Let the month of diabetes awareness begin!

If ever there is a time to get out there and connect with fellow t1d’s, it’s this month. There are loads of events happening in Toronto (and across Canada of course) and I wanted to share with you some of them so you can book those days off and meet up with your friends who just ‘get it’.

The earliest event is coming up on Wednesday:

I’ve interviewed both Michelle and Sebastian and trust that this talk will leave you feeling so much better about your diabetes management.

Call Calgary home? Why not mix and mingle with Connected in Motion?

Their next event is on Nov. 4th. Click here for more details! 

Sports your thang? Check out this event. Toronto Argos dress in blue too. #twinsies

And on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14th, the annual Type 1 Update hosted by Animas will take place once again!

I go to this event every year (I went in the spring) and I think this may be the first one I miss which makes me really sad. I’ll be sure to cover the event in whatever way I can though. This 1/2 day has always lifted my spirits and made me feel more confident. I hope you can attend this one! Don’t forget to RSVP to Robin.
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There’s so many more events but here are the highlights. Feel free to comment and share any other events that you know of this going on this month.

And one more thing! What’s an awareness month without some profile pic changes? Check out this awesome campaign #T1DLooksLikeMe and get yours here.

XO

Jess

Stephanie Brodie- Toronto’s queen type 1 fitness instructor

Ever meet someone who motivates and inspires you and he or she doesn’t even know it?

Meet Stephanie Brodie.

She was one of them for me-a person who by the simple act of sharing her athletic life with type 1 diabetes, helped me live mine to the fullest.

Stephanie is a fitness instructor, certified RPM spin instructor, half-marathoner and Connected in Motion ambassador.

Thank you Stephanie for sharing this inspirational quote!

XO,

J

50 sec video: Connected in Motion’s Skate Night

Am I going back in time to the roaring 20’s? Yes, yes I am. Enjoy the video.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot food never tasted so good! It was pretty cold out yesterday but a bunch of us type 1’s laced up and skated through the night. Lots of laughs, lots of fun-always the way with Connected in Motion!

XOXO,

J

Now what? After the big race…

I’ve been singing Disney songs ever since my race. Aladdin. Little Mermaid. You name it, I’m singing it….poorly mind you but with big hand gestures and sometimes twirling.

Okay, a lot of twirling. But hey, I’m celebrating right?

Realizations? I love the long run. I prefer half-marathon distances to 5 and 10 km races.

Another marathon? I think that’s very likely.

For living well with type 1, for life in general. Here’s your Monday Motivation:

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IMG_0094Bummed to have missed Connected in Motion‘s Slipstream this year so sent some active vibes their way during my workout yesterday.

XO

J

 

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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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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Connected in Motion Ottawa half-marathon training starts TOMORROW!

Half training officially begins! But what have I been up to in the mean time? Here’s a quick 1 minute video:

After reviewing various programs, I’ve decided to go with the Nike Plus Coach program! Tres excited!

I chose this one because I like the app itself (moving from the Garmin 305) and the challenges I’ve already done with Nike + friends.

I missed the boat for the 12 week program start, but since I’ve been running consistently I’m going to suck it up and jump in with 8 weeks to go. Challenge accepted!

Ottawa Half-Marathon race day (May 25, 2014) goals:

  • finish strong & smiling
  • preventing lows to the best of my ability
  • significantly drop my time
  • have fun!

For my first half-marathon, Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon, the goal was to finish.

I ran it with my dad and we came in at 2:39:10. It was his first and last half-marathon, so I was glad we could accomplish that together.

This race I will be going at my pace and running solo.

Goal: 2:15-2:20

I’m not sure what’s going on with my other health stuff plus my wonky honeymooning but I’m pushing through.

I’m running this half in support of Connected in Motion. If you’d like to donate and read more about why I’m supporting CIM, please click here.

Thank you to those who have already reached into their pockets. This one means a lot.

Getting pumped!

Jessie

Related reads:

My first half-marathon race report

Connected in Motion: my first meet-up, rock climbing 

 

 

 

 

Connected in Motion’s rock climbing event at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym

Rough hands, sore arms and a sweaty Jess!

Saturday was Connected in Motion‘s rock climbing event. Emotion review: a mixed bag of happiness, anxiousness, and this-is-frightening-but-awesome.

Our instructors Kale and Melissa showed us how to strap, clip and tie ourselves to rock climbing safety bliss.

I actually met Kale at the last Connected in Motion event, a trampoline dodgeball tournament. My blog on that here.

Kale is an excellent teacher. How can you forget a rope tying method that includes phrases like ‘strangling and punching someone in the face?’

So we started with the basics (click to enlarge and browse with captions)

Have to admit, I was a little paranoid about my rope tying. After all, it’s a long way down if you’re wrong.

A quick bg check before getting the party started

Sipped on a water bottle with eLoad for extra carbs.

Sipped on a water bottle with eLoad for extra carbs.

Now it’s time to climb!

Thank you Becky for being my belay buddy and watching out for me.

Hello from the top!

Hello from the top!

In addition to climbing with a harness, we also tried tackling the walls minus the gear. Here is the bouldering wall.

It was great to see so many CIM people having a blast and conquering the task at hand.

Things were looking good in the bg department too!

All done! I could take a nap on that blue mat.

I’d definitely try rock climbing again. It gave my upper body the shock it needed by switching my routine (my forearms were sore afterwards) and being with a group of t1d’s is always the best mood booster.

There’s a certain comfort in attending more d-related activities and seeing familiar faces. One of the best decisions I’ve made during this journey is coming out to CIM events.

Thank you CIM!

Next up is a beach volleyball tournament called Bumps and Pumps. Friends, family, supporters, type 1’s, everyone is invited! Find out more here.

Flying solo or have a few friends who want to join? CIM is accommodating everyone. They’re pretty nice like that. Check out the event blog from last year with tons of photos here

5 lessons I learned from the JDRF infosium in Toronto

photo 5-21. Listen to your body and trust your instincts. 

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Beauty and the Beast actor and guest speaker Austin Basis was extremely active growing up.

He played basketball, baseball and hockey. He wanted to be an MLB player.

Sports taught him to always be prepared and to learn and acknowledge the signs his body gave him.

2. The bionic pancreas is giving people hope.

Dr. Steven Russell had the audience in applause after this slide:

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The closed-loop artificial pancreas blood glucose control system continuously monitors blood glucose levels. Fast-acting insulin and glucagon gets delivered based on a computer algorithm.

So, no more carb counting or guessing what stress and exercise would do to your bg’s. This device does all the work. Russell said the ambitious date of release to the public is 2017. Find out more here.

Click on any photo and browse

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 3. It’s 100 per cent okay to acknowledge how difficult diabetes is. 

Closing speaker Joe Solowiejczyk is a nurse, diabetes educator and family therapist. He’s been living with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years.

I’ve heard Joe speak before and although I’ve heard his sentiments before, it was so nice to hear them again.

Diabetes sucks. It’s like a full-time job. Yes Joe!

My favourite quote of the night by Joe was this, “I am exhausted. I hate having diabetes. I love being alive.”

We are all troopers and need to remember that.

4. People will be ignorant. Rise above it. 

I used to get mad. Very mad. Steaming mad really when I saw a joke about diabetes or when people assumed I didn’t take care of myself or ate too much sugar. The rage I felt was downright scary, and it would quickly spiral into moments of deep sadness and frustration.

Joe made a great point about those who are ignorant towards type 1 diabetes.

Can you say that you have NEVER made a comment that might have shown ignorance about a medical condition?

What do YOU know about other health conditions? Some people are ignorant. Others are just stupid.

Not knowing about type 1 diabetes hurts because it’s personal.

Brush it off. Educate if you want (I try to!). Focus on the positives and spend your time with people who do the same. This has been one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from t1d.

5. Over-estimate the demand for diet pop. Here’s what was left at the end of the night.

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Connect.

Check out all the tweets from the event via Connected in Motion’s Storify

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Dr. Russell Stevens | Bionic Pancreas |

JDRF Canada Infosiums

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