4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

crunches

Pals

I have a friend who is also a Facebook buddy, with whom I now share a new element in our friendship.  Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, before 9 PM, we engage in a common activity, then send an e-message to each other about our accomplishment. That activity is push-ups, and we have become Push-Up Pals!

The agreement is to do 3 sets of 10 push-ups, in proper form, and not the bent knee kind, either. The real thing. After our first day of participation in the push-up pal program, I suggested that we add in crunches. After all, we would be waiting a few minutes in between sets of 10, so why not throw in crunches? 3 sets of 50 crunches, 5 different leg positions to work the range of abdominals. That’s 150 crunches, 30 push-ups, and a great little workout!

The best thing I did when I discovered I had Type 2 Diabetes was to call Robin Mallery. She coached me to craft a plan to turn this condition around, and the encouragement to believe that I can.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I am managing well, using Robin’s program of small steps, achievable goals, and positive reinforcement.  She’s not only a fountain of knowledge and experience, but a loving teacher and motivator.  For the first time in years, I don’t feel helpless about eating and weight gain.  Thank you, Robin!

—GC, Austin

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