Going at this alone

By Terrialyn Latest Reply 2014-08-13 22:21:42 -0500
Started 2014-08-11 10:11:34 -0500

Hey every body. I have type 2 diabetes, and even though I know life could be better for me with exercise, I find myself starting a workout but never going past a week at it. It has been hard for me to get started on my own. I'm used to having someone with me, in high school and college I always had a pal or two with me. I don't go to gyms, I stay at home. I have multiple DVDs and tapes, as well as a Total Gym but I just cannot seem to keep myself motivated. And to top it off, I am dealing with trying to find a job. So this super stressful time is adding to itself with stress eating. Basically, I would like a walking partner at the very least and someone I can get with on working out. I recently moved into a smaller house with little room by way of workout space but can do regular exercises like push ups and squats, there is enough space for that type of stuff.

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JaredLahti 2014-08-13 22:21:42 -0500 Report

For me the thing I find most helpful in keeping my motivation up is setting goals. I love doing triathlons so now I have an Olympic distance tri in a couple of weeks and a half ironman in about a month and a half. After that my next goals are to do some fall marathons, my first ultra marathon and set some personal bests in the 5k and 10k. Next year my goals include doing a few century rides, another half iron, a few more marathons, a second ultra marathon and my first ironman. These goals keep me on the straight and narrow cause healthy eating is as important to my athletic goals as it is to my diabetes.

tgmore 2014-08-13 13:46:10 -0500 Report

Understand…type 2 Diabetes alone. Husband and kids all good.sugar levels.

There is always goodies and chips and things like soda pop ect around house…I have to say no all the time to myself…it is a daily temptation and battle every day alone…I am also a only child no sisters or brothers to lean on…and both patents passed away.

If not for my faith …I would lose to food for comfort and to relieve stress…I am a stress eater..

And on top of all else my husband recovered from throat cancer…but continues to smoke. Even though I quit.

tgmore 2014-08-13 13:51:49 -0500 Report

I know this battle is here to stay…and there are days I say to heck with it I'm not young. Enjoy …but I try my best. Not perfect I slip up once in a while. And indulge. But so did my type 2 grandma. And she lived to 91yrs though she never smoke.

Glucerna 2014-08-13 15:21:27 -0500 Report

You are a determined woman tgmore! Finding healthy ways to manage stress without using food is excellent. I hope posting here helps you feel not quite as alone. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2014-08-13 12:10:28 -0500 Report

I’m with peewee here. If you aren’t a big music fan, it might be a good time to discover it. I’ve been “alone” in this since the start. I am pretty much limited to walking, and do have a treadmill, but enjoy time outside when weather permits. I put my earbuds in and pretty much have a little “fantasy concert” in my head for an hour or more sometimes. Some days are themes like classical or island, others are all hard rock, or my favorite – girl’s night with all female artists. I think Rachael Yamagata and her smoky, whisky-soaked voice is personally responsible for at least 50 lbs. of my weight loss. Never alone with her in my head.

peewee0618 2014-08-12 17:05:27 -0500 Report

I understand what you are going through. I tend to start exercising and then let it go. I have exercise equipment in my family room such as a total body gym, a treadmill, please I bought an xbox with a kinect so I could exercise but I don't. So I brought an ipod and use that and walk. I don't turn it up loud so I can hear around me. Helps me some.

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By His stripes2015 2014-08-12 04:13:09 -0500 Report

Hi, I have type2 diabetes. I find walking not only stress releasing but also a great way to get your metabolism going and helping with blood sugar control. My problem is if there is inclement weather,I can't walk,and I hate walking alone. The grand kids were walking with me this summer but school has started,so I'm alone again. If I had your exercise equipment I would be in 7th heaven. Be grateful for what you've already been blessed with and that job will come.

Glucerna 2014-08-11 14:18:34 -0500 Report

I really like Lou's suggestion to take exercise one step at a time and love yourself enough to make time for exercise. You're right that exercise can be more fun with others. Perhaps there's a meet-up walking group in your area? If you start walking around your neighborhood every day, you may meet others out walking and find a walking buddy. Or you can post here every day and let us know what you did for exercise. We'll cheer you on! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-08-11 12:11:41 -0500 Report

I agree that having someone to share your exercise routine is both helpful and more fun…but, my husband won't exercise with me and my friends are either too far away or not interested. I recently became eligible for Medicare and signed up with a Humana PPO. It offers a free "Silver Sneakers" membership and I signed up at a local 24 hour coed health club. I've consciously made time to get there at least twice a week and am trying for 3 times. Each time, I spend about 1.5 hours working out both on aerobic machines and weight-resistance training (important for us older people to help stave off osteoporosis) I knew no-one at the health club initially but have since made friends there. Love yourself enough to exercise. You'll find you'll feel better physically and mentally. Take it one step at a time and it'll get easier to motivate yourself as you go along.