Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Diabetes can be a tad bit repetitive. You wake up in the morning, check blood sugar, eat and then you go to class/work, test and then eat lunch. Next, you leave work/school, test and eat dinner, and finally you head to bed, test and go to sleep. All of this testing, bolusing, carb counting and adjusting is an on going activity for many diabetics and it is incredibly easy to fall off the bandwagon - that is for sure!
For me, only being diagnosed for three years, it is hard to imagine what it has been like for diabetics that have done this for their entire life. I have fallen off the wagon a couple times as far as keeping up with blood sugars and remembering to bolus - but for the most part I have been able to pick myself up again - thanks to other diabetics and this blog.
I think that the secret may be something not huge, but little. It's something that anyone can do and it may just be the kick in the pancreas you need! I realized that the goal of having amazing blood sugars every single day is the equivalent to saying I am going to lose 50 pounds in two weeks. Instead, setting tiny goals and achieving these tiny goals - will always make you feel good about yourself.
Now, I am sure many of you had a flash back of some high-school class where they make you pull out a sheet of paper and write down your goals - but let's just not write these goals down, if that is not your thing! Instead, when you have an awesome blood sugar, take a picture of it, post it on your wall, or email a friend, yell at your roommates (even if they aren't sure why a 6.5 blood sugar can be so thrilling.) These little strides will lead you in the right direction.
Lately, I have managed to stay below the 13 range and I know that to the doctors 13 is 'bad' but I feel good about this! In the past I was seeing constant 16's 17's even a few 20's and now in the past two weeks I have seen nothing over 13! These little success are vital in your mental survival of diabetes.
When you feel good about yourself and your blood sugars - it will rub off on others.