|05-08-2009, 06:50 AM||#1|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Stats: 37yrs old 5'4" 190/187.5/155
WOE: Eating better food for better health
Start Date: September 2010
Plus and then
Back in Nov. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. It really motivated me for a little while. This week I was given a blood glucose monitor and told that I'm still pre-diabetic, but more seriously so. Funny thing is, I'm not motivated this time. eh.
DH job is currently stable, but the whole company is in flux. Lots of layoffs- we've been saving $ just in case. I've been reading the low carb cheapskate and lots of frugal shopping posts, but can't seem to get past the pasta, rice and potatoes that will stretch our $ so we can save for emergency mortgage payments should DH lose his job.
I'm still recovering from foot surgery in Feb. I had a set back after I was given the ok to exercise- I waaay overdid it and ended up back on meds and in the 'big black boot'! Weight is stable, but I'm getting soft and puffy.
So, what do I want from you, you may ask. I dont know. I"m discouraged and unmotivated and I just wanted someone to listen. And you're my friends- my low carb friends. I knew you'd understand.... Thanks for being there.
|05-08-2009, 08:15 AM||#3|
Senior LCF member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Stats: 340 then/145 now
WOE: Low carb/calorie cycling
OK--the pasta, rice, and potatoes may help you financially, but they will surely drive you into full-blown diabetes, so where's the saving? Your health should be top priority.
I know because I'm doing low carb primarily to avoid diabetes myself, and my endo agrees that the only thing keeping me from full-blown diabetes is that I abstain from sugar and starch.
In terms of cost, consider that when I was a poor graduate student (many years ago), I did Atkins (when he first published), and I practically lived on tuna and eggs--and it didn't harm me at all. In fact, after a year of eating like that, my blood values were sensational.
I know you're discouraged, but I'd like to encourage you to focus on avoiding diabetes and gaining health--and starch is not the way to do either one!
|05-08-2009, 02:39 PM||#5|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Philadelphia and New Jersey
Start Date: First Start 2001, New Start 1-08-08
1 pound of chicken leg and thigh quarters can be found on sale between .70 cents and .99 cents. Pork shoulder roast is also frequently on sale for under $1 per pound. A pound of pasta is often .99 to 1.29 per pound plus a couple of bucks for sauce and cheese. There are always comparable meat prices to pasta/rice/potato prices.
My mother fed us chicken leg and thigh quarters stewed in pasta sauce with peppers and onion over pasta when we were kids. She was on a LC plan and she'd just eat the chicken. It's so economical and we never complained as kids. It was one of our favorite meals.
The economy is bumming us all out. We have lost renters in our downstairs units and the prospect of having to pay the difference is so stressful.
2 years ago my sister needed a kidney and my BMI was too high to be considered as a candidate. That was my wake up call. She got a kidney from her husband fortunately but I never forgot the helpless feeling. I was helpless to give my sister her life back and helpless to control what I was putting in my own mouth.
The determination wore off after several months but I picked up again and started back on my low carb lifestyle. I didn't want to feel helpless again. I wanted my self image and the way people perceive me to change.
My sisters new kidney has a virus and it is failing. I'm so glad I got remotivated before this happened. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't picked myself back up.
My signature link will show you what I looked like last July, too heavy to even be tested. Now I know that if I'm not a match it's the genetics that were handed down and not the food I put in my mouth stopping me from helping her.
I hope you can find the strength to be there for yourself and your family when you are needed most. Good luck!
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|05-08-2009, 02:42 PM||#6|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sunny Arizona!
WOE: This week.... who knows?
Start Date: 2/2/2009
like zerotolow said, you can do it on the cheap - just a little more effort. You can also make lots of LC soups and stews and chilis that will stretch out the dollar too. Sure, no filet mignon for a while, but lots of tasty alternatives. Your health is worth it sweetie!
|05-08-2009, 02:51 PM||#7|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: North NH
Stats: 170/142/140/age 58 ht.5'6" F
Start Date: July 08
And ... your foot may be sore but don't let that keep you from exercising your upper body !!!
The exercise will make you feel much better !! Try it and see
You can do it !!!!