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It’s a new year filled with new goals, new expectations, and new levels of growing into your very best you. Every year we set a list of goals or resolutions we intend to follow. But let’s be real, they usually drop off the map by mid-February. It’s not completely our fault though. Our goals are usually too ambiguous or even too grandiose. “Lose weight”—what does that even mean when you break it down?

Unfortunately, many times we set ourselves up for failure. Cutting carbs for all of eternity isn’t sustainable (who can give up pasta and mashed potatoes? Come on.). I’m guilty of it too, but it’s not good to go all or nothing with your goals. We are humans, and we aren’t perfect—as much as we wish we were.

This year, I’m shaking things up a bit. I’ve learned not to obsess about the scale. Instead, I’m completely changing my body’s composition, and my blood sugars are better than ever. As much as I don’t want to get up and off my fanny sometimes, I’ve learned how important daily activity is.  As my bro-in-law says, “It’s funny how we fixate on a number no one ever sees versus a body compensation we can be proud of.” Wise words.

This year I intend to keep my resolution. Staying active at least three times a week while remaining mindful of my food intake. It’s tangible and doesn’t set me up for disappointment. I also took the batteries out of my scale. Weighing in daily doesn’t do anything for my health and me, it actually is more damaging than anything. As for “dieting,” I’m not cutting carbs. In fact, I’m not doing the diet thing this year at all. Instead, I’m changing my lifestyle. Remaining mindful of what I’m eating as well as forgiving myself when I stray.

Life is about balance—right down to our A1Cs. As a type 1 diabetic, every single day is about it. Highs are bad. Lows are bad. We all know this. But if we ignore the extremes, the only ones we hurt are ourselves. An hour a day of exercise isn’t so bad in the grand scheme of things—even if it’s just for a brisk walk. Making simple substitutions, like brown rice instead of standard noodles, add up. It’s the little daily goals versus the big annual ones that make the difference, and this year I feel like my diabetes and I will be healthier than ever because of it.

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