Finding the Motivation
So often people talk about making lifestyle changes. They may change a few habits for a week and then decide it’s not worth it. Whether you are thinking of losing weight, exercising more, or eating a healthier diet, many find it difficult to stay motivated enough to actually change.
Tips for finding motivation with type 2 diabetes
What can help motivate you?
Find the time
Often a lack of motivation may actually look like a lack of time. Between work, home and family obligations, it can be difficult to make time for yourself. Try waking up a little early to do a fitness class or to prep your day’s meals. When we plan ahead and pack meals, we are less likely to make unhealthy choices. And getting your workout done early in the morning may leave you feeling more accomplished than you realized. If getting up early is not an option for you, try blocking some time in your evening. Even thirty minutes set aside can be more than enough time to meal prep or exercise to help meet your goals.
Find a fun activity
Maybe time is not your challenge, but rather finding something you are actually interested in doing. Often it feels like the best way to be active is to go to the gym and spend an hour on a machine. And while that may appeal to some, it may not to others. Give yourself the permission to “shop around” when it comes to activities. Maybe a new fitness studio opened up near your house that you are interested in trying. Often they have new client specials that make it easy to try before you commit to a larger fee. It’s possible you want to be a runner but are too afraid of going slow. Start with walking. The first day may be hard, even the first week. But eventually, you will feel your lungs and muscles getting stronger, and then you may be ready to try a light jog. You will be amazed at how strong your body can get in a short amount of time.
Keep it interesting
Another way to stay motivated is to keep your mind interested. Each day, your time could be used in different ways, Maybe Monday and Thursday are for meal prepping, Tuesday, and Friday are for walking, and Wednesday and Saturday are for a fitness class or gym workout. Varying your days can help you from feeling bored or stuck in a rut. Asking a friend or family member to help can also be a great way to spend your time while also being with a loved one.
Deal with setbacks
It is common to have setbacks when starting new regimens. Resist the urge to quit altogether. Maybe an illness or injury is getting in the way of continuing your newfound plan. But your health should be a top priority. So once the complication has subsided, try to get right back on that path. If you are again struggling to find the motivation, reach out to a friend, family member, or even your physician to help find the strength to get back to your goals.
Has diabetes changed your exercise routine?