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Fit folks: Demi Tatsch, 18

Staff Writer
Austin 360

I am a senior at Dripping Springs High School, where I play on the varsity basketball team. I am also a Type 1 diabetic. Staying fit is very important to my health.

I was told that I might never be able to play sports. Little did they know, nothing was going to stop me. I have to check my blood sugar eight to 10 times each day, and during games I sometimes have to check three or four times, taking insulin injections as needed.

Staying fit is very important to a diabetic and an athlete. I have worked with many wonderful trainers and each of them has stressed to me the importance of not only working out, but eating a healthy diet.

I have learned that first and foremost, nutrition is a must, preparing my body for the court. Activity is a must, too, to stay fit and prevent injuries. Third is my mind. Mental knowledge is very important to me. I work out approximately two to four hours each day. I run, do drills, weight train and do water workouts.

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.