Got off track; can't get back to healthy lifestyle

By Julina Latest Reply 2010-10-31 23:29:57 -0500
Started 2010-10-25 23:36:04 -0500

I'm a new member of diabetic connect. I signed up so that I could ask for suggestions about how to motivate myself to have a healthy lifestyle. I kept my type 2 diabetes in good control for about 5 years, by watching my diet and exercising. When my father passed away 1-1/2 years ago, I got depressed and starting eating whatever I want and stopped exercising (it was always hard to get myself to exercise anyway). I don't know how my daily blood sugars are because I'm always afraid to check now. My A1C has gone up some, and I'm sure it will be worse next time. I do visit my diabetes doctor every 3 months. I'm seeing a psychologist but I have barely improved my diet and exercise. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions on how to get back on track?
Thanks :)

11 replies

Guardianstone 2010-10-26 18:50:56 -0500 Report

Hello Hon, and welcome to the family. If you would like to we can talk from time to time.
Everyone has something to caue us to fudge or stumble.
As the guys said, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. The song had it right.
Do yourself a favor. Quiet your thoughts, don't blame yourself, and breath.
Relax and start slow. Someone posted on another discussion that you start the first week with 5 min exercise for 5 days a week. Add 5 mins a week after 3 weeks, and continue. When depression hits try grounding yourself. Find yourself a safe place to relax. Maybe a bubble bath, a cup of tea, candles, artwork, crafts, just something to help. When you need there is someone out here to offer help, a listening ear, or a sholder to cry on.
Please be good to yourself.
Guardian stone

Julina 2010-10-31 21:31:10 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! It's so nice to have this support. It sounds like everyone who replied thinks I should start small. I'll work on that.

RAYT721 2010-10-26 16:59:20 -0500 Report

I would estimate that 95% of people fall off the wagon and the other 5% are liars. :) It's more important to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and move on than focus on the past. Think of the good things, dont beat yourself up for the bad. Learn from your mistakes and make this time the right time to stay on track. Motivation has to come from you and while we can all encourage you, you can't get you to take action. That's got to come from your mind, body and soul. Think of the reasons you want to be happier, healthier and saner and you'll have the motivation, which is different for each of us. Of course you were depressed when losing a family member. Sometimes when we fall, we have to fall pretty hard but you've had it with yesterday now so today and tomorrow is what really matters now. You can't bring back the past but you can get on track for a whole new lifestyle and a whole new life. Don't overwhelm yourself with the "can'ts" and "shouldn'ts" but focus on what you can and should have, eat, achieve… and you'll be able to do it. Start out with baby steps which will soon become habits. Don't be afraid to fall again but have sense enough to not get as far off as you have this time. Positive thinking can lead to positive DOING!

jayabee52 2010-10-26 16:54:55 -0500 Report

Howdy Juliana


I'm so very sorry about your father. I lost mine when I was 19.

I just lost my bride "Jem" this past July and my BG#s are through the roof too. Actually they are all over the place, but they're generally higher than I'd like.

But lease be kind to yourself and don't beat yourself up emotionally. It's rough losing a loved one.

But to get back on track, I echo what Harlen says, especially "Start small and keep working on it"

Or as another friend RayT721 would say "Take baby steps".

Please use your glucometer and check your BG#s since that's the only way you can know where you are at, and if you're making any progress. If you take small steps and do what you know to do for your DM eventually you will get back to a more healthy place in your life.

And like Harlen I offer a listening ear via the DC email. (But you'd either need to accept my friend request or request me and/or Harlen to be friends for us to email back and forth on the DC system)

May God's richest blessings be to you and yours.


Julina 2010-10-31 21:32:56 -0500 Report

Hi, Thank you so much James! I am very sorry to hear about your Jem. I had read another post that you wrote, and I was wondering if that was what happened. Take care of yourself too. I'll check my blood sugar tonight!

Harlen 2010-10-26 10:56:51 -0500 Report

I am glad your here .
Yes I slip from time to time and when I do I start all over again.
You know what to do .start small and keep working on it, you will get there .
Julina You are the only your there is ,Take care of you!
Love your self like you wish to be loved.
You can email me any time I check my maile every day some times four or five times lol
Best wishes

Julina 2010-10-31 21:33:56 -0500 Report

Hi Harlan,
Thanks for your support. It is good to see that everyone has the same advice - to start small. I guess that's really the thing to do, and I will work on it!