“At times I’ve been a bike racer, community hockey player, cross-country skier, and wannabe racquetball star. My current focus is roller skating, which is low impact, outdoors and free, and a great workout. I also do lots of suspension training, foam roller stuff, and yoga. Even with aches and pains. All of these options are ideal – they get me away from the computer!”
Heidi Bada, Diabetic roller skater and fitness blogger
Early sports fanatic. Into cycling, art, computers.
And girl geek, before it was popular. I drew bikes. Did bike rides. Got weird suntans. I created spreadsheets to log my bike ride data, and imported blood sugars using a mystifying method involving weird cables and Lotus 123 tricks. And built databases to log the details of my artwork I made about biking.
Goodness…how the years add up!
Post-secondary education. 12 years, I think. I lost count. First there was college, then university, then college & university again.
3 years Environmental Technology at Camosun College
+4 years for degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Victoria
The main degree
+ a side trip to both Camosun College and Certified General Accounting for accounting
Just had to do it
+3 years again at UVic for Political Science
Then the co-op employment plan began...and ended
+1 year and counting, of studies and continuing education at the American Council on Exercise, as a Cert. Personal Trainer
I got back to my roots
Health issues: how I know we have things in common
A few things popped up in life that were unexpected. As traumatic as it is, change at least gives you focus.
First, there was the diabetes
It was terrible until I got an insulin pump
Two terrifying accidents during college years
Broke my knee, wrists, one finger, one femur, and all the extra screws and metal parts I carry around in my limbs
School didn’t go so well after that
Oh, and I still have type 1 diabetes; it's always there, like a dirty shirt
Fitness grabbed my attention (again)
Throughout 2014-2015 I did art, Python, and web development courses. At the time, I was 4 courses away from a B.A. degree but ran out of money. I stumbled onto fitness when I was looking for a short and sweet program that would fit some of my work interests. Art courses could be done online, coding online too, and fitness. I was inspired by a distance-education fitness program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Luckily I discovered that an accredited personal trainer certificate can be obtained without doing any of the courses 🙂 so that’s what I did. Several American agencies offer it, so I picked a non-profit version offered at the American Council on Exercise.
For a full six months (the program time limit), I studied a LOT and took the exam in July 2016. Now I’m on an entrepreneurial path that I wanted to follow when I was a young adult. For several years (my thirties) I was ‘distracted’ by the grand idea of going to college and university. So I did some of that. No regrets. Meanwhile, I recalled fond memories of working in sports twice pre-university (as a sports illustrator then sports photographer) and I’m really happy now to be back in sports and fitness.
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The exam was a bit tricky
My exam was done (successfully) in July 2016. It was a surprisingly exciting process. My town doesn’t have a testing facility so I travelled to Vancouver to B.C. Institute of Technology to write my exam at the BCIT Aerospace Campus in Richmond. What an intimidating place! It’s all modern, and high-tech, quite different from the more traditional University of Victoria and Camosun College where I studied. Lots of glass and concrete in the architecture. I celebrated after the exam with a coffee in the cafeteria, while some hard-working students played pool nearby. Very cool. Then I spent the next day at the beach and came home.
The challenges of diabetes and surgery
My diabetes is a “brittle” type 1 case, also known as Roller Coaster Diabetes or unexplained blood sugar fluctuations. I have always been a nerdy person, and gladly log tremendous amounts of data associated with diabetes: my blood sugar, insulin doses, carbohydrate intake, mood, sleep, and of course exercise data. It helps somewhat, to adjust insulin pump settings and carb-counting routines in hopes of lowering the highs, and preventing the lows. At some point, you just accept it’s the best you can achieve.
Hand wrapped with bandages and a splint.
Regarding surgery, I’ve had enough for one lifetime. I broke my ankle playing hockey in about 1997, which was pretty straightforward. Cast…time off work…physiotherapy. I also got hit by a car twice in my first year of college. That sucked. That was a LOT of physiotherapy, longer than a year. Almost daily. My grades fell like a meteor into a new crater, never to regain their former shape. Ah well, what can you do? My knee was in several pieces, and physiotherapy was very helpful. Sadly I also broke my femur in an accident in 2013, which required surgery that disrupted muscles from hip to knee. I can run now, surprisingly, but I veer off the side of the road if I’m not careful. No biggie. I exercise, but I go slow and careful to ensure the muscles are working properly. Anyone with a hip surgery (common where I live) typically understands.
I tried ice skating for a strengthening activity but settled on roller skating because the ice rink was cold (no surprise). It’s been a great activity and surprisingly easy to do with all my potential aches. I was inspired by roller dance and jam skating videos on YouTube. I mainly do laps in a lacrosse box. Some day, maybe I’ll be able to jump and spin. You never know.
Also in my off hours I walk, do yoga, make art, and play guitar. I also volunteer with several health organizations in my community.