I'm doing alright. A couple of bumps in the road, but alright! I saw the nurse practitioner for a follow up this past Saturday after a week of tracking and getting back on all my meds that I'd been off while in my Deep Blue Funk. She was really happy with the way things were progressing. My spot glucose test at the time was 119, and I'd eaten breakfast a couple of hours earlier, so yay me!
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Fitness Minutes: (166,625) Posts: 210,675 12/6/12 6:11 A
Yep. I have! I'm using it for the calorie range but like many people I'm ignoring the macronutrient break down. It's wanting me to eat way more carbs than I'm already eating, and I want to take less insulin, not more!
I've just stepped up to 2,000 mg of metformin this past week, and they say it takes about 3 weeks to reach its full potential in your blood stream. (I've been upping it 500mg each week while getting back to it to avoid... distressing side effects). Hopefully in about 2 weeks, then, I can start dialing it back on the insulin a little.
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Fitness Minutes: (47,125) Posts: 4,977 12/1/12 11:57 P
If you find that you can get by with that amount of carbs, it's still certain to be far less than what most people eat. Then, perhaps you'll find you can reduce them further at some point, or find an exercise you enjoy enough to help counter the carbs.
Keep up the good work!
Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.
Pounds lost: 0.3
Fitness Minutes: (166,625) Posts: 210,675 12/1/12 4:59 P
While I know that Valerie is right, I also know that I just -cannot- do severely limited carbs. I can live with around 150-200g of carbs a day and be happy. I find that when I restrict it further I get absolutely resentful, that it fuels depression from the sense of deprivation, and I can only stick to it for a month or so at a time before wanting to chuck it all in the garbage and say *blank!* it! Unfortunately my carb ratio is currently 1U of Apidra to 2g of carbs - yikes. I'm hoping that will improve immensely as I lose some weight and get more active.
I started both yesterday and today with a bit of exercise. Mostly doing "leg curls" by laying on my stomach with my legs hanging off the bed and lifting, leg lifts, and HIGHLY modified push-ups that were more like lifting up into cobra pose than an actual pushup. My arms are shaky and my legs are telling me about it, too. Goodness gracious - this just won't do.
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Welcome! All I can do is tell you read the replies you've gotten, because they're chock full of good information! And I will tell you all things are possible when you do the right things and put your mind to it. In 2009 my blood sugar was 330 and my A1C was 12. Bad news bears! Flash forward to now: I have lost about 100 lbs. since Nov. 2009 and maintained my weight loss since Jan. 2011. I am very grateful to SP for providing me tools that have worked.
You've already started the journey to better health and a happier life, by taking control of what you need to do, and by reaching out here!
One thing I can say for sure about losing weight: yes, exercise is great for all sorts of reasons, but 80% OF WEIGHT LOSS IS DUE TO WHAT WE PUT IN OUR MOUTHS! I know this because I've done it and I've seen my very busy husband do it.
A couple great resources: Gary Taube's Why We Get Fat, which helps to put in perspective the way our bodies handle food. And here's the link my type 2 husband used last year to drop 50 pounds without any exercise at all: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/22/wei ght.loss.anita.mills/index.html
You'll come to know me by my mantra: Diabetes is a carbohydrate-intolerance disease! The fastest, easiest way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of insulin you use (it is, after all, a fat-storing hormone). The best way to do that is by reducing the carbs you eat. Carbs = need for more insulin. More insulin = more fat storage.
Set mini goals for yourself. Just figure out the plan you want to do and do it one day at a time. Before you know it, a year will have flown by and you'll be so much healthier!
Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.
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Fitness Minutes: (4,623) Posts: 2,060 11/30/12 7:25 P
and glad you discovered it was the lantus.. i had a similar reaction with humalog before i switched to the pen on that one... its real hard to lose when on insulin.. i have hovered around the same weight since -06.. but i keep trying... but i guess that's why we are all here.. to get support in this journey..
betsy in north carolina
its all about giving and receiving friendship and well deserved help.
Pounds lost: 60.0
Fitness Minutes: (214,578) Posts: 19,881 11/30/12 7:20 P
welcome to the team..this is the place to get it done and keep it done drink the water and move..if moving is hard there are even teams here who exercise in a chair..i did that because i weighed 378 at the start (378 to 105) and i am now maintaining for over four years at the 105 you can do it too..i started before i came here and total it took me five years i do insulin also so i known i can't use the excuse of insulin putting on weight here my a1c ranges mid 5's and has for a good long time now..all this after being fat my entire life you can do it also and this is definitely the place..come heredaily and log in and post your morning fasting readins yep we got a team for that also and it keeps you in touch with others doing the same things and are full of ideas the idea behind sparkpeople is not diet but learning to eat properly..it's a big change and better to just wet your toes with the water and movement for a bit..it encourages you to get going with baby steps...sparkpeople is the best my endo recommended to site and it's been a lasting relationship because it not only works but i am here responsibly everyday helping others (i hope) you will learn to weigh and measure portions and the single biggest thing for me was fast food..you stop fast food and drink the water the pounds will fall off and i'm always here you can find me at woweetoo or sparkmail me again welcome the lady mary
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i can do that, but not on a tuesday for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction - off the starboard bow over the hurdles, and down the shute.
last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd
people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar
I'm 38, and have been a Type 2 for nearly 10 years. Usually my HbA1C is "OK" - around 7. I went through a HUGE bought of depression, stopped taking care of myself, and had the highest I'd ever had: 13.2 Yikes.
I finally broke the 400 pound mark - going in the entirely wrong direction :( I've gotten my weight back under 400 this week (yay me) and I've gotten my FBS down to an average for the week of 150 (which is way better than the 300s it was at!). It certainly didn't help that I'd run out of test strips and most of my meds (but with my depression I couldn't kick myself in the rump enough to get that fixed UGH!). Turns out that the lantus I DID have wasn't good. I got some test strips just in time to finish up the last 2 days in the old bottle of lantus, then the next day when I started a new one, my FBS dropped by 100 points. UGH!
It's all horribly wearing on me. Back in 2001, I was actually fit enough to consider training for a half marathon. In 2004 I was in a bicycle vs. car head-on collision (low speed at a stop light, thank God!) and my back has gone steadily down hill from there. Exercise became difficult which lead to more weight which lead to more pain... circle circle circle that drain! I also have problems with PCOS and Hypothyroid. I'm just one big metabolic cascade - suffice to say, the hormone imbalances and the constant pain also lead to chronic insomnia which lead to depression...
I have GOT to get this weight off, and for good this time. No more stalling at 25 pounds lost then regaining 40 like the last 3 attempts!
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