Weight Loss Achievement

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-04-09 18:36:09 -0500
Started 2009-03-21 00:30:50 -0500

Today was Laura's 6wk check-up with her Ped Endo. She had been put on 125-150g carb diet. As of today when she stepped on the scale she weighed in at 96.3 lbs. Back on February 6th she weighed in at 107.6lbs. I had been keeping track of her weight loss by using the scale at or PCP office once a week, but the last 2 weeks have been so hectic that we didn't get a chance to get in to the office to check her progress. Her doctor and dietitian were so proud of her today, and of course so was I. She had been my wake-up call after she was diagnosed for me to take better care of my own diabetes, and now she is an inspiration to me that if a 7 1/2 yr old girl can follow such a strict diet and make it work then so can I as an adult. She was told by the dietitian that she no longer needed to come see her, that she felt we, as a family have gotten a grasp on counting carbs and all that goes with it, but that if something did come up she would call us for the class.

Laura also had to endure yet another battery of blood tests today and there are yet again some concerns, but they cannot be addressed until her blood test results are in. Some of the concerns has to deal with the dosage of her Thyroid medication possibly needing to be changed due to some symptoms she is showing. The other concern is that the oral medications for diabetes don't seem to be working and therefore another antibody test was done (this takes a week to get results) and that she is slipping closer to T1. This was something we were warned about but of course prayed would not become reality. Now we just have to wait it out and see what the tests say this go round. They of course ordered the tests for her medications for Addison's as well as that is the only way of knowing whether the current dosages are working properly as well.

Back to the weight loss. We did not bribe or promise Laura anything if she lost the weight, we simply explained, as did the doctor and dietitian that she was just too heavy for her age and that we all knew that the Thyroid condition started the weight gain and that the diabetes also played a role in it, but it was made clear to her losing weight would help her in the long run and that it was in no way her fault that she got heavier than other kids her age, but that she would have to work to lose the weight. Laura has seldom complained about the diet, and the times that she did it was usually that her beloved Mac & Cheese had to be a certain portion and she couldn't have more than specified, it was never about the "junk food/sweets/candy" that was severely cut back to nearly nil. When she got on the scale and it showed her weight she was thrilled that it was under 100lbs, a goal she personally set. Her "ideal weight" for her age and height (which is also above average, she is in the 99th percentile for height.) …is 88lbs. So, Laura told her doctor that her next goal was to get under 90lbs by her next appointment (May 22nd unless blood tests reveal we need a sooner appointment). So, that gives her approx. 8wks to get the weight off. When the doctor asked her what she would do if she met that goal she replied " tell mommy we need to go shopping for new clothes, but this time smaller ones not bigger ones."

I share this story with you all because Laura has truly become my inspiration on so many levels without even realizing she has done so. I realize that all foods are "cleared" through me, but she has done so well watching what she eats, she even went back to the kitchen at school the other day because they gave her a dessert that she knew she wasn't supposed to have, and told them she couldn't have it so they took it back off her tray and apologized to her for giving it to her and gave her the fruit she gets normally instead.
I don't know that I myself could have taken that dessert back I probably would have just eaten it but not her, she herself understands most of the why's and why not's of the foods she eats and doesn't cheat. I hope she will continue this diligence for as long as it takes, even if it means the rest of her life.


31 replies

firefightermom 2009-03-25 07:07:55 -0500 Report

Hey. Great!!! so proud of yall. and taking the desert back what a statement, you all are doing a great job. What an encouragement. Hope you are feeling better Robin too. I am so glad things seem to be going some better for you I will continue to pray for you and Laura,love ya..tell her to keep up the GOOD WORK and we are all proud of her…

Splender 2009-03-24 22:41:48 -0500 Report

Your daughter is so awesome!! I only wish I had her determination. Mine went out the window about 10 years ago. I'm sure it will come back to me one of these days. Please tell her for me to KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. It;s worth it in the long run.


rbergman 2009-03-24 13:38:30 -0500 Report

If you look at my profile picture, you'll see Laura, standing in front of our house which is being covered by a snow drift.(This picture is also in my photo album in a bit larger size.) Its still snowing here, almost 24hrs of it coming down so far. We spent a grand total of 6min outside, even bundled up the wind is just awful with gusts into the 70s and 80s..thus the drifts, so, the kids are bored, nothing to do, nothing on TV yada yada yada. Then the boredom eating phase started, both kids, can I have this can I have that, how much of this can I eat and so forth. Weather like this is NOT good for a diabetic child bored outta her mind and stranded inside the house for 99% of the day lol

vgarrison 2009-03-24 00:41:37 -0500 Report

Ok now I do have great admiration to Laura on her success, but I have great admiration to you as well. It is not easy saying no to our children sometimes. As a mother you know this is what is best for her, but sometimes it is the hardest as well. Having to say no all the time can get old…you want to be able to say yes and the "good" parent to your child.

For your strength and hers…you both deserve a great big pat on the back!!!


rbergman 2009-03-24 00:48:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Vicki, your absolutely right it breaks my heart to tell her no over and over, and sometimes I do let her have things she shouldn't but only in moderation, it was more so when she had 2 hr dance practices after school, she could have maybe 1/2 of a hershey bar occasionally on those days. And if there is a birthday party in her class, the school will call and tell me what the treat is and I usually tell them to let her have it, I want her to feel as normal as possible and by singling her out when it is something like that is worse emotionally for her. We aren't perfect with her diet but at least I know what we are doing is working or she wouldn't be losing weight and taking some responsibility to say no on her own.


vgarrison 2009-03-24 12:11:00 -0500 Report

Yes, exactly right. If you make her stick to it verbadem, then she will just go over the edge and binge when your not looking. I know, I've been there. If I do not allow myself something once in a while, then i have actually layn in bed at night and thought about what to get up and eat…its bad…

Keep up the great work, she will thank you for it later!!


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-22 05:59:03 -0500 Report

Laura is my new hero. She is doing what she should be doing. Most of all she id doing a good job of it. She is an inspitartion for other children but most all for all the diabetes here on this site. Glad to hear some good news and that the family is doing well. Keep us updated…Debe

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Venita - 33093 2009-03-21 22:21:06 -0500 Report

was it hard to loss weight

rbergman 2009-03-21 23:28:40 -0500 Report

surprisingly no, however, you have to understand, she gained weight due to a thyroid condition to begin with, she wasn't a heavy child prior to that, then started losing weight after put on medication for that only to start gaining again and then being diagnosed diabetic.
The diet was hard at first, she didn't understand why she couldn't have as much as she wanted to eat and had to have measured portions, but it got easier as the weeks went by and I believe her stomach must have shrank some because she has trouble even finishing the food on her plate now. She gets 125-150g of carbs per day.
I too started the same diet about a week or so ago and have lost about 2-3lbs myself. Of course with better weather I'm able to take longer walks which helps and our daughter was on the dance team that just had their final recital Thursday, but she rides her bike and walks with me and runs around a lot outside too.

dyanne 2009-03-24 00:19:20 -0500 Report

I just wanted to congratulate Laura on all her hard work and great determination . Wow it is just fantastic how you are all doing !!!! you should be so so proud of her. She is a real fighter and will go far in this life. She has already learned so much in her young years… it will carry her through to a long happy life. She will know how to take good care of herself.
You are doing a great job mom !!!!
Hugs dyanne

freddyg2u 2009-03-21 21:58:36 -0500 Report

Me again Robin, I was impressed about how much you are caring for your daughter. It's really neat how a kid can overcome things and believe me, I can relate to her problems. i used to just say the heck with it and just eat the dang dessert, haha. Not anymore. I just wish that the food industry would get off their proverbial rumps and make a better grade of food just for diabetics. Probably not at my age but maybe down the road.

It's all about others who have no idea how bad this disease really is. Tell Laura I am 10 years old, if you add my two numbers together they equal 10 which means I am 73, and still a kid as I live young. Keep on praying, it is so good for what ails you. Fred

rbergman 2009-03-21 22:04:00 -0500 Report

LOL I just read your post and explained to her how you came up that you are 10yrs old. She thought about it for a minute then added her daddys 2 numbers together and said " HEY daddy is the same age as me then…43=7" his birthday was just yesterday lmao she is still giggling

2009-03-21 22:20:08 -0500 Report

I'm younger than Laura, I'm only 6… haha

See if she can figure that one out… my real age is older than Daddy but younger than Freddy … lol

rbergman 2009-03-22 09:52:21 -0500 Report

First she said 42, then said, no wait, if she is older than daddy she has to be at least 44 which would be 8 so she must be 51. Took her a minute but she got it lol
She then worked on mine, I'm 12 right now but in May I'll be 4 lol, Wade said it wasn't fair because he is only 1 right now, so he's the baby not the older brother lol

Thanks for bringing this up Fred, my kids had fun with figuring out ages your way of thinking lol

2009-03-22 11:57:18 -0500 Report

Now look we came up with a new way for them to practice their math skills and they don't even know it.. lol

Love to be a sneaky teacher!!

rbergman 2009-03-21 21:22:18 -0500 Report

Thank you all, I read your responses to Laura and she got a little embarrassed but said to tell you all thank you from her as well. Her school picture (head shot) that was taken back in Sept. horrified her because it was only days after she was diagnosed with Hypothyroid Disease and she was at her heaviest weight ever, this picture she was very happy with and told me to make sure I covered up the other picture with the new one right away lol.
She also wanted me to make sure I mailed this one to the family back home whereas she didn't want me sending the ones taken in September.
Anyway thanks again for the encouragement and support for Laura and our family through all of this.

Hugs & Much Luv,

2009-03-21 21:48:17 -0500 Report

Robin, I was gone all day and didn't see this but wanted to say now that I'm so very proud of both of you. When you first came to this site, you were lost on what to do for her or for yourself and now you are educating both of you and taking care of business. Thank you for being my friend and my new inspiration. Tell Laura that Judy is very proud of her for being so brave and smart and that she gets a huge hug sent her way!!


rbergman 2009-03-21 22:02:08 -0500 Report

Thanks Judy! I'm by no means an inspiration, I'm just the "mean mommy" that tries to keep Laura on track which in turn makes me want to stay on track.
We were gone all day as well, it was also her daddy's birthday yesterday so with all the appointments and such for both of us we went to a well deserved dinner out to celebrate her accomplishment and his birthday…even got the restaurant staff to sing Happy Birthday to him…just had to embarrass him lmao
Laura says to tell you not to squeeze her too tight with that hug lol

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-21 15:05:39 -0500 Report

Her new photo is so lovely, as is the new one of your son. Beautiful children. You have every reason to be so very proud of Laura. She's so lucky to have a mom like you who treats her with love and respect and helps her to understand to the best of her ability the need for what all that is going on in her young life. She would have every reason to balk and fight you on all of this, and the fact that she does not speaks well for you both and the relationship you. She obviously loves you and trusts that you are helping her do what is best for her. I hope things continue to go well, and that test results will be good ones.

GabbyPA 2009-03-21 14:05:35 -0500 Report

I told you she would amaze you once things got going. It is so encouraging to hear that you all are doing well. She'll be ready for summer shorts and skirts...way to go Laura!

BeckyJ 2009-03-21 11:37:01 -0500 Report

Congrats on a wonderful little girl. I am so happy that she is doing better and hope that you all continue to have great success. I am amazed at how well she is handling everything. My brothers oldest daughter went through some diet issues when she was younger…but the other way around she was extremely underweight. The hardest battle was dealing with others perceptions. Her older brother was a little rough on her at first teasing her on what she could or could not eat but now is her greatest champion. He makes sure she is eating the right foods and defends her to others who are ignorant of her special condition. Laura should be very proud of herself that she is taking the right steps towards being healthy. We just celebrated Marissa's 12th b-day on the 16th and she said the best gift she got was a pair of jeans my SIL got that were "her age" and not from the kids section. She's extremely tall for her age but so small waisted that she has had to wear skirts or leggings. Amazing what a new outfit can do for a girls esteem.lol Bet Laura can't wait for that shopping trip. Best of luck.

2009-03-21 06:49:52 -0500 Report

Robin, I'm so proud of Laura. She is such a beautiful little girl and I think she's doing great! She's not even 8 years old and she has this figured out better than I do! Her Addison's Disease is a tricky one to figure out. They have changed my mother's medications too many times to count and they still change it 40 years later. The last time I was there, she was getting out her 18 pills to take with breakfast and I felt so guilty, complaining about my insulin shot. I don't compain anymore, lol. Dealing with diabetes and addison's too has got to be very hard to regulate. Just one or the other takes time to get it right. I'm so proud of her and it will all fall together. Her new picture is beautiful and she is a special little girl! Hugs my friend! Ang

lipsie 2009-03-21 05:43:25 -0500 Report

You have great reasons to be proud right now, as so does she. Pleaee let her know excellent this is of her and for her to keep up whti this GREAT work! How old is she may I ask? Anyhow, keep it up you two! Sheila

rbergman 2009-03-21 08:50:17 -0500 Report

Hi Shelia, Laura will be 8 in July, she no longer allows us to say she is 7…she corrects us that she is 7 and 1/2 lol.

lipsie 2009-03-21 10:11:13 -0500 Report

lol, when they get up there in that age you ALWAYS have to include that 1/2 LOL Sheila

lipsie 2009-03-25 06:11:44 -0500 Report

My daughter was always the same way too, I was just agreeing! That 1/2 mean a whole lot to them! Sheila

2catty 2009-03-21 02:06:09 -0500 Report

How inspirational, how proud you must be of her. I am proud of her myself. What a strong little girl. I hope all her tests turns out ok. And buy that little girl some pretty new clothes. Tell her she is one of my new inspirations. Give her a big hug and tell her I am cheering her on. She is doing such a great job.

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