Hi majikk, there are ways to get exercise into your schedule but you'll have to make it happen for the benefit of your health. How long have you been diabetic? Are you type 1 or 2 and what meds are you on? What have your blood sugar readings been? Be creative during the day: if you drive to work, park farther away from the building to make you walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, after you eat lunch, walk around the building for 15 minutes or as long as you can. At home, if you watch TV, get up during commercials and march in place, do exercises like bending, reaching, twisting during the entire commercial break. Get online and look for other exercises to help you. There is tons of information available for free. As Jeannie said, changing your way of eating will make a big difference if you cut out the obvious carbs: breads and food made with flour (bagels, muffins, cereal, pasta, cakes, chips...), potatoes, corn and of course sugar. Eat more vegetables and salads and nice piece of meat/chicken/fish. Snack on string cheese, cheddar cheese cubes, nuts (a handful, not a cup!). Fats such as olive or canola oil and butter will flavor your food and help the blood sugar remain level. A breakfast of a couple of eggs or an EggBeater omelet with turkey bacon and a slice of cheese will carry you to lunch without feeling hungry. Tuna salad with real mayo (with celery) some lettuce for a simple salad (a couple of cucumber slices, oil and vinegar) for lunch. Following this way of eating should help you lose weight as well as help the blood sugar stay lower. Upping the exercise like this and changing to a lower carb diet will have at least two effects in most people: weight loss and lower blood sugar. I agree with Jeannie about the surgery. It's not something I would do, too risky and the aftermath is very complicated. Actually, it's surprising to me that a doctor is the one pushing this surgery. It's very important to start a journal or log of what you're eating everyday and the exercise you get so you can see how the new plan is affecting your blood sugar and energy. Let us know how you're doing, ok?
I have a similar lifestyle to yours Majikk - 2 jobs ... up at 5am ... no time left at the end of the day - but I took Jeannie's & Lanie's advice & tried the low carb diet. Its a little scarey at first (What?!? NO POTATOES!!!!!) but do-able. I don't have a regular exercise routine or a regimented meal plan but I'm getting good results just by using common sense.
First off, I stopped all the Fast Food Joint nonsense. Second, I found I can still eat the occasional piece of bread or potato. My glucose meter doesn't light up like a Christmas tree if I have a sandwich using 1 slice of bread instead of 2 or 1 small potato & a tenderloin steak. Third, I eat about 1/2 to 2/3 less of everything compared to what I used to consume. That last point is not entirely true; I can eat a whole pot of steamed green beans and a 6 oz. steak so again, common sense rules. One last thing; read the nutrition labels on food packages, especially the health food types. The amout of carbs and sugar in some of these products will amaze you.
Maybe due to the early wakeup, I find that my sugar readings are on the high side in the mid-morning to mid-afternoon area so I try to eat less or smaller portions around that time.
As of this morning, I'm down 25 pounds since July so the plan works
Oh, a word of warning about the weight loss once it starts: it can be a bit worrying since the flab doesn't always melt away from where you would expect it to (my spare tire for example). The other day, when I climbed into the bath tub & sat down, I hit bone!
Me bum is disappearing
Give the diet a try!
P.S. I should add ... this works for me but may not work for anyone else. As has been wisely pointed out here a number of times "We are all different".
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