A Diabetes Coach Reflects on 10 Years with T1D & his Fitness Journey – Diabetes Daily

Eoin Costelloe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012, after which he embarked on a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. He hosts the Insuleoin Podcast – Redefining Diabetes, and is also a personal coach, helping his clients with nutrition, exercise, and diabetes management. He shared with us some of the advice that’s helped him during his first decade with diabetes.

Today marks a decade of living with type 1 diabetes. I wanted to share a few thoughts that come to mind for me today, and hopefully, some of you might be able to benefit from it.

Our long-term health is built from what we do today, tomorrow, next week, and next month. Keep your health at the top of your priority list each day.

Diabetes has a unique way of both keeping you in the present and having to constantly look ahead. Slow down with both.

Conversations with ourselves and the “relationship” you build with your diabetes are both very important.

You know the expression “health is wealth?” Take that literally.

Your diabetes is unique to you. Don’t spend energy comparing your results to someone else’s blood sugar or how they manage their diabetes.

“No one is going to do it for you.” It’s a very personal job, looking after your diabetes, but work hard at it. Take action now on the things you know you’ll benefit from.

The author, before and after.

The more you know the easier it will be. Consume as much information as possible, any chance you get. Little tips, tricks, strategies, and ideas go a long way.

The insulin you take, the food you eat, and the exercise you do will all complement and influence each other – they’re rarely separate.

We hear a lot about “limiting beliefs,” and the issue couldn’t be more relevant to diabetes. Whether you believe diabetes will stop you from doing something or believe it won’t stop you from doing anything, you’re right on both.

If you’ve been told or led to believe that you can’t consistently exercise, run long distances, do endurance events, build muscle, lose fat, or simply become healthier than you’ve ever been, it’s not true.

Consistently dwelling on the negative won’t change the fact that you have diabetes. You owe it to yourself not to fixate on the downsides.

Cheers to another ten years! (And yes, we can drink alcohol if we so choose!)

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Author: Mabel Freeman