Stages of Motivation
There are stages you go through with any change in your life. This refers to the stages of motivation. Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and then falling off the wagon. Think of how many times you have started a diet, maybe been successful losing weight, and then falling back into old habits.
Stages of Motivation for Changes
There are many stages of motivation for lifestyle changes. Many times we do really well, and we backslide. Then we may find the motivation to improve our lives again. And probably backslide again. We can’t teach children the same way we teach adults. I believe if we can teach them healthy lifestyles as children, it will carry over into adulthood.
But what motivates you to make changes? That is a hard question that only you can answer. A good coach can give suggestions but only you know what works for you. Communication is key. You have to work with someone you trust and be willing to communicate with them.
The first stage is education
The first stage is to be educated enough to know what to do. Most diabetes educators try to educate you on the problems high blood sugars cause in your body. They may focus on the complications high blood sugars can cause, like heart attacks and blindness and lower limb amputations. But many people get overwhelmed with everything involved with diabetes management and just give up. We can never give up on our kids!
I ask you – what will it take for you to seriously make life changes?
A motivation that says: I don’t care what it takes, I won’t put up with this anymore.
I will take charge of life…. quit living a life of default, and do what is best for my family!
Just be aware, if you are diagnosed with prediabetes, 99% of you will become diabetic if no changes in your lifestyle are made. I have seen so many diabetics take it seriously after the damage of high blood sugar is done. Diabetes Prevention Research show 58% of people who take charge of their lives when diagnosed with prediabetes can prevent this progression. It can be done. Seventy percent of people over 60 years old have successfully prevented or delayed this progression through lifestyle changes. (Could they be more motivated by their age?)
The choice is yours. But your success will be greater with a life coach to keep you on target. If you have diabetes or want to avoid your kids from getting diabetes, I have a 30 day virtual course you might be interested in! Contact me for more details at Julie@kidsatriskfordiabetes.com or schedule a phone consultation with me.