DF Client Journey: Leanne

transformation Jan 23, 2022

For this post, I’m turning over the blog to my amazing client Leanne to share this really lovely testimonial she provided. Thank you, Leanne! I’m so happy our paths crossed.


Shawn has changed my life and here’s how:

As a Type 1 Diabetic for over 25 years, I’ve always had a good understanding of my body, and good control over my blood sugars. I was almost always within range for my A1C and my doctor wasn’t worried about me.


What was behind that “good control” was me constantly having to level myself out by eating or giving myself more insulin. I’d have to bolus or go for a long walk after many meals because I misjudged how much insulin I needed for it in my first injection.

Sure my AVERAGE blood sugars were good, but my graph looked like a constant yo-yo of peaks and valleys and it was exhausting.

I lost sleep almost EVERY night because I would wake up at 3 am with a sugar low, had to treat it, and called this the “dawn phenomenon”. Giving myself less insulin before bed didn’t work because my blood sugars would then go too high. Not to mention when my alarm DID go off, my sugars would shoot from say 5, to around 14 before I even had a chance to have breakfast. Starting your day exhausted isn’t ideal. 

Aside from lack of sleep, the thing that bothered me the most, was that I used to be in really good shape and I no longer was.

I used to exercise a lot and no longer did because of two reasons:

1) I always went low - which depletes your energy, and ends the workout.

2) I had to eat just as many calories in carbs, as I was burning while exercising so I couldn’t even lose a pound.

I thought this is just the way it is. “You’re getting older and it’s going to get harder.”

I felt sad.

I saw Shawn’s Instagram posts and success stories and decided to reach out. Man oh man, am I thankful I did!!

I originally wanted him to get me on track to be able to work out again. Little did I know I would learn SO much more!

I THOUGHT I had good control. Shawn has helped me to gain ACTUAL good control, and we’re now moving towards GREAT!

He’s helped teach my body to burn fat!

He’s coached me how to eat to fuel my body for what it needs.

He’s re-taught me about nutrition and how it really works with type 1 diabetes.

He motivates me to stay on track EVERY day.

He is a hard ass but he is patient and kind.

He understands what it’s like to struggle with Type 1 Diabetes and can relate to how I feel, and he always puts that first.

He’s helped me regain confidence I didn’t know I lost.

I recently went on a 40k bike ride, without going low, and without stuffing my face with umpteen snacks and I was blown away!

I’ve lost 4 inches around my waist!

My blood sugars look like beautiful ocean waves instead of peaks and valleys!

I sleep through the night without a sugar low!!

I am back to working out and getting my body back to where I want it to be.

I would highly recommend Shawn to anyone, especially Type 1 Diabetics who struggle with ANY of the things I did.

He can help you.

He WANTS to.

He’s a frickin’ Rockstar of a human and I’m so proud to call him my coach!!

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