Monday, 7 March 2011

DSMA March Blog Carnival

it's a new month which means a new DSMA blog carnival topic! unfortunately i can't take part in DSMA chats on twitter due to the time difference so i'm going to try and participate in every blog carnival topic i can! :)

this months topic is 'exercise does a body good':

exercise is something that most people loathe doing, you know you should do it to keep healthy but you always put it off for tomorrow. other people adore it and even do it for fun!

before diagnosis i was definately the first of the two. i did a little walking to and from school during the summer months but apart from that exercise was the enemy. because i was over weight and self-confident, the thought of swimming or jogging in public was just too embarassing to even contemplate. food was my comfort when i was upset, lonely or bored so i ended up around 2 or 3 stone overweight.

then in june 2009 i purchased a wii fit. i could exercise in my own home whenever i wanted to and it was fun! i could see the pounds coming off and was finally starting to enjoy shopping for clothes in smaller sizes. however after my holiday i'd lost about 3 stone and my parents spotted the signs so off i went to the nurses and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

since starting insulin i put about a stone back on which my consultant was happy with and i'm pleased to say that since then i've managed to maintain my weight thanks to regular excercise.

i'm not a gym bunny and never will be, the thought of excersing in a gym still fills me with dread, but i now get 30-40 minutes exercise a day through walking to and from work (even when the weathers rubbish!). i always walk with my ipod in as i find it motivates me a lot more and tend to choose faster more dancy songs and you do end up walking a little faster which gets your heart pumping more.

we're also hoping to get a puppy later this year which will mean more walking for me and i'm actually looking forward to it!

This post is my March entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/march-dsma-blog-carnival

5 comments:

Bec said...

Hi Emma, great post. Glad you found an activity you like. Hope you get a pupppy soon!

Karen said...

I'm with you - I always dread exercise and have a hard time sticking with it. But like you, I found I love Wii Fit!! It is fun, isn't it? And having it right in the living room makes it pretty hard to think of excuses not to use it. :)

Emma said...

Love the Wii fit and the Just Dance ones too (just make sure curtains are drawn first xD)

Anonymous said...

Emma-
I was thinking about investing in the Wifi so I can try the Wifit but I haven't decided on what I want. I am glad you were able to find a exercise you enjoy doing:)

Cherise

Toucan Scraps said...

walking to work is the best exercise! welldone

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