"Don't worry, be happy."

Hi, my name is Gretchen! I am the voice behind Type One Type Happy – an online motivational blog for type 1 diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin) in the summer of 2014 while traveling in Europe, I share my new way of living and my journey as a healthy, happy type 1 diabetic. When I am not writing or photographing, you’ll find me training for another marathon with my dog Hobie, eating salads with my pet bunny Winnie, or surfing in sunny Southern California.

Favorite way to workout? Running, hiking, surfing, and playing volleyball.

Favorite workout jam?  Country music!

Three things you can’t leave home without? I can’t leave home without my phone, type 1 diabetic supplies, and my dog (he’s the best running partner)!

Next thing you want to conquer? The next thing I would like to conquer is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and travel the world.          

What is your biggest accomplishment? One of my biggest accomplishments was running my first marathon a few weeks after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease- Type 1 Diabetes.

What is your favorite SPIbelt product and why? My first SPIbelt that I got was the Diabetic SPIbelt and it quickly became my favorite because it was the first belt that I could actually feel comfortable wearing while I run! I love it because it fits all of the things (phone, keys, headphones, gels, glucose meter, lancet device, and test strips) that I need in it, and with all that stuff, it still doesn’t bounce against me!