Looking for some support!

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Hi everyone, I found this site via Diabetes Living and I am hoping that this is where I will find the help that I need. I have been diagnosed with Type 2 for about 3 years now after a long stint on Prednisone. I have several auto-immune conditions for which the prednisone was prescribed. While on it, I gained 80 pounds, lost 40 of that when I stopped and have been trying to lose weight since then. I need to lose at least 85 pounds now and it is a daily struggle. My exercise is limited due to my disability, but I do try to get in a 60 minute pool exercise class twice a week. My biggest problem is that I crave sweets and pretty much am out of control. I am constantly trying new diets just to fail following them. I realize that my emotions are playing a big part of my problems. I am on two injectable insulins and my BG is never in the normal range. Anyone out there want to be my friend?:S
Posted about 9 years ago
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Welcome Shelby! You can look into the sister match part of the website to find a buddy.

So glad you found us for support. I know you'll meet some nice ladies here.

Sorry about the diabetes and auto immune issues. Having an AI disease can certainly zap your energy and prednisone sure does make you gain weight.

Female hormones and also stress can make you crave sweets. Talk to your doctor about your cravings or maybe a registered dietician. Some people find that eating sugar only makes them crave more sugar or trying to starve yourself and going on too low a calorie diet can make you crave sweets.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you.
Posted about 9 years ago
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Welcome, I completely understand about the cravings and all diets known to man. I have tried many of them myself. I do for awhile and then work comes along and gets me off track. Before I know it, I am not exercising, nor eating as I should. I have been a type 2 for about 8 years. If i at least exercise and burn about 300 calories 3-4 days a week and keep my calories around 1400, I can loose anywhere from 1/2 to 1 pound a week. You know I used to take alot of predisone as a child and teenager. wonder is this delayed symptom from then? If i don't eat sugary anything, I can do okay, but if I happen to start eating, it is almost like a mean eating machine.

So glad that you found us. This website not only has the best the support, but also trustworthy information/links. Please feel free to reach out to some of our experts for guidance and advice.

There are also meetings called PODS (Part of Diabetes Sisters). They are all across the USA and Canada. If you send me an email of your location, i will be glad to see if there is one in your area. joan@diabetessisters.org. There is also an event calendar that list the dates and locations of these PODS.

Good luck to you.
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hey Shelby,

Oh do I know how you feel. I need to lose about 100 pounds and have to start exercising. I am going to start water aerobics on Tuesday, as I have an arthritic knee and can't go to the gym. Anyway, at my size, who am I kidding? I would never last at the gym with all those thin people. I am a type 2 diabetic that is on both an oral and injected medication. By the way, I would love to be your friend. Feel free to contact me any time.:)

Drea
Posted about 9 years ago
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Welcome Drea,

Congratulations on starting a water aerobics class! Good for you. I think you'll love it and it will help with your blood sugar control as well. Insulin resistance is a central problem in type 2 and the best way to combat that is exercise. Stick with it. The heck with the skinny people! Do what is good for you!

Re: meal plans. What I do with my hubby who loves meat is make sure that we have plenty of veggies at dinner. I buy the bags of cole slaw and spring mix that way I know I have some greens for dinner. I have some low fat dressing with it. Good luck with your new lifestyle. I think you'll find plenty of support and maybe a buddy here to encourage you. Remember, even a modest weight loss of 7-10% will help your diabetes!
Posted about 9 years ago