Gangbusters then crash!

Diabetic Newbie
By Diabetic Newbie Latest Reply 2014-01-24 09:04:03 -0600
Started 2014-01-18 06:15:40 -0600

I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in March 2013. From the first minute, I decided I would be the healthiest diabetic on record! In 3 months, I went from 241 pounds to 194, my A1C from 7.8 to 6.1 I got off the couch and out of the drive through. I exercised twice, sometimes 3 times a day - leading exercise classes where I work. Sounds impressive, huh? Well…since September, my motivation is gone. The scale is going in the wrong direction by 5 pounds. Because of the holidays, my exercise classes were put on hold and I used that as an excuse not to move. Avoiding my MD appt. UGH!!! I've never been good with balance! Thanks for reading. Glad I found this site. Happy Day Everyone!

18 replies

GabbyPA 2014-01-24 09:04:03 -0600 Report

I know how you feel. I did that for the first 9 months of my diagnosis because I had no doctor and I was frankly kind of scared and did everything I could to get things going right. I too lost a lot of weight, improved my A1c and exercised a lot. Planned out meals to the inth degree....I was pretty much obsessed.

The problem with that is that you burn out. I did. I have had starts and stops since then and am not working on another spurt that I am determined to keep alive for at least a year. I'm getting help this time. Thank goodness.

The one thing though, with each "gang buster" event, even when I fall from it, I always take some of it with me. So I keep adding to what is becoming the new me. It is just taking some time to build.

Sugar Nana
Sugar Nana 2014-01-20 10:19:57 -0600 Report

I grieve for the spontaneity of food! Looking at food then having to do carb calculations and meal plan to fit it in takes the fun out of eating. Its really what I miss the most I guess.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-20 11:18:29 -0600 Report

In my case, I made a few adjustments to the recipes I use, and life goes on. I actually enjoy my food so much better now! My husband eats exactly what I eat. So all of this is proving to be what is best for our family.

Even though he is not diabetic, we decided to keep check on his blood sugar as well. (Not quite as often, but sporadically.)

Your meal planning will become second nature to you. After while, you will make decisions based on what works for you. Those decisions become part of your routine.

Glucerna 2014-01-20 18:13:47 -0600 Report

I love the way you and your husband have changed your eating habits together. I like to remind people that a healthy diet for people with diabetes is a healthy diet for everyone. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2014-01-24 07:28:23 -0600 Report

It took me some experience, time, and professional advice to realize that a healthy food plan for those with diabetes encompasses the same food groups that are considered healthy for most people. Of course modifications for activity level, weight, and food sensitivities etc. are to be condidered.

MsBugzee 2014-01-19 11:32:56 -0600 Report

Hi Newbie,
I believe that having a chronic disease is very challenging.i was Dx in June 2011 and I have done well. I've lost 50 lbs but I don't exercise enough yet. It's a slow and steady kind of lifestyle with planning and shopping. Hang in there girl. Take baby steps, walk some days. And…make your doctor appt now, don't wait. Having a good A1c is a big motivator for me.

Jennieetch 2014-01-19 06:57:56 -0600 Report

Forgive yourself first and foremost. We all have set backs. So u fell off, u recognize that so now it's time to get going again. The holidays r over. Classes have resumed. You can do it. You did it before. Forgive yourself and move forward. I think we get stuck on the well I can't do this, but that's not true. Try, try again no matter how many times this happens. You recognize it so u can change it. Good luck.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-19 07:12:26 -0600 Report

Everyday is a chance to try again! If you stumble a little or even a lot there is no reason you can't pick up and try again. If we didn't stumble sometimes how would we learn? Don't miss your appt!! You go there to prove that all this crazy sometimes stressful wonderful annoying work has a result - if you skip it how will you see the results? Jennieetch is right, forgive yourself, dust yourself off and start trying again. You've done it before, you can do it again!!

Diabetic Newbie
Diabetic Newbie 2014-01-18 15:26:56 -0600 Report

When I stumbled on to Diabetic Connect, I never dreamed I would find the care and concern I have. There simply are no words I will say ( because I really always have words) since feeling the warmth here I have jumped up and brushed myself off and am diving back in. I am Exploring Daniel Plan. Wonder if anyone is familiar with that. I spent the morning gathering whole fresh food recipes, stocked my fridge, and am cooking for a healthy week ahead. I only hope I can offer someone the spot on support that you have given me. Thank you my new friends. Hey, we got this!

Sugar Nana
Sugar Nana 2014-01-18 19:01:04 -0600 Report

Finding that balance is also my struggle. I've researched The Daniel Plan. I think it would be a great group project at our church.

jayabee52 2014-01-18 13:33:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Newbie!
When I first started coming to DC about 5 yrs ago, one of the things which we encouraged newbie's with was "Take baby steps." to manage one's diabetes. I believe it is still good advice. This disease, whether T1 or T2 is not a sprint to a goal, rather it is a marathon. One has to pace themselves. In the long run it matters little if you stumble and fall, what matters most is that you get up and start again. We are now past the holidays and reasons for excuses. So it is time to get back on the track and get back in the marathon.

I pray that you find the balance you need to manage this malady.


James Baker

Glucerna 2014-01-18 13:13:47 -0600 Report

What powerful words I'm reading here! There's a lot of support and encouragement, plus you're not letting yourself use excuses to get in the way of reaching your goals. Awesome! ~Lynn @Glucerna

LemonChocolatte 2014-01-18 11:30:09 -0600 Report

You hang in there !!! I think we all have had our "Mad Dash…then CRASH" Don't give in to those few pounds you gained. Jump back on being the "Healthiest Diabetic" ever. You did it once and you can do it again. With diabetes as we all know you must be determined and STAY determned to maintain the healthiest lifestyle possible. Go back to exercising, even if you must exercise alone. If possible, before you get home stop at your local "Y" join the Zumba, Line dancing etc., once you see the difference you will keep it up.

Get back to buying and having the right foods in the house. Quick healthy foods that doesn't require long prep time when you get home from work. Ready made salads, (Traders Joe's, Fresh n Easy) and a piece of fish, by the time you read your mail, feed the dog your fish is ready to top your ready made salad. Don't forget to drink a bottle of water before each meal. You know you can do it, You've worked to hard to be defeated…I believe in you and GOOD LUCK !!!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-18 11:29:28 -0600 Report

Oh no-no-no! You don't get away with that here! Get back on the bandwagon. You got work to do…The holidays are not an excuse, they are merely a stumbling block! Go back to your doctor. Then get it moving!!!!

Tell us when those five unwanted friends of yours are gone! You can do it.

Harlen 2014-01-18 08:26:20 -0600 Report

Don't give up
When you first start taking care of your self it's new ans a little fun but as time goes on it more like work and there are always slips .
Forgive your self and keep going Your doing great !
You can do it .
I have ben T2 for years and had manny slips and back slides .
Never give up on your self .
Hugs and best wishes

Red-Sox-Rich 2014-01-18 08:02:28 -0600 Report

I have had the same problem. But after reading many experiences from others on this site and mostly hearing many,many success stories I have found the motivation to continue!!! Maybe we take a step or two back,but the main thing is to keep up the great work you have already done! :)

Next Discussion: Free Diabetic Supplies »