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Old 01-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation Shutting Up all the Haters! Cristabel's Fight for Fitness! (Comments Welcome!)

Hello everyone out in the DISverse!

I'm Cristabel (in case you weren't sure ), I'm 24 years old and a resident of Southern California. Obviously I love Disney, that's a given.

I've been overweight the majority of my life and lemme tell you, it sucks. I have attempted and failed many times to lose weight.

Last year I reached my highest weight of 272lbs. My sister got married last Feb. and I can't bare to look at the photos because I was huge. I was in my final months of college and graduated in August 2012 I moved back home in July 2012 because sadly, my job did not support me living on my own. So with much disappointment, I moved from Orange County back to LA county.

Now, I purchased a scale last week because I became serious about losing weight. I'm tired of letting my weight bog me down and keep me from having a healthy social life. I'm a homebody because besides not having money (going on 5 months with no bites), I'm definitely not happy with my appearance.
Anywho, back to the scale. I hopped on last Saturday and I was 248.4lbs.

WHAT? I lost nearly 30lbs just by moving home and changing my eating?!

Now, here comes a scare. I was driving home a few days ago and I had this ring of fuzziness in my vision and a killer, one-sided migraine. I slept for hours and woke up, with a dull headache. I ate dinner then explained to my dad what had happened and out of curiosity he measured my blood sugar (he's borderline diabetic) and my blood sugar was 180! That is definitely not normal. Next day, we checked my fasting blood sugar it was 118, again not normal. So I made an appointment with my doctor and will be having my bloodwork done next week.

With all that being said, I'm now eating as if I were diabetic (being labeled pre-diabetic earlier by my MD) and trying to manage my blood sugar through diet and losing weight.

I'm aiming to lose 100lbs, so 172 is my current goal.
I'd love for any motivation and support you guys can lend me.


Another reason, besides for my health, I'm doing this is to shut up all the people who said I couldn't do it or made fun of me because of my weight. Looking good is the best revenge!
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Welcome, I am glad that you found us. Good for your for recognizing the signs. I was diagnosed Pre-D/diabetic at a young age. Having gone through it, be prepared for a tough road because of your age. There are a lot of bad doctors out there who don't understand why catching it early is good. Heck, I just had an endo today tell me that up to 200 is fine, and mid 40's to 50's is not a problem. I now have to find a new endo.

I would ask for an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. That will tell you whether you are truly Pre-D or diabetic. Even if you are Pre-D, your doctor should recommend some nutrition classes, if they did not when first diagnosed- shame on them! Most insurances will cover it. You should also find out about Metformin. If your stomach can tolerate it, it can slow down the progression. Finally, I would ask about the Diabetes Prevention Plan study. It looked at people who were Pre-D or high risk, and participants were successful at preventing diabetes for a number of years.

Another great group is Diabetes Forums. (Google it, it should be the first result). Many are knowledgeable. Good luck with the weight loss! Do you have a plan for how you will be doing it?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:56 AM   #3
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Do you have a plan for how you will be doing it?
First off, thank you for all the information. I will bring up these questions to my MD when I see her on Monday.

Right now I'm following my dad's basic diet. I'm also using myfitnesspal as well. My current daily calories are 1700 but I cut out almost every simple sugar. I keep my breakfast at 15-30 carbs, 30 carbs for lunch and 15 - 30 carbs for dinner. I try to keep my snacks as low carb as possible.

I've been replacing the carb calories with protein and healthy fats (almonds, avocado, peanut butter, etc).

I'm exercising 5 days a week, at least 30 minutes. I've been doing Jillian Michaels dvds and they are killer! It's nice to be done in 30 minutes or else I get bored.
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I'll be following along! Great start.
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Your story is like so many of ours on this board. You finally reach a point where you know you MUST make a change. Whether your reasons were medical, to feel better about yourself, or whatever, it's all for a healthier you! We'll be following your progress. Feel free to read the progress of many others for inspiration. I know it always helps me when I've been having a tough couple of days or weeks.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:26 PM   #6
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Your story is like so many of ours on this board. You finally reach a point where you know you MUST make a change. Whether your reasons were medical, to feel better about yourself, or whatever, it's all for a healthier you! We'll be following your progress. Feel free to read the progress of many others for inspiration. I know it always helps me when I've been having a tough couple of days or weeks.
Thanks!
This is for me and only me and I'm wondering maybe that's why I'm so dedicated this time around.
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Yesterday was pretty hard. I had the munchies, bad! I think it was because I missed the 3 hour mark for lunch (I'm eating every three hours to keep my blood sugar, and hunger, in check).

I ate healthy, drank 12 cups of water, exercised and ended the night well.
I hate having that 'constantly hungry' feeling; makes me feel less in control.

My workout yesterday, 30 Day Shred, really jacked up my knees yesterday; too much jumping around.
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I'm so close to -30lbs! I'm hoping for a big loss this week. I'm going to push myself a little harder, or longer, while exercising. I also need to find more low glycemic, high fiber foods to keep me full longer.

Hope you are all having a good week so far!
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So I'm up this week +1.6lbs. I just don't get it. I'm doing everything right but the scale is refusing to corroborate my story!

I did the deck of cards workout yesterday (from the Biggest Loser).

With the deck of cards, each suit is a different exercise (mine were: push ups, sit ups, squats and fire hydrants). The number is the number of reps. Face cards are ten and Aces are eleven.

It is great if you don't have a lot of time and are tired of doing videos or ordinary cardio.
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I'm glad you are trying to ward off diabetes. My mom has is, developed later in life. I tell her all the time, I love you, but I don't want to be like you. That is the main reason why I'm trying to get my weight in check now.

Love your looking good is the best revenge.
Living a good life is too. Haters gonna hate, no matter what you look like. It just deflects their insecurities. It's not about you, it's about them.

Keep up the good work!!! Worry less about the scale, and more about how you feel mentally, physically, and spiritually. Focus on those non-scale victories (NSV).
When I gave up soda a little over a year ago, it took a while for the scale to show improvement but my NSV was the mental clarity I was getting.
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Yesterday was pretty hard. I had the munchies, bad! I think it was because I missed the 3 hour mark for lunch (I'm eating every three hours to keep my blood sugar, and hunger, in check).

I ate healthy, drank 12 cups of water, exercised and ended the night well.
I hate having that 'constantly hungry' feeling; makes me feel less in control.

My workout yesterday, 30 Day Shred, really jacked up my knees yesterday; too much jumping around.
Watch your water intake. You don't want to drink to much. You can actually get water poisoning by drinking to much water. My Dr and Chiropractor both recommended no more than 8 - 8oz glasses a day.
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Watch your water intake. You don't want to drink to much. You can actually get water poisoning by drinking to much water. My Dr and Chiropractor both recommended no more than 8 - 8oz glasses a day.
My chiropractor actually told me you should drink 1/2 your body weight in water by oz. per day. I don't drink quite that much, but I do try to make that number my daily fluid intake (most of it being water).
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Watch your water intake. You don't want to drink to much. You can actually get water poisoning by drinking to much water. My Dr and Chiropractor both recommended no more than 8 - 8oz glasses a day.
I'm sure they have their reasons but that seems a bit silly to me. I don't drink anything besides water and soy milk.

I don't just chug water continuously though.
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My chiropractor actually told me you should drink 1/2 your body weight in water by oz. per day. I don't drink quite that much, but I do try to make that number my daily fluid intake (most of it being water).
That sounds more reasonable, so for me it would be around 120 oz.
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That sounds more reasonable, so for me it would be around 120 oz.
Drink as much water as you want. More info on water intoxication from wikipedia:

Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests in which individuals attempt to consume large amounts of water, or long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet huge amounts of fluid are still consumed.

Good luck on your quest for better health!
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