TEMPLATES

*For easy, technology-free bolus calculations, insulin:carb ratio and correction factor charts can be downloaded here:

SKILLS AND OBSTACLES

 Crossing the finish line at the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Crossing the finish line at the 2015 Boston Marathon.

From marathon training, I have learned there are two ways to achieving a faster time...building the skills that go into a faster pace (i.e. a stable core and efficient fueling) and breaking down the obstacles that have potential to cause slow downs (i.e. hills or inclement weather).

The same principle has helped me in T1D management. We work to gradually build the skills that bring about tighter control (i.e. pre-meal bolusing and changing out supplies) and finding strategies to overcome the obstacles that tend to throw off our blood sugars (i.e. exercise or a new routine at school). 

I have found it helpful to work on management skills in terms of the acronym SMART (a little cliché, perhaps, but it works). An explanation of each letter, list of skills, examples, and a template can be found here:

Using each experience as a tool has been a cornerstone in learning to balance T1D with obstacles ranging from marathon running to cheerleading to taking long exams (like the MCAT!). With each of these obstacles, I have used logging. Examples and a template can be found here: