Some positive affirmations from me. Now it's your turn.

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2014-11-08 12:00:28 -0600
Started 2014-11-03 15:59:25 -0600

HI!

In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, I wrote 30 affirmations to help you beat diabetes burnout. Here is a link:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-infor...

Now I am thinking that it would be great to hear some positive affirmations from the real experts on living with diabetes. And that would be you, my friends.

Any positive thoughts for getting through the rough spots that you might want to share? Let's keep up the positive energy!

Looking forward to your wise words. I am all ears (eyes)!


55 replies

MaxieFo
MaxieFo 2014-11-06 10:15:09 -0600 Report

Surprisingly for me the adjustment was not that difficult since I had already made significant changes in my eating habits three yrs prior to being diagnoised because of other medical issues.

However, the holidays are coming and that could be a little challenging since I love to bake, and I hate using low fat and sugar substitutes for baking.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-06 22:33:19 -0600 Report

Hey MaxieFo, making those diet changes can be a big challenge, so it's great to hear you were already on the track with healthier eating. I know what you mean, the holidays are a constant temptation. Think about the benefits of keeping fat and sugar to a minimum!

rickperkins
rickperkins 2014-11-05 21:48:04 -0600 Report

I am a new day baby I'm having a rough time of this is so hard trying to learn how to do all this

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:47:27 -0600 Report

Hey Rich, you came to the right place for answers. Steve and your other friends here on Diabetic Connect are a wealth of knowledge!

elizag1
elizag1 2014-11-05 18:07:35 -0600 Report

I think the first one is so true "fight fear with facts". Fact is I have diabetis, I must walk, lift weights, eat, I tend to not eat and, that is what is really wrong with me. I will tell you an true story, Tuesday I worked elections at the local elementary school, I could take a break, I brought my car home and, then walked back to the school and, it was about 15 minutes. I felt better because I sat for 13.5 hours.

MaxieFo
MaxieFo 2014-11-06 10:23:42 -0600 Report

Hi Elizag1,
I tend to not eat too, especially on days that I work in my garden. I get so wrapped up in what I am doing that even when I take a break it is only long enough for me to rest my legs and drink some water.
Now that the temp. Is cooler I do not do as much so my eating has gotten a little better when I am working on something around the house, but I still have to work on not skipping meals.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:46:13 -0600 Report

Hello elizag,

Glad the fear affirmation was helpful to you. Chronic conditions can bring up a lot of fear because humans don't do well with uncertainty. But when you have the facts, you know what you are dealing with, and you can also know what you have to do to take care of yourself.

That was quite a long day on Tuesday. Glad you got the walk in!

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2014-11-04 20:19:16 -0600 Report

Put on your boot grab your boot straps and pull hard. Get up Wipe the dirt off your hands and start walking! If not sure ask a hundred times. Don't beat yourself up, there are others who can do it. You just fell off the horse, now get back on that horse. Ask for friends. And if you haven't then you haven't had me as a friend. LOL I am my own best friend. Yet I do need others to see all aspects. Be ready to Laugh Get mad Angry Frustrated and etc. Then Laugh at it all anyway, The problems wont go away but you will be in a better frame of mind than before! :P Are you bored? Its your own fault. Go for a walk

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:42:00 -0600 Report

Hey TdalagiLanape,

There's a lot to be said to the bootstraps approach to life. It comes down to taking responsibility to take care of yourself and live your life to the fullest.

And yes, a sense of humor doesn't hurt either!

Nice to see you.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-05 09:38:30 -0600 Report

You are a big testament to this way of thinking. Life has thrown you curve ball after curve ball of late. You walk the talk there my friend and inspire us to do the same.

Kats49
Kats49 2014-11-04 18:32:35 -0600 Report

Never 2nd guess yourself
Trust your instincts
Love yourself first, so you can love others
Forgive and forget..just don't forget to forgive yourself…lol
Information is power, so read everyday…immerse yourself in information about diabetes.
Use your connection sites… that let you know you are not alone when understanding this disease…
Foremost know that every diabetic is different and not all treatments work the same in every person.
Get acquainted with your body, you'll learn the signals it gives when your sugars are low or high..takes patience and time
Mediate daily
Volunteer somewhere, when you make others happy it will transfer over to you
Start a journal…make one positive statement everyday about your day…
journal ling helps your inner self make positive changes
Don't dwell on the mistakes, just start over fresh each day
You are the deciding factor on how your day will proceed…no one negative can take up space in your head unless you let them
Gratitude for your life…no one has an easy ride…what doesn't kill us WILL make us stronger

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:40:23 -0600 Report

Kats,

Thank you. Some great ideas here. I think you have covered all of the bases for taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.

If we all followed these rules, think of how the world would be impacted!

Thanks for checking in, my friend!

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-11-04 14:42:50 -0600 Report

I've posted this here several time before, so with apologies …
Don't worry about the past. Knowing how you got it ain't gonna fix it.
Focus on what you can do at this moment to make yourself as healthy as possible.
You are not alone. Reach out to others for help.
Become an expert. Learn as much as you can about your disease/condition.
Be forgiving. Start first by forgiving yourself.
Be loving. Start first by loving yourself.
Be patient. Take baby steps.
Meditate daily.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:38:38 -0600 Report

Hey haoleboy,

This is worth repeating! Rules to live by. I especially like the guidelines to love yourself and to forgive yourself. I think I encourage someone to do this about every day.

Thanks! Great to see you.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-11-04 20:40:08 -0600 Report

Well said, Steve. Very helpful. I have actually printed what you said and posted it on my frig.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-04 13:48:03 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary,

My affirmation is "Accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives and don't mess with Mr. In Between". No matter what you have to keep going for yourself. You can't make your spouse, children or family the reason you live. You have to first take care of yourself or you won't be around for them.

Yes you are going to have rough spots, set backs, and have expectations, however the rough spots are only that, rough spots. you can get past them and smooth them out. Set backs are like riding a bike and falling off, get up, dust yourself off and get back on. Everyone can become disappointed when we fall short of the expectations we set for ourselves. So you did see the results you expected. It is not the end of the world. Look at the expectations you have set for yourself. Did you raise the bar too high that in a short time you would never get over it? Did you prepare yourself for the expectation or did you simply dive in. There are times people don't have to worry about the enemy. At times people can be their own worse enemy.

The key is to focus on living. Stop over thinking everything because at times over thinking only makes the problem worse. Stop paying attention to every tiny detail. Get up in the morning with a positive attitude. So you woke up and tested and you were high or low, it is not the end of the world if it is a rare occurrence. If it happens frequently pick up the phone and call your doctor. .

The holidays are about to be upon us in a few weeks. People are moaning about how to handle them. Why not handle them as you would any other day. Just for that one day, if you want a small slice of pie, a cookie or a small piece of cake, have it. Keep in mind just because it is on the table doesn't mean it has to go into your mouth. If you want desert later in the evening, if you have kids or at a family feast with kids, take them out for a walk. Their parents will be glad to be rid of them for 20 or 30 minutes. Get some family members to take a quiet stroll with you. Then come back and have your dessert. While you are at it, be glad that you are with family or friends and enjoy the time you spend with them. If you are going to be alone, volunteer your time at a nursing home. The day before Thanksgiving we help a neighbor serve dinner to seniors at a Senior Building in the community. They love coming in, sitting down and being served dinner. He even has kids helping to serve them.

You life is what you make it. Diabetes is not the end of the world. You can still enjoy life to the fullest. My aunt had a small stroke. She got out of the hospital on Friday and was leaving for Canada the next week. She told her doctor she would stop going when she could not move at all. She had open heart surgery two years before that. She always was my inspiration because no matter what she never, ever gave up and never looked back.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:34:14 -0600 Report

HI Joyce,

Thanks for again sharing your wisdom and experience. What I am hearing in your post is not to create catastrophes. Don't expect everything to be perfect and when things are not perfect, also don't assume they are awful. We do the best we can.

That is very good advice for the holidays. Find ways to give of yourself to others, whether volunteering, or spending time with family and friends.

And yes, we don't have control over everything but we can choose to make the best of life every day.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-11-04 09:13:35 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reminders. Saw this post just at the right time.
It has been one of those weeks and was feeling beyond stressed. Even trying the pat yourself on the back, remember now is not forever, etc. wasn't pulling me out of the downward spiral. But that wasn't due to living with d. Just life in general. Although, I am sure the BG being out of whack due to the stress plays some part in it all
Unfortunately I am a replayer. I just try to see a way I could have done x instead of a, because I have already tried all the other scenarios to alter what happened so I don't keep repeating the same mistake…sigh. Even entering this post I keep drifting into maybe I could have done this or that different on Friday that seemed to set the whole awful week in motion. Friday is my Monday.
Learning to say "No, I cannot work a 12 hour shift just because someone else is sick" would help. I forget that some days I am just not up to it.
Learning to monitor my BG better would help. At the end of hour 12 the shift turned into staying extra and during the hectic extra three hours my BG was dropping and I had failed to notice. This leads to three more days of it suddenly dropping and my feeling off.
So,you want some positive…
One of my residents thanked me for being patient. Seems I have learned sometimes the journey from bed to bathroom and back can be very difficult.
I heard laughter from a couple of my Alzheimer's residents. Despite being stressed and tired and achy, I was able to appear calm and funny. Most days I achieve my goal of having at least one person laugh with me.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:26:41 -0600 Report

Hi Graylin Bee!

Thanks for checking in. I appreciate your honesty here.

I think it's human nature to get caught up in ruminating, turning something over and over in our minds, replaying how we would do it differently. This can lead to self-criticism. And keep us focused on the past and not on the present.

Life is a journey. We do the best we can. We learn, we repeat some of our mistakes, we move on. I know how hard it can be to say no.

You and I have been touch for years about the work you do. I am sure without a doubt that you are constant blessing to the residents you work with. And that's a great goal -- one person per day who forgets their troubles long enough for a good laugh! You will reach that goal, I am also sure.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-04 13:50:22 -0600 Report

Graylin, I once worked 12 hour shifts for 13 days. On the 14th day when I said I was exhausted and couldn't do it, my boss looked at me like I had a chair on my head with flashing lights. Sometimes we have to say no just to keep our own sanity.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-04 07:18:43 -0600 Report

I love your article. Number 10 is one of my favorites. That one bad thing does not a ruined life make. I also really like 23, saying thank you for the little things around me. That always lifts me out of the darkness.

I have not done any for a long time, and maybe it's time to do some. I used to take an index card and write an affirmation on it. Then I would take the time to colorfully illustrate what that affirmation meant to me and tape it to my bathroom mirror. Taking that extra time to make it a picture really helps me to instill it in my mind.

One of my favorite ones was about Joy. That joy doesn't come from my surroundings, but from my heart. So no matter what is happening to me on the outside, I can choose to have joy from the inside.

debcox
debcox 2014-11-05 23:04:00 -0600 Report

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Gabby. I usually post on Facebook that it is a beautiful day in northern Arizona and have had quite a few people state that they live near me and it is not a beautiful day. I tell them that I am speaking about a state of mind. For me, everyday is a beautiful day no matter where I am or what is going on.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:12:30 -0600 Report

Hey Gabby,

Thank you so much! That's a great idea to create your own positive thoughts and keep them around as reminders. And we can all benefit from finding our own inner joy. When it comes from within, it's unshakable!

debcox
debcox 2014-11-03 23:28:56 -0600 Report

Thanks for the affirmations. I loved them all. The only affirmation that I can think of at this time would be to keep up the good work each day and start over if you make an error.

Last Friday, I received a compliment from the woman down the street. She said that she loved seeing me go by every day on my bike rides and/or my daily walk because I was always smiling. She said that she knew that I had challenges in my life (my hubby's cancer and my diabetes) but that I was the most positive person that she knew and that it inspired her to take care of herself.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:08:24 -0600 Report

Hi debcox!

You're welcome! And thank you for the kind words.

That's a great affirmation. Nobody's perfect, so pick yourself up and move on. And what a great compliment your neighbor paid you. It's always good to know that other people are noticing your positive attitude. You're doing it right!

Gary

rickperkins
rickperkins 2014-11-03 21:35:10 -0600 Report

I like to know how you put up with your life of diabetes how do you handle stuff I just started it with a Diabetes 2

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-03 22:59:46 -0600 Report

Well you just learn a new way of doing things in your life that you never did before. It takes a little while for it to settle down as a daily thing. I kept falling by the wayside, not really getting a handle on my diabetes. I would have a few good days and then not so much. Now I have found that having a good support team makes all the difference in the world. Being able to talk to others who have gone through the ups and downs already and can give advice or just that right amount of encouragement when you need it the most. Both of these things you will find here and at your Doctors office. If your local hospital has a Diabetes Center you should check with your Doctor about going to the Center. They can personalize a program just for your needs. Don't worry about anything, you are going to do just fine. The people here have got your back.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:04:52 -0600 Report

HI Roxanne, some really good advice here. Support is power! Being connected with people who are traveling the same road is a great way to get educated and to feel supported. Thanks for jumping in here.

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-03 22:59:33 -0600 Report

Well you just learn a new way of doing things in your life that you never did before. It takes a little while for it to settle down as a daily thing. I kept falling by the wayside, not really getting a handle on my diabetes. I would have a few good days and then not so much. Now I have found that having a good support team makes all the difference in the world. Being able to talk to others who have gone through the ups and downs already and can give advice or just that right amount of encouragement when you need it the most. Both of these things you will find here and at your Doctors office. If your local hospital has a Diabetes Center you should check with your Doctor about going to the Center. They can personalize a program just for your needs. Don't worry about anything, you are going to do just fine. The people here have got your back.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-11-03 21:12:54 -0600 Report

Setting goals is important to me but so is allowing myself to be imperfect. If I follow a healthy diet most days, I don't feel bad about allowing indulgences on occasion such as holidays, birthdays, etc. On Thanksgiving, I plan to blow it big time! But only for one meal. Then it's right back on track. If I demand from myself keeping a perfect diet 100% of the time, I am actually less healthy for it because of the stress and feeling deprived.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2014-11-07 09:46:49 -0600 Report

yes!! that is exactly how I feel and what I do. My diet is not perfect all the time and that used to bother me a lot, but I am okay with it now.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 22:02:04 -0600 Report

Hey Pegsy, that is a really good point you make here. We are human, and we aren't perfect. Sounds like you have found a way to watch your diet and indulge on the holidays, too. Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-03 20:33:05 -0600 Report

I have learned that when eating out it is alright if I don't eat everything on my plate. I now ask for a substitute if an item on the menu is carb heavy. Try asking for a cheeseburger without the bun, their reaction is to die for.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:45:17 -0600 Report

Roxanne, that is an excellent idea. If you avoid the temptation in the first place, it's a whole lot easier to eat healthy.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-11-03 20:59:23 -0600 Report

I bring along my own low carb bun to substitute. I place my order without the bun too. And their reaction IS to die for. The last place brought my burger with lettuce, tomato and extra onion on a nice plate, complete with knife and fork, LOL. They really were trying to please but just didn't understand.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:44:43 -0600 Report

Pegsy, that is a very good idea! I am sure that is quite a shock to the people who are serving you. Who doesn't love all that bread?

Anonymous
Anonymous 2014-11-03 19:11:12 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary. Boy this is a good one. You mean besides a swift kick in the butt to keep on goin in the right direction?? LOL OK seriously… Once I found out that high sugar could also be effecting my seizures, I now have a 2-fold reason to keep on track. But I sure slipped over this Halloween time period, it didn't help that I had a colonoscopy also & ended up going low, so my thinking was a mini twizzler isn't that much sugar. But before I knew it, I had eaten 4 :( I wanted to kick myself. But I just hoped that I didn't go too high since I had gone low. Fortunately I didn't. But the panic, I felt & then the guilt. geesh. This was my first real experience with really losing control like that. Not fun!! So I can say from this alone I have learned a good lesson to really stay on track. Your state of mind is really effected not just your body.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:40:54 -0600 Report

Hi! Well,a little tough love can be a good thing, especially when we administer it to ourselves. We can be our own best motivators. I am just like you are, one piece of candy leads to many more. I have also learned not to start in the first place. Sounds like getting to the point of feeling like you had lost control was a good wake-up call for you. Sometimes that's how we learn. And yes, blood sugar levels have all kinds of potential effects.

denipink57
denipink57 2014-11-03 17:43:10 -0600 Report

Hi dr. Gary, thanks for the invite! leave it to you to come up with such a cool topic :)

my #1 go to affirmation is STAY ACTIVE - even using a walker i tool around my court several times each day. this keeps the BG numbers down and helps keep them in the zone. it also helps to keep the weight down which is nice for this plump middle-aged woman :)

my #2 go to affirmation is WATCH THOSE STRESS LEVELS - as soon as i can feel my body stressing i put on some groovy mood music and let my mind just wander for hours. this helps keep me in a very good place body mind and soul :)

my #3 go to affirmation is GET PLENTY OF REST - i go to bed quite early at night to make sure i am getting my 8 hrs. i make a point of doing this because my BG is always in the zone the better i rest :)

my #4 go to affirmation is STAY WELL HYDRATED - as well as drinking plenty of water i am forever drinking herbal teas. i just like to feel well lubricated and i have Psoriasis a nasty skin disorder that hates to be well hydrated so i oblige myself very well :)

my #5 go to affirmation is ALWAYS A POSITIVE ATTITUDE - unless i am feeling positive at any given moment i am usually found reading positive affirmations such as bible verses for example. these keep my head on straight :)

that about does it for me Dr. Gary. thanks for sharing with all here as only you can.

Denise

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:35:00 -0600 Report

Denise,

You are welcome. Thanks for your encouragement, as always!

Wow, those are definitely some great rules to live by, for all of us. Body, mind, and spirit.

I have been trying to remind myself to drink more water. It's so easy to forget and then that thirsty feeling, along with the headache, hits.

Thanks a lot for sharing this!

CaliKo
CaliKo 2014-11-03 16:49:25 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary,
I think my glucose readings chart helps me get back on track. When I'm not doing so well, I test more often and that helps me to make better choices and look for the numbers to come down. Also, when the weight starts climbing, getting out my diet diary and charting my fat-calories-carbs helps my control.
I like your list, thanks!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:31:04 -0600 Report

CaliKo, always nice to see you! There is a whole lot to be said for staying on top of those numbers, blood sugar and weight. That helps you to stay ahead of the curve. Glad you like the affirmations, thanks!

robertoj
robertoj 2014-11-03 16:17:18 -0600 Report

Acceptance is the key. You have it now deal with it.
It's like a bad guest Give it respect but don't let it get you down.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-05 08:24:54 -0600 Report

Roberto, you're right. Acceptance is key. And yes, a chronic condition is a bad guest, one that you never invited to stay with you in the first place. Thanks for jumping in!

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-11-03 21:03:57 -0600 Report

This is so true. Once I got over the shock, I accepted what was and went to work getting myself under the best possible control. I'm still on meds and I may be for the rest of my life but I am far better off than had I done nothing at all.

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