Reclaim your Rise Podcast

122. Prioritizing Diabetes Even When You Don’t Want To + 3 Tips for Time in Range

June 4, 2024

With 37 years of T1D under her belt, our guest Karen Baumgartner shares her journey and the lessons she's learned along the way. The most challenging period for her was the decade after her children's birth when she had to re-learn how to prioritize her health. As a DCB graduate, Karen provides 3 practical tips that helped her increase her time in range from 60% to 75%. We also discuss strategies for overcoming your resistance to making time for diabetes.

Time Stamps:  

  • (03:21) Making herself and her diabetes a priority 
  • (05:00) Deal with it (defensive) vs. handling it (offensive)
  • (07:09) Her first decades with T1D and how her relationship changed
  • (09:17) What her blood sugars looked like in childhood
  • (10:08) The struggle of her college years 
  • (11:48) Resentment 
  • (13:11) Why Risely’s group coaching program was the gamechanger
  • (16:20) Her positive pregnancy experience
  • (18:47) “I can’t mess these babies up”
  • (20:13) The grace of post-pregnancy diabetes management 
  • (22:17) “You can manage yourself, and diabetes will follow”
  • (23:52) “I came into coaching wanting strategy, but, mindset”
  • (26:40) Before and After A1C Shift Method Course
  • (29:04) A T1D community & ammo
  • (33:20) Sustainable time in range
  • (34:46) Her 3 tactical tips for time in range 
  • (36:36) The resistance to taking the time for diabetes

What to do now:

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Disclaimer: Nothing you hear on the Reclaim your Rise podcast should be a substitute for personalized professional medical advice. Please always consult your physician or other medical professional before making any changes to your diet, insulin dosages, or healthcare plan. 

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