As I write this article, a bag of pretzels at one side, cheese crackers at the other, I find myself staring out the window at another cold, dark winter day. It is soooo tempting to just keep munching away and stay on the sofa until spring arrives. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way. Unlike our ancestors who had to hunt and farm year-round just to survive, modern society makes it easy to gorge ourselves while hardly lifting a finger.
Making changes, particularly to one’s lifestyle, is never easy. But the easy way is no way to get results. When everything and (perhaps) everyone around you is pushing you towards the easy way, that’s when you have to take a stand. That’s when you have to get ticked off. Get sick and tired of being sick and tired, as they say.
There’s a great scene from the movie “Network” in which a frustrated Peter Finch voices his appeal on the evening news:
“I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up and go to the window. Open it, stick your head out and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!’”
That, my friends, is the kind of attitude we need to take. Our day-to-day lifestyle choices remain the foundation of successful diabetes management, as well as a little thing called happiness. Doing the right things feels good. It’s the same feeling you get from a good day’s work, and a job well done.
If you’ve thought about making some lifestyle changes but need a guiding hand to help make it happen, let us know. Working magic with glucose levels is nice, but lifestyle coaching is what we love doing most!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get up off this sofa, put away the snacks, and head to the gym.