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Day 229: Moving Forward

Saturday, August 17, 2019

"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." (C.G. Jung )

Happy Weekend, my lovely friends!!!

I’m not sure how this is going to go, but let’s do this. Most of you know that my Dad passed away a little over two years ago and things have changed. Right now, I can honestly say that I haven’t adjusted to the changes that well. I’ve thrown myself into doing things around the house and taking care of my Mom that I have completely ignored me and now I’m paying the price for it.

I’ve kept things under control for so long, but these past couple of years I’ve let go of things and now I’m a type 2 diabetic and my weight climbs up a few pounds, then I lose a few and it yo-yo’s back and forth. It just never ends, but I also know that I’m the cause of this. I never thought I was an emotional eater, but now I can see it. I have snacks that I stock up on and keep upstairs and don’t watch what I eat much. I need to get things under control because I am not ending up like so many people in my family with all their health problems. I’m right at the opening of the door of bad health with one-foot in. You know that little voice in your head that keeps telling you the right thing to do? Yeah, I’m finally starting to listen to it. I can’t keep going on this way because something bad could happen to me and what would happen to my Mom then? I can’t do this to her.

This week I noticed that tingly feeling in your hands and toes that diabetics get and this has finally got me to stop what I’m doing because it’s killing me slowing and I don’t want that. So things are changing for me and I will be sharing my journey more because I’ve lacked doing that so much. I have to get my butt in gear and get it on the right track. I’m 47 right now and want to enter my 50’s healthier and things under control.

This weekend I’m going to sit down, come up with a plan moving forward and start on a healthier journey. Have a great weekend!
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    59 days ago
    I'm not sure if you know this but it is possible to reverse diabetes and prevent the complications of it through diet and exercise. I know many people who have done it. I had prediabetes and was 0.1 point away from being a diabetic. Now I am normal due to a lower carb diet. I am not on Keto but am on lower carb. It works. Since you already have diabetes, complications are already occurring in your body. All carbs convert to simple sugar so most experts recommend that diabetics keep their net carbs below 150gms a day. My doctor wants me below 125gms of net carbs a day. I have great choices with that. As an R.N. I am hoping you listen to the people of this group who are encouraging you to eat less carbs. You will not be successful getting rid of diabetes if you don't. You received excellent advice here. I hope you listen to it.
    59 days ago
    Yes, please take good care of yourself. Good food, no snacks is a great first step. Also consider adding some exercise, even "just" walking. Exercise and being outside are great for a healthy mind and keeping it all in perspective. I've recently been to the Denver area. You guys have an amazing amount of open space walking areas. Consider taking advantage of that.
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    59 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    You're gone through traumatic times and it's so easy to lose one's self at these times. I've been doing the same since losing my beloved brother-in-law in May. Time to pull up my socks, make a plan and set it in motion.

    I haven't done well with the weight in ages, always yo-yo but need to break out of that habit. Let's give those snacks the boot and take better care of ourselves. I'm thisclose to being diabetic and do not want to have it full bloom!

    Take good care of yourself Paula, that's a 'must do.'
    59 days ago
    Type 2 since 2010. That, too, was my wake up call, after being diagnosed w/hypertension. It took me awhile but . . . I got off all meds (was on metformin for my diabetes and lisinopril for my hypertension). I lost 100#'s. I realize everyone is different, for sure, but the biggest thing I learned is type 2 is carb intolerance. Your body just doesn't process it correctly. So, took me awhile to give up the sugar/white flour/white potato/white rice/processed foods/bread but I did it. I DO incorporate limited amts. of fruit, but that's my only deviation. All the veggies NIGHTSKYSTAR mentioned are my friends.

    I use almond or coconut or oat flour. Beans are all right in limited amts. I am ok w/a measured amt. of sweet potato, brown rice, and eat lean meats.

    For sure, you need to have healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, butter in limited amts) to metabolize the complex carbs (from veggies or your limited fruits).

    With proper nutrition, exercise and meds (for a short time), I have beat this to the ground. I a not naieve enough to believe that it can't come back if I don't take care of me. So, I DO.

    HUGS and good luck.
    59 days ago
  • LIS193
    Find a way of eating that works for you and you can stick with for probably the rest of your life. A diet is good to lose the weight initially but maintenance is forever..
    Good luck! Realization is the first step!
    59 days ago
    I am pre-diabetic Paula and fighting the weight battle also.

    60 days ago
  • LINDA!
    My daughter and son in law are doing Keto. It really seems like a great plan.
    60 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I am also diabetic Paula. I have the last month started the keto diet. It was hard in the beginning but now it is not bad at all. I agree with Nightskystar. You can reverse your diabetes. I have a cousin who lost 70 lbs since October last year and she was diabetic. She isn't anymore. She is off of all her medicines for the first time in over 10 years. Since I have been doing keto my blood sugars have drastically dropped and I feel so much better, that I don't even want to cheat. I have my moments but again like I said I just find something I can eat.

    Fruit like she said is minimal, but I do add it in. I have found many many keto recipes that are very tasty and easy to make. It takes work, and planning but you'll be happy that you stick to it.
    60 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    good luck with whatever you choose.................. emoticon
    60 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    60 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    The first step is the hardest. I need to get back on track too but all the things happening in my life have caused some serious setbacks. It's a day to day thing.
    60 days ago
    You've taken the first, and the biggest step! I can so relate to what you are saying. After my knee replacement surgery I finally joined a gym (at my physical therapists strong recommendation) and I found that I really liked it. After a year I was strong and fit and had lost even more weight. But then this winter hit and I started skipping my workouts. When my husband got sick I totally gave in. And like you, I found myself turning to food which I hadn't done in years! Anything salty and I totally didn't care how much of it I ate. After 3 months of this not taking care of myself I could really start to feel it - especially my knees which hadn't hurt for so long.

    As soon as he started recovering I signed up for a 3 times a week intensive cardio/strength class. This is the end of my 4th week. I just did my weigh in and I'm down over 2 pounds in weight and body fat and up 2 in muscle mass. It has been very hard to make myself do this but I knew if I didn't I'd be sorry!

    Find what motivates you - even if it needs to be someone else. I know you can do this! emoticon
    60 days ago
    Paula...as you know i've been keto for almost 3 years. I know of no diabetic that has gone on it, followed it correctly, and NOT reversed their diabetes. and i have NEVER heard of anyone doing it correctly that has gained weight.
    Its for good health, weight loss is just a happy result of it too.
    I teach Keto classes through my local cooperative extension and work closely with several doctors, dietitians, and active keto coaches...if you would like to try it, and i can be of ANY help, please message me. I'm very happy to help...
    OH..and IF you decide to try it...other than hiring a valid coach, keto shouldnt cost ANYTHING but the whole foods you eat...you do NOT want to buy any so called keto products (slim fast, atkins claim to be keto but are not).
    I spend less on my groceries now than i did before keto. its meat, butter, cheese, cream, a few low carb veggies broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, romaine, celery, peeled cucumbers,,there are a few others..tomatos in very small quantities are ok... Sadly, and the thing i miss most, is that fruit doesnt fit in (its sugar. and your body cant tell the difference between fruit sugar and table sugar) but a little fresh lemon and lime is ok. some fit in raspberries strawberries and blackberries but the quantitites are so small..as in 3 berries is a serving. ]
    there is zero hunger and zero cravings if you do it correctly, and even the NIH has endorsed keto as healthy and sustainable for your lifetime.

    offer is there..we also have a very active, informative, up to date group on Spark called Team Keto!
    drop in anytime we'd love to have you join us!!! Whatever you decide is best for you i'm 100% behind you and will support you all i can!

    60 days ago
    the keto diet plan has worked for many and is healthy but it's not for everyone (my hubby gained on it), but you have to stop buying snacks as a first step, keep your snacks to carrot or celery sticks

    60 days ago
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