Can't stay on track!

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-06-19 20:54:55 -0500
Started 2014-06-12 16:12:53 -0500

No matter what I can't stay on track. Any good advise?

8 replies

imjohn 2014-06-19 20:54:55 -0500 Report

We're all in this alone yet in this forum all in it together. No one is here to judge, only share information and there is a lot of good information that should help you. You will find a range of diabetics from people born with it to people like myself who manage it with lifestyle and all are willing to give you a hand.

It's not easy, but you have to act as if there's a gun to your head, which there sort of is. Your life, or at least the quality of it is in your hands and you have to make a commitment to change.

We're all doing it, failing, And getting back on track. Welcome to the club.

Stuart1966 2014-06-16 15:14:23 -0500 Report

To be of any use on any level, we need as much information detail that you can provide.. The tag T2 doesn't provide anything significant…

Where are you having trouble coming off the "tracks"?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 07:55:42 -0500 Report

While at the hospital the other day waiting for a CT Scan, I talked to a man who is an in-patient at the hospital who hand been wheeled down for an MRI. After asking about the weather, he said I may never get outside again. I asked why and he said because diabetes is killing me. I said I am a diabetic, what happened. His response should be a testament to every diabetic. He said I was irresponsible, arrogant, immature and an idiot. I said why. He said, he was diagnosed at age 25. He got married and had a son then was diagnosed. He thought diabetes was a joke and didn't listen to anyone. His wife stuck with him for nine years then left. She got tired of trips to the hospital at all hours of the day and night. He said he didn't test, eat right, take medications or keep doctors appointments.

He said he is now legally blind, is on the transplant list for a kidney and a liver, lost his right leg and is about to lose the left. He said he made bad choices and did what he wanted to do and never once listened when his parents told him to grow up and be an adult. He didn't listen to his wife when she told him since he didn't care about his health his life or his family, she was done and left. He is 38 years old and looks 70. Just before they wheeled him in, he said every day that I didn't do what I should, everyday that I made bad choices and didn't care, everyday that my arrogance didn't let me listen took years off my life. This is all my fault and I regret every thing that I have done. Have a great day and please don't feel sorry for me. At 38 years old when he should have been enjoying life, this man looked like he was 70 years old with yellow skin, pale blue eyes and a balding head. His kids no longer have the dad they use to have.

I did not feel sorry for him at all because in life the choices we make has an effect on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. I do not feel sorry for anyone who does not take care of themselves. Like he said he did that to himself.

The question you should ask yourself is how important is my health to me. If your health is very important to you, you will find a way to get on track and stick with it. If you want to live a healthy life that you can enjoy, you will make the choice to be as responsible for it as possible. I have never lost track because I choose to be a very healthy person with diabetes.

Put a sign on your bathroom mirror that has this sentence. Just For Today I Am Going To______________. You fill in the blank. it could be, test as I should, eat healthy meals, exercise, take medications, make every effort to stay on track, do what I can to live healthy, enjoy life. Then you do it. I wish you the best of luck. .

Glucerna 2014-06-12 18:07:06 -0500 Report

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to manage everything involved with diabetes. Perhaps you can break it down into steps, and then focus on just one step at a time. For example, you might first focus on taking medication as prescribed, or decide to get some type of physical activity every day. You'll feel good about accomplishing that first step, and after a few days or a couple of weeks you'll be ready to tackle the next step. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 15:12:31 -0500 Report

Lynn I was thinking if a person isn't on track, using steps isn't going to help because they have to be committed even to that. I think a daily routine is better. Taking medications as prescribed, testing after each meal and physical activity. This can be done with a schedule if you can eat meals at the same time each day. Using a timer can help remind you to test after each meal. You can download a timer app to your phone if you have an Android or iPhone. My phone has a timer on it. If you can stick to the routine once you get that down then you can add other aspects to your diabetes management. The main thing is being committed.

Glucerna 2014-06-17 19:19:55 -0500 Report

I agree with you Joyce that developing a schedule and sticking to that schedule helps reinforce the habit changes we want to make. Sometimes people feel so overwhelmed that they can't do anything, and when they focus on one step at a time they find they can make progress. Everyone is different, which is why this forum, where we have numerous suggestions and ideas, is so helpful. ~Lynn @Glucerna