New Year’s resolutions. Remember those goals that you set at the beginning of the year and swore that you were going to become a whole new person? Yeah, well if you are like me, you’ve forgotten them already and it’s only March. Habits and comfort tend to win the war against sticking to my New Year’s resolutions and goals set after the holidays. Change is hard and can take some time. Not to say that makes it okay to just give up on the goals that you have set for yourself.

Setting goals is a very important part of living a fulfilled and happy life. I have always felt that you should always be working toward something or you will fall backwards—either progress or regress. When it comes to health goals, however, my ideals are much grander than reality.

It is common to run out of steam by pushing yourself to meet some pretty lofty goals, especially diabetes-specific goals. Diabetes already takes a lot of effort to manage. It can be a shock not only to your daily routine but also to your body if you make drastic changes all at once. All of this can lead to diabetes burnout, which is a whole different can of worms.

To say the least, at this point most of us are just plain worn out and don’t want to do anything but sit on the couch and eat a Twinkie. I wish that someone had warned me about this stage before I encountered it with nearly every healthy goal I have set.

The key in this scenario is to catch yourself when you realize that your goals aren’t realistic for the long term. If you are unable to stick to your original New Year’s diabetes goals, it is very important not to give up entirely. Just reevaluate what you are capable of and lower your expectations so that you can still work toward better diabetes control without getting overwhelmed or burnt out.

The good news is that you know what not to do now that you have had a few months trying out these goals. So take that information and adapt it to your current lifestyle. Sure you want to make changes, but the biggest changes come from small steps toward a bigger goal, so break it down into manageable goals. Daily goals even. Try cooking healthier meals for one day or checking your blood sugar more often in a week. Once you have started reaching your daily or weekly goals, take a bigger step. Whether it is better blood sugar control or diet changes or exercise, these all can be achieved by starting out small and working up to your bigger goals.

Don’t give up on your overall resolutions that you set at the beginning of the year. They are still in [reach this year. You just have to do a little reevaluation of your own capabilities, start small and work up. Before you know it, you will have reached the unreachable and will have become that new person you have wanted to be for so long.

To learn more about resolutions and diabetes:

New Year, New Goals: Making Realistic Resolutions
Tricks to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick
Making Attainable Diabetes New Year's Resolutions