Could Not Be Less Inspiring....

By ANYSA728 Latest Reply 2013-06-11 14:49:45 -0500
Started 2013-06-05 11:02:29 -0500

I just took a free copy of the "Diabetes magazine" from my local drug store. It had American Idol judge Randy Jackson 's story in it. It was so inspiring and insightful (NOT)! After being diagnosed with type 2 he underwent gastric bypass to lose some of his 350 lbs (which he still struggles with). To start eating right he got a personal chef and to stay healthy & active he got a personal trainer. He also loves tennis so he plays for at least 45 min a day.
WHAT???? Changing to wheat bread and buying fruits and vegetables cost me an arm & a leg! Eating healthy is expensive; thats why you see so many overweight people who live on a meager income! A trainer? I run outside because it only costs me a set of sneakers. AND…its all I can do find an extra 15-30 minutes for myself let alone go find a tennis court & someone to play with (I'll bet he has a personal pro for that too). The only 15-30 minutes I get is on the train ride out of the city after working 8 hours a day.
I hate those stories. I'm not inspired… I feel like puncing the editor in the face.

18 replies

jbyrd519 2013-06-09 19:11:58 -0500 Report

Would have to agree with that. If we had the time and money we could do the same thing, but we actually have to work for a living.

Bun10 2013-06-06 21:25:18 -0500 Report

Hairbear68: Try play it again sports or thrift stores if you are looking for equipment.

Bun10 2013-06-11 11:48:23 -0500 Report

Many insurance plans that cover medicare (and maybe SSI) offer the Silver Sneakers program where you can use a participating gym for free. You might want to look into that. Some have programs for disabilities. And programs where you can just sit in a chair and still work out.

hairbear68 2013-06-06 22:21:45 -0500 Report

I been lookin at that still 200.00+ just for a trike bike mot need work like tires or painted playit again was almost 300 and criglist 200 and up for junk

Bun10 2013-06-06 21:16:35 -0500 Report

I saw that Diabetic Living (my personal bible and only help I had about what to eat, etc) had an article "the new diabetes cure" and darn if it wasn't gastric by pass. Much as it sounds like cheating, they have very stringent rules about what they can and especially can't eat. I know a lady who had that, ignored all the guide lines and died. It is not a free slide into home skinny pass. Having said that, the chef and trainer and what all does go against the grain. The surgery itself is very expensive and I don't know if ins has begun to cover it yet. Money talks but if you dont stay on track you are back to square one. Most of us just stick to our good carbs and portion control like you do. Ignore the Randy's. I don't believe I ever saw him on this forum lol! We have each other and do the best we can. I know after 2 years I felt like giving up (ha! Like that's an option!) but I finally climbed back in the saddle. YOU are what's important. I get it. Believe me, I get it. Oprah had a chef and a personal trainer but she didn't have what it takes to stay the fight. Diabetes is a motivator. No question about that.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-06 17:31:59 -0500 Report

Hey ANYSA728,

I just wanted to jump in and say I know what you mean. Sometimes these publications can be so tone deaf. You have to wonder what they are thinking, or if they are thinking. A personal chef and trainer is not exactly something most of us can do.

Have you thought of writing a letter to the editor there? If they hear from enough people, they might get the message.


ANYSA728 2013-06-11 14:46:56 -0500 Report

Such a great idea! I actually write emails to stores & restaurants when I get good (or bad) service. I'll see if I can do the same for that publication. The winner of American Idol (can't even remember her name) is Type 1 and before she won, she was basically living on the streets playing music. Now her story was interesting! How do you manage your diabetes when your broke!? And she had spikes and lows when she dealt with stage fright performing in front of so many people…Oh…and can you imagine eating & checking your bs when you're on that type of American Idol schedule? I'd rather hear stories like that & not Randy's!

Type1Lou 2013-06-06 10:40:40 -0500 Report

IMHO, he's in the same category as Paula Dean. Unfortunately, in our culture of celebrity "idol worship", these people have more clout/influence than the average everyday heroes who manage their diabetes with less than extraordinary means. I've never watched "American Idol", so I really don't care who Randy Jackson is…come to think of it, I've never watched Paula Dean either. By making the right decisions and choices about food and exercise, by tracking my BG's and counting/limiting my carbs I have been able to manage my diabetes for 37 years now without extraordinary means (unless you count going on an insulin pump 2 years ago as extraordinary). I agree with Nick, below, that Halle Berry's story might have been a better one.

tabby9146 2013-06-06 10:31:26 -0500 Report

I know what you mean, when you have all that money, it is easier, you can hire a trainer, a cook, and all that. I sympathize with you. fruits and veggies in season are not expensive, where I live, at least, buying from the road side stands is the best and those big chain grocery stores? well I do not buy from them because they have their produce most of the time, shipped from other states and it loses some of its nutrients on the way and lots of times, they have higher prices, to help offset some of the costs of bringing it all in . I am fortunate that there are several really good freshly grown locally grown places near my house that sells year round. now lots of the stuff I wish I could buy more of, at the health food store is really expensive! It is very hard to exercise enough everyday, even the half hour a day that is recommended when working all day long for sure! Best of luck to you.

tabby9146 2013-06-06 10:34:52 -0500 Report

I forgot to say, you are right, all one needs is a good pair of tennis shoes period. we can do our own exercises outside like fast walking, running or jogging, buying a good used bike and biking, so many things we can do. I have a DVD player but I have not bought lots of DVDs for exercise, I use Just Dance sometimes, and most of the time I just go to You Tube and work out from there. worried about You Tube though, they are charging for some of it now, like movies I think…I need to update myself on it, but I hope they do not start charging on these exercise videos, they help me a lot.

ANYSA728 2013-06-11 14:49:45 -0500 Report

Netflix has some pretty good dance dvds. They even have alot of dvds that have 10 minute work outs (you can always do all 5 of 10 minutes work outs). Sometimes I can only get 10 or 20 minutes in my schedule.

Nick1962 2013-06-06 10:17:23 -0500 Report

Ya know, Halle Berry went into a coma at age 22 with what she was told was Type 1. She weaned her way off insulin (how does a T1 do that you ask), and turns out she was actually a T2. Since a lot of T2 diagnoses revolve around poor diet and inactivity, she obviously didn’t fit the T2 profile.
While it might not be “inspiring”, I think her story would be far more interesting to most of us than someone who tried to buy their way out of gaining control.
Yeah, there sure is a lazy editor there, and I won’t be picking up that magazine anytime soon.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-05 21:12:29 -0500 Report

I try very hard not to pay attention to any celebrities life or life styles. There job is to entertain me. I could care less about anything else they do. One would think Angelina Jolie was the first woman to do what she did. My cousin did that 10 years ago to save her life. I am more inspired from what others do who are not celebrities.

locarb 2013-06-05 17:36:08 -0500 Report

Forgive me for laughing…but you are hysterical! Yes, I absolutely agree with you. What's worse is he's heralded as a hero. People idolize celebrity and while I think it's unfortunate, there appears to way to stop it. Don't allow trivial, uninspiring and pedestrian nonsense like this to minimize what you're doing. Your victories are real, the people in your life are important and deserve you at your best and sharing your perspective undoubtedly benefits many here.

Smokebaby 2013-06-05 12:43:31 -0500 Report

I'm with you anysa728, the people here inspire me a lot more. I only wish I had his money to be able to hire all the people to help me with my needs.

hairbear68 2013-06-05 11:20:09 -0500 Report

you said that rt, home care pros money, the right food s money, the right exercise equipment, like a trike so its more stable than a bike doesn't fall over easy are 600 to off the charts cost