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Goal Setting with Diabetes

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Reviewing goals periodically is critical to achieving the level of success you want. Taking personal situations into account can make a big difference in both how you feel and what you target.

Diabetics need exercise just like everyone else. But that exercise can actually make a difference in blood glucose numbers. The timing of the exercise needs to be determined with your dr or Diabetes Educator. Then, and that's an absolute 'then' you make a date with yourself for exercise each and every day at the same time. Consistency in exercise timing and intensity benefits your control of diabetes.

There is goal number 1 - Exercise at the same time and same intensity daily. Notice this isn't a periodic or episodic goal...gotta do it daily to avoid the complications of diabetes, such as blindness or heart problems.

Counting carbohydrates is the bane of a diabetic's existence. Calories matter for weight control, but carbohydrates also matter for the diabetic. One of the many nice things about the Spark People Nutrition Tracker is its inclusion of carbohydrate counts for foods listed. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the carb counts of food and drink is valuable to controling your Blood Glucose numbers in an ongoing manner. Knowledge is power...and you can control diabetes by knowing your carbs for each meal and snack.

Goal number 2 - familiarize myself with carb count by foods AND maintain an acceptable number for each meal and snack.

Weight loss provides diabetics, like everyone else, with improved health and longevity. There are benefits that are not surprising, but are beneficial. Achieving a weight loss of reasonable amounts per week is rewarding and takes one toward the long term goal that is set.

Goal number 3 - lose an average of two pounds per week for the next 3 months to achieve a weight loss of no less than 20 pounds.

There are other goals I am setting, but each of the first three are targeting improved diabetic health. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, all of the above may apply to you.

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WILSON1926 11/6/2012 3:07AM

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NANABE 10/20/2012 9:51PM

    Great message! We tend to forget those things when we get so involved with our much to busy lives.

Thank you for the reminder!

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VXWALL1942 5/18/2012 2:08AM

    LadyAndrea - A Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist is my primary source of information and I see her about twice a year just to stay focused. One of my other sources is where they parovide a wealth of information on several health issues and disease processes. Hope that helps.


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WORKOUTWITHPAM 5/17/2012 10:29PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Best wishes for a very successful journey.

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LADYANDREA2012 5/17/2012 9:41PM

    I had been diagoned diabetic type 2 recently. Maybe, if you want, we can be partners in this journey. I ilke your Blog a lot, where have you learned so much?

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