Managing and preventing the onset of diabetes requires permanent lifestyle changes. Embarking on a journey to eat healthier foods and be more physically active. This, however, can be challenging.
It is therefore important to begin by setting goals that are S M A RT.
Specific: exactly what will you change and how
Measurable: how much will you change?
Achievable: is it something you are able to do?
Relevant: will this change help you achieve your health goal?
Time bound: When will this be achieved?
Choose something(s) that you think you can change and are ready and willing to change right now.
Set a goal which is measurable, such as, I will walk home from work 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next month verses, I will begin exercising next month.
Treat yourself when you meet your goal(s); buy new walking gear or a piece of tool long desired, get your nails done, have some “me” time, relax and read a good book or watch a movie. Avoid rewarding yourself with food.
If you are meeting your goal(s) then it’s time to move on by adding a new goal for example:
- I will add ½ cup vegetables to my lunch 3 days a week and walk home daily after work Monday to Friday for the next month.
- I will replace soda and juice with water at lunch and walk home daily after work Monday to Friday for the next month.
If you have not been able to stick with your plan, ask yourself, why not?
What can you do differently? Am I willing to do what I need to? Remember when you miss your goal, try again. The race is not given to the swiftest, nor battle to the strong but for those who can endure.
SEEK SUPPORT from your healthcare team, family, friends and co-workers when needed.