Recently I was given the privilege of being asked to review Christel Oerum’s new fitness book, Fit with Diabetes. I was both honoured and excited. My son has been big into fitness since he was in his early teens. The idea of learning a few tips from this fitness guru that I could share with him led me to open up the book soon after it landed in my inbox!
In keeping with the book’s fitness theme, I read this book while on my treadmill. It made me feel slightly better when I saw images of the toned and amazing Christel staring back at me. I am nowhere near her fitness level but at least I was trying and her book tells you how to do just that…try…and succeed!
Christel offers amazing tips, tricks, and recipes that make you drool! She shows you how to set achievable smart goals that lead you to your ultimate goal. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
From the very beginning, Christel offers great advice like looking at why you are excited about your goal. She reminds you not to focus on what you don’t like. Don’t focus on being out of shape or carrying around that extra weight but rather how great you are going to feel instead!
Fit with Diabetes offers valuable, usable tips for everyone
As I said, my son has been big into fitness for years. There is a huge collection of dumbbells in his room. He heads over to the gym whenever he can. I was, therefore, taking a lot of notes when Christel discussed weight training and how different exercises impact blood glucose levels differently. My son had told me something similar.
He saw different blood glucose levels after leg day versus when he had an ab day for example. Christel tells you how to use this information to your advantage!
One of the things that amazed me the most and made me go “Of course!” was the idea of using the dawn phenomenon to your advantage. She gives you an effective way to deal with morning spikes through exercise. You really want to check this out!
As I said, Fit with Diabetes can easily be your personal trainer if you are not in the position to invest in one just yet. Christel shows you real examples of how people on pumps and injections are managing their diabetes care while exercising. She shows you exercises that you can do at home or at a gym and how to put them together into your own personal fitness routine.
I was equally impressed by Christel’s no-nonsense approach to diet and exercise in general. She never gives you a “diet” to stick to. She offers suggestions on what a healthy meal should contain. In Fit with Diabetes, Christel provides formulas and apps for you to use to create the menu plan that fits you! I am the world’s pickiest eater but after looking at some of Christel’s prepared meals, I was drooling!
Finally, Christel reminds us of the reality of weight loss. Many of us, myself included, get hung up on the numbers. We want our scale to say this weight or that. Christel promotes a healthy body weight and a positive self-image. Muscle weighs more than fat. You may be getting toned and building beautiful muscle without seeing the scale heading the way you expect…and that is okay!
I loved this book. It was easy to read. The concepts are easy to follow. I was however starkly reminded how different it is for me to jump on my treadmill with my perfectly functioning pancreas than it is for my son to do the same with his flaked out pancreas.
This book gave me a renewed respect for everyone who is living with diabetes and working to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It isn’t easy but Christel shows you that it is attainable with a little guidance and dedication!
To purchase your own copy of Christel Oerum’s Fit with Diabetes, you can go to her website at https://diabetesstrong.com/fit-with-diabetes/
Christel is a Los Angeles based blogger, certified personal trainer, and diabetes advocate. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1997 and at an early stage decided that it wasn’t going to slow her down. Her motto is “There is Nothing You Can’t do With Diabetes”. She writes about how to be Fit With Diabetes on DiabetesStrong.com. She also coaches people with diabetes from across the globe, online and in person, and supports them in meeting their health and fitness goals.
Christel holds an MBA in Finance & Strategy and an ISSA Personal Trainer certification with specialization in Fitness and Diabetes (Level 3 certified from the Diabetes Motion Academy). You can find her on Facebook @DiabetesStrong and Instagram @DiabetesStrong_IG /