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I know, NOT your job.. But, I am struggling.

I got diagnosed with type 2 in late January 2011. And it really shocked me. I was a vegetarian, who ate a lot of whole grains, lots of vegetables but also LOTS of chocolate.... :eek: I was (and still am) very overweight. I`m 160 cm, and weighed 105kg. I quickly changed my diet to a moderately low carb diet, started swimming and lost around 15 kilo in just a few months. (Maybe 3-4 months.)

Then, I just got depressed. I LOVED to cook. I LOVED food. But, I didn`t like meat much, and I`m not a fan of fat.And, I have never been a fan of too much fish either.. So eating low carb just depressed me. And I quit....

Fast forward a year, to today. I have gained back 5kg. I had to quit swimming because we moved and the pool is just to far away now. (Oooh, and I have fibromyalgia, wich makes me hurt in oh so many ways everyday... Swimming was good for me, but is just not doable anymore...)

I am a single mom with an 11 year old son. The light of my life. But, he has GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) so life can be pretty stressfull sometimes. And his issues, combined with my Fibro makes me so, soooo tired and exhausted most of the time. So working out is a major, major hurdle for me... (is that the right word? Hurdle?)


I NEED to eat low carb. I do. So I will start again. My first goal is to lose weight, and then focus on my numbers after that. (My numbers are not very bad. Very rarely over 8, and for the most part between 5,5 and 7. Not perfect by any means, but I am not "all over the place", and not extremely high.)

I just needed some encouragement. Sorry to vent. :eek:
 

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I have an 11 y/o daughter with autism spectrum disorder. And a 9 year old son with ADHD and other developmental delays. And an 8 year old daughter who is ... very smart. And I am 3 yrs post-menopausal, and still have the gall to strive to lose weight. NOT dieting, and not quick weight loss, but still.

And I AM A vegetarian, but a grain-free, low-carbing one. I eat < 40g carb per day, distributed between 2 meals, and use metformin and insulin to control my blood sugar.

You need to get moving, for starters. I get up at 4 am to walk and do weight work ... because it is my ONLY time without my kids. I also read here for great recipes, and experiment with cooking on weekends. Please, join me -- if I can do this, YOU can do this!
 

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I have an 11 y/o daughter with autism spectrum disorder. And a 9 year old son with ADHD and other developmental delays. And an 8 year old daughter who is ... very smart. And I am 3 yrs post-menopausal, and still have the gall to strive to lose weight. NOT dieting, and not quick weight loss, but still.

And I AM A vegetarian, but a grain-free, low-carbing one. I eat < 40g carb per day, distributed between 2 meals, and use metformin and insulin to control my blood sugar.

You need to get moving, for starters. I get up at 4 am to walk and do weight work ... because it is my ONLY time without my kids. I also read here for great recipes, and experiment with cooking on weekends. Please, join me -- if I can do this, YOU can do this!
Thank you.

School started here last week, so now I actually have some hours to myself 5 days a week, while my son is in school. (Leaving him home alone when he is home isn`t an option. His anxiety can`t handle that. But now during the schoolyear I can get out and walk while he is in school. :)
 

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Hello LoveBugMama,
The whole point of the forum is to help each other & encourage each other in times such as these. So, of course it is our job to pull ourselves out when called for.
If you are restricting carbs and not adding fats, your problems with FM will only keep bothering you. If you are averse to meats & fish, then you will have to bank on dairy fats to supplement you for your energy needs. Do look at the recipes as foxl has suggested, and wish you luck with the weight loss and quick come-back.
 

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Hello LoveBugMama,
The whole point of the forum is to help each other & encourage each other in times such as these. So, of course it is our job to pull ourselves out when called for.
If you are restricting carbs and not adding fats, your problems with FM will only keep bothering you. If you are averse to meats & fish, then you will have to bank on dairy fats to supplement you for your energy needs. Do look at the recipes as foxl has suggested, and wish you luck with the weight loss and quick come-back.


Thank you. :)

I do eat meat, and some fish. I just don`t particularly enjoy it... :rolleyes:
 

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Hi LoveBugMama
It is hard to get back on the wagon. It's also nice when the kids go back to school so that you can devote some time to yourself. I love to chat and try to check in everyday so I can keep myself moving in the right direction. Trying a new recipe helps me. I hope we'll "see" ya soon.
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I know, NOT your job.
We've made it our job! This is expressly what we're here for. :D C'mon in here & meet your cheerleaders! ;)

I think there are ways to get more fats into your meals without it being too gross . . . full fat cheeses, of course, and if/when you do eat meat/fish, make it fatty meat/fish . . . those are often the most flavorful ones too. There are a coupla recipes for salmon/cream cheese spreads that I use heavily, and many of us get a lot of mileage from avocados too.

Glad you're back! :hug:
 

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You can do it! I wouldn't focus on weight loss though, I'd focus on how much better eating lower carb makes you feel! Which it will!

Put butter on everything, try meat cooked different ways, avocados are a great option like Shanny says, and diary products are your friends as well!
 

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Trust me, I completely understand the depression aspect of all of this. I come on here and read all the success stories, and those who have high numbers and three months later are in a great zone, while I have to struggle on a daily basis to get my numbers below high 100's and low 200's...and I take insulin! I have weight issues as well, and have always been obsessed with the weight loss aspect of eating. Insulin causes weight gain, and it was a huge decision to go back to using it when I did. My numbers have gotten better, but sometimes they go berzerk and I have no idea why...or sometimes they are perfect and still have no reason why or what I did differently, if anything at all.

I've really learned, especially here, that you cannot focus on the weight first. If you adopt a healthy low carb high fat way of eating, eventually the weight will come off. I continue to eat this way and exercise and I know I'm doing my body good. I see many people on this forum who have fibromyalgia, and I truly believe it is because of all the abuse we have put our bodies through for so long. It will just take time for it to get better. But, with that said, I believe it will get better in time. Patience is a virtue. That statement is oh so true. I've never been a very patient individual, but I'm learning that I just have to stick to my guns and keep at it.

I typically eat an avocado for breakfast every morning. If not that, perhaps a string cheese with a good handful of nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds. I use heavy cream in my coffee, I use coconut oil to cook with and I use it as a spread. I make the crackers and other "unflour" breads from the recipe section. Many of these things helps me get through the "cravings" for something forbidden. If I do give in and eat something I shouldn't, it just makes me feel terrible. I've learned it just isn't worth the moment on the lips or tasting good. And, in actuality it doesn't even taste as good as it used to.

We are all here to cheer each other on. All of these people have kept me solid through these last 8 months or so. It will be almost a year since I started LC/HF WOE. I'm still at 8.6 with my A1C, but I started at 14.8. So, it is coming down...slowly....but it's still coming down. I just have to stay with the belief that if I stay true, it will get to where it needs to be.

Hugs and Kisses. You can do this. If not just for yourself, how about that son who really needs you to be healthy. He needs you to keep him safe and sound. You must do your best for yourself, and for him.

Keep us posted on your progress. Little steps in the end add up to huge leaps and bounds. :)
 
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Forgive the brief Off-topic:

I see many people on this forum who have fibromyalgia, and I truly believe it is because of all the abuse we have put our bodies through for so long.
As a point of clarification - I'm someone who has fibro and had it long before my diabetes. As a matter of fact, when I got it, I was trim, working full-time, hiked on the weekends, travelled frequently, loaded with energy, and was the picture of health.

Fortunately, because of this, I was never accused by either friends or family of being a malingerer or lazy or any of the rest of it, but knew plenty of people who were and felt very badly for the prejudice and stigma they encountered.

Just as there are misconceptions about who gets diabetes, the same is true of fibromyalgia.
 

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Oh, yes, I was told by a medical friend NEVER say you suspect fibro, you land on the whacko list automatically.

I had it in my 30's. What helped was fixing my THYROID. I totally have sympathy for fibro sufferers, on both the horrible physical pain, and on the way people treat you. I worked FT throughout the pain. I suspect my thyroid was storming and then insufficient, for at least 10 years.


Just as there are misconceptions about who gets diabetes, the same is true of fibromyalgia.
 

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As a point of clarification - I'm someone who has fibro and had it long before my diabetes. As a matter of fact, when I got it, I was trim, working full-time, hiked on the weekends, travelled frequently, loaded with energy, and was the picture of health.

Fortunately, because of this, I was never accused by either friends or family of being a malingerer or lazy or any of the rest of it, but knew plenty of people who were and felt very badly for the prejudice and stigma they encountered.

Just as there are misconceptions about who gets diabetes, the same is true of fibromyalgia.
Did not mean to insinuate that fibro is not real; I just noticed that many diabetics also suffer from fibro. Seems perhaps a correlation? How long were we actually diabetic before we found out we were? I believe diabetes can affect more than just our organs.
 

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Most of the people I know who have fibro (and having been in fibro communities I have some anecdotal info) do not have diabetes. Fibro sufferers, for example, have 3x the amt of Substance P (pain receptor) in their spinal fluid, and I'm not seeing a diabetic connection. Maybe it's because for me the two are so distinct, separated by some 20 years, that if there was a correlation in my case it would be that the fibro caused the diabetes!
 

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Thank you all so much. :)

I also have migraine, and today is a bad day, so I can`t be online much. But I have read everyones posts, and will reread them when I don`t feel like amputating my head! :p

Today was a pretty descent day, foodwise. Still plenty of room for improvement, but it was ok. I`m very low income, so I can`t always buy everything I want and need right away. So I have to make do with the food I have in the house, until next shoppingday. :)

Now, off to bed! :)
 

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Woke up today to LoveBug (my son) complaining he was hot.. His temperature was 104, and after a few hours I started feeling sick, too. So, we are feeling like cr#¤%, and my main focus is to "survive" the weekend. :rolleyes:

I will absolutely continue forward on this diabetes-adventure, no doubt. I just need to focus on getting both myself and my son well before I start doing the bigger changes. I need to feel ok before I do something drastic to my food. :)

I will use this weekend to read and learn more! :)

Are there any blogs/articles with lots of yummy recipes, perhaps? (I`m a very visual person, and love to see pictures of the recipes. Makes them more real to me.)
 

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I'm not a vegetarian, but usually only meat meat once a day...if that and usually at lunch. Otherwise, I have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and a vegetable and legume salad at dinner.

On the surface, it seems that all you have to do is to give up the sweetened chocolate. But don't replace it with artificially sweetened chocolate. It creates two problems, the brain registers "sweet," causing first overeating and then, other reactions thinking it's sugar.

Moderate your grains. Veggies and fruit are very healthy. You'll pick up all the fats you need to survive by "accident" through nuts and other things...
 

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