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I am 56 years old and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in May of this year. Trying to control it with diet and exercise and so far so good. I live in Atlanta and have been married for 3 years now to a wonderful guy. I also have 2 grown sons from my previous marriage and expecting my first grandchild in March of 2015.

Update: Time sure flies. Just celebrated my 58th birthday, I have a beautiful one year old granddaughter and still very happily married. I think I'm finally getting a handle on my weight. After my A1c just kept going higher my Dr. recommended I try Atkins. Best thing I've ever done. My wonderful husband is totally on board with me (he has done it before) and keeps me on track. I feel better then ever, more energy, blood sugar is excellent, cravings are gone. 5 weeks in now and doing fantastic. It's not always easy but with the two support groups I have joined and the help of my husband I'm starting a new way of life and a new way of eating.

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 285

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My long term goals are to learn a new lifestyle and to be healthy. I want to be able to enjoy my life with my new husband and to be around for my children.

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to track my food on a daily basis and drink 8 glasses of water a day. Increase my exercise as much as possible.
To read blogs, make new friends and join teams for motivation and support.

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My name is Shirley and I live in Georgia.

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I like to read, scrapbook, and spending time with my new husband.

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    Hi Shirley,

    Thanks for remembering. It was pretty rough. This doc did something with a new Ambu bag which is tied in into your new knee for pain relief. It didn't help at all, leaked, and came undone after I got home so the only relief I got was from Norco.s...not very good. But this too will pass......Loved the flowers!! Don't have the tolerance for sitting online for very long. Home health care nurse coming soon,,,,,,,

    39 days ago
    Howdy, Miss Shirla!!!

    Thank you for the pedometer sparkgoodie! I hope you are doing fantastic on this summer Saturday! emoticon emoticon
    86 days ago
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    emoticon stopping by to remind you that when we commit to losing weight, we need to create small realistic goals that are attainable. Small goals could be anything like getting in your daily serving of fruit and vegetables.

    Remember when it comes to vegetables, we are just talking your typical tomato, carrot and celery to eat or snack on. When it comes to vegetables then are many to chose from like kale, collard greens, mustard greens and other dark leafy greens. The darker green the leaf the more fiber the vegetable has and the better it is for your digestion.

    We also have purple, yellow and orange carrots, purple potatoes, red, green and yellow onions. Then there is whole multitude of other vegetables like summer, butter, winter, pumpkin squashes, radishes can be white or pink, even red. Then look at those beautiful black egg plants they to can come in different colors. The point is don't be afraid to experiment with different types of foods. And let's not forget our fruits, they can be sweet or sour, you can use them for desserts, smoothies, juices, snacks and so much more if you are a creative cook.

    If you don't like water, this too can be another small goal, try making a goal to drink at least 5 glasses of water 5 days a week.

    And most importantly when you reach your small goal, don't forget to reward yourself with a non-food reward for achieving that goal.

    Then it is time to move the goal up a little. Like the water from 5 glasses to 6 per day.

    And also you will want to "Fire up your sneakers to get at least 10+minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times a week." emoticon I know you can...You are ready to take that first step and commit yourself to a "HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE".... "A HEALTHIER NEW YOU"....

    emoticon emoticon I am here with you......
    95 days ago
    Happy Thursday, Friend! Hope your upcoming weekend is marvelous!!! emoticon
    101 days ago
    Hey Miss Shirla!!! Thank you for the kind note and sparkgoodie! Hope you are doing well!!! You rock! emoticon
    116 days ago
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