Weight loss

By pattycakes3467 Latest Reply 2014-04-20 20:01:09 -0500
Started 2014-04-06 12:14:56 -0500

So being that I am new to this one thing I need to do is lose about 50 to 60 pounds. I don't want to drop it fast…done with those days. I want to do it the healthy way, and I know this will help my type 2. So when you started eating like we should to help get our diabetes under control did you find that you lost weight and how much if it's not to personal (:

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pattycakes3467 2014-04-10 17:12:42 -0500 Report

My goodness everyone has work hard to better their health and that is great to see! I know I need to take off weight but this time I'm doing it to get healthy…this is a first for me, sad but true. And you know this time I'm doing it the right way and I have to say…I feel the best I have in a long time. Funny how finding out that you have diabetes can do that to you. Thank you everyone…you don't know just how much this helps me (:

Caroltoo 2014-04-11 07:52:32 -0500 Report

Glad to hear you are feeling better. It is hard work, but I found it got easier as I worked my plan. Yes, diabetes can motivate you to make really important changes that will benefit you the rest of your life!

Caroltoo 2014-04-10 13:55:53 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, Patty! Slow but steady weight loss is a good way to start. Reminds me of where I was about 12 years ago: BG of 396 and needing to loose 60 pounds. I took about 18 months to reach the weight loss goal and I have been able to keep it off. In the meanwhile, I've dropped my BGs to the normal range and am maintaining without medications. I find a healthier diet, exercise, and stress management are the keys for me.

In the intervening years I have learned a lot about eating more healthily, ironically much was relearning what my mother had taught me about eating chemical free, healthy, natural foods and skipping the processed ones (unless she or I created them), but also about things like "all carbohydrates were not created equal". For example: I used to believe I had to skip "all" carbs, then I learned about the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load and discovered all our veggies have some carbs and I do much better when I regularly eat the ones below 50 on the GI scale.

I have also discovered that I am gluten intolerant and have had years of stomach and intestinal distress because of this. I was fascinated to read that some researchers consider gluten issues to be one of precursors to T2 diabetes similar to the connection between Celiac disease and T1. This discovery has led me, like SuSewSew mentioned below, to avoid all wheat, barley, rye, wheat gluten additives, and most oats (oats have no gluten unless they are cross-contaminated in the milling process). This has led me to explore other protein options like quinoa, teff, chia, and mahogany and black rice.

My diet has changed as I have sequentially learned to deal with the two issues of Diabetes and Gluten Intolerance. At first I skipped ALL bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and high carb foods. I now use gluten free bread, red potatoes, black/mahogany/wild rice, and gluten free pasta though definitely IN MODERATION! I've also started taking a high quality Probiotic capsule which has been quite helpful with residual digestive issues.

I am healthy, walk daily, and maintain a full time job operating a group home for highly psychologically at risk youth. I have been sole caregiver of my husband who has had Alzheimer's/Lewy Body diseases for 14 years and whom I just lost a week ago. Mine is not a stress free life, but I have learned healthy ways to de-stress which I believe, along with healthy diet and regular exercise, is one of the keys to living successful and healthily with Diabetes.

Wishing you the best in your journey of discovery; may you find health along the way!

SuSewSew 2014-04-10 12:46:36 -0500 Report

Hey there!
I have several forms of arthritis and hubby has Type 2 diabetes.
In Jan 2013 I switched to wheat free and most often gluten free as I was tired of feeling so bloated etc. Hubby said he would join in for one month. I LOVE to be in the kitchen and secretly believe that's why he married me;) Anyway, I lost some weight but as I am not active it's not coming off fast. I did not change our diet for weight loss but for better health. Hubby went for a check up about 4 months later and had lost 53 lbs. He had not changed anything else but his diet.

I cook with lots of veggies. Ours is an international kitchen with recipes from Mexico, Thailand, Greece, Japan, etc etc. I found that most other countries of the world are not wheat centred the way we are in north america. When going to the diabetic nutritionist they are so concerned with portion size and not so much with content and that is annoying. Telling a 6'5" 300lb man that 1/4 cup of almonds will sustain him for 4 hours is crazy. I am NOT the diabetic meal police and hubby knows far better than I how to calculate carbs etc (carbs and sugar being the big issue).

Trying something and feeling proactive is far better than doing nothing and feeling defeated! Hang in there, Patty! It didn't arrive overnight and it won't leave that way. Love who you are now as you travel the path to healthier.

Lakeland 2014-04-09 07:17:38 -0500 Report

Yes, I lost 40 pounds & my husband lost weight too because of how I was cooking. when I went to my diabetic classes, we were told to take our blood sugars before we ate & 2 hours after.

I had discovered if I walked after eating my blood sugar were very close to normal. So my walking was more because I wanted to keep my blood sugars lower & not so much to try to lose weight.

I did change the way I ate, but it was to help the diabetes, not to be on a diet. so they had told me to eat smaller meals but snack between, so I found I wasn't as hungry at meal time & me & my husband started splitting meals, & I started buying the smaller size meats, or If I purchased a large steak we'd split it.

I learned there are 3500 calories in a pound so I had to eliminate that to lose weight, so I ate lighter & since in a diabetic diet it helps to eat higher fiber, breads & foods, I stayed more full & for the snacks, I was eating, carrots ect. and for desserts I ate jello,

I've gained some back, but that is because it's my fault, I was very scared when first diagnosed because I seen my dad go through dialysis & my brother is just about ready to go on dialysis to, I was very motivated, for me knowledge can be a bad thing because now I know if I eat wrong I can walk & drop my numbers, I need to get scared again.

Best wishes

TopazDee 2014-04-08 11:28:54 -0500 Report

Hi there I am on a weight loss way of life along with a Diabetes one, I have a super Dr. that oversees it and has been quite firm that I do not loose more than 9lbs a month as she firmly believes if we loose it any faster we will give up on the eating regime and put it all back plus more, so far I have lost just over 4 stone (lots more to go yet to clear the accepted weight) had great news at todays meeting with D nurse no more pills bloods now running to low so eating controlled from here in.
Good luck Stay safe.xxx

elwojcik65 2014-04-07 20:23:28 -0500 Report

For me, the dx of type 2 has been somewhat of a blessing. With watching my carb intake and exercise, I have lost 25# since Dec. '13. Not a huge weight loss but I feel so much better. I try really hard, and most days I do, to exercise 30min. or more a day. Leslie Sansone walking DVDs have become my best friends. They are low impact and great for a beginner like myself.

pattycakes3467 2014-04-07 18:36:22 -0500 Report

Again thank u everyone for having my back…feels good when u can talk to others that are walking that road with u…I know some days will be very very hard and there will be days when I say "WHAT THE HECK" . But when u know you have someone there that will give u kind and loving words even when family and friends won't and good people standing in the gap for u and do really care…all I can say is WOW! AND A BIG THANK U! I hope and pray someday I can help each and everyone of u (:

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-07 11:25:00 -0500 Report

Hi Patty, I have had a problem losing weight. Mainly because I never weighed over 100 lbs. until I shattered the bones in my right leg. I gained 50 lbs. and that's not good for some one 5'2. Then I was diagnosed diabetic. I have lost some weight down to 133, but it has been slow. I am trying to eat right and exercise. The RD is the right way to go. Because eating right for diabetics is different from eating right for those who are not diabetic. It sounds like you have the right idea. Hang in there and good luck.

haoleboy 2014-04-06 22:29:36 -0500 Report

slow but sure is the way to go … too rapid can cause serious issues. dropped 165 pounds once I was diagnosed. do not overlook the importance of exercise. get your son involved in your healthy nutrition program. as you undoubtedly know genetics is a huge factor. starting early could just save his life.

pattycakes3467 2014-04-06 19:31:14 -0500 Report

Thank you every one and jayabee52 I have a appointment with a RD that specialized in diabetes. I just want to learn everything I can. I have a 13 year old son and we only have each other so I need to get my health in check. And I will do this!

jayabee52 2014-04-06 18:37:10 -0500 Report

Patty, I agree with Joyce below that someone embarking on a weight loss regimen should consult a Registered Dietician (RD). (Unfortunately the term "nutritioist" can mean anywhere from a RD, to someone who got their degree from some fly-by-night diploma mill, so I like to specify RD)

I have however lost 65 lbs and like Nick it was a "happy accident".

I accidentally discovered that my pancreas was producing enough insulin of its own, that if I ate very carefully, I could manage my diabetes without the use of insulin injections.

I developed a meal plan for me and experimented with managing my DMT2 by what I ate and didn't eat. (I wrote up my meal plan in DC and should you be interested, I will share the link with you) The happy accident comes in that not too long after I started this meal plan experiment, my jeans which had been formerly tight around the waist, now needed a belt to hold them up (awkward!).

All in all I lost 65 lbs within about 5 mo. I actually had to modify my meal plan a bit because I thought I was becoming too thin for my own good. So I added a bit of fat to the plan and my weight stabilized. . All that and keeping my BG levels under 130 mg/dl and achieving an A1c of 5.5 without injecting any NPH insulin.

That's what happened to and for me.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Nick1962 2014-04-06 17:04:21 -0500 Report

116 lbs. I started eating the way I should to get my health in control. Diabetes control came with it as a happy accident.

pattycakes3467 2014-04-07 04:24:33 -0500 Report

Wow Nick that is great! So proud of you (:

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-06 19:30:23 -0500 Report

Nick I was bound and determined to lose weight. Had it not been for my neighbor and friend who is a Registered Dietitian who helped me learn healthy eating, and helped with my meal plan, I don't know where I would be. I didn't have a happy accident.

As soon as Riley goes to obedience class which he can't do until his last shot in two weeks, I will be walking him.

Nick1962 2014-04-07 09:07:27 -0500 Report

I got my help from a “health coach” in the form of my chiropractor. Kind of went at it backwards, but it sure worked.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-06 15:10:54 -0500 Report

Patty people lose weight differently. If you want to lose weight first talk to a nutritionist to help with the foods you need to eat. Then work out an exercise routine that works for you.

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