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 Check in Physical therapy today. One more week than I am done but sadly each session has worsened the back pain. Ortho apt in 2 weeks so we shall see what he says. This interfers so much with everything I am trying to do but darn it I'm still fighting !! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:19:33 EST Week 1 Action Plan - Setting My Goals I am newly diabetic (type 2) and have made a lot of changes over the past 2 months since my diagnosis. My goals for this 8 Week Challenge, will be: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose additional weight, 2-8 pounds by May 31st <BR> 2. Continue keeping my glucose readings in the normal category <BR> 3. Build enough endurance to do my rider at home in 10-15 minute increments by May 31st <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>48</em> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:29:58 EST Introduction Hello! My name is Chaz. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on February 13, 2018. I got back on Sparkpeople the day after my diagnosis and have been methodically moving forward to make positive changes in my life and to get my diabetes under control. <BR> <BR> Because I like to cook, the hardest &amp; most time-consuming activity is the tracking of my daily food intake. I've been researching &amp; testing recipes that are diabetic friendly. Some have the nutritional values, but a lot d... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:14:05 EST Exercise Checking in day 3. Exercise completed today! Gardening, strength building, walking! Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:48:33 EST Checking in day 2 Working on sodium and carbs. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:38:56 EST making permanent changes I have times when I go back to eating unhealthy food. I don't know why I do it and then I feel so guilty and negative. I don't even enjoy it! Tue, 3 Apr 2018 10:57:08 EST Joining the challnge MY GOALS <BR> Track Glucose before and after every meal. <BR> Reach goal weight of 170. Today weight is 183.4. <BR> Track food daily. <BR> Strength training 3/week. <BR> Cardio training 3/week. Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:29:20 EST Setting my goals... My goal here is to better manage my T2 diabetes. I've been managing better these last 2 weeks but am finding myself wanting to nibble especially at work and when home late evenings. I'm trying to find what works for me. I'm challenged for sure. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:21:05 EST My intro My name is Tina and I'm a diabetic yo-yo. I do great for awhile, then I get tired of being so vigilant all the time. So I fall off the wagon. Next lab result, I'm contrite... promise myself and my doctor I'll get serious about it THIS time... Well, you get the picture. I was diagnosed in 1998, so this has been going on for years. This time really does need to be different. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:16:16 EST MY GOALS LOSE 12 POUNDS DURING THIS MONTH FEB 11TH TO MARCH 11TH 2018 <BR> STAY WITHIN SUGGESTED CALORIE RANGE <BR> DRINK 40 OZ OF WATER A DAY <BR> 10 MINUTES OF BRISK WALKING A DAY Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:44:08 EST Reducing stress and improving my health My goals are to reduce my stress at work or at least how I respond to stress and also to treat my body with more respect (eat in a more healthy manner, exercise, get 8 hours of sleep, loose weight down to 150 pounds). I started using Spark people Oct 31. I started at weigh in at 216 and today I am down to 195. I have been using Spark people to track my exercise, water, and food and this has been a successful combination. I will go back and have another A1C done in February. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 06:07:02 EST Fasting Glucose Level 124 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:05:37 EST Goal My goal this month is just to track everything I consume. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:03:43 EST Checking in Somehow I managed to lose 5 lbs the first week. Probably a lot of water weight. This week I'm changing up my diet to see if subtle changes will help drop the LB's. Good luck everyone and hang in there. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:41:02 EST My Goal Lose 20 lbs by Valentines Day 2018 by tracking my food and weight, and walking, walking, walking. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:40:20 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:18 EST Do you take berberine? We want to hear from you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A reporter has reached out to us, looking for someone who takes the supplement berberine and has lost weight (not from the berberine, but just qualifies on both points.) If you're interested in being interviewed, can you send me a SparkMail <b>by Friday, November 3rd</b>? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 2 Nov 2017 13:12:52 EST Week 1 Day 1 I found out this past Monday that I am now diabetic. It has been coming and while it wasn't a surprise, it was a disappointment. I WILL control this with diet, exercise and weight loss. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:17:36 EST Goals for WYTrix After years of being hypoglycemic, I now have hyperglycemia. I have always tried to control what I ate, but within these last two years I have slacked on exercise....A LOT!!! So now I have to do the right thing and get my butt in gear and exercise daily. So here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat right, ensure carb intake is no more the 45g per meal, 15g per snack. <BR> 2. Cardio 4X a week <BR> Strength 3X a week <BR> 3. Continue to track food here on <BR> 4. Talk to others r... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:29:14 EST Metabolic Syndrome I do not have diabetes yet, and I don't want it, however; I am knocking at the door and I just need to back away slowly. I thought I'd give this a try - see what happens. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:16:48 EST needing help with diabetes had type 2 for years and took metformin. Tried a few other meds along the way with no success. Today I was put on tresiba.also keep using the metformin. Does anyone else use tresiba ? if so how's it working out for you ? Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:09:40 EST Goals My eight-week goal is to loose nine pounds and get my morning glucose readings below 130. I plan to accomplish this by eating clean and by getting moving - exercising at least four times a week. My morning blood sugar readings are now in the 150's and my weight is 218.2. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:49:04 EST Day 1 Well, really this is week 2 starting. I am starting the weight loss to add to the other 2 challendages I have started. Goals.. track consistently. and add work out week 2. (done. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:00:59 EST Day 1 The goal for me is simply to be healthy. Eating healthy, exercising ,and control my diabetes. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:46:25 EST Fasting Blood Sugar Readings 103 Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:56:41 EST New to this form . Hello I am new in here hoping to meet some new people. I am a type 1 diabetic and carry an insullin pump. I am really not doing very well alot of high blood sugars. I am hoping to come in and follow other people like me to maybe get some help. <img src=""> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:28:01 EST Day 1 Starting Goals My goal for this challenge is to get my blood sugars under control with the help of my doctors and diet and exercise. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:41:48 EST re-introducing myself I introduced myself on May 2017. I was doing really good at first then I started to decline. I'm trying hard again to stay focused. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:28:29 EST Day 1 My goal is to lose 5% of my body weight over the next 8 weeks. That will hopefully give me the kickstart I need to stay motivated. I'm fine as long as I see movement on the scale every week. As soon as I plateau, I quit. I can"t do that anymore. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:31:49 EST jo Anne starting a challenge if I can only get a diet plan with meal suggestions <BR> Can anyone direct me?? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:27 EST Restart Starting this again because I'm not getting younger and the weight is still on. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:59:10 EST Greetings from new member Hello all, John here. My story is that I was diagnosed a Type 2 a little over a year ago. I started working out and watching my food and I lost 60 lbs. Last A1C was 5.7 <BR> <BR> I am still 30 lbs overweight, and my weight loss has stopped. So, I became a spark to use the site to fine tune my nutrition and exercise to get rid of the remainder of my spare tire, <BR> <BR> Nice to 'meet' you all. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:39:22 EST no idea where to start Hello, New to this challenge, been a member of spark people for a few years I think. I am type 2 diabetic and hoping to lose 100 lbs this year. Just starting the weight loss journey and trying to do better on this diabetes fight!! Im kind of confused on how to start on this challenge : ( Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:23:20 EST New Start - Day 1 Goals SMART Goals: <BR> S - (specific, simple, significant) <BR> M - (measurable, motivation) <BR> A - (attainable, achievable) <BR> R - (relevant, reasonable, realistic) <BR> T - (time based; time limited) <BR> <BR> My short term goals align with getting healthier and making healthier choices. <BR> <BR> My short term SPECIFIC goal is to lose 5 pounds by July 31, 2017. I plan on losing these pounds by holding myself accountable for my actions. My MOTIVATION for losing these pounds is simple, I a... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:40:58 EST Start. Stop. Start Again. Stop. Hello, my name is Samaria and I am a repeat offender. Like my topic title suggests, I am not consistent with logging, diet or exercise. I am Type 2 (diagnosed November 2010) and didn't take it serious until years later. To make a long story short, I am on meds. The meds are doing exactly what they need to. My last A1C was 6.6, however, I got complacent. I lost the weight but stopped doing what I needed to keep the weight off. My next appointment is next month and I need to kick start this pro... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:04:41 EST Goals I am setting three simple goals for the next eight weeks. <BR> <BR> Goal one: <BR> <BR> I will eat withing my prescribed carbohydrate (25-40g) range for each meal three times daily. <BR> I will participate in three Spark People strength building activities each week for eight weeks. <BR> I will participate in two weekly discussions for the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge for eight weeks. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, my small changes will become new habits. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:30:18 EST level sugar levels I am using this plan for my husband.... He is an diabetic on insulin...sometimes his sugar drops and other times it's way to high. I want him to level out Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:53:30 EST Day 4 Day 4: OMG! I can do this! <BR> <BR> There should be a topic for every day that we are in this challenge. I think I will create one every day! Everybody should be able to express their feelings, goals, triumphs - to scream if need be! Fri, 26 May 2017 19:26:34 EST Introducing myself for Pre-diabetes: Well, I went to doctor &amp; had A1c test Wednesday. My results came back at 6.1. Doc is out of office today, but told me Wednesday b4 we got the results, that he'd rather address this with exercise &amp; diet. But now, since we have my #s, I wonder if he'd rather put me on medication? I already workout about 4-5 days a week, running on the treadmill. I do an average mile in about 14.30 minutes. Not fast by some standards, but for someone with chronic back problems, I think ... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:16:58 EST Day 3 Day 3 and I'm Happy! <em>224</em> Thu, 25 May 2017 14:09:15 EST Day 2 checkin Still trying to sort out this challenge. I have been on SP for 90 days trying to break a plateau and to help me prep for hip surgery in the fall. I am T2 diabetic but have that well under control. Exercise for 50-70+ minutes almost every day. <BR> The biggest reason to be here is to help me bust through this plateau. Been at 200 lbs for almost 2 years. Hopefully this time around I will bust this and get down to my goal of 170 lbs. Fri, 19 May 2017 11:34:17 EST Sweet Tooth Hi All. I've had diabetes for three year's now but still can't seem to control my sweet tooth. Hoping this site will help me Mon, 15 May 2017 11:34:53 EST Day 1: Goals My goal for this 8-week challenge is to lose 5% of my body weight to get the ball rolling. I am prediabetic and hope to prevent the progression to diabetic. I already do regular cardio exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 days a week. I will add regular strength training and improve my diet/nutrition. Mon, 8 May 2017 10:28:49 EST Week 2 Daily Check In Goals for the Challenge: <BR> I will lose 10 lbs in the next 8 weeks. <BR> I will check my my blood sugars 4x daily. <BR> I will take my insulin 1/2 hour before meals and at bedtime as ordered. <BR> I will track my food and exercise daily. <BR> I will lower my A1C by at least 1 point from 8.6 to 7.6 or less. <BR> I will help my body prevent further diabetic complications and lessen the effect of present onesGoals for the Challenge: <BR> I will lose 10 lbs in the next 8 weeks. <BR> I w... Sun, 7 May 2017 18:43:43 EST My goals My goal is to learn how to eat healthier, and exercise more. Sat, 6 May 2017 16:08:19 EST First timer Hi my name is Tiffany. I've tried to do several challenges. I completed one. Just found out a month ago that I have diabetes. So I need to change the way I eat and I need to exercise more. I work in a warehouse but July 1st will be 26 years. So my body is used to all the walking I do there. I am 47 have a son that needs me and 2 grandkids. Sat, 6 May 2017 15:51:37 EST Week 1 Daily Check In Goals for the Challenge: <BR> I will lose 10 lbs in the next 8 weeks. <BR> I will check my my blood sugars 4x daily. <BR> I will take my insulin 1/2 hour before meals and at bedtime as ordered. <BR> I will track my food and exercise daily. <BR> I will lower my A1C by at least 1 point from 8.6 to 7.6 or less. <BR> I will help my body prevent further diabetic complications and lessen the effect of present ones. <BR> <BR> May 1: FBS 178. Checked BS 3X and took insulin as ordered. Missed my ... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:27:12 EST New 63 yes ole from Texas love to travel <BR> Marries 46 yes Mon, 1 May 2017 15:38:15 EST My Goals Hi! My daughter and I have already had physical therapy, taken a bariatric exercise class at a local hospital (we're looking into VBLOC therapy), and joined a gym a few weeks ago. We've taken Zumba classes and use free weights there. We're even looking at swimwear so that we can take the water aerobics class the gym offers (my daughter said she wanted to take the class--no pressure from me!) so our exercise plans are set. I created a paper tracker based on the ones I found at Go4Life (from th... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:03:54 EST New here Hi, this is my first time posting here. I've been diabetic for years and struggled with this. Hopefully my mindset will change and I'll be healthy and make healthy choices. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:33:25 EST Do I belong here? I do not have Diabetes yet. My blood glucose level has been raising. I use to be 80 now 90s. <BR> <BR> Do I belong in this challenge? <BR> <BR> Is it something that will help me? <BR> <BR> Is there somewhere else I should go instead? Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:24:28 EST Starting again as fell off my routine Making myself accountable. Starting again. <BR> Too many balls juggling but can't let go of any of them. Solution, get fit and rest more so I can manage better. <BR> Goals: Lose 113 lbs and make more time for myself so I can be fitter Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:12:13 EST DAY 1 WEEK 1 Hello <BR> Found out last week that I am prediabetic. Scared me $*!#less and decided I don't want to get full diabetes so before that happens I am going to get this under control. First stop was library and now I am here to learn as much as I need to get this under control. I joined the 8 Week Challenge as my first step. <BR> <BR> Any tips would be much appreciated! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:14 EST Exrremly dry skin I have developed extremely dry callused skin on my feet. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:53:32 EST 1st Day I've been a Diabetic for 16 yrs and embarrassed to say that it's never been under control. I need this challenge more than anything right now. <BR> My goals are ... <BR> Get my A1C down <BR> Be more Physically Active <BR> Drink 8 cups of H2O daily <BR> Control my sweet tooth and carbohydrate addiction <BR> Lose weight <BR> Make new friends and a great support team along the way Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:08:41 EST recipies How can I add my own recipies so that I can track them Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:38:38 EST Medications I am on an oral medication called Metformin. Is anyone else on just an oral medication? I am hoping to avoid having to get on insulin. So far, the Metformin seems to be working to keep my BS numbers in the good range. But, boy, the side effects, when I first started taking it, were awful! Now, my body has gotten used to it, for the most part. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:38:09 EST morning number 117 - best in months - yay! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:36:25 EST My goals I have been a diabetic for 20 years. My goalsare to: <BR> 1) get healthier. <BR> 2).Get my A1C down. <BR> 3) Track my food. <BR> 4) Track my exercise. at least 20 minutes a day. 6,000 steps. <BR> 5) Breathe every hour. <BR> 6 Work on "habits" of eating. Hardest challenge. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:29:54 EST Good morning I am new to this web site and obviously this challenge. I am determined to get myself healthy so I can enjoy my grandchildren. Of course, feeling better is my main goal, being alive again, yes, that's what I want! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:27:11 EST Can an 80-ish little ol' lady on insulin loose ? I am pushing 80, 25 pounds overweight (at least) and am taking only insulin for control, even though I am a Type 2 (actually I think I am a Mody3). My weight has crept up about 5-6 pounds a year ever since I started taking insulin. (My A1c is pretty good). <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers won't work for me because the carbs are hidden in the points. I count carbs. I am hoping to be able to make some slow, gradual progress here. The two things that will make weight loss difficult are the insulin and... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:45:45 EST New to sparkpeople I am a type 2 diabetic for 20 years. I've tried food, exercise, then moved onto metformin, other injectables and now insulin. I feel I need the support of others to help me stick to a plan. I did great on my first day today. Ate well and my sugars were the best they've been in months. Also, exercised. Looking forward to the 8 week - trying to figure out how to work this sparkpeople. Thanks for any help! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:38:37 EST Thank you!!! Thank you everyone for your replies to my post. The encouragement is appreciated!!!! I want to encourage all of you too!!!! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:56:40 EST New & Setting goals I want to lose weight, lower my daily sugar readings, and lower my A1C. Mainly, I want to be more energetic and enjoy life more. <img src=""> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I am the one in the middle with the blue blouse. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 15:49:50 EST Need help hi. My name is Lynn. I'm a 65-year-old uncontrolled diabetic for many years on multiple meds and 2 types of insulin. I'm 100 lbs overweight, need both knees replaced and depressed. I need a simply, sound plan I can stick with before all this kills me. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:33:56 EST Need help Hi! My name is Lynn, I'm 65. I've been uncontrolled diabetic for several years on several medications and 2 types of insulin. I'm 100 pounds overweight, need both knees replaced and depressed. There is so much information out there and it gets confusing. I'm looking for a sound, simple plan I can follow to get healthy before this kills me. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:28:40 EST New Year, New Start The reason why I have decided to do this is for myself first and my family. I need to be there for them and also my daughter, whom was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When we first found out, we had both got our A1C down, but then I gave up, and I slowly see her not caring much either. I dont want her to go blind, or lose a limb, so I need to do this Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:05:22 EST First Day My goal is to lose 20 pounds and to drop my Hgb A1 by 1 point. If my LDL goes down - bonus <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:42:28 EST Week 1 I'm taking up this Challenge for accountability, learning, adjust my nutrition, and ultimately lose weight. :) Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:38:22 EST Week 1 I am new to this program. I am here to try this because without support or anyone likeminded, it has been a real struggle for me to make the right choices. Going at it alone has not worked out for me. I need to try new things and do something different if I want different results.I am sugar addict... a diabetic. I HAVE to quit neglecting my health. It is time to get serious and make some positive changes. I want to live a long and healthy life. I just want to feel good again. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:47:49 EST Need goals/sup[port I am here, again, trying to start over and take better care of myself. I have been neglecting my health/diabetes for about 2 years now. I struggle with a sugar/carb addiction. I must get myself back on track to feel better &amp; live longer without complications from diabetes/heart problems. I often get discouraged and lose hope. The weight is really hard to lose. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:51:00 EST DIABETES weight loss THANKYOU FOR HAVING ME. ON THE Team. I REALLY NEED THIS. <BR> > Sat, 15 Oct 2016 02:59:14 EST week 1 checking in first day Just started, wish me luck! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:23:17 EST Bedtime Snacks What do you eat for bedtime snacks in order to get better readings for morning FBS? Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:17:40 EST Starting Over Again I need to get back to a better weight and better control over my blood sugar numbers. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:35:12 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:07 EST Goals My goals are: <BR> ~ to reduce my A1C by my November doctor visit <BR> ~to increase movement <BR> ~to make healthy choices in what foods I put into my body Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:34:07 EST FBS Well, my FBS was 252 <BR> I know exactly why too!!!!! <BR> Getting back on track today. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:53:16 EST starting over I am James. I have type 2 diabetes. My goal is to lose weight ( which is 233 lbs. as of this morning.) Exercise and eat better. I have set my first goal. Try to remove as much sugar as possible for 30 days. Also get back to walking and working out 5 days a week. I had started walking and exercising 3 weeks ago, but have slow down due to health issues with my mother. But I plan on getting back on track soon. I live in Greenville, SC. I am looking to join a running group and run more 5ks, and a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:09:05 EST Game: Name a word that ends in the last letter LosS Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:18:49 EST Game: The first word that comes to your mind Team Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:16:10 EST Game: Name a word ending in "ing" figuring Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:13:39 EST 1st Week Goals I have decided again to make an effort for Life Style Changes. That will be my first set of goals. My doctor wants me to stay completely away from carbs for now, so this is definitely going to be hard, but I am going to ask God for help,and weening myself off carbs for now. <BR> Looking forward to this turn in my journey. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:43:52 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:51 EST Week 1 goals Add strength training 1 time per week. <BR> <BR> Continue cardio 6 days per week. <BR> <BR> Remember to take my Metformin EVERY day. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:14:36 EST rejoining sparks Need to get control of by type II diabetes by getting control of my weight. I have a long way to least 50 lbs. Knowing I have this much weight to lose is tough. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:51:22 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:38 EST Reducing the numbers Hello! I'm new to this group. My goals are to reduce my body size and reduce my blood pressure readings. I also want to stop taking 2 of my 3 blood pressure pills. My doctor says that i can stop taking them as my body weight decreased and the bp numbers decrease. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:18:37 EST My goals My week 1 goals are to adhere to a pre-diabetic diet and exercise 6 days this week. <em>312</em> <em>368</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:20:36 EST Lose 20 pounds Diagnosed with stage 2 diabetes in June, 2005. Mom died in June, 2015. Then I decided to lose weight, I was up to 225. Now at 195, walking in the gym for 30 minutes, 5 days per week but can't seem to lose any more pounds. Eating habits are not the best. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:26:12 EST Diabetes is Such A Pain In The Butt I have been sticking my head in the sand about it for the past two years, but now I am ready to take action. Wish me luck. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:00:44 EST Starting over Hope this works the older I get it seems to be harder to control. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:48:00 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST week 5 Well.....started off week 5 with a few bruised ribs. Still resting but the pain is lessening. Hoping that the pain goes away soon. I'm still going for my walks but just not as long. Had to stop with my strength workouts due to my pain. Sucks but what am I to do. Oh well I'll be ready to go again soon. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 13:25:38 EST My goal My goal is to manage my diabetes properly and to lose 30lbs. which will help me to manage my diabetes. Thu, 19 May 2016 10:45:39 EST Hello My name is Desi. I am a 42 year old male. I have been diabetic type 1 for about 20 years. I am working on losing weight through being more mindful of my food intake. This website has been fabulous for that. Good to meet you all. Wed, 18 May 2016 17:05:14 EST Week 1 day one Here to get my newly diagnosis under control before it gets really bad. Found out just through a routine health check up. Hi everyone. Mon, 16 May 2016 16:13:50 EST Finished week 1 I finished week 1! On to week 2 and hopefully feeling better also! Sun, 15 May 2016 00:35:56 EST 2nd week challenge There might be a better way, but this is how I find info: <BR> Go up to the top of this page, click on the team "SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge, it should light up. Then a box with the challenge weeks come up. Click on the week you would like. When that comes up, each step has a link to more info. Good Luck ! Sun, 8 May 2016 01:04:00 EST Spent last night in the emergency room Getting re-hydrated with 3 saline IV's. My blood glucose was 325 and blood pressure 170/90 <BR> Time to get serious. <BR> Who's with me. <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 21:34:13 EST Hey! I´m new again! Hi! I am a 45 year old mother of three, and want to lose 50 lbs. <BR> I´m not really new to sparkpeople but it´s the first time I´m doing it all the way; trackers, challenges and community. <BR> I´m really excited!! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:30:10 EST My Goals I am already on a diet/exercise program designed by myself and I can see a lot of improvements in my overall fitness and my diabetes numbers. I am joining the program because I need some challenges. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:41 EST my goals My goals are to watch portion sizes and get 30 minutes of walking at least 5 days a week. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:55:17 EST My goal My goal is to maintain a healthy weight and keep my blood sugar controlled. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:44:51 EST Trying to create a healtyier lifestyle I am trying desperately to loose weight get my diabetes under control and regain my life. <em>521</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:44:46 EST Diabetic Nutrition Plan Tracking Question-help I really like how the Diabetic Nutrition Plan food tracker sets the goals for each meal. The thing is that it provides the goals for the three meals and two snacks. I am pre-diabetic and I do not need to eat two snacks a day. Is there a way to still use the Diabetic Nutrition Plan to track my food but remove one of the snacks so the remaining calories can be split between the others? I cannot figure out how to remove a snack from this tracker? If I was not using the Diabetic version I could r... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:12:43 EST Have Diabetes and Hypothyroidism Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople but new to this team. When I first started to lose weight it was easy - 40 pounds in 6 months. And then the weight loss stopped. 16 months later I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and then the weight loss quit. In fact, no matter how well I tracked my food and exercises, I started to put the weight back on because my metabolism changed and slowed down. Add menopause into the metabolism mix and it slowed down so much I have moved into rev... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:53:16 EST Like to do the 8 week diabetes weight loss challen I am new to the group, never done this before, looking for someone to help me start up with this challenge. I hope this challenge gets me on the straight and narrow. I am type 2 , way over weight and on 2 forms of insulin... emoticon <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:26:57 EST My church is going out for dinner tonight My church is going to cheddars tonight. What would be the best choice for my meal? Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:58:53 EST The last leg of my journey- lose 40 pounds!! I used Spark People to lose the first 126 pounds. I have kept it off for now 4 years-so am now ready to lose the last 40!!! Hoping you can help me achieve this goal. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:44:27 EST General Discussion for Week 8 I'm newly allergic to a lot of healthy foods, and am hating being a diabetic. Fruit is either too full of sugar (oranges) or else I'm allergic to it. <BR> I'm tired of eating the same ole same ole <BR> I'm tired of gaining a pound of water <BR> I'm disappointed that there is no general discussion forum for us week 8-ers. <BR> I've not completed week 8 until the end of week 8. <BR> I'll be back -- maybe less crabby -- because I'm hoping I'll have it all together by the end of week 8! <BR> 8-)... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:39:04 EST My goal to lose 7 lbs. in the month of April. to either walk for a total of 30 minutes at least 4x/week or do the workouts on this site at least 4 days/week. I weigh 230 lbs. (5'6", 57 years old.) Having blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, &amp; arthritis problems. The last year is the first time in my life I've had health problems &amp; it's largely due to having lost control of my weight &amp; depression (they feed off one another no pun intended.) I am miserable over how I look and feel and... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:11:36 EST Starting over again Hello everyone Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:23:27 EST Goals I really want to take off 7 pounds by May 1st. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:41:58 EST PCOS and Type 2 Diabetes Hey all, im a new kid on the block. Been chunky my whole life, thought i was "strong" and just a bit bigger than the rest of my friends. Fast forward to my 30th year and the doc has told me in less than a year I went from prediabetic to diabetes 2. It seems to be deeply correlated with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I am hoping to shed the lbs for good and give myself a healthy fertile environment to build a family. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:11:13 EST Fresh start My plan is to lose 40-50 pounds and improve my overall health. I am healthy, fit and strong! I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me!!!! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:53:47 EST A cool plan for diabetic eating 3.8.16 Hello, everyone! I have learned about a simple but effective diet plan that is working wonders for my blood sugar. A friend in Canada told me about it. For 21 days you cut out all sweets and desserts, white bread, all junk food snacks and fast foods, pizza and sugary drinks. Even if you are running late, you are on the road, no cheating for the 21 days. My blood sugar has been way down ever since starting this diet 8 days ago. I am doing it with my adult son, who is not diabetic. It really he... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 20:38:26 EST My Only Goal Drop my blood sugar Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:31:48 EST just start hope to get healthy <em>9</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:51:53 EST My Goal My goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle: <BR> <BR> Count my carbs <BR> Increase exercise from sedentary building to working out 5 x per week <BR> Manage stress <BR> Work on my book projects (completion) Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:59:45 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, i joined this page in 2012 but I never used it , i am ready now, i want to make a change in my life, i am tired of excuses i want to lose this weight get healthy and be here for my children the way I need to be. I could use all the support and help I can get on this nre journey I can't seem to find any in my everyday life. Thank you in advance for any support Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:37:03 EST Can't get started I've been on a constant diet struggle since I was 10. My goal to lose weight is to be healthier and of course have more energy to enjoy things in my life. I was able muster up the motivation and resolve to go on the DR OZ Total10 diet plan and stayed on it for the 10 days. I lost weight, looked great and had more energy but alas the lemon water in the morning wrecked my stomach so excuses, excuses have not gone back.I picked this plan because the food was healthy and I believe in eating or... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:54:13 EST New member introduction I have Type 2 and am not in good shape at all. I am 62 years old &amp; 50 Lbs. overweightI. My fasting glucose is anywhere from 150 to 226 and my A1C last week was 8.0. I have decided the best way to fix this is SP! I came back 4 days ago after being gone 4 years. I am already making improvements by tracking everything and recognizing all I was doing wrong. <BR> <BR> I am now very motivated to improve my health and I am so thankful for all SP has to offer me. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:36:26 EST just starting Hoping this will help me be more consistent and break through a plateau. Hoping to lose 5-8 lbs over the 8 weeks. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:01:52 EST Type 2 diabetes I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes an need to lose weight. This is very scary to me , but its very hard for me to get control, hopefully this challenge will help. Sun, 14 Feb 2016 19:08:43 EST A1c went from 6.5 to 6.1 <em>46</em> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:19:28 EST Just starting out bit by bit Hello new here, open to tips have step tracker will use it , good luck to all Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:47:14 EST Good morning! I'm Hellen! I'm a 33 year old mother of a 2 year old daughter! I am pre-diabetic and back to SP for my second time. I've learned a lot, failed a lot, but now am ready to make this a lifestyle change and get healthy and active for my daughter! Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:26:47 EST New kid on the block hello everybody, i have just joined this group to help me keep from being put on diabetes medications. a year ago i had a doctor that allowed me some time to keep from putting me on meds, because i had a high a1c test. i lost a lot of weight very quickly and was eating better, then i let my self go again. i am here so i dont have to go through that again, i want my change to be for life, i dont want to find those lost lbs again. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:41:46 EST New kid on the block I have just started this group today, both my parents suffered from diabetes. It has ran in my family for decades, i am currently not on any medications for it, but las year i was given the news of a high a1c test. My doc gave me a month a little time to turn it around and i did, so he held off on the medication. But since then i have let myself go again, and now i am trying to lose weight, eat better, and keep myself off the diabetes train. so any help that i can get would be so beneficial t... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:24:33 EST a little about me and my goals I am 34 yrs old and have a 15 yr old and a 4 yr old. I was recently told I have type 2 diabetes. I weight 434 lbs. I am tired of being in bad health. my long term goal is to weigh around 250lbs. in the next 8 weeks I would like to drop 20-30 lbs Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:34:58 EST asking for help to succeed. I was on sparks before I am here again cause I was here and failed but I do not want to fail this time. I know now that I am in need of support and help. I am good about tracking what I eat. just sometime I make bad decisions.So let's go. Thank you. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:55:04 EST I'm Hoping to Reverse Diabetes I want to change my life by taking advantage of this weight loss challenge and I can use all the help I can get. I really do not know where to start but I guess being here is where I shall begin! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:05:57 EST Diabetes Numbers are to high <em>24</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:48:17 EST My Goals Lose 100 lbs Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:33:31 EST Goals for this challenge With about 85+ pounds to release, my goals are to lose the extra poundage, get my glucose levels down, and develop a consistent routine. The extras are to add muscle so I wont end up being saggy. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:19:36 EST Evelyn's Goals I am sorry, I posted my goals on another's post. I am still trying to get used to this. <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> Lose 8 pounds in 8 weeks (Feb 27, 2016 <BR> Eat Five fruits/veggies daily <BR> Drink 8 glasses water daily <BR> 30 minutes activity, either exercise or outdoor work <BR> Gym 3 days week minimum <BR> Check sugar at least 1 time daily <BR> take meds as prescribed Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:48:04 EST Linda's Goals My goals are to lose 10lbs in 8 weeks. get back to the gym and start with the biking and weights starting 2 times a week and move up to 4 times a week. Including some spark exercise videos, when the cold Minnesota weather makes it hard to go to the gym. <BR> My food goals are to eat more fruits and vegt's and less carbs. I also want to make healthy food choices when I go out to eat. The picture is from my nieces graduation this June and the beautiful woman with me is my Mom, Gaitha. <BR> 01/... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:17:05 EST goals - week 1 I want to to be healthy (diminish polycystic ovaries syndrom symptom) and energetic, lose about 10 kilos and be a good example for family and people around me. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:09:44 EST I'm on the edge with high blood sugar Have to get food under control, but that is easier than my PITA-- which is I really don't like aimless exercising like walking. <BR> <BR> Only up to 3000 steps a day and bored already. Live in a subdivision where the only thing I can walk to are restaurants and stores with food. How do I keep motivated (and moving?) <BR> <BR> I really don't like sports, gyms or other movement incentives. Can't afford lots of equipment. Ideas? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:18:02 EST Post Thanksgiving Diet Starter It's a silly time to start any kind of diet, right? But there will always be a reason not to start, every month has some holiday or event that interferes starting anything, December - Christmas, January - New Years, Avoiding News Resolutioners, February - Ground Hog's Day, Valentines Day, March - St Patricks Day, Easter, April - Tax Day, May - Memorial Day, June - MinervaCat's Birthday, July - Independence Day, August - Women's Equality Day, September - Labor Day, October - Halloween, Novem... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:35:05 EST I have type2 diabetes & cirrhosis stage 4 Hi,I am so glad to have found u.Im having a struggle with my diabetes.I go to a diabetic clinic.My sugar is way too high because im not trying.Can anyone help me get my will power back?Thanks,Patty Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:20:33 EST my sal ud Necesito tomar un reto para mejorar mi salud, tengo dos niños pequeños que necesitan que este saludable. Tengo el colesterol alto, acido urico, prediabetica e hipertensa y un peso de 270 libras, es hora que tome el control de mi peso y cuerpo. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:01:39 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:26 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Dustie. I'm joining spark people with the hope of finding encouragement to be the best me in all areas of my life. I am a born again Christian, wife and mother of 3 young children. I have always struggled with my weight. I am currently heavier than I ever have been and its starting to take a toll on my health and preventing me from being the mother I want to be. The last five or six years have been a struggle for me. I've changed a lot but in some areas I have changed for the worst... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:22:49 EST Week 1 check in This is the second time joining this team. I had trouble understanding how to participate before and having same troubles now. I don't get it. It says to check in, not sure how? The only way I can post is to create a new topic. Is that what I'm supposed to do each time, create a new topic? I've been told I'm pre-diabetic. I have been trying to eat healthy and workout for almost 6 months now. I have lost 23 pounds. Almost 10% of body weight. I'm calling the first 10% "Round 1". Once... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:47:08 EST Working on getting better Well I have been working on myself a very very very long time. Now it's time to work more on myself Have you ever just work and work on yourself and it is never complete or you feel like it is never done or enough. That's how I feel. So I will just keep working longer and longer and longer on myself Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:59:00 EST Hi I'm Carolyn I have been a type 2 for 20 years. I need help to get back on track and get through the holidays. HELP! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:45:42 EST New here tring to figure this all out Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:32:04 EST Week 1 -Getting started I was prediabetic for a number of years but really didn't think much about it. I stayed away from sweets but carbs were my weakness. At my doctors appt last month I was told I am diabetic. It threw me for a loop although with my family history (Grandmother,Father and Brother) I always knew it was a possibility for me. So here I am trying to figure it all out and hoping this challenge will help get me on track. Vicky Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:11:10 EST To motivate and be motivated Hello everyone. I'm Denise. I'm ready to get passed this obstacle of weight loss for good! Let's be Sparkfriends Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:52:31 EST Charles Hi there is there anyone else looking to exercise in Ruidoso? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:41:19 EST Overweight diabetic Hi! I'm desperate ! I'm 62 yrs old and have had diabetes since I was in my early 30's-I have recently retired and have gained up to 200 lbs!!! I need help! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:24:19 EST Im new to this team Hi my name is Brandy and I joined this team today, I have diabetes and am going to try and control with diet and exercise for now. I do not want to start taking medicine so Im going to try this and hope I can do it. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 16:31:10 EST Reset I'm hitting the reset button and starting over again. I'm going to meet my goal and lose 10 pounds in two months. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:47:29 EST type 2 diabetic for many years Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Trish and I need to lose 50 lbs. I was diagnosed with diabetes back in 2002 when my mom was passing and I have used food as comfort instead of as a means to live. I have read and followed the 30 days diabetes cure book, and almost at 30 days of it and I have lost 14 lbs. I figured I definitely need support and encouragement from others, so guess what? You guys are it. I see most inspiring stories here and think this will be a great group for me to be part... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:49:07 EST robert jeffers hi new to sparkpeople trying to lose weight to help with my health and diabetes Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:57:18 EST Toda is the first day of the rest of my life I've been on countless diets. I've managed to not gain ALL of the weight I've lost, but have put 50 of 89 back on. I have well over 100 to lose. I'm very excited to learn of the diabetic tracking and challenges and team offered here! I was going to join Weight Watchers (again) but I think everything I need and then some is HERE! I have been dealing with stage 4 cancer for almost 7 years (given 3 months to live in Dec. 2008!) and have managed to beat that beast and keep on breathing and l... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:56:56 EST week 4 I'm getting into the swing of things. I now check my sugar levels daily. I haven't been doing that for a while. I hate to say it, but they are higher than I would like. Not a lot, but since I've been watching what I eat and I no longer snack all night, I thought they would be within the acceptable range. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:34:31 EST my goals my goals on this challenge are to loose weight and to keep my blood sugars even . i also want to change my head space and accept that i am an insulin dependant diabetic as i tend to disregard this <BR> jacquie Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:26:03 EST Diabetic Hi I am type 2 diabetic and have read so much I am just confused about what to eat and need motivation to exercise. Just need some help. My a1c is 6.2 with meds. <BR> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:46:11 EST 8 week challenge I am going to lose weight in this 8 week challenge Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:28:08 EST So much has changed!!! I was on here 4 years ago and lost and maintained my weight until I lost my leg. I came back because the food and support were amazing.!!!! but I re-joined tonight and realize that a few things have hanged. Is the menu and work out plans no longer available? I am the type person that NEEDS directions, lol. I like having my meals planned out for me. Is that option gone ? Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:29:35 EST My Goal I hope to be able to lose weight, learn to maintain a healthy eating style and regain some of the confidence I once had. I have been here before but need to make a commitment to myself and to my health. Hopefully a public affirmation of my intentions will help me stay the course! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:52:11 EST Getting serious about my health Okay, first time doing this - not necessarily changing my eating habits, but posting about it. <BR> I just learned I have a fatty liver so clearly a morning mocha and my love of bread, butter, and ice cream has been silently taking it's toll. So now I'm ready to at least try to stop the ongoing destruction. <BR> <BR> I am going to do better meal planning so that I know what I'm going to eat and not just keep "grazing" until I feel somewhat satisfied. That plan hasn't worked too well for me... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:42:51 EST Hi Hello! I'm new to this and really hoping this helps on my weight loss journey. I want to be healthy and I really motivated to make it work this time. I am hoping to make some new friends. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:11:50 EST Excited to join Hi, I joined because I have a question about working out at Planet Fitness. I do it 3 times a week for an hour and a half. I do an hour on the elliptical and the rest on the abs and weight machines. I've been doing this for 4 years. <BR> <BR> I started at level 7 on the elliptical and am now at level 12. At the lower levels I did 6 miles in an hour and moved up when it became too easy. I've been on level 12 for over a year but can only do between 4.75 and 5.15 miles in an hour. My legs feel... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:56:55 EST Recently diagnosed and joining the group Hi there! I was just told last Friday that my A1C is high and I'm now diabetic. However...the doctor is giving me 3 months to change my habits and reverse this. <BR> <BR> My goals are: <BR> - Reduce blood sugar <BR> - Record what I'm eating/drinking <BR> - Lose weight <BR> <BR> I've been watching what I'm eating all week. I've lost some weight, but will be better able to track my blood sugar once I get a machine this weekend. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:38:56 EST Hi I'm new. My name is Diana I hope to get to chat with some of you. I have a goal of 40 pounds to lose <BR> Is anyone doing low carb? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:29:01 EST Avoiding becoming pre-diabetic I recently went to the doctor to review my blood work and was told that I am close to becoming pre-diabetic. My doctor suggested that I try to lose weight and change my diet, since my father is a type-2 diabetic and my older sister is considered a pre-diabetic I wanted to do as my doctor suggested. I started walking and reducing my carbohydrate intake but I need a support system to help me stay on track and always had success with the Spark People community that I decided to join this chall... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:10:42 EST Sunny's Goals I'm a returning member here to get my diabetes under control and change my lifestyle habits. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:23:16 EST My goals for this challenge My goals for this challenge are to learn to eat in a way that will help me fight the onset of Diabetes. I also need to lose at 10% of my body fat (28 pounds) so that I will not have to be put on medicine when I go back to the doctor in December. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:44:18 EST Portion control & diabetes I'm a Type 2 diabetic talking metformin. I have been using the food and exercise diary. I have been tracking my food for 3 weeks and have lost 3 pounds. I have been eating 2000-2200 calories per day and have walked 4-5 days a week for 60 minutes. Now I am ready to lower my calorie intake to focus more on weight reduction. My biggest problem is portion control. Does anyone have any strategies and tips that help you with portion control? Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:23:00 EST don't give up Hello spark people. .I have been avoiding the things that I know have to be apart of my everyday life...exercising and eating right..So I can't and I won't give up..,I am here to is the first day of the best of my life. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:22:14 EST My Goals I have got to get my numbers under control!! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:54:22 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST 8 week challenge Here I am, I am going to do my best to commit to this 8 week challenge and see how well my blood sugars (type 1) and weight loss can do. <BR> I am not a person of commitment (only to my husband and kids) everything else I give up the minute it doesn't go well. I'm looking for support and hope to find it on Sparkpeople. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:39:10 EST I have to do this challenge again I'm really grateful for this website. I didn't realize I signed up for this challenge until now. This is a great idea. I'm just starting to make this a habit, signing in and logging in food, etc. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:47:55 EST Marcheal W ready to start Spark Hello everyone! Looking forward to using the tools and guidance to help make my life changes. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:52:21 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST Diabetes Type 2 Do you need testing when you are on Metformin? Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:41:20 EST Greetings Hello guys, am new on board. I hope its gonna be an enjoyable moment with you guys. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:23:18 EST first day here I am 68 years old and weigh 200..I am prediabetic..and need to lose husband has diabetes and I see all the health problems he has..need to b with other people needing to lose weight..good luck to all of u.. Sandi Wed, 9 Sep 2015 17:20:55 EST Week 1 - Our goals My husband and I are starting this challenge together. Over the next 8 weeks, my husband wants to lose 15 pounds and I want to lose 10 pounds. We want to develop an exercise habit. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:39:38 EST Week One: Goals Hello, <BR> <BR> I did this challenge a couple of years ago and it helped me successfully lower my A1C from the borderline 5.7 down to normal 5.2. Since I still have symptoms and now the doc won't check my A1C until next year I am doing this again. <BR> <BR> Challenge goals: <BR> 1. Learn <BR> 2. Lose 5% of my body weight <BR> 3. Get back into the following habits--logging in here, exercising daily, adding veggies to every meal. <BR> <BR> Good to meet you all! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:10:58 EST Goals for this Challenge Recently told by doc that I am pre-diabetic. I don't want to be a diabetic so I've set goals to lose weight, eat healthier and get more exercise. I do go to gym 3X a week but I think I can do a better workout. <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm new to this and couldn't figure out how to post a message. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:18:39 EST My Number Good Morning, <BR> <BR> 121 Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:31:37 EST Good Morning Everyone I have started this Weight Loss Journey once Again! <BR> Please keep me Encouraged and I'll Encourage You All as Well! :-) <em>192</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:29:33 EST Getting a fresh start Hi! I am Cindy, wife, mom, and gramma I am a retired nurse and now enjoy my hobbies of crocheting and scrapbooking. I have been here before but left for a while I needed a break from logging food and exercise. But now I am back and ready to get started, I had tried Weight Watchers but did not get very far. I found out a few months ago that I am an on the line type 2 diabetic. I have Diabetes challenge not been very good at changing my diet but I am putting a new foot forward. As a matter of... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:37:34 EST My goal My immediate goal is to just get started doing something,but my long term goal is to become more healthy as well as lose weight. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:09:07 EST hi name is zora i am a diabetic cardiac patient on insulin and weigh 178 lbs i started to exercise AGAIN! and I have lost 8lbs to date I used to be a member of spark people but kinda fell off anyway I have made up my mind AGAIN because apart from losing weight i also would like to get my HbA1c down to atleast 6% it is now at 9% I can use all the help I can get ..thank you I am 5ft tall (or Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:03:00 EST help my name is dave and have been with sparks people a couple years now.i bounce in and out when other things inter fear with entering my entries.anyhow i was following the diabetes diet and was surfing different pages in spark people and don't know what i did but on my menue there are foods listed ,that is a drop down list for each meal how do i get rid of this section Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:39:28 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST 5k Im turning 60 in 1mo I want to train for a 5k in the spring am I to old its on my bucket list it will be my 1st. how do I begin? I tread 2mi/1/2 hr 3 to 4 times a week a slo jog. any tips welcome! Whats a good site to go to for help. Im new to technology when I was in hs we didn't even have calculators! Any encouragement welcome! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:52:40 EST Week 1: goals my goals for this challenge are to become more educated on my condition and hopefully get it under control, once i get my diabetes under control then i should be able to get my other conditions under control. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:42:21 EST new here for son now it is time to get busy with cooking correctly. son was diagnosis with diabetes. <BR> <BR> so need get focused get all unhealty foods out of house. <BR> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:26:20 EST Week 8 Long Term Plan My long term plan to continue weight loss is to continue on a preset workout schedule, but shifting around the length and intensity level of the workouts. I'll also continue to eat the right kind of food, avoid caffeine, diet soda, sweets. I'll also keep a steady check on my blood sugar levels and correspond with my doctor on how the new weight loss and eating habits are affecting them. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:21:31 EST Starting over...again Hi all, had a bit of a stumble and I allowed it to become a huge stumbling block but I'm back. Here's to a successful 8 weeks full of progress not perfection!! <em>381</em> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:20:41 EST Successful Dieyer I have managed to lose about 80 pounds since July 2014. I want to lose a bit more and keep it al off. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:36:27 EST Fustrated, scared overwhelmed MY Dr has been watching my fasting blood sugar for about 6 to eight months now. I Have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabies. <BR> The funny thing g is is that I am a cook by trade. I have trained myself to go without food In order to plot out a meal... ery ad habit....very hard to train. I AM SERIOUSLY considering doing another trade. So I am at a crossroad afraid to give up what I know and start all over again. <BR> this makes me more depressed and custrated. Yet I know I have to take ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:39:26 EST Week 7 Check in I'm not able to add a stability ball to my workout because of other issues, but I have switched up the time frame of each workout and the intensity level of my cardio. I think the changes over the last seven weeks have worked, I've lost around 11 pounds. I'm pleased. Specially since I'm no receiving blood sugar levels lower than I have since I was diagnosed Type 2 in 1999. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:29 EST My first day with Spark People. Hi there! I'm Maria. Call me Sunshine! Just started my 49th year of life,. Joining this forum is my gift to myself. Yesterday I celebrated. Today I want to plan steps of action so I can find myself in a better place next year. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:59:23 EST Hello, newbie here I am a type 2 diabetic, and I am looking for ways to manage my blood sugar better so I can get off some of the medications. I am happy to be here. Thanks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:29:39 EST Shadaux's new I have just joined today, August 8 2015. I am almost 61 years old. My hobbies are making quilts for charities in my community. Like oldies in music and just about any other music except rap. I also like to color, work on family tree, jig saw puzzles, read and stare off into space. Not an active life, that's why I am here. Thought some motivation would help. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:29:34 EST Starting Over I am starting over. My goal is to lose 10 pounds and discontinue my meds, or at least decrease. My diabetes is under control with two oral meds and insulin. I am not a very disciplined person so tend to start and then quit after a while. Determined to make it this time. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:32:40 EST Goals For the last 10 years the doctors have been telling me it's not a question of if, it's a question of when. With 4 gestational diabetic pregnancies behind me, and family history, I have been very happily so well diet controlled you would never know. Until resontly.... I have had some trouble with my blood sugar getting way beyond what it has ever been before, and they put me on medication. Medication I have been avoiding. So I want off as soon as possible. My goal, is to get off the meds plain... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 03:31:05 EST Week 6 Check In This week has been rougher, not because of lack of motivation, but Monday I was sick, and today, (Thursday) I feel sluggish and tired. I've manage to get my workouts in, all except Monday, which I spent the day at doctor. Still, I'm driving forward and determined to keep meeting my goals. <BR> <BR> My blood sugars are improving each day and I've been able to cut down on my insulin intake with doctor approval because I kept bottoming. Something I've not done in five years. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 07:56:15 EST week 1 Day 2 blood sugars have been good Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:31:25 EST check in Day 2 <em>524</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:01:42 EST My goals O.k. my goals is to stay track on my low carb foods, check blood sugar levels at least 3x a day. Going to put more exercise in. Hoping this will help me lower my A1C levels and get to feeling better with more energy. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:18:09 EST Week 5 The other four weeks had little challenges with getting up and going. I didn't have a day that felt sluggish, but day three into this week and I have to work triple hard both days to get up and in the gym. I did so, but yesterday I wasn't able to complete my entire routine. Today, I managed to get the entire routine done, but I couldn't do any interval with speed or incline. But I did workout. Pushing through the pain sluggishness and the stinging legs was hard, but I done it. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:57:15 EST Getting back on track. <img src=""> <BR> I was doing well, lost 10% of my weight, brought my A1c down to 6.3 from 7.1. Can't seem to get back on track. I'm hoping this group can help motivate me to exercise more, track my food daily, and take my glucose readings more regularly. Need all the help I can get! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:41:05 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:56 EST Newbie Diabetic in need of hlep Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had tw... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:34:22 EST work out videos wow those videos are kicking my backside. I work in an office sitting down 10 hours a day now this . I am going to start standing up some and moving more. these are great cant do all of them yet but soon. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:29:21 EST Day 1 I don't have diabetes; however, if I keep going the way that I am going I do know that it is inevitable. Been up and down on my weight loss journey for years, but I'm tired of all this extra weight and I know that my health depends on it. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:51:45 EST Setting new goal for week 4 Walking goal is a minimum of 35 minutes daily. And one mile on stationary bike. <em>104</em> Be strong and stay committed. <em>386</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:08:01 EST Back Again Hi. I'm Marge and have been with Sparkpeople for a while, but never getting as serious as I should be with my weight loss and T2 diabetes. I am ready to do this now, so I thought this challenge is a good way to start. Besides doing this challenge, I hope to make Sparkfriends that we can help each other with sharing advice, tips recipes and friendship. I am ready for this ride to begin for a new healthy lifestyle. <BR> Marge <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:17:58 EST Added In Exercise Video Usually my exercise comes from the treadmill, seated bikes, and weights from the gym. I'm not one for video's, but this week I added it to one of the days I don't got to the gym. I also substituted it for the day this week that I was a bit lazy and didn't make ti to the gym. <BR> <BR> Unique and different, but enjoyable. I also added in some at home dumbbells and at home lunges, squats, and arm bends. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:57:26 EST temptation it is mango season here in florida, my son has several mango trees and all are producing. i feel compelled to eat them, i have to track them however. just to share a note, fresh mangoes have 99 calories in a cup, a large whole mango is about 124 calories. in our quest for > 5 fruits and vegetables it is a great fruit to consider. i am also freezing them to be used in a smoothie, i usually use half a cup (50 cal) and half a frozen banana with some almond milk. not a bad total and so deliciou... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:23:28 EST Back again Hello, 2 years ago I lost 20 pounds using Spark people. I had just been diagnosed with pre diabetes (my A1c was .1 below diabetic). I did very well and managed to get my A1C down to just .1 above normal. I do still watch my carbs (well more than I used to before 2013 anyway). But I have slowly been gaining the weight back and my A1C is back up so obviously not doing well enough. So I am back and hoping Spark People helps me again and that this time I keep the weight off! :-) Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:52:50 EST my goals My goals are to bring my blood sugar down and start to lose weight. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:54:28 EST help am I to late to join this 8 week challenge ? I need to get my numbers down and lose weight. I have about 75lbs to lose. I am doing the workouts but cant get them in my tracker cause the workouts I do are not in there. I also cant add food I eat that are not in the food tracer , can someone help me? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:25:55 EST new to everything hi, I am new to spark people. I am not real good at computers so if I don't get something right please have patients with me. I can use all the help I can get. need to lose weight and get my numbers under control. I need to learn my hungry signals . I struggle with what to eat and how to give up carbs. I love carbs. any ideals? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 03:09:05 EST Week 3 Workout Routine Change Normally, two of my five workouts include 30 minutes only of cardo and lower body workout, this week I shifted the 30 minute treadmill workout to a walking video DVD my mom has and I also added in some of my dad's weight lifting at home techniques. Worked out nicely when I had a bad day today and couldn't fit in time to leave the house for an hour and half of driving and gym time. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:37:58 EST Day 1 Today I have decided to take control of my health,Type 2 Diabeties, and my life. I want to be the person my 5 kids look to for inspiration in living their lives. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:24:32 EST Walking daily log I didn't find a walking log. I find logging has become very beneficial to me. To see how consistent I am and to check out my feeling about walking. <em>386</em> <BR> Week 1 Day 1 of my daily walk. I walked 44 minutes and 5068 steps. Goal 10000 steps add at least 5 minutes weekly <em>213</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:50:38 EST Checking in Staying focused and getting some wonderful information on this site. Love it. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:42:01 EST Goals I have 2 main goals I am concentrating on that consists of low carb diet and exercise plans. With these to things I should lose some weight and bring my levels down. With these 2 main goals it will actually benefit my others. Such as mood, energy and etc. So this is my goal plan!! <em>41</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:37:46 EST Goals The 2 goals I am mainly focusing on would be my low carb plan and exercise. Starting with these main 2 should help my levels come down. <em>30</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:30:09 EST Week 1 Day 2 Focusing on my weight loss and goals..Doing this for me!!! Gonna get this Diabetes under control. <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:26:28 EST FBS <BR> 186 it's not good. Ate later than usual and a steroid they put me on well the Dr. Said it would affect my levels. Going to look into more low carb foods today. I will get lined out soon. Have a nice Saturday everyone. <em>521</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:52:01 EST Week 3 daily log <em>386</em> Week 3 Day 1 <BR> Ow, I've stuck to this challenge finished two weeks. I haven't done it perfect. <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:48:55 EST I'm new to this group. I have type 2 diabetes and control with 2 pills. I test in the morning before breakfast and if needed throughout the day. My fasting glucose levels are most always under 100 and have been getting better if I don't eat in the evening before bedtime. <BR> I had gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago when I weighed 369 pounds. OMG!!!! I couldn't reach to wipe my backside. If that isn't an eye-opener then I don't know what is. I was down and depressed about life and needed help both physicall... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:30:25 EST loveray1976 Hello, my name is Patricia I have diabetes type 2. I need to lose 70 #for health reasons. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:17:59 EST Long time Spark member, steadily gaining weight I joined about 10 years ago, have been using the trackers for some time, but had to give up on the nutrition portion because it was taking me a couple hours a day to use it! I make or cook all my own food, so it meant remembering and inputting recipes constantly--because no two salads or chicken soups are exactly the same, etc. <BR> <BR> Also, I learned that cutting calories ruined my sleep, made me groggy, fuzzy-headed and irritable, and I would gain weight, which pretty much always came of... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:48:09 EST Slow and Steady My starting goal is to lose 15 pounds by September. I need to lose 60 pounds and have lost 2 so far. In doing so, I hope to lower my A1C to 6.5 from 7.0 as my doctor has suggested. I also want to feel better and have more energy. My challenges are that my body is very sensitive to the smallest changes and so I battle with low blood sugars. I have type 1 diabetes with little to no complications and would love to keep it that way. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:25:34 EST Not sure this is the right team for me ;o) I have Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 11. This year will mark 34 years since my diagnosis. My body is very sensitive to the smallest changes so my struggle with losing weight has always been the battle with low blood sugars. I am hoping that with the support of others I can get this weight off, feel better, and have better control of my diabetes. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:11:18 EST Have to change I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Goals for week 2 Increase walking to a minimum of 20 mins a day. <BR> 3 video exercise <BR> Stationery bike minimum 1 mile a day Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:59:15 EST Week one This is my first week of this challenge and my goal this week is to work out for fifteen minutes three times this week. That is going to be my focus, and no matter how long it takes I will meet this goal. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:27:55 EST My Goal what do I want to happen in this challenge for myself? What am I doing here? That is a good question. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in feb. 2015 . I have been getting educated and all that but right now I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not set goals for myself out of a sense of obligation but something I want to do. My goal is to take my time with this and not move on to a new part of my journey until I am comfortable for the... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:06:20 EST Week 2 Daily log in Week 2 day 1. Can't believe I actually got through week 1.....New commitment week 2 for seven day. <em>43</em> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:47:44 EST my wii i have a stack of "sit down " work out dvd's, i just cant get motivated. someone in a message reminded me of doing things on the wii, i had forgotten about that for an exercise tool. i think im motivated again!!! and also i was wondering what to do different on the 4th. i think ill dust it off, i bought it for the grandkids a few years back, but now they all are doing "real" things. think about it if you have one..........ive even worked up a sweat trying to beat my other half bowling. <em... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:56:58 EST How do you manage obstacles. Tomorrow I needed to take my sister to the dr's. So my obstacle is how do I fit in my exercise in. Dr's appt. is two hours....traveling time 1 hour...Ok why is this an obstacle. It comes right in the middle of my exercise time. In the cool of the morning. Afternoons have never been my exercise time. It's my rest time. What if I don't I fall off the exercise wagon. In the past it has been very hard to get back on. <em>198</em> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:40:47 EST Exercising in steamy south 73 at 6:30 AM and Humidity at 80%. My glasses steamed up immediately and the bugs swarmed around my wet head. I think I will deep water jog tomorrow . Maybe walking through the aisles of Walmart just staying by the fruit and vegetable aisles. Any survival suggestions. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:18:47 EST Excited and ready Going to try to keep this short and sweet. <BR> I'm insulin resistant atm, but after having 2 kids and being diagnosed with gestational diabetes with each pregnancy AND with pretty much everyone on my father's side of the family having diabetes along with my brother... I'm on the fast track to getting it myself if I don't try to get myself healthier. <BR> As of this morning, I'm 211lbs and NEED to lose weight. I have a Christmas goal of losing 30lbs and I intend to get there and beyond. <BR>... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:37:06 EST Love carbs Found exercise does help control eating. I can keep trying. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:43:46 EST Pre-Diabetic BS Testing I'm new to this sight. I joined because I'm very close to becoming a diabetic. My last A1c at my annual physical was 6.6. I'm determined to learn as much as possible how to control my sugar levels. My first question is, should I be testing my sugar daily or is this only for Diabetics? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:42:52 EST Taking Charge.... I'm 57 years young and I need to get my pre-diabetes under control. It runs in my family and I've seen what diabetes can do to people and I want to do what I can to avoid it. I've been on sparkpeople before but never took advantage of the community here and this time around I made the decision to take advantage of the help and support offered by people who are going through the same thing. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:07:28 EST Day 1 Week 1 Thirty Minutes of beginning Pilates today... done very very slowly, Its a start. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:47:55 EST day1 week one Well today is day 1. I'm excited <em>41</em> and nervous I will fail all at once. <em>24</em> <BR> But I am up for the challenge <em>521</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:33:08 EST Post op I am 9 weeks post op for rotator cuff surgery and am limited in upper body movement. I walk on the treadmill and do an incline walk to 15, changing incline every 2 minutes. It is a great workout but I am missing the body strength part. I looked at the limited mobility videos but they are about limited lower body movements. Anything for limited upper body movements? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:56:07 EST The Wake-up Call This year's yearly medical exam was a wake-up call. My doctor told me I am border- line diabetic. I refuse to let my lack of control lead me to be unhealthy. Starting on June 8, 2015 I have taken control and so far I lost 4 pounds. My goal is to lose 26 more. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:07:52 EST I'm back Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:38 EST Setting goals I've been diagnosed as being diabetic, which is fairly frightening. I know very little about the subject, but am aware that diabetes is a serious situation and should not be taken lightly. I am in the process of learning about diabetes and am a little concerned, because my diet is very healthy for the most part. I seldom eat out of a box or can, and seldom eat out. I am seriously overweight and have half-heartedly been trying to lose weight. I need to lose just the 100 pounds, and my bigges... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:51:55 EST Goals I have tried this challenge before and failed to follow thru. I am ready to try again and succeed this time! My goals are: <BR> 1. Lose 10# <BR> 2. Increase my daily activity and do at least 30 minutes of either cardio or strength training daily <BR> 3. Manage my blood sugar levels better <BR> 4. Take care of me and not just take care of everyone else <em>524</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:37:05 EST jmct's SparkPage Hello. I am new to the whole "Spark People" thing and just sort of stumbling around trying to get traction as I recuperate from a recent surgery. All the articles and pictures of grinning young Spartans are a little over-powering, but my commitment to get into the flow of things (even if I am only shuffling along in the slowest of slow lanes) remains strong. Is anyone out there who has some similar impressions? <BR> peace. jmct. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:00:26 EST Introducing myself I am 66 and have Type 2 diabetes. I struggle eating balanced meals. I was diagnosed gluten intolerant last year and sometimes I don't know what to eat. I know I should eat more vegetables but sometimes struggle knowing how to prepare them. I would like help with meal planning. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:42:47 EST Setting goals I am pre diabetic so trying to do something about it so I don't have to take any meds. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:11:40 EST Share Your Goals for this challenge Here! I want to learn to eat right and to exercise daily by starting out walking. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:56:10 EST i need help to lose these 25 pounds hello, i am 40 year old women, who is pre diabetes, and my dr said either i lose the weight or she is going to put me on pills. So i am here trying to lose the wieght for good this time. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:15:34 EST Hello I just had my 2nd baby and gained 20 lbs after she was born. I was gestational diabetic for both kids, am pre-diabetic and need to lose this extra weight. I had a very healthy pregnancy and was able to control my sugar through diet. I am ready for this challenge and would like to lose 50 lbs. total. Let's do this! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:51:05 EST managing diabetes I'm 65 and i'm having trouble losing the weight needed. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:25:59 EST My Goal My goal is to complete this 8 week challenge, and establish good habits with a weight loss goal of 16 pounds. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:17:49 EST Goal My goal is to lose 10 lbs by the end of July. To change my evening routine 1 day per week. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:41:13 EST Here I Go, AGAIN! <em>524</em> Here I am AGAIN. Not sure where all I have been on this site, but I am 63 years young, and prediabetic now w/Hashimoto's Thyroid (useless), plus I'm the biggest I've ever been - 250#. Hard to believe as I was once very slim-ish and trim-ish. I am going to the gym about three times per week now (have just learned to swim and discovered I like it), but my eating habits are not at all constantly good. C'mon, Susan (me). I need to get my whole plan together. Not sure I will e... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:05:54 EST Understanding my Lipid Panel numbers Recently I had a Lipid Panel done at the Veterans Hospital and received the results 6/11/15. <BR> This is how it reads: CoCHOL, 149; Trig, 151; HDL, 49; LDL, 70. <BR> Need someone to interpret these numbers for me and let me know if I should be concern. <BR> Will be turning 66 next month. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:51:27 EST just starting where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:16 EST New to this team Just starting with this program (again). I started back in 2008 but did not keep up. Since then I have lost some and gained more. I am determined to lose weight and gain a better life by working through this program and with the extensive assistance here. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:55:29 EST Weight Goal Weight less than 200 pounds, before 8/14/2015 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:03:22 EST Back on Track Starting back at week one. I was doing really well on my weight loss and controlling my blood sugar. Went to Alabama for a funeral and picked up a bad cold. This was a excuse to stop eating right and not workout as much, in other words I just fell off the wagon. I gained a few pounds back, but really did not do to bad. The last blood work showed my A1C at 5.9 up .3 from the last test, everything else was still good. The first time my ldl and hdl were at the right levels for along time. This r... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:58:49 EST Glucose Testing Hi all: <BR> <BR> Quick question -- my doctor has asked me to start testing my glucose daily but didn't mention WHEN (I have a call in to her but thought I'd ask for opinions here). If only testing once a day, is there a time that is best to do it? Fasting test in the morning? At the end of the day? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:31:48 EST Just starting out Hi, my name is Michele. I'm just starting on my lose weight/get fit journey and I'm still a bit resistant. I hate to exercise, but I'm 42 and need to lose 50 lbs-I haven't been feeling well and I'm worried about diabetes because it runs in my family and I had gestational diabetes (insulin-dependant) with my last pregnancy 14.5 years ago. So I have to make changes whether I want to or not. Staying motivated will be my biggest challenge. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:55:34 EST Introduction My name is Elaine, I am from Texas. Happy to meet all of you. I am pre diabetic and have for about 4 yrs. this weight gain is new to me because I have always been thin. Need to loose around 30 lbs. . Thanks for reading my post. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:27:04 EST Prediabetic Hello, everyone. I am Elaine and I am from Texas. I was diagnosed with pre diabetes the early part of 2011. Really scared me to hear those words. So I stopped eating the wrong carbs. So far I am keeping blood sugar low but having problems with my weight. Have never been overweight in my life so this is all new to me. Thanks for listening. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:13:22 EST Self Introduction Hello all — <BR> <BR> I joined this team last night. Although I'm not sure what the challenge entails, I'm sure willing to give it a shot. I was on Sparkpeople about 6 months ago, when I was first diagnosed as diabetic. I did really well and lost 37 pounds — and then went wildly out of control. So here I am again, up 23 pounds (at least I didn't gain ALL of it back!) and ready to try yet one more time. Wishing all of you success and health! <BR> <BR> -DivingDi- Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:15:29 EST Hello everyone. My name is NASCOW, and i'm just begun to start this new lifestyle of eating better and exercise. I'm looking forward to using this site and making friends along the way. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:24:00 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST The first day of my life Today I have turned 77. <BR> For the last couple of weeks my motivation has been at an old time low. <BR> But, I really want to improve my health conditions and last a bit longer. <BR> No promises. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 23:32:43 EST Im new to sparkpeople I put a message already somewhere so if you see me twice Im sorry. Im 50 pounds overweight and 58 felling like 85! Trying to do the strength exercises to start slow, I new I was out of shape but I had not idea. doing them has made me feel like a limp noodle my muscles are so weak, but im going to keep doing them cause obviously I need them badly. Just want to start feeling better and have more energy. Living a little longer has its pluses too. Good Luck everyone. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:01:18 EST New..just dropping in to say hello! Hello everyone!! My name is Deborah, I am 51--wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 for just over 3 years now...just this year PTSD was added...I also have diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, severe depression and anxiety. My doctors call me a walking time-bomb...any episode could put me in the hospital or worse. I spend most of my day at home on the laptop playing FB games and working a FB wrestling group I co-own with my best friend. I enjoy spending... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:01:19 EST Might be Pre or Diabetic Hi. <BR> <BR> I might pre or diabetic. I need to get blood tests and D and C. Right now I feel very tired, having difficulty sleeping at night (worrying about my health) <em>40</em> I'm itchy and I pee a lot. <BR> <BR> I see the menus but I'd like to eat other things besides peanut butter and carrot sticks. I'm going to check around for recipes. I'm also getting back into exercising. I want my energy back <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:33:48 EST Week 1 - Day 2 Yesterday was a good day. I did everything I set out to do. I went to the gym and worked out...even with a head ache. I hate the first week detox...LOL. <BR> <BR> Today I will continue to track and drink my water. Going to go to Zumba tonight with a friend. This should be interesting. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work, everyone. Slow, small steps. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:19:37 EST Introductions Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I'm SH and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago. I got to the point where I was doing much better (down to an A1C of 9!), but now I'm back up to 12. I'm working on changes, though, and harder than I ever have. I've started making sure I get 30 minutes a day of good cardio (three days a week I'm doing Couch25K and working on a recumbent bike at home), but food is and has always been my biggest fight. <BR> <BR> I'm really bummed by my 12 reading and ang... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:07:29 EST PCOS I don't actually hace diabetes, but I do have a similar insulin-resistance disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome. I am at-risk for diabetes, and hope to avoid it. I have also been trying to conceive for over five years, and docs tell me weight-loss will help me achieve that goal. I hope to lose 135 lbs, both to feel great in my own skin again, and to finally be a first-time mama. <em>42</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 01:33:39 EST Mid-life crisis for the better! Nojebram2 I am 48 yrs old, currently live alone, but am married.My husband is incarserated for at least one more year. I have spend several months deprest, not wanting to do anything. I finally decided that I needed to get up and change my life for the better while he is gone so by the time he is back home I will have my new lifestyle in force. He will have to adapt to my way of life. Since January I have lost around 20 to 25 pounds. 255 down to 233. Size 22 now 18. I have found what works for me is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:28:31 EST Motivation problems The rainy weather today matches my state of mind today! I really need to get more motivation and stick with this! I start out gung ho in the morning, but it's petered out by afternoon! So I am motivated this morning and will get some exercise in and watch my carb intake! I really need to get this under control. My A1c just keeps going up, need it back down. Just started on insulin, argh! I need to shake myself! Sat, 30 May 2015 09:29:56 EST I am confused I am on Optifast in a hospital clinic. I am allowed 900 cal a day, I how ever dont know how to track that here, can only go as low as 1000 cal, and cant even record the meal substtute I am on. I will be on it for 6.5 more weeks. I will be weaning back to real food one meal the first 2 weeks 2 the second and 3 the third 2 weeks finally even snock . Help! or should I wait til then to do challenge? Fri, 29 May 2015 22:56:54 EST Week 1 Discussion I just started yesterday and have to admit I was totally out of control. This morning I woke with a better attitude and have started my day with a cup of yogurt with homemade granola consisting of almonds, wheat germ and oatmeal toasted with honey, cinnamon and a teaspoon of orange juice. It is very good to say the least. A recipe I got from the Diabetic magazine. So my plan is to eat it up, take my meds and go out in the yard with my pups and do some yard work. Wish me luck that I do no... Fri, 29 May 2015 09:58:59 EST Stepping out with faith and determination Hi there I am 57, Have been overweight most of my life. I had lost 70lbs eight years ago, then when i went on insulin I gained back 45lbs. <BR> Iam at present on the Medical Bariatric Clinic(not surgery!!!!) program at an Ontario Hospital clinic 8 weeks into a 6month program. I have lost 15 lbs in 4 weeks. Under the care of a specialist, Nurse, Dietician and councellor. While OHIP covers the program it does not pay for the meds or Meal portion. I saved for a year inorder to do this. <BR> I am... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:57 EST new member hi just join. fail all of the other time. sure hope spark work for me Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:28 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am Shannon. I am Pre-Diabetic and have a huge family history of Diabetes. I do not want to have to take Insulin if I can help it. I joined to motivate myself to live a healthy life style. I managed to lose 20 lbs. following my diagnosis, but have since gained most of the weight back in the past six months after I relocated to a new town, bought a new house, and started a new job. I let the stress get to me and my biggest weakness is anything sweet! I have started swimming three ni... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:35:28 EST Diabetes help Hi! I'm Kathie, and I am struggling with getting my sugar numbers under control. I am not on medication for it, as of yet, but will be if I don't get a handle on my weight and my sugar! Looking for recipes, and inspiration to motivate me, in the right direction. Thanks! Thu, 21 May 2015 20:36:11 EST My introduction Hello everyone, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes early in 2014. At the time, my A1C was 14.9 and my fasting blood sugar reading was nearly 400! I weighed 287 pounds. Since then, I've taken control of my health and my life. I started exercising. At first, just a very short, leisurely stroll was a workout. Then I joined a gym and started participating in the "silver sneakers" classes designed for senior citizens, even though I'm not a senior citizen. At the time, it was the most strenuous e... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:46:49 EST Week 1 Day 1 Yesterday 3 of my 5 children were challenging each other and me to a healthier lifestyle. I took their challenge. My works cut out for me because one is 19 and in the Army, one a water polo player, and the other an active 21 y.o. I'm 59, weigh 270, and have several health problems due to my weight including occasional high blood sugar. My sugar goes up when I eat carbs. that's why I decided to take this 8-week diabetes weight loss challenge. I want my children to be proud of how their mot... Wed, 20 May 2015 08:00:58 EST Type 1 diabetic Anyone a type 1 trying to lose weight? Can you recommend any forums or challenges for type 1 diabetics? We are a bit different than type 2's. Tue, 19 May 2015 23:47:17 EST Introducing myself Hello! I am Patti, 58 yo, 5' 2', 205 lbs. Just today I came from the doctor office with a diagnosis of high blood sugar. I also have hypertension and high cholesterol. My plan is to develop some healthy habits to be rid of the extra weight and these medical conditions by developing. I am joining this challenge to get a good start. Tue, 19 May 2015 18:02:25 EST Introducing myself By building new habits I want to become healthy. I have high blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. Currently I weigh 200 pounds, and am working toward 118 as my healthy weight. I am looking for encouragement and support. Tue, 19 May 2015 15:56:23 EST Pre-diabetic It's still manageable if I get my diet together. Tue, 19 May 2015 08:33:11 EST