So with November coming up and it is National Diabetes Awareness Month, I am all about promoting awareness for this horrible disease. If you don’t know already, this is a disease that has heavily impacted my family. This is a disease that runs in my family: my mom, my dad, aunts, uncles, and all of my grandparents have or had it. I have termed it that way because my dad, an aunt and all my grandparents have died from complications of it. This is an awful and devastating disease, not only for the person that has it, but for the family as well. When I was born both of my parents already were diabetic. I grew up with this disease staring me straight in the eyes. I grew up helping my parents check their blood sugars, giving insulin injections, being made aware of the signs and symptoms of hypoglyemia. I even witnessed some of the complications of it: kidney failure, retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney dialysis.
My dad was by far the worst diabetic I had ever seen. He had the philosophy that he could eat and drink whatever he wanted and insulin injections took care of the high blood sugar and the kidney dialysis took care of the excess fluid. This however does not work this way. It was because of him I did not want to become a nurse, however because of him I became a Physical Therapist Assistant. I had it in my head that I was going to be the one to help teach him to walk again. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. My dad passed away at the young age of 46, (I was 19) before I finished PTA school. However because of him and my mom (whom is still living), I strive to lead a healthy, active life and help my family lead one as well.
So with that being said I would like to personally invite every single one of you, your friends and your family members to take part in my Back on Track Challenge that starts Monday, October 14th.
What is a challenge you might ask?
A challenge is a private group on Facebook that I set up with the interested participants that only the participants can see the posts. Your goal is to learn, encourage, and help one another to get back on track and to help start those healthy, active lifestyles. It is not all about exercising. It is about healthy nutrition and exercising combined. It is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet.
What is required?
It is required of you that you post daily for 7 days. You post inspiring and motivational thoughts and images to the other group members. Be encouraging! Help lift one another up, give ideas and helpful tips. It is all about support right? You are asked to workout for 5 of the 7 days for a minimum of 30 minutes. Post a daily food/water log and log your workouts for me to see.
Does it cost anything?
No! The only thing it costs you is your true time and effort and willingness to put in the extra effort to make it a lifestyle change which can be difficult at first.
What if I have never exercised?
That is OKAY! Everyone has to start somewhere! If you can only walk for 5-10 minutes at a time. That is fine! You can simply do THREE 10 minute walks that day.
What do I get for joining this 7 day group?
Foremost I hope you get the initiative to start leading a healthier and active life, by making it a priority. Not only to you, but your family as well. However there will be prizes in three different categories!
How do I sign up? Or I have more questions….?
Simply send me a message on Facebook HERE.
Please help me spread the word about this group. I want to help spread awareness of this horrible disease and hopefully get some people on a healthier track so that they may be spared from diabetes by making healthier choices.