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Old 12-26-2013, 14:21   #1
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Hi my name is Daytona and I am back to square one...

It's been a rough year and for the 100th time I am "taking things seriously" and "this time will turn thins around". I figured maybe this would stick better if I admitted just how much ground I've lost and make "public" commitment to doing better.

At my height of doing things right, I had lost 60 lbs, had my BG in the mid-70's fasting and always under 100 after meals. My migraines were gone, hunger under control and my smuggness was at an all time high.

Here I am now having gained 50lbs back, I have problems with numb, swollen hands and feet, migraines are creeping back, with cravings that I just can't get under control and I feel like I don't know sh*t.

I know what needs to happen. I am just looking for some people to lean on while I do it. I let my family's disdain for "my self-indulgent faddish diet" affect my thoughts and actions and need some counterbalance to undo their effect on me. I am just thankful that I have someone to rely on.

Oh and don't worry I brought my own tiny violin!
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Old 12-26-2013, 14:48   #2
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(((((DAYTONA)))) So sorry you've had to suffer from heeding your family's negativity toward your diet.

I have one piece of advice that helps me when around carb-eaters (although no one has distained my WOE - cause I'm a TypeA personality when it comes to my WOE)...... using Jenny's wonderful line.... It's not THEIR hands and feet, it's not THEIR eyesight, it's not THEIR aching head.

Determination (aka "stubbornness") wins!

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Unless faced with a diagnosis of diabetes themselves most people won't have any idea of the challenges you face. I know I didn't know squat about diabetics until I became one. The general public thinks of diabetes in terms of taking shots of insulin multiple times a day and that scares them. They're not even aware of the fact that most diabetics don't inject.

It's little wonder then that they think this strange diet we're on is some kind of fad thing and not a crucial part of treatment. They think we're being needlessly picky when we refuse to eat the way they do. They have no concept how dangerous it is for us to have "just a little piece of birthday cake". I imagine they feel uncomfortable with the way we eat particularly when we start losing a ton of weight and they stay pleasingly plump. After all, this can't be too serious because we're not on insulin.

I doubt your family means you any harm, they just think your diet is weird and a over-reaction to a fairly harmless disease. I'd be willing to bet they don't realize how devastating diabetes can be and how badly you need their support rather than their condemnation.

No matter what others may think it's up to us to have the courage to do the things we need to do to fight this disease. If we're weak and give in to peer pressure or even our own desires we risk everything that makes life worth living.

I sincerely hope that you get yourself back on the right track and go on to live a happy, productive life. Like you said, we're here for you to lean on. We all understand how difficult the path is we must follow. Maybe through our words of support we can help you over some of the rough spots in the trail. God knows we all need a little support from time to time!

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Old 12-26-2013, 16:37   #4
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Well, I empathize - I've also gained a pile of weight back, mostly from eating too much protein and overeating in general. At least we know what to do ...

You have powerful ammunition now: you can tell them you tried it their way, it was an epic fail, and it's time for them to back off, get out of the way, so they don't get stampeded as you charge ahead.

And I so know you can do it. We all know it, but you know it most of all.

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You have powerful ammunition now: you can tell them you tried it their way, it was an epic fail, and it's time for them to back off, get out of the way, so they don't get stampeded as you charge ahead.
That's a really good point. The difference between my health now vs. 2 years ago is something that everyone has noticed...

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I MESSED UP!!!! Like Daytona, I had similar family interactions within the last 2 weeks about my diet. I regrettably let family get to me and ate way too many carbs. I had been on the LC/HF for about a month now but because of my most recent eating, I have messed up. Someone tell me something positive about where to go from here. I just want to hear it from someone else. I feel bad because my numbers were so improved, but now I am sitting here with a terrible headache and high FBS (122) and after mill numbers (152 after 2 hrs.)

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tell them you tried it their way, it was an epic fail, and it's time for them to back off, get out of the way, so they don't get stampeded as you charge ahead.
Perhaps we need this stenciled above the front door (or on our foreheads? ) so people make no mistake about our goals. I too have gained weight, and fallen off the wagon lately, and while it hasn't had serious repercussions like migraines or other symptoms, I must get it turned around and quickly. We are definitely all in this together, and need each other to lean on. Fortunately, we HAVE each other to lean on!

Much love to you, Daytona, and great admiration for having the courage to come out with it. You stand very tall in my estimation.




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well... seems like a few of us have the need to get back on track. For myself I have stopped losing weight, carb creep has begun and my bs numbers are at the upper end of where I want them to be most of the time. Partially due to holidays, but mostly because of laziness on my part.

We WILL get back on the right track though.. I have faith

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We had a blessedly low-carb (but also, low-fat) Thanksgiving with the in-laws. Christmas? Right back to carbs atop starch.

My family/in-laws don't really get low-carb, even though several of them are Type 2. Biggest issue, however, is their absolute devotion to low-fat -- zero-fat would be even more desirable.

So. Yesterday, I stepped down from the wagon ever-so-delicately, armed with probiotics and plenty of bolus insulin. For the most part, my precautions have worked ... but today I'm delighted to jump back on.

"Normal" eating is simply Too. Much. Work! Not only that, but diminishing returns are guaranteed.

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This is exactly where I am just coming out of. Last Thursday, I had a cholesterol test. While it wasn't really high, it was higher than it had been, especially the trigs. I started thinking and realized that carb creep was a problem and I am much heavier than I should be. Starting the next day, I totally buckled down. This is day six on total LC - we can do it, and we can all do it together!

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