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Diabetes Hub: Guide to Managing Diabetes

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Goals

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Focus on what is important
Consider different areas of your life
and which of these are important to you
Manage diabetes by focusing on what's important like your relationships

Relationships

Manage diabetes by focusing on what's important like your health and physical well-being

Health and physical well-being

Manage diabetes by focusing on what's important like your work and career

Work and career

Manage diabetes by focusing on what's important like your personal and spiritual growth

Personal and spiritual growth

Recreation and leisure are important areas of your life to consider in diabetes management

Recreation and leisure

Ask yourself about important areas of your life to consider in helping manage diabetes
Identify the areas of life that are important to you
  • What are some lifestyle changes you are thinking of making or have made?
  • How might/ did these changes contribute to important areas of your life?
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Setting my goal
Setting my goal

Example of healthy eating goal

Step 1: Where do you want to be?
Ask yourself where you are now to set your healthy eating goal
Where I am now:

“I love having fried chicken everyday!”

Ask yourself where you want to be to set your healthy eating goal
Where I want to be:

Manage my weight better
Eat more veggies and less fried food

Know the importance of being healthier to set your goal
This goal is important to me because:

I want to be healthier and look better

Step 2: Set your goal

I will ...

  • ActionStick to My Healthy Plate
  • Day/TimeLunchtime on Mondays and Thursdays
  • LocationAt work
  • Time periodFor the next 3 months
  • Start dateFrom 14 January
Step 3: Identify and work around potential barriers
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What might get in the way
Colleagues suggest having fast food for lunch

What I can do
Suggest to try out eateries with healthier options

Person(s) who can help
My colleague James likes vegetables

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What might get in the way
I have a particular craving for curry puffs when I’m stressed

What I can do
Unwind in other enjoyable ways, like walking or listening to music

Person(s) who can help
Walk and chat with my neighbour in the evening

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What might get in the way
There is a stall that sells delicious fried food, on my way home

What I can do
Take an alternative path home

Person(s) who can help
NIL

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Keeping up with my goal
Keeping up with my goal

Example of physical activity goal

Step 1: Write down the original goal

I will ...

  • ActionBrisk walk for 30 minutes
  • Day/TimeMondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after dinner at 8pm
  • LocationAlong the park connector
  • Time periodFor the next 4 weeks
  • Start dateFrom 18 June
Step 2: Solve the problem
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What got in the way
I couldn’t get off work on time

How can I work around it?
Do lunchtime exercises or pick a day without 5pm meetings

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What got in the way
Poor weather

How can I work around it?
Do indoor exercises

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What got in the way
Low energy level

How can I work around it?
I can sleep earlier the night before or pick a weekend day to exercise earlier

Step 3: Revise your goal

I will ...

  • ActionDo lunchtime exercises and brisk walk
  • Day/TimeLunchtime exercise on Mondays
    Brisk walk on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • LocationOffice gym, park connector
  • Time periodAnother 4 weeks
  • Start dateFrom 18 July
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now?
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How confident are you that you can make
this change?
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