Making Healthy Resolutions
Be true to you when deciding what you will change.
Editor's Note: While this columnist is no longer writing for dLife.com and we have ceased to update the information contained herein, there is much to be read here that is still applicable to the lives of people with diabetes. If you wish to act on anything you learn here, be sure to consult your doctor first. Please enjoy the column!
First, don't abandon the idea of setting resolutions because you have broken them in the past. You may need to simply readjust the type and number of goals you're setting for yourself. But do be realistic. A resolution to run a marathon by year's end is likely unrealistic for an inexperienced exerciser. Likewise, resolving to stop all your unhealthy habits at once is likely to fail. Pick an attainable goal with a realistic time frame.
Making too many resolutions can mean trouble. There's no rule that you have to cover all areas you'd like to change in your resolutions. Pick one or two themes – such as anger management, stress control, healthy eating, smoking cessation, fitness improvement, career advancement – that are most important to you, and set reachable goals within these areas.
You're also setting yourself up for failure if you set resolutions whose success is based upon factors beyond your control. Saying, "I resolve to have a new job by summer" depends not only upon your own initiative, but also upon external factors (the economy, the job market in your field) over which you have no control. Instead, tell yourself, "I resolve to have updated my resume and sent it out to X companies by summer." That way, the success of your resolution is entirely within your control.
Decide on some intermediate goals if it helps you maintain control. Ask yourself where you'd like to be in three or six months, and check yourself then. Achieving these smaller goals also gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation for the bigger projects. Include a plan for a reward for yourself when the resolutions – or intermediate goals – are met.
Finally, and most importantly, choose your resolutions based upon your own wishes, desires, goals, and dreams, and not those of society or those persons close to you. While this seems obvious, many people waste time trying to meet society's – or another person's – expectations. A resolution is bound to fail if it isn't from your heart.
dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.
Hot and Spicy Asian Chicken Poppy Seed Bread Broccoli with Lemon Sauce Mixed Herb Salad Turkey Stroganoff Low Carb Chocolate Fondue Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes Cinco de Mayo Avocado Salsa Basil Chicken and Vegetables Asian Peanut Noodles
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...