By red0698 Latest Reply 2011-10-03 12:43:01 -0500
Started 2011-10-02 13:16:32 -0500

I just can't seem to get motivated about this diabetes and losing weight. I know what to do but I won't even take a glucose reading on my meter. I have suffered with migraines, weight and depression all of my life and I feel so tired of it all. Now I have this too. I'm not sure where to turn to get help. When I say things like I can't have fruit by itself, people think I'm crazy and should get a dietician. How do I get my mojo going?

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red0698 2011-10-03 12:43:01 -0500 Report

Thanks guys for your motivation. I downloaded the new blood glucose readings chart just yesterday and I've already started to take my readings more often. I've tried a new meal on my husband that was all diabetic friendly recipes, and he loved it. I am going to try harder and hopefully it will work. Julie

jayabee52 2011-10-02 21:01:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Julie! WELCOME to Diabetic connect!

I too have a history of being overweight and depressed

I was in the doldrums about my diabetes too. And I was in denial sometimes and sometimes was kinda burned out. So I let my diabetes run amok. In fact I was so foolish I tried to but myself into a Ketoacidosis state because I heard it burned fat. (I had just been divorced out of a 25 year marriage which produced 3 sons and I was trying to get ready for dating again). Not a good way to burn fat!

As a result of those missteps in diabetes care, I have developed a number of painful and humiliating complications: Diabetic Neuropathy. I have burning pain encasing my skin from my knees down to my toes. It is there 24/7/365. It makes walking and exercising a nightmare for me. I also have neuropathy from my elbows down to my fingertips. Fortunately it is not the burning kind, but it tingles like pins and needles all the time. Kinda like my arms are "going to sleep"

I also have those tingles in my groin area, which when my bride was alive and we would try to make love, I couldn't "perform" my husbandly duties. (She also had similar problems so she understood) It was quite frustrating for both of us.

I also am starting to get gastroparesis, which is paralysis of the stomach. Food will sit in my stomach for longer than needed. The Vagus nerve which controls the valve emptying the stomach into the intestines is impaired by the neuropathy also, so my digestion is affected, and can through my BG readings out of whack.

Kidney problems too! I had to go on dialysis because my high BG readings damaged my Kidneys to the point that they got an infection and I had to go on dialysis to preserve my life. At that point I had considered letting the disease take me away to the hereafter. (I did not and I am glad I did not.)

I was able to stop dialysis after 10 months but now my kidneys remain in a weakened condition, and I am about a month away from needing dialysis again.

So should I have been motivated when first diagnosed to control my diabetes?
If I was smart and looking out for my own best interests, I should have!

And I do not have diabetes and complications as bad as it COULD be.

But now I am motivated to control my BG numbers by my meal plan rather than medication. I started the new regimen in February 2011 and have kept my BG numbers in the normal range with a low-carb, high protein eating plan. My May A1c was 5.5, and even though I was not TRYING to lose weight, I lost about 50 lbs February through September. Is it difficult eating that way? Perhaps at first, but I got used to it. I think what I am doing may be diminishing the burning pain in my legs. And my osteoarthritus is not flaring up as much or as badly since I have lost the weight.


I pray you can find it in yourself to get motivated and control your condition before it starts controlling you like it did me!

Blessings to you and yours, Julie

James Baker

petronius 2011-10-02 20:58:41 -0500 Report

I go to the gym and exercise. Some days I really have to push. It helps all the concerns you have. It really helps with depression which in turn helps my motivation. When I am depressed I don't want to any thing. Keeping my bs down and exercise I am a happy camper. Push your self

Harlen 2011-10-02 14:09:31 -0500 Report

Well there are a lot of people out there that wish they had done a better job
of taking care of there D when you have lost a foot or your eye well then it's just to late .My mom died from complecations that whent with not taking care of her D and may be that why I am taking care of mine ???
It was a bad way to go pice by pice brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr gave me the shivers just thinking of it.
If you cant do it for your self do it for famly and or frends
It realy is a bad way to go for them that are near you .
Best wishes