By steffr1003 Latest Reply 2013-09-29 17:51:02 -0500
Started 2013-09-23 18:07:55 -0500

I have been diabetic since 2000 and it has been a long hard road for me. I was over weight and knew that I had to lose it in order to better control my sugar. It took about 2 years to lose 100lbs but I did it. The problem I am having now is I have gained 47lbs in the last 7 months. I was having problems with the insulin I was on. I was having to increase my dose every couple of days or so and then out of no where I would bottom out. I was put on Novlin70/30 about 8 months ago and that it what is causing the weight gain. My diet has gotten better but I am still unable to lose and weight. I do not want to change my insulin it is working great. Does anyone have any ideas on how to lose weight with only being about to do light light chair workouts?

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17 replies

Type1Lou 2013-09-26 15:10:07 -0500 Report

I just can't let fatso200's comment below be the final one here…it's way too dark! Although, we are all "Born astride a grave" (apologies to Samuel Beckett) and death is our ultimate end , it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy the interval in between. I never felt diabetes defined who I am or what I can accomplish. It is not easy making the right management decisions about diet and exercise. I am frequently hungry and have given up most sweets and baking (much to my husband's chagrin) but, I'm quite healthy (except for the diabetes and getting older…); am passionate about my hobbies and have traveled extensively. Even having had diabetes for 37 years, life is good!

fatso200 2013-09-23 19:45:46 -0500 Report

I hate to say it but a good toxin that would make you nauseous for weeks at a time may be the only way. Otherwise, just keep eating a weight loss diet and excercising. If it doesn't work and you get sick and tired of it than do what I was doing—accept it. The worst thing that happens to a person is they die. We all die. Now I'm trying myself to lose weight so I could breathe better and get my a1c down. But I'm not going to fret over it and worry too much as I accept health failure and death as a reality we must all face at one time or another. And once we're gone we can no longer worry. Keep trying but rememeber this thought if and when you get fed up. Diabetes is a curse on all of we indulgent eaters. It is a sentence to self-denial for the rest of our lives and to be without and suffer until the end to keep somewhat healthy.

steffr1003 2013-09-24 13:52:12 -0500 Report

I to have excepted my health failure and the fact that I will have a shorter life because of it. I am not a health nut. I am a southern girl who LOVES food. I do not mind the fact that I am gaining weight. I do how ever mind the quickness in which I have gained it. I am already limited to what exceries I can so and gaining it so fast has made it even harder. I have been fed up with this CURSE since the day I was told that I had it, but I also knew that I could get it knowing my family history. I am doing what I need to do I just want to slow the process down a bit. Buying new cloths all the time is very pricey. LOL Thank you for being so honest and just reminding how I really feel. I am the same way to other people and it is very rare that I get the same respect back. Maybe I will come up with the next wonder diet. You never know funnier things have happened.

Nick1962 2013-09-24 14:34:46 -0500 Report

Sorry, but I just have to jump in here because I’m seeing a trend of negativity that really can’t be good. I heartily applaud you’re losing 100 lbs. Having done it myself, I know it’s not easy and takes a whole lot of self-discipline. You no doubt feel a great deal better (I know I do), so my question is why on earth would you want to jeopardize that after all that hard work?

Insulin isn’t an automatic, “no return trip” to obesity for diabetics. A 47 lb. weight gain in 7 months is not a sign that everything is working and I sincerely hope this has been brought up with your doctor.

I also refuse to accept that as diabetics we have to resign ourselves and our lifestyles to being “damaged” human beings and that we’re doomed to live less of a life because of it. I have myself, friends within the DC community here, as well as friends and acquaintances outside of it that prove that theory wrong on so many levels. Diabetes is not a curse on all indulgent eaters. Indulgent eating (or drinking, or smoking, or anything else) is the curse on our lifestyle, and we have to weigh what in the long run we want for ourselves. Since my diagnosis and resulting weight loss, I’ve tasted the good life, and right now there is no food to replace that. In fact, since I’ve been diagnosed I’m way healthier and have probably extended my life expectancy.

If you haven’t, see your doctor to find alternatives and take a second look at your diet. We are all here to help in any way we can too. Don’t let this take you. Just my 2 cents.

steffr1003 2013-09-25 10:04:54 -0500 Report

I know that just because I am on insulin does not mean that I am going to be obese. I have been on at least 7 different insulin's since I found out I had diabetes. I am allergic to the fake stuff and we cant seem to control it with the others. This is the first one that has worked. My sugars have remained stable and my a1c has not been this low in 4 years. I have not been to the hospital since I started taking it. I am able to do things away from my house, by myself, with out the fear of blacking out from high sugar or bottoming out from low sugar after a reaction from my insulin. I am getting my life back. and I am feeling better than I have in a long time. The weight gain is a small price to pay for that. I just want to know if there is away to maybe slow it down or stop it.I have changed my eating habits for the better but the weight is still slowly creeping up. I want to level it off or stop it and then work on getting it back off. I don't mean to be negative but I am sick of being sick. This curse has caused more and more health problems for me. Yes it is a curse for me but I am ok with that, but even with all that I deal with I look at my brothers and sisters and realize that they can barely handle the small health problems they have there is no way they could go through what I have to deal with and am glad that it is happening to me and not them. I dont think I could handle them being sick. So I call it my curse and it is to me. I cuss it and yell at it and hate it everyday. That helps me during the rough times when I am scared and sick but put a smile on my face cause my kids want to play. Normally when things or people hurt me I throw them away and get them out of my life. But, I was forced to marry this curse and there is no divorce. I do not lie to myself and say everything will be fine. I have been on the bad end of this disease and I know i never want to go there again but I know that there is always a chance and I feel that if I lie to myself and say it I will never go there again and it does then I will have become one on the people I try to keep out of my life. "IT" will not take me I am stronger than that but I know that it is trying to light the fuse at both both ends. Thank you for your post.

Nick1962 2013-09-25 12:21:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for the additional insight. This is something that’s really hard to deal with especially since you were “normal healthy” at one time. The contrast between then and now is pretty black and white, and I’m glad to see you’re trying to fight on to regain some normalcy. High five on that!

I agree, a little weight gain is a small price to pay for better numbers, and in the long run better health. But at 6.5 lbs/month that’s pretty high and if it doesn’t level off would really be counterproductive. I think it’s time to see your doctor to re-asses your progress on this new insulin and the associated meds you’re taking.

I’m still learning about you T1’s. From what I’ve read weight gain after insulin is normal because your body is processing food properly and the stuff (like sugars) are actually getting into your cells now. More on that here: http://www.joslin.org/info/why_did_i_gain_wei...
Yes, at some point it should level off and even reverse with diet adjustment (again, more here) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/insulin-and-...
I don’t know what diets you’ve tried so far, but a Paleo type has worked for me (not medical advice here), but it was a seriously drastic change for me as well.

I’m pretty sure this can be worked out. If not to be an ideal life-mate, at least something you feel less like you need to divorce.

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 09:58:23 -0500 Report

You inspire a lot of people here. I used to be able to kick butt on a lot of things, but lately, it's harder to do it and harder to stay motivated.

Nick1962 2013-09-26 11:57:39 -0500 Report

Well thank you for that kind compliment! I’m just passing on the kindness and effort that was shown to me that got me this far.
I’m still trying to get my mojo back and exercising daily after my 8-week surgery recovery. It’s way too easy to just sit down and read evenings, but come the weekends when I actually do get out and work I pay for my being out of shape.

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