I have found 10 things to be very helpful in this motivation process and would like to share them with you. Some of these items you may already have, but others you may have to invest some time, money, and effort to get. However, it's my hope that you also find these "must-haves" to be helpful in tackling your cravings, activities, and knowledge about your health.
1. A good pair of walking shoes and stitch-free socks.
2. A 16-ounce aluminum container for drinking water/fluids.
3. A standard grocery list for drama-free shopping.
4. A small meter that you can take anywhere for quick and easy testing.
5. A diabetic cookbook outlining a comprehensive glycemic index.
6. A bike.
7. A supportive friend or partner who also understands the impact of sugar.
8. An informational website about diabetes- duh! dLife, of course!
9. A cooler/lunch bag that will keep fruit and vegetable snacks fresh.
10.A winner's attitude, achieved through prayer, meditation, and a visit to the doctor!
It's the "memorable moments" we don't want to miss out on, my friends. You should be here and healthy for your daughter's wedding, the trip of a lifetime, your best friend's job promotion, your 10th, 20th or 50th wedding anniversary. Don't miss out because of a loser's attitude (I struggled with this in my last column). We can change, we can fight, and we can keep our lives a-thriving!
All we have to do is…Get it Together, Sugar!
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.
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