Need to lose weight

By Mandy1985 Latest Reply 2014-10-08 20:18:08 -0500
Started 2014-10-06 17:46:39 -0500

I'm gaining more weight with better control of my blood glucose, carb counting and multiple insulin shots daily. I'm moderately exercising. With the Holidays coming up how can I not gain weight and how can I lose weight that I have?

Tags: weight loss

9 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-08 20:18:08 -0500 Report

My approach to the Holidays is simple. Just because it is there does not mean I have to eat it. I also use what my sister refers to as having the "Push Back Syndrome" In other words push yourself back from the table. Seriously. You have to control yourself.

I am T2 and not on insulin. I do not use serving forks and spoons for my holiday dinners. I use a normal fork, teaspoon and tablespoon. I load up on meat and green veggies. (I am not a salad person). I use a fork for pasta if I want it. I use a tablespoon for mashed potatoes and teaspoon for dressing and very little gravy. I have never had a high after eating Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner.

For the parties, I eat before I leave home. At the party if I get hungry or feel the need to munch I head for the raw veggies and cheeses. I might have one or two cookies but no more than that. If I have the cookie I stay away from cakes and pies and I stay away from breads and dips. I have no idea how many carbs are in a serving of the dips.

I never fall for the "you have got to try this" routine. I politely say no thanks and walk away. Thankfully, with my meal plan and exercise, I am still losing weight and I can basically eat what I want with moderation.

Last year I was asked to bring dessert and I bought a sugar free apple pie, removed the label and never said a word. People ate it and I didn't tell them it had no sugar until after the pie was gone.

Just pay attention to what you are eating, exercise more often and enjoy the holidays.

Glucerna 2014-10-08 18:57:09 -0500 Report

The fact that you're planning ahead and already thinking about how to best get through the holidays without weight gain is wonderful. I really like the ideas already posted here. Set yourself up to be successful by planning ahead, keeping healthy foods stocked in your house and the holiday treats out of the house, and include some type of physical activity every day. A local support group for regular check-ins may also be helpful. ~Lynn @Glucerna

JoleneAL 2014-10-08 10:43:22 -0500 Report

I fussed at my doctor the other week about the lowly 4 pounds I lost over 18 weeks (and I think his scale burped or something). He said the insulin makes the weight loss slow or nothing at all. So my goal is to reduce my insulin use down to only my Lantus. (I tried a day of no Lantus and only fast - nightmare!). I do try and walk 45 minutes 5 to 6 days a week as well. I'm resigning myself to this size and hoping I can NOT get any bigger either. I can't answer your question, but wanted you to know you're not alone!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-10-08 08:05:17 -0500 Report

Hi Mandy!

Good to see you!

One of the approaches that I recommend to clients is emotional eating. This means understanding the ways that you might be using food to meet emotional needs. It is something that we all do. For example, using food to deal with stress, or loneliness, or anger. Eating when you are bored. Or pairing eating with passive activities like watching TV. Using food when you are happy or when you are sad. You get the picture.

By understanding the emotional needs that food is meeting, you can then look for healthier ways to deal with emotions. It starts with being aware of yourself. And then building a toolkit of alternate ways to cope with feelings.

I hope this helps. Stay in touch with us!


GabbyPA 2014-10-06 18:36:49 -0500 Report

Duct Tape. LOL...just kidding. That is the best way for me though.

Seriously, the trick for me is to not start the spiral. We don't do Halloween so we don't have candy in the house. Thanksgiving is hosted by my family usually and I make sure I provide good healthy choices (minus the pecan pie for my husband) that way I can choose well. Drink a lot (of water) before eating and that will help a LOT. When Christmas starts rolling around, for me to not be rolling too, I just have to say no, no thank you and NO WAY to the sweets. I do not have the discipline to have just one. I know myself and am honest. If I don't start, I usually can do well through the holidays.

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