Amy Baky, mother of two boys (10 and 12 years old), a diabetic athlete, and an artist, is a dauntless mother model. Amy is now part of the NGO control team, who aids in raising awareness about the importance of controlling diabetes.
Before being a mother, Amy was an athlete, mainly a swimmer, after a short period of being a mother of 2 boys, and when the blood sugar levels started to fluctuate greatly, Amy picked up on sports again. She started with circuit training, then worked with a phenomenal personal trainer, and started CrossFit.
Picking up on swimming again, she entered the world of triathlons and Iron Man races. Amy doesn’t have long term goals, but she wants to join as many Iron Man races as she could. She had recently finished the Iron Man 70.3 race in Muscat, Oman, on the 1st of march.
“It was a tough race, a challenging , but great experience”
Amy’s time was the time she had after the boys went to school, until the boys return back home, and that is all the time she needs for herself, to practice her super mother powers. Amy starts her day with a book, a quite reading time, then the athlete kicks in.
Amy trains every day, either cycle and swim, or cycle and run, and Monday would be off for recovery. Managing her nutrition was a tough journey, as she had to experience the drawbacks of poor nutrition, to know that it is the key to achieving her goal.
“The bike discipline in the Iron Man race is the longest discipline, very challenging 90 kms cycling, and you have to carry your supermarket with you on the bike.”
When training with heavy weights, Amy doesn’t have to eat much, the adrenaline spikes up the blood sugar for her, during endurance training however, she has to eat well, a meal of 70% carbs and 30% proteins. She monitors her blood sugar every 30 minutes during training, as it is crucial for every diabetic athlete.
“ It takes a lot of effort, regular monitoring and fueling during a race.”
“Nobody likes to eat peanut butter with bananas and cinnamon toast every day, it’s boring, but Amy cannot change her diet whenever she gets a craving. Amy manages and calculates her diet to suit her training for the race. If she wishes to have a different diet at the race, she starts 7 to 8 months before it, to monitor her body’s reactions to the diet, and avoid hypo or hyperglycemia.
“ My team, Maadi athelets, and Power Riders always support me and make me feel secure.
“A diabetic has to tell people that they are diabetic.” Amy’s team always checked up on her, made sure she’s holding on, provided her with back up, and always supported her in her race. That made her overcome her fear or worry, she feels very secured around them.
“As a mother, I see myself like a jar of water, and to fill others, my kids, I need to fill myself.”
This gives Amy the energy to give back at home. Being an athletic helps her raise her kids. They do look up to her, they want to join races despite being still young, they only have fun and play around on the bike at the time. Amy’s older son is always making sure his mama eats well and takes her insulin.
“Live by example. You want your children to grow up to be champions? be a champion.”
“I would love to say that it doesn’t mean that if you are a mother that you cannot be the girl you were before you became a mother. You should follow your passion. You shouldn’t forget your youth, and that you can pursue your dream, it’s not selfish, because you are growing along with your family, this is the best thing to do for both of you. Be the example.”