Staying Motivated

By EJMac Latest Reply 2011-02-04 20:10:53 -0600
Started 2011-02-02 11:12:26 -0600

I am on my 2nd month of very healthy eating & exercise. I've lost 8 lbs. Seems all I do is shop, cook good food, exercise 2 times a day. 8 lbs is great, but I need to lose another 30lbs. I am committed, but it seems like it is taking soooo long. Always thought that. I can gain 5 lbs a week, but lucky to lose 2 a week working very hard. I remind myself that the food I eat will continue even after I reach my goal, but maybe in a little larger amounts. I am very greatful for my motivation, but I haven't ever been a very patient person LOL.

15 replies

CaliKo 2011-02-02 17:10:56 -0600 Report

Congratulations on 8 pounds your first month! I think the weight stays off better if you lose it slowly. My dietician told me how many calories I could eat to maintain the weight I wanted to be, and I'm not ever supposed to increase the amounts because of reaching the goal weight. I can eat larger portions when I'm exercising more, but not much more. I found the strength training has a tremendous impact on my blood glucose readings, even though I had to be forced into that because of my bone density. Good luck, and hopefully you'll find some patience. With this disease, you are in it for the long haul, so find some exercise and foods you enjoy. Good luck!

EJMac 2011-02-02 20:28:05 -0600 Report

Long haul is right. I am llooking at this long term, but I was hoping by losing the total of 40 lbs that I could go back on glipizide instead of the Lantus. So that is why I am wanting to see the end of the losing phase.

CaliKo 2011-02-02 21:03:34 -0600 Report

Good luck with that. I lost 45 the first 9 months after diagnosis. Still want to lose 10 more pounds, but my numbers are great. Keep up the great work.

MewElla 2011-02-02 13:01:05 -0600 Report

I know exactly what you mean about the shop, cook, exercise, test, etc. It seems to me that I have a full time job just trying to keep up with my diabetes. But, as the daily numbers look good, and the clothes get bigger, I put a big ole smile on my face and then I know it's working. One thing about it, I never get a day off, always with me. Patience is not my strong suit either, but oh, well…Good Luck to you..

alanbossman 2011-02-02 12:29:09 -0600 Report

Just remember weight goes on fast losing it takes a longer time to lose it. Make sure you are eating portion size meals. More fruit and vegs as a snack in between meals will help.Also drinking water before a meal will help full you up and you will eat less.

jim_teddybear 2011-02-02 11:24:51 -0600 Report

Talk to your doctor. Ask him/her for a diet and how many carbs you should eat a day. A really good thing is try to find foods that take more caliories to digest that they are . Raw carrots are a great snack low in carbs and low caliories, but they take more to digest them. Any type of exrecise is good. My doctor told me to walk 20-30 mins a day at a brisk pace 2 or 3 times a week. Try this and see if it works for you. Remember putting pouns on is easy, takeing them off is very hard. Dont give up.

EJMac 2011-02-02 11:51:00 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I've been walking for 30 min. 2 times a day 6 days a week. Adding strength exercises this month. I needed to add one thibg new every week instead of starting it all at once.

re1ndeer 2011-02-02 11:24:34 -0600 Report

Congratulations on your weight loss !

As long as you stay motivated, it (weight) will come off. Maybe not as fast as we like it to, but it will.

There are times when we all fall a bit, but just look to the next day and start again.

EJMac 2011-02-02 11:52:59 -0600 Report

Thanks reindeer. My lack of patience has caused me grief quite a bit in my life. I am very committed to reach my weight loss goal and THEN to stay at one weight for awhile. Would be a miracle. LOL