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Huntress of Sweets

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I used to spend my days as the Huntress of sweets. Anything good to eat. One day I went to Target Store and I purchased $40.00 in sweet stuff. Bad stuff for me. Candy, Little Debbie snack cakes, ice cream and anything else you can think of I bought it and I ate it and i got very sick from it. Not listening to my Dr. or my family I turned a hahaha deaf ear towards them.

Well, last October, 2007, I moved from the Sacramento area to Milwaukie, Oregon after my daughter left home for College. My loving fiance and i got this townhome. Just before moving here after binge eating and a Type 2 Diabetic, and a midnight trip to the store to purchase fresh maple bars While petting my cats up on the first floor I blacked out and tumbled down the full flight of stairs doing 2 back flips. This was wooden stairs and I landed on a cold concrete basement floor. Luckily I got away with jsut spread ribs torn cartilage in knee and many bruises. It could ahve been much worst for me.

This was the Huntress of the Sweets wake up call!
When I went to ER my bs was just under 400. Normal is 80-120.

Today, I am slowly losing weight. I was then 235 lbs. Today I am 191.
At 51 I realized I ahve to ship up or ship out. I am healthy today. I eat smaller portions. Less sweets. I can't say I don't have any sweets because I do. Only when my bs is low. Exercise can make it drop dramatically. I've learned to enjoy fruits as my candy. A favorite candy snack for me is my frozen grapes with a couple pineapple chunks and raisins in zipperlock bags.

Anyone who is overweight and/or obese or had gastational diabetes when pregnant or diabetic parents and siblings or ate a lot of hot dogs in your childhood can become diabetic later in life.

Today, Rather than hunting down sweets I love to help others turn their lives around and become healthier. There are so many on here who are such an inspiration and a motivation for me. I can't imagine ever not being on SP.


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BABYFACE26 10/6/2008 7:37PM

    Wow. Denial is a force to be reckoned with, right? My story is that I had a sweet tooth, though not as extreme as yours. I never thought I could get diabetes. As overweight as I was, no one ever told me, I could get diabetes. I WISH my doctor had mentioned it. Anyway, my bloodwork showed I was 1 or 2 points away! ...and then I learned about it. Thank God, because I don't have diabetes, and I don't crave sweets much at all.
All in the past few months. South Beach diet was the reason, although I can't stick to the No Carbs. Don't think thats healthy for me, anyway...not even for 2 weeks (recommended). Thank God you are alive, today, and
congratulations on the weight loss. I weigh 187 (on my scale its 185).

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LYNNHUG52 9/8/2008 4:02PM

    Your words are so comforting and re-assuring. Thanks for your post.
I am a diabetic 2 also and through years of neglect of eating properly and losing weight I have blossomed into cirrhosis of the liver. I am starting over today. Lynn

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ASPENHUGGER 9/5/2008 11:35PM

    What an inspiration you are! I haven't blacked out yet, but I certainly was also a Huntress of Sweets, & my blood sugar was approaching national debt levels. I've lost a little weight since I got here -- trying to lose it slowly but steadily. My blood sugar is approaching normal limits too. I'm so grateful. I really don't want to die for a long, long time!


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SKIPPY2SCOOT 9/4/2008 5:04PM

  wow, way to go on your success! It's so encouraging! I went to Target last night & bought a gorgeous jacket & trousers to celebrate my 3 lb weight loss. Not much, I know, but it was noticeable in the mirror! Keep up the good work...I'm right behind you at 196.
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Monthly weigh in...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Yesterday was my monthly weigh in. I only get on the scale on the First of every month. I have lsot a total of 4 lbs. in August. A total of 6 inches in waist, hips, breast and calf. I feel this is fair for me. I'm in no hurry. I'm down to 191#'s.
I'm content because I didn't gain weight.I would like to lose perhaps 2 lbs. a week but that's a bit on the fast side. Considering how fast I ahve gained that weight.

emoticon 4#'s from August 1st.

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READY4LIVE 9/4/2008 1:40AM

    Whoohoo... SIX INCHES lost?! That is awesome! Congratulations on the 4lbs too! :) emoticon

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

After drinking my coffee and having my breakfast this morning, standing in the window in my flimsy nightgown... He reached over, pulled me to him hugging me close. "You're looking good! You're losing more inches!"

That so made my day!

I hugged him back thanking him.

Then I came on here on SP to find more goodies more sweet encouraging comments. No way am I ever giving up! I'm so inspired to keep on! Life is not worth being unhealthy!

Good Job, Deb!

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BEENIEMOM 12/6/2008 11:25PM

    I love this! Isnt it wonderful when Our men notice our efforts! I hope he always takes the time to notice the little things ! I know these are old comments but Im getting to kow you more!

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READY4LIVE 8/29/2008 1:01AM

    Awwh... how precious, what a guy! :) What a major motivator too :)

Congratulations on your loss so far, emoticon! You look really pretty in the pic you mention at your best, and love the ones with you and the ball, and comments :)

Keep on 'Sparkin' emoticon

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3TWINS 8/21/2008 1:35PM

    You are blessed to have a cheering section at home. Keep up the great work.

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Dumbells in the Bathtub...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

No pictures of this one, folks! Sorry...
I don't know if this is a first or what?
I took my 3# Dumbells to the bath. Yes, that's right.
We have a big, wide, long Roman soaking Bathtub.
normally after i wash off in the bathtub I like to lay back with shoulders and head only above the water, close my eyes and relax. Not today, I laid 2 of my steal weights over the side of the tub. After washing I

did some bicep lifts and raised 20 mes above my head. Then, I laid back and did some knee bends with knees at chest and lift feet up high. I actually got in 15 tracking minutes out of my bath today!! Woo Hoo.

OMG when I got up and out of the tub there was this big puddle on the floor.

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BEENIEMOM 12/6/2008 11:27PM

    lol........splashin and workin out in the tub! lol

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DRUCILLA58 9/2/2008 8:56AM

    OMG I laughed for ten minutes.
So funny and So me...
I would do the same thing
had I thought about it... emoticon
Have a GREAT day!
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ADIOSADIPOSE 8/16/2008 1:04PM

    I love your sense of humor, too, Debbie Anne! And talking about "water weight" - I think you've redefined that concept here!

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GRANDBOBB 8/12/2008 4:32PM

    You have the most wonderful sense of humor! I love to read your posts. I'm so glad you are on this team! I wish I had a big tub. In my house I'm bigger than the tub!! Hopefully that is going to change!
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Healthy diabetic snacks

Friday, July 18, 2008

I have created my own snack bags in the past and love them. I buy zipper freezer or storage bags at the $1.00 store. in the bag I put 1/4 c. crunchy granola cereal of your choice. I like Kashi Go Lean Crunch. add 1/4 c. raisins, 4 or 5 cashews or almonds. i can carry this anywhere in a pocket ro purse.

Jan from Managing diabetes over 50 suggested freezing grapes and chunk pineapple. put 10 grapes in a zipper back with 2 or 3 pineapple chunks and squeeze the air out. a Fresh Tropical fruit right there.

I normally have fruit with each meal so fruit is not eaten as a snack unless it is a handful of raisins.

I like those pre packaged crackers with peanut butter on them that are individually wrapped. Both a carb and a protein there.

Kashi bars are high in fiber and protein and low or no sugar and many flavors. A fav of mine is the dark chocolate/cherry bar and the TLC flax/granolla

Sugar free pudding or jello cups

handful of peanuts of your choice around 8 pm is a sure bet yoru BS willb e low in morning.

Being that i am nto so far from Mt. Hood, Oregon I have a great lust for Hoodies Peanuts in shell. (I believe in working for your food) 2 handfuls of those peanuts keep me going for a couple hours.

100 Calorie Hostess snacks are good too.

Popcorn - if it is the microwave i get the light

I like to combine 2 small portions of a protein and a carb. 1 string cheese and half an apple

A small yoplait light yogurt and 5 almonds

I buy the salt free almonds

1 slice multi grain toast or bread w/peanut butter

slim sugar free ice cream sandwich or Dreyers slow/double churned sugar free ice cream. Dreyers makes a wide range of sugar free ice creams that are yummy. 1/2 cup only!

All of these snacks have kept my numbers at a great 120000 or lower. But my body is nto your body. Everybody is different

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BABYFACE26 10/6/2008 7:56PM

    Oops. I just re-read my post, and it didn't sound the way I meant it - I sound like some old stern school principal, who is taking you to task, etc.
Let me try again. There are LOTS of good choices in there. ..but for ME, and others who try S.Beach diet...its good to know what works, in terms of tricking your blood chemistry, so to speak - and signal it to lose weight. Also, when to avoid carbs so you don't crave them later on (that would be breakfast!)

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BABYFACE26 10/6/2008 7:47PM

    Some of those choices have a lot of sugar...well, compared to your old way of eating, its less, of course. Anyway, if you ever want me to help out with finding alternatives to some of those foods, to cut down the sugar (even fruit sugar is dangerous to weight loss!)...let me know.
Avoiding sugar really helps u to lose weight - and also, the less of it
that you eat - the less you crave (sugars and also simple carbohydrates.)
Until then, I'll mind my own business.

All the best,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/31/2008 10:58PM

    Aspenhugger, hi and thanks. The important thing is try to have at least 60-100 g's a day fo protein. fit it into your breakfast lunch and dinner and 2 or 3 snacks. I will be doing soem sample meals that I have that keep my nubmers down and good. i ahve reduced my meds in half recently. Yayyyyy. Exercise helpss too. If you can't get to a gym do walking. find a high school ro college witha track and walk increasing yorur steps and laps. I used to hate oatmeal now I really like it why? because I know it is healthy and good for me. This month I am cooking the oatmeal (not microwave) either is good. I like adding different things now. Stir soem cottage cheese in or raisins for sweetness, sugar free syripp, peanut butter for protein, little bit of butter and peanut butter for fat and protein. Each of my 3 meals always includes a small portion of fruit and sometimes I snack on fruit and a spoon of peanut butter. My weight loss is not as fast as I'd like it to be because i am getting a good amount of protein. combing protein and a carb for a small snack arond 9 pm like crackers and peanut butter, yogurt and a handful of almonds does the job for me. Hugs

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ASPENHUGGER 7/31/2008 7:03PM

    Oh thanks for these -- I'm flailing about trying to get my BG to reasonable levels, & didn't get any nutrition counseling when I was diagnosed. I have been avoiding bars altogether, so it's good to know about the Kashi bars, Thanks! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/26/2008 1:24PM

My dieticial said 1 cupp. SP says 1/2 cupp. 1 cup will not allow me to lsoe weight. That is regarding the Dreyers sugar free cie cream. I can stopa t the 1/2 cup these days but in my past i could not.

About kashi bars, they are great tasting and light, too. My diabetic numbers are always normal 2 hours after eating one of their bars. I prefer it as my evening snack. they are found on top shelf by kashi Cereal or near Nature Valley Granola bars.

What also is good is the sugar free geletinn jello with sugar free cool whip jsut one spoon on top and stir it in. Make the best of less. :-)

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HUPAMONI 7/26/2008 4:25AM

  DEBBIE, The first one with the Kashi sounds really good. That would be good on a long hike. I have just discovered the sugar free
gelatin. They are really good. I want to know 'who' stops at just
1/2 cup of Dryers??? LOL You would have to bring out the little
desert dishes to make it 'look' like it is more. :-) I did not know Kashi had the snack bars. I will have to check them out. These are
some GREAT ideas! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try the
first one out for my hike tomorrow. I LOVE Kashi go lean crunch!
God bless, Sher :-)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/21/2008 12:59PM

    emoticon and thanks Jan and Patricia. Your words mean a lot!

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YELLOWROSIE 7/21/2008 4:55AM

    Hi Debbie Anne! These 2 lists are wonderful and I am sure that you are helping out many others who may see these lists, whether they let you know or not! emoticon

They give some very helpful ideas and are also a good starting point for anyone who maybe has their own personal ideas of how to make it 'their own'! emoticon

So, with these in mind, thanks and have a wonderful day!

Jan emoticon

P.S. Glad you liked the frozen grapes emoticon and pineapple chucks ideas! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/21/2008 1:19AM

    Thanks, Debbie Anne.

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