SparkPeople SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge Team Messageboard SparkPeople's Official 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge will help you take control of your diabetes and get real results! Get weekly challenges and a simple exercise program that's been proven to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. By tracking your progress and completing the challenge you'll receive a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage. Join anytime to start the challenge! SparkPeople SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge Team Messageboard Getting back on track. <img src=""> <BR> I was doing well, lost 10% of my weight, brought my A1c down to 6.3 from 7.1. Can't seem to get back on track. I'm hoping this group can help motivate me to exercise more, track my food daily, and take my glucose readings more regularly. Need all the help I can get! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:41:05 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:56 EST Newbie Diabetic in need of hlep Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had tw... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:34:22 EST work out videos wow those videos are kicking my backside. I work in an office sitting down 10 hours a day now this . I am going to start standing up some and moving more. these are great cant do all of them yet but soon. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:29:21 EST Day 1 I don't have diabetes; however, if I keep going the way that I am going I do know that it is inevitable. Been up and down on my weight loss journey for years, but I'm tired of all this extra weight and I know that my health depends on it. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:51:45 EST Setting new goal for week 4 Walking goal is a minimum of 35 minutes daily. And one mile on stationary bike. <em>104</em> Be strong and stay committed. <em>386</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:08:01 EST Back Again Hi. I'm Marge and have been with Sparkpeople for a while, but never getting as serious as I should be with my weight loss and T2 diabetes. I am ready to do this now, so I thought this challenge is a good way to start. Besides doing this challenge, I hope to make Sparkfriends that we can help each other with sharing advice, tips recipes and friendship. I am ready for this ride to begin for a new healthy lifestyle. <BR> Marge <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:17:58 EST Added In Exercise Video Usually my exercise comes from the treadmill, seated bikes, and weights from the gym. I'm not one for video's, but this week I added it to one of the days I don't got to the gym. I also substituted it for the day this week that I was a bit lazy and didn't make ti to the gym. <BR> <BR> Unique and different, but enjoyable. I also added in some at home dumbbells and at home lunges, squats, and arm bends. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:57:26 EST temptation it is mango season here in florida, my son has several mango trees and all are producing. i feel compelled to eat them, i have to track them however. just to share a note, fresh mangoes have 99 calories in a cup, a large whole mango is about 124 calories. in our quest for > 5 fruits and vegetables it is a great fruit to consider. i am also freezing them to be used in a smoothie, i usually use half a cup (50 cal) and half a frozen banana with some almond milk. not a bad total and so deliciou... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:23:28 EST Back again Hello, 2 years ago I lost 20 pounds using Spark people. I had just been diagnosed with pre diabetes (my A1c was .1 below diabetic). I did very well and managed to get my A1C down to just .1 above normal. I do still watch my carbs (well more than I used to before 2013 anyway). But I have slowly been gaining the weight back and my A1C is back up so obviously not doing well enough. So I am back and hoping Spark People helps me again and that this time I keep the weight off! :-) Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:52:50 EST my goals My goals are to bring my blood sugar down and start to lose weight. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:54:28 EST help am I to late to join this 8 week challenge ? I need to get my numbers down and lose weight. I have about 75lbs to lose. I am doing the workouts but cant get them in my tracker cause the workouts I do are not in there. I also cant add food I eat that are not in the food tracer , can someone help me? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:25:55 EST new to everything hi, I am new to spark people. I am not real good at computers so if I don't get something right please have patients with me. I can use all the help I can get. need to lose weight and get my numbers under control. I need to learn my hungry signals . I struggle with what to eat and how to give up carbs. I love carbs. any ideals? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 03:09:05 EST Week 3 Workout Routine Change Normally, two of my five workouts include 30 minutes only of cardo and lower body workout, this week I shifted the 30 minute treadmill workout to a walking video DVD my mom has and I also added in some of my dad's weight lifting at home techniques. Worked out nicely when I had a bad day today and couldn't fit in time to leave the house for an hour and half of driving and gym time. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:37:58 EST Day 1 Today I have decided to take control of my health,Type 2 Diabeties, and my life. I want to be the person my 5 kids look to for inspiration in living their lives. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:24:32 EST Walking daily log I didn't find a walking log. I find logging has become very beneficial to me. To see how consistent I am and to check out my feeling about walking. <em>386</em> <BR> Week 1 Day 1 of my daily walk. I walked 44 minutes and 5068 steps. Goal 10000 steps add at least 5 minutes weekly <em>213</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:50:38 EST Checking in Staying focused and getting some wonderful information on this site. Love it. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:42:01 EST Goals I have 2 main goals I am concentrating on that consists of low carb diet and exercise plans. With these to things I should lose some weight and bring my levels down. With these 2 main goals it will actually benefit my others. Such as mood, energy and etc. So this is my goal plan!! <em>41</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:37:46 EST Goals The 2 goals I am mainly focusing on would be my low carb plan and exercise. Starting with these main 2 should help my levels come down. <em>30</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:30:09 EST Week 1 Day 2 Focusing on my weight loss and goals..Doing this for me!!! Gonna get this Diabetes under control. <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:26:28 EST FBS <BR> 186 it's not good. Ate later than usual and a steroid they put me on well the Dr. Said it would affect my levels. Going to look into more low carb foods today. I will get lined out soon. Have a nice Saturday everyone. <em>521</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:52:01 EST Week 3 daily log <em>386</em> Week 3 Day 1 <BR> Ow, I've stuck to this challenge finished two weeks. I haven't done it perfect. <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:48:55 EST I'm new to this group. I have type 2 diabetes and control with 2 pills. I test in the morning before breakfast and if needed throughout the day. My fasting glucose levels are most always under 100 and have been getting better if I don't eat in the evening before bedtime. <BR> I had gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago when I weighed 369 pounds. OMG!!!! I couldn't reach to wipe my backside. If that isn't an eye-opener then I don't know what is. I was down and depressed about life and needed help both physicall... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:30:25 EST loveray1976 Hello, my name is Patricia I have diabetes type 2. I need to lose 70 #for health reasons. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:17:59 EST Long time Spark member, steadily gaining weight I joined about 10 years ago, have been using the trackers for some time, but had to give up on the nutrition portion because it was taking me a couple hours a day to use it! I make or cook all my own food, so it meant remembering and inputting recipes constantly--because no two salads or chicken soups are exactly the same, etc. <BR> <BR> Also, I learned that cutting calories ruined my sleep, made me groggy, fuzzy-headed and irritable, and I would gain weight, which pretty much always came of... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:48:09 EST Slow and Steady My starting goal is to lose 15 pounds by September. I need to lose 60 pounds and have lost 2 so far. In doing so, I hope to lower my A1C to 6.5 from 7.0 as my doctor has suggested. I also want to feel better and have more energy. My challenges are that my body is very sensitive to the smallest changes and so I battle with low blood sugars. I have type 1 diabetes with little to no complications and would love to keep it that way. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:25:34 EST Not sure this is the right team for me ;o) I have Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 11. This year will mark 34 years since my diagnosis. My body is very sensitive to the smallest changes so my struggle with losing weight has always been the battle with low blood sugars. I am hoping that with the support of others I can get this weight off, feel better, and have better control of my diabetes. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:11:18 EST Have to change I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Goals for week 2 Increase walking to a minimum of 20 mins a day. <BR> 3 video exercise <BR> Stationery bike minimum 1 mile a day Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:59:15 EST Week one This is my first week of this challenge and my goal this week is to work out for fifteen minutes three times this week. That is going to be my focus, and no matter how long it takes I will meet this goal. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:27:55 EST My Goal what do I want to happen in this challenge for myself? What am I doing here? That is a good question. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in feb. 2015 . I have been getting educated and all that but right now I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not set goals for myself out of a sense of obligation but something I want to do. My goal is to take my time with this and not move on to a new part of my journey until I am comfortable for the... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:06:20 EST Week 2 Daily log in Week 2 day 1. Can't believe I actually got through week 1.....New commitment week 2 for seven day. <em>43</em> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:47:44 EST my wii i have a stack of "sit down " work out dvd's, i just cant get motivated. someone in a message reminded me of doing things on the wii, i had forgotten about that for an exercise tool. i think im motivated again!!! and also i was wondering what to do different on the 4th. i think ill dust it off, i bought it for the grandkids a few years back, but now they all are doing "real" things. think about it if you have one..........ive even worked up a sweat trying to beat my other half bowling. <em... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:56:58 EST How do you manage obstacles. Tomorrow I needed to take my sister to the dr's. So my obstacle is how do I fit in my exercise in. Dr's appt. is two hours....traveling time 1 hour...Ok why is this an obstacle. It comes right in the middle of my exercise time. In the cool of the morning. Afternoons have never been my exercise time. It's my rest time. What if I don't I fall off the exercise wagon. In the past it has been very hard to get back on. <em>198</em> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:40:47 EST Exercising in steamy south 73 at 6:30 AM and Humidity at 80%. My glasses steamed up immediately and the bugs swarmed around my wet head. I think I will deep water jog tomorrow . Maybe walking through the aisles of Walmart just staying by the fruit and vegetable aisles. Any survival suggestions. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:18:47 EST Excited and ready Going to try to keep this short and sweet. <BR> I'm insulin resistant atm, but after having 2 kids and being diagnosed with gestational diabetes with each pregnancy AND with pretty much everyone on my father's side of the family having diabetes along with my brother... I'm on the fast track to getting it myself if I don't try to get myself healthier. <BR> As of this morning, I'm 211lbs and NEED to lose weight. I have a Christmas goal of losing 30lbs and I intend to get there and beyond. <BR>... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:37:06 EST Love carbs Found exercise does help control eating. I can keep trying. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:43:46 EST Pre-Diabetic BS Testing I'm new to this sight. I joined because I'm very close to becoming a diabetic. My last A1c at my annual physical was 6.6. I'm determined to learn as much as possible how to control my sugar levels. My first question is, should I be testing my sugar daily or is this only for Diabetics? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:42:52 EST Taking Charge.... I'm 57 years young and I need to get my pre-diabetes under control. It runs in my family and I've seen what diabetes can do to people and I want to do what I can to avoid it. I've been on sparkpeople before but never took advantage of the community here and this time around I made the decision to take advantage of the help and support offered by people who are going through the same thing. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:07:28 EST Day 1 Week 1 Thirty Minutes of beginning Pilates today... done very very slowly, Its a start. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:47:55 EST day1 week one Well today is day 1. I'm excited <em>41</em> and nervous I will fail all at once. <em>24</em> <BR> But I am up for the challenge <em>521</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:33:08 EST Post op I am 9 weeks post op for rotator cuff surgery and am limited in upper body movement. I walk on the treadmill and do an incline walk to 15, changing incline every 2 minutes. It is a great workout but I am missing the body strength part. I looked at the limited mobility videos but they are about limited lower body movements. Anything for limited upper body movements? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:56:07 EST The Wake-up Call This year's yearly medical exam was a wake-up call. My doctor told me I am border- line diabetic. I refuse to let my lack of control lead me to be unhealthy. Starting on June 8, 2015 I have taken control and so far I lost 4 pounds. My goal is to lose 26 more. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:07:52 EST I'm back Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:38 EST Setting goals I've been diagnosed as being diabetic, which is fairly frightening. I know very little about the subject, but am aware that diabetes is a serious situation and should not be taken lightly. I am in the process of learning about diabetes and am a little concerned, because my diet is very healthy for the most part. I seldom eat out of a box or can, and seldom eat out. I am seriously overweight and have half-heartedly been trying to lose weight. I need to lose just the 100 pounds, and my bigges... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:51:55 EST Goals I have tried this challenge before and failed to follow thru. I am ready to try again and succeed this time! My goals are: <BR> 1. Lose 10# <BR> 2. Increase my daily activity and do at least 30 minutes of either cardio or strength training daily <BR> 3. Manage my blood sugar levels better <BR> 4. Take care of me and not just take care of everyone else <em>524</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:37:05 EST jmct's SparkPage Hello. I am new to the whole "Spark People" thing and just sort of stumbling around trying to get traction as I recuperate from a recent surgery. All the articles and pictures of grinning young Spartans are a little over-powering, but my commitment to get into the flow of things (even if I am only shuffling along in the slowest of slow lanes) remains strong. Is anyone out there who has some similar impressions? <BR> peace. jmct. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:00:26 EST Introducing myself I am 66 and have Type 2 diabetes. I struggle eating balanced meals. I was diagnosed gluten intolerant last year and sometimes I don't know what to eat. I know I should eat more vegetables but sometimes struggle knowing how to prepare them. I would like help with meal planning. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:42:47 EST Setting goals I am pre diabetic so trying to do something about it so I don't have to take any meds. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:11:40 EST Share Your Goals for this challenge Here! I want to learn to eat right and to exercise daily by starting out walking. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:56:10 EST i need help to lose these 25 pounds hello, i am 40 year old women, who is pre diabetes, and my dr said either i lose the weight or she is going to put me on pills. So i am here trying to lose the wieght for good this time. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:15:34 EST Hello I just had my 2nd baby and gained 20 lbs after she was born. I was gestational diabetic for both kids, am pre-diabetic and need to lose this extra weight. I had a very healthy pregnancy and was able to control my sugar through diet. I am ready for this challenge and would like to lose 50 lbs. total. Let's do this! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:51:05 EST managing diabetes I'm 65 and i'm having trouble losing the weight needed. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:25:59 EST My Goal My goal is to complete this 8 week challenge, and establish good habits with a weight loss goal of 16 pounds. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:17:49 EST Goal My goal is to lose 10 lbs by the end of July. To change my evening routine 1 day per week. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:41:13 EST Here I Go, AGAIN! <em>524</em> Here I am AGAIN. Not sure where all I have been on this site, but I am 63 years young, and prediabetic now w/Hashimoto's Thyroid (useless), plus I'm the biggest I've ever been - 250#. Hard to believe as I was once very slim-ish and trim-ish. I am going to the gym about three times per week now (have just learned to swim and discovered I like it), but my eating habits are not at all constantly good. C'mon, Susan (me). I need to get my whole plan together. Not sure I will e... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:05:54 EST Understanding my Lipid Panel numbers Recently I had a Lipid Panel done at the Veterans Hospital and received the results 6/11/15. <BR> This is how it reads: CoCHOL, 149; Trig, 151; HDL, 49; LDL, 70. <BR> Need someone to interpret these numbers for me and let me know if I should be concern. <BR> Will be turning 66 next month. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:51:27 EST just starting where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:16 EST New to this team Just starting with this program (again). I started back in 2008 but did not keep up. Since then I have lost some and gained more. I am determined to lose weight and gain a better life by working through this program and with the extensive assistance here. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:55:29 EST Weight Goal Weight less than 200 pounds, before 8/14/2015 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:03:22 EST Back on Track Starting back at week one. I was doing really well on my weight loss and controlling my blood sugar. Went to Alabama for a funeral and picked up a bad cold. This was a excuse to stop eating right and not workout as much, in other words I just fell off the wagon. I gained a few pounds back, but really did not do to bad. The last blood work showed my A1C at 5.9 up .3 from the last test, everything else was still good. The first time my ldl and hdl were at the right levels for along time. This r... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:58:49 EST Glucose Testing Hi all: <BR> <BR> Quick question -- my doctor has asked me to start testing my glucose daily but didn't mention WHEN (I have a call in to her but thought I'd ask for opinions here). If only testing once a day, is there a time that is best to do it? Fasting test in the morning? At the end of the day? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:31:48 EST Just starting out Hi, my name is Michele. I'm just starting on my lose weight/get fit journey and I'm still a bit resistant. I hate to exercise, but I'm 42 and need to lose 50 lbs-I haven't been feeling well and I'm worried about diabetes because it runs in my family and I had gestational diabetes (insulin-dependant) with my last pregnancy 14.5 years ago. So I have to make changes whether I want to or not. Staying motivated will be my biggest challenge. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:55:34 EST Introduction My name is Elaine, I am from Texas. Happy to meet all of you. I am pre diabetic and have for about 4 yrs. this weight gain is new to me because I have always been thin. Need to loose around 30 lbs. . Thanks for reading my post. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:27:04 EST Prediabetic Hello, everyone. I am Elaine and I am from Texas. I was diagnosed with pre diabetes the early part of 2011. Really scared me to hear those words. So I stopped eating the wrong carbs. So far I am keeping blood sugar low but having problems with my weight. Have never been overweight in my life so this is all new to me. Thanks for listening. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:13:22 EST Self Introduction Hello all — <BR> <BR> I joined this team last night. Although I'm not sure what the challenge entails, I'm sure willing to give it a shot. I was on Sparkpeople about 6 months ago, when I was first diagnosed as diabetic. I did really well and lost 37 pounds — and then went wildly out of control. So here I am again, up 23 pounds (at least I didn't gain ALL of it back!) and ready to try yet one more time. Wishing all of you success and health! <BR> <BR> -DivingDi- Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:15:29 EST Hello everyone. My name is NASCOW, and i'm just begun to start this new lifestyle of eating better and exercise. I'm looking forward to using this site and making friends along the way. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:24:00 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST The first day of my life Today I have turned 77. <BR> For the last couple of weeks my motivation has been at an old time low. <BR> But, I really want to improve my health conditions and last a bit longer. <BR> No promises. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 23:32:43 EST Im new to sparkpeople I put a message already somewhere so if you see me twice Im sorry. Im 50 pounds overweight and 58 felling like 85! Trying to do the strength exercises to start slow, I new I was out of shape but I had not idea. doing them has made me feel like a limp noodle my muscles are so weak, but im going to keep doing them cause obviously I need them badly. Just want to start feeling better and have more energy. Living a little longer has its pluses too. Good Luck everyone. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:01:18 EST New..just dropping in to say hello! Hello everyone!! My name is Deborah, I am 51--wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 for just over 3 years now...just this year PTSD was added...I also have diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, severe depression and anxiety. My doctors call me a walking time-bomb...any episode could put me in the hospital or worse. I spend most of my day at home on the laptop playing FB games and working a FB wrestling group I co-own with my best friend. I enjoy spending... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:01:19 EST Might be Pre or Diabetic Hi. <BR> <BR> I might pre or diabetic. I need to get blood tests and D and C. Right now I feel very tired, having difficulty sleeping at night (worrying about my health) <em>40</em> I'm itchy and I pee a lot. <BR> <BR> I see the menus but I'd like to eat other things besides peanut butter and carrot sticks. I'm going to check around for recipes. I'm also getting back into exercising. I want my energy back <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:33:48 EST Week 1 - Day 2 Yesterday was a good day. I did everything I set out to do. I went to the gym and worked out...even with a head ache. I hate the first week detox...LOL. <BR> <BR> Today I will continue to track and drink my water. Going to go to Zumba tonight with a friend. This should be interesting. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work, everyone. Slow, small steps. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:19:37 EST Introductions Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I'm SH and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago. I got to the point where I was doing much better (down to an A1C of 9!), but now I'm back up to 12. I'm working on changes, though, and harder than I ever have. I've started making sure I get 30 minutes a day of good cardio (three days a week I'm doing Couch25K and working on a recumbent bike at home), but food is and has always been my biggest fight. <BR> <BR> I'm really bummed by my 12 reading and ang... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:07:29 EST PCOS I don't actually hace diabetes, but I do have a similar insulin-resistance disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome. I am at-risk for diabetes, and hope to avoid it. I have also been trying to conceive for over five years, and docs tell me weight-loss will help me achieve that goal. I hope to lose 135 lbs, both to feel great in my own skin again, and to finally be a first-time mama. <em>42</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 01:33:39 EST Mid-life crisis for the better! Nojebram2 I am 48 yrs old, currently live alone, but am married.My husband is incarserated for at least one more year. I have spend several months deprest, not wanting to do anything. I finally decided that I needed to get up and change my life for the better while he is gone so by the time he is back home I will have my new lifestyle in force. He will have to adapt to my way of life. Since January I have lost around 20 to 25 pounds. 255 down to 233. Size 22 now 18. I have found what works for me is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:28:31 EST Motivation problems The rainy weather today matches my state of mind today! I really need to get more motivation and stick with this! I start out gung ho in the morning, but it's petered out by afternoon! So I am motivated this morning and will get some exercise in and watch my carb intake! I really need to get this under control. My A1c just keeps going up, need it back down. Just started on insulin, argh! I need to shake myself! Sat, 30 May 2015 09:29:56 EST I am confused I am on Optifast in a hospital clinic. I am allowed 900 cal a day, I how ever dont know how to track that here, can only go as low as 1000 cal, and cant even record the meal substtute I am on. I will be on it for 6.5 more weeks. I will be weaning back to real food one meal the first 2 weeks 2 the second and 3 the third 2 weeks finally even snock . Help! or should I wait til then to do challenge? Fri, 29 May 2015 22:56:54 EST Week 1 Discussion I just started yesterday and have to admit I was totally out of control. This morning I woke with a better attitude and have started my day with a cup of yogurt with homemade granola consisting of almonds, wheat germ and oatmeal toasted with honey, cinnamon and a teaspoon of orange juice. It is very good to say the least. A recipe I got from the Diabetic magazine. So my plan is to eat it up, take my meds and go out in the yard with my pups and do some yard work. Wish me luck that I do no... Fri, 29 May 2015 09:58:59 EST Stepping out with faith and determination Hi there I am 57, Have been overweight most of my life. I had lost 70lbs eight years ago, then when i went on insulin I gained back 45lbs. <BR> Iam at present on the Medical Bariatric Clinic(not surgery!!!!) program at an Ontario Hospital clinic 8 weeks into a 6month program. I have lost 15 lbs in 4 weeks. Under the care of a specialist, Nurse, Dietician and councellor. While OHIP covers the program it does not pay for the meds or Meal portion. I saved for a year inorder to do this. <BR> I am... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:57 EST new member hi just join. fail all of the other time. sure hope spark work for me Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:28 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am Shannon. I am Pre-Diabetic and have a huge family history of Diabetes. I do not want to have to take Insulin if I can help it. I joined to motivate myself to live a healthy life style. I managed to lose 20 lbs. following my diagnosis, but have since gained most of the weight back in the past six months after I relocated to a new town, bought a new house, and started a new job. I let the stress get to me and my biggest weakness is anything sweet! I have started swimming three ni... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:35:28 EST Diabetes help Hi! I'm Kathie, and I am struggling with getting my sugar numbers under control. I am not on medication for it, as of yet, but will be if I don't get a handle on my weight and my sugar! Looking for recipes, and inspiration to motivate me, in the right direction. Thanks! Thu, 21 May 2015 20:36:11 EST My introduction Hello everyone, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes early in 2014. At the time, my A1C was 14.9 and my fasting blood sugar reading was nearly 400! I weighed 287 pounds. Since then, I've taken control of my health and my life. I started exercising. At first, just a very short, leisurely stroll was a workout. Then I joined a gym and started participating in the "silver sneakers" classes designed for senior citizens, even though I'm not a senior citizen. At the time, it was the most strenuous e... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:46:49 EST Week 1 Day 1 Yesterday 3 of my 5 children were challenging each other and me to a healthier lifestyle. I took their challenge. My works cut out for me because one is 19 and in the Army, one a water polo player, and the other an active 21 y.o. I'm 59, weigh 270, and have several health problems due to my weight including occasional high blood sugar. My sugar goes up when I eat carbs. that's why I decided to take this 8-week diabetes weight loss challenge. I want my children to be proud of how their mot... Wed, 20 May 2015 08:00:58 EST Type 1 diabetic Anyone a type 1 trying to lose weight? Can you recommend any forums or challenges for type 1 diabetics? We are a bit different than type 2's. Tue, 19 May 2015 23:47:17 EST Introducing myself Hello! I am Patti, 58 yo, 5' 2', 205 lbs. Just today I came from the doctor office with a diagnosis of high blood sugar. I also have hypertension and high cholesterol. My plan is to develop some healthy habits to be rid of the extra weight and these medical conditions by developing. I am joining this challenge to get a good start. Tue, 19 May 2015 18:02:25 EST Introducing myself By building new habits I want to become healthy. I have high blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. Currently I weigh 200 pounds, and am working toward 118 as my healthy weight. I am looking for encouragement and support. Tue, 19 May 2015 15:56:23 EST Pre-diabetic It's still manageable if I get my diet together. Tue, 19 May 2015 08:33:11 EST Week 1 my goals a new challenge I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Feb. 2015. I have lost 33 lbs so far and I want to keep going . I am restarting this challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> My goals <BR> <BR> 1. Follow my low carb plan and track every day <BR> <BR> 2. Drink my eight glasses of water <BR> <BR> 3. Make excercise a priority Mon, 18 May 2015 11:20:10 EST Turning Point Hi, I'm Michelle, I'm 35. I gained a lot of weight with my last baby. I had gestational diabetes and my first C-section. Shortly after I transferred to working from home which just naturally reduced my physical activity a surprising amount. Now I am pre-diabetic. My fiancee pointed out last night that it's not only affecting my health, but even my social life and general happiness. I never want to go to any activities in my home-town because I don't want my friends I grew up with to see me in... Sat, 16 May 2015 11:26:58 EST Sina hi my name is Selena I just wanted to introduce myself to say hi and I hope this program will help me reach the goals that I have set thank you and have a good day Tue, 12 May 2015 03:03:32 EST In Seek Of Motivation!! Hey!!! New to the community - <BR> I'm loosing all motivation and need to get back on track! <BR> I've had setbacks because "Life Happens" And took a week off but today I just did nothing. I wanted to work out but was LAZYYYY as HELL!!!! I need to get back on it and get it together. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:02:16 EST week 1. time to lower AC1 I keep thinking..I know I can, I know I can........ :) Mon, 11 May 2015 21:47:25 EST Hi yall! Im Joey! I wish Joey was short for Josephine, but it isn't. It isnt short for anything, and that was rough when I was little. Nowadays, I am 33 and have 3 daughters and I love my name, haha! I am looking forward to this journeey - I am always looking for motivational pictures and friends. Oh, and polka-dots are divine! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, friends! Mon, 11 May 2015 19:08:45 EST Re-start Re-starting this as I've was put on meds just over a month ago. Was trying to avoid that, but just couldn't do it. Getting ready to head out for a roughly 4 miles walk shortly before it gets too hot. Sat, 9 May 2015 06:36:53 EST begin Diabetes challenge Review all information about challenge and start fresh on Monday, May 11, 2015 Fri, 8 May 2015 21:19:31 EST Paula I really need to do this. I'm looking forward to it. Fri, 8 May 2015 12:13:25 EST I'm back I've been away for awhile, but now I'm back. <BR> My goals are: <BR> to lose 4-6 pounds per month <BR> to lose 90 pounds by March, 2015 <BR> to reduce my insulin intake as much as possible <BR> to reduce my A1c to 7.0 by October 2015 <BR> I since started back at Sparkpeople in February I have loss 10 pounds, and I've made major reductions in both my A1c and my insulin intake. I still have a long way to go but I'm continuing to work on it. <em>521</em> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2015 11:19:56 EST Week 1 Starting over....again......and again. This is not easy for me but I am willing to keep trying. <img src=""> Wed, 6 May 2015 21:18:08 EST Hello, from an old geezerette I have decided its time to lick this diabetes 2 once and for all with losing weight and eating better. Medications are not the only way to control this disease and I intend to win my battle with it. Weight goal is to be about 40 to 50 pounds lighter by the end of this year if possible. Counting carbs and probably calories too, plus that dreaded word exercise. <BR> <BR> Hobbies are several craft projects, flowering and bird watching in our yard. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:12:47 EST First day of early Retirement: Fitness is Goal #1 Decided six months ago to retire from my stressful worklife - the generosity of several of my late siblings offered me the chance to do so and when my mother passed away in Dec 2014, I was certain: Early retirement was the only way to truly focus on my health and fitness goals! As an 8 year cancer survivor, I know the importance of a fit body and mind to prevent recurrence. Starting today May 2nd I am renewing my contract with myself to MOVE every day with exercise and be aware of what I e... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:00:25 EST My Weigh! Hello Everyone! My name is Cris. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, student, and nurse. As you can guess, my life is extremely busy. I have been recording primarily my nutrition information on and off for the past month or so, but figured it's time to step it up a notch. I have lost 9 pounds so far and am hoping to lose at least another 20 by mid June. With the weather improving, I plan to be outdoors walking/gardning in the evenings. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:06:19 EST Hello My name is Feryne I am from Washington State. I am diabetic with many other issues. Trying to lose weight, bring down bs, and maybe bring down my pain levels. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:59:07 EST Hello my name is Paula Hello. I am new to this and really need a friend to helpguide me. I have gotten to the point of fearing for my life after this past weekends events. We went to an all day concert outside in the full sun in Fort Myers Florida. I was with my two girls that have been to a concert before and 3 hours into it I pvassed out. I was taken by golfcart to a medic tent and then on to the hospital by ambulance. I had to leave my children behind to find for themselves. They are adults so they could no... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:31:09 EST Miss Cindy Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST katherine I feel like you can help me loss weight. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:55:51 EST Hello Hello everyone, I am new to this and hoping to stay motivated in reaching my weight loss goas. I hope I can help encourage others as well as be encouraged by all the wonderful people out there who are on the same path. Have a wonderful day and good luck during your journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:50 EST Trying to learn more about food &Type 2 Diabetes My boy friend has Type 2 Diabetes, and I am the primary cook of our meals. Although my step dad had this disease I was rarely around as I was married to a military member at the time and only got to see my folks during holidays. I want to prepare meals that he can eat and enjoy without breaking the bank. We both enjoy the basic meat and potatoes meals and want "healthy" ways of fixing them. While we enjoy the occasional fish dinner it is something that doesn't fit in out food budget as we are... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:31:20 EST ON MY WAY TO A HEALTHY DIABETIC CONTROLLED LIFE I am at the point in life when I have known I have been overweight for a long time. Depression has given me the attitude that I going to die anyway so what's the point. The more depressed and stressed I am the more I eat sweets chocolates and what ever I can find. I have two beautiful kids and I want to be around long enough to see my kids grow up. Sometimes I forget that. I have made a commitment to stay focussed. I am going to try and write everyday so I am accountable. thanks to Spark Peop... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:30:56 EST Week One completed I checked my blood sugars before and after meals, <BR> I walked every single day, <BR> I did not eat useless carbs, <BR> when I got stressed I walked again. <BR> I AM making the changes. <BR> I just hope I can keep this momentum going. <BR> But my blood sugars are down and getting closer to the normal range without taking the secondary medicine my doc wants me on. I have it, I bought it, but I am determined to turn this around and eventually get off the one med I'm on for my diabetes. OY... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:03:37 EST committing to the challenge I am planning to make a change for myself Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:39:17 EST Week 1 Day 1 I hope to really stick with this 8 week Diabetes weight loss challenge thing. God help me in staying motivated on this journey to a healthier me. My sugars are out of control and my weight is ridiculous. I am only 28 years old and I only have myself to blame for my dismay. Wish me luck people! I will sure need it. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:34:58 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:30 EST Sarah Amanda Holt Hi there my name is Sarah Amanda Holt. I use to go onto the teen spark person but since I have turn 19 in March I figured I join sparkpeople main site. Anyway I am a new mom as of January 22 2015. I had a little boy that me and my fiancé Trandon named BrentLee Ralph. I really want to lose weigh so I know that I can keep up with the little one as he grows up into a man, I also want to reduce the insulin that I am taking so maybe one day I wont have to take any and I have a better chance of bei... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:59:40 EST Starting Week 1 Hi I'm Norma, 47 years old and diagnosed with pre diabetes. I want to lose 50 lbs. to get me to my healthy weight. I pray I am able to do this. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:43:56 EST My Turn My kids have been top priority for 19+ years, now it's time to focus on my health. In 8 weeks, I hope to lose at least 15 pounds, but 20 would be better! I'm starting new ways to exercise and signing up for Spark People was baby step number 1. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:16:22 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:25 EST Diabetic challenge Hi My name is Betty and I am new to this site. I just learned of this site from my daughter, Cathy. As we are both type 2 diabetics, I decided to join, and hopefully get the encouragement and support necessary to get my A1C lower, my weight lower and become more active. Thank you for allowing me to join in. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:38:48 EST Carbs How many carbs should I have a day? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:17:20 EST New to the forum I'm Polly - I was just diagnosed day before yesterday, with an HCA1 of 6.9. I'm now taking Metformin and have high hopes that I can control this with diet and exercise. My initial goal is to lose 24 pounds in 6 months. I would like to show some progress when I go back to my doctor in 3 months. <BR> <BR> I'm really discouraged, because I did not want to develop diabetes. My father was diagnosed when he was just a year older than I am now, though his health and severity of symptoms was much, ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:50:24 EST Hay my name is Janet. I went to my doctor this morning to get test results from my new thyroid medication (lowered my dose). He let me know that my sugar was up...again. So I have to go back in a few weeks to get BLOOD test again,Diabetes ,we are thinking. Runs in my family like wildfire.I just turn 60 yrs.of age a couple of weeks ago..Im still holding out to maybe its not.But with my extra eating habits ...well.... <BR> I want to improve my health ....I"M married (40 yrs. this c... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:52:42 EST just starting Hi Everyone; <BR> I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over a year ago and I have been on Metformin. I am taking 2000mg a day. Since Christmas, my BG has been steadily creaping up from 8 to 16.6 today. Over the past few months I have not been watching as well as I used too. Not exercising ( winter hard in my home). <BR> I have to get control of my diabetes. I am determined to work hard over the next 8 weeks to get that started and I know I'm going to need help. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:51:31 EST Week 1 Hi. I'm a 29 year old female and I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I'm hoping to lose at least ten pounds in this eight weeks if that's not too much of a reach. I'm also training for a half marathon that's coming up in a couple of weeks on the 26th, so at least I have some exercise built in. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone. <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:37:36 EST Hello Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:17 EST Starting Week 1 Hi Everyone; <BR> I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over a year ago and I have been on Metformin. I am taking 2000mg a day. Since Christmas, my BG has been steadily creaping up from 8 to 16.6 today. Over the past few months I have not been watching as well as I used too. Not exercising ( winter hard in my home). <BR> I have to get control of my diabetes. I am determined to work hard over the next 8 weeks to get that started and I know I'm going to need help. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:52:16 EST Week 1, I need to change my lifestyle. Hello my name is Kaye and I am a type 2 diabetic, and I want to change my life. I have 8 beautiful grandchildren and I want to enjoy each and everyone of them for a long time. So I need your support in this. <em>41</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:38:46 EST Restarting the 8-week plan OVER I didn't try very hard, and I need to restart, get on track, and just DO IT! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:59:33 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:44 EST Newbie I'm Chelsea, 54-yrs old and recently diagnosed with type2. I need to lose, and keep off, 40 pounds, as well as learn to live with this frightening disease. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:11:00 EST Week 1, Day 1 again I just restarted the challenge since I lost momentum and fell off the challenge. I am replacing 2 meals a day with healthy blended shakes to jump start my weight loss. Working out as well. Going to keep up with it this time :) Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:58:00 EST Atki s induction startin 4/7/15 Hi i am Eileen, 54, from long island. Have to loose 50 pounds and have food allergies to egg whites and wheat grains, nitrates. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:02:18 EST Greetings Hello Everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and I am returning back to spark people to find some motivation and support as I tjavascript:void(0)ry to get healthy I was recently diagnosed as "pre-diabetic" . <BR> <BR> I'm sure you all know the drill, "i'm sick and tired of being sick and tired" and tired of trying and failing. I will be successful !!! I look forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:49:00 EST Hello I'm new to Spark and this team. I've been a type 2 diabetic for some time now, but my numbers are out of control. I need to learn to eat better and how to add fitness to my life. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 18:36:55 EST Finish a week early? I signed up for this challenge on 4/1. I have already completed all of the week 1 steps/challenges. <BR> Can I start week 2 early? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:46:53 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:05:01 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:55:35 EST New here! Hi everybody I just started this journey 4 months ago when i was diagnosed with prediabetes. I was told I needed to lose weight, exercise, and eat right. Since then i have gone to the the gym at least 5 days a week and started doing cardio things-walking, recumbent bike, and weight training and I am doing water arobics and now increasing my walking speed and adding things to my exercises! I have lost 12 1/2 lbs.. Right now i am on a plateau I have only lost 1 1/2 lbs the last 8 weeks. But I k... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:58:35 EST my long range goal and short range goals my long range goal is to get my a1c at 5.0. my short range goal is to stop drinking my calories and to continue exercising. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:09:40 EST New Here I am 45 and Ty2 since I was 30. I have 20 lbs to lose at this point but my motivation is lacking!! I have been quite depressed and have no one where I live that can/will go to the gym or workout with me so I'm going this alone. I work full time and still have my 13 yr old son at home. He has Asperger's as well as other disorders so everyday is a challenge for us in some way. I am hoping to find the help I need to keep going! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:03:18 EST HI hi rhoda <BR> my name is theresa welcome <em>235</em> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:34:36 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST About 20 lbs to go... have lost about 80 lbs (some of that was regained & had to be lost, again. sigh). I tried doing this diabetes challenge before, but 'fell off the wagon' so to speak. I have discovered that I am addicted to caffeine and to sugar, and this has been a discouraging battle. But, I am slowly recovering from burnout & depression, & I need to get back on track, make some lifestyle changes, & take charge of the process & path to better nutrition & healthier choices. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to givi... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:10:15 EST HI I HAD A GREAT DAY . <BR> WEEK 2 DAY 2 <BR> KEEP PUSHING Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:59:05 EST Hello, new one here Hello my name is Carla Paradis. I have tried losing weight, and always gained it back. I don't eat red meat, fish, or tofu. I do love fruits and veggies. So, I'm here to lose weight and this time with support. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:28:17 EST Week 4 Day 1 45 minutes power walk. not feeling hungry.and feeling good. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:11:12 EST i am new to this Hi, I am karri and i am 24 years old. I am pre diabetic. I really need help to eat right and lose weight. PLEASE HELP ME Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:21:47 EST skinnyrasven Mabe its not always about trying to fix something broken. maybe its about starting over and creating something better. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Week 3 Day 6 Today 2 times toning exercise and yesterday I walked for 45 minutes. My fasting sugar level is 103. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:03:28 EST Week 1 Day 5 Hi Everyone I am staying on trake and doing great thank God for all my friends here on spark people. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:46:09 EST setting my goal Hi everyone. I've just rejoined SparkPeople. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about a month ago and have spent that time trying to educate myself on learning to deal with this lifestyle change, not just how to manage it, but how to improve it. My overall goal is better health, with secondary goals including reducing or eliminating medications, along with losing weight. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:12:08 EST Time for a Lifestyle Change I've had Type 2 diabetes for 13 years but despite being relatively healthy and active, I'm tired of the pills and insulin and want to do a better job of maintaining my weight, blood sugars and A1C. Found this website today and can't wait to get started! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:57:55 EST week 3, day 1 Starting week three, will focus on implementing cardio exercises this week. Am finally starting to see some downward movement in weight. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:50:25 EST Week 3 Day 3 I enjoyed my cardio exercise but strugling with food. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:21:07 EST My First Day Hello Everyone, I found out that I am pre diabetic and this through me for a loop! I got so mad at myself for being lazy and letting myself get in this condition. After the mad I decided to do something about it. I joined a gym and have been going 3 times a week for an hour each time. Also have joined a class at Kaiser to learn more about this condition. My class is tomorrow so I'll let you know how it all goes. So glad SP has this forum and information on Diabetes. My Mother and Aunt had wha... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:53:25 EST Week 3 Day 2 Today I did strength exercise, but I couldn't do it properly. And yesterday was my first day of Week 3. I did care only 30 minute. <BR> <BR> Today was not good.whole day feeling like craving. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:32:03 EST Week 3 Day 2 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Challenging Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:56:25 EST grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Done! Can't believe 8 weeks went by that fast. Focusing on exercising, tracking nutrition helped. Numbers have been good! Great process of reviewing everything about Diabetes and managing for success. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:36:27 EST Week 8, Day 7 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and good. (starting wk 2 of 5k training). Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:32:45 EST Week 8, Days 4, 5, 6 We had a big /busy family weekend so I had no 10,000 steps for Days 4, or 5 - but I exceeded it for Day 6. Nutrition was tracked all 3 days. Good on 4 & 6, but not 5. I was worried stepping on the scale today, but I am exactly where I left off. BS's good. Water & veggies good all 3 days too. Bought some new sneakers too! Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:14:25 EST Week 2 Week 2, day 5 <BR> Almost getting back on track after all our company. <BR> Walked 1 hour <BR> Almost eating within my range <BR> Need to remember water and to add more exercise <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:56:18 EST Hi all!! Hi, i'm starting new again, not sure of what to put, but need help. Have a lot going on and need to get the weight off. <BR> Thanks for being here or for having a place to go. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:47:09 EST Hey to all you beautiful people! Going to be trying this again. Hope all of you can help keep me motivated. I have two daughters getting married in 2016, so I have to do this! Please help me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:06:17 EST my goal My biggest goal is to get my eating and exercise correct enough to stop my sugar from rising so I don't have to start on insulin. I would like to be able to eventually get off of the pills too. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:04:52 EST 8 week Diabetes weight loss challenge <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Week 2 Day 4 Feeling great. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:24:44 EST Week 8, Day 3 No 10,000 steps (day of rest). Nutrition tracked and good, Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:25:08 EST Week 8, Day 2 10,000 steps exceeded. (Day 2 of 5K training) Nutrition tracked and good. Got enough water, almost enough vegetables. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:01:54 EST New here Just starting and look forward to hearing great ideas to help me lose weight and get healthy. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:01:07 EST Week 8, Day 1 10,000 steps exceeded. Starting the Couch to 5K. Nutrition tracked and low for the day. Not enough veggies today either. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:27:46 EST Week 1 Day 1 I am not really sure where to start. I know what I want but don't know where to begin. I need to get back on track with my readings, (doing them when I am supposed to) and taking my medicine like I am supposed to. I guess that is as good a place to start as any. So there you go, my goals for week 1 are to start testing on schedule and take my medicine when I am supposed to. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:51:53 EST Today is the first My name is Diana and I am a over weight unhealthy person who has sat and watched life pass her by. I was recently told I have diabetes and with weight reduction I can come off of medication. For the past 18 plus years I have helped care for Alzhemiers patient and now I promised for the next year I will take care of me.I have 4 grown sons , 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. That alone should give me the motivation to get my act together.Most of my friends have no weight problem so they d... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:18 EST Week 7, Day 7 10,000 steps met. Nutrition tracked and good. Still not enough water or veggies. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 21:06:02 EST week 7, Day 6 10,000 steps met. Nutrition tracked and good. Back on track. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:16:15 EST week 1 day 1 Starting my challenge Sun, 8 Mar 2015 04:30:09 EST Week 7, Day 4 & 5 Day 4 - 10,000 steps met, Nutrition tracked and over. Not enough water or veggies. <BR> <BR> Day 5 - 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and good. Still not enough water or veggies. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:44:40 EST Week 1, Day 1 So excited to get serious about my health! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:36:06 EST Diabetes Challenge Week 1 Day 1 <BR> Track your food 3 days a week, I track mine 7 days a week. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:09:05 EST Week 1 Week 1 Day 1 Take a pic, which I already have. Strength exercises and cardio sitting down, like Nicole. These are things I already do! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:06:38 EST Week 1 Week 1 Day 1 My goal is to lose weight and to exercise more. I need to do 15 minutes of a video, and 10 minutes of exercising, I hope this is sufficient for the group! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:59:14 EST week 7, Day 3 No 10,000 steps. Nutrition tracked and over. Not a stellar week so far. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:39:13 EST Testing Habits I am a recently diagnosed Diabetic type 2. I am testing before each meal and at bedtime. I have friends telling me not too. They suggest I test randomly instead. I am on oral medication at this time and am trying to be extra careful and accountable so I dont progress to insulin. Any reason I shouldnt be testing as often? Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:00:01 EST week 1, day 2 Day 2 <BR> <BR> In looking back to yesterday I actually enjoyed exercising; read a book while riding the stationary bike and taking some pictures of beautiful blossoms while walking. <BR> <BR> So, for today I like to remember the quote: <BR> "Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process". <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:28:40 EST Silly Sally Here I was attracted by the page that I fell onto (don't know how) funny. The attraction was liberty financial. I''d like to read the discussion. I'm new, don't know my A from a hole in the ground on where/how to get to the discussion thread. I am disabled, and do not read much, cannot spend much time on the computer, and right now just trying to distress. <BR> <BR> I am about to do debt settlement, and really need to find out about Liberty Financial; can any one help me? <BR> <BR> I do not ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:12:58 EST week 7, Day 2 No 10,000 steps. Nutrition over, but tracked. Got on the scale - got mad and ate. (stupid - but I own it). Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:25:32 EST Week 1, day 1 Committing to 8 weeks. Starting today Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:26:18 EST Week 7, Day 1 No 10,000 steps (day of rest). Nutrition tracked and good. I struggle to get enough water and veggies most days. Gonna focus on this more. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:03:33 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST week 6, Day 7 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and slightly over. BS good = 108. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:52:52 EST Week 6, Day 6 10,000 steps met (just barely). Nutrition tracked and over. BS good - 123. Tried the Flatbread pizza tonight - not bad. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:24:20 EST H Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:35 EST ANGIEDAWN1213's SparkPage Hello my name is Angie Hanna. My doctor told me about the site because my insulin levels were extremely high. I also need to lose at least 40 pounds. I will need a lot of help and encouragement. I will need to change my eating habits and work exercise back into my daily routine after neglecting it for about a year. My interest are working in the garden and being outside when the weather is warm. I also enjoy reading. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:42:45 EST Week 6, Day 5 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition good. BS = 96. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:20:02 EST Looking Forward to the Future I never realized just how badly I want to live a long, full life until somebody tried to kill me. I fought harder than I ever have in my life to save myself. That was one year ago 2 days ago. I have thought about it and know that keeping this much extra weight can also shorten my time on Earth. I've been told that I'm now pre-diabetic. I hate meds so I am choosing to again fight for me; this time by loosing the weight and gaining the health. Starting late is better than never, so now I start ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:06:21 EST Week 6, Day 4 10,000 steps exceeded & toning exercises done. Nutrition tracked and good. BS good = 109. Tried another great meal - Pork Chop & apple Bake. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:33:23 EST Week 6 Day 3 Nutrition tracked and under. No 10000 steps - day of rest. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:53:06 EST setting goals My doctor told me about 6 months ago that my sugar level is high, but not yet diabetic. I've been half-heartedly trying to lose, but stopped going to the gym over a year ago. I had lost 20 pounds but regained it. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid to go back to the doctor, but know I have to. I started this challenge to get myself moving. I just discovered the exercise videos here and want to start doing one or two of those. <BR> <BR> I've had sugar sensitivity issues since my twenties, when I was diagno... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:53:05 EST Week 6 Days 1 & 2 Day 1 - Nutrition tracked and under. No 10,000 steps today - rest day. BS - good 114. <BR> <BR> Day 2 - Nutrition tracked & good. 10,000 steps met and toning videos completed. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:48:04 EST hello again MY NAME IS BRENDA AND I HAVE RECENTLY FOUND OUT I HAVE DIABETES.I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR SODAS AND I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREAT. <em>30</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:50:09 EST hello! Hello,my name is Brenda Sparks and I just found out I have diabetes. I am from Morganton,North carolina. I am retired but I try to stay busy.I hope you nice people can help me as I begin my journey as a diabetic. Could you tell me something I could drink for breakfast that has less sugar?. I have a weakness when it comes to sodas.Any suggestions? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:33:55 EST Help How do I post to a topic? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:42:59 EST Leaving but will return I am leaving the challenge again but will return. I was hit by a truck Sept 4,2014 and have been recovering since that time. I now attend balance therapy 2X a week and vision therapy 1x a week with three-four sessions a week at home and I just don't have time to check in right now. Hope to return in twelve weeks when therapies end as long as everything goes o.k. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:56:52 EST Week 5 Days 1 & 2 Yesterday = 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and good. Really really wanted to cheat with comfort foods - but didn't. Started new exercise challenge too. Just what I need (but not really what I want) - did it anyway. <BR> <BR> Today = no steps tracked (day of rest). Nutrition tracked and good. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:33:36 EST I can do this! Hi everyone. My name is Pam. I'm 48 years old & recently moved in with my elderly father to take care of him. In that process I stopped taking care of me. I have many health issues. I have a disease called Lymphedema that makes my whole body retain an ungodly amount of water. Which makes me look 60 pounds or better more than I really am. I also have chronic back pain. My doctor is doing his part in helping me all he can. But, it's getting pretty serious for me as my Diabetes is now out of con... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:40:14 EST goals More exercise lose 12 lbs eat healthy <em>521</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:45:46 EST 1st Week I am really ready to be healthier. For several years I have been trying to eat healthier and exercise more, but it has been hard to stay consistent because my husband and I both love to cook (and eat) great food. There are a lot of "healthy" choices that just don't taste very good... lol. But, due to my increasing size and health concerns, I am vested in making a more permanent change. I am 51 years old and I want to be healthy and enjoy this time in my life. I have 7 children and 4 grand... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:09:42 EST Hi Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Shabnam. I am from India. I have type 2 diabetes and i am over weight. I am hare to know how to loss weight. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:21:49 EST Week 4, Day 7 No 10,000 steps today (a day of rest). Nutrition tracked and good. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:07:29 EST Week 4, Day 6 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and good. Toning exercises complete too. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:53:05 EST Week 4, Day 5 10,000 steps exceeded. Toning exercises completed too Contemplating adding another exercise challenge. Nutrition tracked and good. Tried another great meal from the SparkPeople Collection! Pasta, Sausage, Tomato & Spinach. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:33:44 EST Optimistic I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:12 EST Week 4, Day 4 10,000 steps exceeded.Nutrition tracked and over. <em>198</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:31:04 EST Week 4, Day 3 No steps tacked today (2nd day of rest for the week). Nutrition tracked and good. Even had a dinner night out with The Girls. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:04:53 EST Week 4, Day 2 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and good. In my quest to eat low-calorie / low carb good foods - I got too low today. Found myself searching the cabinets and fridge for something...... and not finding anything I wanted. After just eating....(some whole grain chips & salsa I'd been denying myself) I felt much better & happier. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:47:03 EST Week 4, Day 1 No step tracking today - a day of rest (2 per wk). Nutrition tracked and good. Under for the day - and not enough water. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:53:47 EST Back in the saddle again I am back working on getting my diabetes under control again....Type 2 on metformin XR I decided it was time to kick back and fight diabetes. After a very hectic 2014 I decided this year was for me. I did not like my A1C in September of 2014 and when I had it done this month it was down below 7. Whew. I am working to get it in the low 6, maybe then my pills can go so long until later. I hope. I broke my lancet today got to get a new one, and I missed placed my scale, weight one not food. My ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:57:45 EST Week 3, Day 7 10,000 steps exceeded. Toning exercises complete too. Nutrition tracked & good. I really, really wanted to order Chinese food tonight - but made the Better Beef & Broccoli instead! (Everyone liked it too!) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:47:56 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST Week 3, Day 6 10,000 steps exceeded & toning exercises added in as well. Nutrition tracked, but over. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:28:26 EST New to this Team Hello, <BR> Just joined this team. My name is Melinda and I am an insulin-dependent Type 2 Diabetic and am working towards losing 84 pounds and getting better control of my diabetes. I have quite a few diabetic complications. Looking forward to getting to know members of the team. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:27:30 EST Hello to All I'm fairly new here and I'm happy to have stumbled upon this site. I am looking to better health to improve my sugar levels. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all and to being inspired by your journeys. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:49:55 EST Week 3, Day 5 10,000 steps exceeded. Tried a couple of new toning exercises as well. Nutrition tracked and just slightly over. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:07:55 EST Aloha from Hawaii! About 7 years ago, I lost 40 pounds on Weight Watchers, and have managed to keep most of it off (only up about 5 pounds). But I recently discovered that over the years, I have shrunk from 5'6" to 5'4", so I need to take off even more to feel my best. I am pre-diabetic, and trying to watch that I don't let myself go over the edge. I'm hoping that sticking with one of Spark's teams will help me stay on track. I've been with SparkPeople for a long time, but not really taking it seriously. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:12:47 EST Week 3, Day 4 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked & good. Tried the Chix & Broccoli Casserole & everyone liked it! Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:45:38 EST Goals Why am I here? My life is filled with stress and doing for others. I have realized that I have to do for me in order to get the "dream" things out of life. You when I was a little girl wishing to do. I wished for a large family. I want to see my kids have kids. I want to be a grandmother. If I don't make a healthy life style change. I want be able to enjoy these things. They will happen with or without me. I choose with me. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:40:23 EST Week 3, Day 3 10,0000 steps met. Nutrition tracked & goal met. also got 8 cups of water! Re-made the Southwestern Avacado Bowl's quinoa with lettuce for dinner. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:22:49 EST Week 3 Day 2 No step tracking today. Nutrition tracked and slightly over. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:10:51 EST Goals My goals are to: <BR> *Complete the chair workout 5 days this week (I have a broken foot and am currently in a boot for 3 more weeks) <BR> *Continue to track food daily <BR> *Adhere to dietician recommendations for food choices <BR> *Track blood sugar each morning Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:34:13 EST Week 3, Day 1 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked. Tried the Southwestern Avocado Bowl and won't try it again. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:37:16 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:06 EST Just Joined...but everyone is on week 6 OK, I just joined the challenge this week, so for me it's only week 1. Do I still post on here? Not sure what the procedure is. Thanks! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:54:36 EST Week 2, Day 7 10,000 steps exceeded. Exercise video done & Wii exercise game too. Nutrition tracked, but over for the day. <em>24</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:43:42 EST Week 2 Day 6 No 10,000 steps today. Nutrition tracked and just slightly over. Tried the Stuffed Eggplant tonight. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:34:34 EST Week 2, Day 5 10,000 steps exceeded! Tried Yoga & Pilates exercise videos too. Nutrition tracked and good. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:15:02 EST Week 2 Day 4 No 10,000 steps today. Nutrition tracked and met. Once again - we ate in - rather than racking up the extras by eating out. Tried the marinated flank steak instead. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:14:36 EST NOT HUNGRY? I am starting to get concerned, really. I don't understand why I am very rarely hungry. When I have gone almost all day and haven't bothered to eat, I wonder what's wrong? Anyone else find this happening to them. What I've tried to do is ensure every food I am eating is beneficial to my body. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:35:22 EST New to this Hi! Can't wait to get started and see some results! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:00 EST Hi from Maine! Hi everyone! My name is Beth and I currently reside in Maine. I have been overweight all my life and quite frankly, I'm sick of it. I got the push in the right direction when I was diagnosed as a type 2 Diabetic last April. Since then I have lost 50 pounds and have brought my A1C down to 5.3. I firmly believe most of my problem was due to the fact that I thought I hated exercise...the couch was my best friend. After the Diabetes diagnosis I started walking...not much or very far at first, but... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:06:02 EST Week 2 Day 3 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and healthy. Wanted to cheat and go out to eat - but stayed home and cooked instead. <em>4</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:15:36 EST Never too late!! I need to get healthier, so I searched online and found this site. Been reading on it for quite a while. Sounds inviting. <BR> I'm retired and live in SNOW country Maine. Been overweight most all of my life but figure it's never too late to make <BR> new habits!! Hope to hear from others with over 100#'s to lose. Happy Friday!!! Sandy Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:20:28 EST Week 2 Day 2 No steps tracked today - a day of rest. Nutrition tracked and okay. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:54:31 EST Week 1 Day 1 Well, to day is my first day trying this challenge. Working out is hard for me because I work three jobs to pay the bills. I usually get my walking it while at work. I usually weigh in at work every Thursday through at group at my place of business. This week I lost two pounds and I know I can loose more if I could just find the time to do everything in the day. I will find it soon, just have to learn to manage family, work, cooking, cleaning, and workout time. I am determined to do thi... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:54:44 EST my first day well do not know what i am to do so i need help <em>249</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:37:34 EST Week 2 Day 1 10,000 steps met. Nutrition tracked and good. Tired the White Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes over Linguine meal tonight, but we added tuna. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:15:02 EST Hi everyone I am Dirtbag Runner (DR) and i have Binge Eating Disorder. Unfortunately i also have Type 2 Diabetes. Not a combnation made in heaven. I have had counciling in the past both through my GP and privately. <BR> <BR> Right now i feel totally out of control of my eating and my life. I know what is going to happen to me if i keep going the way i am going just now, especially with having the T2 Diabetes, but i cant control myself or my binge eating. <BR> <BR> I really hope that i can get a grip of... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:34:24 EST Week 1 Day 7 10,000 steps met. Nutrition tracked & on target. Really, really wanted to cheat today! Also lacked motivation for getting my steps. Ended up trying the Turkey Slow Cooker Chili for dinner and the whole family loved it. (Happy I didn't cheat!) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:41:21 EST Week 1 Day 6 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked and below limit. On a roll. <em>30</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:54:45 EST Hello Hi, <BR> My name is Michelle I'm 47 (be 48 in April) I've got type 2 diabetes and am on every medication known to man (seems like) I've got to get this under control. I look forward to much support and getting to know everyone. <BR> Michelle Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:39:24 EST My Goals My longterm goal is to reverse my type 2 diabetes, my short term goal 2 months, is to drop enough weight that I will no longer be on insilun, my first goal, the next two weeks, is to lern how to eat to cut cravings. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:01:40 EST Managing Change Managing change by tracking every meal, not eating out, no junk food, lots of water, no unnecessary sugar. balancing my intake of nutritious and health foods. <BR> <BR> Doing this, and it feels food. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:00:16 EST Wk 1 Day 5 Got all 10,000 steps! Nutrition tracked & happy with results. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:28:16 EST Change is today Hi, I'm Sandy and have been battling my weight for about 12 years now. Yoyo dieting has been me. I'm hoping this site will get me back on track to stop this and finally get my weight off for the rest of my life. I am a diabetic, high cholesterol. I am 67 years old retired lady and keep pretty busy with dancing, walking, etc. The problem with the way I diet, is plain not eating most of the day, which I know is not healthy with diabetes and reading all articles is the main reason I'm not lo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:12:59 EST Wk 1 Day 4 Met 10,000 steps. Nutrition tracked & well-balanced! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:38:45 EST Back to Spark I lost about fifty pounds using Spark and then stopped. Guess what, I gained it all back! So, I'm back again and plan to stick with it this time. I felt a lot better when my weight was down and I miss that feeling. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:34:45 EST Starting over Starting over today. Ive been working the challenge, but THIS time, I want to be accountable, and that means being part of this forum. <BR> And I suppose, that's my 1st goal. Be accountable. <BR> I'll be checking in throughout the day, for inspiration, turning here instead of eating, etc. <BR> <BR> Im at a stand still in my weight loss. My biggest problem is night eating. So, I want to bust that, and I think being accountable is my first step. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:31:56 EST Week one Day one Just starting. Must remain motivated! <em>334</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:21:37 EST Wk 1 Day 3 10,000 steps exceeded. Nutrition tracked. But I had Chinese Take Out for dinner. <em>198</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:54:02 EST Week 1 Day 2 Didn't get 10,000 steps - crazy work day, but Nutrition tracked and decent despite being super busy. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:03:41 EST Week 1 Day 1 Hit my 10,000 steps. Tacking my Nutrition and happy where things ended up for the day. Motivated! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:28:52 EST newly on insulin have been diabetic for many years on pills. in past several months it seemed that no matter what I did ie losing weight, more exercise and better eating still could not get blood sugar under control. Doc says pancreas not producing enough insulin now, so have to take insulin once a day gradually until at proper level. anyone one else go thru this?/ Ynal Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:12:42 EST My Goals I'm still figuring out everything this site offers! Amazing. My goals are: to hit 10,000 steps 5 days per week; watch what I eat; and stay positive by just trying each and every day. Ready, Set, Go! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:13:45 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:32 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST This weeks goals This week I will work on: <BR> Tracking my food daily <BR> Working out 3-5 times week <BR> Having a good attitude <BR> Putting more quantity in quality time with my son Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:28:07 EST New to the team and to diabetes Hello team! I don't have diabetes, yet. I am 62, pre-diabetic and I'm finding it challenging to watch my foods and my intakes as well as my weight. So far so good. I know I can do this and with a team to back me up I feel even more confident. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:26:16 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:01 EST Hello Hi! I am new here, my name is Trisha and I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was 21 years old. It's been one of the most difficult things to deal with. I've never really had great control of my sugars except when I was pregnant. I want to stick around for a lot longer to see my kids grow up, so I decided I've finally had enough and I'm looking to change my life around for the better. I look forward to this challenge and meeting all you other challengers! <BR> <BR> Feel free to a... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:38:37 EST My Goals These are my short term goals right now: <BR> 1. Join a gym - have a consultation at Curves this Saturday <BR> 2. Increase water intake <BR> 3. Check sugar levels at least once a day <BR> 4. Park vehicle farthest from store as possible. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:33:20 EST My week 1 challenge These are my short term goals right now: <BR> 1. Join a gym - have a consultation at Curves this Saturday <BR> 2. Increase water intake <BR> 3. Check sugar levels at least once a day <BR> 4. Park vehicle farthest from store as possible. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:00:06 EST R.I.P. sugar and carbs Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes over Christmas. Caught it early enough that my levels are not in the danger zone so we're starting with a diet and exercise plan for the first 3 months and hoping to bring my levels down into the normal range without medication. I'm not going to lie the loss of sugar in my diet has been tragic. lol But I know overall it's the best thing for me with or without diabetes. It's the wake up and take action call I've been needing to take this seriously and a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:42:28 EST weight loss, diabetes and blood pressure control <em>521</em> I am just beginning to face these challenges. I have been in denial way too long. I think I have the start of a handle on this because I am making a plan. I am also setting a schedule to keep myself on track. I will appreciate support and I offer the same to all team members. <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:47:20 EST Diabetic Stomach Hi, <BR> Anyone know how to get rid of "diabetic stomach"? You know that big upper stomach bulge? I have been loosing weight and my lower tummy is going down quite nicely but can't get rid of the upper one. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:03:16 EST My goals I want to lose weight - hopefully enough to go down 1 dress size. <BR> I want to find enjoyable meals and snacks that are easy to prepare - if it's easy, I'm more likely to fix it and therefore to eat well. <BR> I want to find my glucose meter and start using it daily. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:39:55 EST My goals Increase my water intake, start swimming again and lose 8 pounds during the 8 weeks. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:43:59 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST Type 2 Diabetes <em>24</em> <BR> Day 1 was yesterday and my sugars were all over. FBS 211. After some exercise at 3:00 it was 150. Then 213 at 8:00 last night. <BR> Day 2 (today) FBS 162. <BR> I take 2000 mg Metformin every morn + 1 Januvia <BR> Last A1C was 7.9 <BR> Dr wants me to record sugars for 30 days to see what we can do. <BR> Thoughts? <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:35:34 EST New to Sparkpeople Joined this group to learn nutrition and exercise tips. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Disabetes is prevalent in my family and I was to avoid getting this illness. I'm looking forward to learning from the members in this group. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:01:26 EST My Goals: Little steps go along way, my goals right now are to be accountable to the food tracker and drink 8 cups of water a day. Hoping by the end of this 8 week challenge to lose 8 lbs. <em>521</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:58:12 EST My Challenge Goals My goals for the 8 Week Challenge: <BR> <BR> Log into Spark People & track my intake daily <BR> Walk the dogs at least 1x daily <BR> Get in some type of workout (10 minutes minimum) daily <BR> <BR> I don't expect "perfection" , I intend to do each of things daily and will do my best to complete them.BUT... The main purpose is to get myself back into the HABIT of doing them. Two years ago (Jan 12, 2013) I joined Spark and within a few weeks doing those three things became as habitual as f... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:43:29 EST New in northern Cache Valley Hi! My dietician suggested SparkPeople to me. It looks awesome! I lost 20 pounds and maintained thru the holidays. I want to lose 20-25 more. I joined a gym and LOVE to jog in the water. Gotta keep going. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:08:06 EST Trying Again I'm T2 with out of control glucose levels. I don't really know what happened i went from a 6 to 9 A1C. I'm scheduled to see a specialist n a few weeks. My diet is not the best but since joining SP I have been thinking more about what & how much I eat & exercising regularly. I'm hoping toget healthy, lose some weight & get my #'s down.&#128542; Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:07:31 EST Ready, Steady, Go! I recently found out I was pre-diabetic with high cholesterol. Being that both run rampant in my genealogy, I've committed myself to managing my diet and fitness as best possible. <em>334</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:43:04 EST Week 1 Challenge - My Overall Goals My overall goal is to keep my blood sugars regulated, feel better and get more energy. I want to move more than I am already and get outdoors more often, even in the cold. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:38:00 EST This is IT! Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST Goal Setting I was diagnosed pre-diabetic a little over a year ago, and since then I have tried to eat better, but instead of seeing results... Ive been gaining weight instead. I need to correct this, I need to eat better, and I hope to lose at least 5% of my body weight. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:43:30 EST Finally starting! After many start and fail. I am taking another to better care for myself. <BR> This time the brick fell the Doc said it's now or get ready for T2. After witnessing what T2 has done to my dad, my mom, my aunt (on mom's side) and now my big sis, let's just fear is my whip and motivation. Also, I am a young great-aunt and I have wonderful little ones that I love to play with and I need more energy to keep up with them. <BR> <BR> So here I go!!! <BR> <BR> Faby Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:47:50 EST sharonagibson Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST FBS 180 Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:20:15 EST my biggest goal I want to prevent getting diabetes. Type 2 runs rampant in my family and my weight issue puts me in the line of fire. This is the time to get it in control and hopefully prevent this disease from getting hold in my life. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:34:25 EST Goal Setting I am doing this challenge because I am expecting a baby and I have had a really hard time managing my glucose. My Dr has suggested I also lose weight or stay as I am rather than gain any. :) <BR> <BR> Goal: 1. Check my numbers <BR> 2. Eat Health <BR> 3. Be able to exercise 45 to 1 hour long every day. <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:51:56 EST Hi all!! Hi all!! i am 37 years old and weigh 205. im not sure how to add people but i would like to get motivation help and offer it to the people asking!! Thanks and GOOD LUCK ALL!! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:50:41 EST hello My name is Christina I am new to spark people so I'm very excited to see how this goes. I have been struggling with my weight since I had my first child seven years ago. Last year I did the low carb diet and it worked until I started eating carbs again and gained the weight back and then some. I work full time mother of two that has a loving husband of eight years. I would live you to add me so we can keep each other motivated. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:43:58 EST SparkTeam: Idea Exchange Hey guys. I don't know if this is allowed, so, if not, please feel free to remove it & I'm sorry for any inconveniences. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you all know I created a new SparkTeam called Idea Exchange. My goal for it is to get a community together where we can exchange recipes or inquire about any suggestions one might have for helping someone meet a nutritional goal. <BR> <BR> For example, if you are trying to find a nice, simple snack to increase your daily fiber intake, you ca... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:54:00 EST 2nd time around I completed the 8 week challenge a week ago and I'm starting back over. Have to set new goals later today or tomorrow. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:34:50 EST 2nd day Did great on my first day… until the evening dinner party. Even did well with dinner! It was the red velvet cake, though, that I couldn't resist. Thus, this morning's bs - 163. Two points better than yesterday - silver linings! But back at work today. Hopefully I can keep to my program! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:25:12 EST new to spark people I am an obese 41 year old lady, I am over 200 pounds over my ideal weight. Just trying to start a new healthier way of life: examples, exercising eat more fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and to just feel good overall. I figure it is the start of a new year and a new me. I want to feel good about myself and to do that I need to lose a lot of weight. I know I didn't put this weight on over night and its not going to come off as fast as I want to but it is a lifestyle change for me... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:53:00 EST Hello & Happy New Year! My goal is to lose some of the weight that refuses to come off. I am going to work hard at tracking and keep my calories in check. My sugar has actually dropped a little since my last check up but I am still facing the possibility of medication if I don't drop some weight! Looking forward to a positive year! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:07:41 EST Getting Ready.... I started my journey in October and so far have lost 21 pounds. I am only weighing once a month at my doctor's office so that I am only using one scale for accuracy. I have type 2 diabetes and want to get healthier to manage it. Also, in a few years I am moving to the beach so I want to get beach ready ;). I have always failed at weight loss because I always beat myself up when I do something wrong. This time when I eat more than I should or something that I shouldn't, I brush it off and keep... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:35:58 EST Woman from Ohio in need of help I am a 50+ woman who is joining to lose weight for myself but also to help my 16 yo son. He is about 80-100 lbs over weight and I am going to have him sign up for sparksteen. I thought it would be great for both of us to go thru the same program together so we can be on the same page. We are going to need lots of help so please be patient with us. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:39:13 EST