Wednesday, May 16, 2012

D-Blog Week Day #3: One Thing to Improve

Today's prompt:

Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

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It's hard to pick the one thing you're good at with diabetes because I would bet most of us don't feel good at our disease on most days. (YDMV is really just a euphemism for "Screw you, fickle disease!") But the list for possible improvement? It's hard because the options feel infinite. Still, if I had to pick just one, it would be logging.

I was reading The Power of Habit last week. Partially for work - it's always good to be familiar with our bestsellers - and partially because I wanted to know if I could do some Jedi mind tricks on myself to get into better disease management habits. Less of the full-throttle-then-fizzle and more of the slow-and-steady-wins-the-race, if ya know what I mean.

The entire book was amazeballs, but the one pertinent piece was about "keystone habits":
If you focus on changing or cultivating keystone habits, you can cause widespread shifts.... Keystone habits offer what is known within academic literature as "small wins." They help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.
For me, logging spills over and creates positive changes throughout my day. Even if I don't set out to do it, I start testing more. I'm more cognizant of what I'm eating, and if I'm high or low at a certain time of day. I take a quick peek at BG graphs, I see patterns, I start tweaking basals. It's not my intention - it's more like a happy side effect.

So that's my goal. Logging! I started Monday night and hope to make it every night for one week. And then, if I hit that goal and get my "small win," maybe my little D train will just keep chugging along.

PS - OMG, you should really read The Power of Habit. It was fascinating. At least click the link above! The stories are so jaw-dropping, I'd run right home to B with a "DUDE, you have to hear what I read in my habit book on the way home today..."


  1. The Power of Habit is an awesome book! it helped me a lot :) I hope you reach your goal of logging! Great post :)

  2. I checked out The Power of Habit's website is seem very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. I just downloaded that book on my tablet...I'm going to start reading it as soon as I get home!! I agree with your view on logging. When I'm logging I'm much more in control because I don't forget to do the usual adjustments along the way. I'm more aware and less likely to skip bolusing because my mind is somewhere else. I guess I should start logging again!

  4. Thanks for the book suggestion! Logging is such a fantastic tool--I don't know why I don't do it more often! ;) Best of luck to you in your quest! :)

  5. I really liked this book's message as well. I use a CGM and my "keystone" habit seems to be the frequency I check the sensor and trend lines to make self care decisions. As a result, my severe lows have gone away and my A1C's are in the high 5's and low 6's.