motivation…I've been on meds ever since diagnosed in 2009 and my blood sugar still keeps going up to 335 since my last check up last week…I used to be active in all around sports during my younger times…but ever since I got my heart disease (cardiovascular) in 2008, it has been very difficult to do any exercise…short walks and a little swimming is all I can do nowadays…due to difficulty breathing…and I get tired very easily…Congratulations!! to the both of you…and thank you very much for your sharing…it gives me a very strong push of encouragement…thank you Patty,…I will aim at feeling 35…hahahahahahaha…may God bless you all…
Hafa dei greetings from Guam.

tabby9146 2012-08-14 12:01:06 -0500 Report

thank you. I wish I could give you more, and glad that it helped some. My heart goes out to everyone who suffers from anything at all, diabetes or anything else. I know it seems like you can't do it, but all I can do is pray for you, and tell you to try to set small goals to meet, of weight loss and just keep trying. I think there are some professionals on here , or used to be, in nutrition and things like that, and hope they will all help and jump in and post haven't read the rest of the posts yet. I know a lady in my community, found out at church Sunday that her numbers were way too high and she is in ICU. I don't know the details, trying to find out, but she has been a long-time brittle diabetic and she's been in hospital many times over the years, in comas and sometimes has fallen from low BS and hurt herself that way. She has to have someone live with her now. It just breaks my heart. I try to raise awareness in my community and on my social networks, trying to get people to understand this disease and how serious it is and to get checked for it if they haven't, and to start exercising and trying to eat better. I let myself go for just a few years, it did not take long to happen. God bless you. good to talk to you

Nobu 2012-08-14 20:04:20 -0500 Report

Thank you so much tabby for your kind respond…please be assured that you did great…you've inspired me enormously…as I was trying to say in my previous post that I am going to try my best to do all I can (discipline myself) until I reach my goal to feel 35 again…hehehehehehe…it's all thanks to you…and it's been good talking to you too…God bless you.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-10 06:06:38 -0500 Report

Hi Chad, this is great I was diagnosed August 2011 as a T1! I thought I was healthy back then, but am a lot healthier now. I have always been disciplined, but now my discipline exceeds even my own expectations! Life is great, and it's a great thing to enjoy it! Thanks for this discussion, it take hard work to be a healthy person, but a lot harder as a person with D! Like you I would take the cure in a second, but usually I feel good as long everything is okay. I used to run and have been wanting to go back, I am 49 hrs, but still experience lows if I am not careful, so running would need some planning, snacks, etc. Any ideas!

Chad1978 2012-08-13 22:02:37 -0500 Report

Hello. I always love to hear when people tell me that they not only met their goals, but actually exceeded them. That is so great, because it is so hard to stay motivated and to stay on track. Again, it's people like you that help to keep me motivated, so thanks.

As far as running, I too, tend to get lows. What I do is have a banana and maybe a glass of chocolate milk about 10 minutes before I jog. I usually jog around 5 miles, but I try to stay within my neighborhood just in case I get lows. If I do end up running a 5K or decide to jog on a running trail away from my house then I will make sure to bring a snack with me. Most of the times I just bring one of those Glucerna snack bars, and then my blood sugar levels are usually between 80-90 once I am finished with my jog.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-09 19:48:41 -0500 Report

That is so great!! You are right, on the benefits diabetes can have if you look at it in a positive way. There are soo many who just want to use it as an excuse to do nothing, not change the way they eat and do bg checks take their meds, etc, and then when bad things happen cry about it or act confused. We can't force people to change, they have to want it. Running was also my thing, the way my mom told it, I was born running and never stopped:) I can't do that now because of a back injury and leg issues that are going to require surgery. But, I'm hopeful to get back there one day. The injuries and cancer is what gives me the most problem not my diabetes!!

It makes me sad to know that there are so many people who could catch their diabetes in the pre stage, or reduce/get off their medications, and for those of us who don't have that as an option can even prevent further damage if they would just take responsibility for their diagnosis and take the proper actions. I guess it is easier for some to just not deal with it?

I wish you luck with the marathon, and you're already a winner for just attempting it as well as having an amazing attitude. It was really great to read such a positive post, thank you<3

MoeGig 2012-08-09 19:24:17 -0500 Report

Congrats, you're absolutely right. I'm way healthier now than I would have been if diabetes hadn't scared the "be-jesus" our of me back in 1965. Don't quit…fear of failure is the ultimate motivator. Diabetes is the only disease I can think of where it's totally (95%) up to you whether you have a good life or a miserable one fighting off complications. As they say, "you pay your money and take your choices". Good luck.

Chad1978 2012-08-09 19:39:51 -0500 Report

I agree. We all have choices in life, and every person I know that makes the positive choices are the happiest people I know.

herigoagain1 2012-08-09 18:48:21 -0500 Report

I too am more active now than before. I have been motivated to lose 40 pounds so far and plan on losing lots more. I honestly believe I would have never gotten active and lost the weight if it hadn't been for the diagnosis of diabetes.

Nick1962 2012-08-09 16:28:06 -0500 Report

Pretty much took the words out of my mouth there! I'm a far happier diabetic than I was non-diabetic.

Chad1978 2012-08-09 16:45:02 -0500 Report

That's awesome. How long have you had diabetes?

Nick1962 2012-08-09 17:50:34 -0500 Report

Since 2007 and I'm not the same person I was then.

Nick1962 2012-08-10 08:27:17 -0500 Report

I got a liitle sidetracked and started getting into snorkeling (the equipment is a whole lot cheaper). I've never had a fear of heights, but even though I love water, have never been comfortable in open water above my head. In december I'm going to let someone throw me off a sailboat and I'll try my hand at underwater photography. If I can keep my head together and get just one decent photo, I think I can put a big check in the "conquered" box.
Never thought I'd be doing that.

Chad1978 2012-08-09 17:56:07 -0500 Report

Nor am I, and thats not a bad thing. Its nice meeting positive folks, like yourself, as it makes it much easier to stay motivated.

Nick1962 2012-08-09 18:19:20 -0500 Report

No buddy, the pleasure's all mine. I see way too many people who make BS excuses why they can't do something, it's inspiring to see one who can. Congrats on the 5K's and the upcoming marathon! That is one of the most diverse courses around (tougher than Boston I think).

Chad1978 2012-08-09 19:05:08 -0500 Report

Personally, I'd prefer to stick with 3-4 mile races. Those races are actually fun. 26 miles seems more like torture, but ya only live once, so what the hell. I start getting low blood sugars after about 3 miles, so that will be interesting. If I can make it halfway through this race I'll consider it a victory in my head.

Nick1962 2012-08-10 08:14:45 -0500 Report

For me just qualifying would be a major feat, so a high five for getting where you are! Not to raise the bar, but I work with a guy that has consitently placed in the top 10 of the Uwharrie Mountain Run
This is a 40 mile winter run through the local mountains, and at some points 900 feet above sea level. I have a lot of respect for the guy, but I secretly relish the fact that he can't cook.

Chad1978 2012-08-13 22:07:21 -0500 Report

Wow, 40 mile winter run. Yikes. I have lived in the Chicagoland area my entire life, and I can't remember a time when I liked winter. I prefer to run on my treadmill and watch summer flicks.

Nick1962 2012-08-14 07:38:44 -0500 Report

Well, winters here are a whole lot different. You might like it. Last year's was wet, but only about 50 degrees. Spent a few years in the Chicago area, loved the winters myself, but then I had an "outside" girlfriend who loved playing in the snow.

Chad1978 2012-08-09 16:15:46 -0500 Report

Wow, lot's of spelling and grammatical errors. Well, that's what you get when you type on a phone.

jayabee52 2012-08-09 18:19:44 -0500 Report

well, Chad, we "grade on a curve" here! As long as you're not a salesperson or a spammer, you're good. (I think you knew that from before) We don't say much about spelling and grammar.

Chad1978 2012-08-09 19:07:09 -0500 Report

Ha, thanks. I just thought it was kind of funny, really. I hate texting or typing with my new phone because it is always changing properly spelled words on me. I have a love hate relationship with new technology lately.

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