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“My greatest advise to any potential or current diabetic.. get checked out, monitor your glucose levels, and get on a fitness program.” – Charles Bell

Charles Bell with his 1st half marathon medalFour years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I really was not surprised because my father was a Type 1 Diabetic and still is at 76 years of age, living the last 45 years with the illness. Once I was diagnosed with type II diabetes I immediately changed my diet and workout regime.

I went from 220 pounds and basically weight lifting to 173 pounds in 5 months. No the weight loss was not easy and I did strict cardio workouts. I later built back up my muscle loss and I’m back up to 199 lbs.

Since June 27, 2013 to this day I have engaged the love of running and logged 343 miles. This included my first official Half Marathon on November 16, the Delaware Canal Half, finishing in 2:01. Eating right and incorporating a fitness program into my life has allowed me to take control of my glucose levels: daily average over 3 readings 96, my AC1’s 5.7, my glaucoma readings 17 and 19 and the rest of my entire body.

I incorporate a Mind, Body and Soul mentality when I train my clients www.charlesbellfitness.com. I also adhere to understanding that our bodies were bought with a cost and we must respect them and honor God thru them: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. I call it “TCT” (Take Care of Temple).  My greatest advise to any potential or current diabetic.. get checked out, monitor your glucose levels, and get on a fitness program.