weight loss

By Beany Latest Reply 2009-05-02 18:29:18 -0500
Started 2009-04-22 03:00:51 -0500

This is all new for me. I need help with weight loss. I cant seem to loose and I'm so sick of the same old diets. I take oral meds plus insulin and it seems like a horrible cycle that there's no hope for. I get so tired of trying and still having high scores that I finally give up. Does anybody have a healthy diet that you dont have to starve on but is still safe? I hate exercise and cant stay consistant with it. Please help if anybody has any tried and true things that work.

14 replies

donsqueen 2009-05-02 18:29:18 -0500 Report

My doctor says that it is more difficult to lose weight because of the diabetes. Like everyone else has said, talk to your doctor first and watch your portion sizes. I too was amazed that a serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. (that's about 3 bites for me). I am currently doing weight watchers. I find it the easiest of everything I've tried. They have an online program and that works for me. I've been on it just over a month and am finally starting to lose weight. They even said at the beginning not to expect much the first 3 weeks, so I guess I'm right on track! If the weight watchers is too spendy for you, try sparkpeople.com. It's free, and I used it for about a year. Each of us is different, but we're all the same too :) Remember, that even if you've always been heavy, you didn't get that way overnight and you won't get healthy overnight either. As for exercise, start small. Try for to walk for 10 minutes. If you can't make it 10 minutes, work up to it, then try to do 10 minutes twice a day, then 3 times, then try increasing each session. Any "extra" movement is a start.

bnesper 2009-05-02 17:36:37 -0500 Report

I've been where you are and its very hard to lose weight for some of us. There is not a heavy person out there that doesn't want to be like other thinner people. Going up and down on the scale isn't healthy either. Just going on Metformin was enough for me to lose 41 pounds in 4 months, I just wasn't hungry. I also think being on a CPAP machine has helped alot and sometimes people don't realize that they stop breathing when they sleep and guess what that adds weight. It might be something you need to look into. My doc says when I lose another 20 lbs I may have to go off my meds for diabetes. All the advice here is good and we've all been on diets to lose weight so we know what works but you also need to change who you think you are and appreciate you in a new way not as a fat person but someone trying to be healthy. When I get the urge to eat something sweet I drink water and suck on sugar free candy.

Lilithk 2009-05-02 14:40:47 -0500 Report

I immediately went to see my dietetician that my doctor suggested when I found out I was diabetic. He showed me what portions were supposed to look like vs what we are served in restaurants and I was amazed at how much smaller the portions we are supposed to be eating are.

So cutting your portion size is a biggy but also make sure that what you do eat is giving you the sustainability to get through the waking hours. Proteins are better for this.

As far as excercise.. if you don't like it, do something that you may find fun. I suggest getting a Wii fit. Some of my coworkers have this and have found they are actually losing weight.

teddy bear - 17161
teddy bear - 17161 2009-05-02 11:11:54 -0500 Report

here's some hepful tid bits

start walking 2-3 miles per day
nothing stenuous mind you
the key with food is to eat smaller portions
do not eat after dinner as that will seriously impact your morning numbers
it is important to start the day off with a good AM reading

i followed this regime and lost 30 lbs over 6 months
you will lose approx 1-2 lbs per week

most people try to get these kind of results quickly
it doesn't happen
be patient

biBBWinVT 2009-04-27 22:43:33 -0500 Report

Weight loss actually scares me.

I've never been a skinny minnie and I'm not now either. In my 'prime' (pre-dignosis) I was a little over 300, and I'm only about 270 or so now. But I lost it all at once, and I've no idea why. I don't like the feel of having bones under my fat, because they weren't there for me before. I lay in bed and kind of touch my bones and wonder about them. When I sit on benches I can feel all the slats now, and it's uncomfortable. So I dunno…weight loss. It's a mixed blessing, for sure.

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-04-28 14:30:53 -0500 Report

I worked in the Wgt Loss industry for 18-1/2 years. Lost 92lbs and kept it off for 20 years. Then retired, developed breast cancer, and husband developed cancer also. Stress eating brought it all back.
BUT, with food journaling, regular exercise, following my balanced plan, I already have 30# off in 6 months, doing regular exercise and daily ask myself "am I eating this because I am hungry, or is something eating me, causing me to eat out of boredom, stress, etc"
Plus, if one has been obese their entire life, sometimes you use it as a 'shield' against facing the real world. Something to think about. When you lose large amounts, it is like you are suddenly put into a different body, and it does feel very strange for awhile. First time I felt/saw wrist bones, I thought I had ganglion cysts.

Anonymous 2009-04-26 23:22:18 -0500 Report

Beany _ I am not only diabetic but I also have an eating disorder (overeating, binging and purging). I also wake up and eat duirng the night. I am trying again to manage my eating which means 20% attention to food, 40% attention to emotions and 40% attention to exercise. My thoughts are with you as you pursue weight loss.

CurlyT 2009-04-26 23:03:05 -0500 Report

Hello, I got my insulin pump in 2007 and between that and a bad divorce (not recommended) I have been able to drop over 100lbs and have kept it off. I have to count my carbs and eat between 45-60 carbs a day. I have 2 kids who keep me active and I have joined the local Wellness Center. I take my kids with me, my 10 yo works out with me and the 2 yo plays in the nursery then we all go swimming in the pool before we leave. Over the summer we walk around the local theme park to get an extra workout. For snacks I have soy based cereal bars-lots of protein!

This is how I did it, but be sure to talk with your PCP and your Endo to make sure what you decide to do is right for your condition.

There are alot of small changes that you can make, one at a time and they will all add up to a big change. Take it slow but do it for you and NOBODY else. Make yourself healthier.

Good luck, it all starts with 1 step in the right direction.

SkipT 2009-04-22 06:29:06 -0500 Report

I lost and have kept off 77 lbs on a low carb diet. I am going to say something that will cause some to take issue. Hold off on the exercise for awhile until you get the weight down. Trying to do too much at one time is a formula for failure for most people. Just walk as much as possible and keep track of your food portions.
One trick is to eat on a salad plate (7") instead of a regular dinner plate (10" to 12"!) and after you fill your plate put the rest of the food away. Always eat at a table and don't watch television.
Good Luck

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-22 07:49:01 -0500 Report

I like eveerything you have to say and I do as much as you offer to everyone I can now that I had my transplant but always a word to friends here with kidney diease you may need to watch your protein intake. I know I still do but I can eat maore now and do take advantage of it. But the idea of the smaller plates do help tremedously and my mother and I haven't used regular dinner plates unless we need to put them out when we have family over. But we still use our salad plates when we eat with family…

Sloan 2009-05-02 12:53:02 -0500 Report

I totally agree. East meals on a salad plate and don't go back for more. Also, if a person is very heavy, it may be wise to lose some weight first before starting an exercise program, although water aerobics are wonderful. I also did the low carb. diet, lost weight and kept it off. I was able to get off of my insulin pump and I only take 500mg. of glucophage now. Pumps are great but after so many years it felt like a third arm. Mine now sleeps in it's box…Also, I don't eat meat at all. I eat alot of beans and complex carbs.

Big Dave
Big Dave 2009-05-02 14:41:04 -0500 Report

Is there a difference between carbs and complex carbs? You mentioned not eating carbs yet you say you eat beans and complex carbs. I'm just a little confused, as usual.

Big Dave

Judimar 2009-04-22 03:27:35 -0500 Report

Hi Beany,

The only advice I can give is to watch your portion sizes and eat healthy foods for meals and snacks. Try and watch your carb and sugar intake but be sensible about it.

As far as exercise goes try and find something you enjoy. With the warm weather you could try water aerobics, doing the exercises in the water is less stressful on your body and joints. If you enjoy dancing, you could dance in your room or somewhere in your house. The trick to exercise is finding something you find fun and enjoy doing so it doesn't feel like work or torture. Trust me, I am not a big fan of it either lol.