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Ten Pounds Down!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Since joining SP a little over a week ago, I've lost 10 pounds! I'm now down to 272. And I've managed to keep my blood sugar levels lower than I have in a looong time. I feel better and this is just the first milestone of many. I found muscles I forgot I had in strength training, found new cardio ides, and ate over 6(!) new recipie combinations since we started. A friend of mine said it was just decreasing my sodium, but I know it had more to do with eating a well balanced diet, exercising, taking better care of my diabetes, and faith. I thank God, I thank my wife for doing this with me (and her phenomenal recipe ideas), and I thank you all for your love and support! Keep that spark alive.

Only 95-100lbs left to go!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/25/2012 8:02AM

    Wow what a great first week! Congrats!

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THISISGREAT2 6/25/2012 12:14AM

  Awesome...10 # in a week !! Good job!! That sure helps me to stay focused! emoticon

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PICKYNICKI 6/24/2012 11:40PM

    Fantastic!! So happy to see this Aaron! You are right on all counts, it is definately more than sodium alone. You are burning that spark as a bright flame and I'm so happy to get to see it and benefit. You inspire me, keep up the awesome work!

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Taking Ownership of My Diabetes and Two Helpful Links

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First of all, thank you thank you thank you, to everyone who posted a comment on my first blog. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. I'd like to take some time and write about ownership.

As long as I can I remember I've had a problem with taking full ownership. Even more so with my diabetes when I was diagnosed back in 1996. And by ownership I mean turning my diabetes into something positive and doing the best I can to control it. Think of the classic quote from Spiderman told to Peter Parker by his uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility." I fully admit to being irresponsible with diabetes far more often than not. So what's the big deal with diabetes?

Diabetes is universal. It affects the young and the old. Everyone is either diabetic or knows someone who's diabetic. Type 1 Diabetes, my kind, means my body is no longer able to produce any insulin to regulate my blood sugar, meaning my body goes into full panic if my pancreas doesn't produce it. Therefore, I have to get my insulin synthetically and prefer to administer it by an insulin pump. Controlling my blood sugar, eating a "balanced" diet, and exercise have always been a struggle. I've lost weight here and there, but I've always found a way to put it back on. So when I tell you it was easy to blame my lack of participation or effort on diabetes ,well.... It was. So let's take a journey back in time to 96' when MTV still played music videos.

Ok so this isn't me. But just imagine diabetes is the chair and I'm this poor chubby kid stuck in it's grasp. ;-)

Fourth grade. I had just gotten back from the hospital after a month and everyone at school was overly nice, and concerned. I recall my teacher letting me skip ahead of the single-file lunch line every day and later that year I convinced my mom to let me have Halloween candy. A few years later in 8th grade I convinced my football coach to let me drop out in favor of P.E. because of low blood sugars when in reality it was just an excuse to save face among the kids who made fun of me for my poor football performance the previous year. I would leave classes early sometimes just to not deal with people and go to the nurses office with a low blood sugar. The truth is I did get low and high readings, but not to the extent I let on. Later on in band in high school, normally if you were late to practice, you'd have to run 3 laps. Not I, because I always had the low blood sugar excuse and it worked like a charm! I felt bad afterwards though. Even up to just recently I used low blood sugar as an excuse to binge on unhealthy food. So what's the point of all this?

We need to take ownership. In everything we do. Be completely honest with those around you. That goes for anyone. Not just diabetics. I'm still learning how to best manage my diabetes, but I know the first step is owning up my mistakes and moving forward with healthy dieting and steady exercise. I've already seen a dramatic change for the better in my readings and I haven't felt this good about myself in years. Trust in yourself.

PS. I was reading some really cool articles and I found these awesome links. One is a guide about olive oil and how to find actual GOOD olive oil and how to avoid the junk they sell in the supermarket. The other link is to StillTasty. If you're like me or my wife, you've probably noticed yourself buying a lot more fruits or vegetables or trying to be creative with the food that's about to expire. StillTasty offers fantastic advice on how to best store food once you get it home. It also tells you when food is unsafe to eat and how long or if food can be frozen to increase shelf life. Definitely check it out.



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PICKYNICKI 6/22/2012 10:11PM

    You guys are so stinkin cute! Such an inspiration to me in so many ways!!
I'm proud of you too! What an inspiring blog! Good for you for taking ownership and responsibility for your actions and your diabetes. You are setting a fantastic example for your children.
I found out a few months ago that I'm prediabetic, and I'm trying hard to reverse those symptoms, and although I have been doing well, I still need to take some lessons in ownership. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!

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ANGELIQUE271 6/21/2012 1:22AM

    I am SO proud of you! emoticon

Lol, I guess I could have just said that since we are sitting at the same table, but this is more fun!


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A New Beginning

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

See what I did there? Yep. Star Wars reference. But seriously, I'm excited to be a part of this community. I just started last week and I'm already noticing positive differences in how I feel, my energy level, and my drive. A huge thank you goes to my wife Angelique for introducing me to this community and being a constant motivator. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AN

So about me right? Well for starters I'm 25, I live in San Antonio Texas and I'm married and have two wonderful children under 4. I work for a large pharmaceutical company in their benefits department and I'm a church organist/pianist on Sundays.

So why did I join SparkPeople? Well....I'm at my highest weight ever at 282 lbs. And I've also been a Type 1 diabetic since I was 9. I've tried logging my meals, exercising here and there and checking my blood sugar over the years but I've struggled to lose weight and keep it off. I don't want to gain any more weight or have complications from diabetes. I also want to support my wife in her efforts to lose weight. It takes two to make think go right doesn't it? Well it sure makes meal planning easier.

I think Sparkpeople will change my life. My goal is to lose over 100 lbs but more importantly to feel better. Just today someone told me I look less tired and a lot happier. I'm on my way!

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EVLOBOS310 6/21/2012 7:00AM

    emoticon to SparkPeople! You have so many new resources at your fingertips now, you will definitely reach that goal! It's great that you are already feeling better too! Those precious babies of yours are lucky to have you, and will learn great habits from you too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILLI56 6/20/2012 2:15AM

    welcome to spark people it is a great place and helpful too!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/20/2012 1:40AM

    It is so nice to hear something like this where the husband/wife support each other rather than one or the other having to constantly battle to get healthier meals planned or one ends up eating separate food from the rest of the family. Good for you!

You and Angelique are going to make a strong, committed team and you both need to lean on each other and be accountable to each other. Support her when it gets rough...it sucks a lot that you guys tend to lose the weight faster and easier (or so it seems). Remember compassion when this happens and let her know you are there for her and it will happen for her as well. Nice to read your first blog and welcome to the San Antonio team!

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PICKYNICKI 6/19/2012 11:34PM

    This is amazing!! Sounds like you both are great at encouraging each other. Angelique has been so encouraging to me since I met her and now I can't imagine my journey without her. You are so lucky to have such an amazing wife and she is lucky to have someone so encouraging. SparkPeople is going to change all of our lives. I'm looking forward to being there to see your whole family be healthier and happier! Keep up the great work! I can tell that the force is strong with you. Do this you can!! emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 6/19/2012 7:02PM

    Welcome to SP! I think it's awesome that you're here, for you AND for your wife. One day, one step, one pound at a time - you can DO this!

I hope for the best as you start and continue your journey forward!

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