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Diabetes Battle

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Well, obviously the diabetes got my declaration of war, because it fought back with a sugar level of over 240, which I drowned in the pool right away. After 35 minutes of swimming, it was down to a relatively tame 150 - still high, but not in the danger zone.
Since then, it has started of strong with high sugars of 150 to 170 in the mornings, but then lost steam throughout the day as I bombarded it with metformin, low-carb foods, veggies and meats, and swimming.
The battle is on.

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SUTERSPACE 2/3/2013 11:52PM

    Good going, way to fight back. Keep it up and stay active.

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MPETERSON2311 2/3/2013 10:02PM

    wow! you definitely fought that one off, thats so impressive!

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MOVEITMARY 2/3/2013 9:46PM

    It is so great to hear how your lifestyle change is producing RESULTS. Keep up the great work!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/3/2013 6:08PM

    I feel for you with the blood sugar issue. Last April, I went on a low carb diet. (Atkins). Since then my blood sugars have gone down into the normal range, and I am completely off of my diabetes medications, as well as one of my blood pressure medications.My doctor actually said I am no longer diabetic any more. Also lost 55 lbs. Feels great. Once in a while I struggle with the diet plan, but it is well worth it. Best wishes to you. Glenn

PS I was on Metformin at one time also.

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LUVLYLORELEI 2/3/2013 6:07PM

    In September of last year I was diagnosed with early-stage diabetes and I'm glad to say that after three months, as of my last visit to the doctor in December, I was able to completely kick my diabetes diagnosis in the butt.

For me diabetes never really had a chance to fully develop if my understanding of the whole process is right, but it was amazing to see how responsive my body was to the changes that I've been making here on Spark.

My A1C went from 6.3 to 5.5 in 3 months.

SparkPeople is amazing in my book. Anyway, I'm sure that you can kick your diabetes in the butt too if you keep at it. The time frame might not be the same, but no matter what, you can do it.

Good luck with your battle! You can win it! emoticon

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Of course you realize, this means war!

Friday, February 01, 2013

My body, my brain, and I have decided to officially declare war on the diabetes. There's three of us against one, so our chances are good. We're fighting on all fronts: nutrition, fitness, medication, weight loss, etc. Like all good warriors, we are going to learn everything we can about the enemy. SP is helping enormously with all the resources. In addition, I'm going to the dibetes expo in Denver and also signed up for a "Living with Type 2 Diabetes" class.
Diabetes, you are hereby informed that we are officially at war, and it will not end until we've run you out of our territory.

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KATI5668 2/3/2013 12:47PM

    great blog..super decisions...hang in there & achieve your goals.

emoticon .... emoticon ..can only be done 1 day at a time...

but CAN be done!


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SCHNOOTIE 2/2/2013 11:09AM

    LOL, you got your WAR face on. I love it. That's how I feel about my high cholesterol. God gave us tools to fix a lot of stuff with the abundance of resources He put on this planet. We would be fools not to utilize natural methods first and supplement with meds if all else fails. You can do this!!!!! Wishing you lots of success!

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MPETERSON2311 2/1/2013 10:34PM

    LOL another witty name of a blog- i LOVE IT, and the bugs bunny pic too...

GOOD for you! You will most def. win this war

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MOVEITMARY 2/1/2013 3:51PM

    You go!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUTERSPACE 2/1/2013 3:22PM

    Woo hoo, diabetes doesn't stand a chance!!

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IOEINC 2/1/2013 1:54PM

    And you will win the battle!! Always keep that in mind!! But you forgot to include your heart too, because your heart has to be in it to win and it takes a lot of heart to do battle!!

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BABCIATEA 2/1/2013 10:04AM

    hooray for our side

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It's working!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Well, using SP is helping.
- I've lost 11 pounds since November.
- My pants are slipping.
- I'm able to walk for 20 minutes at a fast pace without getting winded.
- I caught a glimpse of my body profile in the mirror, and I look better!
- Sugary foods have very little appeal to me.

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SCHNOOTIE 1/31/2013 10:44PM

    That's fantastic!!!! So happy you have so much success and are keeping track of how you are doing by blogging about it! :) You are a great motivation!

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MPETERSON2311 1/31/2013 2:06PM

    that is so great!! we started at the same time and we are both doing so awesome!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 1/31/2013 11:41AM

That is awesome! Congratulations! It is so great to see what we can do when we put our minds to it. Everyday is a new chance to just do it! I am walking 1000 steps before each meal to help rev up my metabolism and burn those calories.
Keep on going and soon you won't recognize that person in the mirror.

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Tips that don't work for me - and what I do instead

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Here are some diet/fitness tips that don't work for me, and what I do instead:

Tip: "Always shop on a full stomach."
Me: Are you insane? I hate shopping anyway. If I shop on a full stomach, I just grab the bare necessities, and then there's nothing in the pantry or fridge when I get hungry, so I head for the nearest fast food place.
The only way for me to have healthy food around is to go shopping when I am hungry, preferably with a list. And yes, I do like healthy food, so I don't buy junk food at the store.

Tip: "Make this yummy recipe using fruit and veggies!"
Me: Really? Why would I take perfectly good fruits and veggies and corrupt them with other ingredients? I even felt that way when I was a kid and my mom made strawberry or apple pie. I would have much rather just eaten the fruit. I prefer raw fruit and veggies over the processed variety; give me a bag of baby carrots, and I'll go at them like Bugs Bunny until they're gone. If they are cooked, I prefer my veggies steamed, in an omelette or a casserole, not turned into a pseudo-sweet substitute for junk food.

Tip: "Weigh in regularly and log it."
Me: Yes to part one, no to part two. My weight fluctuates; if I log the spikes, I'll give up. Instead, I play a game I call 'Beat the Lowest Score'; I only get to log it if the weight is lower than the last one I logged. It works, I'm very motivated.

Tip: "Tell people you know that you are going to lose weight."
Me: Again, are you crazy? I don't want a bunch of people giving me unwanted advice, ask how things are going, or make fun of me. I don't really keep secrets; I test my sugar in public and log my food, too, and if someone asks, I'll tell them, but I am also a very private person, and I keep big plans like that to myself. Besides, I don't like mixing work and personal life.
I very much prefer sharing my goals with a community that doesn't know me personally; that's why I love Spark People.

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CHIASMA 2/1/2013 1:43AM

    I'm the same with items 1, 3, and 4. I wouldn't include pie in my fruit & veg count but it does taste nice!

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GREENGENES 1/31/2013 10:14PM

    I agree. Especially about the fruits and veggies.

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MPETERSON2311 1/31/2013 9:06PM

    I LOVE the name of this blog. Great advice!

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SUSANBEAMON 1/31/2013 1:03AM

  do what works for you. i have always eaten my largest meal at breakfast so i feel full all day. that really messes with the people who "know" whats best.

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Morning Routine: Spark Coach

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to become ingrained. I've been on SP for over 70 days, so I should be alright. A couple of weeks ago, I added Spark Coach. I did the free trial and then took advantage of the "get 3 months and a couple of DVDs" offer, and I'm happy I did.
My early morning routine now is to go through the Coach steps while I'm having breakfast in the morning.
I'm not a morning person, and I don't make it to the gym before work, no matter how hard I try, but I figure this is a good way to start the day. So far, it's working. It's motivating, informative, and gives me something to think about while I'm having my healthy breakfast. I can only recommend it!

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MPETERSON2311 1/29/2013 11:06AM


I can't wait to add it on. It's my reward for losing 10lbs.

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