Adventures, Fitness, Type 1 Diabetes

Coast To Coast Cycling In A Day: Part II

August 10, 2016
Coast to Coast

If you’re new here, I’m currently in the middle of a 150 mile cycle across the country (as you do, except that I don’t), and apparently that’s not something you can recount in one blog post. Please feel free to go back and catch up if you missed the first part, and we’ll see you back here in a little while. There are dramas over there so it’s worth it, I almost guarantee. So, it was an eventful start, as we’ve established. But like a Kelly Clarkson power ballad I was ready to Overcome, and I finally managed to get a groove going. Having put myself back a substantial amount of time, I knew I had to just put my head down and turn the wheels. Push, pull, push, pull. The next stop was the crossing at Windermere. Although anxious to get moving, I allowed myself to enjoy the break…

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Digital, Wellbeing

Internet Overload Is A Thing, People.

August 4, 2016
typewriter

We’ve all been there. Somehow, a whole 35 minutes after you opened your phone and loaded <insert app here> to check or log something, you realise you’re in a deep well of the overwhelmingly ‘meh’ Instagram photos of someone you’ve never met’s pug. You don’t even care for pugs. Your brain has become putty, and your eyes are glazed. Yet still, you scroll. And that book you’ve been reading for months is still sat on your bedside table, 20 pages in. And yes you watched that TV show, but you can’t quite remember what happened because you were definitely idly checking Twitter at the same time, not really paying attention to either screen properly. Research from Ofcom released today reveals that the average adult now spends 25 hours a week online. MORE THAN A WHOLE DAY of their seven-day week. That’s a lot. And I’m 100% front and centre, representing that…

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Adventures, Fitness, Type 1 Diabetes

Coast To Coast Cycling In A Day: Part I

July 26, 2016
Coast to Coast in a day

So it turns out you can cycle the width of the country in a day, but you can’t tell the tale in one post. I hit 3800 words (OUCH) and just couldn’t do it to you guys. It’s now split in two, and herein lies part one of my adventure. So. We cycled the width of the country. I made no secret of the fact that I was utterly terrified as this drew closer and closer. A mix of excited anticipation, nervous terror and moments of absolute disbelief in myself for taking this on. How, due to my current geographical circumstances, I felt in no way as prepared as I did last time I threw myself full pelt into the ups and downs of a ridiculous physical challenge – the one that was, in my mind, the making of me. Let me tell you now – Coast to Coast is not…

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Fitness, Wellbeing

Via Insta: My Heart Is Officially Whole Again

July 24, 2016
London Fields

Today an excellent consultant told me on official terms that my funky heart is definitely properly working once more, and it’s not about to make a break for freedom out of my chest anytime soon as I once, for a short period of time, feared it might. So I bought myself a frappe latte to celebrate (OFF THE RAILS PEOPLE) and then I went to London Fields, a park which makes me feel very lucky to live where I live. I sat in the blazing sunshine and felt very calm, but also very hot, because although my heart is in full working order, my English skin will never be able to handle the sun. I thought about how my extra bit of heart, now lasered away to a better place, was No Big Deal really, but No Big Deal only because someone decided to devote their life to figuring out…

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: A Month on the Freestyle Libre – My Thoughts

July 18, 2016
freestyle libre

I know, I know, another video. I just can’t seem to get the written word out at the moment in a form that I like or think would be even mildly amusing to anyone, so my creative juices are being channelled this way instead. Sorry/you’re welcome. I recently wired myself back up to the Freestyle Libre. I was lucky enough to be given two sensors to try when it first came out back in 2014. The first one was a beautiful experience, as described if you follow that handy little hyperlink. I saved the second sensor for when I switched from injections to the Omnipod insulin pump. Let’s just say our harmonious relationship was put to the test with the second sensor. A combination of too many new pieces of kit, too much new information and drastically changing blood sugars proved all a bit too much, and I haven’t purchased any since. My monthly…

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Adventures, Fitness, Via Insta

Via Insta: Misadventure #759

July 13, 2016
Bike crash

Apparently being able to cycle 150 miles across the country physically unscathed does not entitle you to a breezy two mile ride home of a Tuesday. Admittedly I was a little smug after my yoga class, basking in the glow of the setting sun as I left the gym. The reflection on the water made me so buoyant I Snapchatted it because that’s what we do instead of enjoying the moment. Oh, how the mighty fall. Hubris, people. I adore seeing adventure in the every day. It’s just sometimes slightly testing to experience the misadventure in the every day too. There I was, merrily zooming along the streets of Manchester when the fabric of the bag swinging from my handlebars caught in the tyre, ripping and blocking the spokes, bringing my ride to a crashing halt and sending me headfirst over the handlebars like some awful comedy sketch except that this…

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Adventures, Type 1 Diabetes

VIDEO: The Lowest Hypo Of My Life

July 6, 2016
Hypo on a plane

Oooooopsie. So you know, you’re on a flight at 6am and obviously, you’re asleep. You woke up at an obscene hour but that’s all fine because it means HOLIDAY TIME. Too early to eat anything, too early to remember what country you’re travelling to really. I barely manage to put my pants on the right way around on any given morning, let alone at 3.30am. We made the plane, we fell asleep. I woke from said inflight snooze, dreaming of sunshine and cats I presume, and did an arbitrary blood test. Just like the 14 billion others I’ve done in my life. Except this one gave me letters, not words. LOW. I wanted to capture it to see if there was any tangible difference to a less severe hypo. Answer: YES. Look at the state of me. Watching this back, I really am quite the shade of yellow. It’s a sinister combination…

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Type 1 Diabetes and Mental Health

June 16, 2016
type 1 diabetes and mental health

It’s Diabetes Week. Hooray? It’s great that the focus this year is clearing up misconceptions, dispelling myths and setting the record straight. Education, always. So I’ve made a little video around a topic I feel very passionately about: how living with type 1 diabetes impacts your mental health. I’ve written a long and passionate post on the subject here, and I just think there needs to be greater emphasis on the fact that this is a mental condition as much as it is a physical one. I strongly believe that if this was addressed, the numbers would improve, and we potentially wouldn’t have the highest HbA1c figures in Europe. Potentially. I’ve spoken out to hopefully open up the conversation a bit more, so if this resonates with you please do let me know. I know there’s a ton of things I’ve missed off and I’m also no expert in psychological…

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Adventures, Type 1 Diabetes

Stockholm In Pictures

June 9, 2016
Stockholm in Pictures

Stockholm, it was about time I met you. I always suspected it would be a place I could have a passionate love affair with. Except the Swedes are too cool for such over-zealous displays of emotion. So instead I gave Stockholm some lingering eye contact; it gave me a subtle nod in return. I bit my lip, raised my eyebrow. It asked me how I was doing, and whether I was having a nice time. And I was. I really was. I spent a weekend flirting outrageously with this city, and like any blossoming relationship, it only left me wanting more. The cupid of this situation was Abbott, who had invited me to Stockholm for the second DX event, having attended the inaugural #DXBerlin last year. Honoured and delighted, I of course packed my bags, giddy with the anticipation of catching up with so many wonderful diabetics that social media has allowed me…

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: 20 Year Diaversary, Spice Girls + Chest Waxing?!

June 2, 2016
diaversary

The videos just keep on coming don’t they? I’m having a lot of fun filming, being creative with the shooting and trying to make them look and sound lovely, rather than just simply waffling into a camera. I hope you’re enjoying them too, if not… sorry about that. This one’s worth watching on the basis that I dressed up as Posh Spice, complete with wig and catsuit. It was a lot. Aside from that, Ian heads up to Manchester and we explore the city with some nice coffee from Ezra & Gil in The Northern Quarter (good breakfast menu too in you love an egg/avocado combo as much as I do), Junkyard Golf Club which I would highly recommend as a fun way to spend an hour, and some super sushi from Umezushi, where I met a fellow type 1 with an Omnipod at the next table. Obviously. I also briefly…

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