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  • I'm with you sister - almost exact same story. I think I had weight loss "burn-out" and just didn't want to log any more. I'm up 20 lbs from my goal, and it happened gradually. So I'm back to work with a goal set for the summer (I'm a school teacher) to remember what got me to my goal weight in the first place. The biggest…
  • I've been working maintenance for more than a year - it's been much more work than losing the 95 lbs. I think I kinda burned out on the logging, weighing, counting, etc so stopped keeping such tight control. Over 3 months (October-December) I gained 10 lbs back. I have gone back to weighing, counting, etc. I don't log for…
  • The morning, fasting number is usually the last one to normalize. Are you testing after meals? I've been T2 for 15+ years. 3 years ago I started working with an endocrinologist and diabetes educator/registered dietitian to get tight control and lose a bunch of weight. I've learned a lot on my journey. My husband was…
  • I've been T2 for 15+ years and started keeping tight control on my BG 3 years ago. I stay in the 5.8-6.0 range for a1c. There are a couple of things that I've noticed affect BG levels - especially fasting. Certain medications (anything with steroids) will raise my numbers overall. Also, right now I'm fighting a sinus…
  • The other thing I've noticed is that all carbs are not equal. And they act differently depending on what they are eaten with. I've been T2 for at least 15 years. My husband was diagnosed in April with an 8.3 A1C. He started a low dose of metformin and monitored BG. He has found certain times of day are better for carbs…
  • The medicine isn't an easy way to lose weight - it is another tool. I cleaned up my diet and was very strict with myself. There was no shortcut. And I still have to really control my diet to keep the weight off. But I believe it wouldn't have happened without this medicine.
  • Just saw this. I started on Byetta 3 years ago (which is twice daily) and used for 7 months until the stomach side effects got too bad. Then switched to Bydureon. I was als on metformin slow release (1000 2x a day). I immediately saw my BS numbers go up. After about 8 weeks I was getting good readings again. After more…
  • I have been T2 diabetic for about 15 years and was overweight/obese for 30 years. I take meds, and have done a number of meds over the years. In the last 3 years I have come back to a normal weight (24.6 BMI) and have cut back on the meds. What I have found by watching my meter (yes I do still test) is that my numbers are…
  • I'm don't do cereal for breakfast, but my hubby does. He likes Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal because it's crunchy and doesn't get soggy. For a 3/4 c. serving: 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 26g carb, 4g fiber, 5g sugar, 4g protein.
  • I'm not a Victoza user, but I use the same drug by a different drug maker - Bydureon and started out on another - Byetta. I am type 2 diabetic and was obese. Used Byetta (twice a day shot) for 7 months but switched to Bydureon because the side effects were getting to me. Bydureon is a once weekly shot - slow release of the…
  • CBR500, being female and not a kid anymore (with the kid metabolism) adds an extra layer of challenge. Our bodies retain weight for any number of reasons: too much salt, not drinking enough water, sore muscles, and hormones. You just have to push through. Do the right things and the loss will come. I'm on a bit of a…
  • I struggled from Halloween to Valentines Day - eating pretty much what I wanted, and had a 9 lb. gain. I've gotten it back under control by logging and weighing - doing the things that got me to goal in the first place. Like others, I have found that eating in a very controlled way during the week makes eating for fun (and…
  • It's really easy to give in to cravings at any time. They can turn into a habit. My worst time for cravings is late evening, but if my blood glucose levels aren't low I fight that urge to eat. If I give in once, it's harder to fight the cravings the next time. Just say 'no' :smile:
  • I lost 90 lbs to my goal and then 5 lbs extra to prep for maintenance - almost a year ago. I've gone up a little and am working on losing 5 lbs again. But the loss took 18 months and was so gradual that I didn't really think much about it. I'm still the same person in my head. But people who hadn't seen me in a while - and…
  • Wow! I like how DenDweller put it! My two cents - do what you can, control what you can control, and don't live in fear of the rest. I believe that's what DenDweller says. You do ALL you can do to live a healthy life. But don't sweat the future. Seriously, worrying about what may or may not happen in the future does no…
  • Way to go! I teach and just got on today - saw you had done your 5K. You are AMAZING!
  • I don't know I've ever heard the term "Sugar Buster diet" so don't know what you are eating. I'm surprised he said pre-diabetic with the numbers you are talking about. They seem to be in the diabetic range. I'm not a doctor or dietitian, but I'll share how I eat. I take metformin extended release and Bydureon for my type 2…
  • cwrig, how often are you running? Every day? Any rest days? Just curious. You are doing SO GOOD! I'm still poking along. In fact, I'm not running right now. I don't belong to a gym and it's just too hot and humid in Dallas right now to try to make gains. I've gotten a bike and go riding early in the day.
  • My favorites of the week...... I teach elementary school music and this week was teacher in-service (the week before kids come back). I was talking to one of the teachers about seeing a former parent over the summer and she really didn't know who I was even though I had taught her kids for a number of years. My teacher…
  • After reading what everyone has said and looking at my numbers over time, for me it looks like moderate/intense exercise has made a big impact. My highest numbers were mid to upper 200s before I changed what I was eating. I've done away with almost all processed foods, stopped most of the foods with "sugar" (desserts,…
  • So far, yes I have had success maintaining. But I eat a certain way anyway - basically planning my meals based on macros. I make sure to eat a fruit at each meal, a veggie with lunch/dinner/snack, 1-2 carb servings per meal (3 meals a day), 2-3 oz protein per meal, milk for breakfast, and 1-2 fat servings per meal. I stay…
  • Fun thread! I have been maintaining a 95 lb loss for most of 2014. I generally get a kick out of comments - no one has been mean or rude. And the loss was so gradual my co-workers have just gotten used to the changes without comment (mostly). Even I still do a double-take when I pass a mirror or big window because I look…
  • quote: But in the beginning of the program the challenge was 90% physical. My legs got very tired and sore and my heart was pounding and lungs not able to get enough air. But I've found the further I get into the program, the challenge becomes more mental than physical. Of course there is always a physical component; but…
  • Lynn, I had read your earlier post about not running too fast and took it to heart. It did help, especially early on. My biggest challenge is that I had heart valve repair surgery (tricuspid - 3 years ago) and it did a number on my heart rate. In cardiac rehab I was told to keep my heart rate below a certain rate and I…
  • I used to feel really terrible with lower numbers, too. I still get symptoms if it's a sudden drop. But now I can be in the 70s and not really feel it. 2 years ago a I would have felt really bad with a 75. Now - no big deal. You will adjust. It's important to keep in the normal range as much as possible to limit the…
  • I have also found my bg numbers are higher when I exercise - moderate intensity. But the trend I see is in my fasting bg numbers. I have read that muscles release glucose-like stuff when they are used. Maybe that is what's going on.
  • Question - do any of you runners in training find your morning fasting BG numbers (or numbers in general) to be higher when you are running?
  • So I was looking back and in April I said I could do 3 front yards. I'm now up to 6 front yards. Super slow improvement but at least it IS improvement. CWRIG, you are doing so well! I'm a little jealous :) I dream of running for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. My longest to this point is 1 minute. I am actually at my goal…
  • I've been in your shoes before and it's tough! I've quit so many times. But this last time for some reason I have kept going and reached goal. I am 5'4" and 139 lbs - lost 95 lbs in 16 months and now working on maintaining. But I didn't do it by 'dieting' really. I've dieted all of my life and then quit dieting when I…
  • Last thing first, I had my general practice doctor handle my diabetes for many years without much success. Summer 2012 I went to an endocrinologist because I was worried about my future. BEST THING I EVER DID!!! Between the doctor who specializes in diabetic care and a registered dietitian who does the same, my life has…
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