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My husband and me at Callaway Gardens on my birthday 2016

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Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain GA



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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

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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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    Hey Miss Shirla!!! Thank you for the kind note and sparkgoodie! Hope you are doing well!!! You rock! emoticon
    1 day ago
    I'm not sure "allow" is the right word for what's going on with son. I DO ground him, take away privileges, etc. But the only way I can keep him from making the messes is to quit work and school and be here every minute he is to keep him from throwing things on the floor or leaving them out. That's not really an option. And I'm trying SO hard to not be the abusive uncaring parent my mom was (is) that I probably do let him get away with too much. We do the best we can and just hope and pray we don't screw them up too bad, I guess emoticon
    Thanks for being my friend.
    35 days ago
    Thanks for your input Shirley. This is my second procedure, but with a different doctor. It's one of these big clinics where it's hard to get through. Primary doc just went ahead and sent the script when I wanted an endoscopy at the same time since I had some severe stomach problems about 6 months ago....Oh well. Electrolytes can't be that important if they told you Crystal Light. I have some Fit and Active lemonade from Aldi's I'm going to use. Been eating lemon popsicles so far.....

    Hope you have a nice vacation....Up here in MI the weather is still in the 40's....

    Joan :)
    64 days ago
    Thank you so much for your input today! I really do appreciate your taking the time. I am learning so much about both low carb and this horrible disease D2 emoticon
    114 days ago
    Hubs asked 5 years ago what I wanted for my birthday. I said to finally get the wedding done! my birthday was on a saturday and the courthouse we wanted to go to wasn't open on weekends, so we got married the day before my birthday, August 5th. It only took about 6 years to get it done!
    119 days ago
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