Taking Control

By acurrie20@comcast.net Latest Reply 2010-06-18 15:39:49 -0500
Started 2010-06-16 22:36:07 -0500

I need HELP, Advice Lose weight and most important a good A1C # I keep falling very short of what I should be doing. Visit different wed sites and still I don't know Falling Falling Falling

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RAYT721 2010-06-17 20:41:20 -0500 Report

I'll be honest… the more I read, the more confused that I get. I have heard "do this" and "don't do that" about everything you can imagine and what I have found to be true are the following "rules" … Disclaimer: the following things work for me and may or may not work for you:

First of all I found an article on taking baby steps. I started out using sugar substitutes instead of sugar. I use substitutes in coffee and I drink diet pop instead of regular. I then began to ramp up on taking in more water (real water) and then to begin exercise. It's important to say that exercise does not mean join a gym or try to run a marathon. Exercise can be taking steps, walking around, touching your toes (I thought I would need a GPS to find mine when I began), dancing with a broom or whatever you enjoy. All those things were over a matter of weeks.

It's important to note here that being diagnosed can cause depression and it's usually temporary but it's real. Find people to talk to (there's lots of us here). It's hard to talk to non diabetics about diabetes. The topic isn't well received or well researched and you can end up with people hiding their candy bars or watching your diet for you. It's not always practical.

Testing often is important. Eating less food more often is a key. Making sure to eat regularly (especially breakfast). It's important to cut carbs. Don't do it all overnight but focus on doing it.

Whether you're on medication or meditation, be true to yourself in terms of mind, body and soul. Diabetes is a lifestyle. It's a disease for which there is no cure other than control. You have to make adjustments but you don't have to stop living. Quite honestly, you need to START living… healthy!!!

I can't create a diet and exercise plan for you. I can't police you. I can however be your friend and offer advice on what's worked for me.

It's okay to fall. We all do and we all have and we all will. It's important to pick yourself up when you fall, dust yourself off, and move ahead. Don't let this get you down!!!

Need a friend? Drop me a line. I don't have all of the answers but I do have wide shoulders and empathy to what you have, are and will go through.

You're among friends. It's important to be a good friend to yourself too.

Don't wait for your ship to come in … Swim out to meet it!!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-06-18 15:39:49 -0500 Report

You've provided some very good advise here. Your comments are right on. It is really important to remember that it is ultimately up to YOU to control your numbers, once you've been informed and educated. Remember that each of us is different and that we willl all drop the ball at some point(s) along the way. However, you don't give up. You just start again and do a better job. It should become more routine and "normal" for you after a while, altho never easy. You'll find good info and support here, as evidenced by the comments made already. Hang in there!

Emma2412 2010-06-17 13:52:15 -0500 Report

Like LadiDi says, knowledge is power and power over this disease. Learn all you can. Get your doctor to give you a script so you can see the diabetes educator or a nutritionist, or both, if you need it. It's all part of the equation. Harlen is right, too, when it comes to counting carbs. That's a must. I find I do much better when I put my meals together using a Food Journal like at www.everydayhealth.com (it's free there). That way I know where I'll be before I eat the meal, not after.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-06-17 12:12:46 -0500 Report

I feel like a broken record saying this so often, but you must work with your doctor (hopefully an endochrinologist) and let him/her educate you on your particular case and get you where you need to be. That's their job, and they have your medical records to work from. You definitely need to received instruction on healthy eating…a session (perhaps several) with a dietician/nutritionist. Your doctor needs to have a discussion with you on where your numbers (daily and A1c) need to be, if he has not already. Are you on any meds at this time? Insulin? These might be needed if you are not. Or they might need to be adjusted. In any event, you and your doctor really need to be in concert and he should be your first line of information and support. Reading (books and internet articles) is great as well, as long as you are consulting reputable sources (WebMD, The Diabetes Association website, etc.) Wish you luck. There is great info here on this site as well, so browse through the topics and see what other diabetics find useful and working for them. Just remember, we are not doctors.

Harlen 2010-06-16 23:25:55 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Do you know how to count carbs???
This is a needed thing to know
I am on the pump so I can eat whatever I like and I still need to count carbs so as not to go over 45 a day but thats just me we are all difrent for me to drop the LBS I need to keep it at or below 45 gm a day
Hope this helps
Best wishes