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 Are there meters not requiring blood? Are there any meters not requiring blood? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:25:29 EST Slow and study wins the race! Can't believe how out of shape I am. I can no longer do a push-up like I did when in the military; and barely able to hold my plank position. I'm a skinny, unhealthy weak person but that this is only day 3 for me and I'm staying focused! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:23:57 EST Bragaboutme Walk 5 Miles 3 Times Week I have been doing this for a year, but once I hit 5 miles, 2 hours after exercise extremely fatigued,eat, shot for the day. I have discussed w/ MD. HEALTH NOT AN ISSUE, they says it's just age. Can this be Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:32:13 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:56 EST Starting the 8 week challenge My name is Allison. Just thought I'd introduce myself and I am going to start this challenge!! <BR> Ready to change and get healthy Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:28:58 EST New to sparkle Hello I'm a week in and down 7lbs. Feeling great. Had a union meeting yesterday and there was a table full of goodies and I didn't even desire them. I need to be more active , I do have a work out world membership but haven't been going. I don't like going alone or when it's crowded. Anyone in the Brockton MA area looking for a workout buddy? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:32 EST FBS=171 FBS=171 <em>40</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:34:24 EST second day tried of tripping over my own feet. diabetic for two years. have been checking once a day. usually in the 130 and 140 want it down have to deal with the death of a husband. this past year not I am trying to take care of myself I know figure aren't bad but I want than lower so I can control it someday without increasing my medicines <em>213</em> . Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:56:24 EST Week 2 Discussion I have done really well on tracking my food this week and logging in daily for spark points. I am selecting food that is very healthy and fulfilling and have put in 90 minutes of exercise. I have also looked over some of the work out videos to see if I can do them. I like the strength training videos the best so far. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:24:36 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST week 3 Day 1 Here we go week 3. Had to do week 2 twice however I finally made it! I am glad that I had to repeat week 2. I learned so much more and got to try more of those awesome recipes <em>30</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:47:16 EST Share what works We are all trying to eat well and control our diabetes. I would love to have others share what works for them and what doesn't. For example, I use the plate method for meals. I find it easier than counting carbs and it really helps when I am out or vary from the Spark menus. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:15:42 EST week 2 done I have eaten at home all week and went to the gym 3 times and walked the hall and stairs in my complex. I tried a new recipe "MY healthy Chicken Sour Cream Enchilada's" it was great, however I had to leave out the sour cream because my husband doesn't like it. I used ricotta cheese instead. I know that changed the calories a bit but it still was good. On to week 3! Good luck to all. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:49:39 EST Why I am wanting to be here I am here for many reasons, but the #1 reason is to get my Diabetes under control and lose weight. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:55:33 EST Daily Exercise Completed an 11 minute cardio exercise done in the chair. I'm ashamed at how out of shape I am and how hard that little bit was. I just need to keep pushing myself to improve each day. <em>316</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:50:57 EST blood sugar control has been great I am consistently getting goid readings. Huge improvement. Grateful. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:22:38 EST NEW TO THE GROUP I REALLY AM GOING TO NEED SUPPORT. I AM TYPE 2 DIABETIC AND 65 POUNDS OVERWEIGHT. I REALLY NEEDS ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:43:29 EST 2 week going well This is my second time doing week 2 of the challenge. It is going better this time. Going to try a new recipe. Let everyone know how it goes. Here is a quote I found and like. pettyeyes949. <BR> <BR> “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” Art Williams Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:27:50 EST Wk 4 ... Back in the game! I thought about repeating week 3 but decided to keep moving forward. Eating back on schedule after grandkids were here. Pool back open after a motor failure closed down 2 of my water aerobics classes. Back in the game. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:19:33 EST My Goals and Week 1 Day 1 Check-In Over the next eight weeks I would really like some guidance in incorporating all these new things into my life I have phases where I will work out and then I get out of routine. I would really like to start making these changes apart of my new life style. It has to be. Long term I would like to get my weight down to 140lbs and I would like to get off all the medications for my type 2 Diabetes. <BR> Check-In: Today I went for a walk and it felt good other than my legs are really sore now. Th... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:07:34 EST Hi, my name is Jessica I am giving this another shot. Today begins my 8-week challenge. I am going to give it my all. Sundays are my weigh in days so I will let everyone know then were I am starting. I always do better if I have something to work towards and an 8-week challenge seemed a good place to start and it seems relatively easy right now. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:59:08 EST green tea I have been drinking green tea for 6 weeks now, in the afternoon. I don't feel sluggish any more. I also have taken the advice to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day watching carbs and sugar intake. So far for the last three days tracking my nutrition has been right on track for me about 1200 calories. I did aerobics for 45 minutes and weight training for 15. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:56:10 EST Type II Diabetes I was diagnose with Type II Diabetes several years ago. It has been a challenge for me over the years. The reason I say this, I'm going through menopause and I've always struggled with my weight. By me joining SparkPeople, I fill that my life is going to change in a positive way. I'm looking forward to reading the discussions related to my topic and hopefully the results will be inspiring. Good luck to everyone!!! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:18:37 EST daily check in My sugar was fgs was awesome this morning, it was 97. I am going to do aerobics for 40 minutes today and possibly weight training from a video on here I saw last night. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:53:22 EST fbs 97 woot! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:44:56 EST practicing my trackers My goal for this week is to track my nutrition every day. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:59:11 EST I think I am on the right track HI, I started spark people yesterday and I am trying to familiarize myself with all the cool gadgets and gizmo's. I was diagnosed with diabetes in October of this past year. I have lost 22 lbs since then. I have been exercising for 6 straight weeks 4-5 times a week and really trying to watch my eating habits and portion control. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:07:22 EST Newbie Hi I am new here, I have lost 26 lbs before going sparkpeople, yesterday was my first day here. I am trying to figure out how all of this woks. It is a little over whelming with all this information. I hope to lose 40 more lbs and keep my blood sugar at a normal level. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:07:23 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Uggggggggggg Well I eat at sonic today ugggggggg. That is all I eat today besides coffee. That alone is not good. I had almost made it through week 2. Eating at Sonic was a total of 1,555 calories. really eat all my calories for the day at sonic plus some WOW. I think I will start week 2 over. But good new is there is tomorrow and I will pick myself up and eat better and exercise more. Starting week two over. Here I go! :) Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:55:48 EST Hello Everyone I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:27 EST Starting slow My goal this week is to see if I can incorporate this plan into my life. Overall, my goal is to live a better quality of life than I have now. Having a better working body is part of that, so I'm looking for the information and tools to help me accomplish that. The tools and little rewards that SparkPeople provides seem to appeal to me and add a bit of fun to the process of getting healthy, which has just been frustrating and demoralizing my whole life. The SparkPeople site has some confusing... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:49:07 EST Just starting my journey Just recently diagnosed as a pre- diabetic 4 days ago I ma just trying to get my head in the game and figure out how to eat, and increase my activity level so I can lower my A1C and glucose levels. I work a lot of hours and I set behind a desk. I am feeling a little over whelmed in the moment. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:27:21 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:59 EST awsome recipe I tied the Creamy Burrito Bake recipe that I found on SP. It was great. My husband and I had friends over for dinner and they loved it as well. One of them asked me for the recipe before leaving. However I did forget one small thing; my husband does not like sour cream. Oh my bad. But he still said it was good and eat every bit. So far week 2 has started out good. Go week 2. Good luck t all. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:17:16 EST Week 1 Day 1 <em>521</em> I have begun with the week 1 steps. I CAN DO THIS! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:42:42 EST New Here Hi my name is Kim I am hoping to to be able to stabilize my blood sugar. A1C was good when taken a few weeks ago. It was 5.8. I am taking new meds that want to raise my sugar. So I want to be able to keep sugar controlled. Have tried different types of the same brand of meds that I have to be on but they all raise sugar so have to figure out how to control it. So I'm looking for the support to keep on track with this 8 week challenge. Also to be able to continue afterwards. <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:01:08 EST Granny Minne Hey I decided to try this again. I. was on here over 5 years ago, but did not try very hard ,and you know if you don't try you fail, and so I am hoping to get healthier this time... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:17:57 EST week 2 Day 1 well here I go going to try and make it through week 2. It should be fun trying different recipes. Good luck t all. Looking forward o reading what others think of the recipes. Or even reading about ones that you all made up on your own. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:54:49 EST made it week 2 Made it through week 1. week 2 here I come. I have lose 1.8pds on week one and my Blood Sugar stayed at about 114 to 124 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:34:33 EST my goals wk 1 I will track my BS and nutrition daily. I will do chair exercises at least 3 More times this week. 30 Carb meal plan designed by my nutritionist. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:01:14 EST Prediabetes. Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST Out with the old..In with the new.. Hello, im computer challenged. lol. I sew, really sew I teach sewing lessons, love animals, have a special cocker named Ella, Show rabbits all over the US. love to walk, I am a care giver. and love to help people. and now I want to help my self. As I have been in denial with my diebetes. I am in need to be accountable for all my actions. jan Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:41:12 EST checking in Well, I worked out 4 days last week, including my three days of couch to 5k. Unfortunately, I did not make healthy food choices. This week? Tracking food to make healthier choices. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:16 EST hello all Hi, my name is Brittney. I have always been overweight and "pre-diabetic". I have three kids and had gestational diabetes with all of them. I hope fire a fourth, but I have to get healthy first. I also lost my father at age 12 to diabetes and my mom had all sorts of issues related to hers. My hope is to be around and healthy fir my kids for years to come! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:24:53 EST week one goals I am a week behind, so here are the goals I set last week... <BR> 1. Complete week 1 of couch to 5k <BR> 2. Avoid fast food <BR> 3. Lose 1 pound Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:16:52 EST setting my goals Hello. i want to lose 5 pounds in this 8 weeks. keeping it simple for now. ~Claire Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:50:20 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Wk one going good Well week one is going good. I may not be exercises with the videos on SP; however I am walking more and climbing the 9 flights of stairs in the apartment complex. Plus this is my 5th day of logging onto SP in a row. Wishing everyone that is on SP and doing this challenge a great journey. <BR> Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. <BR> -George S. Patton <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:32:43 EST New member Hello, I am Debbie and I am a diabetic 2. I have to take this serious this time. My doctor said he would not see me anymore if I don't get my A1c down. Mostly I need to do it for me to get out and live again. I have to get out of this house. Good luck to everybody. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:47:42 EST Need Ideas! My blood sugar stays fairly normal until afternoon and that's when I've been having fruit for a snack and it sends my numbers rocketing. Dr. suggest I have my fruit for breakfast, but I need ideas for healthy afternoon snacks! Lunch is around 11:30 and Dinner not until 6! Thanks Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:12:20 EST New here! Hi, I've had diabetes for quite some time now, but I'm still learning how to really live with it. This looks like a great place to do that. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:17:57 EST Goals 1) To lower my daily blood sugar <BR> 2) To bring my A1C down by next Dr. visit (3 months from now) <BR> 3) To learn to live a full, healthy life as a diabetic. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:14:10 EST Hi, newbie here! I am a 42 year old mother of two. Since my early twenties I have battled my weight over and over again. I was a strong, healty highly athletic person. I have steadly gone down hill. I know now with age that this process needs to be one step at a time and it will not be overnight. I don't want to end up like others in my family who cannot even get out of bed or a chair most days and no longer participate in life. That scares me. Looking forward to this.....i think.... apprehensive. <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:21:45 EST Newbie My real first day of the challenge, ate breakfast, had lunch, been drinking water in between, walked the dog, played with grandaughter lol <BR> Cant do too much as I also have lup6s, fibromyalgia bowel disease and arthritis, but im doing what I can, feeling a lil proud today. <BR> Cant take blood sugars yet as I dont have one of those thing me bobs but will next week. <BR> Im following everything im meant to on here food tracker etc, so im really hopingg to see an improvement in 8 weeks tim... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:23:02 EST Goals My goals are: <BR> 1. to get my glucose under control and fbs to be 110 or under <BR> 2. to become fit <BR> 3. to minimize and work to stop eating fast food and/or processed food ( I am really bad at this one) <BR> 4. to lose 40 pounds before 2015 <BR> 5. to participate in 5k and more Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:46:30 EST Don't die fat I just found out that my average sugar level is 149. My dad is on dialysis and I don't to go there. <BR> <BR> Find daily eating plans <BR> Loose fat & inches <BR> Get fit. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:52:22 EST Just starting, again Hi, <BR> I'm trying to loss weight , again. I'm a type 1 of 27 years. I also have hypothyroidism. I'm sure I am not alone with this combo of chronic diseases. <BR> <BR> I have tried a few weight loss methods but now it's time for me to really do it. I have a 4 year old daughter that I need to keep up with. We just moved the family from VT to WA. I figured one change deserved another. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>249</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:49:36 EST Lisa k Hello, I am new to this program. I figured I would try it out. To see if it could help me in reaching my weight loss goal. It's very hard to plan healthy meals. Also, preventing over eating. I'm hoping I can learn from all of you and become healthier and happier.. :) thanks Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:45 EST Goals I want to be able to control my morning sugar with less night time medicine. The doctor wants me to eat better so I can use less at night. Exercise in the evening would also help this, so I would like to add 15 minutes 3 nights a week to start. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:39:37 EST Newbie Hello Everyone, im very new to this site but im enjoying looking around and reading your stories. <BR> I have a lot of medical issues the latest one being diagnosed with Diabetes :( <BR> Im here to loose 30 kilos, and looking forward to the challenges. <BR> Nice to meet you all xoxoxo &#9829; &#9829; Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:48:54 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a 46 year old married female living in AZ. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2001 but did not take it seriously, even when I became insulin dependent. But now I realize it is winning and the meds just keep me in the same place of being over weight and diabetic, so change is needed NOW! <BR> <BR> In the past weeks I've cut carbs completely with the exception of fruits and vegs and my blood sugars have dropped over 300 points. I've joined spark to keep the spark lit and on m... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:30:24 EST Goals My Long range goal is lose 27 lbs over 12 months & short term goal is lose 8 lbs over the next 8 weeks . Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:46:40 EST New and goal I found out Saturday that I have type 2 diabetes. I had gestational diabetes. I'm doing this for my son. I have no idea where to start with eating properly. I'm going to get a hold of the folks I talked to while I was pregnant. <BR> Chris Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:44:46 EST Hi, I am Peggy Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Peggy and I have had diabetes for about 5-6 years now. My husband has had it since 2001. When I was first diagnosed, I started eating right and swimming for exercise. I did great for a few months, then I guess I just went into denial, until last Thursday when our doctor called to say he wanted us to come in the office because my husband's A1C was so bad that we needed to discuss "treatment options" ( he already takes 78 units of Lantus plus a couple of di... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:17:58 EST Starting out... Hello all--beginning this at the request of my husband and daughter. I also want to feel more energetic and healthier. <em>524</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:32:34 EST Why I joined the team Hi, I'm Lynnette I joined the team because my goal is to lose 30 lbs exercise more, and hopefully reverse my diabetes and high blood pressure Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:05:33 EST Week 1 My goal is to follow my vision statement I created on my PowerPoint, Which was suggested to do on SP. I wanted to up load it on my motivation part of sparkpeople. So I could see it everyday on my page. However it would not up load. I think it was because it was a PowerPoint. But not sure. I still will look at my vision statement every day and work on keeping my blood sugars in control and lose these extra weight and live a healthier life style. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:30:19 EST Day 1 of Diabetic Challenge My name is Christy and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I have had a lap band installed within past 2 years and it is a daily struggle to lose weight. I absolutely am a food lover. I am ready to learn to love new healthier foods and get my body into better shape. I turned 40 this year and wish to be healthier for myself, my daughter, and my husband. So here I go. <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:29:16 EST Re - re - re - starting Some of you may be familiar with me as this is my third re-start. <BR> Got to keep trying. <BR> It seems that every time I get a streak going I get ill so I fall behind. <BR> I try not to re-start but then comes the time that I am too far behind so I re-start. <BR> So here I go again. <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:14:53 EST Hi, I've been away and now returned. This is my first day and week of this challenge. I've been away and ill for over a year now, but am back due to a new medical issue of Diabetes starting. My goals are to lower my glucose levels with better menu planning. I need to work myself up to increased exercise and fight my constant tiredness. Looking forward to better days ahead. <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:38:20 EST Day 11 On Tuesday my son is going to the gym with me and I will start an exercise routine. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:53:52 EST Newbie Hi all. I am new to SP. I am hoping the more teams I enjoy the more motivation I will gain. I am type 2 diabetic. I thought I would start by doing the challenges that this team offers. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:52:00 EST newbie Hi all. I am new to SP. I am hoping the more teams I enjoy the more motivation I will gain. I am type 2 diabetic. I thought I would start by doing the challenges that this team offers. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:40:58 EST Week 1 My goal for Week 1 is to get back into a routine of working out daily. Today I will do some juicing, stretching, and bicycling. <em>249</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:03:08 EST Just joined I just joined, or more like I'm actually doing something about it starting today. Going to go spelunking in the freezer and see what kind of healthy low carb goodies I can dig up. Tired of feeling like poo all the time. I want to get rid of the insulin that is making me gain weight and get rid of the weight that is making me take insulin. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:01:02 EST Day 1 - Week 2 With the exception of one bad dinner, on board for week 2. Logging my food intake has put my eating in perspective and I have more energy. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:33:04 EST about me goal is to lose about 90 more pounds and get my body in shape. I have 3 children and a husband to live for and to make myself the best me for. I have diabetes and a lot of other health problems and i'm only 32 and I want to live a healthy life. so far I have lost 13 pounds and I cant wait until I lose more and can feel better about myself. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:15:56 EST Reflection-week 1 It is the end of week 1 and I'm still feeling determined. I had 2 successes this week eating out and last night one failure. (See my blog). I guess I was a little too confident thinking "I got this". This is a lifestyle change and I need to take baby steps. Overall, it was a good start with good results. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:13:15 EST Run Janet Run I am a runner. My plan is to run a half marathon on July 4, 2014. My training was going well until I slipped on black ice and broke my arm! <BR> My goal is to lose some weight while I continue to train carefully! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:04:33 EST Newbie I have joined SparkPeople recently and learning about how this site works. I want to lose 8 more lbs and learn how to maintain my weight afterwards to keep the weight off. I walk 5 days a week with 10,000+ steps tracked thru my fitbit. I do customer service work and is very stressful. I am struggling with I have to eat something all the time and I am trying to keep my carbs low and not having much luck. Glad I came across this website. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:15:14 EST body at rest falls apart Recently had my yearly exam with blood work. My blood work came back awful! It was quiet a shocker because I've always been so healthy. Over the years I have not been as active as I had been due to a back surgery,the residual pain and FEAR of the pain.. Years of inactivity and mindless eating caught up with me! Long story short I need to do something NOW! So off to the dietitician I went, the guidence I recieved was priceless. Recommand everyone seeing one so your path is littered with truths... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:19 EST goals My weight loss goal this week is to loose 2-3 pounds. (Thursday to Thursday)220 would be an awesome number to see on the scale. I've decided to do walk away the pounds 3 days this week one mile. And full body weights at the gym two days a week.I know I hate going to the gym more than twice a week because I have school and hopefully soon work. I'm hoping sparkpeople well help keep me motivated. <em>249</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:59:22 EST Wk one: feeling optimistic Yea! Started Saturday evening and I am down 3 lbs! Began my exercise program, sticking to my healthier eating, planning meals/snacks ahead of time to prevent bad decisions in moments of weakness. I discovered I get off track when I'm bored/inactive. Being retired and staying busy every minute of the day is difficult, but, I have recognized it for what it is and try to push thru it by getting up and doing something to distract me for 20 minutes. Sometimes it's logging on here and reading ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:04:32 EST New Beginning <em>521</em> Today I am starting a new beginning, I'm not a bad looking person but I want to lose some of this excess weigh. I'm not comfortable on how I look or feel and I'm the only person that can make this change for me. So with my SparkPeople Team here we go. You have added one more individual who can. Some years ago I lost 60 lbs. doing weight watcher and put it all back on, I'm older now and health issues are a great concern for me so I am determine to keep it off. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:23:55 EST Week 1 goals I'm here because I've been in TOPS for almost 7 years and have gained weight instead of losing it. I currently weight 195 pounds and would like to get down to 150 (at some time in the future). I also have some medical problems including low thyroid, and most of all, Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'm in pain a lot of the time and very tired. I think that by losing some weight I might be able to turn around and have more energy. <BR> <BR> My goal this week is to show a loss at TOPS by at least hal... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:22:36 EST 1 week Goals My goals this week will be: <BR> 1: Take at least 15 minute walks with my dog <BR> 2: Drink 8 glasses of water every day <BR> 3: transition to whole grains <BR> <BR> I think for me this will be a great place to start! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:34:56 EST New to the challenge - Goals I'm new to SparkPeople and the Diabetes Challenge. My goals initially are to continue to lower my BS levels. I will do this by maintaining a good diet, adding in daily exercise (slowly due to a bilateral hip injury) and checking my levels daily. I had lost 85 lbs and was completely off insulin and all diabetes medications. However last fall due to a critical issue with asthma/pneumonia I was put on high levels of steroids for 13 weeks. This increased by BS to the high 400's. They have s... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:43:38 EST Time for a new beginning No matter how many times I say I'm going to be a healthier person, unless I actually put down the chips and pick up the fruit, it's just words. Well I picked up my fruit and it's an amazing feeling! At 274 lbs and only 26 years old I can't do it anymore. I am so excited to do this challenge! Good luck to all of you!! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:27:02 EST I just cant seem to get it right I've had diabetes since i was a kid and i cant seem to get it under control if i was eating healthy it would be fine but i love food and it expensive to buy healthy food i love fruit and vegetable but they cost more than the cookies i love too what should i do if any body has any tips on what i can do to control my sweet tooth and lower my budget so i can buy more fruit <em>76</em> <em>495</em> verses <em>210</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:07:09 EST I need to get on the right track I was diagnosed in 2002 and was the caregiver for my late husband who was in kidney failure due to diabetes and agent orange. I knew all the facts and the dangers but being the caregiver was so stressful that i ignored my health and took care of him. After he passed away I just went on with my life as before and denied the existence of my health problems until I would see a Dr then I would try for a while and do better but then would get back to ignoring it. I never had a Dr suggest an end... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:55 EST my weightloss goals eat healthier, exercise for at least an hour a day, drink more water and less sodas. That is my worst downfall is drinking soda. I'm gonna do like it says on here and try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day or more. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 00:29:43 EST What is a good BS for bedtime I had a BS of 99 after supper. This is unusually low for me so in a worried state I ate fruit, a cookie and half cup of milk before going to bed. What is too low before going to bed? l am on metformin so it is not increasing insulin. I didn't imagine it as a possibility when I was diagnosed so didn't think to ask my dr. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 00:39:28 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:29 EST my goofy healthy life. I was recently diagnosed with prediabetes, a word I thought I was invincible to. I know that was just me being nieave because let's face the facts everyone in my family has diabetes except NY generation. My doctor recommemded I go on medication but I decided NO! It is my body j got it to this state and I should be the one to get it out of this state instead of going w the easy option of living the way I have been and popping a pill. I started out weighing 213 and am now currently weighing 197... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:01:49 EST challenge ME I'm excited to begin this 8 week challenge <em>224</em> My goal is to lose 50 lbs overall and not to become diabetic like both my parents and older brother. Although I have been trying to lose weight on my own, it just isn't happening. So being a part of this group may be the inspiration that I need to take control of my LIFE and pre diabetes before it's too late. Turning 50 this year make me take a hard look at my weight and body image realizing that the older I get the harder it will be ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:27:15 EST hello Hello all, I am here to get myself back on track. In the last 4 years, I have gained 40 lbs. I am trying to get it off and then some. I have to start small and work my way back up to the fitness and nutrition level I want to be at for the rest of my life. I am thanking you in advance for any support and encouragement you may offer. I hope that I can be that source for some of you as well. Thanks Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:42:58 EST Good Evening.... Hi - my name is Jeff, and I live in upstate NY. I've always been a "big guy"....I'm 6ft4, and usually weigh, plus or minus, about 300 pounds. I used to work in mental health, where size was often a factor in dealing with patients. And I've always felt that I derived part of my identity, from my size. <BR> <BR> Weight was never a problem - or at least I never perceived it as a problem......a number of years ago (probably more than 10), I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic....and I was main... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:10:48 EST lent we made it past fat tuesday, we had french toast and bacon(very little syrup) this will be an excuse to give up some fat for a few weeks. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:45:02 EST Alikat I need help! I am a yoyo dieter and have recently been on a non stop eating binge! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:08:40 EST Hi, my name is Faith I have pre diabetes, A1C is 7.1 my goal is to lose 70 lbs. by my birthday 22 Jan. 2015. But right now I need to lose 20 lbs in 8 weeks. Does this sound like to much? I don't want to disappoint my Dr. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:12:49 EST Hi my name is Shawna Today starts my weightloss journey! I'm very nervous, almost scared. I have failed at this journey so many times, but today I'm just doing one day at a time:) Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:59:05 EST Missanne on the move I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST My Goals I guess I joined this May of 2013 but never committed to this Challenge. I have never done any of the workouts, but I do walk almost every day. I love the tracker and it has helped me greatly. This week I want to do some workouts. I don't know what my hang up is about doing a workout, but I can overcome it....I know I feel better when I walk, currently on treadmill....snow....but I just haven't committed to workouts. I can do this. <em>521</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 05:16:59 EST Starting over goals Get morning sugars to 120 or less and start losing weight by: <BR> 1. Getting more sleep <BR> 2. Watching carbs <BR> 3. Tracking food <BR> 4. Getting more water daily <BR> 5. Getting more steps / adding more activity daily <BR> <BR> When I first signed up for this challenge (several years ago) I never followed through on it. I plan to do better this time around. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:05:27 EST Hi, I'm Nancy I joined the Challenge to help me keep motivated and accountable. Since May I lost nearly 90 pounds on a low carb diet, but unfortunately, about 20 found me again over the holidays! Well, you know how that goes. I went back on my low carb and am getting that momentum back. My goal is to get rid of that 20 again and lose 70 more by August or September. We have an exercise class at work (one of Leslie Sansone's walking tapes for 15 min.) and I have a workout plan at our local YMCA but... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:01:36 EST Returned to SP Good morning! I have returned to SP to better manage my diabetes and get healthy. I have already started the work out plan since the new year, but would like to get the food back in check. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:07:06 EST Hi returning to SP was a member a few years ago, but with a new job and move, got away from this and other things in my life. now am back, got the big wake up call from my doctor the other day, that i am diabetic, so here i am, i have made some drastic changes in my life recently, mostly cutting out all the bad things like sugar and things i loved to indulge in. so am hoping that this site will help me both keep track of my nutrition and fitness, but also get some tips and suggestions from others going through... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:24:52 EST daryl kemp retired I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:53 EST Southern WV Mommy Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Finding myself again I just want to find myself again the person that could walk anywhere and enjoy it and just to be able to enjoy my life again and get off of the couch. I want to feel human again and feel free from these constrictions that I have put on myself. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:27:14 EST another newbie newly diagnosed Yep, Newbie and newly diagnosed this week with DM type 2, Talk about sobering reality check when the pharmacist starts loading all the strips, lancets, sharps container, machine ect in front of you and you look around and realize your only 39 y/o and this isn't supposed to happen quite yet. By that I mean, I knew with genetics it was very possible, add into that bad food choices, obesity, pcos, and htn. yep but still felt pretty good about everything. Not new to spark people, used to be on y... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:01:36 EST the best sweets I believe that taking the time to make a healthy snack cookie or bar is the answer to control. <BR> then you know how many servings you are allowed and how many calories are involved. Find a recipe with a good amout of fiber, like oats, chia seeds, and check out King Arthur flour web site. they have a hi maize flour that has lots of fiber. baking with this is a smart idea, learn about them.Sparkpeople also has a calculator to find how many calories per serving of a special recipe. <em>495... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:53:41 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:47 EST Thinking of you messages to Judsterf Judy is having so health issues right now and I think it would be nice if we could send her a shower of good wishes. <BR> She may not. Either able to reply but we can bless her this way. <BR> Linda Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:32:09 EST Make Soup home made soup is so good and so satisfying when you are hungry. a big bowl full is not that many calories. avoid cream soups and watch the carb content. MAKE SOUP TODAY <em>267</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:57:19 EST Hi I'm Diane I'm restarting the program, after starting the 8 week program in December, I had a knee issue from a skiing accident 26 years ago. Knee is still giving me a problem but I need to get on with my weight loss. Been depressed, trying to get out of my depression <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:50:53 EST Hello from Aurora, MO I joined SparkPeople last week after joining the Bod4God class at our church here in Aurora. I am trying to get used to tracking everything I eat and managing my exercise routines. I am also not good at posts where I am supposed to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My husband and I adopted two of our grandchildren and they are 5 and 6 years old. Recently I made the decision that I wanted to see them grow up and decided to improve my health by losing weight and changing my eating habits. I also gav... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:02:42 EST New member... I am a new member on here and I'm thrilled to find this place. I have had diabetes for 7-8 years, and my goal is to lose a LOT of weight. I take 3 injections a day of Humalin R which is a concentrate so in reality that translates to 420 units of insulin a day. Every day! For type 2 diabetes! I am going to get at it hard on this site and set small goals, the first of which is to lose 20 pounds and exercise 10 minutes a day. I had to medically retire at age 55 and I came home and sat down and I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:59:20 EST HIya I'm Kaity hi I'm Kaity and I'm looking forward to this new journey in life to better myself physically. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new life choices to better myself. I hope along the way I can help others as well. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:07 EST Goals My goal for week 1 is to control blood sugar with diet and exercise. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:02:21 EST Wanting the best for yourself This will be the last time that I am overweight! <BR> At sixty years of age this coming Friday l have spent to many of my adults trapped inside a body that is not my own. <BR> Yes, I have enjoyed years of what could be called good health as I was not overweight in my twenties and early thirties. But when I look back my eating habits were never the best. So l too often depended on over the counter diet pills and even prescribed medications to be slim. <BR> Now, l am over coming type 2 diabet... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:45:07 EST Hi I'm Annabel im interested in connecting with others who have SLE. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:45:53 EST Here I am Hello, <BR> I'm Tessa (AKA Squishieme) I got the nick name squishie from my sister, I was at a Dr. appointment when I text her about it. It was a breast check up, there are some spots that they monitor every year. My sister asked how the boobies were doing I told he big and squishie. So squishie stuck. This is my third time working with sparkpeople. I really enjoyed it the first time met some members, but didn't keep in touch with them. The second time I let life get in the way. <BR... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:09:23 EST Starting over - My Goals I will get my FBS under 120 for a week. I will get to bed earlier and get moving everyday. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:27:31 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST My Goal I am 62 and I believe it is never too late to take one's future into hand. My goal is to live a healthy, diabetes complication free life and not to be a source of worry for my daughter and enjoy spoiling my grandson as long as I can <em>521</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:53:19 EST Finding it tough!! Hi, I have been on 1200 calories for a month and have been religiously weighing my food and not cheating, recording every single thing I have eaten, and have lost only three pounds! I have taken up running on my treadmill and do twenty minutes two or three times a week, other than that I am fairly sedentary at work. given that I used to eat about 1200 calories a meal I am really surprised I am not losing weight faster to be honest... I am trying to stay positive but the lack of weight loss i... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:03:15 EST Hi All! New To SP! Looking forward to joining in Just wanted to drop a line to say hello to everyone. It's been many years since I was last on SP. I've been away NOT TAKING care of myself and I find myself back to the drawing board. I am a nurse, mother of two beautiful teenage boys, married to a wonderful man of 20 years. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 1997. It's been down-hill the whole way. This is a very difficult disease to manage---lot's of anger & resentment to work through, but I have spent the last year taking over t... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:50:40 EST My goals To lose 60 lbs slowly. But over all lower my a1c so that my chances are lessened of complications. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:38:23 EST Goals Hi, I was diagnosed as prediabetic last year, and my numbers are still borderline. The doctor said loosing weight should help, so I'd like to start losing weight while I do this challenge and get used to monitoring my calorie and sugar intake with the nutrition tracker. Best wishes to everyone! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:30:22 EST Starting All Over, Again I have been a this site a number of times. I have diabetes, high blood pressure and a 17 year old son, that I want to see finish college. It is time for me to start AGAIN. Tomorrow, will be the first day, that I will get up, exercise, have a banana and yogurt for breakfast. Have a snack and then have a salad for lunch. Stir-fry for dinner. Going to do it this time. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:47:22 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST Ready to Begin I just received my first letter from the doctor that shook me up. My sugar numbers are finally in the pre-diabetic range. I've been flirting with danger and unhealthy eating for awhile. So, it's time to get serious. I plan to track my eating, reduce my intake of carbs and commit to exercising 5 times a week. One day at a time! I'm grateful to find a place that will help guide new habits. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:27:24 EST have faith my friend and i have been trying to eat healthier since jan 4. today is feb 18, so thats about 6 weeks of eating better(not perfect). all of a sudden today we both realized we werent craving anything..........we couldnt even figure what to fix for dinner. we survived valentines weekend with only a few flubs, i bought some dark chocolate with almond nuggets, but we tried to control ourselves and they are about the healthiest treat. <BR> anyway, heres my point, i think it takes about 6 wee... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:49:02 EST My Goals for Week 1 <em>40</em> I have struggles with being overweight my whole life. At the moment I am about 75 lbs. over what I should weigh for my height. Which I am 5' 2" and I should weigh no more than 140 and that still considers me overweight. <BR> I don't think that I have weight that since late middle school or early high school. <BR> I am also a diabetic with border line high cholesterol. I have been on medication for almost 6 years. In October one of my diabetic meds was changed and I struggled ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:35:12 EST tuna for breakfast? i started making canned tuna, drained with a slight amount of (olive oil hellmans mayo) and some chopped celery. i divide the mixture in half, then i get 2 breakfasts from it. i put half of it on one piece of whole grained toast. its wonderful and it sustains me for almost 4 hours before i get hungry again. <em>492</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:54:54 EST My goals for week 1 Exercise is the most challenging for me. My son, who is a body builder, tells me that I just need to "show up" or get started. Exercising 15 minutes a day is my first goal and the second is to go to bed before midnight. I sleep well but not long enough when I'm a night owl. Turning off the television and computer will help. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:16:45 EST Goal I just want to get back where I was two years ago and where I am supposed to be which is at 145-150 lbs. In the next 2 months I aim to lose 10 lbs or more. I will stick with it, do it and get it. Good luck. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:13:07 EST My Goals New here, my goal is to track my sugar every day, more water and move movement! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:37:56 EST Hello! Wow. I just discovered this site and it is so amazing! I am a mother of two daughters who spent the last fifteen years raising them and forgot to raise myself. I am pre-diabetic and I am ready to change my life and better my health. I would appreciate all the support I can get and want to support all of you in your journeys as well. I am excited to be here! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:58:05 EST my goals My goal is to lose weight and get healthier. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:32:37 EST Hi Everyone! I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST fruit and veggies im confused, is it a total of 5 fruits and veg or 3-5 servings of each? <em>491</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:16:18 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST Starting the 8-week Challenge Hi! My name is Mia and I live in Denver. After about five years on thyroid medication, I now have Type 2 diabetes. With 80 pounds to shed, the 8-week weight loss challenge seems like a good place to start. As I read more about diabetes and its effects on my body, I am motivated to start moving and reach a healthier weight. I would like to be Gramma Mia to my four grandchildren for years to come! <BR> <BR> I posted earlier but had not figured out how to use the message topic line. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:29:29 EST Please introduce yourself here! Hi! My name is Mia. After years on thyroid medication, I now have Type 2 diabetes. With about 80 pounds to shed, the 8-week weight loss challenge seems like a good place to start. As I read more about diabetes and its effects on my body, I am motivated to start moving and reach a healthier weight. I would like to be Gramma Mia to four grandchildren for years to come! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:15:00 EST New to having Diabetes I just found out in Jan, that I have Diabetes, I am trying hard to get on track and lose weight, I am very over weight, so I have a long way to go. if you can help with any web sites or anything let me know Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:53:57 EST A new Beginning I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST SBrinson01 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST Goals My goals are to: <BR> <BR> 1.) Eat healthier <BR> 2.) Check my sugars at least twice daily <BR> 3.) Lose roughly 50 pounds by my wedding on Halloween <BR> <BR> I am here because I have been diabetic since I was eight. It always seemed so difficult to maintain my weight or even my diet because it seemed there were so many limitations to what I could eat, but nobody else my age. I'm trying to take better care of myself so that I can be there for my family later in life. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:21:05 EST AFFAIDOO's SparkPage I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST New on the block Hi, my name is Cindy. I have type 2 diabetes and need to lose weight. It's hard and I need the help. I cannot even look at myself anymore. I am just starting and going to do my best. I have 2 grandchildren and I want to be around for a long time to see them grow up! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:39:23 EST New to SparkPeople I've had out of control blood sugars for 9 months. I am 4 weeks into carb counting to get sugars under control. Doing pretty well with carb counting. Just had a scare with an abnormal bun-createnine level, indicating I may be beginning kidney failure. I've got to do this. Hoping communication with others will help. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:22:21 EST Goals My goals are to get my levels to normal and stop this going up and down. Also to loose weight and to get a good start on exercise. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:49:11 EST Bryan G2 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST Hello I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hello I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST New member Hi, I'm Anne and new to SparkPeople. This looks like an interesting and inspiring website. I am looking forward to exploring ways that it can help me be motivated to get and stay healthy! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:49:51 EST A new lease on life Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a 32 year old cancer survivor, wife and mom of one. After a 5 year battle with multiple myeloma I am gratefully in full response to treatment, though I am loathe to say I am healthy. For this entire journey I have told myself that the extra weight is from all the steroids, or that I would lose it when I had my transplant last spring, but not so. While I believe that during treatment was not the time to try to lose weight I don't think that gaining(!) 50lbs assisted ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:55:08 EST New To Spark Hi Everyone I'm new to spark. Looking forward to sharing this journey with each of you. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:12:00 EST Hi Hi all. I am a 55 yo grandmother of 1 who needs desperatly to lose weight. I have had a stroke which paralyzed 1/2 of me so I need to lose 100 lbs I have tried exercise, diet etxbut my physician says I am limited as to what I can do. I've exercised both in the water and out. Nothing is helping. Maybe this will be it Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:09:18 EST I'm a newbee to sparkpeople I joined at the end if last year but things were so hectic here that I did not have time to devote to the program. Well, now is the time. I would like to introduce myself, my name is Sandy, age 70+ but do not think of myself as old. I love animals, and have 4 dogs and a parrot. It seems like I have always been on a diet of one sort or another. I managed to get myself up to 278# and have been successful in getting my weight down to 210# but I feel that I can't get it beyond that point. I'm los... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:11:56 EST Goals for Diabetc weight loss challange I want to loss 25 pounds, 5 pounds at a time. When I get to that goal, I may want to go farther, but I'll wait and see. <BR> I am exercising in a class 3-5 days a week, and walking 2days a week for 60 minutes each time at a 20 minute per mile pace. i want to increase the time to 120 minutes by the summer. <BR> I will follow the carb counting food plan established by my dietician and myself. <BR> I will track my food intake, exercise daily, and weight once per week. <BR> I will check my blood... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:17:50 EST week 1 Hello everyone. My name is Javelle. This is week one for me. I hope to gain allies in SPARK. My goal for week one is to maintain a low carb, low sugar diet. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:51:42 EST Celebrating my success so far I just wanted to share that I've been doing Sparkpeople since January 1st and I've lost nearly 18 pounds so far. This progress is what gets me through when I want a giant bowl of pasta swimming in butter. Which is pretty much every single day! <BR> <BR> I'm relearning to love fruits and vegetables. <em>4</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:21:08 EST god bless god is good ! hello my name is zully and i am currently having a super hard time trying to loose weight i need help and suport to get motivated . Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:26:20 EST Hello Hi, I'm Shirley. I am now on SparkPeople through my employer. I already had a SparkPeople presence though. I have so energized by the people in the forums, especially the 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose. Thank you and I hope I can help someone too. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:33:07 EST Hello from Houston ! Hi I'm Maria from Houston! I need your support. I want to start taking care of myself and enjoying good health. Life is short and wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Maria <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:47:36 EST cooking more at home Rachel Ray had a show on about doing all your cooking for the week in one day. i will often do that with soup, a meat loaf or meat balls, brown rice,cous cous salad and other salads then you don't have to cook everyday, it can be a PIB, especially all the clean up. you must have room to store your treasures though. soup if not eaten in a few days can be stored in the freezer, when you do eat it it will be better than anything in a can and even better than going to BOB EVANS. the trick to sta... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:36:11 EST My Goal My goal for this 8 week challenge is to try and stick with it. My biggest problem is follow through. I want to lose weight and exercise and eat right. <em>521</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:42:39 EST My Goals My goals during this 8 week challenge are to lose weight and control my daily blood sugar levels. I am challenging myself to stay consistent with this program. <em>521</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:42:04 EST Introduction Hello everyone. I'm Lisa, age 46, young grandmother, step-mom of two young men and newly married to my sweetheart, John. <BR> <BR> I'm about 50 pounds overweight and recently diagnosed with diabetes. I love spending all my spare time with my family camping and fishing on the Shenandoah river. I commute 2.5 hours round-trip for work each day and work 10.5 hours on top of the commute. I have very little time for myself during the week and I don't have much energy on the weekend. <BR> ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:22:19 EST Transitioning to Insulin Therapy The day I had dreaded for years finally came to fruition this past Friday, January 31, 2014 when my doctor advised me that medication alone was no longer working and I would need to transition to insulin therapy as well. I felt the tears well up in my eyes. I had always been afraid of this day. <BR> <BR> I filled my prescription for Levemir and got everything I needed to begin on Friday. I was very afraid of giving myself my first injection. I delayed until last night. My husband was by... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:57:45 EST My Goal I recently was diagnosed with Diabetes. I need to lose 50 pounds, tone up, and have tons of fun on the river this summer without feeling embarrassed about wearing a bathing suit instead of settling for shorts and a Tshirt. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:53:36 EST trying to post in setting goals but it wouldn't le Hi, I started this yesterday. My goals are to change my lifestyle not start a diet. I will check my sugar and take my shots six times a day. I will only consume my carbs from veggies. I will not eat any processed food. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 02:21:04 EST Looking to start Body Revolution this week... Hi! I would love a partner who is looking to start with me. Let me know if you are interested! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:28:33 EST Not healthy anymore Need some motivation and fellow friends! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:01:49 EST Making more meals at home? Sure! :) The action step for Week 2 about making more meals at home is going to be easy for me to do. I've only been diagnosed for one week, and in that week, I've been so tempted to go out for a lunch or a dinner, or even a breakfast, but then I think..."Why go out and spend all that money and give a nice tip for a salad or chicken breast and steamed vegetables?" I can make those at home. <BR> <BR> When I ate out pre-diagnosis, I enjoyed eating out to enjoy foods that I didn't usually fix at... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:58:33 EST My Goal... My goal for week one is to try to keep a stable blood sugar level...not too high, not too low. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:33:04 EST Diva in Progress Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST Goals -- Strategies Hey everyone -- just wanted to create a thread for people to share info on how they are motivating themselves to achieve their goals. What hints can you give us newbies? :) Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:15:42 EST My Goal Just plain and simple: I am pre-diabetic and my goal is to lose weight, slim down and become fit as a fiddle again. I don't want to become diabetic if possible but I'm on a slippery slope atm. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:55:53 EST Diagnosis: diabetic I am now very close to being a Type 2 diabetic. It runs in my family but I thought I would never be one. Well, after retiring I just lost all control of what I ate and the result is that now I have to take some meds to control it. My doctor said I was bouncing between pre-diabetes and diabetes. I'm glad there is a support team. I have a lot to learn. <em>46</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:27:32 EST Hi From Tennessee! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am a newbie to Sparkpeople, and I have had diabetes since 1995, when I was 30 years old. I was on oral medication alone, then my pancreas gradually stopped working and I am also now on insulin. I have diabetic retinopathy (caused by doctors who think heavy = someone who eats bad food all the time--long story) and have to have avastin injections in both eyes monthly. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, and I have been as heavy as 500 lbs at one point in my life... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:31:13 EST Patience I have no patience and want all things to come yesterday. I have been here on this site since 2006! I have yo-yoed up and down but back to my weight with more weight gain each time so I again just tried everything and every diet but to no avail. So here I am again so this time I will start again but please any suggestions please let me know!!!! <BR> <BR> Dee Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:30:19 EST finding your way around spark people hello well im on spark people again for another go of it i havent been o for a few yrs i believe...tryed quite a few yrs ago but didnt keep it its a new start and and a new beginig...i was at my highest weight 2 yrs ago at 265 so i desided to go to hebal magic i did do my2 yrs although i didnt follow it perfectly i did lose approx 50 pounds...since the i can not stand taking pills...and i am back up to i will start slowly and py attention o what i eating..i go swimming 2 t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:01:18 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Hello I have type 2 and I m insulin dependent. I want to loose weight to help manage my diabetics and become stronger and healthier. I have been feeling so weak lately. I am unemployed and seem to be stagnating. I am hoping spark will help me get back on track. I am going to school so my brain is active, I need to get my body in gear. Im looking forward to being part of this community! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:17:28 EST Hello, Ya"ll From Texas Let me introduce myself. I am 52 years old and live in the Greater Houston area. I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man and we have one teenage daughter. I also have 3 fur babies--2 cats and a Chinese Crested dog. My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and walking my dog. In 2012, I graduated from 7 years of school obtaining my BSW and MSW in social work. Over those years, I put on quite a bit of weight--mostly late night eating and stress/comfort eating. This year, I had ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:19:15 EST My Goals For this 8-Weeks Weight Loss Challenge: <BR> <BR> I would like to lose a pound a week and also learn a new way of eating in order to manage my blood sugar problems. <em>9</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:25:44 EST Week 1 - Goarls My goal is to lower my FBS and lose a few pounds. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:14:48 EST My Goal I have joined because I need a good program that will tell me what I should eat as a diabetic and how to loose weight and keep it off. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:43:47 EST Scared! Trying hard not to stay on program and stay positive! Help! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:09:30 EST Week 1 of the challenge: Here I come! I've been at this point in my life a million times. I start out like a gang buster just to drop off and gain all the weight back. I seem to be the type of person that never follows through. This time I'm going to be different. I'm going to try my best to follow through! I want to lose a total of 55-65 pounds but I'm going to be realistic this time. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm here. I'm ready. I need support! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:04:18 EST Hello Hi, I am Gen. Looking forward to a new start in 2014. I am a Type-2 diabetic that has attempted to keep numbers down by diet and exercise. I have noticed over the past year that my numbers are creeping up there and need to get back on track with lo-carb eating and exercising. I need to be more disciplined!!!! <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:36:34 EST Getting Started So grateful for a new start! <em>249</em> Joined this group to be accountable for keeping on track with my eating habits and exercise. Love the menu planning suggestions. I am determined to get my A1C, cholesterol, and liver enzymes down to some sort of normal range. <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:13:48 EST i know what i need to do but how do i start I'm a wife and a mother of three.. I work a full time job, I've been trying to lose weight for years specifically since I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. How can I juggle a job and a family. And lose weight?.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:36:02 EST i know what i need to do but how do i start I'm a wife and a mother of three.. I work a full time job, I've been trying to lose weight for years specifically since I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. How can I juggle a job and a family. And lose weight?.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:31:33 EST i know what i need to do but how do i start I'm a wife and a mother of three.. I work a full time job, I've been trying to lose weight for years specifically since I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. How can I juggle a job and a family. And lose weight?.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:29:59 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:58 EST no ice cream for you.....not I felt like i had discovered this fact but i'm starting to see reference to it on the TV. Ok, we can't have ice cream!!! but we are allowed fruit every day!!!!. what i did was mash my banana (with dots) to use it for a smoothie and froze it to save the banana( they are getting expensive) <BR> I discovered that after it softened a little it tasted just like banana ice cream! then i started using this treat for my evening snack. sometimes i add a tbs of walnuts to it and it is awesome. <BR> yo... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:33:23 EST need a partner I need a diet partner . I am a 64 yr female ,need to lose weight for my heart. this is my first time with sparkpeople and could use some coaching. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST Returning Member Hi, Thanks to spark, I lost a lot of weight and kept it off. I left due to health problems, but I'm now back determined to finish losing the weight and have better control over my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:38:52 EST Sunny's Goals I'm back and determined to gain control of diabetes instead of it controlling me! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:37:26 EST WAS LOST NOW FOUND Well I have been away for a long time as to my health it has been a rough time just got a fair bill of health coming off of pneaumonia please try to stay healthy as that pneumonia put me in the hospital and it is rough at 72 yrs of age and having heart and diabetes problems does not sugar coat it so I am starting this challenge over so please pray for me as it is serious that I lose this weight. God is with me so please help me with any tips you may have! <BR> <BR> Haveableseed day <BR> <BR... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:01:21 EST New and scared Hi I'm JoAnna. I was diagnosed 9 years ago with type 2 diabetes and just recently with pcos. Neither have i really been educated on. It has been a looong medicated struggle but I have finally found a doctor and medication regimen that is working for me. I got married and then moved 5 months ago from all that I knew and now have to start over. I need a support system as no one that I know has diabetes nor struggles with their weight. Me and my husband recently started going to the gym 3 ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:42:20 EST My goals I am here because once again, I am starting my healthy living plan to lose weight, get healthy and control my diabetes. I hope this time, I can stick to it. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:08:53 EST Feeling Frustrated Too much going on! Can't focus on what I need to do. I have been tracking my meals just not on-line. The good news is that I lost a few pounds. My BS decreased and my clothes fit better. After just 2 weeks. When does this become second nature? It feels like a lot of work right now. Any suggestions? <em>198</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:50:22 EST Hi, I am thankful Hi, I am thankful that I have found this sight to help me get the weight off and learn how to eat better. I got scared at my last Dr. appointment when he said I was prediabetic. My Mom was diabetic and it is the last thing I want to get. SOOOOO I figure the only way I can beat the odds is to do something about my weight and learn how to eat better right now. I lost 20 lbs. last year but I was still eating badly( too many sweets). I know that managing diabetes is all about eating well and exe... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:25:32 EST I'm Ready for A Change Hello Everyone! My name is Priscilla. I am overweight, I am tired and I need a change. When I signed up for this site, once I got in, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed. It is far more exciting looking than I expected. But I am like a fish in water. I am currently, diabetic, overweight, with high BP. Low Cholesterol but still had a heart attack at 36 and an Angioplasty at 38. For a young African American female that starts a host of other illnesses that could occur and I want to b... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:41:29 EST Masherry HI! I am excited to join in here. I am 57 yrs old. I live in a very small town called Braxton. Everyone knows everyone. I have many health problems. My main reason for wanting to make life changes for the best are my 6 grandbabies ages 18 months -10years, I need to set a good example for them. I LOVE FAMILY, READING AND COOKING. I am ready to get started and need all the help I can get. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:39:03 EST food tracker well now i'm happy, i didn't like the meals the computer was giving me and was about to quit, i've never lasted more than 2 weeks on any diet, the main reason for my hefty weight. i checked out the HELP section and found out "how to make my own meal choices and track the nutrition." oh happy day!! <em>334</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:17:51 EST URGENT: Success Story Needed TONIGHT Hello, team. <BR> <BR> I'm Treenah, and I work in PR for SparkPeople. I need your help! A major women's magazine has an URGENT and specific media request that could result in you being featured in a national publication. <BR> Are you a woman ages 25-50 who has: <BR> - Lost 25 pounds <BR> - Used Glucerna products <BR> - Had/has type 2 diabetes <BR> - reduced or eliminated Type 2 Diabetes medication after losing the weight. <BR> <BR> If so, please reply to this SparkMail FRIDAY night o... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:07:04 EST 15 minute workout video Is anyone else having issues with this video? It's short which is great, but it does some things that I thought were no-nos when working out - Like strengthening the core without also working on the back, or working out the arms, core and legs, but only stretching the arms afterwards. <BR> <BR> Am I the only one having issues with the video? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:40:59 EST Hello, I am Wildpink3 I am currently working to lose weight. I can't wait for spring to go for walks. I have a long journey so I take it one day at a time. I spent a year changing my eating habits so this year it is time to add exercise. Any tips are welcome. Nice to meet all of you. Wildpink3 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:07:11 EST Trying it Again Ms. T I'm new to how this works but I'm hoping that I can be consistent and beat my unhealthy lifestyle. I'm a stress eater who turns to sweets and soda. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:30:17 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST The diabetic foot. I broke that number one rule for people with diabetes;"Don't walk about in barefeet." and I walked in the house in my bare feet and kicked something...I don't remember hurting my foot but I've done something. My good toe- not the gouty toe- is all swollen and purple and red and I am now on antibiotics and I've been told to keep off my feet. <BR> Still better an ounce of prevention than a ???what? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:42:52 EST Hello! <em>524</em> My name is Monica. I am 30 years old I have a four year old daughter. I got diabetes while preg. and kept it after giving birth. I also found out while I was preg, that I have major heart problems that require me to have a heart transplant! Thus why I am just joining sparkpeople. I just need awesome motivation and support. I live in NC and can't wait to meet new people trying to achieve the same thing as me. <em>253</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:37:11 EST New Member Hi, I joined this January , My doctor told me I was pre-diabetic and I really needed to take control of my weight and to incorporate some activity into my life . I purchased the SparkTracker so I can see my daily progress and now I am also tracking my food intake. I find it does motivate me to move more . I hope to lose another 10 lbs. by spring . <BR> I am a wife,mother and grandmother recently retired from the health care field. <BR> I enjoy reading, watching TV and playing on the compute... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:56:37 EST Not giving up Had to leave this group before I even got started good due to family health issues. <BR> Good news is husband is better and almost recovered from knee replacement then hernia surgery. <BR> It's time to stop putting me on the back burner and get serious with my health. <BR> I'm pre-diabetic and taking tablets to help me get my sugar under control. <BR> So far in the mornings it's under 130 now I'm aiming to get it under 120 and get this wt. off so I can get off meds and improve my health. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:21:20 EST Blood sugar levels and weight gain I gained 1.5 pounds today but my sugar levels were below 100 (98) for the first time in 6 weeks!!!. Don't get it, loose wait and have and increased blood sugar, gain weight, have a lower count. Will I ever get this down? Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:17:16 EST get moving this is the hardest part, even doing chair exercises requires motivation, im glad there are so many people in "the same boat" we can row for one another Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:20:04 EST My goals My goals as I begin this daunting task are as follows: <BR> 1. To get back in the habit of checking my glucose level DAILY. <BR> 2. To add at least 10 min. of physical activity DAILY. <BR> 3.To follow a food plan that doesn't include obvious sugars or binging on salty snacks. <BR> 4. To reach out several times each week to people in this community because I cannot do this on my own. <BR> <BR> Let it begin. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:11 EST Diabetic for 10 years/45 I have had this desease for 10 years and only done a quarter of what I should be doing to keep it under control. I am givin this a try and wanting more from life. I want to drop weight, but more than anything get healthy and drop sizes... no more 24 .. I have met my first goal of getting under 200. I quit smoking 2 weeks ago today, and I am going to curves tomorrow. I need some feedback on breakfast. I don't eat it and I need to start.. <BR> <BR> Vikki Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:04:32 EST doing well in wk 2 I am happy to say that I have stuck with this challenge pretty well. The spark website is great - so full of tips and motivation! I have stuck to the diet part of my goals however not the exercise part - so I am going to try and improve that this week. <em>363</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:47 EST just a question. On my daily meal plan my nutritionist gave me,for breakfast I can have 2 carbs(30g ttl)a protein & a fat. I had made myself several deviled eggs & I wonder,can these (1) be counted as a protein & a fat? any info would be appreciated. thanks. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:15:00 EST You are welcome Flo You are most welcome. Let's support each other in this adventure. <BR> Linda Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:58:14 EST Hi Everyone Good afternoon, my name is Leanne and I am not a new member but recently came back (last week) after a long time away. I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls ages 7 (will be 8 this month) and 13 (will be 14 in march). I run a daycare with 2 little people who are 1 and 4. Life is hectic for us. <BR> <BR> Growing up i knew my dad and grandpa had diabetes, but I thought I would not get it. I am a little over weight but am active. In 2009 my dr finally told me that I was in the begining stages.... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:52:44 EST New year-new start Hello, <BR> I am 52 F, I lost 45lbs a few years ago but have gained it back with some extra <em>29</em> so getting back on track this year. Wish you all the best of luck on your journey this year, I am easy to turn it around! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:57:58 EST Goals I am as close to the cusp of full-blown diabetes as I can get though I have not quite crossed the line yet. My goals over the next 8 weeks include: <BR> <BR> 1. Weaning myself off of soda completely by week 8. <BR> 2. Exercising at least 20 minutes 3 times a week. <BR> 3. Consume at least 5 fruit/vegetable servings per day. <BR> 4. Lose between 5-10 pounds. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:39:19 EST Hi everyone.. I am Jenny and I have been diagnosed with high risk borderline diabetes. Doctor has me eating differently and exercise right now. Right now my goal is to lose at least 18.5 lbs. I plan to lose more but can only see myself doing this slowly. I live in Colorado. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:09:16 EST Hi I'm Flo Hi my name is Flo. I live in Rapid City, SD. I am 63 and 100+ pounds overweight. My husband and I are retiring at the end of the year and going on the road with our RV. I want to be able to walk, explore and have fun without effort. I was recently diagnosed with prediabetis so I want to eradicate that also. I need to sleep with a cpap and would like to get rid of that also. I am semi retired so finally feel like I can start to focus on me. My last checkup showed my blood sugar to be in the pr... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:43:21 EST Goals My goal is to get healthy enough to not have to go on medication. I am considered "pre-diabetic", my fasting glucose was 99 last week. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:22:58 EST Day 2 Here we go ... Day 1 went really well. Hoping for a good day 2. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:18:41 EST Hi all! I am new to Sparkpeople and just trying to figure this out. I am a conservative homeschool mom in Colorado. I do not stick to one curriculum as we have found being flexible helps my two children ages 8 and 10. I enjoy going to church and serving others. I volunteer regularly at food banks. I am worried about my weight that has spiralled out of control in recent years. I need to actively change my lifestyle and would love some encouragement on the best way to do this in little steps. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:43:19 EST Exercise 3-4 days a week, need motivation Need all the help I can get to stay on track to loose 30 pounds. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:28:18 EST jagors I am new to this site obviously, however, I was just searching for answers when I found this site. I am trying to gather information on how to shop for the correct foods, carbs etc. It is so overwhelming. I am very active as far as physically working out at the local Y at least four days a week. During good weather I ride a bicycle 25 miles at least three times a week. I just cannot get the food consumption correct. I tried to stop all breads,cakes etc. but my blood sugar dropped to the... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:24:07 EST Hi, I'm Kelly So, I haven't been to the doctor in over a year, but I am sure that I am pre-diabetic, I'm overweight 60 pounds and have dealt with some fundamental symptoms of diabetes. So, I'm trying to take control of my health, my life and ultimately find myself with energy and being a better mother for it. I have two very young children 2 & 4, and being overweight just slows me down and doesn't make mom much fun. So, joining the challenge and have so far been great! I have accomplished all of the go... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:56:05 EST Hello There! I just re-joined SparkPeople thinking it would be a good way to get motivated to eat better and exercise more. I guess I'm looking for some accountability <em>41</em> I'm a type 1 diabetic who uses an insulin pump (LOVE it!) and for me, that's made working out a challenge. There's nothing worse than getting off the treadmill and discovering your sugar is at 30. I'm slowly figuring out how to prevent episodes like this, meaning I can't use my fear of hypoglycemia as an excuse for not workin... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:25:29 EST Exercise Videos Are the exercise videos available for purchase? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:14:34 EST AGAYE 2014 READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING HEALTHY AND IMPROVING MY LIFE. . Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:56:57 EST New to Spark People! My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:49 EST I just started today! Hi, my name is Peggy. I have 100+ lbs. to lose. If I can lose 2 lbs a week I will be at my goal in December, 2014. I've tried everything. I am totally committed to this plan. I've never belonged to a Forum and am hopeful this will keep me motivated. My sister has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I fear I'm heading in the same direction. Glad to be here, and hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:48:33 EST New to sparkpeople Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I read about this group in one of my women's magazines and it seemed like a very supportive place to be. I am 65 years of age. I have type 2 diabetes, but I am very well in control. My highest weight was 197 pounds many years ago; I am now at 137 pounds. My goal is between 125 and 130. I have an A1C of 6.8 as of yesterday. My doctor is very happy with my progress and this time I really want to hit my goal and stay there. I have lost the same pounds many times i... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:40:35 EST Hi everyone! My name is LuLu and I have had Type I juvenile diabetes for the past 55 years. I just got an insulin pump last month and I am wondering if anyone here would know of a website I can use to calculate my carbohydrates that I eat each meal???? <BR> <BR> Any and all help will be appreciated! I am using MyFitnessPal on my Iphone; however, it does NOT calculate how many carbs I consume in each meal! For example, today, at lunch, I ate 1 1/2 cup of home made potato salad and it can't calculate th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:21:23 EST Getting back on track! Hello! Happy New Year to all! I joined SparkPeople in order to lose the 15 pounds I gained since September 2013. I also would like to lose an additional 10 pounds but I'm just focusing on the first 15 right now. Tracking my food daily is the biggest help so far. It really keeps me focused. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:57:15 EST Goals Hi, my diabetes has been so out of control for many years. I feel terrible. I seem to start diets all the time but before long I am back to my old destructive habits. I turn 50 on the 9th and I want to find the old me who was 8 sizes smaller and healthy. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:50:17 EST Week 1, 2nd full day Really wanted to get active - and have rediscovered how much better life is when I start with the exercise. The hike down the hill, across the creek, up the hill, then up the 2 flights of steps to the front door and on to the 3rd floor without stopping - was easier today than yesterday. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:05:33 EST Diet or meal plan Hi all, <BR> For me it seems that the low carb diet works best for me. I don't get the cravings for sugar and carbs like I do when I incorporate too many carbs in my diet. <BR> Has anyone else had results with any other diets and didn't have carb cravings. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:28:39 EST Good morning Good morning everyone. My name is Leanne and I am a 37 year old mother and wife. My girls are 8 and 14. I have been struggling with weight since I was 8 years old. In 2009 my dr told me I was borderline type 2. I wasn't surprised as my dad had type 2 and my grandfather has diabetes as well. <BR> <BR> In 2009 I started here and with in about 4 months shed 40lbs. Wow did I ever look and feel different. Then I had a gall bladder attack. I continued my journey but then fell off the wag... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:49:55 EST Natural sugar I have not found a board for this so I am sorry if I am starting up a old subject. <BR> I am looking for alterive sugar ideas to put in my oatmeal and cereals, I so far I have used yogurts( when they are on sale) and fruit instead of sugar. This morning I did a little maple syrup because I was out of both. Does anyone have any ideas? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:27:05 EST new Hi I'm new and trying to lose. Nice to meet ya all &#128518; Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:51:45 EST day 5 Day 5 is coming to a close, been trying to get familiar site it has a lot to offer, now I just have to make it work for me Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:31:23 EST Day One First day here and my goals for the week are to exercise more and get my eating under control. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:39:34 EST hi im lulu and im new here hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:06 EST day 5 My biggest challenge is fitness. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:23:33 EST day 5 Staying with in my range. No weight lost but blood sugar is on target Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:12:39 EST week one I have been a diabetic now for 2 years and im just as lost as i was when i was diagnosed. I hope to learn how to eat healthier. During this challenge i want to gain enough knowledge on healthy eating that it becomes second nature to me. I want to start off by adding lots of vegetables to my meals and also drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day. <em>521</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 03:59:44 EST Goals While I don't have diabetes I would like to manage my sugar and carb intake better. I am going to exercise 4-5 times per week and my overall goal is to make habits to lose weight. I really need to manage overheating . <em>521</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:26:54 EST RPAULI401 Hello I am starting my new lifestyle tomorrow. I am very excited to begin. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:57:01 EST Unsure but excited Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST Week 1 My goal is to get my A1C below 7%. To do this I need to make some changes to my health. Exercise, better food choices and proper checking and maintenance of my sugars and my general health. For too long I have been neglecting my health and it's time to get things sorted out again. <BR> <BR> I have been frustrated and tired of being diabetic for a while now. The truth is, it's not going to go away, regardless of how much I pout about it. So it's time for me to stop pouting and get to work ta... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:57:26 EST Trying again Trying again...I need to stick to this and lose weight. It is the will power I lack but a group of us women are heading to the local Fire Department to work out. The Fire Chief has given his ok for us to use their weight room. So working with other women might be the key to keeping me accountable. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:26:19 EST Week 1 My goal is to get more active and lose weight to improve my health and energy level. I also have fibro and many other challenges in life. I'm on new medication for fibro, and now that I'm feeling better, I want to try to get healthier. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 02:22:41 EST Week One Goal for MrHippy I have to keep this very simple because I am soooooo in the hole right now and can barely stand to think about change. <BR> <BR> I am going to add a fruit and a veg serving to my atrocious fast food diet each day of the first week. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:14:50 EST Hello... My Name is Latisha and I am not new to sparkpeople, I just decided to re start fresh for this new year. I am more focused and willing to do the work needed to accomplish my goals. I started a new profile because I wanted to get rid of those that said they would support me but didnt, those that said they were on the journey with me but werent. I do not want anything pulling me backwards. I just want to move forward. I have been a diabetic for a LONG time and I am tired of it! I want to be heal... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:34:53 EST My Goal... My goal is to control my eating habits. I am so addicted to sugar and carbs and that is NOT a good thing for a Diabetic. I am determined to be healthy. I am so sick of being tired all of the time. I am tired at 8 in the morning when I should have energy to start my day at work. I know that I can not do this alone and I am here for the support of those that have the same concerns and struggles as I do. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:21:50 EST My Goals My goals are to consistently follow a healthy diet,exercise at least 3 times a week. lose 20 pounds, drop my AIC to 6, and be accountable for all my behaviors. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:42:50 EST Starting a new year with a new direction Hi everyone, my name is Sue and I just turned 59 forever this year, and thank you for being a part of Sparkpeople and luring me into a healthy new direction. I have been diabetic for about 10 years but this last year I just started insulin injections at night and my AIC is climbing to 9.2 and I know I have to take control of my body and lifestyle. I have gone to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy eats and have my meditation mat and hand weights ready to go and the rest of the jour... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:36:33 EST goals week 1 To be healthier and leaner for the rest of my life. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:56:41 EST ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:36 EST Trying To Figure It All Out...Can Anyone Help? I am new to the Team Forum, and I'm struggling to figure out how to use the community msg board. For instance, I couldn't figure out how to post my goals. All I saw was an opportunity to "reply" to someone else's post or to start a new topic. So, how do I post my own goals? Thanks... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:52:30 EST 7 Majormom Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:10:06 EST Losing 50 pounds in 10 months, regaining 15 I started my weight loss journey the first week of December 2012 and by August I was down 50 pounds then we started a two week road trip. I regained 15 and I have gone up and down 10 pounds for the past 4 months. I am still 15 up! Frustrated with my lack of control over social situations and not getting myself consistently into exercise. My mother has insulin dependent diabetes. I will be 50 this next summer and I am petrified of ending up like her. When I began a year ago to lose weight it w... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:53:59 EST HI Everyone Hi there. My name is Amy and this is my first challenge. Trying to take it day by day. Newly diagnosed and learning how to rearrange my life. <BR> I am liking the blog think it is helping me be more accountable because I am writing my feelings instead of eating them, lol. <BR> Good luck to all. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:30:33 EST Day 3 week 1 I'm happy happy today...My Glucose was at 108 and I did 37 minutes of video exercises. So far so good. Thanks to all who have been giving me support. I do need it to give myself a push. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:26:09 EST Here we go again Hi, I'm 53 and have been overweight nearly all my life. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2000. Can lose weight but can't keep it off. As a result, I'm now disabled. Can't get around well, have several illnesses and had thyroid cancer in 2013. Feel like I've been beaten down, but I'm not giving up. Started with SparkPeople this time on 1/1/14 and my blood sugar is already nearing normal. Now if I can just do that forever... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:03:32 EST Well, I'm hesitant, but need this badly.... I'm 57 and non-insulin dependent diabetic and I'm feeling desperate to do this, but not really convinced I'll ever be able to get there. <BR> <BR> I've done a million diets before...some successful, some not. As I get older it's certainly getting harder and every extra pound I have seems to be on my stomach! I've been craving carbs like they are going out of style and not quite sure how to get past this, but I'm going to try. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful, successful 2014. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:40:14 EST Goals Week 1 1. Write BEFORE I bite <BR> 2. Detox with hydration <BR> 3. Move 10 minute daily <BR> 4. Meditate 10 minutes or longer <BR> 5. Blog Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:27:45 EST Goals My father has diabetes and doesn't care what he eats or how he feels. He just expects the doctors to change his medications. I have a 12 year old son. I have not had health insurance but I know I could be pre-diabetic. I want to start making healthier decisions to finish losing weight and avoid diabetes! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:37:15 EST Week 1 day 2 Being doing good keeping up have done 28 minutes of exercises. Taking it one day at a time. Do need all the support I can get to succeed. I don't want to cool down like before. New year new start. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:32:03 EST Need Help and Support Hi, I am new to this site and i am hoping that is will help me achieve my New Years Goals. I am a 27 year old mother of two beautiful kids. I am looking to start living a healthy life style so i can be around them for many years. I am also doing this to prove not only to myself but to my kids that living a healthy life is the best way. I am a border line diabetic, meaning i am insulin intolerance. I have had many consultations with different diaticians. I have heard many different things that... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:40:02 EST New and needing support I am new to this group and need support and encouragement to get going and to stay committed. My blood sugar was high this morning and I need to get it under control. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:18:31 EST DAY 2 OF MY CHALLENGE I feel good today doing 19 minutes of cardio..Easing slowly into my challenge. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:44:09 EST start I have just signed up for the challenge so I will start tomorrow on Jan. 2. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:34:49 EST goals My goals for this challenge is to have better control of my diabetes. I want to become more healthier and learn to eat right. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:22:56 EST Goals My goals are to be disciplined to follow through with everything we are to do each week. I really need to start drinking more water so that is a goal for the week. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:17:54 EST New Hi... My name is Kim. I use to be on Spark People about a year ago. I found out I was diabetic March of 2011. My 3 month visit after I found out my A1C went from 12.7 to a 6.4. I was doing real good then my husband became ill in May. I did well keeping my A1C's good during the difficult time of taking care of him. Then he passed away due to cancer in Jan. 2012. Since his passing I have gained weight and my A1C's have been gradually going up to where I'm not comfortable with. Last one was 6.7... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:52:57 EST Newbie Here Hi everyone, My name is Deborah diabetic for 10 years along with high blood pressure <BR> I have it under control and want to keep it that way. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:53:14 EST New Here Hi...I used to be on spark people awhile ago. I found out I was diabetic in March 2011. I was doing good after I got my A1C where it needed to be. My husband got ill in May did well taking care of him through it all I kept my A1C in the 5's then he passed away in Jan 2012. Since he passed I have put on weight and my A1C the last time was 6.7. So I am here to be able to get my A!C lower and to loose the weight so I can get healthier. <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:48:52 EST Goal - lose 10 pounds <BR> - keep blood sugar under 110 <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:25:28 EST New Year, New Me I am making a commitment to take control of my body and my life. I, too, am tired of feeling sorry for myself. Tired of worrying about how my diabetes is going to affect me when I don't eat right, exercise or gain weight. I know what will happen, I guess I just have chosen to ignore it. <BR> It is time to do this! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:05:47 EST Day 1 - Again :) OK, done feeling sorry for myself. One day at a time. I choose to make every day a good day. No better time than the 1st day of the New Year. Good luck everyone, good luck me! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:56:00 EST Checking In Actually ate breakfast today. Going to find my workout video and get that done before the end of the day. Excited about getting healthier in the upcoming year. <em>249</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:14:23 EST ME Hello everyone! I have been in denial about my diabetes for years and needless to say, it is out of control. I know I need to lose weight in order to get healthy -- and I am taking my meds for a change, so I have made the start. I am hoping this will be a good kick start for me. Looking forward to a healthier 2014. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:11:26 EST Hello Hi everyone, I Just found out I am pre-diabetic and I am wanting to take positive actions now. I think that this challenge is just what the doctor ordered. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:08:56 EST New Year, New Goals, New Lifestyle… again Well I'm back. Going to give it another try. Day One. <BR> <BR> I really have to do this… Lose 80 Lbs. I know everyone here has the same hope. Really need support. I have the motivation, just have to stick with it. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:37:36 EST