overall control

By starlight77 Latest Reply 2010-06-25 23:43:11 -0500
Started 2010-06-23 19:19:16 -0500

Lately it's been harder to maintain the same level of control i've had with glucose numbers. I'm doing the same things, but not getting as good results. suggestions?

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RAYT721 2010-06-25 23:43:11 -0500 Report

Based on your post it's a little difficult for any of us to truly give you answers. Control is a complex topic and best left in the hands of the doctors, dietitians, and other health care professionals. Control is often a combination of diet, exercise and medication. I think the medication is totally out of our hands because what works for one person will not work for another. In comparison even the diet and exercise portions of the equation are as unique as we are. I've recently found that I can't eat bagels even if I am cutting back on other bread products to compensate. There are things that I like, things that I don't like and there are those things that just don't like me.

I have found in my limited research that keys to my control and health and weight loss are the following:

I faithfully eat breakfast. I never did before. I thought coffee and a ho ho was a great breakfast and many times wouldn't even have the ho ho. People would stare as I dumped 4-5 teaspoons of natural sugar into my coffee. Those days are gone. I do however eat yogurt, protein bars, leftover whatever, but something to get a jump start on my metabolism.

I may not drink as much water as I should but I have switched from soda-pop to water or diet pop or a combination of beverages. I'm no longer on the beer diet from my college years. Sometimes sensible eating/drinking is about swapping rather than cutting out. I can still have BBQ ribs but I'm not doing a slab and not bathing the ribs in commercial sauces.

My exercise was limited to changing a light bulb in the ceiling every time they'd burn out or maybe touching my toes to tie my shoes but the closest to a sit up for me was getting off the couch to get another beer. I am now a member of the YMCA and working with the treadmill, light weights and floor exercise but in moderation. I've taken baby steps to go from nothing to something to a routine that I'm proud of… and that's working for me.

I so wanted a diet plan from someone only to find that either I don't like what others like or that my body doesn't like what others like. Your diet needs to be as unique as you are.

I am doing more vitamins than ever… fish oil, cinnamon, multi vitamin, and calcium with Vitamin D. I am looking into whether fiber is a good or bad choice for me. It's too soon to boast an benefits to the supplements. I am trying to get natural vitamins from natural foods.

There's no more sugar in my diet at least in terms of pop or coffee. I am using sweeteners and sugar free syrups and low carb food alternatives. I am not fanatical but I do elect low fat milk, low fat cheeses, low cal options when available.

I've learned alot not only from this incredible resource but from various books, magazines, newsletters, and chats with diabetic friends. The internet is an amazing place for education, information, recipes, motivation and much more.

I have learned that carbs are carbs and that carbs are important. It doesn't matter if I have carbs from a slice of bread or a potato or a Reeses Peanut Butter cup. What does matter are the calories, carbs, ingredients, and the effects on my body from that item.

Now these are a few of my baby steps and swaps. They may or may not work for you… your likes/dislikes, tolerances, emotional or physical plans.

I'm rather proud of my 23 pound weight loss, fitting in (and breathing) in a 34" jean size, and transforming my mind, body and soul into a happier and healthier ME.

I'd love to hear your success stories!!! You'll have ups and downs because this is a roller coaster we're on. Buckle up… it's a journey.

Would you please let us know how you're doing???

We're here to care and share.


kdroberts 2010-06-24 11:38:40 -0500 Report

This is one of those tough questions that has a lot of answers. Here are a few thoughts.

It could be that you are losing your insulin production, this does happen to a number of type 2's. It could be that you are getting sick. It could be that you are under more stress than normal. It could be that your body is just getting older and not functioning like it was. If you are on medictions, it could be that you have a bad batch. It could be your meter is not reading right. It could be the weather.

The main question you have to ask yourself is are you really doing the same things? It's very hard to do the same thing over and over again and it may be that over time some small things have changed that you don't really notice.

Diane987 2010-06-24 11:25:38 -0500 Report

Are you gaining weight while you're doing the same thing? Those gradual weight gains we go through eventually start affecting how well our bodies respond to medications. One thing that I have found helps me tremendously is walking. You don't have to walk fast, in fact you are better off walking at a comfortable pace. A comfortable pace keeps you in a fat burning zone rather than an aerobic zone.

MAYS 2010-06-23 21:34:04 -0500 Report

Time to do some serious record keeping.

Document your daily activities such as, glucose numbers, foods consumed, physical activities performed etc.,.

There is something that is triggering this reaction, the onlt way to sort it out is with careful documentation.

Have you discussed any of this with your doctor ?


FEVE NAOMI 2010-06-23 22:27:06 -0500 Report

You know May, I am not confident with my doctor any more, it is like he just tell me yes, yes every thing is okay don't worry. When I would like to hear what else can I do, how I loose weight, and why sometimes I am very depress, I don't know what to do any more.

MAYS 2010-06-24 00:00:32 -0500 Report

Sometimes you must take things a little further for your mental and physical well being.
If you feel that it is time to choose another doctor, then do so, but first weigh all of your options before making that choice.

If your doctor isn't up to par, choose another, just be sensable in doing so.
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