getting and staying on track

By cindylynna Latest Reply 2008-06-23 05:31:31 -0500
Started 2008-06-05 13:10:57 -0500

I am new to this forum. I have been diagnosed type 2 for 4 years now. At first I was very vigilant about everything and I lost some weight and my sugars were great. Well that was then, this is now—-
I have not been too active, gained back most of the weight, and my sugars are higher than I or the Dr would care for it to be. Not awful but not great. My fastings are 130-180, and the rest vary greatly. I do not have insurance and the Dr wanted to put me on Januvia, but it is too costly. I am on glyburide and metformin currently.
So here is my question—
How to get back on track, and stay there. My biggest problems are breakfasts and lunches since I am out of the house and driving most of the day.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

17 replies

alittlenut 2008-06-15 13:56:02 -0500 Report

I know it's tough, but like everyone saying one step at a time. I just started on insulation and I am scared. I am taking it one minute at a time.Hang in there, we are all here for you,

2rs 2008-06-17 09:01:55 -0500 Report

Hi, everyone! I'm glad I checked in on this thread. I wa diagnosed in Nov 2006 & immediately put on N&R insulin, due to high BP & cholesteral. Because of a childhood illness, I have always been afraid of needles & always told my husband that I didn't know what would happen if I ever became diabetic! Now, I know! I had been feeling horrible for about 3 years - all it took was about 1 month of insulin to feel 100% better & lose 20 lbs because I REALLY restricted the carbs - I was scared! Then, I developed RA which made me feel super yucky & barely able to move, so put the weight back on. started RA meds in late March & they are working great, so now I have to start on the weight loss again - thanks for the tips! Good luck to everyone - and you're right - baby steps might be best for some folks.

debora 2008-06-14 06:07:53 -0500 Report

you sound exactly like me and my dr wants to put me on insulin…the only choice i see that i have is to lose weight…that way,when the weight comes down,so will my sugar levels.i simply hate my only solution,BUT iit IS my only solution!good luck,cause i know how very hard it is!

MarkH 2008-06-15 13:08:01 -0500 Report

Two things to consider in the weight loss and control of appetite that have worked for me is Glucose Factors and Bragg's apple cider vinegar. The Glucose Factors is a product formulated for diabetics, one it helped me a great deal in getting my blood sugars under control, my next step before this product was insulin. It also helped with hunger. The Bragg's vinegar helps control hunger as well as your metabolism, its good product for many things
2tbs Bragg's to any sweetener to taste, I use raw honey

GabbyPA 2008-06-08 11:51:46 -0500 Report

I can so relate to what you are going thru. I was shocked into doing things with numbers that were thru the roof. It scared me and I worked really hard, but then it became a chore and if I got up too late to prepare a proper breakfast it would throw my whole day off and I found I began to stray. Just as everyone is saying I take it one meal at a time. One test strip at a time, one little victory will go a long way.
One thing I do is make sure that at least one meal is raw. Meaning fresh veggies, salad or fruits. That is good for you on so many levles. I even have salad for breakfast sometimes! But then I am kind of weird. LOL
My family takes turns cooking and we have it on the frige what is going to be for dinner. Instead of making everyone cook things that they are not comfortable doing, I know ahead of time if the meal is going to be carb heavy for me. That just means that I eat lighter during the day and try to make sure I have my measuring cup with me at dinner, because I find it too easy to eat too much of those yummy carbs. I also encourage them to make options in a meal. My husband, god love him, is a meat and potatoes man and a simple cook. So I always encourage a "free" veggie or nice salad so I at least have choices for the meal.
Sorry for all you guys out there, but I also know that before my cycle, I CRAVE everything I am not supposed to just be aware and you can fight it better. That will often be the start of my spiral so now I can keep an eye on it.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-06-06 03:10:43 -0500 Report

We were just talking about this phenomenon the other day. When you're first diagnosed, it seems like you're constantly counting everything, calculating, monitoring--your whole life becomes diabetes for a while.

But truthfully, living like that can be exhausting. We had to find some routines, some things that helped manage the disease but didn't take intense concentration.

I like some of the suggestions to find some healthy meals that work for you and then stick to them. Also, waking up 20 minutes earlier and going for a walk in the morning is another great place to start. Start a routine. Take one small step at a time and you'll get there.

Now, my other question for you is if you don't have insurance, does that mean you don't have a glucose meter? Because testing your blood sugar is the biggest weapon you have. If you can't measure how certain foods and activities affect your blood sugar, you're shooting in the dark.

If you are without a glucose meter, you do have some options. Johnson and Johnson has been promoting their OneTouch Ultra Mini by giving it away for free. I can't seem to find the link right now, but if you Google it you can probably find it.

Anyway, that's my best advice. Test your blood sugar if you can and establish some simple habits each day.

cindylynna 2008-06-07 02:08:42 -0500 Report

I do have a one touch ultra mini that I am using. I think you are all right with the small steps and planning. Thanks for the help.

Dancehawk 2008-06-06 02:43:19 -0500 Report

Hi hun,
Try oatmeal in the morning, cherios, with 2% milk, ones in a while I ll do turkey bacon, you can have 2 slices of that with a egg, theres whole wheat pancake mix, but you ll need to plan your meals out first so it doesnt over wealm your sugar level.
You can add fruit to your oatmeal.
Have you called the company that makes the drugs, reason I am asking is some have a program to help cover the cost of your meds, and can you get on medicade or medicare? a lot of the times they cover everything.
My brother has a small copay on his.
It takes time to get on track.

Let us know how things go.

CALpumper 2008-06-06 02:38:19 -0500 Report

Hi Cindy,

I found a medical discount program:

The people there were great in helping with my needs. It is Not medical insurance, just a discount, you will benefit greatly if you stay "in network" as far as doc's.

It does help with prescriptions but not so much for me, I have T1 and I am on the pump. Different needs then yourself.

Either way, morris.js is right, small steps. Do not overwhelm yourself with getting back on track, after 23 years, it never works. One day at a time does. Oh and can I say, those fasting #s, I would Love to see those for myself!

All in all you Are doing good. One thing I have learned is this: even if you are running "high" as they say, if you "feel good" and have no long term complications that that Doc forsees, a little longer on the high side is not detrimental to your overall health, hence the small steps will have a bigger impact. ;-)

Hope you find what you need, here and out there.

MarkH 2008-06-05 15:30:31 -0500 Report

As a truck driver I am on the road for several hours a day, thankfully home every night though. I pack my lunches full of mostly veggies some fruit and usually a wrap with low carb tortilla shells, and once in a while a diet soda with splenda which has become my sweetener of choice. I did recently apply and was accepted for a prescription assistance program for actos and januvia both very expensive. I would recommend this for those with no insurance

cindylynna 2008-06-06 00:04:56 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice< and support.
Where did you apply for the assistance with the meds? I am hoping to get insurance soon, but it is not soon enough.

MarkH 2008-06-06 11:53:37 -0500 Report

I just did a Google search for prescription assistance programs and you have a choice of several you can look into. I went through the one endorsed by Montel Williams but there are many more available. I just received my first free meds in the mail today.

morris.js 2008-06-05 14:20:45 -0500 Report

You took the most important step by joining this community. There are many GREAT people on here willing to share their stories, information, and most of all, their support.
What has worked for me is to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. This seems to keep away the hunger paings, and also does not fill me up and "slow" me down. That was the first step I took. After that, I became more aware of the foods I chose to eat, and what they contained.
To be honest, I could not make all the needed changes right away, I was not that strong. I made small changes and as they became easier, I added more to the list. Now, my life is more fullfilling than even before I was diagnosed with type 2 over 13 years ago.
I wish you success in your efforts! John