Re: New and struggling with it all
Starting on insulin is, in many cases, accompanied by weight gain. This happens because prior to having the insulin, the body didn't metabolize food as well as it does with insulin. Unfortunately, some the excess calories which were being thrown away by your body are now being stored as fat.
Water retention is another well-known side effect of starting insulin therapy. This usually goes away in a few weeks.
The good news is this, your blood sugars are much better. However, you have a way to go yet.... your fasting sugars need to be in 6.5 to 7 area.
Your sedentary job is a BIG factor in your weight.... and now that you are on insulin, it will be a BIGGER factor. I also have a sedentary job, and have put on a little weight in the last two months because I had surgery and have been restricted from exercising or walking long distances. I had an open wound in my right leg for 6 weeks. I came off restriction last week, so I will be restarting my three-day per week trip to a local hospital and putting in 45 minutes of vigorous treadmill and stepper work.
I set as a goal for my exercise to burn 400 calories. The machines there have a display of the calorie expenditure. If I do this, and keep my eating under good control, I will get a half-pound per week loss. Over 3 months, this might grow to a pound per week if I really watch my calories.
Being overweight means NEITHER that you are lazy NOR that you overeat.
No one who is a computer programmer can possibly be lazy. It took a great deal of effort, study, and experience to learn your trade. Lazy people cannot accomplish what you have.
Your body, without exercise, has become a very efficient storer of fat. As you say, you don't even eat quota from the dietician, and you are gaining weight.
The exercise does a lot more than just burn 400 calories while you do it. Over time, it lowers your body-mass-index, giving you more muscle instead of fat. Muscle burns more calories to survive than fat does. So, you get a residual long-term reward for your effort.... plus, it helps your cardiac health and your respiratory health, too.