My Source: Motivation

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-02-18 21:17:38 -0600
Started 2012-02-15 11:06:57 -0600

Boy is that a loaded word. We can loose it so fast with just a small bump in the road. But we need it so badly to keep on every day with the things we do.

Where do I find motivation? My main source of it is being here every single day. It's like I don't want to let people down, but at the same time I get inspired by all the things you guys do to take care of yourselves or your loved ones. It leaves me little room for excuses. That is a great motivation for me.

Another big place I get motivation from is my own determination to laugh in the face of this disease. I put on my boxing gloves and have it out sometimes. There are days I don't win, but for the most part I do and I feel stronger for it and that makes me motivated to keep on working at my goals.

Finally, my motivation comes from success. Small or large. Every success is a stepping stone for me to continue. That little extra walk or the day I ate salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When my meter says nice things like 119 instead of 185. All of those add up and if I keep focused on the success instead of the failures, I keep that motivation.

What are the sources of your motivation to keep up the good fight?

25 replies

MoeGig 2012-02-18 21:17:38 -0600 Report

FEAR is the only motivation that works (for me) on the long term. Diabetes is impersonal and doesn't care who you are. If you watch your diet, exercise, and test regularly, you'll be ok; If you don't, you are going to be very miserable and will be spending a lot of money/time/agony fixing "feet", "eyes" and "kidneys" to stop them from failing and you will fail in that effort and become an invalid and die. Fear of failure makes me go to the gym and run (not walk); eat a low carb diet; and achieve an A1c in the 6's. If you're in the 8's or higher, you're FEAR gene is not working and you need to do "get with it" or the consequences will catch you. Knowledge is power. If you really don't care, or are not motivated to do it, or are depressed, then no matter, you will suffer the consequences. Diabetes is impersonal and doesn't care who you are. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-17 00:15:19 -0600 Report

My Motivations
- To try to avoid complications. Had to many complications hit me from a different sneaky condition. This one I have the opportunity to learn about before the damage occurs. Ignorance is not bliss.
- To be here helping others and being helped. It is too big of a disease to handle solo. We need each other. To share success and failure. To cheer when things are good and when life is tough. Being a PWD is tougher than People without Diabetes can comprehend.

TsalagiLenape 2012-02-15 22:08:23 -0600 Report

Right now my motivation is to get rid of the crap aka clutter of others and make my life better so I can move onward. I have no other reason or motivation to do that right now. I love coming here. I love that what I sometimes post has a great impact on others especially the positive ones I do. Yet more often than not right now I dont have much else to keep me moving. Those I trusted and etc have betrayed me. I have LIBERATED myself from my husband who no longer is living with me nor going to control me in his mental abusive ways.

Anonymous 2012-02-17 00:32:16 -0600 Report

I'm posting anonymously because I am going through so many things in my life (aka clutter of others) and am living with a husband that is mentally abusive. TsalagiLenape, you are an inspiration to me. I need to LIBERATE myself. I have lived this way for years because I had no way out and had children to take care of. The abuse is really, really bad. I'm not allowed to be my own person. I feel like my life has been stolen from me. I have been controlled to the point of such despair and agony that most days I don't want to live. My granchildren keep me going. They are my light in my life.

Jeanae 2012-02-15 22:12:31 -0600 Report

Yeah YOU!!! Move forward for you and your future will be better. And another cheer for you for getting rid of that abusive person. So many people stay and start to believe the lies the abuser tell us like "you deserve it" or "you are lucky to have me, no one else would want you…" So Good for you for dumping him!!! Another cheer! YEAH YOU!!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-02-15 21:28:55 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,

This is really inspirational! (And so well expressed, as always!) Motivation comes from within as well as through the people we care about. And deciding to fight back doesn't hurt either. I especially like what you wrote about success. Staying focused on what's possible on the road ahead!


GabbyPA 2012-02-16 14:25:18 -0600 Report

Motivation is a decision, not a feeling that is for sure. If I did just what I felt like, I wouldn't do half as much as I do. Little successes keep me going. They make me feel good and that helps with keeping motivated, at least for me.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-02-18 09:22:56 -0600 Report

I agree. I think that one small success leads to the next. Feeling like you accomplishing something turns that negative energy in a new direction, one building block at a time.

DeanaG 2012-02-15 17:29:51 -0600 Report

Motivation…hmmm my 9 grand kids, one of which I am raising. I want to be around to watch them graduate from high school and college, to dance at their weddings and hopefully be around when my great-grand kids arrive.
A huge motivator for me is not wanting to endure the same journey that my Dad, Grandma and Aunts suffered.
I watched Diabetes very slowly kill my Dad. First he went blind in one eye, had a leg amputated, kidneys failed and heart failure.
I wish we would have had the information available then that we have now.

Young1s 2012-02-15 17:02:03 -0600 Report

I'm motivated by all of you as well. It's encouraging to hear stories from those of you who have been dealing with D for years and are still giving it your all. This keeps me reminded that even when I have some bad days in a row, it's still worth it to press on.

I'm also motivated by my D. I accepted very early that I would be dealing with this for the rest of my life but I wasn't afraid of that. I was at a crossroads in my life and was ready to do all it took to make all the necessary changes to improve my health, my lifestyle and my life. So far so good.

But mostly, to nobody's surprise I'm sure, it's my family. They've accepted a healthier eating style with little to no complaint, with the complaints mostly being about missing the fattening snacks. My kids ask me periodically how my numbers are and if I'm dealing with it all okay, hubby asks everyday. And my son recently saw me exercising and said that he wants to start exercising with me. We just have to figure out the days and times that don't conflict with his schedule. I feels great to have them totally on board with everything. Gives me fewer things to stress out about, too.

GabbyPA 2012-02-16 14:29:32 -0600 Report

Those are great motivators and I have to say that I am envious of your family. Mine will get on the health wagon from time to time, but the jump off so fast and I feel kind of alone. Can I borrow yours? =0)

Nick1962 2012-02-15 16:24:16 -0600 Report

Would "honor" be one? I try to be a person who does what he says, and lives up to promises. Lots of folks gave of themselves and helped get me here, and I said I'd do it. I feel like I'd let people down if I didn't succeed. Nothing worse than doing work and not being rewarded. I guess I'm someone else's creation and I have to live up to that.

jayabee52 2012-02-15 16:33:25 -0600 Report

yes IMO honor would be one, and you are GOD's creation, that is enough for me Nick! I usually enjoy your posts, BTW!

Nick1962 2012-02-15 18:16:32 -0600 Report

ahh shucks James thanks. You are one of those people I owe - if you can survive all you've been through and still have such a great attitude - well, what little I have on my plate should be child's play.

jayabee52 2012-02-15 11:42:01 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby for this question.

My motivation is my current success in becoming Diabetes med free by eating a radically low carb meal plan.

My motivation for coming back to DC day after day is #1 to learn more (I seem to learn something nearly every day) #2 to check in with newly found cyber friends (almost misspelled it fiends — LoL!) and #3 to pay it forward by sharing what I have learned over my years as a T2 (and my years on DC has greatly accelerated that learning), especially with folks coming here having been newly Dx'd and are frightened. I sometimes may put things rather clumsily but helping the other is where my heart intends to be.

GabbyPA 2012-02-16 14:26:49 -0600 Report

I don't know...some of us are fiends. LOL
You have inspired me so much to work harder to get into a very low carb meal plan and work harder to get off my meds. That is what my doctor wants, and it is good to see others can do it.

jayabee52 2012-02-16 14:44:57 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for telling me that! I initially called it my "experement" with eating low carb (that's how I pitched it to my Dr). If it failed I didn't fail, the experement didn't pan out (I "reframed" it). I think it mentally took the pressure on me to succeed.

And the side effects of the experement were positive too.

I didn't think about it when I started, but after a couple months my pants fit looser (I had been wearing a 42" waistband. Now I wear 38" and those are loose. I really think that I could squeeze into a 36". I have noted that when I do overindulge I don't go so insanely high anymore. I rarely ever go over 140 when I do that.

So I think another side effect was my Insulin resistance has been lowered by my loss of all those pounds of fat.

Now I do have to get motivated to exercise more and build up my muscle mass which would lower my average BG levels even further.

Now if could be so successful in keeping dialysis at bay I'd be a happy camper.