Do You Feel Discouraged With Your Type 2 Diabetes Journey?
Last updated: September 2023
Lately, I've been feeling discouraged. It's not because my numbers aren't okay - they are. I've been eating pretty healthy, and the scale isn't moving.
Feeling discouraged about type 2 diabetes
I know you might be feeling discouraged with your type 2 diabetes journey, too. And that can lead to eating habits that aren't good for managing your blood sugar and A1C. What do you do when this happens?
Making healthy eating a habit
It's always been hard for me to eat the right things, or at least stick with it long-term. Since I have an appointment with a cardiologist, it has been even more important to me to make healthy eating a habit.
Avoiding sugar and trying substitutions
I avoid consuming added sugar except for a tablespoon of maple syrup with some peanut butter for a small snack. I've cut out most starchy foods from my usual diet, which has helped me reduce the amount of carbohydrates I consume daily.
For example, instead of sourdough (my favorite bread), I have substituted that with a 5-grain wheat bread. And my beloved french fries? I've had around 5 small fries in over a week. But the scale isn't even moving a few ounces.
Dealing with other health concerns
Some of you who have read my other posts know I've had health issues this past year. So far, I had 4 surgeries, and now I'm on immunotherapy.
Well, it turns out that a side effect of this immunotherapy might cause my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels to elevate. That's related to the thyroid. Testing TSH levels is used to determine how well the thyroid is working. If TSH levels are too high, losing weight could be difficult.1
My TSH levels have doubled in just 2 months. These were the same 2 months I started immunotherapy. At least I know another factor contributes to my lack of weight loss.
I want more out of eating healthy
And while weight loss could be a goal for you if you have type 2 diabetes, what's more important to me is eating healthy, regardless of a weight goal. If I'm being honest, I feel like I should at least get something out of giving up my favorite foods. No more ice cream floats or donuts. No more french fries, pasta, and sourdough bread.
But when it comes down to it, I should be eating this way anyway. While my A1C is now in the normal range (due to medication), I still should be eating healthier foods. Weight loss is a great secondary outcome, but not losing weight is discouraging. At least I know there is a reason for this, even though it still brings me down mentally.
You're not alone
My doctor prescribed me medicine that should help lower the TSH levels, which should, in turn, help me lose weight while I'm eating a more balanced diet. But if you're feeling discouraged with your type 2 diabetes journey, I can empathize. I totally get it.
I feel like I should be rewarded for changing and improving my nutrition habits. But rewards are important. Knowing your hard work pays off in more ways than one leads people to want to continue. So, hopefully, these new medications can make my scale move down. But at least I'm eating healthy foods like I should, regardless of the weight.
Do you find it difficult to "eat right" and stick to a nutrition plan?