It's been so long that I can't remember the "correct" way to go in and set up your SparkPage, but one way that should work is to go to the My Trackers button, hit My Spark Points, scroll down that page to the One Time Challenges section and hit the "Create Now" link beside Create a SparkPage.
While you are setting up the page, there is a place on the right-hand side where you can check off a box to share your tracker.
You most definitely need to have an appointment and follow-up with a diabetes educator and dietitian! They'll need as much info as you can share with them, and will work with you to figure out some meal plans that will work for you. Definitely discuss with them any options that you'd like to take in to consideration, such as low carb or glycemic index or allergies or food preferences. It's helpful if you've done some research before hand so that you'll know what questions you want answered.
As for what you've mentioned about what you're eating --- my goodness, please eat some more! A "serving" of meat is considered to be 3 to 4 oz, not 1 or 2, and there's no problem with going even higher if you have room in your calorie range. Have 1/4 or 1/2 of the avocado if you've the calories for it. Remember - if you're lowering the carbs, then it's fats and protein that make up the difference. Don't be afraid of adding healthy fats, as our bodies need them.
You're already starting to get the idea that there is a definite difference in the "qualities" of carbs. Skip the sugars and refined flours as much as possible, and keep an eye on the starchier vegetables (such as potatoes and corn). Your leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, squashes, green and yellow beans, and some fruits and berries (raspberries spring to mind) give you much better nutritional bang for your carb buck. You might find it helpful to keep track of what your sugars do and how you're feeling after each type of food, as this info will be useful to you and the dietitian in working out the plans that are best for you.
When you talk with your doctor to get the referral to the dietitian, you might also want to ask him/her what plan was used by his/her patients that had the most success in avoiding diabetes medication and keeping their blood sugars stable. That could give you a great starting point to work with the dietitian.
Strong thoughts to you!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
Afraid of a colonoscopy? Believe me - they are much less frightening than surgery and chemotherapy.
Colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they can become cancer, or let cancers be found before they are too widespread. If you are 50 or older, or have any symptoms, please don't let fear stop you from covering your butt.
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