Hi Shirley and welcome to the team. My husband and I are both type 2 diabetics and I manage mine with diet and exercise alone while my husband has gradually "graduated" from pills to both pills and injections. He is currently on Metformin plus Novolog injections at mealtimes and Levemir before bed. The difference between my husband and I is that, even though I try to cook healthy, he eats too much and he also cheats every chance he gets.
The good news is that it is possible to decrease the amount of medications you need and even get off medications completely if you eat the proper foods in the right amount and get some exercise. I know how difficult walking can be but I encourage you to keep trying. Even if you can go just 1 step further each day or each week, in time you will be able to make it around the block without stopping. Eating healthy will help you control your blood sugars and that along, with exercise, will build your stamina. It is amazing how much better you will feel with a weight loss of just 10 percent. So make small easy to reach goals for yourself because each small goal reached will encourage you to reach for the next one. On the other hand, setting large goals (or looking at the "big picture") can overwhelm and discourage you.
I know that and we are all here to cheer you on, rejoice with you in your successes, and encourage you to keep trying when you have small setbacks.
Hi, Shirley, and to Spark and to the Team! I know that physical issues can really be challenging when it comes to weight loss. If you enjoy walking, then walk - just do as much as you are able to comfortably and safely do. Any time we move out bodies - even if it's only for 10 min. at the time, we are doing something good for ourselves. My best advice for success with weight loss is 1) use the Spark Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, because it will keep you honest about what you're eating and accountable for your choices; 2) walk as often as you can if that is your choice of activity and don't worry because even if you walk for 10 min. 2 or 3 times a day, 3-4 times a week, you will be doing good for your body; 3) stay active with your Spark Teams - they will support you when you need support, and motivate and encourage you along the way, and 4) have fun with this - making this a "happy" activity can only improve your chances for success and be confident because
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
I am a 56 year old female that has had a double cerebral brain stem stroke with damage and has diabetes i have been on Metformin 2 times daily for over 5 years and as of recently have been also put on the Levemir Flex Pen 1 time daily. After the stroke I lost alot of the ability to exercise normally and as for walking i can but maybe a block stopping 2 to 3 times to rest. I would like to do this walk without stopping. And I always use a walker. So needless to say I put the weight on and for my own well being and health I have to loose close to 30 pounds. Thank god I ran across this program I believe it will help.
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