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2/20/12 9:31 A

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CATIEPIE, if you truly DO believe that you have PCOS, it is possible that you have been misdiagonsed by your endo. I would see a gyno w/ experience w/ PCOS and get a 2nd opinion. I was misdiagnosed for YEARS, and finally lost weight and feel better now that my PCOS is being treated. There is a PCOS team on sparkpeople, by the way.

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2/15/12 10:22 P

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Not a chance ! lol Regular exercise will not cause you to bulk up.... You would need to specifically work on body building.

Def measure yourself. If your clothes are fitting looser, you have obviously lost inches. Use that as your benchmark.


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2/15/12 4:25 P

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Thank you all! Little wind, thank you for the good reminder. I know in my head that muscle weighs more than fat, but moving the scale is so much more satisfying! Which I know doesn't make sense. I did take body measurements to track inches lost, so maybe I should re-measure myself and see where I am now. That would be more satisfying (as long as I'm smaller ;) . I keep thinking 'Oh man if all my fat turns into muscle I'm going to look like one of those scary tan muscley body builders' HA!

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2/15/12 1:49 P

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If someone else has already said this, I apologize for repeating. You mentionned that with all your exercise, you notice your weight is somewhat smaller but you have not lost any weight.

All that exercise is helping you to burn fat and build muscle. Pound for pound, fat is much fluffier than muscle, so the muscle is compact into a smaller area while the fat is spread out all over the place and looks much more.... Also, muscle burns more energy so your metabolism is elevated even after you finish your exercise for the day.

Main thing to keep in mind, if your waisteline is getting smaller, you are on the road to success.

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2/14/12 11:25 P

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Sounds like you're taking to heart the good advice you've been given, and are on your way!... that's great!

My addition? Keep with SparkPeople. The folks here who have the most success are the ones who are constantly using the tools, logging and tracking and posting their questions and responses.

Just like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in! LOL

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2/14/12 4:09 P

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I would make a appt with a diabetic teacher, and find a new doc that you feel comfortable with. I keep a journal of all my exercise, and what I eat. I find that reallyt helps. I use calorie king and its great. I am also 5:10 and understand what your saying. When my AIC was 7.4 my doc put me on metformin 500 mg once a day and its made a world of difference and help me lose weight.

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2/14/12 3:59 P

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Oh thank you all SO MUCH! I appreciate the advice. I don't test my blood sugar, but I could get a glucometer and have at it. I have found smaller meals do work better for me and I'm a fairly healthy eater, I don't eat any red meat or poultry. Most of my carbs are complex and i eat fast food about once or twice a year. I don't have a sweet tooth so candy, ice cream etc... aren't too tempting for me. I do drink about 100 oz of water a day and virtually no soda. Every once in a while, but that's usually after I eat a lot of carbs cause I need a pick me up. My one vice is I like my wine, but I can do without that. The big trap fall into is eating at social events. I am single and have a large friend group so there's always a party, birthday, girl's night, happy hour going on. It's hard to moderate myself. I try to bring healthy things, but oh man, potato chips are the kryptonite to my diet.

In any event I thank you all so much, I will see about seeing a diabetes counselor. the nutritionist I saw about 6 months ago told me to go to a 1600 calorie diet but I got so light headed and tired, I couldn't sustain it. I aim for 1800, but sometimes go over/under a bit.

I'm sure I will be back for support. It's so comforting to know that if I need help I can turn here and know I'll get good advice from people who have been there themselves! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

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2/13/12 8:35 P

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I won't disagree with any of the info you've received, since it's all good but I will toss out a couple more tools for you.

While exercise is great, and advisable for so many reasons, it will not result in weight loss. Trust me; when I decided to change my life, I began exercising 45 minutes a day, five days a week, religiously. Didn't skip a day for a year. Weight loss = zero. Yes, I felt better and probably looked better but I needed to see the scale budge.

Please get a copy of Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes.

My husband is a type 2 diabetic and has lost 49 pounds by following a small-meals-several-times-a-day-plan. It's what I plan to do when I finish with Medifast. Here's the link:
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/22/wei
ght.loss.anita.mills/index.html


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Agree with all the advice you've gotten.

1. I definitely would pursue an appt. w/a diabetic educator. That will help you understand what you're dealing with.

2. I find, for me, that eating small meals 5 time/day really does help keep the blood sugar leveled out.

3. IF you get the referral to a diabetic educator, and you find that, even with diet and exercise, your glucose still is wonky, then I'd go back to the Dr. IF the Drs. recommendations don't make sense to you, find another Dr!!!!!! My A1C (the measure of your blood sugar over a 2-3 mth. period of time was 13 when I started this journey. The top of the range is 6.

4. Are you testing your blood sugar??? That is a must, in my opinion. That is your way of seeing how different foods affect your blood sugar. That helps you know what to eat (or not).

5. I would keep a food diary and/or track your nutrition. That really helps you get a handle on how many calories and nutrients you REALLY are taking in. Portion size is so important!

6. Definitely get an exercise regimen going. Exercise, for me, is my "secret weapon" in controlling my blood sugar.

Good luck. Good quesitons and hope you get to see a diabetic educator.

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cate..
this is the lady mary speaking here lol
the lady mary 378 to 105 pounds..273 pounds gone and i am maintaining now for almost 4 years..it took me five years to actually get the poundage off so do not ever give up..i was fat my entire life up until the last few years..i fought it like the demon i thought it to be..and nothing worked until sparkpeople..my endocrinologist (yes he is better than excellent for sure) referred me to sparkpeople and he believes in it but you have to work it and it isn't easy for sure but that makes this site so wonderful because you find all sorts just like you having the hard time and needing someone to acknowledge what they are doing and pat them on the back for doing the right stuff..it's hard out there for sure
having said that i will tell you what worked for me what still works and how i maintain
like i said it was a five year journey and i was stuck on year three right where you are now no movement..that is so stressful for sure and no matter what i did i was stuck..the deal was i was gonna quit..meant to be fat and no if ands and buts about it..that was when the endo who knew how hard i tried gave me spark instead of letting me quit..and he told me you gotta up your calories..well shoot i was 800-1000 a day and i wasn't losing anything what is he talking about but he wrote on his prescription pad sparkpeople water and 1200-1600 calotires a day and it reamins to this day on the front of the fridge
the valur of spark people is what i am telling you now..there is no better place i don't care how much you pay..spark teaches you the value of yourself and eating what's right and exercise and the whole nine yards respect of self..it teaches you the way and backs it up with success stories all over the place including this one just for you
the first thing you have to do is pick a calorie range my doc gave me mine sparkpeople will give you one also..people who weighh more need more energy to sustain body function but as you lose (and i see you are doing that already) believe in that range that is given but make those calories wholesome food and weigh and measure everything that goes in your mouth portion control works no eyeballing anything END THE FAST FOOD..IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME AND EFFORT BUT IT WILL BE THE ONE BEST THING YOU EVER DO FOR YOU..i carry a collapsilbe cup along with me everywhere just in case i get caught out but i generally am always prepared but sometimes in the beginning that is hard
drink the water..i see no where where you mention drinking water cut out the sodas (they are damaging to your kidneys big time..drink the water..i hated water it is my choice of fluids these days meaning of course i got over it..i go nowherre not even to this computer without my water (up to 15-18 glasses a day now) you can do it and you will be surprised at the difference in your body after only 30 days and you will find yourself always with something
you are doing the exercise..my suggestion is that you record all that everyday..get a small notebook and take blood sugars once daily in the morning..if you have a blood pressure cuff do that once a week or do it in the grocery it's free..weigh yourself only every two weeks and keep all this in your little book
take that book with you the next time you visit that endo (please go back because with those stats and what you are doing he will look differently at you) he will be impressed for sure but you know you will be also you will find yourself losing weight and feeling better and it will come as a surprise and when it does it becomes easy to say i know how to do this and quit the things you have been recording don't give that up after all these years i still do it and my endo looks at my book everytime i go in and my blood work is excellent now
this is the only way..how do i know this it continues to work for a person who was fat from childhood and is a type two diabetic using insulin..get the book diabetes for dummies from the library and read it
YOU CAN DO THIS AND WWE ARE HERE FOR YOU...ASK ANY QUESTIONS IF I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS I WILL EMAIL MY ENDO AND HE ALWAYS PROVIDES FOR ME
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2/13/12 7:31 P

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Hello Cate...........The idea of getting a referral to a Diabetic Nutritionist is a very good idea.
Insulin reacts differently for every individual as our internal makeup is different with each of us and our individual insulin produce by our bodies will be different. I will say that exercise is very important to assisting in controlling ones' Blood Sugar. Diabetes is a condition that can not be controlled over night nor cured in a life, when the causative factors for Diabetes are always with us in one form or another. Activity, knowledge and perseverance are essential.
I have been a Diabetic since 1976 and I am still learning. Post often and let us know how you are doing.

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Hi Cate,
Welcome. I'm Carol from beautiful north west New Jersey and a Type 2 diabetic.

Losing weight is always a frustration. From what I've read on line, insulin resistance is like pre-diabetes. The body doesn't properly use the insulin made by the pancreas. The diet seems similar to a diabetic diet. Wondering if you doctor would prescribe a visit to a diabetic nutritionist. The nutritionist helped me understand what a carbohydrate is and how many carbs should be eaten during the day. She also instructed to pair a protein with a carb every time a carb is eaten. The look of my plate at meal times changed to a lot of veggies, a bit of carbs and a bit of protein. She also instructed to break my meals in half and eat the 2nd half of the meal 3 - 4 hours after the 1st meal. Lunch for example: 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 fruit at noon, the same at 3 pm.

That being said, I've found that I lose weight easier and keep my bs more even by eating complex carbohydrates instead of sugars and breads. Carrots, steel cut oatmeal, butternut squash, etc.

Your exercise sounds great. Only thing I can suggest, if you are not doing it already, is to mix-up the cardio and make sure that you are doing at least 30 minutes of sweaty cardio to help your insulin resistance.

Good luck. Post often and let us know how you are doing! Carol


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Hi there fellow Spark People. My name is Cate and I live in lovely Sacramento, Ca. I have been having *ahem* women's issues (I'll spare the men the details) and was finally sent to an endocrinologist to see if I has PCOS. After all the blood work was done it was determined that I don't have PCOS but the doctor told me that I have an insulin sensitivity and that I needed to lose weight. I already KNEW I needed to lose weight but it has been almost impossible even with dieting and exercise. The doctor also told me that 'I didn't need to go on Metformin' My chemical panel said my number was 7.4. I have NO idea what insulin sensitivity means except that my body (I guess) isn't producing enough insulin. I think. After a carb heavy meal like pizza, if I over eat, I do sometimes feel really light headed or like I might pass out, but if I have some fruit juice it usually helps.

There is virtually nothing on the internet about it except how to improve your sensitivity if you're insulin resistant. I found a body building website that said I should be on a high carb low fat diet which I think sounds WRONG. Sooooo, I thought I'd turn to my fellow Sparkers to see if anyone could help me figure out what exactly I need to do! I did try a low GI diet last year and had a little success but got pneumonia and ended up gaining back weight. I am getting frustrated with the lack of information. I would have asked the doctor more, but I don't think we were really hitting it off. My BMI is about 30 which I understand is technically obese, but seriously, I'm 5' 10" and 200 lbs and 38 years old. I've had my thyroid checked and vitamin levels. I have stellar cholesterol and blood pressure.

I am really hoping someone here can help me figure out what to do. I have been exercising almost 5 days a week 30 minutes a day and although I see my waist is getting smaller, no weight is being lost and I still have quite a gut. It's extremely frustrating and I just KNOW someone here has probably been here too. Any book recommendations or websites that can help me figure this out would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for any information!


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