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We hear it almost every day: sigh, sigh, sigh.

I just can’t get myself motivated to. . . . .[lose weight, test my blood sugar, etc.]. And we hear an equal number of sighs from diabetes educators who can’t get their patients to do the right things for their diabetes and health.

We have news for you. Motivation is not going to strike you like lightning. And motivation is not something that someone else–nurse, doctor, family member–can bestow or force on you. The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation and then guess what. After you start doing it the thing, that’s when motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.

Motivation is like love and happiness. It’s a by-product....

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