type 2diabetes. and weight loss

By Erika77 Latest Reply 2014-10-24 11:43:09 -0500
Started 2014-10-22 07:11:56 -0500

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Karyn Seiders
Karyn Seiders 2014-10-24 11:43:09 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel about managing your kids, work, diabetes, and your weight. I am still struggling with these things only it's my grandchildren, diabetes and my weight. First, life is stressful and that contributes to weight gain, high blood pressure, and high blood sugars. Probably more than that. I recommend reducing as much stress as you can so you don't have the urge to do stress eating. I know that it's not easy, write down a list of everything that stresses you out, then grade them not so bad to the worst. Pick one thing that you can work on to change or eliminate. I find that getting time to myself and listening to classical music, meditating on something uplifting, or praying helps. Second, if you have kids that you are feeding it is tempting to just eat what they are eating. I also know some folks have picky eaters. I like what Melissa D'Arabian (Food Network) did with her kids. She introduced 1 healthier item (unhealthy food) and remade it healthy. Such as, chicken nuggets made at home baked instead of fried in oil with less salt. Try introducing larger vegetable portions and smaller starch and meat portions. Third, diabetes tends to run in families. Exercise together. My daughter takes her kids on a walk of our neighborhood after dinner if the weather isn't too bad. She puts the baby in the stroller and her 4 yr. old rides her bike. They stop and play at the community park,too. I know not everyone lives in a safe neighborhood, if that is the case taking your kids to the mall for a stroll and window shopping. Last, get your very best friend involved in helping you stay on track. A friend , or accountability partner is indespencible. Every day is a new day to get back on track. Remember you aren't failing to reach your goals you are learning how things work for you. Every day I feel I could do better to hit my personal goals and every day I fall short. This isn't a sprinter's race it is a marathon or a mountain climb. It's important to run smart, stop and think about your next move, and learn from what didn't work. I hope this helps you. If you need to unload just write me.

Carol2399 2014-10-23 19:38:29 -0500 Report

sometimes medication can change your appetite causing you to eat more or less. Also some people find out the have Diabetes and go on a diet.

GabbyPA 2014-10-23 06:41:53 -0500 Report

How long have you been diagnosed with diabetes? And are there any meds the doctor has you on?

I know when I was diagnosed I was way heavier than you are now. I took it one step at a time, making little changes that I could manage and stick to. The first thing I did was get rid of all the sugar free foods. They give you a false sense of safety in eating them, and for me, often lead to eating too much of it any way. I drank diet soda and stopped that eventually as well. Those two things helped so much.

Then I started getting rid of processed foods. Anything that is ready to eat or ready to make out of a box or a can. I still use some, but I stopped using a lot of things and started cooking more fresh foods and eating more raw veggies and salads. I didn't restrict myself to just salads or things like that. I still ate, but being mindful helped me too.

Keeping a journal is a great way to start. I kept a journal for one week, eating as I had always done. Boy will that shock you!! Then I started to make some changes and kept record and started to set some goals for carb intake (as that was my main focus) It was funny, how as my carb intake came down, so did my calories and my weight. Writing everything down is time consuming and to be honest, I was kind of obsessed with it for a while, but it helped me loose 80 pounds.

Finding what works takes time. We also have a site called Obesity Connect that has a lot of folks in it that might have even more practical help to offer.

Glucerna 2014-10-22 18:13:43 -0500 Report

What have you done so far to lose weight? There's no one 'right' way to lose weight, and there are several areas to consider: food choices, amount to eat, and exercise are some of the top ones. How can we best help you? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Erika77 2014-10-22 19:58:42 -0500 Report

Everything workout eat right and my weight is 265 i just don't know

Glucerna 2014-10-23 16:47:34 -0500 Report

It can really feel frustrating when you're making changes and not seeing weight loss. Gabby's idea to keep a journal is excellent, because that helps us see exactly what, when and how much we're eating and we can also keep track of exercise. Have you used a journal? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-22 09:27:42 -0500 Report

You didn't say what kind of help you need with weight loss.

Erika77 2014-10-22 19:55:30 -0500 Report

I am 265 just want to be happy with my kids and with my self.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-22 20:50:17 -0500 Report

Losing weight is not always easy and it can become stressful if you allow it to be a major problem. Sometimes you have to step back from something to find another way to solve the problem. Take a step back and look at what you are doing to lose weight. Are you eating properly? Do you eat a lot of prepared foods? If you eat out with the kids do you choose healthy foods? If you work, do you eat out for lunch or take your lunch? What kinds of foods are you preparing at home? The first thing to do is to keep a positive outlook.

Call your doctor and ask him/her how many carbs per meal you can have and how many calories. Get a note book and start a food journal. Write down every thing you eat per day. You need Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Snack. Include the servings and carbs for each item of food you eat.

Ask your doctor to refer you to a certified dietitian. He/she can help you develop a meal plan that will work for you. This isn't going to be easy and you have to be patient.

When I was diagnosed, I changed everything I ate overnight. We bought a NuWave Oven and I put everything in it except for fried eggs. I didn't fry anything but an egg for an entire year and lost 60lbs. When I want a white potato, I go for 1 small red potato. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. When I go out to eat at family gatherings, I use teaspoons and tablespoons to fill my plate and go for more meat and veggies. I use a tablespoon for starches and a teaspoon if I want gravy. For Past I use a fork. I stick the fork in and eat what sticks to it. I managed to lose weight and get my blood sugar under very good control.

I am now looking into Fit2Me to see if I want to do this. I think it will be fun. I am reading and watching the videos on their website at

Weight Watchers also has the Points Plus system for diabetes. I tried it but not for diabetics and found I was always hungry and I lost about 5 lbs. I have the calculator for the program.

You have to find what works for you and stick with it. Make modifications as needed and you will be surprised at the results. Good luck to you.