Discovering how to pedal through the “Sweet Life” (Adjusting to life as a new diabetic;)

So if I asked you, “what are some circumstances you fear most?” What would be your reply?  Loosing your job? Getting a letter from the IRS that you are being audited?

For me it was a fear to be diagnosed as a diabetic.  You have to realize I’ve watched the destructive nature of diabetes both type 1 and type 2 impact my entire family since I can remember.  Family reunion picnics were extravagant feasts of some of the most fattening “comfort foods and sweets”…all the while conversations comparing blood sugar and dosages of insulin were overheard at every table.  Aunts, uncles and cousins, who would give themselves an “extra shot of insulin” so they could indulge in those extra desserts was common place.  Family members who had lost toes, legs, even their eyesight just worshiped food and ignored exercise.  So that was my “genetic pool” which fostered my fear…”MAYBE ONE DAY THAT WILL BE YOU!!!”

Despite that lingering fear, as I stepped over the “40” year old mark and noticed the creeping number on the scale and expanding inches on my waist band I fooled myself into thinking “surely I would be okay.”  I mean after all  I was getting out there on my bike (yeah, maybe not EVERY DAY but I was still “active”) and that was enough right?!? Yes, my metabolism had changed drastically, but I was eating healthy enough…that is WHEN I would eat! I would usually get so engrossed in work projects, traveling and selling at cycling events that come 8pm I would realize, “I haven’t eaten anything since 7am!” So then I would voraciously eat too much at that late hour, along with drinking an “adult beverage” or two.  Essentially, despite my fear, I had allowed myself to stumble down a gradual, slippery slope that resulted in “hitting rock bottom.”

This past month I found myself feeling absolutely horrible and after “dragging my feet” since I could not be bothered to stop working and pay attention to the progressing signs of diabetes (fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, dry mouth, frequent urination, etc…) I FINALLY went to the hospital.  After more than a week of excellent care and education on my situation, I was released and started my new “adventure” of pedaling through the “sweet life” as a newly diagnosed diabetic.

What does life look like now?!  For me it’s absolutely NOT sleeping in. I get to bed at a decent hour and get up early to make SURE I have time to meditate and exercise first thing. I make NO MORE EXCUSES about riding or at least walking a couple times a day.  I eat regularly throughout the day, concentrating on a plate that’s 2/3rds raw veggies, fresh fruit along with lean protein & healthy fats.  I always have little bags of nuts somewhere nearby in the Sprintervan or in my bike’s transformer frame bag to snack on in case grabbing a meal is not an option.  I have cut back HUGE on my drinking (my only temptation since I have never had a “sweet tooth”) and refuse to eat past 6pm…ice water helps take away those “late night cravings” that are pretty much just pangs of “boredom” and a bad habit that will hopefully disappear eventually.

Diabetes is so prevalent in our culture now. It is definitely easy to stumble into, especially as the cost of eating healthy increases and our pace of life interferes with getting our bodies moving. Don’t neglect the steps you need to take today to protect yourself from diabetes.  My doctor affirms, what I read online, that if I am persistent, dedicated and careful my body may be able to “correct” itself and regain a healthy balance once again.  That hope is renewed in my mind & soul every morning as I ride around the flourishing, beautiful green hills here in Ojai, CA that just 6 months ago were burnt ashen grey from the Thomas fire.  I am discovering now that diabetes, is something that can be victoriously managed day by day, as long as we choose every day to simply MOVE and fuel our body with GOOD things…that is the “sweet life!”

Okay, time to throw on one of our organic cotton Tshirts and get in some pedaling…Go Big or Go Home?!  Kind of feeling like a Bear today though?! http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com

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Clearing out the Cobwebs in my Airstream

Traveling for Cyclelogical to all our events all over California and the southwest means living hardcore #vanlife in our Sprintervan.  Admittedly it’s pretty cramped yet cozy but when I get home to my restored 1976 Ambassador Airstream…WOW, I feel like I’m living in a palace after existing in the Sprinter;)

However, the most ANNOYING thing about getting home to the Airstream are my “li’l spider friends” who use my absence as an opportunity to “expand their kingdoms” throughout.  Around the window on my plants, especially in the kitchenette area and in the bathroom (like in photos).  The worst is going for a shower or sitting down on “the throne” and getting wrapped up in cobwebs…YUCK!!!

As Spring is now here that got me thinking about “spring cleaning” and the need to clear out the cobwebs and junk in my own life.  Here’s what I like to take time to do…not just every Spring but at least monthly, if not weekly!

First, I tackle the “clutter” in my living/working spaces.  Life keeps happening at a whirlwind pace at times and it’s easy not to take time to put everything back where it should be. It’s so important to do that though. Get clean and folded clothes back in your drawers, receipts from traveling entered into spreadsheets and filed away and collect all the recyclables and actually RECYCLE them. Living in an Airstream doesn’t afford much space…so “as a rule” when I come back from an event with a new Tshirt I usually pick out an old one “to go” so that my closets aren’t overflowing with clothes I no longer wear (or fit into;)

Second, I figure out new ways to GET ACTIVE.  This can mean engaging in some physical activity, like jumping on my bike for a morning ride or even just taking more time to go to the post office on my bike and giving the Jeep a day off. It also can mean activating a project you were once passionate about that’s been on the shelf (like me and blogging;)

Last, I encourage you to take time to “share your story” with someone.  Like the cobwebs in my Airstream, as annoying as they are…they remind me that we are all interconnected.  We all are apart of a bigger web…a larger story from those who have gone behind us to those who come after us, it’s healthy to share that story.  Just this weekend at San Diego’s GranFondo, I had an amazing opportunity to get to know a young cyclist and photographer to hear his story and share mine.  There is something healthy and spring-like in doing that…helps clear out the clutter of bad things I need to “let go of” and actively practice gratefulness for the joys, experiences and lessons learned.

Enough with writing this…time to get active and clear some clutter in my office, peace!!! bs

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Two of our Favourite athletes in the Mountain Biking World!!

When I started working with my college buddy, JD, who started Cyclelogical…I was not terribly familiar with the “Mountain Biking World.”  Sure, I had gone out occasionally with him and others on some “not so threatening” trails in Cali, AZ and UT but just to “have fun” (i.e. get a few bruises and scrapes) not a whole lot beyond that.  Then as I traveled to events like the Kamikaze Bike Games up at Mammoth Mountain my eyes started to open to what you MTB athletes go through and I was extremely impressed!

Then JD encouraged me to look up an MTB athlete, Syd Schulz, @sydschulzathlete and I have been “hooked” on her and Macky ever since.  In fact this morning, while drinking my coffee with coconut oil to get warmed back up after my 6am ride…I read her latest blog: https://www.sydschulz.com/mountain-biking/six-ways-to-peel-a-banana-or-a-rock-garden

She just has a great, unconquerable attitude with a the ability to just “tell it like it is” with no apology.  She has “pure moxie” as my uncle used to say. Beyond her blog and FB and Instagram, I find myself occasionally checking out Syd & Macky’s YouTube channel and absolutely LOVE this video they posted about a month ago…in which they go through their “Top 10” crashes of their 2017 season (my personal favs #7 “I made it past the part I was worried about” and #5 “Macky vs the log 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUCi2Qji00

Add to all this that they are “van life” people like myself, who enjoy traveling around, and even sport our Cyclelogical clothes at times when they are off their bikes…(https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJwCpinVcB/?taken-by=sydgschulz) (https://www.instagram.com/p/BYhXlGvnRtP/?taken-by=sydgschulz)

 

How could you not love them?!?!?  I encourage you to take sometime and check them out (you know in those “down times” at work when you need a to break up the monotony;) Cheers! -BS

**Photos below from Syd’s Instagram with her sporting our: MusicToMyGears, Bronto, BikeFlower Tshirts and BikeMobile sweatshirt:)

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Still enjoying that “Merry Christmas to me” gift…check these out!!!

Here we are almost done with the first month of January 2018…it SURE GOES FAST!!

One thing I have enjoyed immensely of all my gifts from the holidays is one that I gifted to myself. Oh, I know I’m NOT the ONLY one who ends up after all the searching in the stores and on the internet who gives into the desire of buying a “Merry Christmas to me” gift.

My favourite this year was a STELLAR custom made handle bar from  Defiance Frameworks have you heard of them yet?!  Well, let me tell you, Daniel, does awesome work up in Fritz Creek, Alaska where he crafts handle bars as he told me to “keep his sanity” up north. He’s a down to earth guy, who is an EXCELLENT craftsman!!!

When I met and spoke with him at Interbike this past September this was how he explained why he does what he does…

“I started building bikes seven years ago. The winters in Alaska are long and having a good indoor activity to occupy you time goes a long way towards helping keep you sane. As happens to most builders I started daydreaming about the next frame long before the first one was finished. I’ve been more or less steadily building since then. These days my time is split between bike related activities and working as a welder and shipwright in the marine industry (because if you want to make a living as a framebuilder, you’ve got to have a side hustle;). All in all, I get to live in an amazing place and build the kind of bikes I think are cool. So, basically, I’m living the dream.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about his work!  Every time I’m on my bike now looking down at these handle bars…I still get that giddy gleam in my eye, like when I was a little tyke and saw my first bicycle behind the tree.  Funny how that never goes away the older us kids get when we make improvements on our bikes!!

 

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