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current weight: 1.5 over
Fitness Minutes: (93,958) Posts: 116,552 5/30/12 10:54 P
Welcome. You have taken a great first step in coping by looking for a way to take charge; admitting that you need support; and reaching out for help. We will give you plenty of support and help you in any way that we can.
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September Minutes: 1,003
Fitness Minutes: (3,765) Posts: 309 5/30/12 3:31 P
I lost your wonderful replies for a while and thanked you somewhere else. I appreciate all the support and was especially taken with the counsel not to look at the whole picture as though I have to change everything at once. I did that when I quit smoking, I just let the other chips fall where they may and I actually quit smoking. That's been maybe 6 years ago now and it's time to address the extra weight and attendant diabetes. If I am to be diabetic for the rest of my life, so be it. Someone else said that her doctor said his diabetic patients were among his healthiest. I can get behind that. I really do need to start on this program. I feel lousy and it's affecting my attitude and destroying my peace of mind. Thanks again for the support.
Do we have good news for the poor today?
current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (93,958) Posts: 116,552 5/30/12 5:25 A
I feel your frustration. All I can tell you is you're looking @ everything and thinking you have to accomplish it all @ once and that isn't going to happen. Day-by-day, step-by-step. Slow and steady. That's the only way good lifestyle behaviors will become a habit. Hang in there.
current weight: 100.0
Fitness Minutes: (206) Posts: 130 5/29/12 1:58 P
Hello, I understand your frustration. I'm 57 and always ate whatever I wanted. Weight wasn't a problem until my early 30's. Since that time, I have been mad that I can't continue to eat and stay slim...that's about 25 years of being mad!!! And where did it get me? I'm obese and recently diagnosed with diabetes. I always talked about losing weight, and hated the way my body looked. Now, I feel I have no choice but to get healthy. I'm actually doing very well with the food, I've surprised myself! lol Still need to get better with the exercise, but I'm working on it. You can do it too! Think about how much better you will feel. And you will get lots of support from sparkpeople along the way. We're all looking forward to the day when you blog about feeling better. Deb
Yep, that's right. We all need to learn not to beat ourselves up, and just get on with what we CAN do... MUCH easier said than done! LOL
My MIL has severe COPD, and there are days she can't do much of anything, but she was advised that doing what she can could help strengthen her lungs. She's in her 70's, and really hates being inactive... she did raise thirteen kids... LOL
Ask your doctor about respiratory rehab again... maybe he can sign you up for a refresher course to help you get started? Worst that can happen is he says no...
And consider this: you have a whole bunch of people in your corner now, so whenever you need to, you come online with us, and have a chat, okay? We're here to support and help one another, and you're part of the family now!
Welcome aboard! Kathy
"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!
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
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called
Pounds lost: 42.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,765) Posts: 309 5/29/12 12:44 P
I believe BarbaraHobbit has the right idea-one day at a time. It is something we learn to live with and really are healthier than many of our friends who do wahtever they want whenever they want...because they do not consider their health and the consequences of their action. I have been on insulin for 42 years. Have had many ups and downs and good stuff and bad stuff, but isn't that what life IS? I CHOOSE to make th best of it andsometimes I am good at it others not so good. Just keep moving forward and don't beat your self up on the times you don't get it quite right. ( it DID take me awhile to learn THAT ) and God will Bless your efforts
current weight: 232.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,115) Posts: 226 5/29/12 11:02 A
I'm sorry you are suffering so. I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic 3 months ago, on top of High Cholestoral, High BP and being told that I am Obese. Like you I was in a total state, not knowing what to do. or where to start.
Yoiu are in the right place, and you will start to realise, as you look around SP and realise how much support there is here for you, that you can get everything under control.
Have you logged on to the Diabetic Nutrition site and had a look at the Diabetic Menu planners? When I first realised that these nuitirion plans had been made specifically for us Diabetics to follow - or use as a bench marker - I was over the moon - some proper help at last.
The best advice I can give you is what was given to me -
1) Start using the Nuitrition trackers, and the fitness tracker.
2) Drink plenty of water.
3) Have a look at the recipes, quick meal options and articles on this site. The more you learn about this Monster that has you in it's grip, the less scary it becomes - trust me.
4) Make friends on the site - there are people here who have overcome so many hurdles to achieve control of their Diabetes and weight. They are happy to share their knowledge and insight with you - YOU ARE NOT ALONE here you are amongst friends who will help you to understand what is happening to you, how to come to terms with it, how to start to control it, and how to get yourself on the right track to a Healthy Lifestyle and Weight loss.
I hope this has helped a little. It is natural to think 'Oh my Goodness, I have to give up everyhting I like to eat, and live on Rabbit food for the rest of my life' that's just a knee jerk reaction. You will see that you can make healthier choices to replace most of your favourite foods. Undortunately you will also have to give up some of the others, but hey no pain no gain, as they say.
What I am trying to say to you, in my hamfisted way is - It's not as bad as you think it's going to be. Wait and see how you feel in a few days time, after you have investigated a little more.
One Day at a time, I small change at a time and one small step at a time, is the way. It's not a race, there is no one chasing you, take your time. Set yourself small goals - loosing your first 5lbs - Tracking every day for a week - walking or doing some sort of exercise for 10mins a day. Small goals you can achieve with a little effort, you will soon see how good it makes you feel to achieve these goals, and know that you are now in control, you hold the reigns, you decide from now on - food does not dictate to you or rule your life anymore - you decide from now on what happens and when.
You will soon see the pounds start to fall away, and notice how well you are starting to feel.
Good Luck my Friend, We are all here for you. Babs.
Pounds lost: 9.0
Fitness Minutes: (48,481) Posts: 8,523 5/29/12 10:39 A
You are in a good place to start. Just pick something that you feel you can do and do it. Maybe your to do list is too big. Can you drink water and count carbs or just drink water instead of sugary soda.
I don't think there is such a thing as mild diabetes. But, if you learn to eat healthier it will help. What foods do you like that don't affect your blood sugar negatively? Do you like a salad with meat and cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables? Start with that for lunch. Figure out a few foods that you enjoy that don't spike your blood sugar. Then eventually you will figure out what too eat and how to occasionally have the ice cream too. Just use each day as a learning experience. You will get there and you will look back at this moment and realize it is not so bad.
My doctor said his diabetic patients are some of the healthiest.
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I will succeed by living each day with strength and intention. *May 31, 2014*
current weight: 254.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 15 5/29/12 10:00 A
I think if I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. I am going to be 60 later this year. II was diagnosed with severe COPD about six or seven years ago, quit smoking and gained 40 pounds. I am judged to be sick enough to be on disability and I can barely exercise, although, honesty being the best policy, I was exercising more after Pulmonary Rehab back in the day and feeling better. I moved to a new town and new house and lost my mojo last summer. Long story short, cholesterol numbers are under control with meds, high blood pressure is under control with meds, and a couple of years ago I was told I have mild diabetes. I have a feeling this is lifestyle (read weight) related, but for a while I was able to say it was controlled by meds, also. I even was able to quit taking a med called actos because my A1C was not quite 6 and only use metformin twice a day. But my morning numbers and two hours after eating numbers are climbing and I am gaining weight again (that's why I started checking the sugar numbers). I think I need to be proactive about this, but I'm so depressed about everything that all I can think about is finding some kind of ice cream I can eat as much as I want of without feeling like I am committing suicide. The thought of regulating my life right down to the times I can eat and portion control is freaking me out. But I am tired of weighing 50 pounds too much, being crazy fat around the middle, and now being forced to face the health consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. How in the world do I cope with this? I have a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks.
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