Take small steps to lose weight!

By MewElla Latest Reply 2014-01-19 10:28:35 -0600
Started 2014-01-16 07:47:49 -0600

Changing small habits help you build success fairly quick. Makes you feel more in control. Just by adding a vegetable at lunch everyday makes it a success. Set yourself up for small, but consistent changes and soon this can become routine, then add another step. We all need motivation-like eliminating sodas, drink water and save the $$ you would have spent on the soda for something you want. Adds up in time. Simple things to remind us to drink more water, like turning on faucet to wash hands - water-need to drink more.
Even when you have a specific goal, motivation to change and triggers to remind us, you may have times when you are tired of it. Enlist family or friends to encourage you. Talk to yourself like "I feel better when I eat vegetables, drink more water and walk." Can help keep you on course. Weight loss takes time and does not happen over night. Small steps that are consistent add up to help keep weight under control and this is a priority for us, as diabetics.

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Lomarta 2014-01-19 10:28:35 -0600 Report

Right now I'm at the pre-diabetic stage. in about 4 weeks when I go back to the doctor.I will know for sure if I have type 2 diabetes, My husband does have type 2. so right now I want to help him as well as myself by doing what I can from the start for me and hopefully it will rub off onto my husband.
I drink a lot of water, and carry a water bottle wherever I go, I don't drink very much sodas unless I go to a fast food place and only because their Ice Teas are awful tasting and the water in most fast food place taste funny.

Puffs55 2014-01-17 15:45:30 -0600 Report

Do not take photos of myself. Sorry My pets and family yes. Very thin Been Type 1 from 1964. Omni Pod Pumd and doing great. Prednisone to fight my insulin antiboties deriving from pork insulin many years ago. Animal Insulin. Good Stuff. Todays Insulin is Awful on me. No reactive to this. Daily Battle. Eat very little carbs. Mays fresh veggies -Home grown. Lots of Meats. Weight is 119. Height 5'5". BMI 19.8.

tinakurr 2014-01-16 20:31:17 -0600 Report

I've started that with first (about a year ago), blending fruit smoothies for breakfast. They say after 30 days, it becomes habit and it did. Over the course of the past month, I somewhat changed that to mixing not only fruit, but also vegetables (1/2 apple and 1 cup pineapple for sweetness [a natural sugar vs table sugar or the not so good for you aspartame or Splenda], with 1 1/2 cups kale, 1 inch ginger, 1 avocado, 1/2 lemon, and 1/2 beet in 1 cup coconut water or filtered water) and it's actually pretty sweet. I know the fruit part might have some of you wondering about the glycemic index but it is so much better than the not so good carbs you get from breads/grains, rice, and pastas. It's a much lower calorie, higher fiber choice. The amount I listed actually make an entire blender full so, it can be split up into two meals if you like it [breakfast and lunch] and is actually real filling—even more so than you'd think.

As far as drinking more water, what helped me (another one of my steps over the past few weeks), is adding 1/2 cucumber, 1 lemon, and 10 mint leaves to a gallon of filtered water, shaking it, then letting it sit overnight. The water tastes great with a cool, refreshing taste.

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101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 20:42:58 -0600 Report

I'll have to try that with the water. I bet it is pretty good!

tinakurr 2014-01-16 20:59:06 -0600 Report

Honest to God! It really is—enough for me to drink a lot of water now (almost 1/2 gallon or more per day). Wow! All I ever drank for years now has been Diet Coke, the Diet Dr. Pepper the past few years. You couldn't get me to drink water at all. I went through at least 6-8 sodas (sometimes more) per day. It was when I seen some articles about aspartame converting to formaldehyde in your body that I started the veggie water.

I had also investigated GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and was totally grossed out that science labs are taking the place of natural food and causing a lot of health problems. I learned that GMO crops have 50% less nutrition in them than natural, organic crops so, I started buying organic. I do have to say that although organic crops are more expensive in the grocery store, I personally have found that I am eating less. It might be from my body not craving some vitamin or another. There also may be local organic farmers in your area that sell organic crops for about the same price as regular GMO crops, if you're interested. I believe it helps eating as clean of food as possible.

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101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 21:09:30 -0600 Report

There is a place about 10 miles from where I live. They are just now building it. They have 8 long nursery type buildings (like hot houses), and all they are going to grow is organic food. They'll probably be open within a couple months. I hope!

tinakurr 2014-01-16 23:13:51 -0600 Report

At least your food won't have all kinds of nasty, disease/cancer causing chemicals and GMOs in them. I love the local organic farmer's market. The produce is even fresher than in the grocery store because they literally just pick it for the days it's open (Wed and Sat here) AND it's the same price as the regular pesticide/GMO stuff they sell in the store, saving you the cost of going organic. Kudos to you and to those local farmers who try to do the right thing for other people.

jigsaw 2014-01-16 19:57:26 -0600 Report

You are so right MewElla! All those small steps really make a difference, figuratively speaking, and in reality. For example, I always park at the far end of the parking lot! I'm amused at the folks that drive around in circles struggling to find a space close to the store entrance. I bet their excess lbs will remain for some time to come. Just a little trick that I utilize almost daily. Puts a few more small steps in my life!

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101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 09:25:12 -0600 Report

MewElla, you are so very right, and this is great information!

Every baby must learn how to crawl, before he can walk. So too with us. One step at a time.

tinakurr 2014-01-16 20:34:23 -0600 Report

It's easier to master that way. I can honestly attest to that since I've been working on lifestyle changes the past couple of months. 30 days of it and it's supposed to become a habit.

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101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 20:40:43 -0600 Report

It has always worked for me. Rather than to eat one big bite, it is so much easier and pleasant to take smaller bites!