“Robert, the bad news is you have a pretty severe case of diabetes.
The good news is you’re young and healthy so I think we can treat this.”
I had no idea seven years ago how those two sentences would impact every area of my life.
- What, when and how I eat.
- My exercise
- My sleep
- My work
- My recreation
I’ve changed every area of my life to accommodate this chronic illness.
Sure, I could have ignored it.
According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, almost 26 million people currently suffer from some type of diabetes. Of those people, almost 7 million are undiagnosed. They’re either unaware or unconcerned.
But left untreated diabetes can have some pretty horrific side effects, including:
- Kidney failure
- Lower limb amputation
- Heart disease
That’s not how I roll.
I’m a fixer. If something’s broken in my house, I’ll do whatever I can to fix it.
In the last 7 years, I’ve tried every diet and exercise regimen imaginable.
It often feels like my life is played out in the intervals between meals, exercise and blood sugar measurements.
Occasionally, my friends and colleagues remark about how disciplined I am and how they could never live such a discplined lifestyle.
But here’s the deal.
You can do anything if a gun is placed to your head.
You see, for me, this is life or death.
If I care for myself, I live.
If I don’t, I die.
Pretty simple, actually.
I tell my friends, I’m a success or failure every 4-6 hours when I prick my finger and sample my blood.
If my reading is above normal, I failed. Which usually means I get to exercise more because I chose exercise over insulin when possible. If I’m normal, that’s success. Sigh of relief. If I’m low, that’s OK as long as I don’t get too low and pass out.
But because I eat moderately and healthfully, exercise regularly and monitor my blood sugar levels, I have few complications.
What this has taught me about discipline.
You can do anything you want in life, here’s how:
- Define success and failure.
- Then develop a way to measure that success or failure.
- Check the measurement frequently and at regular intervals.
- Don’t quit.
You might not see change over night, but over a period of time your rate of success will increase. Guaranteed.
This applies to any area of life.
- Weight loss
What are some ways to measure success? The old standby is journaling. Other options include, online resources and smartphone apps.
Most people fail because they never put a system in place to hold themselves accountable. Click to tweet this.
What are some areas in your life where you would like to be more disciplined? How would you measure success? How would you track it?
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