On another thread, jayabee52 posted a link to show how he keeps track of himself with a written record. While I haven't been keeping as detailed a record on myself as he has, I have been recording my glucose readings and A1c regularly. His comment caused me to go back and take a look at the progress I have made. I've really done better than I have given myself credit for.
Seeing how much better I am doing now from where I was this time last year is SO encouraging that I just had to share. I get frustrated sometimes, thinking that I am not making the progress I should be but really, I need to give myself more credit for the progress I have already made.
Keeping track and seeing where you were and where you are now can be very encouraging. If you aren't doing as well now as you were before, that can also be encouraging. It can be the motivator needed to stay on or get back on track.
Over all, I am happy that I have made considerable progress despite a few setbacks. The point is to never give up and go back to old ways. To keep going and keep learning and trying new things that will improve our health. I tend to be very goal oriented. My A1c goal is to be below 5.7. I am currently at 6.4. I was over 11 at diagnosis. I know I was higher than that before diagnosis. I have nearly cut my A1c in half! That is something I should be very proud of.
By keeping track of everything, I have learned that lack of sleep and stress have the greatest impact on my glucose. Followed by exercise and finally diet. It shocked me to realize that I rebound from slip ups in my diet much faster and easier than these other three things. this info has caused me to make big changes in my entire lifestyle, not just my diet.
If you aren't keeping track over the long term, I really encourage you to do so. I keep it all in a spreadsheet on my computer. Some people use a notebook. Some people use a phone app. The point is to store this info somewhere and review it periodically.
If you are keeping track, what info do you find most useful and how has it benefited your health over the long term? I'd love to learn about other people's experiences.
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