Getting back on track

By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2011-12-04 21:41:15 -0600
Started 2011-12-04 09:12:10 -0600

After some discussion with friends here at DC I have made the first steps to getting back on track with my health. I thought that by using insulin I would be doing myself a favor. I really don't think that I was. I have gained exactly 31 lbs since May. I am only 5feet6 inches tall. I feel like poo most days and have so much pain in my back, shoulders, hips and legs that I can barely move. I suspect that it is a combination of the weight gain and all the carbs I have been eating trying to deal with the insulin. My doc said "low fat". However, I know that low fat, at least for me, isn't any good. I feel hungry all the time and constantly feel like I need to eat. So, I'm getting back on track with what I know works for me. I've started back with my low carb eating plan. I already feel a tad bit better this morning. Still having quite a bit of pain but that will get better with time. I do feel a bit clearer headed too. It's funny I knew that carbs weren't good for me, but never truly GOT it until I experienced the bad stuff for myself. With the help of God and the encouragement I know I will get here I will beat this demon. I desperately to get off of the insulin and start feeling like myself again. Thanks for all the help friends!!

3 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-04 21:41:15 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear you were having a bad time of it. But glad things are starting to look better.
When I found out I had D, they put me on glucophage and I took that, but did nothing about my diet. I was in denial and just figured, I'm on meds, that makes it ok. NOT
So after my body gave me a wake-up call, I've been on track, mostly!! It's a learning curve!
Hang in there, it will get better! I'm still battling getting my stomach to heal, but doing lots better, so I know it can happen. One of the biggest things I did that helped me was to keep a food journal. I also track my bs #'s in it. It has helped me to "see" what works and what does not. Just a thought.

If you need any help, please don't hesitate to holler out!
Good luck to you!
God Bless, Mickey

RAYT721 2011-12-04 13:56:59 -0600 Report

It sounds like you have a lot on your plate … um, in a good way. It's always rough when wanting to turn your life around completely with a lifestyle change and you've got the first key to the puzzle… a positive attitude! Now remember it's not going to happen overnight and you'll probably continue to have highs and lows with your glucose and with your weight. Please don't get into the habit of weighing yourself too frequently because the only thing you'll lose is your mind. You'll have days down by 3 pounds and up by 2 the next and then down and up, etc. You probably never realized that as the weight was put on, slowly, because one day you woke up and said, "I weight WHAT?" … Please don't take to heart any of those supplements that claim to burn fat while you sleep. If that were true, we'll all have some pretty sticky sheets and clogged bathtub drains from that imaginary melted fat.

The best advice that I have for you is to keep a journal not only for your records but for your doctor's use as well in deciding when it's time to take you off the insulin. Granted nobody likes insulin but it's a medication and needs to be prescribed and unprescribed by your medical team. Another bit of advice is to work out a plan for sensible lower-carb eating menus. You will eventually learn how to substitute lower carb ingredients for favored higher carb options without noticing a taste difference but that's not true in ALL cases. Your goal should be lower carb, not no carb. Carbs are important for your bodies' energy. Learning to eat better takes time so go in for the long haul rather than short term eating that only ends up in yo yo dieting. I know so many people who lose a lot of weight, only to gain it back and more. Knowing how to eat is one thing but sticking to it is another. You will need to commit to the challenge and you're right… you'll get there.

I lost 30 pounds last year and have kept it off. I am more focused now on getting enough calories, fat, carbs, protein, vitamins, etc. I don't use a thousand teaspoons of sugar in my coffee anymore. I use a single sweet and low. Remember also that portion control is an important part of dieting and weight loss and glucose control. It is shocking to read the package labels for certain food ingredients or recipes in that this tiny bit of a package can be 2,3 or more servings. It's okay to have two servings of something but add it into your plan.

I found that adding more water to my diet helps in many ways besides just filling me up so I don't eat as much and as a diabetic I am now eating 5-6 times a day with smaller portions. I can't say that will work for you but it certainly HAS worked for me.

Add a little bit of exercise to your day and learn some of the physical therapy exercises that the professionals give for those with back, shoulder, hip and thigh issues. Physical therapy (also called exercise) can help although nobody likes it. If your body can't take intense workouts adjust the workouts to fit your body. Some exercise is much better than no exercise or too much exercise.

Find a workout buddy that has the same goals and make sure that he/she is not negative person. There's nothing worse than someone who will celebrate a good workout with a trip to Dairy Queen. :)

It WILL happen and we're here for you. Read some of the archives discussions and questions and answers posted here and on Obesity Connect. We are truly your friends because we can relate to the issues you are having with mind, body and soul. You have a whole cheerleading team here. Let me know (friend me) if there's anything that I can do or say to help on your journey.

jayabee52 2011-12-04 09:59:16 -0600 Report

That's great to hear you are getting back on track, Sharon. If there's something I can do to assist you in this process please ask.