How to stay motivated?

By gracelow Latest Reply 2013-12-16 15:44:10 -0600
Started 2013-12-13 07:38:47 -0600

I have been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 for four years,and throughout the years my condition has still not become better. My hba1c levels are about 9-11 . I think my main problem is that I cant stay motivated. Everytime I go to see my doctor,she always scolds me for not taking my diabetes seriously. My readings are bad and in poor control. I have been educated about carb-counting a few times too. EVerytime when my doctor tells me all the possible conditions im going to face in the future, i cry. And i promise my doc to make improvements. However, the motivation stays for about few days. Max 1 week. I just want to know that how you guys stay motivated? Like resisting temptations to eat sweet stuff etc. I think its about time that I make that big step and start controlling my diabetes. I Definitely Dont want to be blind when Im in college or working. I really wanna make a change but somehow, I cant stay motivated. Any tips to stay motivated? Its hard for me to talk to my family and friends as they dont have diabetes. The only group of people that understands what I face best is only people who face this complication too. Thanks in advance !

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Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-12-16 15:44:10 -0600 Report

I've had it for 26 years and have been all over the map. Scare tactics did not work. When I was dx'd I was in the hospital with a guy that lost his leg to diabetes, that didn't work, I was 15, not 70. My first several doctors seemed to enjoy ridiculing me, that didn't work. Somewhere along the way, I started to get serious. I got a good endo that was a part of a great management team that put ME in charge of it. I enjoyed the way that being in control and in shape made me feel. I also lost 1 eye along the way, and am now scared to death of losing the other. What has motivated me has changed over the years, fear didnt used to work, but it wakes me from a dead sleep now. Whats always worked though is finding something positive and becoming slightly obsessed with it. Keep at it, there will be bad times, but you can handle them.

GabbyPA 2013-12-15 12:47:15 -0600 Report

I just posted this on katiejoanne's discussion about the same thing. I thought I would just share the same ideas with you. I hope they help

The kind of things that motivate me vary from time to time. Often it is just that I hate feeling crummy and when I have high sugar, I feel grumpy, tired and unmotivated. Getting strict with myself for a few days usually can jump start me. I just tell myself it's for today. Just get through today, and after I have done that for a few days, it seems to click.

Other times when I have not been able to climb out of my self made hole, it takes a swift kick in my butt to get me to start again. One summer it was a reading of a little over 400 on my meter. I got scared and that helped motivate me.

I was stuck in a rut a few months back, and I asked for some coaching from a member here that really helped me get back on track. There is nothing wrong with asking for help at any age. Just make sure you really want to do something with that help and move forward.

Sometimes I even set little stupid goals like if I keep a week of good numbers, I can get a pair of walking shoes or something like that. I try not to reward myself with food. I used to do that, and it makes problems for me. But use something out there that you want really bad, unrelated to diabetes and make your self care be your means to the goal.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-14 18:56:50 -0600 Report

I stay motivated because I want to live a full healthy life. Just because people don't have diabetes doesn't mean they aren't willing to listen. Talk to your family. They will care more about your health than many of your friends.

katiejoanne 2013-12-14 13:48:35 -0600 Report

I've been diabetic for 14 years, and Im having the same problem. What really has been motivating me lately, knowing the repercussions of not taking care of yourself, my doctor has shown my pictures of her father on kidney dialysis, or seeing kids going through everything I did. I'm an adult now, this should be easy to me. I think connecting with people was the first step in the right direction for me, I always said to my parents "you don't understand". And being able to see so many people success and hearing their stories it's truly inspiring, giving me hope, knowing I too can get through this! You can do this too! Just have to think positive! And talk to friends, family, or other diabetics that will be able to motivate you.

dagger1234 2013-12-13 16:18:46 -0600 Report

*hugs* you can do it. I don't want to assume but I see that you are Asian too. Do you eat a lot of rice? I've completely cut rice out of my life especially white rice. But when I do eat rice, my bf will make and get brown rice. I went a little bit overboard so my #s were high but it went back down. I know it's hard not to give into temptations but you can do it. If I'm trying and can so ok- you can definitely do it. You've had your condition longer than me. Stand up to those you live with, and tell them you want major change with eating etc. And make them help u! Good luck!