Usually, by the end of January, any resemblance of a made resolution of early January has disappeared in my life. I really wish I was better at keeping them. I always found it interesting when I hear someone with T1D say that their resolution is to ‘do better’ and lower their A1C. Let’s be clear. Saying I want to go to the gym more or eat less pizza is a goal that is reachable and it is based on trying to break the cycle of human behavior. Making a new year resolution on lowering one’s A1C makes me want to say……give yourself a break.
The idea of a resolution is to do better and surely if lowering your A1C becomes a goal, I say good for you but please make sure there is not a self-blaming issue going on. The A!C, and I have stated this before, is not a report card, it is a gauge. I am not going to make a resolution to stay within the speed limit, am I?
Should my speedometer be higher than it should be, I take my foot off the gas and car slows to the desired speed…..and I am on my way. Now should I have a glove compartment full of speeding tickets, the resolution may make sense but for every day life, I think not. If you are living life where you have seen your A1C rising and rising due to some habits that could use tweaking, by all means make a decision based on that. But if you have been doing your best, to live life as you should, and the A1C could be in a better place, work at it. But don’t give diabetes more attention than it deserves.
When people have asked me over the years if I thought they could do x, or do y, with diabetes I almost always responded the same way; could you do it without having diabetes? When they say, “yes”, I chime in with; “well, there is your answer”. The same with A1C, would you be saying the same thing if you did not have diabetes?
Now I am surely not saying, here, do not work at your A1C—what I am saying is give yourself a break. Doesn’t your diabetes get enough attention on a daily basis that to have to use up a new year resolution? Make a new year resolution to be nicer to people while you are driving……..better yet, might be easier for some of you to lower your A1C.