Diabetes is an overwhelming disease that can take over your life and health. My suggestion, whether you are newly diagnosed or not is to break goals up into small pieces. Rather than look at all the things your doctor wants you to do like test X times a day, eat better, and exercise, pick one goal and split it into little pieces and build on success. For example, let's say you were just diagnosed with type II and the doctor wants you to test your blood 3 times a day, change your eating, and start exercising. Pick one of these to start working on, like eating better. Start by not going out for fast food for a week. Once you achieve that goal, cut something out of your diet that you know is not good for you, like chips or the Hungry Man frozen dinners. Try that for a week and when you get the hang of it, pick something else to change or adjust. Within a month or two, you have made major progress towards your goal of eating better and you can pat yourself on the back. Then keep going and adding to the success.
Remember that a goal should be SMART:
Specific-What do you want to accomplish? How will you do it? Why do you want to do it?
Measurable-how will you know you have attained the goal? Say I want to lose 10lbs, not I want to lose weight.
Attainable-Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won't do. Be honest with yourself.
Realistic-is this goal do-able? Is it something I can really do? If you are a chocoholic then setting a goal you will never eat chocolate again is not a realistic goal for you.
Time limited- Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, next month, or by a certain date. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.
It takes time to learn new habits and building on success is key for long term success. Don't be too hard on yourself, this is a learning process for all of us!