Monday, July 13, 2009
Many people say it takes 30 days to really get into a habit. Whether that be going to the gym, saving money or watching your diet, either way it takes about 30 days. I've now been a diabetic for exactly four months, believe it or not which is 122 days. So if you do the math I've had 4, 30 days to get into the habit of being a diabetic.
There is so much to get used to. It starts with your eating habits, leads to your exercise habits and works its way into your lifestyle. It changes the way you think about food, the gym and social events and it really never leaves your mind no matter where you go. I think that by now I've gotten into the habit of checking my blood sugar, giving myself needles and watching what I eat.
I remember sitting in the dietitians office, planning what I can eat and how much of it I can consume. I thought to myself, "I'll just eat tuna sandwiches and crackers every meal, for the rest of my life." Soon though, I didn't want tuna sandwiches anymore, I wanted peanut butter and banana but then I quickly wanted rice. I am the type of person that gets really hooked on a specific food, I will eat it every day for a week or two weeks straight but then quickly change to something else. It's just the way I am. In a way this works well with my diabetes. I can really get used to how many carbs is in a meal and be comfortable with adjusting insulin according to how I feel about it. Overall I eat the same types of foods during the week and rarely go out for dinner.
Right now I am really focusing on staying at a healthy weight and feeling great. It's really hard to wrap my mind around my new self image. I now feel more comfortable in a bikini and different types of clothing, where as before being diagnosed I would feel uncomfortable and upset. A lot of people comment that, they wish they had diabetes, so they could lose weight. Truth is, it's not something to wish for. There really needs to be a stress that you shouldn't wait for a disease to find you in order for you to change your health. You should realize that being healthy now can prevent diseases, illness and injuries in the future.