Getting Motivated

By newbie51 Latest Reply 2010-08-28 08:45:07 -0500
Started 2010-08-18 18:54:18 -0500

How does a diabetic get the motivation they need? And how do they keep motivaqted?

14 replies

Lakeland 2010-08-19 22:08:39 -0500 Report

for me, I always like mysteries, so I think it's interesting trying foods, then testing 2 hours later seeing what spikes my numbers & which foods don't. If I go for a walk, I like to test & see how many points a short walk takes off, vs a long walk, 2 slices of bread one day, a pancake the next, then fruit & see which spikes it more, Now I'm much more relaxed about my decisions.


caroljo 2010-08-23 11:44:56 -0500 Report

I use this approach too Diane and the results are fascinating aren't they. Today I was outside on the patio, the temp was about 60 degrees and i was enjoying my black 1/2 caff coffee sitting in the rocker. I felt invigorated in this cool air after the warmth and humidity of this summer's WI dairyair. I felt like moving around. This time instead of telling myself "wait til that #$%^& thought leaves", I got up and put on my sneakers and took a bike ride, a short one, maybe a mile. Then rested a bit in my chair. Then went for a short walk, about 8 blocks total - surely not gonna kill myself. Then I decided I'd sit and rock for a bit upon my return and once I cooled down and felt the air, it was still invigorating. Then I walked to the store for a peach and to visit my sister who works there, about a mile round trip. We made plans to go thrifting on Wed. Now I'm done, got my exercise in the cool of the day when I had some energy and that's enough. Tomorrow is another day, and if I live through the rest of today, by gosh by golly, I'm gonna do it all over again!

SueIzzy 2010-08-23 12:02:12 -0500 Report

Invigorating cool air???? Where do you live????

caroljo 2010-08-25 21:17:43 -0500 Report

in the boonies of Wisconsin where we are in the midst of a Canadian cold front but after all it is August and by next week we'll be back in the high 80s as is usual this time of year. but it feels so good right now.

alanbossman 2010-08-19 10:56:06 -0500 Report

I keep myself motivated by learning about my diabetes and read how by not taking care of my self what could happen to my body and organs. And that is enough motivation for me.

caroljo 2010-08-23 12:00:30 -0500 Report

Good for you friend. My diabetic brothers death spoke to me - yet i still found getting the grip initially was a stuggle - diabetes can be insidious if you don't stay on top of it. I read and read and read again til I get it and remember what i need to know to keep my head on straight. I force myself to get some form of exercise yet sometimes thats not enough so I journal my food & exercise and take some pride when I see my wise choices on paper. BUT i cannot get on the scale - if I do my head spins and this weird sound comes out of me.

JanetM 2010-08-18 22:00:16 -0500 Report

Sharing my diagnosis with my family & friends was one of the best things I could have done for myself. Without realizing it I created a support system that keeps me motivated. Several of my coworkers are always "watching" their weight & ask for tips on preparing healthier meals. Knowing that I am able to return the support also keeps me motivated to seek out information to share with them.

Seeing what diabetes has done to my mother is another reason to keep at it. She has multiple health issues including congestive heart failure. I'm determined to avoid (or at least postpone as long as possible) the same problems. I'm the sole provider for my children & plan to be for a LONG LONG time.

Harlen 2010-08-18 20:07:54 -0500 Report

O-thats ez if I dont my wife beats me upside the head lol
Its a daly thing for me the way I look at it if I dont start I will never finnish so lets get the day started.
Best wishes

caroljo 2010-08-23 12:03:13 -0500 Report

Now thats a no nonsense approach, I mean here's a woman that loves her man and wants him to be around for a while, way to respond - Id be tempted to smack her back NOT.

RAYT721 2010-08-18 19:04:34 -0500 Report

I usually look at my family, realize how much I love them and how much they love me, and then I motivate myself to do what I need to help myself and help them. Everyone has his or her own motivation. Most of the time it's in your mirror or in your heart… reach in. This group is awesome for support but the motivation has to come from you.

caroljo 2010-08-23 11:50:17 -0500 Report

Hey Ray, I motivated myself today and ya know what happened? My neighbor showed up when I was done (riding bike and walking) in his 1929 Studebaker Dictator and gave me and my honey a sweet little ride! Think I'll exercise again tomorrow and see what happens.

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