Back on track

By Becky123 Latest Reply 2010-01-08 14:54:15 -0600
Started 2009-12-27 20:39:57 -0600

I was diagnosed with type 2 last February and have done really well with diet and excercise until recently.I haven't had to take and meds or insulin yet, and would like to keep it that way as long as possible.But I find the old bad habits creeping in and that is worrying me. I have lost about 30 lbs and my dr would like me to lose more-so would I, but I really have to start working at it and I can't quite find the motivation.The holidays didn't help with sweets everywhere. I usually dont have any in the house because if it is here, I will eat it. Any advice on how to get back my momentum???

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nerdse 2010-01-06 20:12:40 -0600 Report

Relax, Becky, it's normal to get fed up to the gills with measuring, counting, rigid schedules, etc. It sucks. I feel bad for my son, a type 1 diagnosed at age 12; I always told him, you can get angry at the illness but you can't ever get so upset that you quit taking care of yourself. I'd do something with him - skating at the rink with friends, trips to the city to just walk around, or to some special destination; sometimes, just a ride in the car.

For you, if you can afford massages, pedicures, manicures, facials, hairdos, then do stuff like that. Take a bubble bath surrounded by fragrance candles (or unscented) & have a really posh cup of tea or coffee; listen to music& relax. If you can't afford spa stuff, see if you can get together with friends who're willing to go for doing each other's nails, hair, or massages, whatever. Go someplace different just to see what it's like. Take a camera & photograph things that strike your fancy. If you like old people, volunteer at a nursing home; if you like babies, volunteer at a hospital to be a baby cuddler if they have a program like that (you help preemies whose parents live far away, & babies whose mothers did drugs while they were pregnant; the cuddling helps the babies through withdrawal). Frost your hair or change the color (semi-permanent color washed out after a month or 2). You can often get haircuts, perms, etc., for low prices at a beauty school; I got a great cut & perm there for $35, instead of the $85 it cost in a salon. Create something. Learn a new skill or a new word. Anything that helps you feel useful, pretty, valued, smart. That kind of stuff helps me.

I don't know if you like to skate, but ice or roller skating is a really fun way to exercise & it's something different. If you don't know how to skate, learning might help. Joining a dance club of some sort (ballroom, square dancing, country dancing, whatever) gives you a different form of exercise. Even martial arts lessons! Moo Duk Kwan or Tang Soo Do incorporate falls & throws along with kicks & punches & blocks; you can exercise, socialize, & kick butt if someone attacks you (I fended off a rape attempt with Judo). If you don't want to get into the sparring & such, try tai chi. Anything different. Lots of hospitals hold special events to help people with wellness, so you might find inexpensive or even free classes there.

By the way, if you're not in school & you're interested in learning, there are lots of free courses at, anything from medical terminology to how to program computers & everything in between.

This is the kind of thing that helps me (with the exception of the girly stuff; I'm more of a tomboy type), it might not help you, but maybe you'll get an idea of your own from it, something that will help you. Take care!

tejanocowboy57 2010-01-06 20:20:11 -0600 Report

Can you also try bike riding. I bought a bike last Feburary and it was one of the best things I have ever done. I start riding just a few blocks, then I really got into it. I'm now riding up to forty miles per day and plan to join a charity race next month, fifty five miles!. Just make sure you buy a helmet, riding gloves, etc. and know your routes before your ride them and safety first always. Enjoy and have a blast!. Frank

Deb-G 2010-01-06 21:13:23 -0600 Report

Wow…"nerdse"…some wonderful advice…I think you inspired me to try something new!

and Frank…thats awesome! …I love riding my bike too…although not quite as far as you I even want one of those little carts like you pull kids in except they make them for dogs! LOL…I want to cart my English Bulldog with me…she'd love it and it would get me out even more I think

Great advice all :)

Becky123 2010-01-08 14:54:15 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the great ideas and well wishes. I am trying some new things like portioning out snacks as soon as I buy them and I have have started participating in the martial arts class that my son goes to instead of sitting there watching him. It will be a challenge but I think it will be fun too. I wish I could ride bike right now but its below zero and snowy here. :)

Meldnr 2009-12-28 23:34:20 -0600 Report

If there is a weekly inexpensive weight management program in your area, that could be a big help. Preferably one where the people who run it have a sense of humor.
Having a weight loss partner might help, even if it's over the internet. You could weigh in once a week and chat about what worked or didn't. Just don't give up the fight.

ptsparkle 2009-12-28 12:55:59 -0600 Report

Try to take things one step at a time. Conquer one, then move onto the next one. We all have weaknesses and falter along the way. Just get back to doing what worked for you, and don't expect it to be all fixed in one day.

Deb-G 2009-12-27 22:30:03 -0600 Report

Grab a friend and find something to do together that will get your motivation back…its so hard to get back in a groove all on your own :(

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