A New Year, A New Start

By Amy Campbell | January 5, 2009 4:01 pm

Happy New Year! I hope you all had enjoyable and restful holidays. I was fortunate enough to have almost two weeks off from work. But vacation is over — it’s back to work for me this week.

Now that a new year has started, it’s inevitable that one might begin to think about how 2009 will be different. It’s like starting with a clean slate. Some folks make resolutions to lose weight, eat better, exercise more. Others clean their houses, organize their closets, or move their furniture around. And then, some people don’t change anything. It’s just another day, another month, another year.

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Whether or not you believe in New Year’s resolutions, or starting fresh, or wiping the slate clean, you might think about using this time of year to take stock of how things are going for you and your diabetes. It’s a good idea to do this periodically, anyway, just as you’d take time to review your investments, clean out your sock drawer, or even evaluate your career, for example. Yet at the same time, many people resist this evaluation process.

Change can be hard, and sometimes things get so overwhelming that it’s easier to just ignore them. For example, take the person who is overweight and needs to lose 30 pounds. Thirty pounds is a lot of weight to lose, and chances are this person has made previous attempts to lose weight, but didn’t manage to keep that weight off. So, why try again, only to fail again? this person may be thinking.

This year, maybe it’s time to think about things a little differently. Rather than biting off more than you can chew to make changes (i.e., “I’m going to go to the gym every day” or “I’m only going to eat salads for dinner”) or just not doing anything at all, why not resolve to work on one or two things that are doable and relatively easy? Has your physician or diabetes educator[1] ever advised you to set achievable goals or work on one thing at a time? Well, maybe now is the time to put that advice to good use.

Below is a list of some simple, yet significant, suggestions that you’re more than welcome to use. Or, if none of these suggestions are appealing, think about some steps that you might take this month either to get yourself back on track or keep yourself on the straight and narrow. Don’t worry if something you decide to try seems trivial or unimportant. The fact that you decide to do something is a step in the right direction. As the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

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Did you find anything that you can try over the next few weeks? If not, think of some of your own. And feel free to share some tried and true methods that have worked for you here with a comment!

Endnotes:
  1. diabetes educator: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/CDE
  2. Web site: http://healthcorner.walgreens.com/display/869.htm

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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