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Outside of my Comfort Zone

MAY 29,2013

Outside of my Comfort Zone

Professionally, I can speak in front of thousands of people without breaking into too much of a sweat.  Public speaking isn’t a fear of mine, even though it’s one of the most common fears in the United States (or at least that’s what an Internet search of “most common fears” leads me to believe).  

But for crying out loud, if you throw me in a race with 1,000 other people and I’m clad in sunglasses and a hat and essentially draped in anonymity and more-or-less looking like everyone else about to make a run for it?  I’ll break out in hives, riddled with fear and panic.

I don’t have a fear of public speaking; I have a fear of public exercising.

I’ve been involved in some kind of exercise-related activity for most of my life.  As a kid, I played soccer (badly), performed in tap-dance recitals (less badly, but more spandex and glitter, which was embarrassing), and rode my bike all over our neighborhood.  During college, my roommates and I would go for walks down by the seawall along the ocean.  And once I met my gym-rat husband, going to the gym became part of a normal day.  

But these activities were all taking place privately, so to speak.  No finish line.  No cameras.  No real audience (unless you count the dance recitals, which I’m desperately trying to forget).  

Why the aversion to exercising with an audience?  What was holding me back?

I always considered myself less fit than all of my friends.  I don’t know if it was my genetic make-up, my natural build, or the battle with food and its relationship to diabetes, but I’ve always struggled with my weight and how that perception impacted my physical activities.  Never small, but never truly overweight, I’ve always felt self-conscious about my size.  And the idea of putting that size on jiggly-display by way of a running race always kept me on the sidelines, instead of participating.

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Meet Kerri Sparling

Kerri Sparling

Passions: Diabetes advocacy, social media, health 2.0, the Red Sox, books, cats

 

Daily mantra: “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986 when she was six years old, Kerri gets her diabetes game on every day.

One of today’s most passionate advocates for diabetes awareness, Kerri is the author and creator of  “Six Until Me” one of the first and most widely read diabetes blogs, read by patients, medical professionals and those living with chronic illness. Her blog has been spotlighted on WebMD, The Lancet, AOL, US News and World Report and CNBC.  A firm believer in the power of social media to promote diabetes awareness, she is a popular speaker at new media conferences nationwide.

But there’s a LOT more to Kerri than the “diabetes stuff.”  Besides being a natural-born communicator, she’s also a mom-to-be (it’s a girl!), photographer (passionate dabbler), book club leader (avid reader of other people’s dog-eared favorites) and cat lover (big time!).  She roots for the Red Sox (there ARE no other teams), is married to a “brilliant man” (her words) and does cardio and resistance training five days a week (really!).  A  self-confessed coffee “addict,” Kerri dreams of her first cup of java after her baby is born (yep, she’s human).  Decaf or not, Kerri’s living proof that diabetes doesn’t have to slow you down.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986 when she was six years old, Kerri gets her diabetes game on every day.
One of today’s most passionate advocates for diabetes awareness, Kerri is the author and creator of  “Six Until Me” one of the first and most widely read diabetes blogs, read by patients, medical professionals and those living with chronic illness. Her blog has been spotlighted on WebMD, The Lancet, AOL, US News and World Report and CNBC.  A firm believer in the power of social media to promote diabetes awareness, she is a popular speaker at new media conferences nationwide.


But there’s a LOT more to Kerri than the “diabetes stuff.”  Besides being a natural-born communicator, she’s also a new mom to her baby daughter (BSparl), photographer (passionate dabbler), book club leader (avid reader of other people’s dog-eared favorites) and cat lover (big time!).  She roots for the Red Sox (there ARE no other teams), is married to a “brilliant man” (her words) and does cardio and resistance training five days a week (really!).  A  self-confessed coffee “addict,” Kerri appreciates her coffee more now after taking nine months of pregnancy off from caffeine.  Decaf or not, Kerri’s living proof that diabetes doesn’t have to slow you down.

Kerri Sparling is sponsored by Animas and is a paid contributor to Animas.com

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