hey please do try skipping rope at home.Though it is a traditional Indian method but it actually works as said by my friend.... so lets just give it a try.....good luck..:)
are you exercising? I found if i exercised and cut bad carbs i lost weight. I think what you should do is start getting into a exercise regime and really cut carbs and watch what you eat. You will then need less insulin. I think the more insulin you take the more your body stores fat.
My endo scared me into getting fit and eating right 2 years ago. Took me down to the dialysis center and showed me amputees and this set me straight.
I am 54. Use to weigh 220 when I was on pills. Went on insulin and a strict eating regime 2 years ago. (I don't believe in diets. Its about lifestyle)I now weigh 185 and i i try and live a healthy lifestyle to keep my sugars in line. Its a battle but you have choices.
Most of us let food rule. We must rule over food.
You can lose weight.
do you pump? you can lower y0ur basals about an hour or so before yiou exercise to avoid lows. I would read the books and other referencesw on using insulin and exercise first. I know you want to get started TODAY.. but you need to know a "ball-park" figure of how much basal you need during your training. I use a 50% basal for cardio, biking, and suspend the pump an hour before I take it off for my aqua-aerobics class( my Paragdirm 522 is NOT waterprofof);70% for short strolls. Only way you know is to try it , several times for each exercise period on separate days, and log. That is why you are in experimental mode now.. AND YOU are your own science experiment.We all are, as diabetics.
Dr. Bernsteins low carb limit is 30 gms a day:6 for breakfast, 12 for lunch, and 12 for dinner. I do not do that low. Lowcarb, for me, is about maybe 60-90 gm a day. Very often always less than 100. I find that when I do lowish carbs and avoid bread/crackers made with wheat, I am not that hungry.
Ps. Have you had your thyroid checked? Low thyroid can cause unexplained weight gain, but I beleive if you had it you would not have enough energy to exercise as much as you do. I have low thyroid, daily take 125 mg of levothryroxine.I did not have unexplained weight gain before this treatment, but I am a little more tired than usual when my thyroid level is low.
I don't low carb, I eat about 100 to 120 g of carb a day. But if I were to do the LCHF diet, I would still track my calories. I think it can be very risky to approach any "diet" with the idea that can eat as much as you want so long as it's got a specific nutritional breakdown. I do notice that when I eat a meal containing fewer carbs/higher fat and protein, it keeps me fuller for longer. That helps keep the calories down.
Have you tried glucose tabs in place of the juice box? That might be another way to keep the calories lower.
I think that you should "assess" your food input and try to cut back, maybe 10-20% on carbs, and include the "emergency" carbs from treating lows in the "total daily dose" of carbs when looking into this? This will give you a starting point. Check the balance of your BG and how that's moving. Insulin is strong stuff and, if you aren't quite balanced, a little bit can throw you off high or low. If your "ratio" at meals is 10-1 and needs to be say 8-1, you'd have a 30G meal and take 2 units. The slight variance in the ratio leaves you short about 3/4 a unit or, if the unit is changing you can be off like 40 points from that. If you are concurrently taking the insulin late, after you eat, thinking there's "no" carbs in lighter meal, it starts going up and you'd find the higher numbers you seem to be reporting and need to treat, correct, then the "late" meal insulin hits at the same time as the correction and you can find yourself needing the large doses of treatment. I totally did guessing my rates and ratios for years, just guessing, shooting "chunks of 5" ("hmmm, 10 units? I don't want to run high, I'd better have 15...") without doing the counting that my pump does for me now. I haven't encountered a doctor who will usually recommend changing rates rapidly but if your rate and/ or ratio is based on some type of "change", you may not be too far off from really great results if you can do the work. Once your BG is stable, I think that you'll be better able to figure out where the extra weight is coming from and look for opportunities to manage an approach that can work for you.
I am like Shawnmarie in that I don't do "low carb" but in the 100-150 range most of the time, usually 120-130 at the top but well, I like to party. Gary Taubes' books don't offer a "diet" plan but more of a history of science and seem to report that the "high end" for low carb can be as high as 75. I don't recall which scientist had come up with that figure or how much additional benefit is to be gained by going lower than that but, after you get your BG stabilized to the point where you can leave out regular juice and candy "fixes" and may see the results. When I see more jelly beans in my diet, I know that I need to twiddle with my pump to get it set more accurately.
I agree with Acid. the more Skittles I eat, the more I need to reduce my basal, and then, my insulin sensitivity factors. In this type of summer heat, I always need lower basals. Adjust ,adjust and log as needed.