"The Diabetic Body!!!!!!"

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joules
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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Well this is certainly a challange.    Apparently I have a typical diabetic body......   I carry all my weight around my middle.   I have really slim legs and arms and no hips really to speak of.    I have been surprised a couple of times recently when meeting people and they have asked me "are you a diabetic".   These people have always got relatives with diabetes and instantly seem to recognise "the body!!!"    One of the first things my new doctor said when I walked into his office was "You are a diabetic - aren't you?"   I said - how do you know that?    His reply was the shape of my body and my puffed up eyes.    My reply was - Oh you mean my ten year pregnancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
When I started this journey at the beginning of December, one of my many many goals was to get back into wearing jeans instead of black pants with elastic waists (anyone relate to this????)    So having lost a little of my many many pounds - I decided to go on an exploratory shopping trip.    To my great surprise, I found a shop that had jeans on sale for $20.00.   I thought to myself - this must be an omen.    I have problems buying jeans anyway because I am 5 foot 11 inches but decided to try........     I wanted some "groovy" jeans - ones that had style.     The usual problem is that if they fit me at the waist then there is all this baggy material at the hips and down the legs.    The ladies who were attending the shops were in hysterics at all the jeans I tried on that seemed to fit - but the moment I put my hands in the pockets them came right off - cos I have no hips to keep them up!!!!!!!!    Anyway, the end of this story is that I was successful!!!!   I found a pair of jeans that fit!!!!   Hopefully only for a couple of months but thought the 20 dollar investment was worth it to inspire my self image.
 
In the same shop I was able to find a bathing suit to fit me - that will make aquafit so much easier.   My old swimming suit was not really long enough in the body -   They dont seem to make them both wide and tall!!!!!    Aquafit was a nightmare cos apart from desperately trying to keep up with everyone else - I was also trying to make sure my boobs didnt pop out!!!!   To prevent embarrassment I wore a t-shirt over the swimsuit -   Have you ever tried to do "jumping jacks" in the water with huge air bubbles in your t-shirt.   It is not fun!!!!!!!!!
 
Hopefully this will give you all a little smile - I bet a lot of you have been there too!!!!!!!!

4sons
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   Posted 2/6/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Honey ... I have the short version of your body. We'd make great gymnasts or swimmers. I have BROAD shoulders, NARROW hips, and thin legs. With a gut.

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Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


gelchick
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   Posted 2/7/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that very interesting- I am generously propportioned all over- and lose proportionatly as well. I am goign to ask my doc about the diabetic body next time I go- if I don't have the body- I want to give the disease back-lol
 
A big YAY on the jeans- I have never given mine up- theya re jsut too comfortable for me to care what other people think yeah sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

Post Edited (gelchick) : 2/7/2007 2:16:59 PM (GMT-7)


4sons
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   Posted 2/7/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandy, are you a 'pear' or an 'apple?' Being fron NY, I am, of course, an apple. LOL

But I bet most Type 2 diabetics have apple bodies.

Anyone wanna make a poll? Can we do that here?
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/8/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you can do that here... Just start a new thread and list that you want it to be a poll. Then set up your questions.
~ Jeannie
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~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a "pear", I guess and NO I don't have "the body". I'm big all over except where I'd like to be "big", :-( But I think I have the big belly because of stress...I do relate to those elastic pants, I love them! They're the only pants I can wear. I wear them with the big T-shirts that go all the way over my middle.

4sons
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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Let's talk stress and belly weight gain. According to the diabetes educator I saw recently stress is a KILLER for most humans, but especially for us diabetics. My raises in blood glucose are directly related to stress!!

Ugh.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


gelchick
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Total Posts : 477
   Posted 2/9/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I'd say I'm more of an hourglass - I am large all over but my bust and hips are proportioned well to each other and I still have a reasonable waist despite being at the end of perimenopause- about 8 inches smaller than my bust or hips. When I put on jeans- they are not saggy unless they are the relaxed fit style. I cannot and never could wear skinny leg jeans because my calves are too big- and my ankles are way too fat for maryjane style shoes which I love. My neck is too fat for standard sized necklaces, but my wrists are okay - about 7 inches. I am curvy- just way too much curvy -lol

My mom is a classic pear- she has a small bust and waist but a huge backside and very large thighs with skinny calves and ankles. I always have to alter her slacks because the waist gaps so much when she sits-

sandy

 


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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