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nettyb40 - Monday Sep 27, 2004
(South Beach Diet)
Weight: 245.5

It's been a few days since I've been online but I'm glad to see so many of you are doing well.

I completed my first week on Phase 1 yesterday. I still "want" bread, potatoes, etc but I'm not "craving" them other than in my head. I'm looking forward to being able to have oatmeal and other whole grains next week, but just for variety. Protein and veg for breakfast is getting old.

Haven't weighed because my scale doesn't match the doctors which is the weight I posted. I'll have to arrange to go there with my scale because I'm not scheduled to visit again for 3 weeks.

My blood sugars are down still. Fluctuating a lot but still much lower than before. Even had a 120 fasting which, while a little high, is almost in the acceptable range. Wooohooo!

Long way to go but just getting started was a big step for me. Procrastination should be my middle name. LOL.


nettyb40 - Wednesday Sep 22, 2004
(South Beach Diet)
Weight: 245.5

Well, cravings aren't gone but they seem a little less this morning. Sticking with it. Discovered I REALLY don't like eggplant last night. Lots of other legal veggies available that I do like or tolerate (not real fond of zucchini either) but I am trying to expand my horizons and get a little more variety in my diet.

My family thinks the only "vegetables" are potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, and tomatoes. Two out of five aren't bad. Can't get them to understand that quality wise potatoes, corn and peas are just like eating bread. I don't live with them but with 2 diabetics in that household it would benefit them to remember once in a while.

Thank you for your support it really helps.


nettyb40 - Tuesday Sep 21, 2004
(South Beach Diet)
Weight: 245.5

Day 3 and I'm okay. I have my lunch ready to go. Still craving but that is to be expected during the withdrawl period. Thankfully it isn't constant, comes and goes. At least this time I'm aware and prepared for the effects. When I did this about 15 years ago I became extremely emotional (read kinda went a little insane) and quit. Just wasn't ready then.

I found some plums in the bottom of my fridge this morning. They won't last until I'm allowed fruit so I brought them in to the office. They are gone now. Won't kill them around here to eat something healthy instead of the junk. Even got a couple of thank yous.

legcramps on 09/21/2004:
See how easy a little bit of change can be? Maybe your co-workers can take a bit of advice from yourself! You're doing great, keep it up and stay strong!


Becca27 on 09/21/2004:
You can make it! Just think, in 11 days you can eat a plum too.


TheMother on 09/22/2004:
Cravings are the worst but hopefully they will subside shortly. The fact that you are aware and more prepared (mentally) will make all the difference in being able to stick with your plan. I, too, bring stuff that I want to get out of the house into the office. That way, everyone else is getting a treat and I'm not tempted to eat it at home. Great idea!

Hang in there...

TM



nettyb40 - Monday Sep 20, 2004
(South Beach Diet)
Weight: 245.5

Hello all. Hope everyone had a happy, healthy weekend.

I started my new food plan yesterday as planned. I stuck to it in spite of a strong desire for bread/pasta/potatoes last night. Thank goodness this phase only lasts for 2 weeks.

I have my lunch and scheduled snacks in the office fridge and have given permission for co-workers to slap my hands if they see me dipping into the snacks that are for sale.

I must be doing something right because my very high blood sugars have dropped by half. Even after I restarted insulin again on Friday they only dropped 1/4 so getting to half is good. The Doctor is talking about taking 3 - 4 months to bring it all the way down because because my body has adjusted to the high sugar levels. He is concerned about me not feeling well (lack of energy, headache, nausea). Just sounds like withdrawl to me which is something I can handle. We'll see what happens.

If that last 48 hours are anything to judge by I don't think it will take that long. Had a little bit of a headache yesterday afternoon and cravings last night. Took some asprin and told myself I really didn't need that stuff I wanted. I still want things and I can't say I have developed a great love for green pepper and mushrooms but I'll adjust. It just takes time.

The doctor had warned me that by going back on diabetes control I might gain weight which has been the case. But I was eating whatever I wanted and having my "last" of several foods so I am not concerned about the small gain. My new eating plan should make a differnce by the time I get back to the doctor.

Becca27 on 09/20/2004:
Good thinking to call in reinforcements - accountability is helpful. If I reached out more, I would probably be more successful. It sounds like you have a great plan.


legcramps on 09/20/2004:
Good luck with this new plan, it sounds great! I used to hate green and red and really any color of peppers too! I didn't like mushrooms or corn or beans or peas. Spinach, tomatoes....I could go on forever. The first try of nearly all of these foods was so disgusting to me that it was really hard eating them again. But, after awhile, the more I ate them, the more I preferred them to junkie foods like pizza, burgers and fries. It's all a learning process, teaching your taste buds to only go for the good stuff! Good luck and take care today!


Soon2BThin on 09/20/2004:
Wow, you're off to a great start!! You can do it. I have blood sugar problems too but never got on insulin so far and hope I never do. I think the diet and exercise will help us both. The best of luck to you.



nettyb40 - Wednesday Sep 15, 2004
(Soon to be South Beach)
Weight: 245.0

Well I spent a lot of time yesterday reading the book on the South Beach diet. There is a lot of history to it. Plus the best part is it gives suggested daily food plans for each day and a simple list of foods to be used for each phase. It also has suggestions on how to safely eat in restaurants in all phases. Most diets I've been on didn't help with that and I tended to become a food hermit. The frustration and isolation would have me give up in a short time.

The doctor that developed the diet is a heart doctor. His main focus was to improve blood chemistry to improve heart health. My family history includes heart problems so I am trying to follow his recommendations. I am not a fish eater but the Omega3 oils are important. The only fish I like is tuna or deep fried with lots of tartar sauce. Obviously the later is not an option. I have decided at least one or two days a week to have tuna in a salad or something to get the good fish stuff.

I spent 20 minutes reviewing the recipies and lists and made a new shopping list to purchase the items I am lacking. It's mostly fresh vegetables. This also made it clear to me that it won't be that difficult to follow even in the strict first 2 weeks. Pre-cooking is also going to be easier than I thought. I'll be able to just reach into the fridge or freezer and grab what I need. Just a minimum of preplanning required by this old procrastinator.

I've also realized I still have foods that I won't be able to safely eat on the plan. I am going to take them to church on Sunday and put them in our Community House box. Mostly it's canned soups and spaghetti sauce. Community House supports struggling families that could use such things so I will be killing 2 birds with one stone.

My blood sugars are still high so I know the doctor will be putting me back on insulin when I see him Friday. I was surprised he didn't when I first saw him but I think he wanted me to spend the last 2 weeks testing so it would reinforce in my mind the problem and the need for the insulin. I'm at peace with the need now. I hate poking myself but if it will make things better it's time to get real. I may never get off the insulin completely but by improving my blood chemistry and reducing my weight I should be able to get down to a minimal dosage.

Right now my target start day is Sunday. I have 2 parties to go to on Saturday and don't want to feel deprived. That doesn't mean I'm going to go nuts. I don't want to start Monday because it's a classic setup to fail day for me. Sunday will give me time to precook and go through the initial frustration at home. I only have church then so it should be good.

legcramps on 09/15/2004:
It takes a lot of determination to do something as great as losing weight - it means that many aspects of your life will change completely. You have to be willing to accept this as well, if you are to succeed. Good luck with your South Beach diet plan, and stay very strong!



nettyb40 - Tuesday Sep 14, 2004
(Soon to be South Beach)
Weight: 245.0

Thank you for your support. Well I am pushing forward. I went to the store last night and purchased many of the foods I will need for the first phase of my new diet. I still need to get some produce and 1% milk but I didn't want it to sit in the car while I was in my class last night.

Actually just getting through the class last night reduced the sense of overwhelm I was feeling. I still realize I am starting a lot of projects at the same time but they are all manageable as long as I take them one at a time.

I am starting to reduce my cafein intake. I realized I was consuming a lot. Not only is it bad for your body in general but I read the other day that it interfers with Insulin function. Anything to improve my insulin function is a good thing.

I have been drinking a lot of water (64-128 oz a day) the last few months. This cut back on my cafein since I was drinking less pop. I brought in decaf pop to the office with me this morning to further reduce my intake since the pop available in the office fridge is cafeinated. This will reduce my daily out of pocket costs too. LOL

The big adjustment will be coffee and tea. I'm not fond of decaf in either of those but I'll just have to get used to it if I'm going to drink either of them. I'm going to finish off the tea I have at home before switching to decaf. The decaf process will be gradual. Carb withdrawal combined with cold turkey decaf would not be a good thing.

In general I feel positive about the changes I am making. Today I feel it is really possible for me to reach my goals in self-education, health and weight loss.

legcramps on 09/14/2004:
Great job with the pop and caffiene! You're doing great, keep it up and stay strong out there.


TheMother on 09/14/2004:
I'm SO glad to read you are in better spirits today. Attitude and the right one at that plays a major role in just about anything we undertake in life. Have a GREAT day today. We're all rooting for you (and us, too)!

TM



nettyb40 - Monday Sep 13, 2004
(Soon to be South Beach)
Weight: 245.0

Hello all. Sorry I've been quiet but in a way I have been avoiding things. I have been using up the few "no-no" foods that I didn't give away. Finished off one box of cereal that has an Avoid rating this morning.

I'm having to mentally prepare myself for the withdrawal process. I've done carb withdrawal before and it is no fun. I am making my shopping list today to start Phase One of my diet.

My grand niece, Annabell, turned 1 last week and we had a party for her on Sunday. I ate cake for the last time for a long time. It's also possible that after I've followed the plan I won't want it again.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed this morning. I'm starting several different projects all at once. It may be too much but there is no choice now. I am taking two diffent computer based training classes. I am also starting an Enneagram class tonight. Plus working with my doctor to improve my health and starting a new diet. It just looks too much from my perspective this morning. None of it can be avoided at this point and I know I will enjoy it before it is over. Just need to get moving forward today.

TheMother on 09/13/2004:
I know how daunting it can be to have several things going on at once but in today's world, that seems to be the norm for a lot of people. When I feel frustrated and overwhelmed, I take a minute to regroup and prioritize the things that need attention NOW versus those things that can be put on the back burner for a bit. Good luck to you as you begin your new healthier lifestyle. We are here to offer support and I look forward to reading your posts.

TM


legcramps on 09/13/2004:
That's a whole lot of responsibility to take on all at once! Good luck, take each day one at a time and remember that it's for your own good. Make sure you have a good support system to fall back on when you come up against those days where it just doesn't seem worth it! Have a great day today!


monet0329 on 09/13/2004:
Hi hun.. I totally know what you mean by getting ready for this new way of life.. :O).. befor I started on aug 30th.. I took 2 weeks and just read everything I could find on the net.. I had to get ready :O).. I also know that you cant make this right move unless YOU are ready..and I feel it in my heart that I am ready.. I have alot to loose.. about 150.. if not more.. but I will get there..

I too, have diabeties in my family.. my fathers mother died from it in her early 60's :O(.. and she had both legs takin before hand.. :O(..

Just remember.. you are worth this change hun.. Just believe in yourself ok.. and you'l do this.. !!!.. feel free to comment on my entries.. or even email if you need to ok.. I'm not an expert.. but I have some strong shoulders and I will be here to lift you spirits ok :O).. you have a wonderful day and remember.. you are Beautiful !!! inside and out..so smile.. :O).. hugs



nettyb40 - Tuesday Sep 07, 2004
(Soon to be South Beach)
Weight: 245.0

Soon2bthin asked my age so rather than replying in a comment I am starting this entry with the information and a little more.

I am 45 years old as of August 17 and have outlived my mother and maternal grandmother. Mom died of heart disease aggravated by diabetes. My grandmother died before I was born in the 50s of complications of epilepsy. Diabetes runs rampant in my maternal line. It killed my Great Grandfather after ravaging his body. He lost both legs and an arm. That was in the 50s as well. Of my mother's 8 siblings 6 have or had diabetes in various stages. My father and brother also have it but there is no history in that line.

I spent my weekend contemplating where I am, where I have come from and where I am going with my diet. My top weight was about 350 - 360. I don't know for sure because I quit weighing at 328 and I know I gained more before I started getting better. That was about 7 or 8 years ago. I am currently at my lowest weight since 1989.

I had ulcerative colitis for 17 years which became colon cancer. After the surgery to remove the cancer I was 200 when I left the hospital. I have been clean ever since and never had to have additional treatment for the cancer.

I got a rude awakening when I started checking my blood sugar again. I knew it would be high but lets just say dangerously high. Doctor is working on that.

I spent Monday cleaning out my cupboards. All the sugar products (some of which have been sitting unopened for months) and white flour products are gone. I also got rid of canned baked beans and watermelon. I gave them a good home with people that can eat them without consequenses.

I will be starting South Beach soon. The delay is because I need to purchase the "right" foods and I can't do that until payday which is the 15th. Because the first 2 weeks are detox I have to have the tools needed available. I haven't finished reading what is required. If I figure out I have what is needed I will start sooner.

I am making adjustments in the mean time. My sugar was lower this morning but still high. Still it is progress in only 3 days.

legcramps on 09/07/2004:
Welcome to the site! Good luck with your weightloss efforts. It is obvious what your reasons are, and I commend you for your courage! My father has diabetes, and he has had to give up a lot in his life in the last year or so. Everytime I talk to him on the phone, he's just a little bit happier, a little better at exercising, and way more talkative!! It's amazing how much a way of eating can affect your spirit! Have a great day today! One day at a time!


geevee on 09/07/2004:
Netty, check with your doctor about eating fresh fruits. They are okay. I remember asking my mother's doctor

about that because my mother ate so much fresh fruit. He said that it was the least objectionable type of sugar and better than any other kind.

Did you know that whole wheat pasta is now available on regular super market shelves? That is okay too.

You can't go wrong by eating fresh or frozen vegetables, very lean meat or poultry and fresh fruit.


nettyb40 on 09/07/2004:
I know fruits are okay but in moderation and there are some that the natural sugar content is too high unless you are well controlled. Unfortunately the natural sugars in watermelon overwhelmed my poor little pancreas. My meter said "HI" 2 hours after I ate the watermelon. I will have to be much better controlled before I eat watermelon again. I will just have to be more careful and eat the "good carb" fruits.

I bought a package of whole wheat pasta on the way home from dropping off the bad carbs last night. It's just going to take getting used to. I'm a white flour girl and I'm going to have to get over it.

Basically the South Beach Diet is about balance. High protien, low fat, low Carb fruits and vegetables.



nettyb40 - Saturday Sep 04, 2004
(Soon to be South Beach)
Weight: 245.0

I haven't actually started my new diet plan. I am going to be using the South Beach Diet at my new doctor's suggestion.

I hate taking all the meds I have to. I did something really stupid 14 months ago. I got fed up and quit going to my doctor telling myself I was getting a new doctor. My meds ran out and I didn't care. I kept telling myself I was getting a new doctor.

My highest weight was 350 about 5 years ago. When I left the previous doctor I was around 300 and I have lost around 50 - 60 pounds. 245 was my exact weight on 9/2 when I went to the doctor. My eating habits have changed over the last year but I didn't "go on a diet".

Finally I reached a point where some of the health effects of being a diabetic off the meds couldn't be ignored any longer. I got a new doctor. He is reintoducing the meds and is adamant about getting the diabetes under control.

He stated with no ifs, ands or buts that if I didn't want the meds I had to lose the weight and eat on a healthy plan to control the sugar. The most of the meds are necessary because of the effects of the diabetes on other body functions.

He wants me to do the South Beach Diet which he says is a very good plan for diabetics. I have purchased the book which I am reading this weekend and will start the plan next week.

geevee on 09/04/2004:
Hi Netty - Glad to have you with us. PLEASE consider what I'm going to tell you. Maybe 6 months ago my sugar went up to 145 and my doctor called to tell me to go on the Sugar Busters' diet IMMEDIATELY. He didn't want me going into Type 2 diabetes. So, I went right out bought the book and followed it to a tee. One month later my sugar checked out at 107. Each time since then it's been within normal range, but the last one at the end of Aug. had my sugar at 44!!! My doctor asked what I was taking. Nothing. I just followed the Sugar Busters' Diet.

The South Beach Diet is good, but for diabetics, the Sugar Busters' might even be better. You can access it on the web or buy the paperback for $7.95 at Borders or Barnes and Noble. But you have to be SERIOUS about your condition.

Basically, you have to eliminate all white grain products: bread, rice, potatoes. Whole grain breads are fine. So are brown rices, sweet potatoes. NO corn or corn products. That was a HARD one but I didn't have any at all. (No tacos, quesadillas, corn on the cob) The hardest part for me was eliminating beer which has THE HIGHEST glycemic content of all! Now I drink red wine which has skyrocketed my good cholesterol to over 100. My doctor couldn't believe how high it was, which is great!

You can eat all the fruit and veggies you want. It's a diet that doesn't deprive you. Infact, it's actually changed my taste buds to crave these great foods that I didn't eat so much of before, but has had such a tremendous impact on my lipid profile, that it's a plus/plus situation. Sugar 44/triglycerides 57/HDL 103/LDL 107.

DO call your doctor and ask him about my suggestion. Maybe he's not aware of this diet. In the meantime, DO check out the web site and find out all you can.. It's absolutely amazing what a change in diet can do for your health.

My very best to you and do keep us informed about your progress.


nettyb40 on 09/04/2004:
I appreciate the advice but I am going to stick with my doctor on this for now. I have been a Type 2 diabetic for over 15 years after being classified as hypoglycemic for about 10 years. I basically killed my pancreas by not following doctors orders about diet. My blood sugars ran high even on insulin because I just wouldn't follow my doctor's advice.

I will tell you that at 44 I'm surprised you could stand up. I had a 50 once when I was hypoglycemic and having a glucose tolerance test. They almost called an ambulance for me before my sugar came back up.

Thank you for the support and good luck to you.


Soon2BThin on 09/04/2004:
Hi, and welcome to DD! I take a lot of meds too and just recently started meds for my diabetes again. I had lost a lot of weight years ago and had good control of it then and got off the meds but now things aren't as good as they were. Anyway I've reserved the book from the library that Geevee mentioned to you, Sugar Busters, because she says so many good things about the diet that I just have to check it out. And I have heard that if you lose weight and eat right and exercise regularly, you can be cured of type 2 diabetes for good. That's my goal, I hope it works. If you don't mind, I was wondering how old you are. I'm 55. We can do this together, lose the weight and get healthy. Good luck!



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