I don’t know about you, but I have the January Diabetes Blahs. The weather is grey and gloomy and so am I. It seems that in every diabetes journal, web site or article that I read, someone is telling me how to get back on track after the holidays. How to stick to my healthy diet, how to resist temptation, how to exercise in a cold climate, how to have fun at a Super Bowl party without sending my sugar through the roof, etc. First of all, why does everyone assume I fell off track? Does everyone slip up during the holiday season and end up with numbers that make us want to scream? My guess is that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. We might have a second helping when we shouldn’t or we might not check our sugar before every meal.
If you are like me you know what is best for your diabetes, but you cannot always do what is best. Your work schedule might mean there is no time to cook so your healthy eating is compromised. Getting stuck in traffic might mean you won’t make it to the gym. Your kids’ homework or after school activities might mean there is no time for you to relax. Taking your elderly parents to their medical appointments might mean you have to postpone your own. In other words, real life gets in the way sometimes and we feel like we have failed because we had take-out food once too often or we still haven’t made that call to schedule our next check-up.
My view is to do your best and don’t beat yourself up if every number is not in the zone. Tomorrow is another day and tomorrow is another opportunity to keep trying to do your best. Diabetes is a complicated disease and if your life is anything like mine, it’s complicated too. Do your best – but do keep trying – that’s all.