January 8, 2009

Resolutions That Last A Lifetime

We're 1 week into the new year, and most people's resolutions are starting to wane. You probably made the typical resolutions - lose weight, eat better, exercise more. Since these goals are so expected (because we all could be healthier), it's somehow no surprise when we don't keep them. In fact, it's almost expected for resolutions to be broken.

While cliche, these health-focused resolutions are very important resolutions for us diabetics to make and to keep. Sometimes, meeting these goals are the difference between life and death, and in some Type II cases, the difference between having or not having diabetes.

I've made resolutions this year to not only try to do the expected, but also to test my blood sugar more frequently and lower my Hemoglobin A1C. It feels like a big resolution. It happens to be the same resolution I've made every year since I was diagnosed over 10 years ago.

For me, the tough thing about being diabetic is being constantly reminded that I'm diabetic throughout the day. There's no running away from it. This reminder causes me to be constantly reminded that I'm not meeting the goals of my resolutions. That's enough to make a girl want to scream and run for the hills. But since I can't run away from myself, I also can't run away from my goals because my diabetes will never go away.

The best I can do is try to follow my resolutions. If I fail, I'll dust myself off, try again, and accept the fact that I'll have to make the same resolutions every year of my life...which will hopefully be a very long time.

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