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Dottli Diabetes Motivation to take care

How to find motivation to take better care of yourself?

Motivation to take better care of myself is something that I searched for a lot in my twenties. Eventually I did find it and it improved the quality of my life substantially.

I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 17 years old. I’m soon turning 31. In my early twenties I gained some weight, eventually hitting the 100 kg (220 lbs) mark. I indulged myself in all kinds of easy food choices and did not really exercise. I have always liked exercising, but often when I had to go play floorball or something else, I got lazy and stayed home. I liked comfort over exercise. I tried different sports (and tracking gadgets!) and every time after a while I dropped out.

I knew I had to move myself but I didn’t really want to do it. I had all sorts of excuses like school work, other hobbies and even “there’s that good movie on tonight”. Exercise was at the bottom of my list of priorities. So I gained weight.

This lack of exercise went on until I ran into problems with my diabetes. My steady 7.5% A1C had gone up to 8.8 % and I found myself really struggling with high BG. The days were rollercoaster rides and at times my insulin pump and cannula just didn’t seem to work. Even two out of five cannulas seemed to dysfunction, my BG would shoot up and didn’t come down. I still have those “bad spots” for cannulas but a lot has improved when I realised something.

I need exercise to make my diabetes more manageable.

Without really sweating every couple of days, my diabetes gets angry at me and my BG levels go up. This observation woke up my intrinsic motivation to move. All the tracking gadgets in the world couldn’t make me keep going at it, but once I realised I needed to move in order to treat my diabetes, I found my hidden motivation. It’s been 3 years and I still want to move and exercise, it has become my way of life. In order to keep my diabetes in check, I take my medicine, eat healthily, count carbs and take my insulin accordingly and EXERCISE.

What was before a general notion that exercise is good for you had become a core part of my treatment now. It might not sound much, but for me, it made all the difference in the world.

And when the reason to move and take care of my D is intrinsic, the gadgets and tools make more sense now. They are not the reason I move, they are a tool to monitor my movement, diabetes and general health. The Dottli app is a great tool. It can take in my Fitbit data and I can log my diabetes and see nice reports from everything.

– Miika Rautiainen
One of the diabetics at Dottli