If you’re reading this, then you probably have diabetes or know someone who has diabetes. So I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s Diabetes Awareness Month (which, side note, I’ve always thought it’s kinda funny that Diabetes Awareness Month is the same month as Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates heavy food…but maybe it’s a good educational opportunity? Just a thought). But I do need to remind myself that it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. In fact, I’m going to remind myself of it every day, because I’ve actually personally declared this MY Diabetes Awareness Month as well.
I’ll explain. Ever since I got this A1c back, I’ve been trying to fine tune. As we all know, the little stuff with diabetes, the details, and the small changes that make big differences are the hardest ones to make. The diabetes devil is in the details (note to self: Halloween costume idea for next year: Diabetes Devil) and for me to get my 7.2% down into the sixes, I’ve gotta put in some serious work.
I’ve had a ton of distractions in the past six months: moving cities, getting married, my best friend’s wedding – it’s been busy. My focus has not been on my diabetes, and I’ve let a lot of other things dictate my food choices, my exercise routine, and my priorities. So this November, I want to put more focus in on my diabetes management than I have all year. I want to make food choices based on what will be best for my blood sugars. I want to exercise to augment, not complicate, my BG control. And I want to take the time to make those micro-adjustments that really make a difference. It won’t be easy, but it’s time to put my back into it and really push to get the numbers down to where I was pre-Asia. What could be more important than my health? Nothing really, but the past six months wouldn’t support that claim. It’s time make the changes and put in the effort.
So why am I telling all of you this? Well, it’s called accountability. If I write it and put it out there to share with the world, then I’m on the hook for it. And, I know I can count on all of you for support which is why I joined the DOC in the first place. Cheers to a healthy November!