I've been trying to lose weight for about 6 months now and I'm beginning to lose hope. I've been a type 1 diabetic since I was 4 1/2 and I know the insulin has contributed to gaining so much weight over the years. It also makes it nearly impossible to lose weight. Anyways, my mom and I joined a gym over the summer and we went about three times a week, sometimes four. When I got back to school, I've tried to be good about going to the gym on a regular basis, but sometimes my heavy class schedule and work load prevent me from going. Some weeks I get there monday, wednesday, and friday, but other weeks I may not have a chance to go at all (like next week). Even with this exercise, I've only been able to lose a pound or so, and as soon as I have to stop exercising, I gain it back. Typically in the gym I devote a 1/2 hour to weights and a 1/2 hour to cardio. I try to mix up the exercises I do. Eating right is not as easy for me. I'm ALWAYS hungry. I can eat a HUGE meal and my brain will still tell me I'm hungry even though I'm not. This has always been difficult to battle and a lot of times I just don't feel like a normal person because my mind is always on food. The insulin is a huge culprit and I was put on a hormone (Symlin) that was supposed to help cut back hunger and let me lose weight. It does help with hunger, but has not helped with weight. I'm at my wit's end. I've been so frustrated and I feel like I will never be able to lose weight. I would like to lose 50 pounds, but even when I set my goals to 5 or 10 pounds at a time, I can't do that. I've talked to my doctors and they try different things, but it never works. I get regular bloodwork done, so any thyroid or other detectable issues have been ruled out. I'm just about ready to through in the towel and resort to the belief that I will NEVER be able to lose the weight. Gah! I guess I just need some encouraging words right now. I've had a very tough week.