starting over

By redwingluver9398 Latest Reply 2012-12-28 20:46:35 -0600
Started 2012-12-20 03:55:11 -0600

I have been diagnosed since 3/09 I believe. I was doing so well for the longest time. then we moved to Ga, and I became a recluse. gained a TON of weight and numbers were all over the map. Got it back under control for a while, but now I find myself needing to hit that dang reset button again. My weight is the highest it's ever been. BP is creeping up and my heart rate is higher than usual. With my reset, should I be more concerned about watching caloric intake or carb intake. when i was initially diagnosed, my endo put me on a 1600cal/60 carbs a day diet. I told her point blank that I can start either one or the other, but not both. went with the carbs and lost 20lbs. I think I can do it again…just need encouragement.

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-21 05:36:11 -0600 Report

Glad to hear you are working towards getting back on track. A diet specialist told me one time never to go under 1200 calories per day when dieting. I find that if you follow the Diabetic plate diet you will limit not only your calories by watching the portions, but also your carb intake. Half a plate of veggies, (I don't eat corn or snow peas), and your 1/4 lean protein, and a small portion of carbs like 1/2 to 1 cup berries, I am able to eat whole wheat bread I like natures own with only 10 g per slice. It's all about changing and watching! Good luck and happy holidays!

jayabee52 2012-12-20 10:31:58 -0600 Report

Howdy Redwing.

f it is a choice between restricting carbs or calories I have found that the restricting the carbs is the way to go.

At one point I was quite obese with about 250 lbs on a 5' 6" frame. Back in Feb 2011 I decided to experement with my eating plan and found something which has worked for me ever since. You may find the write up here ~

I focused on using what I ate and didn't eat to maintain my Blood Glucose (BG) levels, and I was so focused on that I didn't realize that the fat was coming off of my frame. I am now at about 170 which is a little heavy but much better than 250. I had been down to about 155. but looking at pictures taken at around that time I looked too thin for my own good. When I was focused on the management of my BG levels without the meds, the weight just seemed to melt away. the first clue I got there was that my formerly tight jeans became loose enough that I needed a belt to hold them up.

So if my experience gives you any encouragement, you CAN do it. You don't necessarily don't have to do it the way I did it, but you can do it.

James Baker

ShellyLargent 2012-12-20 09:52:06 -0600 Report

I use My Fitness Pal (both the website and iPhone app) to track my calories and carbs. I restrict myself to 1300 calories and 180g carbs daily. I found that when I cut back on the calories, the carbs were easy to cut as well. Sort of like Nick mentioned… Calories and carbs do go hand in hand. Instead of mashed or baked potatoes, I eat mashed or roasted cauliflower, lots and lots of raw veggies for snacks like snap peas, radishes, carrots and raw cauliflower and broccoli, plus I also use Slim Fast's meal and snack bars or the 100-calorie snack packs. If we eat out at a restaurant, we typically will go to either Subway or Panda Express, but on the rare occasions that it's another place, I usually only order a small piece of chicken and then steamed veggies with a garden salad. I also carry my own salad dressings with me… Yes, I'm one of those people! ;-)

ShellyLargent 2012-12-20 09:55:42 -0600 Report

What I really like about MFP's site is after you put in your info like starting weight and goal weight, at the end of each day when you finish your diary enteries, it will tell you what your weight will be in 2 weeks if you continue to eat like you did on that day. It makes it easy to stay encouraged because it's sometimes hard to see your results while you're dieting. The site tells you what results you can expect. I really like that…

Nick1962 2012-12-20 08:54:27 -0600 Report

Just my opinion, but if I restrict my carbs, the calories usually come along with it.
60 carbs/day is pretty low, but I lived on it for a couple years with great results and never worried about calorie count.

petals 2012-12-20 07:16:14 -0600 Report

Hi! I am in the same boat, starting over again! Grr! I have alot of stress right now, well for the past 2 years, but I am finally getting a handle on it. I am counting both, I use, they do all the counting, I just put in what I eat. Counting drives me nuts! To be honest, it will be after christmas before I give it my all. We both have done it before, so we can do it again! So go for it!! I am here for you.