How To Lose???

Fighting Mom
By Fighting Mom Latest Reply 2009-02-21 10:55:29 -0600
Started 2008-07-20 05:51:52 -0500

HI everyone! I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes then told I was actually Pre-diabetes, like there's a difference?! The highest level I have reached was 240. Bad enough. My question is this: How do I lose the weight? Since May I have been more active and watching what I eat. You would think I have lose quite a bit— I have lost 3 freaking pounds! The trainer who works with us says I am probably losing inches, which is better. I do not see it. Is there anything you guys are doing that may help me?

Thanks for the imput, and thanks for your help. A toast to Life!!


70 replies

Sally
Sally 2009-02-21 10:55:29 -0600 Report

I really know where you are coming from! I have type 2 for over a year, no meds yet. I begged the doc to give me a chance to correct it with diet. I am eating as healthy as I can. I have swithched to all whole grain breads and pastas, and am very limited in eating them at all, leaner meats with very small portions and have added more vegetables and fruits (I only have fruits in the mornings, they raise my sugar in the evenings). For snacks I indulge my chocolate craving with jello sugar free dark chocolate pudding with a handfull of peanuts mixed in. It really doesn't taste sugar free. I try not to over eat any meal. I am exercising, but it seems to be a slow process. I have lost about fifteen pounds in about nine monthes. I think women have a harder time with weight loss than men, we have more monthly hormones to deal with. The first ten pounds dropped easily, but the last five I have struggled with. I need to loose about 30 more pounds. Hang in there!!

Charla Hageman
Charla Hageman 2008-10-27 07:29:53 -0500 Report

Hi! I watch what I eat but I have been using the plate system Half the plate is vegitables and fruits-I will also have a salad in that spot to which works and 1/4 is a meat and on the other 1/4 i have either a small or half of a potato.But now I hit a plateau and I am not losing any weight anymore. I have problems with my knees and if I go walking I have to have some one walk with me because my knees could give out at any time and if I should fall down I cannot get up by myself.

JaredLahti
JaredLahti 2008-10-28 15:13:48 -0500 Report

I don't know if it is possible, but if you have access to a gym you could always try swimming or do water walking or some other form of water aerobics. That would alleviate all the pressure that you would have on your knees. I use swimming as a way to work out on my days off from running. Another possibility is something my dad is using is a trampoline. He has a lot of problems with his knees from running on aircraft carriers and he has been using a trampoline and can do a lot more now. Hope that helps. Good luck.

tira
tira 2008-11-04 01:54:46 -0600 Report

less insulin = less carb food= loose weight.
seiously, i loose some weight during the fasting month.
but of course i gained back, once the party get started evry week. but maintain it to +/- 1kg.

maggiemae
maggiemae 2008-10-26 04:41:09 -0500 Report

Water , Water , Water , as much as you can drink . Walk 30 minutes every day . Carry hand weughts that equals the weight you lost . My boyfriend didn't think he was losing any weight , so I got him a size smaller pants . Every week he tried them on . Finally after a month he was able to get into them . Find someone to join you for walks .The main thing , keep trying , don't give up . Diabetes is hard work , but you can do it . You have to for your health . Good luck to you .

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2008-10-26 04:36:00 -0500 Report

In my opinion there is no difference between pre or diabities its the same… I have been trying to loose the weight and this time I didn't want to do what I did the last time to lose the weight I ended up using crystal meth, and worked, and I kept the weight for 4 yrs and then then gained again.

Started to use again and Im on again off again, but I told my dr. that I needed some help with my weightloss and he precribed PHENTERMINE 37.5 MG. In jan 08 my weight was 240lbs and currently as Oct 08 my weight is 197.

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2009-02-21 10:37:58 -0600 Report

IT HAS BEEN MONTHS SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON OR REPLIED… UNFORTUNATELY IM STILL PARTYING TO HELP ME LOOSE THE WEIGHT, WALKING MORE, EATING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, AND STILL ON PHENTERMINE 37.5 MGS. IM NOW WEIGHING 190LBS AND MY CLOSTHES ARE FITTING WAY BETTER. LAST YRS WEIGHT WAS 242LBS MAKING ME LOST A TOTAL OF 52 LBS SO FAR MY GOAL WEIGHT IS TO BE BACK DOWN TO 130LBS, CONSIDEREING I WAS 5'4 1/2 IN HEIGHT AND NOW IM 5'3.

Avera
Avera 2008-10-21 09:47:59 -0500 Report

Well, so far I am having a terrible time trying to lose weight. It might be better to say I am having a terrible time not gaining so much weight. It seems as if every medication I take causes weight gain for me.

Robin Z.
Robin Z. 2008-09-20 13:52:24 -0500 Report

I had a heart transplant in April & the meds they put me on made me diabetic.I cannot get out & excercise.I am need to lose about 40 lbs but am getting nowhere.I am on steroids,that doesn't help!
Please give me some ideas.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-21 03:07:25 -0500 Report

Robin, I to had a kidney transplant and unable to get around. I need to increase my activity. I don't know how to do that with I need somebody by me when I walk so I don't lose my balance. I put on 25-30#s on steroid and that doesn't help much either. I eat right but If I eat right and don't move the weight has gone no where. I am walking at the stores with a buggy for support aleast 10 mins straight. I want to increase that into 20 mins eventually. I also helps with all these friends that give us inspiration. I thank them all..

JaredLahti
JaredLahti 2008-09-20 13:07:35 -0500 Report

Its been a while since I have posted anything on here so I thought I would give everybody an update. I have lost over 20 pounds since July. I am under 180 pounds for the first time in over 6 years. I am able to fit into size 34 shorts for the first time in 6 or 7 years. I have also signed up to run the San Antonio half marathon in November and the AT&T Austin marathon in February. Over the last two months my blood sugar has been anywhere from the mid 80s to the low 100s. Good luck to all of you struggling. Just remember that the one of the keys to working out is to find something you enjoy and just go for it.

sisson
sisson 2008-09-20 13:33:01 -0500 Report

Hi Fighting Mom
15 years ago I to was daignoes with type 2 dieabetes I had lost 48pd and kept it off for

Ani
Ani 2008-09-22 07:02:53 -0500 Report

You are right finding a hobbie you like and sticking to it helps us lose weight. I myself have noticed that watching what I eat and not eating heavy foods passed 6pm. In less than a month I've lost five pounds and 3 inches off my waist.

angelalouise
angelalouise 2008-09-13 11:59:53 -0500 Report

hi, i lost 15 lbs following the biggest loser diet. its a change in life style and eating habits. portion control is the secreet. now i can't lose any more for some reason. i go to exercise class three times a week.
don't feel discouraged keep trying it will come. i lost one lb per week. and then stoped. i'm still working on it but am getting depressed. good luck

t

Charish
Charish 2008-09-10 06:51:45 -0500 Report

Weight is indeed one of the factors to look at, but it's important to remember that not every person is the same.

I have lost 49 pounds and my levels have dropped from being in the 100's to the 80's and 90's.

Ani
Ani 2008-09-10 06:22:36 -0500 Report

I too have that problem. The doctor told me if I were to lose weight and keep it off my sugar levels will be normal so I wonder if I was misdaignosed.

JaredLahti
JaredLahti 2008-08-01 16:05:19 -0500 Report

I understand the fight to lose weight. I was about 210 when I found out that I had Type 2 diabetes about a month ago. I have already lost about 10 pounds through running and walking. I work out at least an hour a day. My doctor has also used a mixture of Byetta and Metformin. Since I increased the Byetta and added the Metformin my blood sugar has come down to around 130. My plan is to run the San Antonio Half Marathon in November and either run the Austin AT&T Marathon in February or the San Antonio Marathon next year since I have the approval of my doctor. Luckily my doctor caught the diabetes before I had any serious heart problems. Just keep working at it and it will come off. The key is finding what you like to do and just do it.

LeighG
LeighG 2008-08-01 16:14:29 -0500 Report

JaredLahti
thats really cool that your gonna run in those.sounds like your doing a great job.
leigh

LeighG
LeighG 2008-07-31 15:49:50 -0500 Report

hello

when i found out my docter told me you need to lose weight it would help alot if you can.and he told me to do it slow.if you do it slow it will more likely stay off.so in the past year i have lost 48 pounds and my docter is so happy i am eating well and i must say i dont move much at all besides my norm. of taking cvare of my home my little girl and work and walking when i can.i am just very on top of what i put in my mouth and when and watch what i drink as well.
leigh.

Kyle - 20002
Kyle - 20002 2008-07-30 07:37:09 -0500 Report

I've read just about every comment on the diabetic connect site and have a question that is 180 degrees from many comments. I am having trouble losing too much weight. My suggested maintenance weight is 175. Three weeks ago I entered the hospital for a heart procedure. I was 187. I left the hospital a week later at 177. This morning I am 172. My problem is if I hold my protein and fat grams to the recommended exchanges…9 protein and 7 fats, I cannot reach the 1800 calorie and 155 carb levels. Silly as it sounds, I need some food suggestions that have calories and carbsw but no protein and fat. My glucose levels in the morning are about 20 points higher than recommended.
Any suggestions?
Finally, for those out there struggling with the extra pounds, keep trying. Good luck, and thanks.
Kyle

Rosie WEst
Rosie WEst 2008-07-28 06:15:44 -0500 Report

I have the same problem but I am also in a wheelchair and its very difficult to lose…any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-28 12:42:10 -0500 Report

Hey Rosie,
My husband is in a wheelchair and he recommends getting in your exercise. I don't know how chair bound you are, but he is 100%. He goes to the gym and works his upper body and we like to swim together. It is something he can do to use his whole body. Just keep moving.
I don't know how your eating habbits are, but the more raw, natural foods you eat the better you will be as well. It has helped me a lot.

Robert Owens
Robert Owens 2008-07-28 01:14:03 -0500 Report

I lost 40lbs, by diet and excercise, did niot eat white and stayed away from all sweet, also excercise every day, and it fell off. keep working at it it will come off. Bobby

azmisty
azmisty 2008-07-27 10:20:00 -0500 Report

Wow…I will be paying close attention to this thread !! I would love the key to this, as well !!

Misty

liz2857
liz2857 2008-07-27 18:20:48 -0500 Report

I've just been eating healthy,lots of salad and vegies and try to get my protien,chicken,pork,small steak,lean meats,for snacks I'll have a low fat yogart,or fruit.I've lost 32lbs over the past 7 months,and inches as well,it takes time,I get frustrated when I hit a time when the weight loss comes to a halt,but then it will pick up again,just keep up the good work,inches count to I think thats great!I always try to remember"I didn't gain it overnight and I'm not going to lose it overnight"its better to lose it slowly,that way you have a better chance of keeping it off.Hope this helps.(((hugs))),Liz, oh and don't forget your carbs and plenty of fluids(sugar free)

jack4mn
jack4mn 2008-07-26 16:10:57 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type II in mid December. I weighed 200 lbs at 5' 6". Doctor recommended that I lose 20 or more pounds. I was initially prescribed Metformin and Januvia as separate pills. My glucose levels were all over the scale and and I was worse than no meds. Was changed to Janumet 50/500 and levels stabilized. I closely monitored levels and quickly found two foods that I ate regularly that caused high levels.

First was white rice.
Second is anything containg with enriched white flour.

The pounds just seemed to drop.

I am now at 167.That is a 33 pound drop. And my glucose levels seem to be good. My highest reading in the past four month was 187. It seldom goes above 140 now.

I typically walk about 35 minutes 3 or 4 times each week.

I am attempting to reach my ideal BMI. Which is 150 for my height. The last 17 pounds may be hard to lose, since I seem to be stabilizing at 167.

I eat three normal meals and one almost normal meal aboutan hour before bedtime because of a med that I have to take to lower my triglycerides.

I include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in my diet.

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2008-07-26 19:15:40 -0500 Report

I was first diagnoised being type 2 diabetic back in 7-31-01, they had me fast for like 12 hrs but i had gone like 16 hrs, and my fasting blood sugar was 245. I really believe that I was a diabtic back in 1995 because my weight had went up to 300 lbs. So I was told that I was going to be a diabetic no matter what cause it was inhertiated from bad genes, but because my weight I ended up with many years too early.

Since my dad naturally produces an intense amount naturally of cholestrol so that was passed onto me, and I also have had extremely high triglerites, and my LDL have been higher than needed to be; however my HDL have been as low as 15.
Nowm recently I had been loosing enough weight has helped my A1C's go from 7.8 to 6.1,and my diabetic specialist had my blood drawn and my numbers looking hella good. Cause in February 0f 08 as follows: my trig were 315, my cholestrol was 197, my LDL were 97, and HDL were 15. Now as of July 7th,2008 my numbers are: my trig are 177, my cholestrol are 174, my LDL are 106, and my HDL are 33. So my dr has increased my metformin Extended Release now being 1,000 mg X 2 at night, and increased my Simavastin from 20 mgs to 80mgs at night.

Because of heart and stroke run in my family and me being a diabetic that increases my chances like 10 times, so I am doing whatever I can do to loose the weight as in diet pills and if needed have taken crap thats no where even good for me.

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2008-07-26 19:15:43 -0500 Report

I was first diagnoised being type 2 diabetic back in 7-31-01, they had me fast for like 12 hrs but i had gone like 16 hrs, and my fasting blood sugar was 245. I really believe that I was a diabtic back in 1995 because my weight had went up to 300 lbs. So I was told that I was going to be a diabetic no matter what cause it was inhertiated from bad genes, but because my weight I ended up with many years too early.

Since my dad naturally produces an intense amount naturally of cholestrol so that was passed onto me, and I also have had extremely high triglerites, and my LDL have been higher than needed to be; however my HDL have been as low as 15.
Nowm recently I had been loosing enough weight has helped my A1C's go from 7.8 to 6.1,and my diabetic specialist had my blood drawn and my numbers looking hella good. Cause in February 0f 08 as follows: my trig were 315, my cholestrol was 197, my LDL were 97, and HDL were 15. Now as of July 7th,2008 my numbers are: my trig are 177, my cholestrol are 174, my LDL are 106, and my HDL are 33. So my dr has increased my metformin Extended Release now being 1,000 mg X 2 at night, and increased my Simavastin from 20 mgs to 80mgs at night.

Because of heart and stroke run in my family and me being a diabetic that increases my chances like 10 times, so I am doing whatever I can do to loose the weight as in diet pills and if needed have taken crap thats no where even good for me.

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2008-07-26 19:15:43 -0500 Report

I was first diagnoised being type 2 diabetic back in 7-31-01, they had me fast for like 12 hrs but i had gone like 16 hrs, and my fasting blood sugar was 245. I really believe that I was a diabtic back in 1995 because my weight had went up to 300 lbs. So I was told that I was going to be a diabetic no matter what cause it was inhertiated from bad genes, but because my weight I ended up with many years too early.

Since my dad naturally produces an intense amount naturally of cholestrol so that was passed onto me, and I also have had extremely high triglerites, and my LDL have been higher than needed to be; however my HDL have been as low as 15.
Nowm recently I had been loosing enough weight has helped my A1C's go from 7.8 to 6.1,and my diabetic specialist had my blood drawn and my numbers looking hella good. Cause in February 0f 08 as follows: my trig were 315, my cholestrol was 197, my LDL were 97, and HDL were 15. Now as of July 7th,2008 my numbers are: my trig are 177, my cholestrol are 174, my LDL are 106, and my HDL are 33. So my dr has increased my metformin Extended Release now being 1,000 mg X 2 at night, and increased my Simavastin from 20 mgs to 80mgs at night.

Because of heart and stroke run in my family and me being a diabetic that increases my chances like 10 times, so I am doing whatever I can do to loose the weight as in diet pills and if needed have taken crap thats no where even good for me.

ken63
ken63 2008-07-26 15:03:38 -0500 Report

I was the same way as you. I lost 20 pounds over six weeks by cutting down on my portions at each meal and walking for at least 30 minutes each day till I got up to 60 minutes each day. My average wieght is now still coming down with the proper diet and also still on a lower portion at each meal. I also cut out all sweets and still eat every meal on a regular basis. My count is now averaging around 100 in the morning and around 125 after the evening meal.

thomas kosky
thomas kosky 2008-07-26 12:07:20 -0500 Report

DEAR FIGHTING MOM—i just became aware i have type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago.it's difficult.prior to this i was and still am going to weight watchers.i also have a heart condition.i had to adjust my diet to fit my diabetic situation.you have to first determine what you can eat and how many times per day.then plan your meals.PORTION CONTROL is very important.it's on the label.if it says 1 serving=1 cup—then measure out 1 cup.then exercise.set up a program and do it.be prepared to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week and no more.you may go up and down some weeks.don't get discouraged.you may eventually have to increase the exercise.1 half hour per day of exercise is sufficient.anything is do-able.you'll make it.don't give up.good luck and GOD bless. tom.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-07-26 02:51:52 -0500 Report

Personaly I think you all are doing GREAT!!!! You have all taken steps to lower that wieght by asking for help, or encouraging each other. So in my opinion you already are winning at your goal.
The people here are so upbeat that it makes a difference for everybody that reads these discussions, even if they do not add their two cents…LOL
I'm proud to be associated with such good people!!!
John

Elfin
Elfin 2008-07-26 03:51:00 -0500 Report

Amen John, what an amazing output of love and friendship in these replys. I expect as we read each of them, we gain a little better hold on diabetes. Go Gang Go. Cheers all!

2pat54
2pat54 2008-07-26 04:30:08 -0500 Report

I just can't even talk about this. I'm so depressed and discouraged. I've tried for over 15 years and was just moved from all my doctors to some H…Hole in Illinois. A very delicate combination of drugs, diet, and exercise have been totally disrupted by new doctors who never took the time to find out why I take 120mg of Cymbalta or why I need hydrocodone and lyrica. I hurt so bad that I can't exercise; have lost my ability to walk for longer than 15 minutes; and I'm back to where I started.
I need to lose at least 50 pounds and I'm spinning my wheels. I test 6 times a day and eat 6 small servings per day. But without the 45min. of exercise 5 days a week, I'm going nowhere. I'm just so fed up.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-07-26 04:45:08 -0500 Report

2pat54,
I think that if you expressed your concerns about this with your current doctors, they may take some action to address them. If nothing else, send off a letter to your former doctors and ask them to update your current ones on all the issues. Maybe that would help. Or at the very least, try to get into another doctor that shows more respect for your thoughts.
I know when I moved to this small town I'm living in now, I hated my "new" doctor at the time. After many "discussions" with him, we have reached a good understanding of each other. Now he makes sure he has all his facts in order if he wishes to change something or asks for a special test. There is no doubt that the man has saved my life literaly, but it took standing up to him a few times for us to develope a relationship i can now say I'm proud of.

And of course, I realize it is not much help at this moment to you in your frustration, but we are all here to help with whatever support we can offer.

Please do not give up!!!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
John

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-26 04:53:53 -0500 Report

John is right. A general doctor has so much to keep track of, that our special needs sometimes are overlooked if we are not vocal. I am fortunate, the doctor that I was seeing (before loosing my insurance) is really a great listener and he always gets off the wall questions from me when I go in with my husband. He is rare, and I miss seeing him for myself. But I also know that finding a doctor that specializes in diabetes is a great option, and you might just want to shop around. One thing for me, I will take a doctor who knows less, but will listen to me over a doctor that thinks he knows everything and won't listen to me. So as hard as it is to change physicians, I think that may be your best course.
And as John also said, we are here. We may not be able to reach out and help you where you stand, but we are always here to encourage and inspire. Sometimes we will even kick your butt if that is what you need too. LOL. Maybe there is one of us who lives in your area that you can team up with and gather strength that way. I know my mom is priceless in my efforts and attitude. If I was doing all this alone, I would be depressed too.

Lucille - 18994
Lucille - 18994 2008-07-26 05:05:08 -0500 Report

I have always had a weight problem because I love to eat.

About 6 months ago, I had been diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. For well over one year, I was told I was pre-diabetic.

I am not on insulin. My doctor suggested metformin once per day. I was later put on Byetta twice a day. Byetta is an injection. One of the side effects of the Byetta is weight loss.

I have been on Byetta for almost three months and I have lost 30 pounds.

I also have changed the way I eat. I only eat whole grain when I eat carbohydrates. I also have reduced my intake on carbs.

I have completely cut back on sugar, completely eliminating all candy and processed foods.

My portion have been cut by 50%. I use to eat until I was stuffed. Now I can get up from the table after being comfortable.

Both my doctor and I feek the Byetta has helped with my reduction of my food intake.

With these modifications that I have made, my sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides are under control.

seawolf1944
seawolf1944 2008-07-26 06:40:07 -0500 Report

Hello Fighting Mom. I understand where,Your comeing from on the weight issue.Ive been there,hadto deal with the same problem. In 2000,I had a doctor,Who had lab work/drinking the terribletasteing fluid done on me. He said the test indicated,Iwas borderline. The bad part was,He didn't offer any suggestions as to how not become to become a full blown diabetic.That was the only test that,I had for two more years. It got to the point that,I thought,He was doing more harm than helping. I change to a different doctors. My new doctor decided tohave me tested again. Test showed,I was a type 2 diabetic. t that time,I weighed 285 lbs. My doctor has a very good bed side manners. She and I trade Question and answers. She is very thorough in dealing with my medical problems. She put me on the proper meds,what foods to eatand plenty of excercise. As a diabetic,You will more than likely be dealing with diabetes related health issues. If, You can't discuss things and reach a reasonable level doctor/patient relationship then,I would suggest that,You find a doctor,Who is as interesting in you well being(health wise) as yourself. After all,It is your health. I now weigh 228 lbs. I still have 28 lbs.to go. Im postive that with the advice(experience wise)from your fellow diabetic on this site and th proper meds/ good doctor relatioship, You should be able to accomplish your goal. Best wishes. John

seawolf1944
seawolf1944 2008-07-26 06:48:03 -0500 Report

I forgot to state that my A1c is (6). My doctor said 6 was normal. But,Please remember there is nothing more gratifying (physically and mentally) than striveing to further lower that number and possibely gettingoff the meds. As the old saying goes,the sky is the limit. Again,Best wishes.

Gram - 18458
Gram - 18458 2008-07-27 03:15:23 -0500 Report

This is my first time on. I've been a diabetic for about 10 years. starting as pre-diabetic, (and my husband just didn't believe I could be a diabetic), so I had this to fight against. I'm about 50lbs. overweight; and it is hard to get going to take it off. I know I'm suppose to eat more fruits n vegies but it's hard to get into the habbit of doing it. I'v cut done eating some with using a smaller plate which the dietation has told me to do.I also have allergys to wheat it really messes up my sinuses. It is hard to get out and exercise because I live in Ms. the heat and humidity is really bad in the summer time. I've been told to try to get in 11,000 steps in a day. that is about 4 miles. i've only done that once in the past 2 months. I'm 66 and have the problem of one med. making me gain weight so just recently I've quit taking it to try to loose weight so far 1 1/2 # has come off. I know I need to do more walking and exercise but I just cant get motivated. lol to everybody.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-27 11:50:17 -0500 Report

I live in Florida and understand that heat and humidity thing...drip, drip...
I found a post here that is called the "No Excuse Exercise Program" and it outlines 15 weeks of building up in very small incriments. I find it hard to be motivated sometimes, but this has really helped me because it teaches me to do it a little at a time so I don't get overwhelemed. Now I find that it is easier to do. I start week 4 tomorrow and it has be eager to watch it grow. Give that a try, it helped me get off my butt...yeah!

Edie
Edie 2008-08-30 14:36:12 -0500 Report

Gram try using a step counter I do in my home and it has helped me in the heat when I can't get outside. The air inside helps me and I walk the length of our trailer thru the day. One day I putit at the head of the bed when we turned in at nite put it on the next morning as soon as I got ready for the day and found that I walked over 4 miles alone with only going to the front of the Trailer park once to see the park manager and get the mail. I have to stop going and comimg back as I get real winded and end up walking slower as I go.

Edie
Edie 2008-08-30 14:25:42 -0500 Report

When I moved to Indiana from Michigan I was p.o. all the time I had a Dr. up home that helped me alot when we moved here I ended up with a Dr. that would not listen I have gone through atotal of 3 Drs. the last one I went into talk to him first I told him what my Dr in Michigan was doing to help me he called him they talked and then he set up another appointment for me have been with him now for over 3 years and it has been working out good. He said my asking ?'s first and having him talk to my old Dr. first helped him to set my regimn back in place and when I go home for a yearly visit I stop into my old Dr. and he follows me while up there. When I first went on Byetta I lost 5 pounds the first week and a total of 20 the first month then they upped my dose to 10mcg. I got sick to my stomach and asked to be put back on the 5mcg. I am still losing weight but not as fast now and have to take nitro before exercise or end up taking 2 after. After a back injury in 1991 I was told I would be in a wheel chair by 97 I'm still on my feet but having more and more trouble staying there. My Grandma used to tell me never give up, because when you do you may just as well start planing your funeral I'm not ready to do that just yet. So I will do what ever I have to just to see my 60th birthday I'm 52 Gram died at 93 aim for 60 then 70 and so on. Gram had her cough med. each nite before bed(a glass of segrem 7 and 7 up) I can't have that cause it makes the sugar go over 300 don't want that either so I get one diet pepsi a day and all the water I can float LOL The meals are smaller and I also have exercise tapes to use in my home I love the Sweatin to the oldies by Richard Simmons It may take me a week to get through one but I'm still movin that is what counts for all of us. One Day At A Time just like the old sitcom said that is the way for us to make it.Thank God we wake up each day and can start over and keep on dancing, walkin or what ever helps us.

Maria Lugo
Maria Lugo 2008-07-26 02:39:54 -0500 Report

Hi Fighting Mom,

I too was diagnosed with type 2 Onset diabetes. For me it meant loosing the weight and keeping it off. NOT EASY for someone who has been cooking meals with oils and starches. I also love sweets. Well on the first two month I lost over 20 lbs. I gave up sugar, use Splenda instead, I stopped frying foods, I gave up rice and starches. I eat more fiber and whole grains/wheat breads. Not the tastiest, but I use turkey and chiken breast with lettuce & tomato, no cheese. I use brown rice or eat a fist full of white rice. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables. The secret here is decreasing your starches and sugar intake. Find foods that you like to snack on that are low carbs and low or no sugars. Also watch the cholesterol intake, because that is next! If you can, walk 20 min daily.
Good luck, hope this was helpful!

Maria

Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes 2008-07-26 00:59:03 -0500 Report

I have been a Type I diabetic for 59 years. My doctor told me that the reason I am unable to lose weight is because I am on insulin. How frustrating! I am very active and in good health, by the grace of God. I walk 2 miles five times per week. But I surely would like to lose 25 pounds.

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-10-16 10:14:31 -0500 Report

Yes my doctor has told me the same thing. So our goal(my doc amd me) is for me to be off of insulin in 6 months. My numbers are so close. I am doing all the right things and he is plaesed and said keep it up, I do all my meds but also do the red wine thing, the cinnamon and just started the vinegar before dinner.

Ani
Ani 2008-10-28 05:25:10 -0500 Report

I toohave started to drink red wine more often and drink cinnomon tea and coffe and have noticed that my sugar levels are lowering.

signman1202
signman1202 2008-07-25 23:06:56 -0500 Report

I find that if I stick to the diabetic diet my doctor gave me, along with exercise, I have been able to lose about 2 lbs a week. It doesnt sound like much but any extra poundage you can shed will invariably help you in many ways. If you have a dog, walk her (him) more often. You will find that walking is a great stress reliever too.

Ldygwnivre
Ldygwnivre 2008-07-26 00:08:38 -0500 Report

Good Morning!
I feel your pain! i struggle with weight every day. Just before my doctor told me i was "prediabetic" I was to turn 50. I told myself I wanted to get "healthy" by the time 50 came around. I quit smokng and joined weight watchers. I've been smoke free for 3 years and have lost 68 lbs. Weight watchers works. it helps me remember protion sizes which is a big thing for me. when money became an issue i stopped going and gained back 14lbs. I then realized I needed my weight watchers group to get back on track and rejoined. Slowly those extra 14 lbs are going. maybe you can try that, along with talking to your doctor about your medications (i also did that also- i won't take meds that make me gain and my doctor knows that) Just remember it's not a die-t…it's a live-it. You have to live with it every day. Good luck! And Hang in there!!!
Michele

policeofficer
policeofficer 2008-07-25 23:00:10 -0500 Report

Fighting Mom

My way of losing weight is: I was diagnosed as type 2 in jan 07, my bs was 319. today it's 111. HA1C 5.5. mental discipline and strick compliance with the size of foods. I lost 55 pounds in 90 days. Hope this helps you. Officer Mitchell

Maria Lugo
Maria Lugo 2008-07-26 02:50:41 -0500 Report

Being strict is the most difficult part for me. I did it the first three month, but lately it has not been easy. Yet, my weight is down by 20lbs and keeping it off. I need to loose another 20lbs to be at my healthy desire weight. Now my bad cholesterol level is high and the word "strict" hits me again. I choose to maintain an eating plan that will beneift me. Smaller portions, 5x a day, more fruits & veggies. I also choose to walk daily. I must remember that circulation of the blood is as important for diabetics, walking helps.

Maggie
Maggie 2008-07-25 19:22:06 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 a little over 2 years ago and have found that by talking to the doctor's nurse, who is a specialist in diabetes, that there are several things tht have helped me loose weight. First she said to try eating on a smaller plate than everyone else. That way you feel like you are eating the same amount as everyone else. Don't over load your plate. I have joint issues and am not able to do all of the exercising, like going to the gym, joing excersise groups, but have found just walking every day as much as I'm able to helpful. One thing that my nurse told me was not to deprive myself of my favorite food…chocolate. Like many diabetics, I love chocolate. She said to just change to extra dark chocolate and treat myself one day a week, I've chosen Saturday, and have only One very small square, savor it and let it melt in your mouth, you are still having something that you desire, or crave like me,and won't feel as deprived.For once I don't Hate your diet and will look forward to that "Special Day" more as a reward. By doing these small things you won't feel deprived, yet will start loosing weight..Maybe not as fast as you like, but slowly..I've been able to loose 4 clothing sizes, by several NEW CLOTHES as a reward, and keep it off as well as keep loosing it..I've almost reached my loal weight and have a healthier out look on life by doing just these few things. Don't get discouraged when you reach a platue as suddenly you'll start to loose again, just stay focused on the bigger picture..a healthier you.

Barbi187Girl
Barbi187Girl 2008-07-25 16:28:52 -0500 Report

when doctors say you are pre-diabetic they might as well say you are diabetic. if your blood sugar is 125 then you are borderline, but as soon as you test at 126 you are a full blown diabetic, and having blood sugars are very dangeruous. that what i usually have and the meds that im on are glipizide er 10 mg in the morning and at night im taking metformin 1,000 mg er plus im taking simavastin 80 mgs at night.

eflicek
eflicek 2008-07-25 16:08:46 -0500 Report

If your on fast acting insulin, you will actually gain weight, because your utilizing your sugar uptake better. My Dr. told me I would gain about 8 lbs, and I did.

Connie4849
Connie4849 2008-07-25 16:31:47 -0500 Report

I eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks. That keeps my sugar blood levels even. I snack on a few almonds. I like a few soy chips. The key is "a few". I also signed up for excersize classes at the Y. I go 3 times a week.

Eat less …move more. I've lost 36 pounds now.
Best wishes to everyone.
Connie

DonnaAnn
DonnaAnn 2008-07-25 00:06:55 -0500 Report

ask your doctor about your medication if you are on any. My doctor knows that wieght is a problem for me, so when she put me on my medicine she was careful to choose one. Some medicines actually cause wieght gain, or they make you hungry.

Elfin
Elfin 2008-07-20 23:11:20 -0500 Report

Sounds to me like you are replacing fat with muscle as you exercise. That makes it seem like you are not losing much, but you are truly doing GREAT!
Also, some medications may make it more difficult to lose weight. I am taking Actos and losing weight feels like a battle between good and evil
/:-). Still, I have changed eating and drinking habits…no more McDonalds or Burger King and NO more diet drinks. Getting away from artificial sweeteners really seems to help. Hang in there, it's easy to get discouraged and want to quit. Lean on your friends at home and here on DC.

butterfly_8
butterfly_8 2008-08-10 15:01:52 -0500 Report

I know about muscle replacing fat.That happened to me at the Y.I was using the weights. ( I did not know I could do it)then I noticed the flab from my underarms was gone.inch3es lost from waistline. But weight was down very little. I was overjoyed.Keep on going it will work.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-20 08:55:20 -0500 Report

I find that when I just concentrate on doing what is right, the results will follow. I am not concentrating on loosing weight, I am concentrating on changing how I think about food and what I eat. I am not on the scale, checking. My clothing is telling me that I am going in the right direction. I try not to get too excited about it, because then I loose my focus. I play these mind games with myself all the time...sheesh. It is working though, and I just keep plugging along.
You will do it. All of the sudden you will find an extra notch in your watch band, you will find you don't have to suck it in to zip up your jeans and someone will tell you that you are looking great. Just smile and say Thanks.

DiabetesDiva
DiabetesDiva 2008-07-20 08:35:04 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed last year, I started losing weight as soon as I followed my diabetes plan worked out with my nutritonist. It's no longer a diet for me, but a way of life. The fact you have a trainer and have lost 3 pounds is fabulous. Slow and steady is working for me. I'm losing about 1/2 pound a month now, but more importantly have kept 30 pounds off for 8 months.

I was diagnosed as type 2 with a 155 and an A1C of 9.1.My last A1C was 5.8. My husband was diagnosed a prediabetic, but turned this around with a healthy eating plan and exercise.

Diabetes is a journey. Continue with what you are doing.
You may want to to check out the book area on this site.
For me, education has been a great tool in managing my type2.

Hang in there-

Kate

BthMag
BthMag 2008-07-20 06:42:47 -0500 Report

I understand what you are going though. Was frustrated by not losing weight, because I too was watching what I ate. But I kept on plugging away and all of a sudden I noticed my clothes were getting big on me and started weighing myself and now 6 months after I was told I had Diabeties2, I am 70 pounds lighter. Some times the diet gets to me, but then I remind myself how I felt before, almost died to make myself Want to live. So hang in there and do what you are doing and the weigh will come off

morris.js
morris.js 2008-07-20 06:17:42 -0500 Report

Well, there is a lot more to it than just watching what you eat, and getting exercise…LOL For instance how many times do you eat, and what type of exercise are you doing, are you under any kind of stress, are there other health issues, and so on.
I tend to do best on eating 5 or 6 small meals a day. This keeps my levels more steady, and I do not have those big swings up and down. Also I never have between meal hunger pains, and never feel "stuffed". Second, I do a combination of streching, aerobics, weight training, meditation, and breathing exercises. It tkaes a combination of things to work for me.
But rmember, we are all different and react differently to things. so what works for me or others, might not work for you.
I wish you all my best,
John