Tis the season for making resolutions for the upcoming year. I can’t think of any better resolution than to better yourself by making goals for healthy eating and managing diabetes for improved control. The only problem is that we are usually making our resolutions while sitting with family eating all kinds of festive goodies.

Because of this setting, to make any drastic health-related goals, you will have to really stick to your guns. If you are anything like me, that will last a day if you’re lucky.

The truth is it’s hard to break habits and even harder to deny your body so abruptly of the sweets that you may have indulged in over the holidays. It is just cruel to have a fresh new year with brand new goals come right after a season of decadence. It would be great if we could have a recuperation period before we have to start a new year, postponing it until February or March. Sadly, that isn’t reality. But frankly, expecting to start the new year and with some drastic health goals right off the bat isn’t very likely reality either.

Don’t get me wrong, it is great to make healthy changes in your diet and diabetes management to start the New Year. But it can be incredibly difficult if you are coming down from an uncontrolled, high-carb holiday.

Stagger Your Incremental Goals

So go ahead and set your goals, but this year, try staggering your goals and setting small goals to change then work up to where you really want to be. That way you will see the success sooner instead of getting frustrated when your body can’t catch up to all of the changes fast enough.

It Takes Time to See Change

After you set your goals, keep in mind that it is going to take some time to see the results of your healthy diabetes changes no matter what they are. Just because you don’t see immediate results doesn’t mean that it isn’t working. Your body needs time to stabilize after the stress and all of the bad food from the holidays. Allow yourself time to get back into a routine, but don’t allow yourself to backtrack and lose sight of the goal. Over time you will start to have more and more control of your diabetes and your body will become more predictable.

Make a Long-term Plan

As much as we would like see ourselves always making the right decisions with our health, it isn’t always realistic. No one is perfect, so don’t push yourself to make a health transformation overnight. Make a plan and start working towards your ultimate goal of a healthy lifestyle by setting smaller more attainable goals. Eventually those good health decisions will become second nature and you will be where you never thought you could get at the beginning. It’s your choice to decide what healthy changes to make and how extensive they are.

But don’t let the fact that you may not be living the healthiest lifestyle now or that you may not have the best diabetes control stand in your way of reaching up and making your life what you want it to be.

To learn more about New Year's resolutions for diabetes:

New Year's Resolutions for People with Diabetes
Tricks to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick
Turning a New Year's Resolution Into An All-Year Commitment