I am Krissy’s friend, Laren. We like to think we are a walking commercial for match.com because we are pretty much the same person with perfect compatibility. Krissy and I were roommates on a study abroad trip we took to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I didn’t realize until about halfway into the trip that she had type 1 diabetes—some roommate I was! I felt so uninformed not knowing the different types of diabetes and options available for treating it. Who knew there were insulin pumps out there available in place of the shots!? But, I think living with her and seeing what she goes through on a daily basis was a great eye opener for me. You can’t physically notice that someone has diabetes, and that’s exactly why they are capable of living a healthy, normal lifestyle.
I probably asked her 101 questions on the trip about it. We tried to make sure that we ate as healthy as we could (and for anyone that knows me, I don’t usually “try” to eat healthy!). Of course, this didn’t always happen and our options were limited some of the time when we were traveling. Regardless, I saw how conscious Krissy was of what she was eating and how much discipline she had and it truly inspired me. So, when Krissy was feeling sick on our flight home I knew something was definitely wrong because she is always a trooper. It was a really scary experience for all of us involved, but we gave her the amount of support and space she needed to get her through the 27 hours it took to get home.
Knowing Krissy has run marathons and can’t just get up and run and eat when she feels like it makes me feel selfish that I don’t take advantage of the lifestyle I am able to live. After hearing her story, it has made me more conscious of my own habits, and I start to question my own motivation. I absolutely hate running, but I have started running outside more as the weather gets nicer. My biggest motivation is the playlist Krissy and I created (stuffed with old school goodies like BSB) and my app that tracks my runs. For some reason, hearing a little voice tell you your pace and distance run every five minutes really makes you want to push yourself more and more.
Everyone has a different motivation in his or her life. The important thing is that you find that motivator and use it to push yourself and really work hard for whatever your ultimate goal is. You are the only one who knows how good it feels to finally cross that finish line!