As I discussed in my last blog, I will be posting monthly updates (on the 15th of each month) on my Blog in addition to writing the intro and providing some updates in our Monthly Newsletter which goes out during the first week of the month from now on ---due my increasingly busy schedule. First, I want to provide an update on my goal of running a 5K. I am pleased to report that I have stuck to my “guns”. I am up to running 8 minutes at a time (alternating walking for 3minutes and running for 8 minutes).
Running takes me back to my days in high school when I ran cross country (except that I can no longer just jump up and run a 5K without working up to it!). For those of you who have never been a runner and think that you could never even run around the block, I want to let you in on a secret: Just like diabetes, running is as much about the “mental” as the “physical”. Much of your ability to be successful as a runner is about what you say to yourself and how far you can push yourself. A good mental cheerleader will go much further (literally and figuratively) than someone who is constantly thinking, “This is too hard….Oh, my side is hurting. I should stop now….” I am so grateful that I was introduced to this concept early in life through running. Learning how to push myself mentally to achieve physical feats opened my eyes to how incredibly powerful our mental conversations are in every aspect of our lives. Often times, we think we are more fragile than we really are. I was a runner before I was diagnosed with diabetes and I know God had it perfectly planned out for me in that way. As we all know, diabetes has required ALL of us to push ourselves in ways that we could have never imagined….to do things we never thought we would do (take shots every day; wear a machine that monitors our blood sugar every five minutes.) But we are stronger now and able to push ourselves in lots of other ways. As I often say, “If I can handle diabetes, I can handle anything.” So, here’s to pushing forward with running the 5K….I have less than a month until my sister’s wedding on August 11, 2012.
Regarding updates with DiabetesSisters, I am excited to tell you that the website is undergoing a MAJOR makeover. We hope to launch an updated website by the end of this year! Think: "Women's Diabetes Magazine"-- something you just love to sit down and lose yourself in. That's the "feel" we're going for! I promise—it is guaranteed to WOW you! I also hope you are getting your goals ready for the “This Week I Will” campaign. Remember, our goal is to raise $20,000 (which means we need 4,000 goals set by people with diabetes). Finally, please mark your calendar for May 3-5, 2013 for the Weekend for Women Conference in Raleigh and October 18-20, 2013 for the Conference in San Francisco, CA. Please check our Event calendar on the website…as there are many new PODS meetups starting around the country.