Connected in Motion rocks the Ottawa races & cheers like no other

1. Drove to Ottawa, BBQ feasted with Connected in Motion and checked into our weekend home, Carleton University.

2. Reminisced and realized that for me, this was my life 10 years ago #WhereHasTheTimeGone

View from my room, Prescott House.

View from my room, Prescott House.

3. Picked up bib.

4. Did some yoga in the park!

5. Cheered with signs and people that looked like this:

CIM was outstanding at the cheer. Everyone was enthusiastic. No one wanted to pack it up early. Cheers were loud and proud until the last runner past for every single race that took place this weekend. True spirit and heart when you hang out with CIM. It was also a real chance to also practice my deep yogic breathing while utilizing a noise-maker.

6. No selfies here. Took photos like in the olden days.

7. Sunday half-marathon: ran it. Had a PB + PR. Steady bg’s. LOTS of Gatorade, two gels, ample water and checks before, twice during and one post-race. Pushed hard and made my dream goal, finishing under 2:30. No calf pain either. It was a great day. Credit goes to the pace bunny. Without him, I wouldn’t have made it. These volunteers make all the difference.

8. Stared at map for a long time after I was done.

9. Enjoyed and am still enjoying the medal!


Thank you Connected in Motion for yet another amazing experience with even more amazing(er) people. Amazinger? I’m tired.

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DSMA Blue Fridays: Hold that dress up.

Every Friday I show you a new, blue outfit. This week’s dress had a plunging JLo neckline. So, please excuse my hand-to-heart posing.

On Fridays we wear blue to support those affected by diabetes. It’s called, appropriately so, Blue Fridays! Read more here.

So get on the bandwagon, put on some blue, take a selfie and hashtag it #BlueFridays.

Are you wearing blue today?


How can we help people with diabetes in a social media world?

I feel grateful that I grew up in a time where Facebook didn’t exist.

Twitter wasn’t a word and a ‘double tap’ could at best mean two faucet handles in a bathroom sink (one hot one cold, anyone remember?).

I can’t imagine all my silly decisions and “lesson learned” moments being so readily available for my peers and the world to see through social media.

Now this is going to make me sound old, but the power of words has also taken a different turn. People young and old can say whatever they want without it ever being traced back to them. There’s a loss in accountability. It’s one thing to tell someone (as they stand trembling with tears in their eyes) that they are ugly, worthless and that they should die, and quite another to do it behind a screen. Both are horrid though. I don’t need to tell you how bad cyber bullying has gotten.

Imagine what life would be like if people spoke as they wrote online? smh. <–that’s stands for ‘smack/shake my head’

Technology is a wonderful tool, but it also makes an impact we have yet to fully understand for the younger generation.




I see this all the time on all channels: a toxic combination of relentless anger, resentment and dark depression about living with diabetes. Someone made an incorrect assumption about diabetes, attack! Oh they didn’t specify type 1? Attack!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s annoying and of course feels personal when someone is miseducated about diabetes. Unfortunately blasting someone online doesn’t go very far even if you’re trying to educate them. Being hostile doesn’t set the tone for someone to open up their mind to what you have to say. From my observation, it’s an unfortunate cycle that never seems to end.

It’s saddening to read what seems to be a manifestation of pain, but it’s also a window into the minds of what some of these young people are going through. 

Maybe these angry diabetics aren’t REALLY angry and are exaggerating. Maybe not. Either way, it’s a cry for attention and they are screaming every which way.

Being on social media has opened me up to a world that I’ve never lived in before, and it’s scary. A world where some don’t take insulin because they are too embarrassed to do so in public. The burnout, ignoring diabetes for months on end, the shame, the guilt.

I understand fully that in real life, people are also more quick to complain and not as ready to celebrate the little joys in this world. I get that. But that doesn’t deter from the fact that it’s still a problem.


How do we educate the younger generation into a world of acceptance, responsibility, and a little less anger towards the uneducated and ignorant? How do we promote peace, understanding and use social media for good? I don’t claim to know the answers but what I do know is talking about it openly is the first step.

A lot of this is already happening but I think it needs to happen more. We need to talk to our health care professionals, diabetes companies, caregivers, teachers, anyone who will listen about what it’s like to live with diabetes (of any kind) in a social media world and what we observe.

There are fantastic resources online such as the DOC (Diabetes Online Community), live chats, and wonderful systems of support which need to be acknowledged. Wonderful bloggers and organizations are out there educating, supporting and providing much-needed help in the cyber universe. How do we harness all this good? By telling people about it.

We need to be more open-minded and learn how these kids are growing up with diabetes in a world consumed by social media.

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Sebastien Sasseville making way to Toronto, leaves hometown Quebec with amazing memories

Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

Sebastien Sasseville is making his way to Toronto!

7, 500km. 180 back to back marathons in 9 months. He’s been running since February where he started his journey in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This once-in-a-lifetime event is called Outrun Diabetes.

Sebastien is now in Ontario after a whirlwind experience in his home province, Quebec.

Current location: between Bainsville and Kingston.


If you’re looking for more Outrun Diabetes content, check out the new web series sponsored by Biotherm Homme here.

All photos courtesy of Outrun Diabetes.

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Make sure to follow Patrick’s Instagram account too.

Read more.

Outrun Diabetes update: Montreal will welcome Sebastien Sasseville, cross-Canada run nearly 1/3 complete

Sebastien Sasseville runs home to Quebec celebrations, passes 2,000km mark

Just hold on we’re going home: Sebastien Sasseville nears Quebec

Sebastien Sasseville out of Nova Scotia and into New Brunswick

Sebastien Sasseville #MCM t-shirts hit the market, Outrun Diabetes fans go crazy

Sebastien Sasseville hits 1,000 km mark on run across Canada

Outrun Diabetes update: Crazy photos of Sebastien Sasseville’s run across Canada

Sebastien Sasseville confesses before his run across Canada: I suck. Protection Status

Why you don’t need a thing to work out

No clothes, no equipment. In the comfort of your own room with just your birthday suit, you can get yourself ripped.

You don’t need a thing to workout.

Seems like an obvious statement but the cost of exercising can be used as an excuse to not work out or try a new form of fitness.


You can use the structures around you get strong. A park bench, the concrete underneath your feet and your own body weight.

At my first Nike Training Club (NTC) outdoor class, our surroundings became our equipment. NTC trainer Jenny Thomson led us through an hour class on a cool Saturday afternoon. I was planking on a cement plant retainer, doing bench dips on my partner’s knees, and shuffling my feet on the playground.

Without any equipment, I got a workout that had me sore for days.

If you’re just starting a new form of fitness, there are many ways to make it easier on your wallet. There’s no need to shell out big bucks for something you may not like.

Read My favourite tech gadgets for staying fit (most featured are free) 

Top tips on saving money
  • Browse around for first timer deals. Many companies give a complimentary class. Do that at all the local spots and you can try out a variety of studios/classes and see what suits you.
  • Free apps. If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got a trainer at your fingertips. There are tons of different programs to try out that will keep your body guessing.
  • Head to the park. Your local playground will have enough equipment for you to do a plethora of exercises.
  • Running and cycling clubs are typically free. Check out your local shops to see what’s around.
  • Borrow equipment/clothes or head to your local thrift shop.
  • Don’t forget the power of bartering. If you have skills that may be of use to to a club/team/studio, see if you can work something out.

Once you decide on committing to something, do take the time to invest in quality gear and more importantly, quality people. It’s certainly possible on a budget.

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NTC classes are free. You need to reserve a spot in order to attend.

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DSMA Blue Fridays: Forget black and yellow. Here’s blue and black.

It’s a body hugging blue-and-black striped number. Soft material, ultra comfy and not my style at all but here it is anyways!

Every Friday we wear blue to support those affected by diabetes. Read more about the Blue Fridays initiative here.

Next time you are thinking about what to wear to kick off the weekend, consider being a #BlueFridays ambassador of fashion!

Have a great weekend everyone,


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The Ottawa half-marathon countdown is on! Plus a 38-second video for Connected in Motion


This time next week I’ll be getting ready to head to Ottawa! The time has really flown by.



My left calf is hit and miss so we will just see! Some days, ultra pain, others, nothing at all. I’ll leave it up to the running gods. Either way I will cross the finish line. I’ll crawl if I have to!

Click below to read previous posts on my half-marathon:

My first Ottawa half-marathon training starts tomorrow

Double decker workouts. Half-marathon training update + Toronto’s Nike Training Club


I know I’ve put in the time and trained hard, so I’m hoping to improve my time from my first half-marathon. Out of everything though, what I’m looking forward to most is hanging out with some great people. Even if the run doesn’t turn out well, I will remember this…

My Ottawa half-marathon is to raise funds for an organization close to my heart. A big thank you to everyone who has donated! So many people have been so generous.

There are many of you whom I have never met and know me through social media. I cannot tell you how honoured I am that you have chosen to take your hard-earned money and give it to Connected in Motion through my fundraising campaign. Donations have come from the UK, USA, and all over Canada. A more detailed post on all who donated after the race!

Aside from Shawn Shepheard, I have never met any of these people in person. I hope that will change one day.


I hope to provide you with timely updates from Ottawa. In fact, I am planning to tweet throughout my run! We will be tweeting with the hashtag #TeamCIM so look out for it!

Again, so much gratitude to those who have donated. Every bit helps and I know the money will go a long way to provide vital programming. I have found confidence, education, friendship and peace because I belong to Connected in Motion.

If you’re interested in donating, please click here.


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Finding peace: Telling 20 strangers at a NTC class I have type 1 diabetes

Hey strangers in this group photo.

You will forever be etched in my memory.



I attended my first Nike Training Club outdoor class at the Academy of Lions a few weeks ago.

Towards the end of the class I asked NTC trainer Jenny Thomson if I could take a couple of photos. She explained to the group I had a fitness blog. Then a classmate asked me more about it.

I found myself in a situation that was downright liberating.

To the group of 20 strangers, I announced I have type 1 diabetes (t1d), gave a short rundown of type 1 (no way to prevent it, no cure) and my mission to promote physical activity in Canada.

It went something like that. And as it was happening I felt a surge of positive energy that I never felt before.

In a flash it was over. And when I stopped talking, people clapped. Surreal.

Seen on my run after my NTC class.

Seen on my run after NTC class.

Now is the time I’ve got to commend every person who has ever dealt with any type of physical or mental challenge and talked about it openly. I have the utmost respect for those who share their story on any level.

After everything that has happened these past few years, I can appreciate now more than ever those who speak up.

So many people live in hurt and silence, scared that they will be labelled whatever stereotype goes with the illness.

Diabetics are not alone in being misunderstood or incorrectly labelled. It happens to so many people in every which way.

It’s definitely unfair, and it’s not just us, although for me it definitely felt that way.

So thank you strangers. Thank you for listening for the minute or so I spoke, for smiling at me, for clapping, for hearing my story.

In my journey here as a type 1 diabetic, I will never forget this moment.

I’ll take this positive energy and use it as fuel.

Thank you to NTC Trainer Jenny Thomson & everyone who attended that class.

I’ve taken a few steps forward along my journey to peace because of you guys.



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I’ll be reviewing the class from a fitness perspective in a future post. 


Team RMAO. Power in Numbers.

Michelle Chan at the Los Angeles Half Marathon
Turn sadness and heartache into motivation and inspiration.
When Michelle Chan’s parents both passed away from cancer (her mother in 2003 and her father in 2009), she decided to honour them by lacing up.
It was then that Team RMAO was born.
For its members RMAO stands for ‘Running My Ass Off’ but for Michelle those letters represent the name of her parents.
“I created this team for both of my parents, Roger and Marilou, who passed away from cancer.  I hope to carry on their legacy with every step, raise cancer awareness and inspire others along the way.”
Michelle has made a goal to run 333 races their honour. Why 333?  She explains the story on Team RMAO’s website:
It’s my mom’s favourite number.  She always saw it as a divine confirmation. In times of doubt and worry, she would see it randomly. The signs were so frequent that it had to be much more than just a mere coincidence. Until this day, I see it EVERYWHERE. In her honor, I have created a life-long goal to run 333 races. I am determined to meet my goal and to inspire others along the way through the legacy of my parents.
I stumbled onto Team RMAO’s Instagram account over a year ago and have been following the group on their journey. One by one, Michelle checks off races alongside her teammates.
Call it blind following, but I never really looked up on why Michelle’s username was TeamRMAO333. Last month I was really in need of inspiration and after seeing a post that did just that, I decided to click on her website. It was then I found the source of her running fire.
Ever since my type 1 diagnosis alongside my neurological yet-to-be-diagnosed condition I’ve thought, “How can I change this into something positive?”
I NEED to change this into something good. It’s just how it has to be.
So I reached out to her via e-mail and Michelle reached right back. I was in near tears when she responded to me. Her and I have a passion to promote health and fitness, a bond that was confirmed time and again after each interaction.
Here’s a short Q&A with Michelle. Click on each photo and below will be the question and above it, a text photo with the answer.
Michelle isn’t a natural athlete. She works hard to pound the pavement. At the end of each race when things get really tough, she thinks of what awaits her.
I am so honoured that Michelle has asked me to be an ambassador for Team RMAO, the first in Canada!
My SportingLife 10km run yesterday, which raised money for kids with cancer, was my first race representing the team. So much Team RMAO love.


DSMA Blue Fridays: dark nights outfit

It’s backkkkkk.

Put on your favourite kind of blue on the last work day of the week, take a selfie and hashtag it #BlueFridays

We wear blue on Fridays to support those affected by diabetes. Read more here.

This dress is another thrift store find.

Perfect for dark nights and city lights.

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Are you wearing blue today?