The Girl in the Mirror

“What a fat-ass! Look at this! What happened? Ugh, my stomach is sooooo gross and squishy…and don’t get me started on these thighs…and wait, what is this when I sit down or bend over? THESE ROLLS! Sigh. How did I get all this disgusting cellulite on my legs? Ugly. UGLY.  U-G-L-Y!”

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Hey sister, can we chat? Like for real, for real? 

 

Have you had any conversation like that in the mirror, ever in your life?  I think at some point we’ve all said some pretty degrading, Mean Girl level shit to ourselves.

  • Would you ever say that to your best friend about her body?
  • Would you ever say that to your child about their body?
  • Your partner?
  • Your niece/nephew?

So why do we treat ourselves with such negative hostility?

 

Because our society is programming us that way, to believe we are unworthy, unlovable and ugly unless we fit into a certain diet culture box.

 

What usually happens after this giant self loathing session, or numerous ones? We vow to go on a diet. We beat the shit out of ourselves in the name of being “skinny,” and the whole time we do it, our actions, our thoughts, everything going into that transformation process is coming from a low vibe, negative energy place that’s not of love or appreciation for everything our bodies have accomplished up until this point. And God help us if we think we mess up on this process, miss a day at the gym or have an off day with nutrition, just throw in the towel and beat ourselves up even more, quit and end up worse off than before.

(Have you ever been there?)

 

What if we flip the script, sister?

What if when we looked in the mirror, EVEN IF we jiggle and wiggle and dimple all over, we say, “thank you.”  Thank you body for carrying me every day of my life. Thank you for doing this thousands of processes daily that keep me alive that I don’t have to think about.  Thank you for this heart that’s beating, these lungs that are breathing, for every organ and cell that’s keeping me alive. 

 

What if we decided that because we have such appreciation and respect for our bodies that we make change from that place of appreciation and respect and yes, I’m going to say it, LOVE.  Our bodies don’t have to look ‘perfect’ in the eyes of the world to be ‘perfect’ for the life we desire to live.

 

What our bodies do need is love, good nutrition, movement and rest.

 

What if we decided to move it because we love it, respect it and appreciate it?

What if we decided to fuel it well, because we love it, respect it and appreciate it?

What if we decided to rest it when it’s tired, because we love it, respect it and appreciate it?

 

What if we made these decisions for our body to get healthy based on wanting to live a long life versus next season’s swimsuit? What a difference that would make.

 

If you’re ready to cut the crap and change in the ways I’ve talked about, let’s do it together.  Join the waitlist for my next group coaching wellness program. Let’s start the shift. http://bit.ly/T1DTHRIVEWAITLIST

Social Detox

Oh hello dear reader,

Happy November!  It’s been a few months since I’ve been here and my little corner of the interwebs has been neglected.  Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the world, that I just go silent.

And it’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s that I have so many thoughts all at once that It’s like my channels get clogged so nothing comes out and the thoughts just bounce around inside me looking for an outlet, everything is so jumbled and the frustration builds, the anxiety builds and I shut down.

Quiet.

Silent.

Sometimes the only way to reconnect is to disconnect.

The world throws so much at us at once. Adding social media in the mix intensifies it.  It can be a wonderful tool but it can also be a massive distraction.

A distraction from being present.

A distraction from actually delivering the message you were meant to share with the world.

A distraction from our own priorities.

I’ve felt a huge pull as I’ve been going through what I can only describe as a spiritual awakening, to spend less time on social media so that I can get clarity on what it is I’m designed to bring to the world.

I’m thinking that November will be the month for me to get clear, to slow down even more even though the marketers tell us this is the busiest season and only an idiot would slow down now…but what people don’t want to tell you because they value hustle more than anything is that-WHAT IS FOR YOU, WILL NOT PASS YOU and that sometimes you have to SLOW DOWN to SPEED UP.

Have you ever taken a social media detox?

So here’s to me slowing down, getting clear, finding my authentic voice, and probably getting weirder in the eyes of the world (but I really don’t care), so that I can show up as my true authentic self with a message that I’m divinely guided to share.

 

I plan on taking you, dear friend, along for the journey so I hope you’re ready for the ride.  

 

XOXO,

Dorothy

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Top Tips for a T1S 4th of July

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY🇺🇸

Today and this weekend I know so many of us will be celebrating the holiday!  To help stay on track during today’s festivities here are my best tips:

🎉Workout FIRST THING!

🎉Stay hydrated. If you do drink alcohol, alternate between water and your drink of choice. Avoid drinks with mixers. Remember, alcohol can actually lower blood sugar in some cases. Stay on top of it. Watch the mixers bc they usually have LOTS of sugar.

🎉If you’re going to a cookout, take something that YOU CAN EAT! This is a good idea if you’re adopting a new lifestyle or not. How many times have you gone to an event and had to guess at what you’re eating and how to dose for it? Better to know so you can carb count accurately!

🎉Want sweets? Go with the berries and melons OR us this opportunity to bake something with almond or coconut flour for a lower carb count.

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🎉Don’t show up to an event super hungry.

🎉If you slip up, DON’T GIVE UP! Your next decision can put you back on track.

❌Remember that heat can impact blood sugar AND make sure to keep your insulin COOL so it doesn’t spoil.

What are your plans to celebrate the 4th?!?

T1D Thrive Program Launching Soon

I feel like we are the forgotten ones.

I remember when I had graduated from college, stopped playing soccer, gotten into my 8-5 job (then tack on the commute) and before I realized it, I had gained 12lbs.

I also remember S E A R C H I N G like it was my freaking job to find a program that would fit my individual needs as a type 1 diabetic and you know what I found?

NADA.

I felt like I was always trying to manipulate programs to work for my t1 but nothing ever worked 100%.  I hired a trainer, I did the Beachbody programs, I did the YouTube videos, I bought every copy of Women’s Health and scoured Bodybuilding.com for the latest plans that had me eating like a gazillion carbs and every 2 hours on the hour, til I felt like I’d pop.

Have you been there my t1 sister? Feeling like you’re trying everything to lose weight, to manage your blood sugar, to reduce stress, to live your life in some kind of balance to create a LIFESTYLE that’s maintainable? Me too.

I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I got tired of trying to make everyone else’s plan (who didn’t have t1) fit me, with t1!

I took what worked, left what didn’t, and came up with new strategies that DO work with type 1.

I reduced my a1c to 5.4%, lost weight, boosted my confidence, reduced my stress, got stronger (mentally and physically), kicked the depression meds, and started living a lifestyle, NOT a diet.

On June 17th, I’m launching T1D THRIVE! A 6 week program for type 1 diabetic women geared towards better blood sugars, reducing inflammation, more energy, workouts that are quick and effective, plus lifestyle tips, sample meal plans, group coaching, daily education and much more!

If this is something you’d like to be a part of email me at dorothyboothcoaching@gmail.com and I’ll be in touch! I decided for this first round, I want to keep it small and intimate so I’ll only be working with TEN women who are COMMITTED to themselves, the process and making progress.

Can’t wait to get started with you!

xo,

Dorothy

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Omnipod 2 Week Review

Eeeekkk it’s been a full two weeks since I started the Omnipod Dash!

Choosing to go back to an insulin pump was a big deal for me. I’m the anti insulin pump gal and I’ve openly shared about that. I pumped for 13 years straight then went to MDI for years following by a few stints pumping around pregnancy. After going back to MDI I never lasted long on a pump. I hated being tethered. I felt like I altered many things that I do, my clothing choices (everything must have pockets), how I worked out, swimming, showering, so many things. So MDI worked better for my lifestyle.

I decided to wear a demo pod for a few days in April, just to see how I’d like another device being attached to me. Honestly, I forgot it was there most of the time so I decided to go for it after finding out my insurance was going to cover it 100%. I mean why not, right?

Within a week I had the Dash system, which was just released by Omnipod.  This system is a little different than the last version. The PDM (personal diabetes manager) looks exactly like an android phone. The glucometer is no longer integrated with the PDM, instead you receive the contour next meter that will communicate via blue tooth to the PDM.

The first site I decided to try was on my arm. Insertion was basically painless and I forgot it was there the majority of the time. IT WAS SO FREAKING NICE! Yes, I looked like the bionic woman, GGM on one arm and Omnipod on the other but I didn’t care one bit!

My second site I tried on my outer thigh. I will say because I have muscular legs, I don’t feel like that site worked the best for me because of the cannula length (6.5mm) and 45 degree. My toddler also decided he could use my pod like he was rock climbing and would grab a hold of it because it was at his eye level. OUCH!

My third site was an abdomen site. This one worked well, but I did feel itchy by day three. That typically happened to me using regular insulin pumps as well, so I wasn’t surprised.

My fourth site was my other arm. I did notice this one more because I tend to sleep on that side & carry my son on that side (he also found it). I also could feel the weight of it while running but it wasn’t horrible, just noticeable. My arms have worked GREAT!IMG_8726

My most recent site I’m using is on my lower back. That’s also going well, but I did feel kind of awkward driving and feeling it pressed between me and the seat.

I have loved the ability to use temp basals again. That was THE biggest reason that I even ventured back to the pump arena. I also love being able to set different basal profiles to combat the dawn phenomenon. I was setting a few alarms through the night to deal with this, so now I’m only setting one just to double check my cgm.

The only negative I’ve had is sometimes I have to retry boluses because the PDM/pump communication takes too long and it times out and I’ve had one pod malfunction but Omnipod took care of it overnight. So all in all not a big deal. I will say that Omnipod customer service is ON IT, especially with this being a new system and investigating anything that’s happening so it can be fixed ASAP.

On my Omnipod wish list would be the ability to have different canals based on our preference. 45 and 90 degree would be nice and having 6.5mm and 8mm lengths for cannulas, since different things work for different people. Maybe in the future???

I know many other diabetics are anxious about starting to LOOP and I will say the Omnipod Dash does NOT loop! If you have the previous system, you can do the DIY loop but if you upgrade to the DASH, looping is about a year away and will be called “Horizon.” Looping wasn’t important to me (right now anyway), so that didn’t play into my decision.

I’d say, if you’ve been looking at Omnipod as an option, get a demo pod, wear it, see how you like it!

Right now I’m happy and plan to ride this out until I feel like I want another pump break…which inevitably will happen, I’m sure. For now, the Omnipod gives me the best of both worlds, the tubing free lifestyle of MDI and the ability to change and suspend dosages with the press of a button like a pump.  I think it’s a win-win.

Done With Diabetes?

IMG_4756When are you going to be done dealing with your diabetes?”
That’s what a basketball coach asked me when I was dealing with my 2nd low in one day during summer practice.

DONE. When will I be DONE? I remember the anger bubbling up inside me but I was too exhausted to tell that uneducated coach how incredibly insensitive she was being just because she wanted me back on the court. But after that day I refused to play for someone who obviously didn’t care.

I’ll never be “DONE,” with diabetes.
Well, Ok, there’s a chance of a cure “someday,” but I’ve been waiting 23 years so, until then, I’ll be here.

Exercise with diabetes can be TOUGH! I envy my friends that only have to worry about grabbing their water and a towel. Getting ready to exercise is part of the game with diabetes.

When’s the last time I ate?
What’s my blood sugar?
Where’s it trending, up or down or stable?
How much insulin is onboard?
Do I have emergency 🚨 glucose/snacks?
Do I have enough emergency stuff Incase this goes really bad?
Is my CGM charged?
Where’s my glucagon?
Wearing a medic alert?
How hot or cold is it? (Yes temperatures impact insulin and glucose levels).
What type of exercise will I be doing and for how long? (That impacts rising or falling).
Do I need to set a temp basal?
Do I need a small bolus?
Do I need a snack before?

I’m probably missing something, (let me know below what that might be😂) but ya get the point. It’s never as easy as just “going and doing.”

If you’re another exhausted t1d like me reading that list, I feel you! It’s long enough to make you wanna skip the workout all together, right??

But even with allllll the hoops we have to jump through, exercise is SO vital for our insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control!

Are you a t1 friend and you wanna learn HOW to exercise safely and effectively? 🖐
As a fellow t1d that’s also a personal trainer, certified health coach & associate CDE, I’m here to tell you, YOU CAN and I want to be your guide.

I’m currently taking on *NEW* clients and the best part is, it doesn’t matter where you live! Thank you internet! 🙏🏻 Group coaching and 1:1 coaching available.

Schedule a free call using the “work with me” tab on the top menu.

Chat soon, friend.

My Diagnosis Story: Type 1 Diabetes

💙November is Diabetes Awareness Month!💙

It’s my goal everyday this month to bring awareness and share my story with this disease.

In 1995 at 8 years old I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease and is NOT caused by any lifestyle choices.  My type of diabetes only represents 10% of the diabetic population and contrary to popular belief, you can be diagnosed with type 1 at ANY AGE although usually you see it in childhood.

The day I was diagnosed was a whirlwind. It was a Monday. My mom kept me home from school to take me to the doctor because she already suspected there was something happening. She wouldn’t let me eat or drink anything besides water after midnight.  I think in her gut she already thought diabetes, but no parent wants that.

I remember what I was wearing that day.  Black stirrup leggings (this was the 90s people ant that was popular) and a big white t-shirt with a GIANT 🌻 sunflower on the front.  I remember getting my blood sugar tested and I remember the doctor coming through the office door saying, “You’re right, your daughter has diabetes.” I remember my mom bursting into tears and I remember thinking, “I’m dying! If my mom is crying like that, I’m dying. I have some weird type of cancer called diabetes and I’m dying.”

At 8 years old usually we don’t know many diseases but I knew cancer was a bad one so that’s where my mind went.

I remember the doctor explaining what I could and couldn’t eat and before I knew it I was off to the hospital for a week stay. A week of poking and prodding and crying (both me and my mom). A week of learning and fears and feeling my childhood ripped from me.

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8 years old wearing those huge, hideous medicalerts 

After that one week, I spent another week at home adjusting to my new “life.”  Overtime the phone rang I secretly prayed it was the doctor saying they’d made a mistake and that I was fine.  That was something I never told my parents until years later.

My schoolmates made me cards and pooled money to buy me presents and to this day I still have some of those cards.  I missed Halloween that year.  I felt like I became an adult that year.  I also became a warrior that year.

Type one diabetes looks like me.  I have diabetes but diabetes doesn’t have me.  It’s something that I deal with 24/7/365. There are no sick days. There is no time off.  I’m functioning everyday as my pancreas. Some days it’s so tiring and frustrating but in the end, I know that I can use this trial for good and maybe one day I’ll be here to see a cure!

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THRIVING with type 1 for 23 years