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Diabetes Goals for 2013

By Karen Graffeo

Guest Blogger

Posted:  1/8/2013 4:30 PM


I really enjoy the holiday season, but by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m ready to say farewell to the non-stop festivities and get back to a normal routine.  As I pack away my Christmas decorations and get my house in order, I think about getting my diabetes management in order too.  Sure, I work hard at diabetes all year long, even during the holidays, but I always have room for a little diabetes tune-up.  At this time of year I avoid setting “Diabetes New Year’s Resolutions” because with one slip a resolution can be broken and then I tend to toss it out.  Instead I bring the “out with the old, in with the new” attitude of the New Year into my diabetes life by setting goals that toss out old bad habits and bring in new good ones.  Since I set them up as goals, I see them as something I can continue to strive for throughout the whole year, even if I make a few mistakes here and there.

Want to take a peek at my Diabetes Goals for 2013?  Okay, here we go . . . .

• Get moving and build on it throughout the year.  Exercise motivation has always been a big struggle for me.  This year, instead of setting huge goals that I burn out on quickly, I’m going to try starting small and adding as the year progresses.  For January, my goal is two 30-minute workouts a week.  In February, I can decide if I want to increase the frequency to three weekly workouts or stick with two and make them longer.  By the end of the year, I want to be exercising regularly at least 4 or 5 days a week.

• Have a healthy breakfast, at breakfast time, and follow it with my morning meds.  Lately I find I’m getting so engrossed in projects that I put off breakfast until almost lunch time, or skip it all together.  Not only is this unhealthy on its own, but it also causes me to skip my post-breakfast iron and blood pressure pills.

• Bring back post-meal blood sugar checks.  I used to be very diligent about checking my blood sugar after meals, but bit by bit I seem to have dropped this habit.  Knowing what my blood sugar is two hours after I eat helps me better determine how to time my meal bolus.  So I’m going to get back to using the “blood sugar reminder” feature of my pump’s Bolus Wizard so I’m reminded to do my post-meal finger stick.

Three goals may not be a lot, especially since diabetes seems to demand so much from us.  But I decided to limit my list to three so I don’t get overwhelmed.  And since these are goals and not New Year’s Resolutions, I don’t have to wait until 2014 to add a new one into the mix!  For example, once eating breakfast become second nature again, I can think about the next aspect that I’d like to improve and create a new goal for that!

What are your diabetes goals for 2013?

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Mike Hoskins

Posted on Tue Jan 15 05:29:30 GMT 2013

Thanks for sharing your goals for 2013, Karen! I'm on board with pretty much all of those myself, but overall just need to get back into the routine of testing regularly each day and not slacking on my carb-counting. I have been on a pump break since Thanksgiving, but it hasn't motivated me to get back in the swing of things like it did before. So, in the coming week or so once I return to pumping, I'm looking forward to a whole new D-world of what needs to be done.

Maria Ponciano

Posted on Fri Jan 25 16:35:13 GMT 2013

Thank you Karen!!! Made me think of what I have been skipping. Can totally understand where your coming from, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who skips breakfast and forgets to do post meal blood checks. My biggest goal is getting back to exercise and eating better. I have been extremely ignoring my diabetes this past year and have told myself it'll only make me feel worse if I don't. So on the second week of January I joined WW and Planet Fitness. Two weeks later I have lost 8 lbs and even with just the 8 lbs I am starting to feel better. Doing my fingersticks regularly especailly before exercise and eating healthy snacks when I am truly hungry.

Here's to a better healthy life. One day at a time.

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