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Progress Report for August

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hi everyone! Well, here are my stats:

**A1C went down from 6.4 to 5.9 (6.5 is considered being diabetic) so I am still pre-diabetic but less, if that makes sense. The last time this number was taken was a year ago since my doctor doesn't seem very concerned about it. Later on, in this blog, I will explain what I am doing about it since I am concerned.

**Lost 0.2 lbs. That isn't much but I only did cardio and no weight training and didn't track my food so I am surprised I lost any weight at all. I do feel proud that, in spite this horrible heat (that affects my multiple sclerosis badly) I am STILL doing cardio. emoticon

**Lost 0.5 inches off my waist. emoticon

**Lost 0.5 inches off my thighs.

**Gained 0.5 inches in my upper arms. emoticon

So, if I didn't do any weight training nor tracked my food but kept up with the cardio, I figured that if I add weight training and food tracking to what I am going already, I should see some more progress at the end of September.

Another change I am making is HIDING my scale. Thanks IS1GAR! I have been reading her blogs and she decided to hide the scale and only take it out when she weighs herself. I only weigh myself once a month that I report here but was weighing myself in between and getting upset so the heck with that! emoticon

So, back to the pre-diabetes. I did the following:

Called my insurance company nurse about pre-diabetes and resources they offer that they will pay for. I told her what I am doing with SparkPeople and have improved but would like some support in person. She gave some websites to check out and while talking to her the following idea came to me: Diabetes management classes! I called a couple of hospitals and one of them is offering a free 6-week class to manage diabetes and eat better if pre-diabetic and they are free. emoticon

The nurse then connected me to the benefits department and I told them what I wanted to do, what I have been doing for myself, and that I needed help to get a nutritionist covered, if possible. The young man who helped me told me my doctor would have to submit for authorization for the nutritionist and then gave me the name of one near my home. I will call my doctor after the holiday and request it of her.

So, there you have it, Sparky friends. Upward and Onward!! emoticon

Thanks, Jean, for this one!!

Love, Chelsea

Thanks, Beni, for this one!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ENDUROVET 9/8/2013 10:51AM

    Love the Wolfie graphic! & love your great news as well!

My fall schedule is slowly falling into place; will blog more about it soon...(a reminder to me to finish scheduling the rest of my health care visits)

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SPARKLINGME176 9/6/2013 4:20PM

    I'm still happy for you! GREAT job!

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JUDITH316 9/5/2013 6:14PM

    Good Job Chelsea in reducing your AIC, I cheer you on, keep up the great work...I also want you to know I just read your status up-date, I totally understand about your MS being affected by the heat, weather plays a big part in my life also, please know my prayers are with you as always... emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/5/2013 9:49AM

    You've been productive and pro-active. That's great! Keep up the good work and keep building those arm muscles!

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BARBIEE52 9/4/2013 9:06PM

    Great Blog!! Your progress is fantastic. You are right about the scale. I only weigh in about twice a month and I put it "away" till the next time. It really helps a lot. Thanks for sharing Chelsea!!
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LADYSTARWIND 9/4/2013 11:32AM

    Great for you to advocate for yourself!! I worked with a DIetician some years ago...and If I could bottle her up, and sell her...I'd be the Millionaire, and Obesity would be waning away.....!!! I hope you get one who is just as good!

I've been able to keep my weight down, the fasting glucose and AIC down...and now I'm finding Spark to help me get the rest of the way down to an even more healthy weight! For me, the Spark ranges (Carb,Fat)aren't quite as good though as what the Dietician gave me, so I am still making those my Daily goals....

Take Care---you CAN Master this!!

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SPARKLINGME176 9/2/2013 10:23PM

    Your A1C is down, FANTASTIC! My DH went from 11 to 6.5 over the past 3 years! Drs. still want him lower, but they are REALLY impressed with his progress.... he is doing it on his own! I'm the sparker in this family!

Continued health to you, dear Spark friend!!!!
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KARENKANDO 9/2/2013 9:16PM

    Congratulations! You are making progress and your goals are all within reach. Good for you! You're an inspiration! Reversing diabetes is a huge success! Be proud!!! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/2/2013 9:05AM

    Your doing great. The classes will help. I had a friend who took a class like that, and it helped her a lot in choosing the right foods to eat etc. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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KADULAC 9/1/2013 12:29PM

    That is great that you are being proactive. Great job in August. Every little bit gone helps.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/1/2013 10:06AM

    Good for you in taking control of your health! I read an article earlier today that included the words "Health is Wealth". That is so true. emoticon

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PATTIE441 9/1/2013 3:56AM

    Great job Chelsea!! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/1/2013 12:47AM

    You sound like one determined sparker there!! emoticon emoticon Very encouraging to read all your progress! Keep it up! emoticon
I think I will hide me scale too...about ready to chuck it out the window anyway!! emoticon
I wish you a successful September! I am determined to make it a good one! Together we can! emoticon

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MICKEYH 8/31/2013 11:33PM

    Wow! Way to go Chelsea. You are doing great and so happy for you for all the achievement. I guess your dumbbell exercise is working too. Congrats.
Also, great idea to take Diabetes management classes. Take advantage of free resource is so awesome.
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DISAPPEARING1 8/31/2013 11:33PM

    So happy for you ~ hope all goes well for you with the doc and the program.

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JUST_BREATHE08 8/31/2013 10:42PM

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AUTUMNHOPE 8/31/2013 10:10PM

    emoticon emoticon the pic at the end!! Boy I've had to juggle loads like that some days or it sure feels like it.

emoticon job learning how to avoid diabetes ! It is a serious disease & I'm SO glad you are taking care of you.
I wasn't aware you suffered from MS. I am emoticon to hear that.

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MOTLEM 8/31/2013 10:04PM

    Kudos to you, Chelsea! You are so positive and strong person!

I am so proud of you, girlfriend!! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 8/31/2013 9:49PM

    Chelsea, you are much stronger than I am to live in Florida with it warm all of the time. My MS would be causing me so many problems!

Fall is right around the corner!


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SUNSHINE192DAY 8/31/2013 7:00PM

    I'm so proud of you and being proactive Chelsea!!! Good job and thank you for all the support and love you show me. Love~Abby

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FELINEBETTER 8/31/2013 6:27PM

    Hey! Look at you, Chelsea! You're really on top of things! You've lost inches, but more importantly, you are working proactively to get yourself healthier!

Your dr must be proud of you! I'm proud of you! And I sure hope you're proud of you too! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2013 6:00PM

    Fabulous job. The Diabetic class is definitely a splendid idea. It is very helpful.

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KENWANNE2013 8/31/2013 5:23PM

    Excellent August update emoticon . You're clearly very focused! The pre-diabetic class sounds like good source of information and support. Looking forward to hearing how they go, and what you learn.

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MOM2ACAT 8/31/2013 3:24PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 8/31/2013 3:09PM

  I always say: Don't make lemon-aid....Pucker Up! emoticon

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    CONGRATULATIONS on your August accomplishments. It is great that you are getting on top of the pre-diabetes. I have read on here about so many who've been helped by the Diabetes Management classes. emoticon

Be sure to keep us updated on how you are doing, and best wishes in reaching all of your goals.


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KATWELL88 8/31/2013 1:05PM

    Hey girlfriend with sunshiny smile,

So happy you make some progress , when the weather will be better I think your um prediabitic numbers will improve and KEEP track for a while and Classes to learn to manage pre-deitabties?? And nurtionist too... emoticon

I have always admired your proactive goals in life and that is Great thing because that encourages others who are predeitabtices and nonpre dietiabties to improve on journey to wellness! emoticon

You're on the move girlfriend and yes I will see ya at Hogwarts challenge torrow!!! Can't wait!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 8/31/2013 12:46PM

    One thing about you that I have always admired - where there is a will, there is a way! No matter what you ALWAYS find a way to make things work no matter what life has thrown at you!
Good luck with the classes! I hope you find some really good information!
Congrats on the loss you did do! That does count too!
I don't think I could hide my scale - so kudos for you to doing that!
You are on your way for a great weigh in and measurement at the end of the month! You go girl! You can do it!
emoticon emoticon B.A.W! Upward and Onward!

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MLDRLD 8/31/2013 12:39PM

    Chelsea, wonderful that you are being so pro-active with the pre-diabetes. With all that you have planned and will undoubtedly do, it may totally disappear!

As always, wishing you all the very best!!!!


Mary Lynne

"See" you at the Sorting tomorrow!

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REMEMBER_THIS 8/31/2013 12:13PM

    LOL! Chelsea you are welcome that will be hubs and me in a few months!! LOL!!!

But hey!! Good job!!! Keep up the good work!!!

That's great you can take the class and get a nutritionist referral. Especially if you can have that covered too because they are sooooo expensive. I qualified for ONE free visit after that they were too expensive especially for as long as I would need to go so I never did. Good luck to you!

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SANDRALEET 8/31/2013 11:58AM

    good Idea do that to

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SUPERGREENDIET 8/31/2013 11:51AM

  Wonderful progress (despite this horrid heat, it is sweltering in Florida). Yaye for reducing the A1C and releasing a bit of weight and inches! So exciting that you found that class and may be able to get a nutritionist referral. #onwardandupward emoticon

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ELIZACG9 8/31/2013 11:40AM

    diabetic classes will be very good for you... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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