Today in my video I talk about shaming ourselves. Why do we do that? We make ourselves feel guilty ab
out faults, missteps, and lack of judgment. We hold ourselves to such “high” standards that there is no way we can meet them. Well, at least I do.
I think of all the negative things and how I “should” be stronger, better, and healthier. I dwell on how imperfect I am instead of focusing on the many things I am good at.
Instead of all the negative things that I focus upon, my focus needs to shift to those things that I do well.
In the fight against type 2 diabetes, we have to be “nicer” to ourselves. Yes, many of us are overweight. Yes, many of us have unhealthy lifestyles. Yes, many of us do not eat “right.”
But these are all things we CAN change. We CAN lose weight. We CAN change our unhealthy lifestyles. We CAN eat right.
Use a Free App to Help You
Many apps are free to use (if you want the advanced features, you have to pay more). At the right, you can see an image of my walk at Walmart (as referenced in the video below). This app is called Steps. It is an IOS (Apple) app. I do not know if it is available for other operating systems.
Another free app that is for both Android and IOS is My Fitness Pal. I used that one for several years and got a lot out of it. The free version has a lot of really cool features. The pay version has more bells and whistles. I would say for most of us the free version is sufficient. I used it to track what I ate and my exercise.
The app I use now is called Lose It and again, it is for both Android and IOS. I went ahead and upgraded to the premium version of the app because I wanted to be able to track a lot of other things besides what I ate and my exercise. With the upgrade, I can easily chart my fat grams, calories, measurements, daily blood glucose, water intake, exercise, and a lot more. I have not yet explored all the benefits of the upgraded version.
Both My Fitness Pal and Lose It have a huge base of foods so you can usually type in the food and it will come up with the calories and more so you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the app if you don’t want to.
Both also have a social feature that allows you to connect with friends and others to encourage one another.
Each also has a big database of exercises you can simply type in to track.
One of the best features is the ability to scan a UPC symbol and if the food is recognized, it puts all the information in for you automatically so you don’t have to type it in and find the right one, etc. It is an awesome feature that is available in both apps, as well.
At the left is an example of part of my food from yesterday.
I hope you enjoy today’s video. Remember, these videos are completely unscripted and I genuinely speak from my heart when I do them. I hope that the information I share is helpful!
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About the author
Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.