Each person has their own holiday that they celebrate and for me it is Christmas. Being with family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is one of the best moments of the year. Being surrounded by the ones you love and amazing food is amazing. I'm very lucky to have two amazing cooks/chefs in my family, my mother and Kate can bake like nobody else. I ask Kate for apple pies after long races and when Christmas comes my mothers cookies are the best gift. Living with diabetes having blood sugars in range allow me to devour these amazing desserts.
That is where the competitive side comes in, I make it a "game", I challenge myself to be almost perfect Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I look at it like training for a 50k, everyday with diabetes I try to be perfect but some days are bad and I understand that. When it comes to running not every run is going to be perfect, I'm going to be sore or tired and run like crap. Come race day however I flip a switch and a bad run doesn't happen because I'm locked in mentally. The same happens with diabetes around Christmas. I flip the switch and go for perfection so I can eat those cookies and have a slice of pie.
I could cheat and take more insulin so that I'm out of range at dessert time or I could say I love the cookies and pie so I'll eat it and just take more insulin if I'm above my set range. That's like giving everyone a trophy in a local youth basketball league, it makes no sense!! I will setup my CGM and make sure it is dialed in so my blood sugar reading is accurate on the CGM. Christmas Eve the competition begins, stay in range and I'll get those cookies and pie!! No excuses, I either win or lose, no pity party!! You won't see me crying on social media about being out of range and not able to eat dessert, or being out of range after dessert. Why, because I'm in control!! Take control and challenge yourself, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish!!