Just keep at your diet changes, reading low glycemic lists and learning to enjoy foods that are low glycemic numbers. Eat high fiber foods, increasing gradually so you have no discomfort but have regular bowel movements. Be happy about each little improvement in the numbers and don't starve yourself.
Get someone to exercise with you so you can share the victories. Spend the money you save by not purchasing food in a box by purchasing fresh foods and lean meat or protein. I enjoy milk and I drink it every day but I have to give up some fruit in order to keep the calories down. I do not count calories because it is depressing, but I am quite happy when my fasting blood sugar is close to 100 in the morning. If it goes lower, I get the shakes, so I do not try to reach any lower because years ago I was hypoglycemic. It was stress related and I worked on the issue for a better daily life. The whole plan must be a personal journey fitting your body needs and activity level. Be aware of sleepiness after eating and driving while not alert. Believe that you can get much better.
Find a friend to take this journey with you and avoid those people who do not take diabetes seriously. I respect you and your efforts. Dorisena