Must Lose 150 lbs...

Sugar Rush Barbarino
By Sugar Rush Barbarino Latest Reply 2014-01-30 21:56:13 -0600
Started 2014-01-26 09:55:17 -0600

Hello, I have been a type 1 diabetic since 1981. I've got to lose 150 lbs (5'8" and I am 258 lbs.) and I am in terrible trouble.

I love to cook, and I've found the wonderful recipes in this website which will be a tremendous help alone, for most of the stuff I've cooked so far, I find, is much too gorgeous for a woman's figure. Beef Stew, Chocolate Mousse, Apple Pie, I have to confess my sins. Does anybody know how I can cook and still slim down, and not have to eat, shall we say, unpalatable food in the process?

I find that sometimes I exercise, and my blood sugar goes down terribly, I eat sugar, then I gain weight. I'm on the pump now which will help because I've learned to put it on Suspend when I exercise. I have been told I should exercise four times a week. But I cannot stand the exercise DVDs (I feel like a fool), and I do walk and am trying to dance a bit. I was told by a nutritionist strength training is important, but I don't want to be bulky, I'd rather be feminine looking. The question is, does anybody know of a suitable exercise routine for someone who loves to have fun? And will just simply dancing to music work wonders?

Lastly, does anybody have any advice as to how to keep steady with losing weight and keeping it off, having fun while doing it?

7 replies

beej225 2014-01-30 21:56:13 -0600 Report

I am coming out of that weight bracket also. I've lost 21 lbs since being diagnosed in summer. Slow, but gettin there. I went back to 5-7 veggies a day with at least half raw and 2 fruits. I was happy to see sadiegracegraceful give a tip for the Zumba gold. I have a type of arthritis in hips knees n feet. Exercise is difficult even walking. But I'll grit my teeth and be in control!! Be happy to keep encouraging you. Best wishes

IronOre 2014-01-28 09:39:29 -0600 Report

So why do you need to loose 150 lbs ? based on your height you will be down to "nothing"
Take it one step at a time, maybe in 30 pound increments.
As far as the foods that you eat, eat the same things, just less of it.

sadiegracegraceful 2014-01-26 23:42:47 -0600 Report

Dancing does work wonders…there is a Zumba gold that is geared to a slower pace…I used to teach water aerobics and that worked really good too..I like to use Yoga and stretching to keep the muscles long and lean rather than bulky…try to find a friend to walk with…sometimes I do "sit and fit" while watching tv…a serious of exercises while sitting…using a small play ball like basketball size or smaller behind your back and kick and stretch…stretchy bands work good too. I think variety is really the important thing…good luck!

haoleboy 2014-01-26 22:42:42 -0600 Report

I really can;t offer you advice. I would, however, urge you to figure out some way to make this happen. I once tipped the scales at 325 and am now a svelte 160 (6-foot tall) and it feels amazing. Yes it is a whole lot of hard work (and no fun) but totally worth all the sacrifice.
If I can do this , you can too.
Set your mind to your target weight and let nothing or no one keep you from success.

Choffmann81 2014-01-26 13:00:41 -0600 Report

It is hard to be a cook and lose weight. Here is a list of substitution you can use. Unfortunately one of the only ways to lose weight is by counting your calories. I use the "Lose It" app to track mine. When I cook I add up the calories of everything I put in the recipe, then divide it by the number of servings to figures it out. Sometimes I use my kitchen scale to weight the dish then divide by the number of servings. It takes a longer time to do this, but it is worth it.

It can be uncomfortable to start exercising, and believe me I have found myself looking like a fool a couple of times when I work out to DVDs. I just try to remember that the only thing that matters is what I think and how I feel. Once I get past the feeling of being self-conscience, I can do any exercise. I even did Jillian Michael's 30 day shredd with a bunch of women. My wife prefers turbo fire though.

The way I make it fun is to get a friend to do it with me. It also passes the time faster. I almost feels like I'm not working out at all. Almost

kimfing 2014-01-26 10:20:25 -0600 Report

May i suggest t25 workout? Im looking into it and going to purchase just to tome up. I've lost 30 pounds since April of last yr. Now maintaining. Switched to wholegrains as anything white makes me feel like poo. I just found dannon lite n fit Greek yogurt that is low carb n low sugar that satisfies sweet tooth. My job requires a lot of physical stuff so i don't do any extra yet. I have found changing my eating plan has left me satisfied, don't crave chips which are disgusting to me now.

Good luck, u can do it.

Rebelove 2014-01-26 10:16:35 -0600 Report

Since I am T2, I'm afraid I can't help much with your questions. I did want to respond with wishes for success and well-being, though. Good luck with your quest! :)