I want to lose weight

By pbuckle Latest Reply 2011-05-19 14:54:26 -0500
Started 2011-05-16 20:08:42 -0500

I am a 53 yo man who weighs 225lbs and 6' tall. I want to lose about 25 lbs. I am type 2 and i wear a pump. I am on my feet all day for my job. Where do I start?

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6 replies

Hinboyz3 2011-05-19 14:54:26 -0500 Report

Im with RAYT721 on this subject, moderation is the key, and just start with baby steps,one day at a time. Start walking, take the steps at work, or park your car further away from the building and walk. But do start something. Eat more nutritionally drink plenty of water through the day. Before you know it you will even start to feel more energy coming on. I have to exercise daily or at least every other day also, Im type 2 with proper diet and exercise and no meds. It's hard but I feel we have one life and we are worth it. I don't like exercise but I like what it gives to my body and adds onto my life. So just try little baby steps, keep us informed on your progress, you can do it!!!!!

RAYT721 2011-05-17 05:10:50 -0500 Report

Howdy from Ohio!

First of all, I think your goal for 25 pounds is realistic and obtainable. Let's start with one pound and tackle the other 24 a little at a time, just as the weight was put on.

I think you've already started simply by asking the question of where to start. It shows a motivated attempt to make change and accept challenge. What worked for me (30 pounds loss over a year) was taking baby steps. (repeat: baby steps) … You may or may not want to follow the tips I will share with you. We are all unique.

My first word of advice is not to even consider starving yourself. Make sure to have breakfast daily whether that's a simple cup of low fat yogurt or healthy cereal or low carb pizza from last night. What you eat doesn't matter as much as the fact that you DO eat frequently and by letting your mind, body, soul, tastebuds and glucose meter work together. Swap the word "diet" for eating plan.

When you plan your menus, think about reading recipe and ingredients food labels for calories, carbs, fat, fiber, protein, vitamins, etc. Watch out for transfat and massive amounts of things like high fructose corn syrups. Sugar is not a horrible thing in moderation just as sugar substitutes are not all "good" things. Now is the time to think about balance. Your body needs energy and energy comes from food. It's a new way of thinking.

Quite often when people go on crash diets to lose weight they often lose their minds before they lose weight. This phenomenon comes from skipping meals and then binging out of hunger, getting frustrated, and starting the process again as they put on a pound in an effort to lose two pounds. Realize that whatever you were doing didn't work. Stop. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Today is a new day.

I wouldn't suggest hopping on the marathon treadmill run or going for a two hour walk today. Exercise is important in weight loss but not nearly as important as common sense. Start small … think big! Add more steps to your daily routine. Pick up a dumbbell (no, put me down!!!) and start a little lifting … 2 or 3 pounds is fine. You don't have to join a gym today and move in. Remember the advice for "baby steps?" … that's true for all of the changes you are going to be making to mind, body and soul.

I added water to my daily menu. It helps to flush out the bad stuff and keep the body hydrated and said to help people feel full faster. Try it. What do you have to lose? (hopefully some weight)

Before I forget, check out Diabetic Connect's sister site, Obesityconnect.com, for more advice, recipes, motivation and friendship. You'll find me there also.

Now, I don't have all of the answers on weight loss. I can only tell you what I believe has worked for me but not only have I lost 30 pounds but I have kept it off and that's most important. Anyone can lose weight but it's important not to put it back on again.

I find that eating less food more often helps with weight control and glucose control. Another tip is to swap out favorite unhealthy foods for healthier ones. I remember wanting a Cinnabon Carb-Lovers roll one day and finding that a Cinnamon Atkins bar helped the cravings with more realistic nutritional offerings. That was an "AHA" moment for me. When I wanted strawberry cheesecake, I discovered Dannon Light & Fit yogurt. Instead of white rice, I discovered brown rice. Swapping has nothing to do with spouses.

Hopefully some of my suggestions here will help you. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race.

Sorry for the manuscript … 6:00 a.m. ramblings.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-17 03:33:00 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor. You might also ask your doctor about a diabetic counsler./ nutrisionist. There are also some very good recipes etc. on this web site. I hope this helps.
I also need to lose about 25 lbs. I know that I need more exercise.

edvel54 2011-05-17 00:15:25 -0500 Report

Some of the meds we take will cause weight gain and prevent you from losing it easily.
Are you counting your carbs? Eating too many bad carbs will put weight on

traci walker
traci walker 2011-05-16 20:45:37 -0500 Report

I am a new diabetic and i take insulin, i asked my endocrinologist about how i wanted to lose more weight. He put me on Byetta, which you take an injection twice a day a half hour or an hour before your two largest neals. it also helps wth high blood sugar. Since i started taking it a month ago it decreased my appetite and urge for sugar cravings. It makes you feel full sooner. I have lost 8 lbs since i started using byetta. Ask your Dr. if it's right for you.

edvel54 2011-05-17 00:17:04 -0500 Report

I was on byetta for a while, I lose weight, but it was from the Byetta making me sick. I tried several different time and different dosages. Did work for me

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