Episode 064 - Diabetics Doing Bikini Competitions 3 with Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith (@Hollie_Louisee on Instagram) joins the podcast to share her T1D journey, as well as her competitive fitness and bodybuilding background. Hollie and her younger sister both have T1D, and were diagnosed at 17 and 8 years old respectively. 

Hollie's platform is built on facing your Diabetes vs. running away from the problem. It's a view that many share, but can be difficult on a day to day basis. From the moment she tested her blood sugar on her sister's meter and self diagnosed her T1D, Hollie credits T1D for bringing her relationship with her sister much closer and giving them someone who truly understands what you're going through. 

I feel the same way about the Diabetes Online Community, and I'm grateful that I now have such a strong community of people who I can share my journey with. 

Hollie takes us through a program she went through called DAFNE, or "Dosage Adjustment For Normal Eating" and shares that the best part of it was being in a room full of T1Ds who were all trying to learn tips, tricks and tactics to improving their day to day blood glucose levels. 

I get a lot of questions from people about tactics, approaches and programming around exercise, and Hollie takes us through how she prepares for competition. It's helpful to have so many great resources available to us, and I'm glad she was able to share them. 

Hollie is a great resource, so be sure to reach out to her with any questions, and she's also overcoming an injury so be sure to wish her well!