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Weights intimidate me.

Cycling is fun.

Stair climber is painful, but in a good way.

Walking is great, but takes too long for me to get from point A to point B. 

Core exercises are okay; I fill like I do them wrong and since I am not consistent I do not get the results I want. 

Running is my IT exercise…I freaking love it.  I do not want to run a half marathon or marathon. I do want to strengthen my core and work my entire body to help me build endurance. 

I want to tone. 

I want to feel comfortable in my clothes; I’m comfortable in my skin:)

#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes

Today is I wish people knew that Diabetes (#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes) day, created by Kelly Kunik.  I started started tweeting last night with my Australian DOC (Diabetes Online Community). If you have a moment to share your thoughts, please hop on Twitter, Facebook or write a blog post.

You can participate in our weekly Twitter chat, #DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) tonight at 9 PM EDT to share your thoughts with others on #IWishThatPeopleKnewThatDiabetes

-Cherise


                    

Reflections 

My daughter will be 10 this year; I can’t believe it. I see a bit of myself in her. I admire her confidence and the ability to speak her mind. Her determination to be different and defy the odds-it frightens and amazes me. I pray that she will see the person she will become, and know that there will be a few bumps in the road, but don’t allow those bumps or people stop her from being who she is meant to be.  

  

When I was her age, I wasn’t confident. I did not speak up or challenge the status quo and I was down on myself. I thought I was the ugliest person on the plant. I had aspirations of going to college to get a degree in communications, but I allowed someone to tell me no, that I couldn’t do it and that  I wasn’t ready for college.  I wish the younger version of myself could have had a glimpse of the woman she would become.  She would have been proud to know that the bumps wouldn’t stop her from being who she was meant to be.

-Cherise

The Power and Positivity of the #DOC

Not Dead, Diabetic

team awesome


Let’s talk about Twitter conversations of #AWESOME.

Tuesday evening in the USA is #DCDE time and Wednesday evening is #DSMA time. I’ve only participated twice in these twitter conversations of total awesome, but I LOVED them and felt so invigorated after them. The groups’ members are so knowledgable, helpful, honest, supportive and positive. Everyone who is living with diabetes, or knows a person who is living with diabetes, should get on board with #DSMA, #DCDE and the #DOC!! NOW!

So you can imagine how bad I felt this morning when I woke up and realised I had missed both the #DCDE and the #DSMA twitter chats this week. I’d had two bad nights, hardly slept, and woke up after they had finished. Gutted! Gutted doesn’t even really cover the spectrum of my feelings of disappointment.

You see the USA’s evening is my morning (13 hour time difference), so when I…

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IRONMAN.

Chortling Towards Bethlehem

This is happening.

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In exactly six months I plan on crossing the starting line– and, dammit, the finish line too!– of IRONMAN WISCONSIN with a lot of other diabetic athletes.

Why?

This can be explained in multiple parts.

A few significant anniversaries

A while ago I was on a run and letting my mind wander. My diaversary is coming up……hey, next year it’ll be on a weekend…..maybe I should do a race or something…..or maybe I should GO BIG OR GO HOME?

Which began a longer mental conversation about doing some sort of physical challenge that related to diabetes, that honored diabetes in some way. Because as much as I keep it tucked away sometimes, it is a significant challenge in my athletic (and hell, everyday) life. And it’s good for my mental health to periodically take some time and acknowledge, “This stuff can really suck! Might as well show it up and kick…

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Letting go.

Every week, I receive a new scripture or a devotion that relates to the topic that I am studying. The Bible verses are great, but every once in a while they do not relate to the class.  My new instructor sent a syllabus, which included Jeremiah 29:11 happens to be one of those scriptures that spoke to me in ways that no one could understand. I have made a decision to stop worrying about my career; He has a plan for me. I am done blocking my blessings. I am letting go and letting God. What He has for me-it is for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the Lord,”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.