Reaching the Goal
Once you make good on a goal, set a new one. You might up the ante on the goal you just reached – making it for a longer period of time or a larger amount, depending on the goal. Or you might try something brand new. And if you're up to it, you can always work on several goals at the same time. Just take care that they don't become overwhelming and therefore unrealistic. Choosing goals in different categories (e.g., food choices, exercise, testing blood sugar) can help prevent that.
You may find that some goals you set just aren't working for you. If that's the case, and you are sure the goal is a S.M.A.R.T. one, then the goal may need adjusting or changing. For example, you may have set a goal of cooking three new diabetes friendly recipes a week this month, but taking an extra shift at work has really left you without much extra time. You could change the goal to one new recipe per week, or if your time is really limited, focus on another food goal for the month such as portion control.
When you reach a goal, reward yourself for your achievement. Get yourself that new pair of shoes, go to a show, or just take an hour or two to yourself to curl up with a book or movie. It's not easy to change old habits, so you deserve a little recognition for a job well done.
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