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This weeks episode is another in the ‘your stories’ series. 

I catch up with Guido who owns and runs his own gym in Germany. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and finding his love for fitness, Guido trained to become a personal trainer, a nutrition coach and a mindset coach so that he could help others to not only achieve their goals in the gym but also help them understand the power of the right mindset. 

Guido lives a bodybuilding lifestyle and shows that with the right understanding you can most definitely build muscle with Type 1 Diabetes. 

Listen to learn more about fitness, nutrition and bodybuilding with Diabetes.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Life with diabetes has some highs and lows, but just like in a normal life, you can make choices which helped to make your life easier, improve your health and wellbeing in the diabetic and healthy podcast. We show you how to do just that. We're here to help you put your diabetes worries behind so that you can start enjoying life with a sky high smile on your face. So let's meet our host for today's show is Charlotte.

Charlotte (00:30):
Hi, and welcome back to another episode of the diabetic and healthy podcast as a way. Thank you so, so much for listening. Um, this week's episode is another in V your stories series. So today I am speaking to a really nice guy called Guida, um, Gado lives in Germany, and he is a personal trainer, a nutrition coach, a mindset coach. He runs his own gym. I won't tell you too much, but as you can tell, he's got a rather impressive list of skills and qualifications. Um, and if you are interested in fitness and embody building, then this is one for you. Uh, so before we get started a quick reminder about getting involved with diabetic and healthy on social media. So diabetic and healthy is on Instagram. I share lots of fitness and nutrition tips and lifestyle advice on there. Um, so that is diabetic underscore and underscore how fi uh, we have a Facebook page and we have two Facebook groups type one fit, and also the diabetic and healthy community. And of course is a podcast that you're listening to. Please remember to leave us a review and hit subscribe, save it. You never miss any future shows. Okay. So let's get started. This is, uh, Gado in Germany telling us all about his story with type one diabetes.

Charlotte (02:12):
Hi, Gita. How are you?

Guido (02:15):
I try to, it's very not. Uh, I'm doing very good.

Charlotte (02:18):
I am good. Thank you. Um, so thank you so much for agreeing to come on today and, uh, tell us, tell us a bit about you and your story. So you are a personal trainer and nutrition coach and gym owner.

Guido (02:44):
Yeah, I was doing, uh, I barely could do personal trains before I had my own place. So I just said like one client and I, I was learning several years and it was always like, ah, no, I'm not sure. I do already

Speaker 4 (03:00):
Call myself a personal trainer because I'm not feeling like yet. I'm definitely a good peasant trainer now. So I have to do more stuff from this monster from that. And I have to be more experienced in kind of, uh, yeah, the fields I'm covering. So all the mental training for sure is always a big part on like training and nutrition coaching for sure. As you know, it, um, by your own it's, it's all a mental game and yeah, so, but it was also a mental game for me to, to come to that point to say, yeah, I'm a person trainer. And I will search a place where I do the personal training in my own place, not just at home, because for sure people don't have that much equipment at home or they cannot afford it, but everyone for sure, some, um, people can do it.

Speaker 4 (03:49):
So I also have a client who has like a personal gym in his home, but yeah. Always wanted to have a own gym. And then it's just a, yeah, it was pretty fast process from, Oh, I had a nice place and okay. I need to maybe let pull down and the rowing machine and the leg press. And then I found a guy via eBay who was very close to my place. Yeah. And then I came to his hall and then there was so many good equipment. So I mainly use technology, Jim Ady and all those stuff. And yeah. Then I came to a space and it was full of nice equipment. They're like, all , Hey, this equipment, a tricep press, maybe like just 500 euros. Okay. It's nice. And maybe a shoulder press a slide

Speaker 5 (04:45):
[inaudible]

Speaker 4 (04:45):
Use as a shoulder press as well. I like this. And then, yeah, yeah. Now I have like a, since two and a half years, I have my PT gym here with almost everything I needed in my, uh, training careers since years. So yeah. Pretty nice and all

Speaker 5 (05:05):
Yeah. Nice position.

Speaker 6 (05:09):
Um, and you were taught, um, diagnosed with type one. Was it about 15, 16 years ago?

Speaker 4 (05:17):
Uh, almost yeah. 16 and a half almost. So when I was 10 years old, now I'm 26 turning 27 in April and yeah. So it was, uh, in July or June, June, 2004. Yeah.

Speaker 6 (05:38):
And what was going on leading up to that? So I've spoken to lots of different people. Some people have like a really long kind of, um, a long journey up to their diagnosis. And some of them it's like it's dead quick and everything happens really fast.

Speaker 4 (05:54):
Uh, I think it was, uh, the hard time was

Guido (05:58):
Like two or three weeks where I was, um, waking up all night, every like, I don't know, three, four times going to the toilet, drinking a lit of water, going to the toilet again, drinking again, falling asleep again, half an hour later, I wake up again. I woke up again and yeah, that continues, continued over two, three weeks. And then I realized, or my mother realized on some point where there was a small festival or like a village festival in my hometown. And yeah, I was playing with some friends football and I was just laying on the ground because I was so exhausted, even though I didn't play it's an hour of football or something like we were playing and I was exhausted and couldn't afford to, I couldn't, I, I barely moved, you know, I was just laying on the grass and I felt like, , I need to drink something again and bring something no matter what I need to drink. And it was like, yeah. You know, it's

Speaker 6 (07:04):
Yeah. Yeah. It's really hard to describe the first to someone that doesn't understand. Cause they just think where you were first day. Like that's not that bad. Bay's awful. Isn't it? You just, you just can't relieve that.

Guido (07:17):
Yeah, definitely. Yeah. And it was just like, um, yeah, like I said, three, two weeks and um, and yeah, but in the, from the, from my point of view, now I can definitely say that it was on the development over two years, I guess, because I was always a kid with a regular, um, body type. So it just, yeah. As a normal heavy kid. And then from my, um, yeah, when I got eight or nine, uh, I started to gain weight pretty fast. And then when I was like most with type one, I really was. Yeah. That kid almost. So I think that's not that typical. Most people that I know,

Speaker 6 (08:04):
Normally guys, we have a way, you know, drop your weight. Yeah.

Guido (08:07):
Cause I was drinking a lot of, uh, ice tea and Coke and this time almost, or probably that one, um, thing, which made me uh over-weighted. So, because I always had a quite good, um, lifestyle, according to the nutrition. So my mother was always a healthy or it's always since was a whole lifetime healthy person. And we were never like, we have a lot of sweets at home or something, but yeah, this time I drank a lot of ice and then I think I gained the weight just through the, yeah, just through the sugar from the, from the sweet stuff and yeah. And the pot, or like, just after I, um, knew about, uh, uh, about type one, it was clear that it was like a never ending story regarding my blood sugar that I was raising it all the time and had to go to the toilet. Like during the day I didn't recognize how, how many times I went to the toilet.

Speaker 6 (09:17):
But then when it's waking you up, you become more aware of it. Yeah.

Guido (09:22):
Yeah. Just the, even before my alarm was ringing in the morning when I had to go to school, it was just an hour before, two times already. And probably I had a sugar from 400 or something like this. So when they tested me at the doctor's place, it was just like 450 or something. And yeah, they told me I had to go to the hospital directly and yeah. Then I was staying there for two weeks to get the training regarding my injections and so on. And you don't have to eat this and that. And yeah, I was doing good with it because for sure, I was interested in getting healthy or like that I can feel better and can afford, um, yeah. Some normal life because the boss all the time, I was getting pretty active and like overactive and then overwhelmed again and pretty tired. And yeah, just from my window, you know, it was for sure, uh, obvious why I am acting like this, but yeah.

Speaker 6 (10:33):
How did your, did your mum know anything about diabetes when you got your diagnosis?

Guido (10:39):
Uh, yes. Knew already something because my, um, grandfather is a doctor and, uh, for sure she knew something about diabetes, but, uh, she and my father, they, uh, got also training in the hospital, but it was quite good I guess. So they learned how to inject themselves and so on. So they had for sure, not insulin, but they had to inject it themselves as well and a test of blood sugars and so on and so on. Yeah. But I could, uh, manage everything by myself also as a 10 years old guy.

Speaker 6 (11:14):
Good. At 10 that's a lot to take on.

Guido (11:17):
Yeah. It was quite good. So, but I hadn't, I didn't realize it in this year's what's uh, yeah. How, how far does impact from high sugar? Low sugar can, yeah. Can be because for sure, you're not looking that much into the future, but uh,

Speaker 6 (11:39):
Yeah,

Guido (11:42):
Definitely. Um, yeah. Well, it's quite funny to look back now to this time, because somehow I'm thinking if I could do a, if I could have chat with me in this age and you knew all those things, you know, well, I know now what's the structure during the day is it's good to have. Right. So I have now I have a flexible, um, fast acting insulin so that I can just inject when I'm eating. But in this time I had like a fixed And I mixed the menu with a normal, uh, not worth a pen adjustment for regular thing. Don't know the English expression,

Speaker 6 (12:27):
Right. Like in a syringe.

Guido (12:29):
Yeah. I guess I just didn't make it. And then like mixing the fast and low acting insulin in the morning and in the evening, just in the middle of the day I used the fast acting insulin and it, yeah, no, I would also, or I could afford, I guess, such a structure for sure. I'm doing it with my fast acting, but yeah, as I'm, uh, have employed now since two years, it's not sometimes a bit difficult as I, as I wasn't retired right now as well. It was like, Oh, . I ate something. I had a client here I had to, um, I do, uh, yeah, give them a small structure for the app, work out now and then I can, can do it later on with him and can eat as well. But then there's the next appointment and so on and so on. And so, yeah.

Speaker 6 (13:25):
And you're, you're still on, you still take injections now. You never went onto a pump.

Guido (13:31):
Uh, I, I want to, uh, use, uh, try the Dexcom next time. So I just met, um, I was, uh, three years ago, I think there was the freestyle LIBOR Millinocket, and I used this on my tricep, but all the time when I was training went off or I scratched on the hair on the floor or something and it wasn't, it wasn't that good. And during this time, uh, in Germany, the insurance didn't, uh, paid for itself.

Speaker 6 (14:06):
Okay. We've just got it on the, on the NHS in the UK. So they're like on prescription now in the UK.

Guido (14:13):
Yeah. Right. Yeah. And in this time where I try to freestyle, it was, yeah. I spent like 400 euros euros in one month or something on it because yeah,

Speaker 6 (14:24):
Yeah, yeah. Yeah. The sensors, I think had like 60 pounds hearsay. Yeah, yeah,

Guido (14:29):
Yeah. It's almost the same in Germany. And then it was, yeah, it was just, uh, not useful at all. And just regarding this, um, regarding the money and regarding the blood sugar, how ex executive was working because, um, yeah, I was always checking on my,

Speaker 6 (14:48):
Going to fingers as well, too. It was always a different

Guido (14:52):
Thing. So I felt that I am going low. And then on the free side it told me like, yeah, you have like 120. And I thought it's not possible check with my finger and was 70 and then, yeah. Okay. It's not useful at all during the last, uh, six months I used, I tried ever since you know, that it's like a small chip you have here or like a small and then, Oh, I haven't, I haven't here. Um, then you're having like a transmitter you put on your arm. Yeah. But it was the same thing that was also, uh, it wasn't that exact. And, uh, it was always vibrating when I was going too low or too high when I already, uh, yeah. Failed that I'm going low. And then I eat something and then 50 minutes later on the car, it was driving me crazy as well.

Guido (15:58):
And yeah. So I think it's probably the best to use the Dexcom. And I think the newest is also, um, coupled or yeah. Working together with blood sugar testing or it's just from the same company. I'm not sure about, um, I don't have that much information about all those different things because I'm doing quite good with checking my blood sugar on the thing as quite often and eating and injecting quite often. That's boring about my skin sometimes and yeah. But in the all and all, I'm doing good with it, just with the fingers. So I think a pump for long-term insulin will be a good, yeah. A good deal to do anything. And then with the new techniques or if the new, um, instruments they have now. So yeah.

Speaker 6 (16:56):
Yeah. Yeah. I know a lot of people that have got, um, much better control with a pump, cause you can be a lot more precise. It's not just like, you know, in units you can do smaller like increments and things like that. Um,

Guido (17:10):
Just like normal person is getting their insulin and also all the time and a little [inaudible]. Yeah. Are you using, you're using Dexcom or what?

Speaker 6 (17:24):
I have a Libra. Um, well I do finger prick, uh, occasionally, uh, to check it, if I don't believe what it's telling me, I'll check it. Um, I think they've definitely improved because originally I didn't find them very good. I didn't find them accurate. Um, and I lost a couple in the gym, whereas now they must have changed the glue because these aren't going anywhere, but yeah, I've not lost one for ages and I'm definitely a lot more accurate, although there's a delay. So they're like 15 minutes behind, um, compared to if you prick your finger. So I've asked to be any issue really. Uh, and yeah, I do injections, um, again, uh, you know, a long acting and then a fast acting.

Guido (18:13):
Are you still doing both? I thought it's like, you're using a pump as well.

Speaker 6 (18:17):
No, no, no. Don't use a pump. Never used or never. I don't like the idea of having it. Yeah.

Guido (18:23):
Yeah. That's the thing because I was always, always, when I was a kid, I was even more against pumps or okay. There was a, um, back making the days there wasn't, there were any possibilities with, uh, uh, blood sugar tests when I heard of this. Yeah, for sure. Great, great thing. And I was showing everyone, look at me, I'm like a small sidewalk now. And uh, yeah, just according to how many times I check my blood sugar with the freestyle Libra. I, uh, and I, after I, or when I didn't use it anymore, it felt like, okay, I checked it like every half an hour or something and yeah, that was kind of a good improvement through the, uh, freestyle, um, thing. But yeah, now I'm also thinking, like just taking my normal instruments with me, it's just, uh, I'm feeling more healthy with this.

Guido (19:31):
Then we have a pump, but nonetheless, I'm thinking, okay, when I'm injecting my long-term units in the morning, even though they have like a retard effect, I'm feeling like it's not normal. I don't know. I, I see what's, uh, what a Dexcom will, um, bring me or which kind of improvements maybe, maybe my, or probably my, um, H one C will go down and yeah. But nonetheless, I'm feeling good as long as I can train in my regular, um, routine. And as long as I can eat in my routine, I'm feeling perfect. Yeah. Yeah. After like this, I always have lunch.

Speaker 6 (20:15):
Oh yeah. So I have a nice spike when I'm doing it and then it comes on.

Guido (20:21):
Yeah. Yesterday you can, you can see when you have like the, um, the blood sugar tests.

Speaker 6 (20:27):
Yeah. That's quite interesting. Um, so you have like, uh, I follow you on Instagram. You have kind of a bodybuilding physique. So you, do you eat like a bodybuilder? Do you, do you eat like six times a day or

Guido (20:43):
So? I, I always, uh, was a good eater. So that's how I came to that, I guess, because in the first years where I tried to, uh, have a better, um, look on my nutrition. So not just regarding carbs for sure. I, uh, had look on this since I'm 10, but also regarding the car, uh, the fats and proteins. I did some mistakes, I guess when I was drinking my food at first sort of typical mistakes people, um, doing when they don't know when they cook, they don't track the oil or something, or they think like I just put some walnuts on my, uh, on my yogurt or something like this. And I think that's how I always gained a little bit muscles during my, uh, during or while I was trying to lose fat. And for sure, it always felt like I'm losing fat because I get more muscles and they're like, well, it's great working and I'm gaining some muscle. So I was thinking, okay, I lose fat and I build muscles, but yeah, I just build muscle.

Speaker 7 (21:57):
Yeah.

Guido (21:59):
Yeah. All in all. Um, that's why I never ate like just chicken rice, chicken, rice, or chicken rice and broccoli or something like this just once a day, maybe. And, uh, it was more sellers back in the days when I was trying to lose fat, but yeah, still, I just had too many calories. Uh, so I build muscles, but it's very good. And I'm still doing good with that. Yeah. With a cycling as well. So I'm just do some reefy days on the weekend, for example, just regarding my, yeah, just regarding my training when I've, when I'm feeling weak, I just eat two days more carbs and it's also working pretty good. So as long as I'm preparing my food by my own. So just for example, with rice, we're not either trauma, Chinese, fast food or Turkish, fast food restaurant. It's always with some fat in it or something.

Guido (22:59):
And then for sure, it's horrible regarding the spikes, those after it as well. And, um, yeah, but, um, yeah, I'm just training, um, as a bodybuilder, as to train and I'm just trying to eat as normal as possible without preparing everything in a box and having meals a day. Yeah. I'm focusing more on small mutes, small, uh, carbohydrate intakes when I'm just feeling like, okay, I'm going a bit low, uh, just eating a banana or doing a protein shake with some, uh, with a bit banana oatmeal or something in it, then I'm doing good. So yeah. I also try sometimes intermittent fasting. So this was kind of a very good thing for my diabetes because I was on a perfect, um, level the whole day. And then I went to my training. I was still on a good level, so I didn't check the, during those, uh, different exercises, but I just checked it before and after. And it was always fine. Then I injected went home, ate a lot. And then I felt like my blood sugars already going down, but then it was two hours or something. And then yeah. Then I just ate once a day, for example. And I did grade, uh, progress in this time,

Speaker 6 (24:27):
Unless you've obviously reduced your insulin a lot.

Guido (24:30):
Yeah, definitely. So just my longterm and um, yeah, maybe like 20 units after training, which is still a lot for sure at one time. Uh it's it's very loud. Yeah. As I said, I was just eating, uh, as much as possible then, and I was living in a chef led, so it was also kind of a reason because I just ate, uh, or why I was just eating in the evening because they were always preparing some nice food for no brownies or something like this. And yeah, that was kind of, uh, the reason why I thought about intermittent fasting and maybe you should just avoid, uh, breakfast and the second breakfast as well, and maybe also should avoid. And yeah, so, but it was very, very nice to see how my diabetes was reacting on, on no food during 12 hours or something. Yeah. Yeah.

Speaker 6 (25:36):
Um, so I was looking, you have a rather impressive list of qualifications and courses that you've done. Um, and a lot of the stuff you do is based around mindset and mindset coaching. So what got you into that was that how you personally felt, um, because it is so much to do with mindset. It's not just about whether you're training and whether you're eating it's, it's kind of getting your head around everything.

Guido (26:03):
I think it was, it all started with my interest about meditation. So I'm actually not that sure. What kind of, uh, input I had to say, okay, I'm doing a mental trainer, B B license, and then the mental coach then, um, consolidated in regarding stress reduction, communication trainer. And like, I'm also like a relaxation trainer. So it's more about like breathing exercises and so on. And for sure, also like yoga sessions, like you can combine it and so on. And yeah, I don't know. I was always interested in those things. So yeah, it came all to a very, very, uh, impressive moment last year when I was doing iowaska retreatment in Costa Rica. And yeah, that's kind of boosted all my intentions. I put in this, uh, in this topic because yeah, everything is, like I said, everything is a mental game just regarding the training and the nutrition stuff, but as well, like your working structures or your personal habits, your, your friendships.

Guido (27:25):
So relationships in general, uh, all related with this as well. And I don't know how I was, how I got into this topic, but it was a slow process. And then it was, um, yeah, just interesting when I did all my licenses at, uh, um, at the school, he in Germany, which is doing it since 35 years or something, or the trainer licenses regarding fitness and nutrition. And then they got also into this mental training. Uh, but this was more focused on, on the training itself, you know, like why, um, for example, a client is doing hardware, squats or deadlifts, and why I'm doing that, uh, hard with learning the techniques that you can focus on, on all the small, small parts on an exercise, you know, just like, yeah, just every, every part of the movement you can describe in a, like one, uh, paper, you can just write about how you should go down and up again on the deadlift.

Guido (28:38):
And this wasn't that interesting for me, it was more about, yeah. The whole thing. So just about the coaching, so why are you doing, why do you think, are you doing, um, part with deadlifts or why, why do you even want to learn that lift? So do you really want to learn it or is it something else which is, uh, pushing you towards some goals you have in mind? And yeah, as I also started just with the training regarding my, uh, fat loss, it was also kind of a period where I was thinking about taking steroids to go on a, um, competition and so on. But then I also recognized that that's not the thing where you started, you started just to get a good physique and then you were more, well, I was more interested in helping other people to achieve it itself themselves because it's not that hard when you have a, when you have a, when you have a path you just have to go through.

Guido (29:45):
And when someone is telling you to go that way, which I didn't have in the, yeah. When I was first time at the gym, it's like 13 years ago. And, uh, I just wanted to do some bed and it's just like, uh, just do some exercises here and there, and then you will do fine. And for sure from now on it wasn't that bad. But yeah, back in the days, I didn't lost weights over three, four or five years or something because they were just like doing a regular bodybuilding and it didn't gave you some advices for nutrition as well. And then during my, a levels in school, I w I had a very good teacher who, um, who was also, um, um, a doctor and she was just making like a, yeah, like a project or experiment for himself to go to that school where we're doing our levels.

Guido (30:44):
And then he was, yeah, he was just explaining everything directly with a very, very, um, very easy way of understanding. And yeah, that's how I came to the training, um, theory. And through the training theory, I came also even more to, yeah. To that mentor topic and yeah, the school is called, uh, BS. So it's, um, like kind of spread it in whole Germany. And I was always looking on the schedule, what kind of topics and kind of licenses they had. And then I was always on that mental thing, like, I kind of want to be more a mental coach and a fitness coach kind of, because yeah. That can improve everyone's life. Right.

Speaker 6 (31:37):
Yeah, absolutely. Um, and I suppose, uh, um, like for mental coaching, that must really help with the nutrition side of things, because I know, you know, when I was doing a lot of PT, a lot of people have strange relationships with food. Um, so I guess for mental side of things, you can really help them with that side of things. So whether, um, I suppose where some of those issues come from, maybe do you look into those kinds of things? Like where, where, where it all started to go wrong with food, if they've got, you know, bad eating habits or whatever it is.

Guido (32:16):
Yeah, definitely. So I think also as a type one, um, you definitely have, or I definitely had something in mind, like, okay, this is forbidden and this is forbidden. So just go low with your sugar and then you can eat it. And I can remember when I was 13 or something, I was, uh, on holiday, my family and the friend as well, and his family. And I was, I was so low and sweating already and laying on the couch and I was like, no, I want to go lower. And the way I wait, I wait, I can eat so many sweets. And yeah, I think I had like 27 or something, uh, on that one

Speaker 6 (33:00):
And hours. Yeah, that's crazy though.

Guido (33:04):
It was the lowest I ever had, I guess. Um, can't remember that it was, uh, lower and, yeah. So just as an example, this was for sure a pretty, um, an unhealthy, uh, way of thinking and yeah, I think it's still something, or like everyone knows, okay. Sweets are not that nice. And sometimes you can eat more, sometimes you avoid them and, yeah. So it's, I don't know how to say for sure that some people don't have, uh, any interest in sweets. They're more like salty people or something.

Speaker 6 (33:42):
I wish I didn't have an interest in Sweden.

Guido (33:47):
I'm totally crazy about like, uh, croissants with, uh, uh, chocolate, like my, the biggest enemy,

Speaker 6 (33:59):
Mine, chocolate biscuits,

Guido (34:01):
Chocolate biscuits. Oh, we have a

Speaker 6 (34:03):
Hot drink, like dunking them in a hot drink. Oh, so quick.

Guido (34:10):
Yeah. And maybe, and that's always the question. Is it like more, uh, is it healthier to eat every day, a small thing or is it healthier to keep it away and then you eat way more of it? Probably either way. It's always the best. Right.

Speaker 6 (34:27):
So

Guido (34:29):
I haven't cut it off of my day because then I'm like, I'm going to every day getting one crossover then maybe next day too. And I may have like a period of maybe one, two months or something. And then I have to say, okay, now you have to cut them off again regarding the calories. It's ridiculous to eat something like this when you can yeah. Just make your own, uh, awesome deserts, for example, like don't know, like a raw, uh, chocolate or like nuts and so on. You can do so many nice things, but surely also not the best, uh, best to eat every day, but yeah, a lot of local things and they are okay. I guess, probably better than a chocolate croissant.

Speaker 6 (35:20):
Yeah. Yeah. Like I know for me personally, if I try and cut something out completely, it's inevitable that will lead to a binge at some point. Like it, it will, it will always end in overeating. So yeah, I go with having a little bit often, rather than going, no, you can't have it. Yeah. Um,

Guido (35:46):
For sure. Also just to have, right. So when you're, when you're okay with never eating that much, and you're just enjoying like small bits with every day, it's definitely, it's definitely a nice moment every day. Right. One more then when you cut it off.

Speaker 6 (36:03):
Yeah, exactly. I'll deal with the extra bit of body fat for the biscuits. I don't mind. Um, personally, what has been your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Guido (36:21):
Biggest challenge of my daily life, or just regarding one moment?

Speaker 6 (36:26):
Um, I suppose daily life let's go with daily life.

Guido (36:31):
Cool question feeling very, very long time. I was feeling like I don't have any problems with my diabetes. I'm living as a normal guy because I'm happy that I got it when I was 10. And, um, yeah, but I think it's definitely just now as I'm self-employed and working way longer than I did it before. And when I I'm realizing I'm going low and I recognize that too late and my mind is not working anymore. And I'm really like, okay, I have to eat something. And then I'm gone here back in my kitchen, and then I'm doing something on the, the water type or something because wrong. And then my mother is standing anywhere in the gym. Like you want to eat something, you know, just go for it. Like, Oh, really? Then you're feeling really like, really like in a, I don't know if you have smoked, like if would be like really strange feeling, feeling high or something, but I'm doing here.

Speaker 6 (37:43):
Yeah, no, I do the same. I'll be like, Oh, I'm going low. Like, I'm going to go and get a glass of Coke or whatever it is, and go into the kitchen and I'll start like wiping down a, over surface in the kitchen or start like putting the dishes away. And my partner's is, like, you said, you needed sugar. Like you went for sugar and you're like, Oh yeah, yeah,

Guido (38:03):
Yeah, definitely. So, because they definitely, or I definitely feel the, the weakest, there's never more weaker moment. I think in my life, when I, regarding those moments, when you really think like, , I can't even focus on something where I'm looking at, or if I show it, then it's, it's just crazy that it's sometimes happening with also like 55 or 60. And I'm feeling like this. And sometimes I'm when I was doing intermittent fasting example, I had like

Speaker 4 (38:36):
60 and 50 and I felt great. I just had like a very, very, um, I was pretty low on my sugar. And then I could just do anything I wanted, I can just prepare the perfect meal, like just eating the first, eating a banana, then preparing this and then eating that. And then I was just, um, yeah, I was still focused when I was doing intermittent fasting. So I'm kind of feeling like the bodybuilding habits regarding food. Well, we got just regarding how many carbs you eat during the day they make you feel even weaker when you go low, then when you're just focused on a low carb diet where you don't eat that much carbs or just mainly before and after my training sessions, I am eating carbs. And when I'm eating, maybe like 200 grams per day in average, I would say it's 200 grams and feeling perfect also with a low blood sugar. Yeah. Yeah.

Speaker 6 (39:37):
I suppose maybe when your doing the fasting and stuff, your body just kind of adjust to it running lower, um, cause you haven't got those. Cause I'm sure a lot of the time I can feel like I'm low and I check it and you know, I can think of prick or check my Libra and it, it still says it's still kind of a normal level or even a little bit high, but it's dropping quite quickly and you can feel that drop even before it gets low sometimes can't you just think, yeah, it's going down,

Speaker 4 (40:07):
Especially when I'm, um, they call them from work in the evening and I'm sitting on to college and then I'm feeling like, Oh, , now you can relax. And then I'm feeling like, okay, okay. You're, you're feeling a bit shaky, but not, not shaking my hands on my fingers, just like inside I'm feeling shaky somehow. And then it's always like, okay, I'm still a bit tired maybe because I have eaten something half an hour ago, but then yeah, just 10 minutes, 10 minutes. Uh, I checked it again and it falls like 50 and then again and again, and then yeah, for sure. But it's yeah, I would say also regarding my daily life, this is the most annoying thing when you're just like home and you want to relax and then you have to focus on that things like, Oh, check it again, checking again, eating. Oh, it's too high. And yeah, just especially, um, for, um, especially when I was in a relationship, this was more, more annoying when you just want to relax together in the evening. And then you're feeling like, okay, it's not, uh, it's not working. You cannot relax. Now you have to relax. And I think that that's even more annoying because it's, it's happening more often for sure. Then those very, very, uh, hot hypos where you go that low, that you can't concentrate anymore. Yeah, yeah.

Speaker 6 (41:39):
Yeah. I always find, I have hypos. I mean, there's never a convenient time for hypo is there, but it always seems to be a really bad time. Like mine will be, I'm just getting my son ready to like take him to nursery and then, you know, he's either planner or he doesn't want his shoes on us. I mean can, and I'm like, Oh great. And now, now I'm going to his life.

Speaker 4 (42:00):
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. That's that's for sure. Pretty, um, um, un-useful when it's like, after your training, like after the training for sure. Then it's not that bad because you eat something. Yeah. Then it's then it's probably the only moment where it's not that bad, but yeah. Also, depending on, on your training, um, uh, location where you're doing your training, there's nothing available for short it's even worse. Yeah. Yeah. Sometimes I think yesterday it was in the morning I was a bit low and then it was like, Oh, nice, big breakfast a day for the positive spin on it. It's a focus on this ride. So I also try to, to, uh, it was kind of one of the most important aspects for me when I decided to go into that, uh, business year because I was thinking, okay, you have to train every day.

Speaker 4 (43:06):
You have to focus on your diet every day and for your whole lifetime. So it definitely showed talk to people who are trying to get a better physique through nutrition and training. Then you can always combine it and you can always focus on this just compared to a nine to five job in a office or something like this. Yeah. It just being the whole day. And no, I'm definitely, this is the first time I'm sitting. I guess you can just read now. And yeah, I always thought it could be worse for sure. Like there are some people with more critical health issues, but for sure it's, uh, just the long term effects on your body, you know, and it's for sure to the worst thing, because it can't see the, those small effects every day it has on your health,

Speaker 6 (44:04):
But then you'll, you're living the right kind of lifestyle to minimize. Yeah.

Speaker 4 (44:09):
Yeah, I think so. Just regarding, uh, just regarding my S my training, I had this feeling of, I tried to get a feeling how full am I, uh, my storage and the muscles regarding my sugar. So kind of, um, popping out all the, all the sugar and then getting it back into my muscles and then popping it out again. And then like all day, every day, the same structure. But now I'm also focusing more on recovery as I trained with Dorian Yates last or two weeks ago.

Speaker 6 (44:47):
Oh, is this in my Bayer? Yeah.

Speaker 4 (44:51):
Yeah. It was nice, nice week come by. And like the trainer certification with some holiday. Um, yeah. So since then, I'm definitely focusing more on recovery because I, yeah, I always felt like you're working in a gym, you're here six or seven days a week. So do something every day.

Speaker 6 (45:13):
Are you like starting to overtrain?

Speaker 4 (45:16):
Not really overtrain, but just like doing training, which is not that necessary and just kind of useless, but just like, for example, just training apps every day or something it's not necessarily when you have a good diet to train them every day. And in general, for sure. There's always the discussion with apps. Can you train it every day? Or should you train it like a moment muscle once a week or twice a week, blah, blah, blah. And all it's all working. Right. So, yeah, for sure, it's important to have your own way somehow or your way, which is working. And I, yeah, as a coach, I wanted to train every kind of training style for my, uh, try to get into it for myself. So tell people how to cope with it regarding recovery regarding the nutrition and so on just also a year ago. Yeah. One and a half year ago. I w it was more, uh, power lifting I was doing. So I was focusing more on the heavyweights. Yeah. I'm up to a point where I was definitely feeling okay, I am, I had a car accident yesterday or something.

Speaker 6 (46:31):
I was

Speaker 4 (46:32):
Doing deadlifts with 260 or something. Well, it's definitely a bit too much. And then I started with yeah. With the classic type of bodybuilding again, that's regarding reps and sets and so on. Yeah.

Speaker 6 (46:46):
Yeah. Yeah. So what advice would you give to anyone who is type one? Let's say, um, who wants to get into not necessarily bodybuilding, but they want to build a bit of muscle. Like, what would be your top tips if they're kind of struggling?

Speaker 4 (47:09):
Yeah, for sure. It's like, some people are struggling with, uh, with getting over eating 200, 150 grams of protein a day. For sure. That's the most important thing I'm eating the Dubbo or I'm focusing on another. So for sure, that's like kind of the first step giving. Um, I tell every kind of people, no matter if diabetic or not, um, I'd tell them, eat the right amount of protein when they can afford this. For sure. The most important thing is to find a structure that can keep on for a long time, just like focusing for sure on small, uh, small steps, but also on the full or the whole way they have to go, right. When they want to build a better physique. It's not done from in 10 weeks, but also promoting 10 weeks, 10 week programs, just regarding getting into it, get your mindset, um, closer to the training and healthy nutrition lifestyle, for sure that some people thinking, okay, I have to, um, rebuild my whole life, but it's for sure not necessary just like a small part of the day.

Speaker 4 (48:29):
So it's definitely for diabetics more necessarily to regard which kind of cops they can use during the day or with, uh, where they will go, which kind of cups are there available and, uh, how they get enough protein. For sure. It's like after trading sessions definitely necessary to eat quite a lot carbs regarding the intensity of your workout. So for example, yesterday I injected, uh, in my gym aid, uh, or just first I drank a shake, then I ate a, um, some oats. And then I went to a restaurant, the fish restaurant where I was focusing on, okay, I eat there. Some mock-ups just some bread and some garlic butter.

Speaker 5 (49:18):
Yeah.

Speaker 4 (49:22):
Yeah. It was just even though the restaurant was empty, the most empty data ever has, I guess, because of the situation right now. And, uh, yeah, w it was just like, my cousin was working there and it was calling a Nicky faster, faster, my blood sugars

Speaker 5 (49:37):
Going low. And

Speaker 4 (49:40):
Then it just, I couldn't enjoy it that good because it's also annoying when you're wanting to eat something and then you're eating it too fast because your blood sugar is low and you cannot enjoy your food. This is also pretty important to get a better relation to your food, into your body as well. And to get a better impression or a better feeling. According to my blood sugar, I was always doing like a small game. Like, I'm guessing how high is it in some, all my friends were like, okay, I'm getting this, I'm getting. And then it was kind of, yeah. Also not too bad to test it all the time or to test it more often. And yeah, just to get a feeling before the training, after the training, I checked, it had tried to get a feeling into it also for sure. Regarding what did I eat yesterday, what I ate in the morning and so on, like the, I think all diabetics know it.

Speaker 4 (50:42):
How, how far you thinking back and forth you're training and you're wanting to, uh, yeah. Focus on your strength as well. And you feel like, Oh, I'm weaker. What I ate yesterday. Oh, . Okay. I didn't eat that much. And yeah, the normal people don't think that way, but I think we can all be a good, um, uh, small either for people who don't, who don't have any, have any idea about cops or how much cops they eat was Joel, all the type two diabetics are into that trap where they just eating cops and cops and more cops, and they know, okay, I should eat vegetables, fruits, and some healthy stuff, but I love chips.

Speaker 4 (51:29):
And yeah. So I think for sure, you can, as a type one diabetic, when you're not having a lot of, um, body fed and you're wanting to gain muscles, you can also eat some unhealthy things, but for sure, the, the amount, uh, is responsible for the, for the intensity. It has, uh, how, how bad it impacts your physique. So, uh, I just had a quote in mind, but it's the German, the German thing. When you say like, um, your mound of what you're eating is it's making the poison out of it. So when it's like, just regarding, yeah, just regarding alcohol, for example, as well, when you're drinking a glass of wine or two or even three it's okay. About drinking and yeah, it's the same for sure. With sugar and carbs. So I had the feeling when I was trying to build muscles and I was eating way more carbs than ever before.

Speaker 4 (52:38):
I really had the feeling like the insulin isn't working anymore. That good, the places where I inject, they are not working anymore. So I'm injecting more in my glutes and the, uh, in the legs. So, yeah, because when I was younger, I always injected in the stomach and that didn't work that good. And then after several days or weeks, I definitely feel like, eh, you can inject in your stomach again. Like it's not that, uh, not stomach, like, um, yeah, it's the stomach. Yeah. So, um, yeah, and I was kind of pretty often to, um, to not structured to, um, I had always the same places where I was injected and I felt like, yeah, I'm definitely sure what I'm doing. And it came to a point like, um, you're not doing it that good, but like, it's the same with training, right. So you can always improve something. It's the same with the diabetes. You can always improve something. That's why I just wanted to have a look on, on a pump. For example, even though I was always against it, I can just test it. Insurance in Germany is paying for that. And so why I shouldn't. So I think I will, no, I won't like it just because I don't like to have a pump all the time on my leg or whatever, but I see how would we work?

Speaker 6 (54:21):
Like, or maybe we'll have to come back on and tell us.

Speaker 4 (54:24):
Yeah, yeah. Definitely. If it's great. I will definitely say, okay. It was, uh, it was a mistake to think that way, but yeah, I'm always pretty, uh, Open mind from something different. Yeah.

Speaker 6 (54:47):
Okay. Well, thank you so, so much for, for coming on today and talking to us, and I'm sure I've got lots of listeners who are really into fitness and into building muscle and stuff at all takes a lot away from today. Um, so yeah. Thank you.

Speaker 4 (55:05):
Thank you. Thank you for your time now.

Speaker 6 (55:07):
You're very welcome. And, um, yeah, have a lovely day and it went, yeah. Genuinely would be great to catch up with you again, if you do, um, you know, do a bit of a trial with a pump and, and let us know what you think and how it works around your training and stuff like that.

Speaker 4 (55:22):
I'm looking forward to this. So I think in, at least in January, I should have something and probably in March or something I can, I can definitely say I pro I guess it will have a good effect on my A1C, but I see. So, yeah. Yeah, definitely.

Speaker 6 (55:42):
Yeah. Excellent. Thank you so much and enjoy the rest of your day. I really hope you enjoyed that interview. I really enjoyed speaking with what an interesting guy. Um, okay. So if you have any feedback or want to get in touch with me, um, and talk about any of the podcast episodes so far, or any suggestions you might have for future podcasts, please do drop me an email. It's charlotte@diabeticandhealthy.com. Um, if you want to go and check out on Instagram, his Instagram is coach

Charlotte (56:25):
. Okay. spelled G U I D O. So if you have, um, if you have diabetes or even if you don't, if you're just into fitness and bodybuilding, please do go and check them out. Okay. As always, thank you so, so much for listening. And until next time, stay safe, stay healthy.

Speaker 1 (56:48):
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