The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

I have always loved walking and in recent years have began to appreciate the wide ranging benefits that this hobby brings, some of which I’ll try to cover as and when time allows.

However there is one area of my life where getting out for a good walk brings both benefits and complications in equal measures and that is in the attempt to manage my Type 1 Diabetes.

What I know at the moment, “where I’m at”, is that a regular walk of up to an hour is good (helps to stabilise blood glucose readings without needing extra carbs), and a longer trek of more than an hour is better than good (helps to bring down long-term blood glucose readings but needs extra carbs and brings challenges with both “lows” and “highs” occasionally).

This blog is to be my record, my online diary, of what I see, where I go, and what issues, complications, and, hopefully, benefits I encounter along the way.

Walking as a hobby is great, you can do it almost anywhere, and it’s as close to being free as possible but, having enjoyed quite a few walks on parts of it, it has become something of an ambition of mine to walk the full length of the beautiful South West Coast Path, the longest of Britain’s National Trails running for 630 miles (1014km) from Minehead on the North Somerset coast, along the North Devon coast, completely encircling the coast of Cornwall, along the South Devon coast, and finishing along the Dorset coast at South Haven Point on Poole Harbour.

The big question for me now is can I take on the challenge to walk more, try to realise my ambition, and to do this whilst managing my diabetes successfully?

As a personal record my choice to write and publish online is mostly to do with me being comfortable doing this, but it does also give me an opportunity to attach pictures, maps, and links. I’m hoping that at some point in the future I can revisit the adventure through this blog, probably sitting gazing out to sea somewhere like the awesome St Ives Harbour with a cup of tea…

If you’re interested in reading more, or just bored and browsing aimlessly, please note the following caveats:

  • I am not an expert on the management of Type 1 diabetes, I just live with it, so please, please don’t take anything I say as medical advice.
  • I am not an expert on walking, exercise, travel, photography, writing, or anything really, I’m just someone having a go.
  • I won’t be walking the path in one trip, or in any preset logical order. I probably won’t start at the start or end at the end, and I definitely wouldn’t suggest that you use any of my notes as a proper South West Path guide.

For more information about the path you should visit the excellent website at South West Coast Path

If you’re interested in “seeing what I see” I publish my photos on Flickr at the appropriately named its not about winning

 

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