Each year, everyone makes new year resolutions in an attempt to better themselves. Come February; most people have given up on keeping their resolutions. If you are managing Type 2 Diabetes, there are a few goals that you might want to keep. Building the habits necessary to maintain these resolutions will lead to a healthier lifestyle with fewer complications.
Like many of your friends or coworkers, your goals could be similar, such as quit smoking or eat better. These types of resolutions will set you up for failure because they are vague and missing any measurement that will show you have been successful. The key to making long-lasting habits is to set realistic goals.
While some of our resolutions are realistic, many are not. It may be doable, but it could be difficult to sustain over the year. You need to set short-term goals of one or two months that can be extended each time. For early success, find a number that you can accomplish quickly because when your bar is high, you will get discouraged and stop trying.
Possible Resolutions for You
Use the following ideas as a starting point for your realistic goals.
Set a goal to see your physician a couple of times a year to check your A1C levels. Some may need more appointments. Be sure to discuss it with your doctor.
Check your feet once a week. Look for sores or cuts that are not healing well.
Make a new goal to walk an extra five minutes a day. If you are not exercising, set a goal to exercise 5 minutes a day, even if it is to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
Create a new goal to add five minutes to your exercise routine.
Be sure to set up a goal to brush your teeth each day. If blood sugar levels are high, the level of sugar in your saliva is high. Proper oral hygiene is essential to good health when you are managing your Type 2 Diabetes.
Set a goal to eat sweet potato fries instead of regular fries.
Find a way to reduce stress.
Reduce your soda intake.
Get an annual eye exam.
Be Smart at New Year’s Parties
You don't have to avoid celebrating with friends and family. Just be conscious of what you are eating a drinking. Having a dessert or drink is ok if you are eating right through the day. Be sure to watch your carbohydrate intake to keep your levels down. You may also think about checking your blood sugar levels through the night if you think you may be eating or drinking too much.
Managing your Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be hard. Let us help you! Call us today to set up an appointment to speak with our counselors to help you manage or reverse your Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis.