Sick and Tired of being tired!!

By tree2010 Latest Reply 2013-06-16 08:46:40 -0500
Started 2011-10-19 22:31:32 -0500

I have had diabetes for over 1 year now. I also have a thyroid issue and deal with depression on a regular basis. I am NOT motivated at all … I have NO energy and plenty of pity parties! What can I do to get my body to do what my brain knows it should be doing? I'm not going to get away from it either - my great grandfather, my grandmother and my father all have/had it as well. I have been gaining about 7 - 10 pounds per year for about 12 years now. I quit smoking in 2001, I am now 49 years old. I need to want to move and eat better. Thanks~

62 replies

Chezbo 2013-06-16 08:46:40 -0500 Report

I have been living with Diabetes Type II for 2 years. Somedays I am on top of the mountain in taking care of myself. Other days, I'm in the valley of the shadow of despair. I tend to get lazy, irritable, and then lose all kinds of discipline in my care. What I've discovered is that IT IS UP TO ME TO CARE FOR MYSELF. I cannot depend on anybody else to help take care of me. I have to get out of my own fights with depression, fights with not eating well, not exercising, and START GIVING A FLIP about NOT GIVING A FLIP. For example, I begin reading blogs such as this one and learn new things from new people who are in the same boat as me. What they are doing, how they are doing it, and how successful they have been. Next, I take small walks for lengthy walks. It helps clear my mind. Helps me plan out "how to get out of this funk" I'm in. Then, I read material about my condition to teach myself, learn new things, and apply new ideas to my plan to conquer my diabetes and my fire fights with depression. Last, I am a man of FAITH. I pray to my CREATOR for strength, intelligence, direction, and hope to help me meet people I can help or can help me. I hope some if not most of this helps you out. Have a great day. And I wish you success and joy to get out of that pit!!!!!!!!!!!!

troublemaker27 2011-10-25 11:06:27 -0500 Report

well i have depression too but i'm doing many things like going on walks and exercise.
so find something happy to do in your lifetime.
i was diagnosed with depression at age 13 in the 1990's
i was tease and mentally disturbed.
were you ever tease by bullies?
i was beating up by a bully i didn't fight back.
but i been saved by people and family too.
well find something you like best hey that's what i did good luck and i hope you get better bye and god bless

BevK 2011-10-24 23:04:24 -0500 Report

Thanks Sweetie! I'm not on the insulin yet. My family tree is littered with type1 and 2 diabetes, unfortunately! I grew up learning how to give some of my family members shots when needed, watching them lose their toes their legs, and yes their lives! I'm trying everything I can think of to keep this beaties monster at bay! It's good to know that I have brothers and Sisters in arms! I'll fight it every step of the way! Thanks for the inspiration! Much Love to ya my friend!!

BevK 2011-10-24 21:17:46 -0500 Report

You sound just like me, or maybe I should say I sound just like you! I just found out I was diabetic in March, four days after I got married to the most wonderful man in the world! Now ain't that a kick in the head!! I'm the same age as you, and yep I have my pitty parties too!! Any time you need someone to talk to, well here I am! Take care! Hugs!! : )

berrykins0 2011-10-24 15:48:32 -0500 Report

are your thyriod levels out of wack why you may not have enough energy i have thyriod issues with a tissue i went from being hypothyriod to hyperthyriod i have graves diease which cause me t o be hyperthyriod its automunne diease graves diease. do they check your t free 3 and t free 4 levels as well at the tsh? they could be out of wack.hope this helps.

tree2010 2011-10-25 09:34:07 -0500 Report

They show me numbers and take blood like I'm a soda fountain … I am going to an endocinologist to see if they can get me started in the right direction. I tend to think that my current doctors are doing the test and reading the numbers but my problem is that I went to them 7 years ago saying I was tired and gaining weight slowly - but consistently. Now I have a bag of pills and I'm still tired and gaining weight. It is more than just the numbers doc … it is how I feel too that counts. Ya know?

YogaGal 2011-10-24 08:26:54 -0500 Report

I'm going to suggest you sign up for a gentle yoga class! It's a great way to ease into an exercise program and is known to help alleviate depression and bring about feelings of contentment.

tree2010 2011-10-25 09:39:13 -0500 Report

I would love to do something like this … but at this point it is everything I can do to sit on the floor - and let's not think about getting up! I have got to start moving so that I can get limber (not like folding myself in half) enough to move without being scared of what might happen. Another problem that I have is I was born with both hips dislocated, in the early 60's, I have never been able to sit Indian style, or some of the other easy moves/styles. I have looked though andI can still enjoy Yoga without being the star!! Thanks, great idea!!

TAR Jewel
TAR Jewel 2011-10-24 04:59:27 -0500 Report

Be encouraged! Start by changing your mindset and add daily prayer. We are a community of family and friends sharing the same condition, so we understand! Think about the people and things that you love…that is worth the fight in you to choose to make a positive change. Life is a precious gift no matter what problems we may face. Each new day is a new day for positive change. I' praying for you my friend we have all been there at one time or another. :)

sheriden 2011-10-24 01:32:59 -0500 Report

Just like mysteria said talk to God and he will answer and help you through. I am diabetic, have arthritis and PTSD, depression BP and others It is what it is that is what I tell my self. I hate not sleeping unless i am on a manic than I don't care till I come down. I have gotten my self to go with the flow and only when I am having allot of symptoms from diff, ones do I have allot of problems coping and than I come here and get the help I need. Of corse the other connects also. sometimes I need a kick in the paints. But at other times I need tender loving care and I find that here. Blessings to you, You will work through it all and if you need a friend I am here.

mysteria7130 2011-10-22 19:40:09 -0500 Report

hey , for a moment I thought you were reading my mind. Except for the crying myself to sleep. Stopped doing that. And I am soon to be 61 on wedensday. self pity gets us nowhere. We all need a good swift kick in the arse now and then. So here is your kick in the arse. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and play some music that will get your body moving and when you need to pick something up bend without bending your knees and stand up again. It is not easy but you can do it. not only do you have us , but most of all, you have God. He is right beside you all the way. Trust in Him and ask Him to give you the strength to keep going. Also Give Him praise for giving all of you a new day. You have so much to learn and so much to teach. So lets go. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

tree2010 2011-10-23 18:56:44 -0500 Report

Well, I guess I needed that - LOL! You are soooo right, I do have faith and I need to use it all day long rather than just before bed. God is my answer. And the support I have received out here blows all of my other avenues away (THANK YOU ALL). I love the music idea too … I have let my surroundings and my body go for far too long. God Bless you! Happy Birthday and enjoy all of your blessings!!

SKR73 2011-10-22 18:07:19 -0500 Report

Depression heart only to sensitive personality, organize your daily routine, scheduled daily exercise, healthy food and few vitamins will really help you out to build up your will power.Diabetic medicines reduce you matabolism and reduce oxygen and multivitamins speacially vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, that is the reason the body and nerves gets weak slowly. Vitamin B complex help you to support nerves and D help to absorb calcium and depression condition. Also omega 3 flex seed oil help your heart and arteries. Avoid too much carbs, no artificial sweetners, too much cofee, oily foods, smoke and junk foods. Try to wake up early drink hot water, 1 hour walk and few reps of body workout. Eat lean meat, green vegetable speacially lettus, asparagus, in fruits 1 banana good source of potassium, 2 apples reduce your acidic symptoms, grapfruit provide vit C. Donot eat too much. Love your self and perform Yoga breat in breath out. I hope this practice will help you out. Good luck

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-22 13:32:30 -0500 Report

You just have to makie up your mind to get up and start a new eating plan. May I suggest the Mediterranian Diet to you…it's low in carbs and great for diabetics, you loose weight fast. I know, I'm on it. This site reccomended it to me. I looked it up and the rest is history. I've lost 20#'s in 6 weeks. I have thyroid issues too! You MUST take your medication 30 minutes before you eat breakfast. That is the way it works it's best. Lastly, your depression. I suffer from Clinical Depression and high Anxiety. I aslo have a sleep disorder. I take medications for all 3. I swore to myself I would never go back in that deep dark hole again, called depression or suffer with anxiety and certainly loose another nights sleep. I haven't…I refuse. I put my diabetes up front and fight off the others. Remember you never know how strong you can be, until you have to be. Yep, I have severaol Drs. but it's so worth it to me. Try it, it just could change your life. It did me… Good for you that you quit smoking, so did I, 20 years ago. Valentine Lady

tree2010 2011-10-23 19:05:33 -0500 Report

Correct again! I will look into the Mediterranian Diet (right now). I have a CPAP too. God Bless you - and thank you for the encouraging words of wisdom.

sadi23 2011-10-22 18:16:15 -0500 Report

@ valentine lady also great information…and well written, your a good member and friend to Tree2010…teri sadi23

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-21 15:44:56 -0500 Report

Just got an interesting email:
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-22 21:21:17 -0500 Report

I shared this with people at work and they loved it. Just wanted to let you know it reached out all the way out here in Michigan and touched a couple of hearts. God Bless you!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-21 17:24:44 -0500 Report

Amen to that! Thank you for sharing that!

vklus 2011-10-21 18:55:13 -0500 Report

Good job Mickey, I know it is so hard to walk away from those treats, I went to my Grandduaghters 3rd Birthday party and skipped the cute pig cupcakes. try to get to a water arobics class, that is all I have been able to do without pain, I am about 235 and 5' 3". I stand at work all day and do not like the idea of bearing that weight when I get off work. another bonus of waterarobics is no sweat!! if your rec center has a hot tub an evening class is great and you can relax after in the hot tub. again I would like to say Thankyou and God Bless You. Mother Theresa said " God never gives us more than we can handle, I just wish he didn't trust me quite so much."

vklus 2011-10-26 19:27:46 -0500 Report

I grew up spending summers on my Grandma's pig farm, we were the lookouts for the momma's, when they would start popping out piggies we would run and get Grandma to help keep the mama's from laying on the babies. Some of my very best memories are pig scented. My Grandma was Diabetic and she also had Breast cancer, both things I have had to learn to deal with, She died a few years ago and I really miss her. I am a better person for having spent time with her on the farm. I am doing very well, it's so nice to have a plan!! I start my Diabetes education classes on Thursday but thanks to this site I already feel ahead of the game. Now if I can just get my husband to join me to give him a better understanding of what this is all about.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-22 22:55:56 -0500 Report

Piggie cupcakes! How did you walk away! LOL It's hard, i think some of it is just knowing i should not have it! It's like off limits, so i just want it even more! Ya, i can't wait to get going on the rec center. i'm going monday to c if they have added anymore classes to the wateraerobics. I hope so. I'm on my feet running back and forth for hours at a time, the thought of walking anywhere makes me want to cry! I have to do something else! I have bad knees so this would be perfect, plus i love the water! No hot tub though! Oh well, can't win them all! LOL. Take care of yourself friend! Blessed Be Mickey

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-21 15:05:03 -0500 Report

"Be not afraid of life with diabetes.
Believe that even with diabetes life is still worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."
Inspired by the words of William James

KE5ICS 2011-10-20 22:35:09 -0500 Report

I don't know your denomination and please do not take offense but PRAY my friend like my grandmother always tells me about being active and having type1 which scares her to no end "He would not put any more on you that you can not handle but if you call on him during those trials and tribulations there is nothing you can not get through" you gotta find something or someone in your life that requires you and do it for that reason for starters.

bjwarren123 2011-10-20 17:28:05 -0500 Report

Just wondering how well your glucose and thyroid levels are being monitored. I have thyroid problems myself in addition to rather uncontrolled glucose. My new endocrinologist has been absolutely wonderful.Maybe you need a more aggressive approach like me. I will undergo radioactive iodine therapy soon if my thyroid is still super overactive next month. I also started two more diabetes medications last month. I must tell you that this was not an overnight change, but now if I don't go walking or workout I don't have energy! Not to mention the instant gratification I get when I check my sugar right after a workout! What a new thing for me! Wishing the best for you and your health plan!!!

tree2010 2011-10-21 11:52:52 -0500 Report

Thanks. I have been under doctor's care for about 7 years for this. Itbegan with high blood pressure, then the thyroid, then depression/anixiety, then the sugar. I have never gone to an endocinologist, maybe that should be my next step.

bjwarren123 2011-10-21 12:05:59 -0500 Report

Definitely a good idea since endocrinologists specialize in both thyroid and diabetes conditions.

sadi23 2011-10-22 18:35:58 -0500 Report

I agree, your doctors are your life line, I am lucky one of mine wrote the book, "Diabetes AnswerBook" Pratical answers to more thn 300 Top Questions" one of his 12 book, he has written…I feel lucky I found him right in my home town… good luck…tree2010 and any or all members that will find that they will learn a lot, possiblely (?) teach others, and will make good lasting friends here…God Bless, watch over you and yours, listen for his guidance, as there are small doors that are openned, don't miss the opportunity God gives you along your journey of life, but if you don't keep open, and see the way he has layed out for you to go, you may have a more difficult time, on your journey. but there is never a time, where it is to late to ask for his guidence, all you have to do, is ask him…God bless

tree2010 2011-10-23 19:11:01 -0500 Report

Thank you. I have already found my self amazed at the pouring of support from people on this site. I have found ahome. :)

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-20 16:27:46 -0500 Report

I'm with you, i don't like to excersise. I have a very demanding job and have used that as an excuse for a long time. Was in denial for a year and have had my body give me a wake up call, so i've decided the tv isn't going to help me, neither will my books or computer, so here we go! As soon as my finances get straight(was off work for over a month,still waiting on my short term disability) i'm going to our local rec center and just do SOMETHING and then as a reward i will go swimming in the pool. I also hope to get in water aerobics soon. So i guess what i'm trying to say is you just have to put your mind to it, just like when you decided to quit smoking. I used to smoke and i know how hard that can be to give up. I used to LIKE smoking, so it took a little time, but i just put my mind to it. It's been about 6-7 years now and i'm so glad i did it. I'm trying to use that same thought process. Another thing i have started saying to myself is if i'm really wanting something, like some of the halloweem candy floating around work i ask myself if the piece of candy is worth and finger or toe, or my eyesight! And of course the answer is no, so i walk away! Today was bad, the nurse brought in fresh bakery donuts for a girls b-day and i wanted to cry! She bought me my favorite one! I told her she was mean LOL! But i decided it was not worth a foot or a digit, so i walked away! Was so proud of myself! I hope my rambling has helped in some small way and not irritated you to no end! Keep the Faith and lean on Jesus, he will help you if you let him. God Bless you, Mickey

tree2010 2011-10-20 16:52:35 -0500 Report

Well stated actually! I never thought about it in the quit smoking terms … I am a all or none kinda gal, so this eating ONLY this or Only this much is where I get in trouble. I don't know that I have ever been hungry in my life - I think I always eat before that happens. I thought about joining CURVES and hoping to feel some sort of commitment to it. Your post did help me, thank you!! And good luck~

LauraS 2011-10-20 09:57:51 -0500 Report

Gee, sounds a lot like me. My boyfriend makes me take walks after dinner. I don't like going all the time and boy does my hip and back hurt afterwards. It's really important to exercise and I don't like doing it either. I have a machine I never use. If you can get someone to walk with you it would help a great deal. Sometimes we need someone else to motivate us. I'm in diet hell right now so sorry I can't help you there.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-20 16:30:03 -0500 Report

Ouch! have a bad back also! I feel your pain. And don't you just hate it when someone you love makes you do something thats good for you? LOL JK!
P.S. I like your pic also! Is that a pet?or just a pic?

LauraS 2011-10-21 11:08:36 -0500 Report

It's just a pic. I live in a metropolitan area, no farm animals, though I do love piggies!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-22 21:26:42 -0500 Report

I grew up in detroit until i was ten and then my mom moved us to a pig farm in the middle of nowhere in a town called Lapeer. At first it was culture shock! But we learned to love it! There was a momma pig who had 15 babies, got sick and couldn't nurse and we were feeding all of the piglets! It was crazy! I have a ton of stories and memories. It was hard on my mom, but one of the best things she could have done! It was a lot of fun! Stinky sometimes though! LOL :)

tree2010 2011-10-20 10:08:59 -0500 Report

lol … just knowing that I am not alone helps! I too have a stationary bike - in the living room - that I do not use. Thanks for responding, I appreciate it! AND I love your picture!!!!