I was diagnosed with type 1 over this past summer. Once I was diagnosed, I took amazing care of myself. My a1c upon diagnosis was around 13 and a few months later it was 5.9. Since my a1c results were great, I really let go of my good habits. My sugars are sometimes in the 200s now. I feel awful and I'm worried that I'm not even into my first year of diabetes what the future will be like. I know it's mind over matter. How do you guys get yourself mentally motivated to get back on track, stay away from the sugar and be healthy? I'm a college student and it's tough sometimes. I guess I'm just looking for some motivation to put my head back in the game. Sometimes I feel on my own and I really don't have someone to keep me on track Ideas?

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Hi hk62: Are there any Type 1 support groups you can join? Maybe you could ask your doctor or diabetes team about a group? I have found that I can keep my motivation strong by having buddies in this process. Finding the motivation is not easy, but so worth it.

I think there's a balance that you eventually find. I was the same. Diagnosed in December2011. I brought my A1C down to 5.9 from 14 in 2 and a half months. I was obsessed. Wrote everything down, tested like crazy, worked out 2 and 1/2hours a day. Ate and then jumped on the treadmill to make sure I didn't spike. I think the first year is a learning year. You see what works and what doesn't and then balance it with life. I still work out 5x a week. I know what could really spike me and plan accordingly on occasion. I think you have to remember what that numbness in your foot prior to diagnosis felt like or that you couldn't read your meter when your BG was off. Remember those things and you'll get on track. But also remember you are human, you aren't perfect and tomorrow you can try harder to get the numbers you want to see.

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