Taking Giant or Baby Steps?

By Jmojica Latest Reply 2010-09-11 10:56:19 -0500
Started 2010-09-07 09:18:43 -0500

I recently was diagnosed a Type 2 diabetic. It broke my heart when I heard it. So much information has been thrown my way and it's a bit overwhelming. First question what are my levels suppose to be looking like? What level should I be looking at in the AM and after meals? I need to shed like 30lbs and I have yet to embrass a workout scheldule. In my daily activiites I walk a lot but that's about it for now. I desire to workout but have no energy. In addition, I have such a big appetite, so this will be such a challenge for me. Can you relate?

11 replies

newbie51 2010-09-08 15:56:05 -0500 Report

In order to know the answers to your questions you need to ask your doctor and go see a registered dietician and see about taking some classes. It can be frightening at first but hang in there. I am just now learning to take small steps to get mine under some sort of control. It just takes time and patience. Good luck!

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-07 22:33:28 -0500 Report

Happy day,
1st of all beautiful picture. 2nd of all you came up w/a great title. It's one day @ a time one step 2 a time. Don't rush it, it takes time grant it I am not a diabetic my husband (Michael) is. The way I see it we are one so what he goes through so do I. Welcome to a family that will love on you listen to you have suggestion for you & even pray for you. God give us what we need when we need it. He says that we have not because we ask not He says that if we knock the doors will be opened & if we seek we shall find. Well you must have asked for you are here. You had to knock the door has been opened you are here. Last but not least you must have went seeking because you are here. God is in every situation we are in He is not looking @ the situation He is looking @ how we react to the situation. Stay blessed & know that you are highly favored in the na,e of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

Kaiyle 2010-09-07 20:54:06 -0500 Report

I know exactly how you feel, but with each passing day, it will get better.

Read the full article at januvia.com


Normal human glucose levels: 4.3 - 5.5 % (70 - 108 mg/dl)
A1c level of 5.6 - 5.9% blood glucose has exceeded the normal upper limit of the assay range, indicating an abnormality in the expected normal human range.
An A1c level of 6.0% or greater represents a high risk for diabetes mellitus.


You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am report
What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

Kroger has a mission nutrition site where registered dietician, Dorothy Shaver posts videos every two weeks, providing tips on how you can create healthy eating choices for your family and so much more. Check it out and see if you find something that works for you.


GabbyPA 2010-09-10 09:30:28 -0500 Report

This is great information....couldn't have said it better.

Marty Flick
Marty Flick 2010-09-11 10:51:37 -0500 Report

I like it - I'm on the VA website, as a NAMvet - this is a good alt - and I plan to email the link to my primary care doctor … as soon as I can get her email! - Marty

RAYT721 2010-09-07 20:24:13 -0500 Report

I am a firm believer in taking baby steps. If you start changing your whole world overnight,you will quickly burn out. I would start by cutting back on portions of food, testing frequently, and very light exercise. I would add water to my diet to fill up faster. I guess I should not say "i would" because all of these things were things that I HAVE done when first diagnosed. I started to read as much as I could … support groups, library books, magazines, whatever. I've learned alot in a short time but I didn't just nosedive into a huge weight loss and exercise program and cutting back (way back) on carbs all at once. You need to give your mind, body and soul a little time to deal with the condition, learn about it, and accept it as a reality. Oh, one of the first things I did was stop the regular soda/pop and switched to occasional diet pop. I cut way back on the beer. Again, a little swap here and there has been so helpful in my life. I am down from 199 to 177 this morning with maybe a few more pounds left to lose but I lost them one pound at a time, over time. Give yourself a break. You'll get there but you'll lose your mind before you'll lose significant weight overnight. Baby steps, my dear friend!!!

Marty Flick
Marty Flick 2010-09-11 10:53:46 -0500 Report

Not to be a smarty pants, but it kinda depends on how long one's 'legs' are. (i.e., how long one has been on this merry go round, and how much info one has picked up along the way.) Otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree … ;->>

Harlen 2010-09-07 20:00:24 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I keep my #'s at 80 to 120 I test when I get up in the am and two hr after meal's and at bead time. Working out I started with playing with a bumbell as I wach tv or being on the comp as well as a squezzy to strangthien my grip lol
I know it dosent seem like much but it was a start and has gone from that to working out over an hr every day.
I too had a big appetite what I did was 30 min befor I eat I would drink a glass of watr with fiber all in it biy did that help me cut back on how much I was able to eat and slowly I was able to cut my portions down .
I hope this helps you
Best wishes

Marty Flick
Marty Flick 2010-09-11 10:56:19 -0500 Report

What time do you do your 'beads'? Sorry - couldn't resist that one … :) I think you meant 'bedtime, tho. I have the interesting problem that I work the grave shift - 2300 - 0730, miltime. It gets strange, particularly on my days off … any suggestions?