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Old 01-16-2012, 21:12   #21
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Wow - lost 153 lbs - that's amazing. And off insulin. And soon off bp meds.

A major success story. Congrats!
Thanks, I am trying to get more active here. hopefully post some good info for all.

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Old 01-17-2012, 00:03   #23
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Fantastic results! Tell us how you did that!
Of course this diabetes thing really caught me by surprise, wound up in the ER, spent 4 days in hospital. then the journey began, I think the real motivation came from my son, his first words were "LOW CARB", I had no clue!! he got me started, the first rule was NO WHITES!, I not sure how I stuck to it but I did. in the beginning I was at 403lbs the day I went in to the hospital.

so, no whites, ok then I bought some low carb books, took a diabetes self management class, and just read anything I could get my hands on. I have a great primary care doc, he supported me all the way. the diabetes class nurse and I always disagreed about the low carb method. my take on it was IT IS WORKING, so I can continue with what is working or not, and die of heart attack, or any other host of complications....I chose to work with low carbs.

the weight was coming off at a very high rate of loss, so of course the motivation was there to keep going, then I joined the gym had a trainer for very short period of time and that broke some of the stalls I had.

I still have a very long road of learning, however I now have a LIFESTYLE CHANGE, not a diet!!

If I could pick the biggest thing that made it all work it would be LOW CARBS, then I started eating breakfast every day, that is something that I never did. now I never miss it. the next level would be that I eat at least 6 times a day, all little, but all the time. I did not eat any BREAD for the first year.

1. Count Carbs.
2. Eat breakfast
3. Eat all day long, I dont think I am ever REALLY hungry.

meanwhile, with the blessing of my doc, I started cutting 3units of insulin then trying it for about a week, if all ok, I cut another 3 units and so on. As of Jan. 1st 2012 at midnight I took my last shot.

prior to cutting my insulin, my numbers were never higher than 110 never lower than 65. now WITHOUT insulin my numbers are high of 120, low of 75 so far.

I guess the question is can I continue to live with out the carbs!! I use cinnamon all the time. there is no real science to my method, just went with it and stuck to it. I am finding it more and more difficult now to lose weight. so I am kicking it up a notch at the gym, and tightening my carb and calorie counting.

I really do not CRAVE MY OLD LIFESTYLE!! no pizza, no ice cream, NO JUNK FOOD, NO WHITES. I continue to READ AND GAIN information all the time trying different things. hope this helps, I would be glad to help anyone I can and answer any questions I can....

most of all thank you all for the information I have gleaned from this group....

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I do think those of us who were diagnosed due to be terribly sick have an advantage of getting on the low-carb right away - we never want to be that sick again! Good for you, bucking the nurse educator, and staying the course.

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1. About how many carbs do you eat/day?
2. Why do you ask if you can continue to eat this way, now that you've been able to do it comfortably for two years? Is there something that makes you doubt?

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I do think those of us who were diagnosed due to be terribly sick have an advantage of getting on the low-carb right away - we never want to be that sick again! Good for you, bucking the nurse educator, and staying the course.

Two questions:

1. About how many carbs do you eat/day?
2. Why do you ask if you can continue to eat this way, now that you've been able to do it comfortably for two years? Is there something that makes you doubt?

I try to keep my carbs at or below 50 a day

even the best reformed drug addicts fall off the wagon, however maybe I said it bad, I DO HAVE A NEW LIFESTYLE, and I know if I should cross back over that line, it will be back to the meds and insulin....

I do believe that food and CARBS ARE ADDICTIVE!

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I do believe that food and CARBS ARE ADDICTIVE!
Agreed - and although I knew I ate too many carbs, I didn't know how to quit. Well, I knew I ate too many simple carbs - bread, rice, sugar, pasta - but didn't know how to quit or if it was really all =that= awful for me. I didn't realize fruit was a problem, or milk, or lots of other stuff.

What I didn't know was that if I didn't eat them, I wouldn't crave them - at least in the same way. Duh! I thought it was a food addiction and that carbs were simply my food of choice.

What an education this diabetes is, eh?

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Starfirey2k, you are truly an inspiration! Good for you getting all that weight off, and without bariatric surgery!!!! Woohoo! The whites are bad things...and I'm glad I quit eating them. I've had a "taste" or two since quitting them, and it really didn't do anything for me as far as satisfaction. I do not have cravings for this stuff anymore, and I really don't have a huge appetite anymore. Hopefully this will help turn around my weight loss attempts, even with the insulin usage. I hope to one day be like you and be off insulin completely! Thanks for being so inspirational, and keep up the great job!

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Agreed - and although I knew I ate too many carbs, I didn't know how to quit. Well, I knew I ate too many simple carbs - bread, rice, sugar, pasta - but didn't know how to quit or if it was really all =that= awful for me. I didn't realize fruit was a problem, or milk, or lots of other stuff.

What I didn't know was that if I didn't eat them, I wouldn't crave them - at least in the same way. Duh! I thought it was a food addiction and that carbs were simply my food of choice.

What an education this diabetes is, eh?
I agree! that was quite a shock to me, I never spent a day in my life in the hospital. the initial BG was well over a 1000, when in the er I could not even talk and make sense.

That was the real motivator....NEVER AGAIN.

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Starfirey2k, you are truly an inspiration! Good for you getting all that weight off, and without bariatric surgery!!!! Woohoo! The whites are bad things...and I'm glad I quit eating them. I've had a "taste" or two since quitting them, and it really didn't do anything for me as far as satisfaction. I do not have cravings for this stuff anymore, and I really don't have a huge appetite anymore. Hopefully this will help turn around my weight loss attempts, even with the insulin usage. I hope to one day be like you and be off insulin completely! Thanks for being so inspirational, and keep up the great job!
Thank you and I hope that I can inspire or motivate someone to do it. I had no real information on this at the time, however My son did, and the first thing he said was no WHITES. and that is how I started.

then as I said I read everything I could get my hands on, thus gaining the information I needed and follow.

Note: I was about 3 weeks away from my first appt. for gastric bypass. somehow the sun was shining on me.

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Did anyone see the Dr. Oz show yesterday, good debate on food addiction.

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