Meal & Fitness Planning

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-06-11 18:28:07 -0500
Started 2010-06-03 23:44:15 -0500

I have been working and fine toning my meal planning over the past couple of months. I do believe I have found my mojo there. My new Endo and I also made some small changes to my pump (which we will continue to do in small amounts till we got it). I am going to be back on my fitness routine in about 2 weeks (need to get a little PT in before going full-time). I have created a set of reachable and small goals with a long end term goal and rewards for reaching each goal. i want to give you a view of how I am managing to get my BG down and get the weight off of me once and for all.
Meals are Planned out as this and I shop on a weekly bases now:
* Breakfast (weekdays)
- Special K Cereal (1/4 cup Smart Balance Skim Milk) or Cereal Bar with 6oz. Yoplait Light Yogurt and 16oz bottled vitamin water
* Lunch (weekdays)
- Special K Meal Bar, Protein Shake, or Light Salad with 16oz. bottled watered
* Dinner (weekdays)
- Sensible Low Carb meal with a 12oz diet soda
Meals on the Weekends:
- Sensible Low Carb meals
- SF Jello/Pudding, Special K crackers, Pkg Almonds, veggies & dip, cheese nibbles, Frozen Yogurt/Popsicles, and many other creative low carb snacks.
I also allow once or twice a month a special snack but I remain a limit to 40g carbs and nothing higher

Fitness Routine is done on a daily bases and for about 1-2 hrs long.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Fitness machines, Fitness Class, and Strengthening
Tuesday, Thursday, and Weekends
- At home workout: walking, cardio/dvd, and fitness machines.
I always like to begin light and work my way up in my workout week. I prepared my music to make my workouts fun and hip. never be afraid to change up your routines to keep it interesting & fun. Fitness does not have to be dull or boring. Maybe make it a girls thing to do together to get a break from kids and everything.
Being that I am a nursing student, I can also study while I am working out. I utilize the plated portion size method and use a divided toddler plate. I measure all of my foods out. I also use the following books & magazines:
- Calorie King (online too)
- Nutrition in the Fastlane
- Fitness magazine
- Diabetic Living
These are some of what I am using to help me with my diabetes. It is slowly working out for me.
I decided that it was time to change how my family was eating too. Since I am the one who does all of the cooking and shopping. I gave them each two things I could not change on them. I got rid of A LOT of unhealthy things I seen we had in our house. Way too much junk food was going on with them. In fact, cold lunch chips just got a change. I took away chips and replaced it with fresh veggies.
When there are times I feel like I want to just give up. I remind myself of something my dad has always told me. I CAN do this… I WILL do this. Believe in yourself/myself…you can do anything when you set your mind to do it. Never give up, get right back up and keep trying. You have to learn to be willing to except responsibility for your actions and down falls. Do something about the issues, don't sit around and stew with it. If we do not back with our diabetes, than we are allowing it to control and beat us at the game. Let's stand up and take control back. WE CAN DO IT !!!!

11 replies

spiritwalker 2010-06-05 18:11:09 -0500 Report

We each have to find a food program, and the exercise
that works for each one of us. Thank you for sharing.
I found that a low carb diet works very well for me. I am
an amputee so my exercise is limited, but I have found
things that work for me and am able to maintain an A1C
of 6.1 to 6.6. Best of luck with your plan.

Martha 1
Martha 1 2010-06-11 16:15:23 -0500 Report

when I finally save enough money for my liposuction the Doctor told me that I have over weight that I need to loose at least ten pounds, I found out very difficult especially because you are eating all your life with bad poor habits my glucose is 6.1 and he don't want to do the operation until I loose the weight I exercise at least three times a week at the gym, but, he said that is not enough, also he recommend me to look for a nutritionist, but, I'm afraid for the cost. any suggestions? my Doctor said that I don't have diabetic, but I will have that if don't exercise because my mother was diabetic.
he want me to weight at least 155 pounds.

GabbyPA 2010-06-04 17:13:20 -0500 Report

Don't you get bored with eating the same things? That is one of my big issues. I can eat left overs for a day or so, but to eat the same exact foods for meals all week would make me crazy. How do you deal with that?

monkeymama 2010-06-04 21:35:41 -0500 Report

I am a very busy mom, wife, and student. I have to work with what would fit my routines (and budget). I am actually enjoying what I am eating. I will eventually add some of Jillian Michaels & Biggest Loser elements into my routine. I am fixing to join the challenge. Once I am done with my intense Physical Therapy I just started. I am also utilizing the pool now, since I am starting to get around better. I am starting out real slow and gradually increasing my routine back to the norm. I want to do this right!

GabbyPA 2010-06-06 17:35:00 -0500 Report

Enjoyment is key. And if you are enjoying it, you will do great with it.
I still do like to eat. Some people are very good at just eating to survive. I know that is where I need to be, but I am still on the enjoy eating side. I am doing much better, but I do crave flavors, textures and variety.

monkeymama 2010-06-04 13:41:17 -0500 Report

I am glad i was able to help you all out here. I grew up watching my mother not care and seen what it has done to her now. The help and guidance is all over, it is just a matter of looking and reaching out. There is no such thing as a dumb question or issue. The more help and comments I hear, the more I get excited about writing my new book. Hang in there to all…our time will come for us. Just make sure you celebrate the small steps you do make and move on from the downs you have. Grow from everything we do learn as we go. Hugs to all here!

petals 2010-06-04 09:44:13 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing that with me, I am still working out the kinks in my routine and this helped me alot!!

daniellenh 2010-06-04 02:26:05 -0500 Report

I absolutely agree and love that you posted this. I have been a type 1 for 32 years and there have been soooooooo many times that I wanted to give up but I had to remind myself that my diabetis was exactly that MY diabetis. I had and still have to be in control of it. I can not let it control me! Growing up they didn't know nearly as much as they do now about diabetis and I often times felt "alone" in the world. I just love this page sometimes we all just need to know that we aren't alone and you can turn to strangers with sympathy for inspiration. I really needed this post tonight. Thank you.