Having a Bad Day

By judyb Latest Reply 2009-09-19 20:05:37 -0500
Started 2009-09-18 11:38:18 -0500

I was diagnosed as a Diabetic on Aug 6th of this year, prescribed Actos Met Plus, told to lose 50 pounds. Since Aug 6th I have only been able to lose 7 pounds, even though I have followed doctors' diet plans, walked one mile every day and 3-4 days a week do some yoga and aerobics using the WII Fit. Today I am so depressed as I feel like I can't cook the way I did, can't eat out, absolutely dread meal times. This is not living. I feel like flushing my diabetes medicine down the toilet and just going back to things as they were and letting happen what happens.

17 replies

mamaoak 2009-09-19 20:05:37 -0500 Report

Don.t give up i was there 8 months ago. i am now med free you have to watch your carbs i lost 56 lbs. and did not just eat rabiit food. i ate fruit vegs meat bread low carb bread yogart cottage cheese diet pudding . diet icream you just have to watch your carbs and exersise i walked an hr a day. well felt the way you do it takes time to a just to this new way of life you cant let it get to you yoou can do it . i did.

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Bekki Diabetic 2009-09-19 13:07:03 -0500 Report

Let's face it, even without diabetes, it is difficult to lose weight after a certain age and then add diabetes…wow. Very depressing! I don't exercise enough because of a back problem but I am eating right and it is extremely disheartening for me because I can not seem to lose anything. I do feel lots better while eating correctly which is a plus. All we can do is one day at a time. And we are all praying for you. Remember, once we make it a habit, it will get easier…second nature. Everyone here is always ready to encourage and support. So, welcome, to DC.

Turtle 2009-09-19 00:32:36 -0500 Report

Hi, I know it is difficult, especially at first. I am t2 and was diagnosed about 4 years ago. It is a little easier now. I am not on meds and control with diet and exercise only. That is hard. My numbers have been going up higher since I recently got well from being sick…I am hungry almost all the time.
Try to start each day new and positive. I know it is hard right now but you will find lots of friends and support here.

80sgirl71 2009-09-18 22:55:04 -0500 Report

Being Diabetic is tough. I have had type 2 diabetes for almost 4 years. There are good days and there are bad days. Some days you can take all your medicine, exercise, and stick to a strict diet, and you still have problems. Everybody has felt the way you do at one time or another with there illness. I think it is even harder to deal with in the beginning because you are confused, & frustrated, & angry. Some days I wish I could be " normal" again. I don't want to be different than my family and friends, I don't want to take medication, poke my self 4 times a day, eat a strict diet, and last but not least, I really do not want to give my self insulin shots. It gets old, & some days it seems pointless. Why did this have to happen to me? I wish I would have know about this site 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I have only been a member of Diabetic Connect for a few days. I saw an add for it on facebook and decided to check it out. It takes a while to get everything in a certain balance. My diabetic Nurse once told me that nothing is off limits, but whatever you eat needs to be add to your diet count, or worked off by exercise. And since I am insulin dependent I often have to deal with low blood sugar. So I keep snickers bars around just to eat in a low blood sugar event. I still get to eat my favorite candy bar, but only when I am low. I hope something I said will help you through this rough time. Just hang in there. I won't say it gets easier, but after some time it gets easier to adjust. You control the diabetes. Don't let it control you. Take care.

beadmom 2009-09-18 18:15:04 -0500 Report

Don't forget to measure yourself. If you started exercising you might be adding muscle which weighs a bit and affects you poundage loss but you still may be losing inches which is better for you!


Alicia039 2009-09-18 18:06:54 -0500 Report

Please don't feel you have to stick to tasteless meals and no chocolate. There are some really great recipes on dlife
I had go look to see what they had for chocolate… oh my they have some good ones :) They also post what calories and carbs are in the recipe here is an example
Carbs: 8.5g Calories: 89.6
Saturated Fat: 3.6g Sodium: 2mg

I really like the Dlife website for recipes and other things they have on there.

I hope this helps a little. Also they have a show on Sunday at 7pm that I watch. And they always showcase a recipe on there.

Alicia039 2009-09-18 18:08:04 -0500 Report

And by the way congrats on the 7lbs weight loss. I know how hard it can be. Just keep staying active and you will slowly see the lbs come off. Even if its 1lbs a week or so you are still doing good by staying active. That really helps with your bs :)

Alicia039 2009-09-18 18:10:42 -0500 Report

Wow 300 cookbooks. Awesome. I bet there are ways to tweak some of those recipes to make them carb friendly and make them work for a diabetic meal.

Jipwhip 2009-09-18 13:44:14 -0500 Report

Okay Judyb I see why you are so frustrated about what has happened. But know this you can make it You just need to take one day at a time.And don't keep denying yourself chocolate because if you do when you do give in you will binge. A little bit every now and then is not bad for you. If you are worried that you can't control it start with something small, like the fun size chocolate bars. It also sounds like you need to go out and educate yourself about diabetes. There are all kinds of diabetic cookbooks out there and all the food in them is quite tasty. Don't be afraid to try something new. Life is always about change. I know it is scary to change but it is not that hard to do. Sounds like you also need a doctor you can talk too. Have you taken any diabetes classes? These classes can help you understand better. I would look into it if I were you. Please don't give up, you can do this you have made it this far. Plus think about all the other problems that could happen if you do stop taking your meds. Believe me it is not worth it. If you go that route you'll not be happy with your life. Take heart you are not alone in this battle.

hbkunkel 2009-09-18 14:34:44 -0500 Report

A terrific place to start in looking ofr great diabetic recipes is right here on this site. Many of the recipes are very tasty - not bland and makes your days more interesting. Good luck and keep working at it. We are here to support you.

BeckyJ 2009-09-18 12:36:19 -0500 Report

Honey do I know the feeling. When I first diagnosed I went through a similar situation. I was given Metformin told to loose 45 more lbs and told that they couldn't do anything more until then. This is after I had just lost 50 lbs and thought THAT was the reason I was so tired. STRESSFUL! I have a thyroid condition that makes loosing weight extremely difficult. The sudden weight loss was a true blessing but I had no idea how to continue towards their 'goal weight". Just remember that in the beginning everyone has trouble dealing with change. Especially a change like this one. I found this website has wonderful diet and excersize advice, just go through the old discussions and you will find a wealth of info. I finally did loose that extra 45 lbs plus another 30, it didn't help my BG's at all. Yes you want to lose weight because of the health benefits but stressing over an abitrary number only makes it harder. Take it one day at a time and remeber to ENJOY YOUR LIFE. There are many ways to make your new diet enjoyable. I have found that I actually like to cook now because I get to experiment with new spices and cooking methods. Some of them I have to throw out as a very bad mistake but overall I'm trying more new things everyday. As for eating out there is no reason why you can't, just look for items similar to what you would cook at home. Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions. If they are offering a carb as a side ask if you can replace with a veg or fruit. Most restaurants(at least in my area) are getting more health minded and have better alternatives available. My New doc (yes I got rid of the old one, he wasn't helping)even told me this once "If you want a big fatty juicy burger once in a while that's ok, just don't make a habit of it. After the meal make sure you schedule some extra excersize to work it off, even just a walk down the block." So PLEASE don't throw your meds out, in time you will find these adjustments come easier eveyday. I reached my BMI only to be told that I was tooo small (bless that nurses little heart). When some of the weight came back due to the thyroid I wasn't so concerned. Yes I would like to lose about another 15lbs but I'm not killin myself to reach it. I eat healthy and get what moderate excercise I can tolerate and pray that I am doing the right thing. Stress raises your blood sugar in unpredictable ways, much more dangerous than the extra weight. Take a breath and relax, YOU CAN DO IT! Sorry this was so long a post I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying this gets easier for you.

judyb 2009-09-18 12:57:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding. What is the secret to losing weight and controlling the diabetes? I lost the 7 pounds in the first 2 weeks and have not been able to lose a pound in the last 4 weeks. It's really getting to me. I love chocolate, really, really love chocolate, and am craving so badly but afraid I will binge if I give in. I collect cookbooks, approx 300, of which 30 deal with chocolate. Now that's all off limits. I am so bored with plain old broiled meat and rabbit food without dressings or butter that I think I'd rather starve to death; I actually dread meal times. My husband wants to go to Myrtle Beach next week but I don't want to go as I can't deal with eating out all the time. I feel as though my life as I knew it has been taken away from me and that I will never have it back.

BeckyJ 2009-09-18 14:01:50 -0500 Report

I grew up on good southern cooking. Lots of BUTTER, salt and other stuff not so good for you. I had to do a lot of rearranging with how I eat. I am a very picky eater…if it's sounds bad I LOVE IT! The first step for me was to look at my old cookbooks in a new way, Paula Dean I miss you so, lol. Now they are just good reading and possible some inspiration to try it healthier. One book I found that has been really helpful is "Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy" By Hope S. Warshaw,I got in through the American Diabetes Assocaition website diabetes.org. Not really for recipes but for ideas on portion control. There are some sample meal plans that I tweaked. For me the weight loss came about because I started on eating fresh foods. Farmers market fruits and veg and we have a meat market close by that will cut the meat lean. No need to boil the meat. I use the Forman grill and even occasionaly will pan fry in my cast iron skillet with Panko breadcrumbs and spray oil. If you don't like the food you are eating you definately won't stay on the diet. If you want some specific recipes you can e-mail me direct at hoffman.rebecca@yahoo.com small. Good Luck!

Harlen 2009-09-18 12:26:36 -0500 Report

O hun we all have ben there and grate job on the 7 pounds I am a cheff boy do I know what you mean.Its hard but can be done the thing that helped me the most was keeping trak of carbs and righting it all down my BS what a eat had what it did to me .We are all difrent and some foods affet us in difrent ways.
Theres a book out there called The Calorie King and this is the best thing I have seen for calories and carbs
drop me a line if you have Q.
I am Harlen and I am T2 and have ben for 4 plus years
You have done good keep up the good work

judyb 2009-09-18 12:50:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my message. I am a real chocoholic and want some chocolate so bad but do not want to give in to the craving as I am afraid I'll get out of control. I used to love to cook and was known for my lucious desserts which are now totally off limits. Plain old broiled meat and rabbit food without dressings and butter are getting old — and I've only been at this diabetes thing for not quite two months. I don't think I will be successful.

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