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Hello Minda, I am a food addict as well and I am really struggling with the weight loss. Like you, I know I can reverse this intense disease with the weight loss, but as of yet, I have not shifted my addiction to food, as a matter of fact it has gotten worse this year. I was diagnosed several years ago and I believe that I am just now coming out of denial that I am diabetic. I have done tons of research and I continue to so, I have Dr. Furhmans book, I love to cook, so learning new ways to cook in a healthier, more diabetic friendly way has been fun for me and I actually am growing to really enjoy the outcomes of my efforts. Unfortunately when the stress hits, I go for the juggler and completely blowout any progress I have made.
As far as exercise goes, I am limited as to what I can do. I have a ruptured disc in my lower lumbar area, which has created sciatica down my right leg and arthritis throughout my back. So…exercise is not easy for me, oh and have I mentioned my weight? I am 334. I do swim and when I am not in too much pain I can do the treadmill.
I thought that if I joined this community and talked about my issues with this disease, it would help with my denial and help me not feel so alone, not only with diabetes, but with my food addiction, and here you are. Thank you for being willing to get help. I think I might go back overeaters anonymous, I think that might help me. Take care and good luck.

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Welcome to Connect, @danceshigh. I applaud you for posting so honestly and openly, and for continuing this discussion with @bogdel and @minda77.

Dancehigh, it sure sounds like you have the right attitude with shifting your cooking style without having to give up your joy of cooking, and swimming. Can you tell us about overeaters anonymous?

Hi Danceshigh,

Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. Had another health issue going on and just found out I have a huge cyst on my ovary and fibroids in my uterus. I have to have a hysterectomy. Good Grief!
I know what you mean about the denial, it was about a year for me. Don’t tell me I can’t have sugar again! Scarf it all down. Cokes, ice cream, cookies, whatever. Lots of carbs. Fact is, I just made myself sicker and sicker. Hit rock bottom. Get busy living or get busy dying.
Just in the last month since I wrote that post, I have found the more I walk and stay busy with anything other than sitting in front of the TV, the better I am mentally and physically. I think about food less. I still get major cravings for things, but now its more protein related (tacos vs. ice cream).
For me, OA didn’t work. All I remember is them talking about food…. all the time. I did that on my own very well. Maybe it will be different for you. Good Luck.
Do whatever you can with the exercise and push yourself. I had a herniated disk (L5-S1) years ago so I know how that feels. Every pound off makes it easier to walk/swim/whatever.
I will find out my surgery date tomorrow. They are looking at Dec 2nd. I don’t know what my recovery time will be until after the surgery. It depends on which way they are able to perform it and they won’t know until they see how I do with my breathing because of the position they have to put my body in. Best case 2 weeks, worst case 6-8 weeks. I don’t know what part of town you are in (I am South Scottsdale) but I would be happy to meet and do some walking with you and anyone else from these forums. Let me know what part of town you are in and we can get something planned for the beginning of 2017.
Hang in there! You are not alone.


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