Getting Started

By GreenJB Latest Reply 2011-07-12 09:43:23 -0500
Started 2011-07-08 07:52:26 -0500

Folks I'm just getting started with all of this been through all of the emotional stuff just some advise diet exercise and weight loss. And to be honest sometimes I have no motivation which is so shocking to me because I've always been self motivated. Talk to my wife she just doesn't seem to think that I'm feeling bad says I'm just getting old. If anyone has any thoughts I am open to just about anything..

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 09:40:35 -0500 Report

My motivation is remembering what the complications of diabetes can be. Like keeping as much of my vision has I have. Already have enough problems from how they have been my whole life. Want to keep my legs. Almost managed to not have them last year due to another unexpected problem. Want to keep my kidneys functioning. Hey at least they were not pre-diabetes damaged. Don't like the depression that low BG seems to bring on.

crosslady 2011-07-10 15:08:37 -0500 Report

Hi Green Jb! Welcome to the Diabetic Connect Family!!!! You will find sooooooo much good advice and wisdom from the people here! I have found that being Diabetic is more depressing than anything. You just can not give in to the depression. Be patient with yourself and others. You know your body better than anyone. Diabetes, I think is different for everyone. One thing, I have had to give up is potatoes. I love em but I feel really bad after I have them. So, I just don't eat them. It just takes your will power… And a self motivated person as yourself has a lot of will power! Stay in touch. God bless you, Naomi

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-08 11:56:10 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome! For me, the emotional side of it keeps coming back, not as often and not as severe, but it does surface. When it does is usually when I commit a voluntary diabetic sin and eat a candy bar! The motivation is tough. For years we were able to eat what we liked, now we have to like what we eat! My primary motivation are that when my time to go comes, I would like to still have my feet attached! My main motivation are my 2 grand kids. The one is about 10 days old, but the other one is four and I want to be around to hear "Pop-Pop" for many years. Your wife is right you are getting old; this is good, since the other option is being dead! Have a good weekend, Jim

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 09:33:41 -0500 Report

To quote my Dad, Getting older sure beats the alternative."

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-12 09:43:23 -0500 Report

There was a time when I was fighting depression and didn't know it and was not medicated for it that I would have disagreed. Now that the chemicals are in balance, I want to go strong until 90 or so! Well, camp is in session and I need to get back to 300 kids!

JoleneAL 2011-07-08 08:59:22 -0500 Report

Lord, I cried for an hour in the doc's office and then another hour on hubby's shoulders the day I found out. I thought I'd never quit crying. Then about a week later, I got mad. Really, really mad and dove in … each person is different. I believe that once you recognize what you're doing, or not doing, that's the first step to adjusting and moving forward. Like they say in AA (never been there, but we all know about it) One Day At A Time! Set a small personal goal for the day. Then worry about tomorrow when it gets here. I have found recently adjusting my sleep time has helped. Use to go to bed at 11 pm, up at 5 am … yeah - that's 8 hours right? I have started going to bed now between 9:30 and 10pm - and its makes my whole day easier. (super hugs)

debmauldin 2011-07-08 08:19:22 -0500 Report

I have read that diabetes can lead to depression, which can lead to lack of motivation. I have noticed that I've been more depressed since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Dec. 2010. Once I started eating right the weight just seem to melt off which motivated me to exercise more. I try to at least walk some every day.

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