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Real Talk With Dave: Achieving Your Goals With Diabetes

It has been said over and over again, but you can do what ever you set your mind to! Since the day you were diagnosed, you probably were told by friends, family, and other loved ones that you can still lead a normal life and do what ever you want with Type 1 Diabetes. When I was first diagnosed, I felt like I was at the bottom of a huge boulder that I had to overcome and climb at some point or another just to get to the top. But I was so unsure as to how I could get to the top, all while lugging a heavy weight on my shoulder, my Diabetes. Well, it just so happens that 9 years later (going on 10) I have definitely discovered that it is possible to get to the top and accomplish all the goals I have set for myself. That goes for you as well. Set your goals and dreams, because you are going to achieve them at some point or another, Diabetes or not.

Over the course of my Diabetic journey I have seen so many others who face T1D grow and accomplish so much. Every day there is someone new in the Diabetic community that is going above and beyond in doing what they love, and not slowing down one bit because of their Diabetes. Sure we all get our bad days where Diabetes seems so impossible to beat, but remember, it’s the good days in which we are to make the best out of them and live our purpose. So many people have gone on to do great things- becoming musical artists, doctors, actors, the list goes on- but what makes it so special is that they were able to get to those points in life, all while going through T1D. Was it difficult? Yeah, I’m sure it was. Many non-Diabetics may not realize how difficult it must have been, given their Diabetes, but for those who are aware and know how much Diabetes tends to take out of a person, I’m sure we all applaud them for doing so.

 

The thought of never being able to do many things anymore when first diagnosed is a common thought most people think of while lying in their hospital bed on day 1 of their diagnosis. Little do they know that life is just about to get a whole lot better. More opportunities come from Diabetes. More knowledge, responsibility, and (my favorite) empathy. Knowing the true struggle someone may be facing and being able to relate to the person is one of the coolest things you can have as instantly, you get that person and are able to help each other out. Diabetes also provides friendships, social connections, and a community to be a part of and belong to. Guess you could say we’re some pretty cool people, am I right?!

I do the things that I want to do, because the thought of having to say no to doing an exciting activity because of Diabetes does not sit well with me.

When I want to go out on an adventure, I do stop for a second and think how I will deal with my Diabetes in that event. However, I do the things that I want to do, because the thought of having to say no to doing an exciting activity because of Diabetes does not sit well with me. I don’t ever want Diabetes to determine how much fun I have or what I set out to do in life, socially, academically, etc. All the activities I have done in my Diabetic life, I have done them. Some were more difficult than others, but either way, it was a learning experience in which I was able to gain a whole lot. For me personally, seeing a Diabetic do something so awesome, such as running a marathon, playing a sport for a famous team, or killing the game everyday in a really cool job is so inspiring to see and we all have to keep beating the odds and proving the stereotypes wrong.

So I leave you with this, do what you love and do what you want, because you only get this one life to live, so make the best of it! If you want to be a pro surfer, do it. If you want to be a doctor, do it! If you even want to be the next CEO for one of the biggest companies on earth, DO IT! And show everyone how you did just that at the same time you were managing your Diabetes. Prove those stereotypes wrong and show them who’s boss!

 

Live well,

Dave

Keep Your Fitness Resolution All Year Long

Year in and year out, fitness and New Year’s resolutions seem to go hand in hand. Every year a promise of a livelier, healthier, fitter you comes to the front of your focus —at least for a few months, anyway. In order to keep your fitness resolution well into the new year and perhaps even carry it into the next year, you must build a momentum and stick with it! The only thing standing between you and your ideal of perfect health —is you.

Find Your Tribe

The good thing about having an extremely common resolution such as health and fitness is how easy it will be for you to find people to connect with. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are on the same quest as you will indeed keep you from slacking on your goal. A good support system will aide in assisting you with making sure your fitness stays a priority. If your support team isn’t in your immediate family or circle of friends, no worries, there are several other ways you can meet them.

One good resource for finding your tribe is a social media outlet such as Facebook. You could pose a question via status to your friends’ list asking if any of them have a new year’s resolution in fitness. If Facebook isn’t your thing you can always go the organic route and meet people by attending classes at your gym or workout facility. Once you’ve found your accountability partner(s) you can either workout together, or contact each other on a regular basis to make sure you are still focused on your resolution. You will be more likely to accomplish your goals when you feel like there is someone cheering on your progress!

Prep your meals ahead of time

One of the quickest ways to thwart your efforts in the gym is unhealthy eating. In a world where convenience is king, drive-throughs and processed foods have just about taken over healthy, planned, wholesome meals. If you are serious about sticking to your resolution, it will be wise to avoid the pitfalls of poor food choices. Heavy snacking and less than healthy meals will definitely put a monkey wrench in your progress.

In order to beat this, it’s best to plan and cook all of your meals at the beginning of the week. Also choose healthy, easy to grab snacks to ensure that you won’t reach for the nearest bag of chips when you get that midday urge. Poor dieting choices have the tendency to make you sluggish and unmotivated. Be sure to load up on foods that will give your body the fuel and energy it needs to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Your health journey is a marathon, not a sprint

A lot of times in all the hype surrounding the new year, people tend to set goals that may not be feasible or realistic to attain. A fast start almost always guarantees a burnout, so be mindful of that when setting your fitness resolutions. Give your mind and body time to adjust to your new fitness regimen —do not over do it. Start at a pace that feels natural to you, then work your way up from there. Track your progression and allow yourself the opportunity to feel good when you cross a milestone. The more you treat your fitness goal like a lifestyle, the more likely it will become integrated into your day to day routine. Let your new year’s resolution guide you into a lifestyle that you can look back on next year with pride and contentment!

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What Is Your Intent For 2017?

A little over two years ago I met the founder of the My Intent Project, Chris Pan, in Malibu. Chris was going around asking people what their ‘word’ was (a word that was important or inspiring to them), and making them bracelets with their chosen word engraved. Earlier that morning, Brazil had just played a crazy game against Chile in the World Cup, which resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory in penalty kicks. Man, was that game stressful! When Chris asked me what my word was, I thought for just a second before replying, “faith.” My reason? I had faith that Brazil was going to win the World Cup. (Little did I know at the time Brazil would lose against Germany in the semi-finals by an embarrassing six points, but I digress.)

Over the years I watched as Chris’ company grew with the goal of becoming a catalyst for meaningful conversation. Picking a word begs the questions: “What do you want more of in your life?” “What challenges do you want to overcome?” or “What are you passionate about?” In no time, the My Intent Project was featured on the Today Show, had a booth at Jay-Z’s pre-grammy party, and most excitingly (for me) Kanye West proudly wore his word [BEAUTIFY] on the cover of Time Magazine.

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Six months ago, my intent for the next stage in my life came to me out of the blue. I rushed to my computer, got on MyIntent.org, and ordered myself a bracelet. My new word? CREATE. I had realized that what makes me happiest is releasing my creativity. I needed to do more of that! So I made the intent to create on different outlets and on different platforms.

This Christmas I decided to give the gift of intent. I ordered a Makers Kit (highly recommend!) and started asking my best friends questions about what they wanted from 2017. “If you could choose a word, something you want to achieve or live by in 2017, what would it be?” This led to meaningful insights about those closest to me. Words such as AWARE, CONTROL, CLARITY, HAPPINESS, HARVEST, STRENGTH, BE, and YES came to light; all with beautiful and inspiring reasons behind them.

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On New Year’s Eve, the only accessory I wore was my intent (now on a gold bead necklace) to set the vibe for the new year. I haven’t changed my intent to CREATE because I am still inspired by it every day.

Now that we are in 2017, I encourage all of you to think for a minute about what your word is. Some of you may have more than one word. Some of you may have to take some time to think about it. The goal is to dig within yourself, discover your purpose and passion, and set your intention.

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The My Intent Project is a true Lyfebulb favorite! Feel free to reach out and share your word with me and the Lyfebulb team! We would love to hear your story!

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