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Best of luck, Ruth! I'm rooting for your success!
My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.
Glad you found us. These ladies have given you some great ideas. Keep us posted on your progress.
SP suggests starting small. I started with ten minutes a day of yard work. You might want to try water aerobics because it would be easier on your joints. Build up on the exercise as you can.
If you loose 1 pound this next month and find that your body has toned then I would say you are doing fine because that would indicate you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. I suggest you weigh and measure yourself once a week. Measure your neck, upper arm above the elbow, bust, abs, waist, belly button, hips, thigh at largest area, above the knee, and calf. I find different places go down different weeks. If you are showing a decrease then great. You can see the weight I have dropped with a hypothyroid condition but I have also lost 1.75 inches off my neck, 9.50 inches off my bust, 6.5 off my waist and 9.50 inches off my hips. I give you this information as encouragement.
Take our ideas and do them as you can. The main thing is don't give up! If you drop the ball on day pick it up and keep going the next.
Jane on Guam
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Ruth, write down small goals that are reachable. When I first started walking my first goal was to exercise 15 minutes for 3 times a week or so. Thereafter, I added 5 minutes each week until I reached my bigger goal for walking. Trust me, it took me a while to reach the bigger goal, but I took baby steps. I also have Arthritis and in 2004 I was diagnosed "diabetic" because I was 1 point over the on my sugar level. I told my dr. to let me see if I could do this with diet and exercise. He gave me six months and told me if I didn't bring down my numbers he would have to put me on meds. During 6 months I lost 20 lbs. and started walking everyday-a little at a time. I did not want to be on meds and I saw first hand what Diabetes could do to a body if it was taken care of. My brother was a full-fledge diabetic and on dialysis for 8 yrs. I also saw how that affected my sister. To this day, Praise God, I have not had to take meds and sugar is under control. I can now walk about 60-90 minutes, depending on how I feel. I try to walk at least 5 times a week. Walking has become a part of my routine. I also changed the way I use to eat. Bread was and still is my main weakness but I have learned that I can eat anything in moderation. Trust me, it was not easy at first but now it is also a way of life for me.
Please don't give up and stay with the program. SP is a great place to be on this journey as they advocate lifestyle changes not being on a diet. I will also pray for you because when God is leading the way, you cannot falter. Stay focused on the prize - better health and weight loss. Wishing you much success and now I will get of my soap opera.
Good night to all and pleasant dreams.
Edited by: GRANNIGM at: 12/3/2009 (21:18)
Lupe - Texas
"He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you will find refuge."
You may want to look at when you eat as a start; everything I've been looking at lately recommends that (1) you eat w/i 1/2 to an hour of waking up and (2) that you eat smaller amounts to maximize the benefits of the food and keep your blood sugar steady.
Of course, you know yourself and your body. 8-)
"Food is essential to life; Therefore, make it good."
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Good Luck Ruth, I am 62 and weight 250+ with type 2 diabetic(pills), arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, ulcertative colitis to name a few. Some days it takes all my will to move and get mobile.
I have exercises that I do from the arthritic society and I try to run through very day, they are mostly stretching and chair exercises. That is somedays the arm ones I cannot lift my arms. So we all do what we can. I do like to walk but can only manage short ones. Today going Christmas shopping at Walmart pooped me right out.
I am a bad carb eater and get many sweet tooths. This is so odd because before I developed eating all the sweets I sometimes crave, before I had to take so much prednisone in the past few years. I never ate sweets to any extent or even cared for them. I gained so much weight since 1986 after a thyroid bout and then prednisone for my colitis. It just seemed like a vicious circle.
Now I really have to overcome this and get busy and eat properly and lose some weight. My biggest problem is I only eat about 2x's a day. Usually don't eat breakfast until 11 or noon and dinner around 5 p.m. Usually have some fruit in the evening and if I get that chocolate craving look out.
Lately I just haven't felt much like eating and not balancing the food properly no weight loss. What is one suppose to do if they don't feel like eating a whole meal. I do eat a lot of yogurt with fruit. I like veggies. But my eating habits are really bad.
Any opinions on this would be welcome.
Florence, Hamilton, ON
I wish you success, Ruth. I know you can do it.
I, too, am a type 2 diabetic with arthritis issues (head to toe and bone-on-bone knees) so I understand your issue with walking. I go the stationary bike route myself. Don't push to do 60 minutes at a time of exercise. That can be broken up into smaller segments just like the food (maybe 3 sessions of 20 minutes or even 6 of 10 minutes). I am starting at only 15 minutes a day since I have been away for about a year. Remember SP recommends baby steps.
As for eating carbs, just make sure you are eating the complex (good) carbs (whole grains, brown rice, vegetables and fruits). More vegetables than fruit because of the sugar content. Since you can't handle a lot of meat for protein, focus on cheese, eggs, tofu, and beans. There is a great variety of beans to help with that.
You might want to keep a glass of orange juice, piece of fruit, or a few hard candies by your bed in case of a dip in your sugar levels.
* SHARON *
Nov. 23, 2009, 245 lbs.
Thanks for the response, Jeanne.
I'm assuming you're talking about Robert Ferguson's Food Lover's Fat Loss Diet, which I looked up. I'm on a fixed income and I can't afford to PAY for a diet, even though his looks like a good one to buy.
BUT, you said enough about it so that I was reminded that the only time I lost weight and kept it off (until I tried to quit smoking) was the time when I was in my 30's and ate 1500 calories in 5 meals a day. I lost 60 pounds in 6 months and I don't remember ever feeling hungry.
I agree that when you eat every few hours, it's pretty hard to get hypoglycemic. And my internist has been telling me since I've been going to him that I need to eat small, frequent meals instead of 3 or 4 larger ones.
So I think I will go back to eating every few hours. I've set a timer for 3 hours and will eat when the timer goes off each time (about 6 times a day with a middle-of-the-night snack), and I'll check my blood sugar before I eat each time for a while to make sure my sugars are within range.
For starters, I will try 1800 calories (300 calories per feeding). I'm pretty certain I won't need that many daily calories to stay satisfied. But I don't want to blow the whole thing right away by getting too hungry in the beginning.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll let you know how it goes!
"One never knows, do one?" (Fats Waller)
When I read your comments, I thought it was me. I'm 63 next week, diabetic (pills to control) with arthritic knees and hips and was 268 lbs. about a month ago. (Lost 10 lb.)
I felt the same, told the doctors the same, "I can't walk, it's a yoyo situation.
I join curves in Sept. and tried to do it, only once around the circuit and exhausted when I started, now only a month later I can do the circuit twice and with some energy. Not everyone can join for whatever reason, but there are other things I do.
First I use the nutrition part of this site and record everything I eat. I have found that seeing what the results are (and being honest with myself about what I eat)I have been able to improve on the day before. This is a committment I have made to myself (to record all that I put in my mouth)
I also connected with a buddy on this site and we have made 2 small goals together. Mine is to record my food, the other to go on a daily short walk. And I report to her, whether I have met the goals or not. It encourages me to meet the goals, so I don't have to report defeat.
To assist me with walking I use 2 old ski poles, that help me with balance and support me when my knees fail.
I also have been reading the articles, and reading the discussions like yours that I find on this site.
Hope this is helpful
We are all struggling at one point or another. I too have multiple health issues, but I have come to accept that portion control and reasonableness is what will help me to achieve success. I have to be very careful with carbs as the simple ones set off a frenzy of wanting more and more. Just keep on "keeping on." Most of us did not get to our size (me, anyway) because of real biological hunger, but what I call "head hunger." I am working on my psychological issues that make me want to comfort myself with food. "The Beck Diet Solution" is a great book to help with that.
Good luck to you.
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Ruth, many of the problems you mention I also had (I was just pre-diabetic, so that is one big difference. Mine never got to diabetes, thank goodness).
I simply could NOT lose weight until I tried the Food Lover's diet, which is a program to reset your metabolism. I dropped 35 pounds slowly but steadily (and more steadily when I actually followed it without cheating...smile).
Anyway, it is built on a well-rounded diet (carbs--slow and fast which is fruit and veggies, protein and the big thing is that you MUST eat something every 2 to 3 hours, which is very good for helping stabilize your insulin and blood sugar.
Many diabetics who have gone on this program (and it is very much within the SparkPeople recommendations) have actually gotten rid of not only weight but their insulin dependence.
Good luck...you CAN do it.
My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.
I saw a new doctor (cardiologist) yesterday. I weighed in at 265. He told me he wanted me to weigh 200 pounds a year from now and that I should follow the South Beach Diet. He said, "That's only 5 pounds a month - anybody can do that."
I argued with him for the following reasons:
1. I'm a Type 2 diabetic on insulin (which requires carbs) and have a hard time with hypoglycemia, especially in the middle of the night. I live alone. If I got seriously hypoglycemic in the middle of the night, I could actually die.
2. A high protein diet has always made me feel sick. I really don't care for animal protein, though I do eat eggs and dairy, and try to incorporate either chicken breasts, lean pork or lean beef into a casserole once a week.
3. I have arthritis and can't just go out and do strenuous exercise 60 minutes a day. Even though people say "anyone can walk," when you have bad arthritis in your hips and knees, walking as exercise can be very painful. I have a stationary bike and am working up to 30 minutes daily on that. For right now, that goal will have to do.
I've lost 10 pounds since September. My internist thought that was great and said he recommends the Mediterranean Diet (which is basically what I try to follow) because "deprivation diets" don't work.
Now, I will admit that I eat too many carbs that are high on the glycemic index (bread, crackers, potatoes), and I have started to work on that.
I don't want to shoot for 65 pounds in a year and then fail. ESPECIALLY when I really will have to work slowly to get my insulin dosage in line with lower carbs. It's more important to me to have a good A1C consistently than to lose THAT much weight that fast. And to develop a diet that I can live with even when the weight is lost.
So my thought is that I will set "5 pounds a month" as my goal by decreasing my calories (and starches) as I keep a close check on my insulin dosages, and increasing my exercise as I'm doing now (keeping an eye on my inflammation level), and NOT worrying about what I will weigh a year from now.
It's really easy for a 40-year-old male doctor to say "anyone can do it." I'd like to hear what 60+ women who don't love exercise a whole lot have to say about that.
I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have, particularly from any other insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetics.
"One never knows, do one?" (Fats Waller)