Your blood glucose meter is like a flashlight that helps you see in the dark. Knowing your blood sugar levels gives you information so you can make important decisions about managing your diabetes. It helps you know how to adjust food, medicine, and activity levels to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
Making an action plan each week can help you plan specific steps to check your blood sugar more regularly, so you can get the information that you want.
Your action plan should be something you want to do, not something you think you should do. Make your plan realistic and action specific. Make your plan something you can continue to do or build on over time.
First, think about what information you want to know from your blood sugar results and when the best times are for you to test to get that information. Here are some examples of specific and achievable goals for checking blood sugar regularly to get the information you need:
Once you've figured out your goal, think about what things can get in the way of reaching it. Then figure out ahead of time what things you can do to make it easier for you to reach your goal. Here are some examples:
|What Might Get in My Way?||What Might Make It Easier for Me?|
|I'm so tired in the morning that I forget to check my blood sugar.||I'll put my meter and record book on the breakfast table so I won't forget to check and record the result.|
|I always forget to take my meter with me.||I'll get an extra meter so I'll have one at home and one that I carry with me. That way I can check my blood sugar wherever I am.|
Use these tips to make your action plan successful:
You can use this Action Plan form (PDF) or create one of your own.
At the end of the week, look back on what you've been able to achieve. Congratulate yourself on what went well. Then make a new plan for next week.
You might be able to stretch your goal for next week by doing more of the things that worked. If you fell short of meeting your goal because things got in your way, find solutions that can help you get past your barriers next time.