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PJHUGHES Posts: 10
7/9/10 6:08 P

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Thanks Heather! I can relate to EVERYTHING you said. I don't necessarily like the saying "Misery loves company", but it sure does help knowing there are others who know exactly how I feel. You have a great outlook, and I hope to mirror that. emoticon

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7/9/10 9:03 A

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I think this is something all type 1s struggle with. I've been diabetic since 1988 and on the pump since 2001. The pump gave me better control and let me live a more normal life, however, I also feel its to blame for the weight gain. That and having two kids and getting older! I've been trying to lose 20-30 lbs since March and haven't really gotten anywhere. It drives me crazy when I get a good workout in then have a low and have to eat. Grrrr! I also get discouraged because my friend has dropped over 20 lbs and looks great although she doesn't exercise as hard as I do and tends to eat more junk. Then I get resentful because I know it's the diabetes that makes it so much harder for me to lose. With that said, I am feeling better and I know my A1c will be better this month. I have to constantly remind myself to not give up. Take it one day at a time and don't let the lack of motivation hang around too long. I do hit those slumps, but try to bounce out of them within a few days or a week. Hang in there.... you're not alone!

Heather

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7/8/10 10:39 P

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Welcome to the site my friend we seem to all have this issue one way or another. I have a way that works for me but we are all different so what works for me migh not work for you the book they recommended is great and I too give it a thumbs up I have been type one for over 16 yrs now and this site plus tudiabetes.org ( if you have not joined it I highly recommend it it is like facebook for diabetics but we discuss every diabetes subject known to man. it is not a weight loss site but instead a diabetes lifestyle site. ) umm My name is carey in case you can't tell I am having email problems so I am not getting all the new post or reply post on this group but I am the leader we had one other who was first but she had personal issues that needed to come first so I stepped in to help out this is a great group to help you out. just keep posting away with any questions you have and if you have answers to anothers questions they feel free to help out but you don't have too that is the least of our worries. we are here to help anyone and everyone. so once again welcome and I hope you find us helpful. emoticon

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
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( this includes getting healthy!!)


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7/8/10 9:52 P

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Welcome PJ! It's been 17 yrs of T1 for me and pumping for about 8. I hate logging too, and haven't done it in quite a while. Exercise is definitely an experiment of one. I usually eat a light breakfast, and bolus for 1/2 of it + cut my basal rate to 65% about an hour prior, but YMMV.
Anyway, you're not alone, so hey there!

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PJHUGHES Posts: 10
7/8/10 5:55 P

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Thanks for the welcome!
HH10901, I will definitely take a look at that book, and Valerie, you are right....it could be a lot worse for me too. As you, I have no signs of being diabetic either. A major accomplishment for the number of years we've been diabetic.
Anyway, thanks again for the warm welcome, and best of luck to you two on reaching your goals.

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7/8/10 5:49 P

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I feel lucky to have type 1 diabetes. Seriously.

Of many of the diseases out there, at least diabetes is manageable! I take better care of myself than I did before I was diagnosed (coming up on 19 years for me).

Yes, I log everything, wear a pump, watch my carbs, struggle with my weight, go low now and then, but hell, it sure beats the alternative!

I seldom get down about my situation because I'm lucky enough not to have any complications; if you didn't know I had a disease, you'd never guess that I do.

For exercise, I do best first thing in the morning too. I run a temp basal of about -50% on my pump for about half an hour before I exercise and then test and adjust (if necessary) as soon as I finish.

Good luck!
Valerie


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Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



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Welcome to the team! I've only had type 1 for 15 years but I am equally burned out on trying to track everything, especially when I'm doing poorly.
It's not good when I go to the doctor's office because then they have nothing to see about how I've been doing (other than A1C)!
Anyway I'm also on the pump and I find that if I exercise first thing in the morning (before I have any bolus insulin in me), I'm a lot more stable throughout the day. Good luck and WELCOME!

Also - check this book out: www.amazon.com/Diabetic-Athle
tes-Handb
ook-Sheri-Colberg/dp/0736074937

I've only gotten partway through it but I found it SO helpful!

Allison

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PJHUGHES Posts: 10
7/8/10 5:27 P

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I've always been a little fearful of joining these kinds of things because I'm usually looking for answers rather than providing them. Today it occurs to me that this is probably exactly the reason I should join. Who knows maybe some day I can pass along some good advice, but until then I should get what I can from whomever/wherever I can.
I've been a type 1 diabetic for over 20 years. I am currently a pump user. I always have difficulty with BG control when exercising. Sometimes they are low, sometimes they are high. Seems pretty random to me. I've tried logging, but honestly that doesn't last long because I am REALLY, REALLY burnt out on tracking everything (BG, food intake, insulin amounts, times, etc). I am hoping this forum will help me be accountable, receive support, and learn new things.
Hope this intro to me wasn't too long emoticon

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