Maintaining Motivation ?

By SFCSprague Latest Reply 2012-08-26 11:21:33 -0500
Started 2012-08-24 10:39:25 -0500

I have been T2 for just about 1 year and i need help. How do u deal with let downs? I'm going threw that now and haven't convinced myself to start back testing BS, exercising, eat right and so on. What advice do u have?

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SFCSprague 2012-08-26 10:22:59 -0500 Report

I started back exercising today. Road my bicycle for 8 miles then worked out with weights for about 15mins. Today is done, i'll be taking 1day at a time. Thanks for caring i'll keep u up to date and try to stay in control. All of u r great people and i'm proud to have u as my friends.

MAYS 2012-08-26 11:21:33 -0500 Report

That's great!
Just remember that a little exercise is better than no exercise any day!
Good luck, and keep us posted on your success!

Gracie40 2012-08-25 11:22:07 -0500 Report

It IS hard sometimes to stay motivated. I like Diabetes Forecast magazine to help keep me where I need to be. At times, I fail with a huge "thunk", but I know that is really my self talk telling me that I deserve this or that (usually food). Or that I am too busy to test, or I've been good so I don't need to test. (All B.S.) And frankly, self talk is what can save us or really get us into trouble. So I keep up the inner chatter, saying this (food) is a better choice than that. And that exercise is better than being sedentary. An Austrailian study completed just this year found that 1 hour of television can "snip" 22 minutes off of one's life. When I think of the hours I have spent watching TV in the evening, that boggles my mind. I was chip chip chipping away at what I cherish most of all…MY LIFE. There is a tremendously enlightening article from April 28,2012 New York Times by Gretchen Reynolds that everyone on this site should read. I am too computer illeterate to know how to put the link up. But I am sure, with the date and Author's name you should be able to locate it. It is so eye-opening and motivating that it makes me want to get up right now and start walking or even reading standing up. God Bless you.

Irish1951 2012-08-24 12:54:42 -0500 Report

Welcome to the group! As far as the motivation you just have to look around you. Family, friends, places you want to go and to see. They are the reasons to fight on. It is a fight, a battle you can not afford to lose. Unlike many other diseases this one take you little by little, a piece St a time (literally). It is also a disease that you have the ability to control in large part on your own. For other diseases you depend mostly on the Doctors and the medicine. Diabetes is a disease that the individual can effect a major change themselves. After fighting this for the past two years I know alot more about how my body works than my Doctor does. The people here are a wealth of knowledge and experience far beyond that of many of our Doctors. Take control and don't let the monster win.

MAYS 2012-08-24 12:25:31 -0500 Report

My source of motivation (besides my sons) is life itself.
When I am out, or at the doctors office both my eyes and my ears are in tune to what is going on around me, I hear people complain about health issues, I hear the responses from doctors and I see what I wish not to become!

Although diabetes is an individuals disease, the complications associated with diabetes can happen to anyone and I have no desire to acquire and deal with them unless it is necessary, so I go that extra mile, even when I don't feel like it.
I have heard, and seen way too many horror stories in life without having a desire to add my chapter to the novel, at least not right now, anyway!

Learn, Live and Do It!
It's worth it!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-24 12:04:32 -0500 Report

I feel like not testing at times but I know to stay on track I have to do what I do to stay healthy. My goal is to not get to a point where I have additional health problems or start losing limbs because I don't feel like doing what is now routine for me.

When you don't test, exercise or eat right, you are only hurting yourself. You are the one who will end up wishing you had done what you should have been doing all along. Diabetes is not a game that you play until you get bored. You have to play every day.

I don't depend on anyone to motivate me nor do I buy the self help motivational books, CD's or DVD's, I motivate myself. I have things I have to do every month and to do those things I have to be healthy. On days when I don't feel like testing, I do it anyway because I get curious and want to know where I am. There are days when I don't take my walk because I simply am too tired from doing other things. The next day if I know I am not going out of the house, I take my walk.

This is my life and I intend to live it to the best of my ability. As long as I can do things for myself, I will not depend on people to do things for me. I don't want to become codependent. This is why I am self motivating. I don't need someone to tell me how to do what I should be doing to stay healthy.

If you haven't done so, start a bucket list of everything you want to do. It could be anything from going on vacation to climbing Mt. Everest. Do what you can to check off each item. Keeping in mind to accomplish this, you have to be healthy, you will start testing your sugar level, eating properly and exercising everyday.

I think people get caught up in the exercise thing by thinking they need thousands of dollars of equipment or a gym membership. Exercise can be a brisk walk, jogging, riding a bike around the block, roller skating, shooting hoops or anything active you like to do. You can get exercise mowing your lawn or vacuuming a floor.

Finally, think positive, I am T2 also and just passed my fourth year mark. I control it with metformin once a day, diet and exercise. I have diabetes, diabetes does not have me. I don't focus on being a diabetic and get to the point where I won't do things because I am diabetic. I am active in my community, an avid reader, a jewelry maker, love to travel and I go out and do everything I feel I want to do and I try something new just to see if I will enjoy it. So you have to Get Up, Get Out and Get Active.

tabby9146 2012-08-25 14:51:37 -0500 Report

I can identify with everything you said. some days, I don't feel like testing, but I do anyway, once a day. some days I don't feel like exercising, especially on the busiest days, but I do anyway, I can find 20-30 minutes to do moderate activity. you are so right, it doesn't cost much to exercise, many DVDs are inexpensive at Walmart, get on You Tube and look up aerobic exercise, or put in the name of one of your favorite trainers, I love Denise Austin and Richard Simmons makes me laugh and puts me in a good mood, and I love his exercises too. Take a blank DVD or VHS tape and take some exercises on t.v. Sometimes there is good used equipment that can be found at yard sales. I love to go bike riding with my daughter too. Congrats Joyce on doing well still, at the 4 year mark! My 4 year mark comes in early November.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-25 19:43:24 -0500 Report

Tabby we had a rower, two stationary bikes and a door knob thingy. They became furniture that was great for clothing and I have no idea what happened to the door knob thingy. This week was not a good week for me. I was exhausted from our Day of Hope Event and then a bead show. I was on the sofa most of the week working on our jewelry for fall. I was actually hiding in my house. I needed a brain break from community work. I didn't venture out until yesterday afternoon when it was too late for me to contact anyone if someone needed something. I just did not have the brain power to focus on listening. I think I will stay on brain break till next Tuesday or Wednesday.

SFCSprague 2012-08-24 12:21:44 -0500 Report

What kind of book did u write? And thanks for caring

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-24 12:41:48 -0500 Report

LOL I haven't written a book maybe I should but it would be a murder mystery with a diabetic detective.

I care because you are a human being and you need help. Deep down inside you know what you should be doing but you just need someone to pull you up, stand you in front of a mirror and listen while you tell yourself. This is my life, I want to be healthy for myself, my family, my friends and everyone who loves me.
Then you will go test your blood sugar, eat a healthy meal and take a walk around the block. You will find a way to do this every day. Never give up because if you do, diabetes will win. I do not intend to let it win. I have things I have to do before I die.

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