I have been a diabetic for 16 years. I didn’t always listen to my doctor and didn’t completely understand nutrition. I moved back to NY and gained 70lbs and my A1C was 14. I decided to get my act together and start exercising and eating right. I lost 70lbs and in better shape that I was before. My A1C is a 6 over the last two tests and I actually help others with their fitness goals now.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Is it contagious….lol. I just gave them an explanation of how diabetes works.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People are always trying to tell me I can’t this or that and I feel like I have so much control over my blood sugar that I don’t worry about not being able to eat what I want.

How do you inspire others?
I am always posting information and videos about exercises and nutrition online to help motivate and inspire others. I have received a great response and have grown to over 30,000 followers by the end of August.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
At first it was scary but the more I learned the more I feel as I have more control over it.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It the long run it has made me a strong person and an advocate to help those who are educated in nutrition and health to get people thinking about alternatives to their normal eating habits. My philosophy is to stop thinking about diets and think more about lifestyle changes to create long lasting changes.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One Horse Sized Duck

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