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Find My Motivation

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When life gets busy or overwhelming, its easy to think there will be more time and energy for health goals later. But did you know that delaying recommended diabetes care can result in feeling worried, guilty, nervous, uneasy, and even more overwhelmed?

By taking small steps, you may begin to feel more in control. Once you’ve shown yourself that you can take one step, your confidence and motivation are likely to grow.

Start identifying, your motivations so you can begin making changes.

What are the benefits of managing your diabetes?

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Feeling better physically

Feeling proud of myself

More energy for activities I enjoy and my family

Helping to delay or prevent diabetes complications in the future

This is for your use only. Your answers will not be reviewed, saved, or shared by Sanofi. Your responses will only be used in this section to help you practice alternative ways of thinking. You will be able to print out your responses at the end of the activity. If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact your doctor.

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Focus On the Upside

Even if you weren't born an optimist, it's possible to become one. It turns out that when you practice looking on the bright side, positive thoughts can become more automatic. That's one of the secrets of staying motivated.

It's easier to invest energy in your health when you focus on why it's worthwhile. Some benefits might be noticeable very quickly. Others may take longer but be even more valuable. If you remember that your daily choices can add up to help lower your blood sugar, you may feel more positive about following your routine.

What negative results can your daily choices help you avoid in the coming days and years?

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Feeling tired and lacking energy

Guilt or regret

Weight gain

Future diabetes complications

Worsening of current complications

This is for your use only. Your answers will not be reviewed, saved, or shared by Sanofi. Your responses will only be used in this section to help you practice alternative ways of thinking. You will be able to print out your responses at the end of the activity. If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact your doctor.

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Don't Forget the Downsides

Next time you're tempted to ignore a diabetes-related goal, try connecting that choice to the long-term risks. Focusing on consequences can help you think in a more balanced way.

Sometimes negative results are immediate, like not feeling well when you eat something that causes your blood sugar to spike. Other times, negative effects add up so slowly that it can be hard to notice – like gaining weight gradually over the course of a year.

What inspires you?

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It will feel great to be in better control of my diabetes.

I am setting a good example for my children or other people who are important to me.

Taking care of my health benefits me and those who love me.

This is for your use only. Your answers will not be reviewed, saved, or shared by Sanofi. Your responses will only be used in this section to help you practice alternative ways of thinking. You will be able to print out your responses at the end of the activity. If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact your doctor.

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Get Inspired

How you think about your diabetes can have a major effect on how you take care of your health.

Many people feel it's unfair that they have diabetes, and others believe health problems are inevitable as you get older. It can be useful to remember that you have a say in how you take care of yourself, and your actions matter. Finding the right inspiration can help.

Inspiration can come from reading stories or watching movies about others who have coped with an illness; by posting quotes about success around your home; or by thinking about what is most important to you in life.

What might make diabetes management more interesting?

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Try to top last week's diabetes goal related to healthy eating, increasing physical activity, or checking blood sugar.

Start a friendly competition with friends or family who are also trying to improve their health.

Try a new type of physical activity, like playing frisbee, bocce, or dancing.

Do something new – go hiking or prepare a new recipe.

This is for your use only. Your answers will not be reviewed, saved, or shared by Sanofi. Your responses will only be used in this section to help you practice alternative ways of thinking. You will be able to print out your responses at the end of the activity. If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact your doctor.

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Try a New Approach

Diabetes takes daily efforts to manage, so it can be hard to get or stay motivated. Checking blood sugar and taking medications can feel like a chore, and it's common to secretly wish that diabetes will go away if you ignore it. Since it won't, you might have to get creative.

We all like to feel a sense of achievement. Tracking what you do for your health can help you focus on the positive actions you're taking. Diabetes may never be fun, but creativity can make it a bit more interesting and help you manage your routine.

Who can support you in reaching your blood sugar goals?

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My primary care provider

My endocrinologist or certified diabetes educator

My family

My friends

A counselor

A support group

This is for your use only. Your answers will not be reviewed, saved, or shared by Sanofi. Your responses will only be used in this section to help you practice alternative ways of thinking. You will be able to print out your responses at the end of the activity. If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact your doctor.

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Get Help From Your Team

If you're having trouble getting started or your motivation starts to drag, it's important to reach out. Athletes can't succeed without the help of coaches, teammates, and fans! In the same way, your health care provider, family and friends, and other people with diabetes can all support you in your efforts.

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Congratulations!

Creating a personalized motivation plan is a great way to keep a positive attitude. You can print this plan and keep it with you, or post it in a place where you'll see it. Reminding yourself of your values and goals can help you keep up with your diabetes care.

Get ready for action! Check out Build Healthy Habits for more tips on behavior change. Then try Get S.M.A.R.T. About Goals to set up a step-by-step plan to work toward a health goal.

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The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision, while some experience no symptoms at all. That's why it's important to check your blood sugar often.

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