My almost two year journey

By Erunner Latest Reply 2014-06-16 06:24:12 -0500
Started 2010-09-04 23:07:36 -0500

I was diagnosed back in 2008. A1c was 5.9 and my blood sugar was not too high. I was involved here a bit but ended up pretty much leaving.

My last A1c had me at 6.7 with blood sugar of 117. My A1c would go up .1 or .2 every 3-6 months. So in a nutshell I coasted.

My stumbling blocks are probably typical. The worst is I feel like an addict when it comes to the wrong foods. I love fresh do-nuts and all other no-nos such as cookies and cold cereal. Fast food is right up there. How can a few tacos hurt? In-N-Out is so good. KFC potato wedges are to die for. I love skim milk in my cereal. ETC…

I'm 56 years old and on Social Security. Medication I take makes me extremely tired. It's a rare thing not to nap each day. My weight got up to 226 and I was pretty exhausted doing anything at all. Prior to my diabetes I always battled my weight and have been the typical yo-yo dieter. I lost 50 pounds via weight watchers and all of my helpful foods are terrible if you're diabetic. But I always gained my weight back.

Maybe six weeks ago I decided to try and change things. I found some foods that have helped me greatly and have managed to pretty much leave the junk behind. In trying not to make typical mistakes I perfected in the past I allow myself "cheats." Tonight for example I had a cup of mac and cheese with my chicken and cole slaw. I allow myself a cookie or other pastry maybe once or twice a week. I've cut my carbs way down.

I've lost about 11 pounds and am walking and using the exercise bike. So things are changing. I'm back to learn and hopefully continue down a positive path. My goals are to get my weight down and then keep it off as well as to get my A1c back to where it was. I actually lost the address to this site and found it in very old e-mail. Thanks for all you do. God bless.

17 replies

dalinkwent1 2014-06-16 06:24:12 -0500 Report

Glad you came back. I know you'll find plenty of help here. Change is good when you're doing whats RIGHT for your health !

GabbyPA 2010-09-05 10:04:03 -0500 Report

I have found when I am not here, I too tend to fall down and get lax. It is good to have you back and great to hear that you are taking charge. We are all here to help. Just let us know what you long as it is not a taco run! LOL

alanbossman 2010-09-05 07:27:49 -0500 Report

Welcome back, Erunner I think most diabetics do fall off the wagon on and off . Cheats are okay just keep them small portions. Sounds like your are back in control. keep up the good work.

Erunner 2010-09-05 16:47:39 -0500 Report

I've actually been working on portions. It seems to be going okay so far but I'll admit there are times I want to absolutely carboload! Thanks for the welcome.

Guardianstone 2010-09-05 04:37:26 -0500 Report

Dear Erunner;
Welcome back. You are brave. I fall off the diet truck and blame it, not my sneaking something off another truck.
I have always resented dieting. Even before diabetis. It never becomes easy, just habit.
Gods love
Guardian stone

Erunner 2010-09-05 16:49:44 -0500 Report

I am not sure brave is an accurate description. Quietly desperate seems a better fit! I will tell you I loathe dieting as I have such a fondness for all things food! This time I hope to make these changes a lifestyle habit if you will.

Wanda54 2011-04-17 02:36:09 -0500 Report

My dibetis caused a severe stroke which very nearly killed me.Now I eat to live,thats it in a nut shell.

RAYT721 2010-09-05 04:19:43 -0500 Report

I don't know if the word "re-welcome" is an official word but re-welcome to the board. I've been here since March and cannot say enough about the people and friends that I have made in a very short time. We're in this together and we will have good and bad stories to share with each other. My first suggestion is not to beat yourself up nor praise yourself for yesterday's struggles or victories because you have a lifetime of past and future experiences to get over and learn from. Today is a whole new day!!!

It sounds like you have a set of goals that are realistic. It's okay to cheat infrequently as long as things don't get out of hand. That will then become a habit and you probably realize that you've tried that before without success. Sure, it's stressful to have lost 50 pounds and find it back again but you can do it again and you can keep it off. I doubt seriously that a cookie is gonna destroy your plans for a happier and healthier tomorrow but the word is "moderation" when it comes to cheating and eating. The more you focus on the 11 pounds you've recently lost and forgotten about the 50 pound yo yo of yesterday, the more you can work within your limits mentally, physically and emotionally. You can succeed.

Diabetes control is not only about eating. You've got to consider exercise and medication (if appropriate) and support in rounding out your new diabetic life. Test. Drink water. Walk. Plan meals ahead instead of just when you run for the border. Seek help. Seek answers.

I have found that swapping (food not spouse) has helped me a great deal. I no longer get my face stuck licking the wrappers of hostess products but have found chocolate protein shakes to replace cupcakes, cinnamon atkin bars instead of those carb ladened Cinnabon doorstops, and I've gotten into brown rice and quinoa instead of white.

In short, "to thine own self be true."

Erunner 2010-09-05 16:54:33 -0500 Report

I'm happy things are going so well for you since you arrived. I'm slowly entering back into the world of exercise and it's nice to be able to do what I'm able to. I'm taking 1000mg of Metformin as I have since being diagnosed. I like the idea of planning meals ahead.

Chocolate protein shakes sound interesting. Any advice?? I'll try and find the atkins bars, brown rice, and quinoa. Thanks for taking the time for your response.

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