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Making a Change

13 years in to this life of a T1D and it is time to make a change. This yo-yo of numbers is driving me crazy! This feeling like poo is exhausting all on its own! What is in my control? What I eat? What I snack on? Getting my butt off the couch? YES to all ...so How do I do that?

What does a "typical" diabetic eat in one day? In one week? You type in Diabetic Diet on-line and the information that comes up is ridiculous and looks like it based from 1900.

What do you snack on during the day?

How do you get motivated to make a change? I need a place that I can go daily to get yelled at LOL to tell me "You can do this girl!" This WILL make you feel better!
posted Mar 8 in Conversation by Ktbrodie (230 points)

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(yelling) YOU CAN DO THIS GIRL!!!!!

It sounds to me like you'e tackled the motivation part.  You've written this great post listing the things you want to change and you sound serious about it.  So good for you!  Sometimes I think that first step is the hardest.

So, where to start.  Yeah, that's always the part that gets me too.  What has worked for me in the past is to pick one thing at a time to work on for a week (or more, if needed).  Then maintain that one thing and add one more.  And so on.

Let's team up on this together!!!  Okay, my one thing I'm going to start on is getting my butt off the couch.  I'm going to commit to 20 minutes of exercise a day.  

I hope others will join and commit to one thing - and we can check back in a week and report how we are all doing and cheer our successes!!
answered Mar 8 by KarenG (16,340 points)
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Yep, you can do this!!  smiley

I like Karen's idea of making 1simple change and keeping it up for a week.  I tend to exercise "reactively" ( I'm going high--get on the elliptical!) and now that better weather is coming will plan to join you in walking 20 minutes a day just for good health.

answered Mar 8 by TortieGirl (3,950 points)
Oh I hear ya! I've been type 1 for 10 years and still get off track from time to time with what do I eat/snack on.I do find I tend to eat the same breakfast everyday and get stuck on the same lunches too, but I know the carb count and it's just easier. I try to follow a long acting carb + protein + fresh fruit/veg  and 30-45 carbs per meal and 15-30 carbs per snack. I don't always succeed.

 I also started awhile back to get to know the carb counts on a few fast food places. I don't eat out often but it happens. So a half size Wendy's BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad has 25 carbs, Grilled Chicken Sandwich has 38 carbs/ small chili has 16 carbs/ large has 23 and Small Tropical Green Tea has 14 carbs/60 cal. Obviously, Wendy's is my go to if I have to eat out. lol

Breakfast is 1/2 tub of Almond Milk yogurt, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, 3 tbsp of granola or oat bran, coffee w/ soy creamer ( 34 carbs) I don't count the carbs in the chia, sunflower or blueberries or I will hypo)

Lunch either 1 slice of Dave's Killer Bread- toasted ( I like the one with seeds- thin sliced) 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter, mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries

Lunch- 5 crackers, 5 slices of nitrate free lunch meat, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 can of chicken noodle soup

Anyways, that just some of what I eat in my boring life BUT I do splurge. I love, love Breyer's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream! I'll have a big bowl along with a few lactaid tablets! lol

Now, motivation for exercise? I need some of that!

I think you're off to a great start, asking for help/advice is the first big step! And that is AWESOME!
answered Mar 14 by Charsosweet (850 points)
I am a type 2,,, I use the plate method of eating, that way I can keep my diet varied, or eat out and as long as I set up my plate using that method, I know I am not likely going to go over my carbs for any meal by much.  To me it's become diabetes simplified.     When I changed to this way of eating life got simpler.
answered Mar 14 by anonymous
I also feel so frustrated! Every time I commit myself to change I can't sustain it! I want to be making better food choices- for me that is less carbs and more plant based food and to increase my daily movement.  I try to make changes and have scaled back my expectations so I don't over reach- but it is so easily derailed. Then I just want to give up!! I have Type 2 so I feel my daily choices effect my BG and meds don't work as an immediate correction. Spring and Summer are coming and I want to be fitter to enjoy being more active.
answered Mar 15 by robinf229 (140 points)

KYcindylou, can you fill us in on what the plate method is and how it works?  Sounds like something many of us might find helpful.

So a week ago I said my one change would be to exercise 20 minutes each day.  In the past week I have exercised 0 times.  Big fat fail!!  sad

So, I will hold off on the exercise and pick a different goal to start with. I'm noticing I'm pushing my breakfast off later and later - today I had breakfast at 11:30.  So this week, my change is going to be eating breakfast by 9:00 every morning.

How did the week go for everyone else?

answered Mar 15 by KarenG (16,340 points)
I eat a low carb diet, stay away from processed foods and do lots of cooking.  Staying active and using my tracker helps me stay motivated.  I also use a funny meme...When I eat like crap, I feel like crap..to help me.  It is on a posty note I see everydau.
answered Mar 16 by STEWIE49 (180 points)
You can do this!! But it's not easy. :-) I am still figuring out what to eat as well.. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago. I certainly eat lower carb than I used too-- for example, instead of rice, I eat cauliflower rice. I've cut out most pasta and replaced in with spiralized vegetables. I also increased the amount of protein I eat (and also cholesterol...) I used to hate eggs and now I will eat them for breakfast.

However, I don't think ultra low carb is the way to go. Your body needs carbs for energy and the idea of any diet promoting ketones just sounds scary. I usually try to stay around 30-40 grams for a meal and 15-20 grams for a snack. A lot of my snacks though are super low carb-- string cheese, smartpop popcorn (add some lemon pepper seasoning!), and nuts.

As far as exercising, I love Fitness blender. It is a couple that make their own workout videos and they are free! They show you different modifications for exercises and do not make you feel bad for not keeping up or for not doing it at their pace. You can buy some of their programs-- I just bought a  2 week one (~$6) to keep myself on track. It's a great place to start if you're not so much into the gym.

And keep us posted on how things go! We can all motivate each other!
answered Mar 17 by Asgundlach (740 points)
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my motivation is trying to keep my complications from getting worse I have eye problems and neuropathy results of being an undiagnosed t2 for several years instead of exercise machines I veg garden not only do I get outside I get the benefit of growing something good to eat I keep about 40 chickens again the dividend of something good to eat the birds are my music which helps blood pressure my go to snack is either peanuts or a fiber one brownie when my sweet tooth is really bothering me I get a small serving of no sugar added ice cream I can tell you the day I had my last full sugar treat the day I was diagnosed Seot 2015  I eat heavily grained bread and mainly practice portion control on most dinner foods of course big carb foods or sweetened foods are a no no I cook most of my meals so I am in control
answered Mar 21 by DontKno (460 points)