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 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 Learning more Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST Week 8. Day 7 FBS 149 Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:24:42 EST What do I do to start testing my blood sugar? I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I want to test my sugar daily to see how it's going. What do I need to do that? What are the basics of testing? Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:40:31 EST Just getting started... Hello Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a long and healthy relationship with you. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is important to me because I want to preserve my health. I’m pre-diabetic and don’t want to get Type 2 Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey on December 10, 2014, when I registered with SparkPeople. Right now I’m 50 pounds overweight and even getting in and out of the car is difficult. The thought that excess weight can cause diabetes and diabetes can cause m... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:20:29 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Week 7 check in Day 3. Week7. FBS 141. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:40:35 EST Hoping for a healthier life.. Hi! I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom.First off, I need to do this for my health, but who doesn't want to look better? My starting goal is to lose 50 lbs. I don't have any emotional support. I'm hoping to find some here. I definately need it! I would love to make this journey with others who are just starting out. Also, would love to hear from those who have had success, especially those that remember just how hard it was to start their journey. Hopefully, I can make new friends here :) Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:58 EST Newly diabetic Hi, all <BR> <BR> I have just been diagnosed with mild diabetes and it will cease being mild unless I do something about it. So here I am, taking the 4 week challenge! Christmas isn't the easiest time to start, but that's life. Wish me luck! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:28:07 EST Day 2 Today is day 2 of my diabetic challenge. Yesterday i did pretty well exercised for the first time in????, reduced my calorie intake, and did not drink any soda. the only problem was with my salt intake, about 500mg over not too happy about that. Today i have started off good, healthy breakfast and exercise (cardio). my worst time of day is close to bedtime i start having cravings and feel hungry. i know it is normal, and that it will reduce with time. I really just hope i can stick with it th... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:24:07 EST Week 1 I guess technically I am now on week two. I got a slow start though, and caught a cold the day after I signed up. <BR> <BR> I have a 12 minute exercise plan in place. I need to get more aerobics into my day though. The plan is to start with Walk Off The Pounds, 1 mile video, 3 or 4 times a week. She incorporates strength into the aerobics, and my calisthenics exercise work a bit of aerobics in so I should be good to go on the exercise front. Need to really work on the portion sizes and nut... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:17:29 EST Day 6 , Week 1 Doing ok. Drinking plenty of water each day, sleep cycle is returning towards normal but still gettting at least 8 hours usually. ( Its getting to sleep I have problem with.) <BR> Walking increased but I have not thought out time or miles, just been busy with errands, shopping and bills and mostly I am on foot, but it is incredibly easy to avoid going outside , for me. So, stepping out of my comfort zone is important. I need to create more comfort zones. <BR> But it is also winter time n... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:47:16 EST Starting over...again! I'm going to do it this time! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:57:49 EST One more time Back on the horse again. Full fledged Type 2 Diabetic with metformin barely controlling blood sugars - HbA1C at 7.9 :-( <BR> <BR> Just had my 4th cardiac catheterization and my 5th cardiac stent. (Bad genes coupled with a very very stressful and unhealthy lifestyle.) <BR> <BR> So, plenty of reasons to get persistent and serious. I am finishing cardiac rehab, and my daily cardio is now well established. Working on adding in 3 weight workouts a week. Guess that's my first new "Goal" <BR>... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:06:51 EST My First Blog - Not My First Day I've rejoined the Sparkpeople, probably for the 5th time, but I'm determined to stick with healthier meals and more exercise. I want to do better, for me - for me only. My family will have to deal with the new food choices. I have to be selfish for a change. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:12:21 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Challenge Goals I have been here on Sparkpeople for a long time. I am looking to accomplish a few things with this challenge: <BR> 1. Check my sugar daily <BR> 2. Eat more mindfully <BR> 3. Move more - walking, etc. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:17:29 EST It's never too late. I'm here because during the last four years I have allowed my body and health to just... let go. Depression had weighed me down for so long and I've finally come to a point in my life where... I can't keep living like this, I'm 22... and yet, I feel much older and far too weak for my young age. My goal, for the next 8 weeks is to try to jump start myself into a healthier lifestyle. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:36:46 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:38 EST Getting Started Hi. I'm new here but not new to trying to get healthier. I needed to find a place to find motivation and accountability online.Love all the options here! So I hope to stick with this. I need to lose about 30 pounds and think I'll try it in a "step-wise" manner. This looks like a great place to start. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:30:22 EST Ready to get serious now!!! Hi I have tried all of the fad diets off and on now. I have many health problems and am tired of feeling down. I am ready to do something sensible now. Ready for summer & a healthier life. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:29:56 EST Water aerobics Is there a Sparks coaching video on a water aerobics exercise ? Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:25:10 EST New Hello all, <BR> I'm Dawn 49 live in Bloomington IN. I have known for 23-24 yrs that diabetes runs in my fathers family(I didn't meet him till I was in my mid 20's). I have done really well my aunts and uncles on that side were injecting insulin in their mid 20's early 30's, and I beat it till my mid 40's of it even being high. I was put on Metformin last yr. and my sugar is down to 100-115 each day. <BR> <BR> I will be 50 soon, my daughter is wanting to get married and have kids and I w... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:30 EST Happy to come back to SparkPeople Hello everyone! I am so excited about managing my weight because that means I can live a longer, healthier life. I am watching my sugar and carbs. I am 47 so I really get unmotivated at times. Sometimes I feel downright frustrated because weight loss is so difficult. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. Your secrets will not go unnoticed. I will also share some with others who have similar goals. We're all in this together and remember we want to swim, not sink. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:47:52 EST Choices The program is helping me make better choices. <BR> Making me measure and record certain metrics adds accountability . Some days internent & my computer are a challenge! <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:10:34 EST Working on me! Okay, for me my goals are to exercise - going to start with the sitting exercises and follow the plan, posting it to my wall so that I can start checking off as I do. I need to be more in control and stop being so willy nilly!! I am also going to track my food and my blood sugars. Been doing blood sugars only in the morning and I know I need to do better. ALSO I am going to seek support, I haven't done that before!! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:41:33 EST Exercising the brain What mind games do you play to keep mentally sharp. I get these adds from Luminosity for games but they are not free. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:25:57 EST Intro Hello. My name is Victoria. I just joined this challenge today. I've had type 2 diabetes for a few years now. My A1C's have been good but I need to get some of this weight off me and hopefully get off the medication for good. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:53:20 EST Week 3 day 1 FBS 144 <BR> Walking I enjoy so I have no scheduling problems. The resistant band stretches interest me. The interest increases my motivation . <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:52:36 EST new to spark people hi I am new to spark people.I have the odds stacked up against me with my medical conditions. Hypothyroidism, Pre Diabetic, Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, along with Depression is some of my diagnoses. I totally believe that these diagnoses revolve around my obesity. I thought it was hereditary, my mother is obese. But I want to break down these barriers and lose some weight. I need to lose some weight for my health and sanity. I am at my wit's end and to increase my self esteem and to beat my de... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:49:22 EST Week 2. day 5 FBS 165. <BR> Im hanging in there taking it one day at a time! Meal tracking helps me understand spikes in sugar.I need to make better food choices, Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:41:37 EST Week 2, Day 4 FBS 147., Best numbers over the the past 11 days. Yea! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:16:29 EST week 2. Day 3 FBS 162, I have reached a short term plateau. As my body adjusts to "challenge" over time,expect decrease in FBS.... <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:11:19 EST Day 2, Week 2 FBS 159. Today is a "track day" for food and exercise. Checking into alternative strategies to my usual walking plan for cardio because of knee pain. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:37:55 EST new to spark people Hello I am new to spark people, and I don't know too much about health and fitness but I know one of the best exercises I can do is walk. I want to get on a walking routine or walking program. I think that will help me but I don't know about how to start. I want to portion out my food and stay within my calorie limits. I need to lose weight, I weigh about 347. I want to lose 25 pounds to start off with. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:48:00 EST Intro to friends. I really like this site so far, i hope its free and not a gimmik. I really hope want to lose my wight, i would greatly be thankful if anybody could help me. <BR> <BR> God bless <BR> Stone. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:07:52 EST Day 7, Week 1 FBS 157. Sugar is trending down. Body Flexibility has improved. <BR> . My meal Planning needs work. <BR> Weigh in Tomorrow Morning. <BR> I am optimistic with the 8 week program. . <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:23:25 EST Day 5, Week 1 <BR> FBS 160. <BR> Stable over last two days. I have more energy,, rest better, & positive mood. So far I am impressed with the Sparks program and the many tools available. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:46:01 EST first day - goals document food, exercise 30 mins/day. drink my water Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:59:26 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST The day after an eating binge I can't figure out why I did it, but yesterday was an all-day foodfest and today I have no energy and feel blah. Sometimes I feel really powerless over food. It's been a lifelong battle. I would love to be able to use food as nutrition and not as a drug. I know I need to just pick myself up and move on, which is what I'll do, but I guess I just wanted to confess what I did and vent. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 03:38:58 EST Hello! I'm new here. I'm turning 44 in December and I don't want to turn 45 next year with even more health problems than I have now! I am serious about losing 65lbs by the summer of 2015. I want to set a goal and reach it. I'm using this website and team to hold myself accountable. <BR> I'm nervous and excited to begin! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:01:15 EST Day 2, of 8 week challenge Still learning the on line program. A lot of links to helpful resources. Morning sugar jumped to 230 from 180 after 1st day meal plan. Am adjusting carbs downward for today, day 2. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:42:15 EST Hello! Newbie here! I'm a 44 year old mother of 3, my son is 19 yo and is currently in the National Guard, my step son is 6 yo and is in the first grade, we have him on most weekends, and my husband and I have together a 2 1/2 yo little girl who lights up our world. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my daughter, but now have Type 2. I struggle daily with my diet, as I live with an Italian that loves his pasta. I do well at work, but when I get home my husband and mother in law do majority of the ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:53:12 EST day 1, week 1 Heading out the door for my walk and then do the desk work out routine. Fasting sugar was 187 at 4AM. Too many carbs last night. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:36:59 EST Goals During the 8 week period, my goals are to lose 8 pounds and to have fasting blood sugar at less than 140. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:30:33 EST Checking in week 2 Did well last week. I am starting to plan meals. I think I will like this once I get used to it. <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:07:24 EST Well it's time IT IS TIME for this mother and daughter team to keep going! I only got 2 hours of sleep and my mother is still asleep lol she's type 2 diabetic and get this I'M ALREADY PRE-DIABETIC AKA INSULIN RESISTANT! <BR> <BR> I am not liking that one bit! I want both of us to be healthy again and not have to worry so much every time we check her blood sugar. I check mine once a day just to see where my baseline is and it's relatively OKAY FOR RIGHT NOW but if I keep up the way I was going....I knew it ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:03:21 EST Goals My goals are to return to exercising 20 minutes a day 3 days a week and to continue checking my blood sugar at least twice a day. My ultimate goals are to get off insulin and control my diabetes through diet and exercise. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:33:40 EST Doing it again!! Looking for a low carb eating plan to start. Can anyone help/ <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:41:47 EST Starting today Glad I found this challenge.... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:39:11 EST Chefwannabee here! Hi folks. The tools I found on this site are really making Sparks fly in my efforts to regain my health and activity level. Nice to see you all! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:23:17 EST Bought the SPARK but am having trouble setting up Bought the SPARK tracker but am having trouble setting up. I discovered the work computer blocks the program download to set it up. Big sigh. Thats the only computer I have daily access to. May have to return it. <em>24</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:38:40 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST My goals I was just diagnosed with diabetes my goals are <BR> <BR> 1. Track my food at least 5 times a week. <BR> <BR> 2. Lose 8 pounds in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> 3. Exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week (even if I have to break the minutes down to 10 minute increments) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:48:32 EST Goal My goal is to feel better and to move more and take control of my eating. Hoping I can make it all fall into place this time. Feeling hopeful :) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:52:32 EST Type ! Diabetic, Celiac, RA I am a 35 year diabetic, a 10 year RA, just diagnosed with Celiac... A lot, of auto- immune diseases. From my RA with ankles that don't bend, and wrist fused with a titanium plate. On an insulin pump. Celiac is all new but no processed foods I am a vegetarian also. Spark Team I am a Challenge for you!!! I want to stretch out my tendons and ligaments and do enough aerobic exercises to get heart rate up. I need to eat anti-inflammatory foods, also. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:45:31 EST Getting Healthy and losing weight You would like to know about me... I am a 35 year Type 1 diabetic with RA, & Celiac... Have been putting on weight for the last year. I have never been this heavy in my life. It is harder on my joints. I have days I can hardly get out of bed from the inflammation in my joints. But I have made my mind up to get healthier start working out and losing this extra weight... Spark people I am giving you a challenge to make me a diet that is anti inflammatory, and vegetarian. A proper exercise routi... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:28:29 EST For me lose weight Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:50:05 EST Goal My goal is to lose 15 pound which the doctor said would likely remove me from the pre-diabetes situation I'm in. It should also lower my blood pressure as well. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:10:50 EST today 88 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:02:16 EST Good Monday!!! 88 <em>250</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:34:40 EST Goals I am here to lose weight and get my A1C numbers in check so as to not have to be on medication anymore. Overall, I just want to have a healthy body and get back into shape the way I was before I became diabetic. <em>521</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:48:12 EST Week 1 Action Plan Goals: Walk every day. Reduce sugar intake. Eat more greens. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:18:57 EST Tosha Good morning and have a outstanding day. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:02:49 EST Hola !! I was 100 this morning <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:43:22 EST Carlinda I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:35 EST Have a good Sunday FBS 94 <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:02:48 EST Good Sunday !!!!! 94 BB Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:03:16 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:22 EST Good Day Everybody !!!!! FBS 96 Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:54:07 EST Father was diabetic. Hi, I am 63, retired, widow for more than 10 years and for second time the doctor say that I was pre-diabetic. The first time I lost about 35 lbs. for myself with exercise and diet. I used to work as caregiver for many years with people diabetic. I did good at that time, I moved to live with my son to a big city and I did become a little sedentary and some weight came back. Thank God someone send to my FB page about SP and I started in the middle of July, but I got 2 weeks of vacations starti... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 00:21:52 EST Goals Hello! My main goal here is learning to control my blood sugar numbers. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:11:50 EST Lose weight I want to lose 45 lbs and feel great again Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:21:43 EST So far, so good I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST Two for the Price of One Eliminate simple sugars from diet. <BR> <BR> Lose 10-20 pounds. <BR> <BR> Practice yoga. <BR> <BR> Meditate daily. <BR> <BR> Get 7-8 hours sleep nightly. <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 4-6 days a week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do these lifestyle changes seem familiar? <BR> <BR> They are all good steps toward better blood glucose control for diabetics, and can help to reverse pre-diabetes or delay onset of diabetes. <BR> <BR> But it turns out they are also components of a systems... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:23:00 EST Hello Hi my name is Tammy and I am new to the site. I am in need of loosing weight to get healthier and get weight off my joints. I have many health issues that involve Joints, nerves, and muscles. I have had many fusions and am in need of more and I want to avoid them if possible. I need all the help and support I can get. I have no will power so all the positive I can get will hopefully get me into the right direction. If you have any ideas on how to loose the weight or any recipes to help me ou... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:06:33 EST Day One - Goals for this challeng 1) Bring down my A1C to the normal range <BR> 2) Lose 16 lbs in the 8 weeks. <BR> 3) Keep a food journal <BR> 4) Test my BS every day <BR> 5) Walk 30 minutes 5 days per week <BR> 6) Stretches every day <BR> 7) Resistance training 3 days per wee. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:28:11 EST My Goals so far! Being diabetic has been a challenge and one that I was not winning! And I can only say it was because I just didn't do what I needed to do. So my goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Stay on track (6th day and I am doing good and I feel good) <BR> 2) GET MOVING <BR> 3) Make no excuses <BR> 4) GET OFF INSULIN <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:26:34 EST Dropping 60 by 42 Hey everyone. I am a 41 year old mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 and I want to lose weight and be healthy to see more grandbabies born. I am 262 lbs and 5'3" with Type 2 diabetes and taking 1 500mg pill per day. I want to get rid of that pill and not get any other diseases all because I can't control what and how much I put in my mouth. I look forward to recieving and giving advise and support to reach my goal. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:03:19 EST i am not giving up !!! just struggling.... I am a diabetic plus have a rare diease that I have to live on steroids,i have adrenal insuff,addisions diease,so it is HARD loosing weight on steroids,i have in the past year lost but I am a place I am stuck,yet trying so hard on logging my food daily,plus I have having my 3rd back surgrey soon so it makews it hard to exercise without getting hurt more....thanks Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:24:19 EST Starting over yet again Hi all, Looking to start my weight loss journey yet again. I do much better when I use this site and focus on my eating habits. Hopefully if I start slowly and work my way into the lifestyle; I can stick with the program this time. <BR> Gosh darn life gets in the way sometimes! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:45:07 EST Goal My goal is to prolong the onset of diabetes or avoid it altogether. Learn all I can and do the best I can each day. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:44:22 EST New to spark people. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I am a chronic obese woman, I have been obese all of my adult years and chronically overweight during my teenage years. Dealing with my weight issues is very depressing. I suffer medically and mentally with my weight issues. My medical issues include: hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, hypertension, high triglyceride's, back and knee pains, And of course I have depression. I have gotten to the point where I am just tired of it. I need to lose this weight if not just for ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:51:50 EST Diabetis I am a pre - Diabetic, and don`t want it to go an farther, I know I can do this. My Husband is a BIG supporter, and I am grateful for that. Just need extra help. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:15:15 EST just for me1 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST My Goals My blood sugar numbers are all over the place and my goal is to have better control of them. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:41:37 EST Hello I'm a type2 insulin dependent diabetic and am here to learn how to control my numbers better. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:38:55 EST My goal is to get my blood sugars under control. My blood sugars have been running over 500 the last few days. My fault mostly but am taking a huge dose of prednisone for hemolitic anemia, along with other major health issues. My goal for this week is to plan my meals and track what I eat and track my blood sugars and insulin doses. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:40:53 EST Get diabetes under control Hello there, I was scheduled for a hysterectomy on the 24th but it was cancelled due to my A1c being 8.6. My Dr. did not feel comfortable doing the surgery with it being where it is. I'm so disappointed but scared now that I am a diabetic. So my goal is to lower my A1c in order to go forward with the surgery and live healthier and happier! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:44:59 EST In it to win Hello everyone, I am thrilled to begin this journey again. I am committed to making it work this time as I am at my highest weight ever. I realize if I don't do something now my health will suffer in the future and with that my quality of life. I am hoping to meet like minded people and that we can act as supports and cheerleaders for each other on this journey we are all on together. In the past I've always tried to do this on my own and realize that I need to do something different thi... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:51:32 EST Ready to lose weight Hello, My name is Bobby and I just turned 61. Spent most of my life over weight and now with various medical problems popping up it is now time to become the slim person I can be. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:44 EST Fighting against Bypass Surgery Last Option HI, Spark World! My heart is very heavy and full right now. I'm 44 5"6 296 pounds. My husband is overweight as well. I have had issues with chest pains and last check my cholesterol numbers didnt look good. My husband has diabetes and high blood pressure. He has been going to Gastric Bypass Meetings and is at the end of the rope trying anything else. <BR> <BR> I know this is a struggle for him. I love him so much and know how scary our situation is. He has been hiding this from me ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:10:33 EST Get it done. My FBS is still high @ 179. My plan today is to do the sitting exercises I started and go walking for 20 minutes today with 2 dogs in tow. Will be mowing front yard and trimming. <BR> Have a great day to everyone. <em>521</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:41:21 EST My Goals Week 1 My goal is to lose 100 pounds and become healthier as well. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45:12 EST week 1- frustrated!!! I actually started week 1 last week, I just didn't indicate it here. I have been keeping track of my eating daily, I've been continuously below or within the limits for each category (calory, fat, etc), I've been exercising daily by adding movement in the office as well as walking to and from different places around my office (the gas station to get a Powerade zero, Subway errand for a co-worker, and no cheating on my end), plus exercising at home whenever I get the chance. I've tracked it al... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:22:41 EST recipe I tried chicken and veggie stir fry. Both my Hubby and I loved it. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:16:25 EST sitting workout feeling good real good Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:08:12 EST Day 1 8 Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge My goal is to loss 80 pounds but for this challenge i'll be happy with 20 pounds. Limit my Dr. Pepper to 3 cans a week to start. I'm Hawaiian so I love my breads and rice. I will do my best to exercise 2 times a week to start. To mediate every day. Long time goal to get off of oxygen. Best goal to believe that I will be able to follow thru with my goals with the help of my new friends from spark. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:49:54 EST Week 1 I go to Doctor`s on 9/22, then we go from there I guess. He does not have me checking my sugar yet, but am working on this with help from here. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:34:05 EST Week one I will track my food at least 3 times this week <BR> I will do three 10 minute workouts this week <BR> I will increase the amount of sleep I get each night Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:45:02 EST