OK, I will go on record here. I am working on shedding more than just a few pounds. Apparently I've been eating a little more than I should have lately because for the first time in a long time, I passed the 200 Lb mark. The day I saw that figure in the scale I freaked out, so I've been diligently working my way down to the 180 range, which is where I should be.

In the process, I welcome all tips. I know this sounds weird, but for the longest time, I've mainly focused on getting my BG in control and been good at it (along with my lipids, etc.) but for the first time in a long time, I concerned about my weight. So I began to exercise more on a daily basis, drinking LOTS of water (at least 8 glasses per day), trying to reduce the calorie intake too. Any other tips?

I thought I'd share too this nice story I was reading up on dLife:

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Hi Manny,
And losting weight is the most difficult thing you will ever do. But your doing exactly what you need to do. Drinking lots and lots of water.I drink a gallon or more a day. Exercise more and more. Walking is the best exercise. But I have read that using free weights is good. Exercise at least an hour a day 6 days a week.
Do not worry about the pounds as much, worry about the Body Fat content. That will tell you when you are working in the right direction. And once the body fat comes down, the weight will also. And be fair warned that once you tone your muscles , you may gain a few pounds. That is perfectly normal. 1-3 pounds. Dont decrease the calorie intake to the point that you began to starve the body. And please dont go on any of the stupid diets. Atkins and South Beach are sensible diets, but they are diets. And when you go back to eating normal, it comes back plus ten. WEight Watchers is the smartest way to lose. But it is a life style change, not just a diet. Lose no more than 2 pounds a week. (on average) Good Luck!
Thanks, Ladylace!

You on Weight Watchers? There's a bunch of people in my company who are following it. I was curious as to how it works with diabetics.
When I was on injections I gained a lot of weight - a LOT. I had serious lows and I'm hypo unaware so they were a major problem. Some days it seemed that all I did was eat to keep up with the insulin. Going on a pump 2 years ago was the best thing I ever did because it finally allowed me to lose weight. I started out not really knowing what I was doing and mostly paid attention to carbs and tried to eat low fat, since I was learning carb counting with my new pump. I went to a Minimed class on carb counting and they gave us copies of the Calorie King food count book, and I checked out the Calorie King web site and decided to join. It's not a fad diet. You basically count calories and try to stay within reasonable limits of fat, protein & carbs. There's a food diary and it keeps track of everything you eat. You can see at a glance if you've been eating a lot of fat or tons of carbs and know where you have to make changes.

My highest weight before starting the pump was 268 pounds (I'm 5'8", female) and once I started pumping the weight came off. I got down to about 144 at one point but my body didn't like that. I'm now around 161 and at my last appointment with my CDE she & the nutritionist both told me that my weight is good and I shouldn't try to lose any more. I would still like to drop another 10 pounds but my motivation has been lacking. Losing 100 pounds was easy. Losing 10-20 is hard!
I tried weight watchers in the past and wasn't happy with the taste of the food. After I started insulin, I gained a few pound but I was able to trend the other way by eating salads. I switched from Balsamic vineger to wine vinegar, and low carbs. I stopped fruits and cereal. Now my BG is under 100 and I lost a little weight. I'm 1lb away from my lowest weight in 10 years.
Thanks for the feedback, Andy. Indeed, funny you'd mention it because I am coming back from a good hour outside working on our yard with my wife. It feels great and I broke more than a sweat! (it's good exercise for the whole body).
Hi Manny,
I work at Curves. And I have heard ever diet known to man and not known to man for years. The women who have been successful have worked with Weight Watchers. And no I am trying not to eat any proccessed food. Or eat out at Fast Food. And no it aint going so well. lol.
Funny. It's two people, two days in a row that tell me about Weight Watchers. At lunch (workdays) I am frequently having their frozen meals: they seem to do it more for me than the Lean Cuisine ones (which almost always leave me hungry).
Anybody using Nutrisystem or Medfast?
I used the GI diet by Rick Gallop & long distance hiking on the weekends to shed 30 pounds and to drop my glucose from 10.6 to 7.0 in three months. I've maintained that weight loss for almost two years now and my glucose was tested at 6.2 last week (I was surprised it wasn't higher though).

What I like about the GI diet is it just basically groups food by color, red is stop don't eat it if you are diabetic, yellow eat with caution in limited amounts, green is for the food that is good for you, eat almost all you want (be reasonable).

For me it was just about eating the same ol' stuff but in the right portions.

On the weekends I hiked in the nearby Blue Hills near Boston for 4 to 6 hours on both Saturday & Sundays, then one or two shorter evening walks during the work week. I ate a decent breakfast, carried a box of Glucerna bars while hiking. They enabled me to walk long distances without stopping and I tested every hour while out in the woods.

I slacked off on the hiking last year but took up kayaking, this year I'm kicking off the summer with a seven mile hike for Children's Hospital Boston and I want to drop another 20 to 30 by September.
I have that book but found it a little too extreme. I prefer "The glucose revolution life plan" - dispite the overblown title it had more information and allowed for more variety, but was along the same lines.
I was on WW for about four months and lost 13 pounds. I was hungry all the time and thought about food all the time. I hated it. Right now I'm trying to get back into walking the dog (both the dog and I had knee problems and had to quit walking for a while) but it's hard getting back into the habit. I am doing better at eating better (more salads, chicken, etc.) and avoiding fast food and trying to not have junk food in the house.

My main problem is my dislike of most vegetables and fish. I cannot force myself to eat stuff that tastes horrible. The only way I can choke down some of it is to have it swimming in sauces or butter and that defeats the purpose. I do like a few veggies (mostly green salad types of veggies plus tomatoes) and, as I said above, I'm eating more of them.
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