What keeps YOU motivated?

By daydreamer630 Latest Reply 2013-02-07 06:31:41 -0600
Started 2011-07-23 07:07:52 -0500

I'm curious to know what keeps you motivated. What picks you up when you get down in the dumps about a BG or A1C? Is it family or friends, what really helps keep you on track?

85 replies

samd1 2012-02-20 16:51:32 -0600 Report

Can you date if you got diabetes?

GabbyPA 2012-02-21 17:09:25 -0600 Report

Sure, why would you not? Of course there are things to consider, but if you love someone, it shouldn't matter what other things are being included in the arrangement.

samd1 2012-02-20 16:50:32 -0600 Report

My kidneys transplant type 1 for a second chandelier in live.My moto is to live happy laugh a lot and love all cultures of all kinds of people no matter what

Raj23 2012-02-20 13:33:15 -0600 Report

My children keep me motivated, every pushup, pull up, weight I lift and every mile I put behind is for them. I want to be around for a long time, walk them down the aisle, play with my grandchildren. Mind you I only forty and they are 6 and 8.

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-28 12:13:52 -0600 Report

The Creator aka God and myself. I dont have a family except thru here. I dont have support except thru here. I keep myself on track not my doctors or "Diabetic Team". Hence I keep on moving forward. Realize I am human and tighten the belt grab my boot straps and keep walking.

Diabrettic 2011-12-27 17:41:09 -0600 Report

Fear of long term complications. Fear of my diabetes spiraling out of control. Exercise and music are things that prevent me from hitting the screw it button.

Young1s 2011-12-26 16:58:21 -0600 Report

I guess there are two factors that keep me motivated. My family and my love of life. I don't ever want to be without either. I also appreciate the challenge that D has given me; to live a healthier and more responsible way of life. How can I be mad at that?

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-12-26 16:17:28 -0600 Report

I was the middle child of three, five years ago my older sister lost a battle with cancer, two years ago I lost my younger brother to complications of diabetes. It almost killed my Mother when she lost her second child. My sister left four daughters behind, my brother left two sons. I have three daughters, two grandchildren. Now all my nieces and nephews, and their children think of me as their father and(Grand)Pops. I made up my mind that my Mother would not have to bury me, and I would not only be there for my girls and grand kids, but for the whole bunch of them!!

MoeGig 2011-12-25 19:44:27 -0600 Report

Fear…Fear of developing these debilitating complications. Fear of failure. This has motivated me much of the time (46 years) I've been Type 1; but, I have to admit that it's been tough the last couple months. Taking more insulin to cover the additional carbs, and gaining weight as a result and not motivated to go to the gym every day as I have been. Got to get my act back together again. Reason for a definitive "New Year's Resolution"…

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2011-12-25 19:28:53 -0600 Report

If I don't take care of me, then who will??? It took me getting overweight, BMI too high, Fat %, oh boy, everything was out of wack!!! I don't need a 3rd chance to get it together!! Because, I might not get that chance!!! So stay encouraged, and first think about yourself, which in turn, will help you think about your family, and what more reason than that to be motivated? You can do it, stay in touch with DC, and you will get all the encouragement you need!!! That's why I'm one of the neighbors in 'our community', it's been a blessing to me!! Hang in there, my friend.

Richard157 2011-12-25 16:50:17 -0600 Report

You never know how Strong you are until being strong is the ONLY choice you have!

GabbyPA 2011-12-26 07:26:05 -0600 Report

I really like this thought a lot. It is true. And it can be very revealing.

JLBell 2011-12-26 20:58:28 -0600 Report

This is only my first day as a diabetic, I gave up all of the fun things I use to do, but couldnt because of exhaustion. I hope to be able to get back into biking, camping and kayaking!

GabbyPA 2011-12-27 16:59:53 -0600 Report

You will! I stopped all of that for a few months until I felt safe with it. Now I camp and hike and everything. So that is something you have to look forward to.

SCLWKR 2011-12-27 00:46:32 -0600 Report

Hopefully, once your numbers are under control, you will find your lost energy and resume all the activities you once enjoyed. Yes, we must make sacrifices with diabetes, but there are lots of pleasurable things to discover and enjoy. You are in the early phase of managing your diabetes, and things will settle and stabilize. Give yourself a good month to discover what your body needs and how it works with meds, food and exercise. Remember…moderation, not perfection!

nzingha 2011-12-25 09:07:18 -0600 Report

the fact that i want to live for myself and for my 2 children and my 2 grands plus the rest of my family.. and some great friends that i have gathered along the way as i go thru life.. and of course my new puppy..herbie who is right at my feet eating away at my socks…lol have a great xmas day today!

nzingha 2011-12-25 09:08:30 -0600 Report

oh and i have a pile of books that i must complete..reading 1 right now as i multi-task…just keep busy and u will forget about this diabeast…

medic673b 2011-12-02 00:10:21 -0600 Report

My daughter, that and being a band booster it is a rush they were awesome in their christmas parade tonight

berrykins0 2011-10-28 07:33:46 -0500 Report

keeping my body at a healthy weight makes me want to stay motivated and keeps my blood sugars and ac1 in normal range. for the last 2 yrs i have been in normal range with my blood sugars and ac1 i do take only meds and would like to keep it that way to.

KE5ICS 2011-10-28 03:03:17 -0500 Report

I know it can get expensive but when i get down in the dumps with having to deal with this I have an inexpensive gadget list so go to my favorite store walk around for a while to find another item to add to the list after I take one off. If not a gadget i spend time outside in my yard to get my mind off of it. when i got my pump it really took a toll on me i spent most of my time walking in all the retail electronic stores in town.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-28 01:49:07 -0500 Report

I guess i'm lucky, i have not had any really down days. I just accept that this is how it is and i own it. My problem has been temptation. But i just think, is that donut worth a toe, a finger? Hecks NO! And i walk away. I'm going to beat this into submission because i have a family that i need to be around for! And with my strong faith in the Lord above, i will successed! God Bless all of you!

Duke1701 2011-10-28 00:10:14 -0500 Report

It's difficult for me to drill the answer down to just one thing as different days may find different things keeping me moving forward. Some days it's more than enough just have good test numbers. At other times it's seeing healthier eating habbits paying off in smaller jean sizes. But the one thing that I focus on, especially late at night when the rest of the house is asleep and those "woe is me" thoughts creep into my head, is the desire to walk my two daughters down the aisle on their wedding day. That desire will crush any self pity, any temptation to cheat on my diet, motivate me into my daily excerise routine, and remind me that being diagnosed with diabetes probaly was the best thing that ever happened to me as it forced me into a healthier life choice that will only aid me into seeing those two little girls grown and beginning their own adult life experiences.

clj01 2011-10-27 18:51:07 -0500 Report

I am not going to lie and say that I am always motivated, because I am not. Sometimes I just can't seem to get past the negative feelings and the feelings of not caring what happens next. Other times I feel highly motivated and try hard to do what I need to do. To say it is one thing or another that keeps me motivated is almost impossible to do. The one thing that keeps me going, even when I don't care, is my family. Knowing that there are people who care about me makes a difference. I am sure I will continue to have those times when I am highly motivated and eager to share those positive feelings. I think I will also have those "I don't care" days. I will always have family that will be there for me, and I think that is the only motivator that matters.

Babala 2011-10-27 23:36:19 -0500 Report

hello I'm a newcomer my name is Bubala, I just turned 60 yrs old and I feel so much as you do , the difference is my family has many mental illness , ocd as do I. I turn to the Lord and believe highly in prayer, but I do not always walk the walk, as I really like to. I was diagnosed 3yrs. ago with DCIS Breast Cancer & Diabetis type 2 at same time, I isolate most of the time and have few friends. I would like very much to over come my dysfunctions, but I do try to take care of myself .I'm a diet controlled diabetic so far,& hope to live a long, happy healthy life.

SCLWKR 2011-12-27 18:03:11 -0600 Report

Congrats on controlling your diabetes without medcations! That is terrific. It is easy to isolate and reaching out on this site is a healthy step on the path to making connections. Who knows, from here you may feel comfortable to attend a community support group. One small step at a time is a good start.

stormz 2011-10-27 18:48:38 -0500 Report

I keep me going..I'm not going to let it get me down.I have to fight tooth and nail to keep my A1C down I'm not about to let it get up again. It took me 6 years to gain good control over it. For the past 5 years I've had my A1C readings at a 5 or lower I won't lose control of that again. There is no one out there that can keep me going like I can. No one can watch what I eat like I can. Friends nor family are around you 100 % of the time so each of us much mind ourselves. Your, your own worst enemy.

JDCA2025 2011-08-30 20:19:21 -0500 Report

Determination. I'm not aiming to go blind or lose a limb, so when I get down, that's what kicks me back into gear.

Theon 2011-08-27 18:54:29 -0500 Report

I am thankful to God that my diabetes isn't as bad as it could be; I don't have any of the severe organ problems, heart kidneys, liver. I have been diabetic -
Type 1 - for 50 years. I try to be as positive as possible. Before I retired, I was very busy at work. My husband, son, other family and friends are supportive. When you get overwhelmed, go shopping or to the movies, anything so that you do not think about yourself.

margokittycat 2011-08-13 13:12:03 -0500 Report

Family and Friends and GOD. Tht is what keeps me going and on track. God said he would never give us more than we can handle and I believe it. I know at times it does not seem like that but it is true.

Art Loving
Art Loving 2011-08-12 10:52:52 -0500 Report

This is a very good question. Of course, I would have to say my Type 3, who is my wife. She gives me the feedback, this sight is another. and bicycling. I Ride To Thrive.
I have also increased my volunteerism with the American Diabetic Association. When you focus on helping others, you benefit emotionally. Sometime, though, you have the right and it is perfectly nature to become down or depressed. But, remember, this is a temporary setback, not a defeat. There's the next hour, hours, days, years. I have all the time I really need right up until I die. It like the trusim, "I found the thing I was looking for in the last place I looked." The reality of things are truly different than how we are thought to thing of them. For example, Does the piece of popcorn belong on the floor? Yes, because that is where it is. Should I have Diabetes? Yes, because I do. Should my BS be high? Yes, because it is. Accept it and move on.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." I say it often thoughout the day.

Flustrated 2011-08-12 10:30:44 -0500 Report

This is an amazing site. I find out how lucky I am to join it. Everything that comes up and I forget to ask my doctor shows up here. My faith is a big part and family can see me leaving to give a shot. My husband will ask if I did it sometimes and will ask what are my numbers. Oh! a cup of cafe mocha.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-12 10:30:13 -0500 Report

Myself. when I have bad #s or I haven't lost that pound I thought I was going to or just having a bad day (week sometimes) I sit down and have a talk with myself. Ok, look here Joyce. You know what's going on. You know what you have to do. You know what happens if you don't. You don't want to go down that road again. Get off your hump and DO IT!

GabbyPA 2011-08-12 10:17:32 -0500 Report

Being here helps me so very much. There was a time when I was not here for a few months and I really let myself go. It scared me. A LOT! So even though so many of you I have never met or chatted with, you inspire me. You give me hope and sometimes some of you that I know more personally give me a kick in the butt.

robertoj 2011-08-12 03:07:04 -0500 Report

Participating in my own health helps me a lot. I never miss my meds or my testing. I got me a pedometer and try to walk 10,000 steps each day. I am also a big believer in supporting other diabetics. Encouraging each other is worthwhile endeavor. We all deserve to live full and happy lives. God bless each and every one of you.

vivdg88 2011-08-11 20:14:24 -0500 Report

when im down sit n some where quite i listen to my Gospel music , stretch , & just Breath deeply. also think n how lucky i am to b alive & how Good God is to me always helps. : )

nanaellen 2011-08-01 22:09:20 -0500 Report

I TRY to come HERE everyday!! This site has been a lifeline for me! I'm guaranteed to at least be smilin' if not laughin' my butt off before I sign out!! ;) Ellen :)

anderson74 2011-08-01 21:14:16 -0500 Report

well when i get in the dump i go to my lord in jesus christ & prayer along with holding on to his unchanging hand also listens to gospel music thats what gets me motivated out of the dump.god bless all

lmkilday 2011-08-01 22:44:51 -0500 Report

Same here. You can't always rely on family and friends to keep you on track. They sometimes have problems of their own.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-27 17:23:20 -0500 Report

When I get down in the dumps, first thing I try to do is relax. I think of what my mom would do if she was in my situation. She would be bull strong and not let it bother her. Ounce I get that in my head I think about my son, fishing, or being on the lake at Sam Rayburn ( catching a big ole bass ). That all gets me motivated back out of the dumps. Good luck all, Darrin

coffeecoffeecoffee 2011-07-27 16:29:34 -0500 Report

at this particular moment i am fueled by rage. and a host of other negative emotions - disgust, loathing, unacceptance. and it is reflected in my BG.

not a recommended pathway.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-27 17:17:07 -0500 Report

Hi there. Just try to think of your favorite place or the thing you love to do the most. It will help you relax. Accept that you are diabetic also and that will help. I know it is easy to say, but that is what really helped me. I just had to accept it. Good luck, Darrin

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-07-27 15:53:10 -0500 Report

The biggest factor that keeps me motivated is that if I don't take care of myself now, I will be so much more miserable as I get older. Why ruin my future by complacancy?

GabbyPA 2011-08-12 10:19:43 -0500 Report

This is also a good motivation for me. My feet already give me trouble and I am trying so hard to keep other things at bay. I like to hike, camp and do things where I need my feet. So this does have a play in my motivation as well.

keek 2011-07-25 07:57:03 -0500 Report

Knowing how crappy I feel when my diabetes is poorly managed, and wanting to live a long happy life with the man I love are what motivate me. I have to keep myself on track to be with him and to be able to support him in the way he has supported me.

Type1Lou 2011-07-25 07:29:49 -0500 Report

Fear…of losing my eyesight…my kidney function…my ability to take care of myself!
Love…seeing the worry I cause my husband and close friends when I've suffered yet another severe hypoglycemic episode. I want to gain better control to feel better, avoid the complications and allay the worry I've caused my husband. No one else can make the right choices for me about diet and exercise. My endocrinologist can show me the right path but it's up to me to make the right steps. It helps to have a supporting spouse and friends!

Louri 2011-07-24 22:13:21 -0500 Report

I am a competitive type of person, I am always trying to improve on what i am doing. I love this site. I am always learning something new and meeting lots of interesting people! What a bonus!

scribbles 2011-07-24 05:50:11 -0500 Report

I have a really fascinating job and look forward to each day. My faith keeps me strong. I also have a friend that is not diabetic that is really supportive. (she's epileptic)

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