Losing weight!

By ashleyrose2092 Latest Reply 2014-05-11 22:58:17 -0500
Started 2013-12-28 08:10:12 -0600

How do or does everyone deal with weight lose?! My easiest way has never been diet I always do it with exercise! How's everyone else deal?

21 replies

GabbyPA 2013-12-29 11:10:18 -0600 Report

Exercise and food choices are what work best for me. I have been doing a lot of "passive" types of exercise and for christmas my hubby got me a heart monitor so I can do the cardio. Cardio helps with loosing more weight.

ashleyrose2092 2013-12-28 23:53:14 -0600 Report

I started eating better but still got work to do I cut back the amounts I eat. Before I had my son I could eat for days and not gain a pound after him I can't lose :/ then I got type 2 and I've lost 15! And I'm proud of that and that was just of cutting back but my doc wants me at 140,,, I'm 160 so I'm gonna get a gym membership do swimming 3 days a week and weight lifting and so on the other days. And really crack down on diet… I'm hoping it works! I know if I stick to it it will :) what's everyone else think? Tips ideas?

Glucerna 2013-12-29 14:30:16 -0600 Report

You have an excellent plan! Has anyone read some of the recent news stories how spending a lot of time sitting, even if we purposefully exercise for 30-60 minutes, is still detrimental to our health? Here's one example: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-news/... The point is to spend as little time as possible sitting, and as much time as we can standing or walking around. I've started walking whenever I'm on the phone; what else works for people to keep moving? ~Lynn @Glucerna

ashleyrose2092 2014-01-01 02:40:43 -0600 Report

That's what my doctor said she said to do something at least 30 minutes everyday to get my heart rate up but I'm gonna hit the gym a hr everyday

Nick1962 2013-12-29 14:22:40 -0600 Report

Way to go!
A suggestion if I may….. Swimming is good, but instead of weightlifting right now, consider something more cardio like treadmill (or even just walking) or a cardio-type class. Logic is this: Right now you want to lose weight (and size I assume) and 20 lbs should be easy. Focusing on exercise that gets your metabolism going and burning calories is more important than strength training or toning at the moment.
Unless you’re concerned with body mass index (BMI) and plan to track it, you may be setting yourself up for some frustration. Increasing muscle mass doesn’t lose pounds, so even though you burned off a pound (which takes about 3500 calories to do), you may have gained a pound of muscle in the process showing little difference on your scale. Yes, you’ll still be healthier, but the goal now is to drop 12-13% of your current weight.

That said, if you can burn off 20 pounds in fat (and size if needed), and can sustain that a while, you can always go back and tone what’s left of yourself and concentrate on the trouble areas with weights and strength training.

You can work on leg and thigh toning while swimming with a cheap pair of training fins like this:
Additionally, the arms get a workout with a cheap pair of hand paddles too:

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-29 17:29:48 -0600 Report

New studies show that strength may be more important than cardio. Just doing a google search and this came up:


Nick1962 2013-12-29 18:07:41 -0600 Report

Oh, no doubt they both have advantages (as your linked article so accurately points out), which is why I recommended the additional swim accessories – to get at least some weight work in.
I’ve just found that cardio is easier to use to get rid of weight than strength because it can be maintained longer and you don’t spend time “recovering” from muscle strain. I can walk for an hour or more daily and burn 600-900 calories, whereas you can’t do that with weights on a daily basis. Also, trying to swim the day after a weight workout can be painful, especially on the arms, to the point where you end up giving up one or the other. I’d still recommend both, just not at the same time.

dagger1234 2013-12-28 18:33:11 -0600 Report

I've been exercising (havent done it lately though!! i just bought some skim milk, and some chocolate chip cookies.. *SIGHS* i was really craving them and thought i should just eat one when my BS are LOW). and also, i try to eat healthier now. they did say, it is harder to lose weight when you have diabetes though even though you work out and diet hard. regardless, as long as we dont lose the weight, but know we're doing better- it means we're still going to be healthier and maintain our diabetes.

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-28 15:06:48 -0600 Report

I seem to be dropping pounds now that I have limited my carbs.

dagger1234 2013-12-28 18:33:27 -0600 Report


theladyiscrazy 2013-12-28 20:52:23 -0600 Report

Thank you. I have lost a little over 5 lbs this past week. That is just from dropping my carb intake and eating healthy. No exercise at the moment but will be returning. I had pneumonia for over a month and then my shoulder went out (both required a round of steroids). I plan on being back to the workout on Monday or Tuesday.

Glucerna 2013-12-29 14:23:41 -0600 Report

Wow! It's great that you're gradually making changes in food choices and exercise and you're seeing good results. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2013-12-28 14:57:06 -0600 Report

simplistic answer … "caloric (energy) expenditure exceeds caloric (energy) intake"
eat less do more

Glucerna 2013-12-28 14:06:53 -0600 Report

Wouldn't it be great if there was one, simple way to lose weight? The research on weight loss shows that some combination of a change in food choices and exercise/activity level is important, and also that everyone is different. Keeping track of food choices and exercise is helpful for many people, while others do better with group support. Look at your daily habits and figure out 2-3 places where you can make lasting changes, and that will help you lose weight and keep the weight off. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2013-12-28 12:32:09 -0600 Report

For me its been primarily diet. I’m inherently lazy and I learned early on if I don’t put it in my mouth, I don’t have to exercise it off.
After over 100 lbs. gone now, my exercise is pretty much just “maintenance” and to work off those times I cheat.

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