Those have got to be some of the most famous words ever used in a movie. Who hasn’t said them? Who hasn’t added their own words to the end of the phrase?
But, what do we really see in the mirror? We see what we expect to see. We see what we think we look like. Sure, we get the eye and hair color right. We get basic shapes of nose and mouth pretty close, but what we see is really based on how we view ourselves. Our self-image.
And, what does this have to do with your War On Diabetes? I have come to believe everything. You see, you have to believe you deserve to beat Diabetes. You have to believe that you not only can control the disease, but that you deserve to. It really doesn’t matter how tall or short you are. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. It doesn’t mater if you are skinny or overweight.
What matters is that when you look in the mirror you see someone who is going to win their War On Diabetes; that you deserve to beat Diabetes; that you are strong enough to control it.
Yes, you might have to lose a bit of weight, but you can do that over a little time When I started my War, I was obese. My BMI was 33.9; anything over 30.0 is obese. Today I am at 24.9. So, lose it and bring out that person who’s hiding in your skin. Will it be easy? Oh, heck no. But, will it be worth it? Oh, yeah. When you conquer your weight, you can do anything. Don’t think so? Lose a bit of weight and see how you feel.
You deserve to win your War On Diabetes. You deserve to be healthy. You deserve to beat Diabetes or Prediabetes.
So, how do you do that?
You start by using the weapons you have to fight the disease. Diet. Exercise. Meds. That’s it. Those are your weapons to fight Diabetes and they are very effective. Is everyday going to be easy? No. But, seeing your glucose level go down is immediate feedback that you are doing the right thing; seeing your weight go down; and feeling healthier will begin to feed on itself. Small successes will lead to bigger successes and they will add up fast. It really is one day at a time; one step at a time. Pleae take that first step today. Now. You owe it to yourself.
Thomas Jefferson said it very well, that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It’s right there in the United States’ Declaration of Independence for all to see. Now, act like you believe you have those rights; you have the right to be the best person you can be and that includes the right to control Diabetes. Declare your War On Diabetes and fight for your Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.
In the beginning, you don’t even have to believe you can control Diabetes, or that you deserve to, you just need to act. Success will bring belief and confidence. Do not let the Wicked Queen of Doubt take root (couldn’t resist that one). Act. Today. Now.
Take the first step. I believe you can do it. You need to believe it, too.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is going to win the War?
As always, thank you for reading.