Doing everything right & gaining weight

By Armourer Latest Reply 2010-07-29 22:26:54 -0500
Started 2010-07-29 15:45:00 -0500

Just got off the phone with the Doc, and yea, I feel like crying, but just seem not to. My last A1C was 10.6, today it is 8.1, better, but a long way to go still! My colestrol (sp?) is excellent 110, thyroid ok. So why have I gained 18 pounds in the last two months?! My daily food caloric intake was 1000 for the last two months (ok, I cheated 4 july, but instead of the 4 hot dogs, I had 1. Instead of the bag of chips, I ate a handful. Been going to the gym now for a month (4 times a week for an hour each). Each visit is a little better then the last (its tough getting in shape, just so you can get in shape). And to top it off my left leg has ballooned up to nearly twice its size, and my right leg a little. What gives? Yesterday my sugars all day were between 70 -85, all day! I think I was in better health when my BG was in the 300-400 range. And to top it off my whole right waistline is black & blue from insulin sticks, and now my left has started. Only spot left are the legs and they are getting big on their own without help from insulin. Well I'm off to the gym to abuse myself some more.

4 replies

Diane987 2010-07-29 22:26:54 -0500 Report

I am wondering what medications you are on and could they be the cause of your edema. Another thing I question is the 1000 calories. That is not enough calories for anyone who gets out of bed every day, especially a man who exercises regularly at a gym. Check out this calorie calculator to see what a good caloric intake is for a guy your age, size and activity level.

I would suspect that the lowest you should be is around 1800 calories. I know you are probably thinking, is this woman nuts, didn't she read that I gained weight. As backwards as it sounds eating more calories will provide your body with much needed nutrients and increase your metabolism. Having several small meals a day will let your body know that it is not starving and have minimal impact on your blood sugar if you balance the meals properly. They have to be the right kind of nutrients: vegetables for the most part, but balanced with some fruit, protein and complex carbs. Like Betty said you really need to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated and watch your sodium intake.

What does your doctor say about your leg swelling? Has you kidney function and lymphatic system been checked. The weight you gained sounds like it could be just from the swelling in your legs.

Stay strong and keep fighting, you're doing a great job. It takes a lot of discipline to stay on a diet with that few calories and to exercise regularly. With a few tweaks you will probably be right where you need to be.

Good luck and God Bless,


tabby9146 2010-07-29 20:42:31 -0500 Report

it does sound like you are doing things right. I don't know what else to say, but I sure hope you will have success. Just hang in there.

bettymachete 2010-07-29 19:07:13 -0500 Report

The up side is muscle weighs more than fat, so it just might be you are replacing fat with muscle. I know it's frustrating but give it some time, don't give up. It sounds like you are certainly doing the right thing. You may also be retaining water weight. Watching your salt intake and making sure you remain hydrated will flush your system may help with edema. Keep up the good work :)

Harlen 2010-07-29 17:44:45 -0500 Report

Boy do I feel for you I knoe just what your going thrue.
I dont know if this will help you or not but here I go
1 your insulin needs to be room temp
2 inject slowly
3 swimming helped me with my legs I dont know why but it did
as for diet the only thing I can think of is eat more raw veg and less carbs
I know this is no help at all sorry
Best wishes