Gotta Change My Ways
Posted June 07, 2010 - 05:03 PM
Keep it up!
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Posted June 07, 2010 - 09:40 PM
Congrats to you Daniel:yelclap::yelclap::yelclap: you will have to post a picture of the new you, we won't recognize you any more!
I said I lost weight...not the ugly!
Posted June 07, 2010 - 10:50 PM
Then a couple of years ago, I went to England for 3 weeks. When I returned, I was 14 lbs heavier and pushing 260. My doctor was pissed and was threatening to take away my pills and make me go on insulin injections. For me, that was my wake-up call. There was no way that I wanted to start sticking needles into myself on a daily basis. I realized that I couldn't do this all by myself and began talking to people and looking around at all the so-called "diet gurus" that are out there. Most of them are stupid methods that are all about making the companies rich then they are about truly helping people with their problems. The ones that sold you products were the worst.
After considerable research, I ended up at the one place that has been around the longest and that's Weight Watchers. I go to the weekly meetings at 9:30 AM every Thursday to weigh in and then stay for the one hour lecture between 10 and 11. I began January 28th and weighed in at 259.8 lbs. Last week, I weighed in at 247.2 for a total drop of 12.6 lbs. It is coming off slowly but it is coming off. When I got married at age 22, I weighed less than 170 and could eat anything I wanted to and as much as I wanted. By age 30, I was up around 200 lbs and over the years, the number kept climbing.
What matters most to me is that I now feel in control. WW has taught me things about the foods I like to eat that I never knew before. To me, that's the trick I needed to lose weight. Knowing in advance what I am putting in my mouth let's me decide how much of that I can eat. I'm not locked into some stupid diet that compels me to eat only certain foods every single day. I eat foods that I always ate before but now I practice portion control and watch how I prepare my food. For instance, I will cook a whole chicken but when it's done, I will remove all the skin and toss it. I hate having to do that because I love crispy chicken or turkey skin but it's a small price to pay to lose pounds. I no longer consume any of the soft drinks I mentioned. Instead, I drink either water or soda water with a shot of lemon or lime juice. The soda water gives me the feeling of drinking pop but without any sugars or calories.
I intend to get my weight down to 200 lbs max and if I can increase my muscle mass while doing so, I think I can convince my doctor that I don't need to get down to 180 where he'd like me to be. According to my doctor, once you are diabetic you are always a diabetic and all that changes is the meds you are taking. It is possible to get to the point where your meds are eliminated but in order to stay med-free, you have to control your weight and keep it the same all the time. If you don't, then your glucose levels in your bloodstream will rise again and the symptoms will return.
As many people who have struggled with their weight will tell you, "diets" don't work. The only thing that does work is to retrain yourself on how you eat and then stick with it. You develop a better lifestyle for yourself and that's how you put a stop to the yo-yo affect that happens with these other diet programs such as Jenny Craig, Herbal Magic, South Beach, Dr Bernstein and that one that gets you to pig out on fatty foods. None of those are sustainable. Sooner or later you will go off those programs and when you do, you will gain all your weight back plus some more.
I admire your commitment Dan and applaud your weight loss but I need to tell you that this will now be a life-long task for you. Your scale has to become your best friend. I check my weight every single day at the same time after performing the exact same bodily functions. When I see my weight move up a pound or so, then I try even harder to take that pound back off plus a bit more but without starving myself and ending up feeling hungry.
I'm not in a rush. If I can get down to around the 200 pound mark by the end of this year, then that's an acceptable goal for me. After all, it took me over 40 years to put this weight on so taking a year or so to remove it safely is just fine with me.
Posted June 08, 2010 - 05:18 AM
sounds like you are making steady progress. I'm shure if you keep at it you will reach your Goal.
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Posted June 08, 2010 - 04:51 PM
I'm surprised that your doctor hasn't ordered you to obtain a monitor and strips so you can see where your glucose level is on a daily basis. Keeping it below 7 at all times is important and if you checked your level about 2 hours after consuming chocolate, then you'd have a better idea whether your system can tolerate even that much sugar. The older you get, the less tolerant your system is going to be of high levels of sugar so what you can get away with now may not be possible ten years down the road.
Posted June 08, 2010 - 05:05 PM
I've had foot problems long before glucose levels elevated. I have arthritis & tendonitis, primarily in my hands & feet. Plan to buy a monitor & strips soon, just to see exactly what is happening with my glucose. Ever since starting to eat smarter, I've not once had my glucose level drop low on me. Before, 3 or 4 times a week, I would have it drop so low around 4 in the afternoon, that my legs would feel like rubber, hands tremble, & NO energy at all. Barely enough to walk to the house. All that is history.
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