The one thing I can say I’m grateful for from having Diabetes Type 1 is knowing myself. I have become aware of how my body reacts to different situations and it wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My body is put to the test every single day. From the food I eat to how much sleep I get, to what kind of exercise I do. All with one ultimate goal, to have “normal” blood sugar levels. Why? Because first, to prevent future medical complications. Second, to feel great overall. In doing so, I had to change my mindset.
After my diagnosis, I went on a hunt for answers. Started learning everything I could about diabetes. Early on I came across a book that gave me lots of answers. I keep it close and go back to it whenever I feel stuck in my management. Learning about what I’m dealing with gave me the tools I needed to achieve my goals.
Soon after the babies, I let go of myself, I came last on the list of important things. Everyone’s needs were taken care of first and then if time allowed I would do mine. I would go high and not correct it immediately, I waited till I finished feeding the babies or waited till I finished cooking dinner or do anything around the house. I became tired, physically and mentally. End up feeling exhausted and unhappy. Ran on autopilot. Not taking time off for me, for the things that I like to do for me took a toll on my health. Around that time my thyroid went on strike. So the tiredness was at its maximum. All of the sudden I was not able to wake up and it was hard for me to get out of bed. My husband would let me sleep and take over “the fort” for me. When I finally got a hold of myself, I realized I needed to do something. That was my wake up call.
First, I started to take care of my body. Nourish it so it would come back strong. I started eating more, not leftovers, but the food made especially for me. Took much-needed naps when the babies napped, house chores?… those came last. Then, I started doing things I like to do like reading, watching tv, listening to music, and suddenly all the noise, all the madness started to fade away. Felt good and happy again. Giving myself time was making amends.
One of the best parts of this was that I was not afraid of working out. I researched what I could on how to exercise with diabetes, as it can be tricky. In the beginning, I would test my blood sugar 3-4 times on a 30-45 minutes work out. Learned to read my body all over again. I was able to “feel” when I was going low or high. Also, learned that the best time to workout for me is in the mornings, that way the effect of exercising stays with me during the day. I learned that eating a light snack 30 minutes after a workout helped me to not go low. Doing all this from the comfort of my home is priceless. Thank God for technology and the internet.
“Fitness isn’t a punishment; it’s a blessing. Nutrition isn’t restrictive, it’s healing. Healing isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing and may not look the same for everyone, but it’s something worth fighting for.”
My body started to recover. It was not overnight, has taken more than eight months. I am not a finished product. I’m still under construction. It all started with a change in mentality and with the wake-up call, and with the realization that I could do more than what I was doing. Moreover, I put my thoughts into action. Not letting it stay just an idea, but executing it. Showing up every day, even when my body didn’t want to. You see, I fed my mind and did an action which is leading me to my reward.
Most of the time, a situation that starts as a bad thing can be turned into a good thing. You just need to have an open-mind and believe there’s a reason.
Three Steps to Accomplish your Goal
So here’s my take on how to know yourself and how it could be applied to everything you want to accomplish:
1. Knowledge: Learn about yourself, what’s on your mind and listen to your body. What is it that you want? Whatever it is, the first step is understanding how it works.
2.Passion: Put your heart and soul into it. Execute your goal with passion. If it didn’t work the first time, continue, don’t stop. Repeat repeat repeat. Repetition is the answer.
3. Rewards: With execution and repetition, your work becomes effortless. You and everyone else starts noticing a change. That is your reward… you changing…and it becoming part of you.
And remember, do not compare yourself to someone else. It is your journey. You have your own struggles and your own rewards. Just put in the work. Start by Doing. But must of all, Start Being!
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