SPIbelt Ambassador Gretchen

Meet SPIbelt Ambassador Gretchen

My name is Gretchen Otte! I am the voice behind Type One Type Happy – an online motivational blog and Instagram 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 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 veggies with my pet bunny Winnie, or surfing in sunny Southern California.

Q & A

What quote or motto keeps you motivated?    

“Don’t worry, be happy” This quote always reminds me no matter what hard times I’m going through, to remember my happiness is number one and to make sure in negativity that I can maintain my positivity.

What does “free to be” mean to you?

To me, “free to be” means that I am free from stress, negativity, anything holding me down and allowing myself to follow my dreams!

What is your biggest goal for 2018?

I have lots of goals for this year! I would love to complete my first ever Triathlon. I would also love to go on a multi day backpacking trek. I would also like to continue my love for travel and visit more states/countries that I have not visited before.

Coolest place you have taken your SPIbelt?      

The coolest place I have taken my SPIbelt was to run the New York Marathon! Unbelievable race experience!

What is your favorite SPIbelt product and why?   

The Large Pocket SpiBelt because it perfectly fits all the simple things that I run with – diabetes supplies, gels, and phone.

What is your tip for someone just starting out on the running journey?

A tip for someone just starting out on running is to listen to your body and take your time. Listen to your body when it needs to hydrate, take rests, and stretch. When it is tell you something, its important to listen. Running takes a lot of time and energy to build up to longer mileage. It’s okay to start off running just one mile at your own pace and then gradually adding on to it.