Is there such a thing as limits to our capacities of willpower and grit? Can we muster them up anytime we need them? Where do we find them? How do we keep them? These are questions for Wise Women of Diabetes to ponder.
A research study on the limited and unlimited theory of willpower was recently published by psychologist Veronika Job at the University of Zurich. The study concluded that those who believe there are no limits to their willpower benefit from more challenging circumstances and those who believe willpower has limits, procrastinate and have less incentive to create and finish goals.
Willpower is something that plays a constant yet elusive roll in diabetes self-care. Let's face it we need willpower and grit and anything else we can latch onto to keep ourselves inspired to carry on the everyday role of good diabetes management. That goes for the foods we choose to eat (check below for an easy delicious spring recipe), the curiosity we strive for in keeping up with the latest in diabetes discoveries and the will to motivate and challenge ourselves with interesting physical activity.
Being aware of the possibilities of an unlimited sense of willpower should help getting through times when the responsibilities of diabetes seem overwhelming. If you doubt your sense of willpower sometimes, bring in the healthy guideline of confidence that you have it within your power to achieve success in diabetes ... in life. Think of yourself as a powerhouse of pluckiness, fortitude, chutzpah, tenacity, resoluteness, spirit, pithiness, confidence, backbone, guts, audacity -well you know what I mean -grit.
It is officially Spring now and a great time of year to plan outdoor activities and challenge yourself to a new brisk level of walking, cycling, running, gardening, rowing, hiking, climbing and? You name it. Just add some grit!
Enjoy this recipe from Judith's Kitchen
Judith Jones-Ambrosini, Chef, and Author has lived an active life traveling throughout the world with T1 diabetes for fifty years. She is a professional chef, published diabetes journalist, recipient of a "Lilly For Life" award for journalism and author of the book The Sisterhood of Diabetes. Judith was invited to represent CGM's as a Dexcom Warrior. She is a contributing author for the upcoming book: Nurturing Your Diabetes: Completing Your Circle of Care.