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12/1/17 12:04 A

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Finished the 30 day challenge today and looking for next level of learning - I am 68, pre-diabetic and DO NOT want it to get to full blown diabetes - I have multiple health issues but am in good shape for the shape I'm in. Just accepting and learning to use the term pre-diabetic and learning LOW CARB way of eating. Determined to win this battle and lose weight, be healthier and stronger.

Linda in WA state
*John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!


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11/29/17 8:53 A

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Hi everyone. My name is Sherri. I have been diabetic, Type 2 I think, for a while now. I am hoping that if I lose some weight that I can maybe get off medication. I know that I need to take better care of myself. Even if I don't ever get off of the medication, I still need to lose the extra weight so I can be the healthiest me that I can be.

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CRFTYSAHM's Photo CRFTYSAHM Posts: 18
10/16/17 12:43 P

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Hello y'all. I have been a member for a really long time, but have also been very inactive for a very long time (Aug. 2011 last updates). I am updating my Spark Page and renewing my weight loss efforts while making some big changes in several areas. Almost like starting brand new, except that I have managed to loose more weight than I thought since I was last active. Since the last time I was on Spark, I have lost my mom, added a grand daughter, married off my third child. Although the marriage was just this couple of weeks. I am diabetic, not on insulin yet, and my new primary has started taking a notice in my medical records which has made me realize I am not taking care of myself very well at all. That all changes today. I have weighed in, measured and changing my eating and exercise habits. I know I will find all the moral support I need on Spark. Looking forward to more interactions.

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10/16/17 6:03 A

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Hi, I'm Celia and I'm 61 living in the UK. While I am not yet diabetic I fit the criteria for developing it with 2 first degree relatives (mother and brother) and many second degree who all have or had type 2.

I recommitted to Sparkpeople a little over 7 weeks ago and have lost 19lbs following the pre-diabetic plan so that's working for me and I'm happy with it but I desperately need to get more active.

So my goals here are to continue losing weight, work more activity into my daily life and prevent myself from developing type 2 diabetes.

Edited by: LAWLI56 at: 10/16/2017 (13:42)
~*Cely* (UK)" When life throws you a rainy day play in the puddles!

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10/11/17 2:21 P

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Edit: I have decided this is not going to be helpful.

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10/11/17 8:58 A

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Hi. I'm Val, 62 yrs old, live in the UK and have just discovered I'm probably diabetic. I had random high glucose readings, while in hospital for another health issue, which could have been caused by drugs I was being treated with, but have since had 2 fasting blood glucose tests through my GP surgery that were potentially in diabetic range. I bought a monitor, have been testing my glucose levels for a couple of weeks now and readings are definitely outside normal range. I have a further GP appointment next week.

My Dad had type 2 diabetes, I am overweight, and do not have enough exercise - all good reasons to want a structured approach to managing my condition with information on diet and exercise that I believe Spark People can help with. So this is day 1 of week 1!

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10/7/17 5:49 P

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Hi! I'm Jennifer, age 41, diagnosed Type 2 a year ago. Which wasn't a surprise as I was diagnosed as Pre-diabetic 10+ years ago. I hadn't really been seeing a doc or following up on it. I likely had progressed to full on diabetes for years. By the time it was diagnosed I had been having neuropathy symptoms for over a year & gone to urgent care for that because it was so bad.

I take Metformin. I was off of it for a few months but my sugars started climbing again and the neuropathy in my feet returned. My a1c was 11.3 when I was diagnosed & was 8.0 after being off Metformin for a few months. I am looking forward to seeing my progress at my next 3 month check up in December.

I've been a Spark member for years but haven't been active for quite some time. As I am recommiting myself to my health & making lifestyle changes I want to use all the tools & resources in my arsenal. I thought this challenge would help!

At my heaviest I was 364 lbs. A year ago when I was diagnosed I had gotten down to 295. This spring I had gotten down to 252 but am currently back up to 278.

I look forward to being a part of this group & supporting each other while we strive towards our health & wellness!



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10/5/17 8:57 P

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I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes in June of this year. It's been overwhelming but slowly I've been learning as much as I can. Which has resulted in a drastic lifestyle change for the better.

My A1C was over 10 in July and as of sept was 5.5 due to low carbing and portion control!

Hoping to gain support and be supportive. Happy Thursday!

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9/18/17 8:34 A

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My name is Betty and I've been living with type 2 diabetes for almost a year now. I'm still a little in denial about it in terms of how I eat. I've only told 1 or 2 people in my family because I don't want everybody to start watching what I eat. Just starting this challenge today.

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8/21/17 1:11 P

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Hello. I am 54 years old and was just diagnosed with DM-2 this morning. I was prescribed Metformin, which I will be picking up later today. I am going to make an appointment with a diabetes educator, as I am very confused by much of what I've read and the doctor said and why so much of it conflicts. As for exercise, I recently started doing some very gentle walking- I am trying to increase that each week. In another lifetime, I was a competitive swimmer and would like to start incorporating that into my exercise routine. I do have access to a pool- not a competition one (the one in our neighborhood is kidney bean shaped; probably to discourage lap swimmers, since it is a shared pool.) One of my exercise goals is to get good enough to join a masters team which would afford me the opportunity to swim in a 25 or 50 meter pool. I also need to find a suit that fits- when I go to the beach, I wear a suit that fits great on my bottom half but doesn't come close to covering my large chest. I just cover that up with a rash guard. The rash guard solution will work for my neighborhood pool, so I can keep looking for a suit that fits properly. I am glad to have found this group!

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8/4/17 5:51 P

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8/4/17 8:32 A

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I will be 46 tomorrow and was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after being admitted to the hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis. It was a very scary episode and I want to learn everything I can so that my body doesn't go through that again. I was actually eating and exercising 5x a week for at least 30 minutes when it happened. It has been recommended that I restart the exercise slowly until I see how my body responds to the insulin.

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8/1/17 1:25 P

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HI! I am 46 and was just diagnosed Friday as having Type 2 diabetes. I need to get the weight off and get moving more. I have my first recheck after starting metformin in 6 weeks and I would like it to be a good one!

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Rejoining this challenge. Was successful once before. At the endo's office today my A1c was up a little so I want to work it back down before my next 3 month check up. I am 73 and prediabetic. Late in life diagnosis. I have slacked off on the exercise so need to get back to accountability.

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Hi everyone ! I am not sure if I have posted here
before, but am going to post for this new start.

I am almost 65 (couple of weeks). I was
diagnosed as type 2 in 2005. Until last year
I was considered what used to be called
" a brittle diabetic" meaning everything was
messed up and out of control. I was on the
"diabetic protocol" going from diet and exercise,
med to more meds, to insulin, several different
types and combinations. Finally (after 11 years, 2016)
I found the right med for me. I take a Tresiba injection
once per day. It is 3 xs the usual dosage and has
finally brought my bs under control.

The last several months I have undergone several
tests and doctors/specialists. The good news .. no
neuropathy in feet, no eye involvement. Bad news,
my kidneys have been affected, last few tests it has
been in the 40's.

I am at least the 3rd generation of diabetics in my family:
both brothers, mother, father, grandmother, great grand
mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I was diagnosed one
month before the last uncle was.

Now that I am able to control my BS, I want to restart
this challenge and see how I can stave off any other
complications.

MaryAnn
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6/10/17 2:19 P

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My name is Brenda, 57 years old and just discovered my condition about 3 weeks ago. I should not be surprise,My mom had it, my daughter has it. I have a lousy time trying to figured out meals from day to day. My husband is a big help, he always caution me to watch what I eat.
I know this is going to be a long journey combined with all my other issues, hypertension, under active thyroid, high cholesterol and the list goes on and on. I am here to learn how to manage and live with this and to seek encouragement and support to get me through it.

Thanks all,
Brenda

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6/8/17 12:41 P

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Hi there MWESLEY5, I have your same exact story. Let's do this!

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6/8/17 12:39 P

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Hi there, Just getting back to Sparking and joined a 30 day log-in challenge. I'm on day 15 of that and am looking at all of the other challenges that I signed up for. I signed up for this one in 2013 and did nothing. I had gestational diabetes when pregnant and know that if I don't get it into gear, I'll be down the road to Type 2. So, here I go again. I'm down 6 lbs and have 69 to go. Best wishes everyone.

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5/28/17 10:04 P

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Hi I'm Liz from south Texas. I was diagnosed as diabetic at the beginning of March. My doctor put me on Metformin twice a day. My A1C was 12.6 I think at the end of February and I took another A1C test a few days ago and it was 6.8 so I think my doctor will be pleased with that. I will see him next week. I'm trying to get back to swimming this week. That is my favorite form of exercise.

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5/23/17 8:14 P

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Wishing you the best. Diabetes Is a daily challenge.
6/27/17. Have to restart the challenge. Starting to go backwards. I want to stay on top of this before it's out of control

Edited by: KANDICANE11 at: 6/27/2017 (20:21)
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5/23/17 7:55 P

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Hi! I'm Jo and I was diagnosed last week with Type 2. I've been with SP on and off since 2009. This diagnosis was an eye opener. I'm hoping for some insight and support from this challenge. Thanks for having me!

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5/23/17 10:51 A

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Hi I've been with Sparks since summer of 2015. The program works if you are ready to change your life style. Which is all good. I'm like most I live to eat. I love to cook. Coming from a strong German family I learned to cook and bake with lots of butter and cream. Butter had to be in everything. It's hard to change when you've done this for many years. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 12 years ago. I had good control up to the past year. I've had 2 knee replacements and hope that will help. I've tried every diet on the market. They work at the time you are with program but as soon as you go on your own the weight comes back. This is where the life style change needs to come into place. There is no tomorrow it has to be done now today no hesitation. I wish everyone the best who have weight problems and health issues. We can do it. I pray for help a lot. Have a beautiful life

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5/17/17 4:12 P

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Hi, My name is Terri and I have been on SparkPeople since February 2014. I took this challenge when I first joined SparkPeople and it was a big help to me. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have had it for 9.5 years now. I started out on insulin because it scared my doctor. My doctor never did any tests to check for it previous to the time I was having symptoms. After 6 months I was off of insulin and was on 2 medications. I am now on 3 medications, which is all they will give you then you go on insulin. I don't want to go back on insulin so I need to get back down to business. I have put back on 16 pounds because I wasn't tracking my food or exercising. I have been doing pretty good for the last 5 weeks but at the end of last week, I was back to doing whatever I wanted so I decided yesterday to rejoin this challenge.
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Edited by: TERRI1458 at: 5/17/2017 (16:13)
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4/30/17 11:28 P

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I am a 57 year old type 1 diabetic. I have been having a harder time controlling my blood sugars and felt burnout. I need to get back on track to keeping myself as healthy as possible. I already have neuropathy in my feet and have had life threatening complications I want to prevent from recurring. Also want to protect my eyes and kidneys. I have limited mobility due to spinal lower back and neck surgeries and complications.

Just to answer Ash-Li, yes I change my lancet each time I test. It is the best way to prevent infection.

Karen R, Eastern Time


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4/27/17 5:52 P

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Hi, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a week ago.

It didn't surprise me but then today someone said to me "you're a diabetic" and I was looking for maybe the person behind me? There wasn't anyone, of course. Just that internal "who, me?"

I do have a question -- do you change needles every time you test?

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4/19/17 1:46 P

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Hi Im new to all of this but am very excited to get started. Cant wait to start losing weight and getting healthy. I got gestational diabetes when I was 45 and pregnant with my now 3yr old daughter . They told me that I was most likely going to become diabetic when I got older. I haven't noticed anything yet or I should say I haven't been diagnosed with it yet so I'm taking precautions now to prevent it from happening or at least from getting bad. Plus my weight is out of control and with a change of life baby I want to be around for her and that means being healthy. With my weight the way it is now which is the most I've ever weighted by the way I'm not healthy, my body aches all the time and I cant do the things with my daughter that I was able to do with my other children when I was younger and thiner. Not to mention that being this weight is very depressing. I'm very determined to do this for my family and for me and for my health. So please send me your prayers and best wishes to stick with it and achieve my goal. Thanks so much. God bless

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3/30/17 3:23 A

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Hi, I am pre-diabetic and have ulcerative colitis (in remission), and many allergies. Would like to get my 6.1 A1C down below 5.7. I am only 20 pounds over weight, but have a family history of diabetes. I have struggled with my blood sugar most of my life. When I was younger I was extremely underweight and struggled with keeping my weight up. Exercise would leave me with the shakes and feeling of extreme hunger. Sometimes I even had blackouts, regardless of how much I ate. Then I thought myself to be hypoglycemic. I Self diagnosed as the Drs never took my symptoms serious. I have finally discovered that I need to eat 15 carbs partway through any cardio exercise that's is longer than 20 minutes. Muscle is very difficult for me to attain. I seem to get sick more that disrupts my exercise routine and then need to start over. I want to build muscle and lose 15 to 20lbs. I find it most difficult to eat enough protein and still keep my carbs and fat low. I don't have any strong support so have to be strong with delicious but bad temptations always around. Hope this challenge will get me off to a good start.

Edited by: BQUIRKY2 at: 3/30/2017 (03:28)
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My name is Jennie. Don't let the Dr in my username fool you. I'm no doctor. I'm 41 and was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. Had been drinking copious amounts of water and up all night to the bathroom for about 3 months. I knew I as at risk because of my weight, but is anyone ever really ready for it? I'm on Metformin twice a day but still am having trouble bringing my numbers down. Carbs are a weekness. Food is a weekness. This is extremely hard. But I am scared to death and am on board with trying! Good luck to everyone!!!

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2/23/17 5:32 P

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Hi Coach Nicole and everyone,
My name is Angie and I raise rabbits. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in December 2016. My mother was diabetic for several years. She ended up developing heart disease but passed away at age 63 from ALS. I'm 54 now and I want to live until I'm 90, so my New Years resolution was to start exercising and eating much healthier than I did in 2016. I feel a renewed zest for life and I'm down 8 lbs since November. My husband and I walk every other day and, when I go visit my daughter in Las Vegas, we go dancing on Fremont Street! My goal is to lose 22 more lbs and manage my blood sugars as best I can with this new lifestyle and meds. I take Metformin once a day. I have 2 teenage grandsons, from my son & his wife, who I love hanging out with, when they want to hang with grandma. I'm thankful they live nearby. Well, that is me in a nutshell.

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Hello everyone. Grace here from NW Arkansas. I just turned 43 years old and have recently had a minor stroke due to diabetes complications. I am now on insulin and 2 types of diabetes pills. I am here to get my sugar levels under control, lower my cholesterol, and hopefully lose a few pounds and gain my strength and health back along the way. During some standard testing procedures for the stroke, they have now found what the cardiologist calls a "left bundle branch" block in my heart so I'm undergoing further testing for that. So... can someone tell me what this 8 week challenge entails? Or at least where to find that information? I look forward to getting to know all you guys and gals in the boards.

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Just diagnosed with gestational diabetes this week. Waiting to hear from the specialist's office what exactly that means. Would love to hear from those with experience.

Kelli


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Hi - Julie from MN - age 46, very newly diagnosed, temporarily on limited activity but hoping to find some things I can do even if just walking. I have another 8 days to go before I am allowed to lift more than 5 pounds - and that is hard... I think i have some three pound weights around so I will try some minimal exercises with those.

I look forward to learning and working with everyone here!

Now to go figure out how to put my tracker at the bottom of my posts.

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1/14/17 8:07 A

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My name is Christiane have recently moved to live in Spain. Have just joined the programme. I am a diabetic of around 17 years - one of those people who think everything will be OK as I don't feel any different. Have yo-yo'd with diets for years, but now I only have a couple of years before I retire and suddenly realised that I want to have a healthy retirement. So here goes. Wish me luck !!

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Welcome!

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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Hi, I'm Jim. Type II diabetic for about 17 years, 250 pounds overweight, ADHD and Bipolar. I have a hard time sticking with diets and excercise programs, largely due to the intense pain in my back, which back injury is what caused the weight gain and diabetes and explosion of bipolar symptoms, though it's clear now that I've had those to a lesser degree all of my life. They are probably why I could never finish college, I would fall apart under the pressure of finals.

So now my diabetes numbers are not responding well and I'm not responding well to insulin anymore. I figure the only solution is to get weight off, eat six small meals, and exercise, plus follow the diabetic meal plan more rigorously. My hope is to lose 130 lbs. on my own and then get gastric bypass surgery to lose the other 120 and cure the diabetes, such as it's referred to as a cure.
I just started with Spark People what, maybe 10 days ago or so. I think it will be a great help.

Edited by: PAVLOVSPUPPY at: 1/11/2017 (18:07)
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Hello,new here my dr. Gave me metformin for three months to c if I can get my numbers down so hopefully I can,it's hard low carb

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Hi my name is Jill and though I am not a diabetic, I do have several people in my family with diabetes. My Doctor is worried that I have had low blood sugar because of testing twice after fasting twice for blood tests. But that was over a one year period. He has placed me on a lo-carb diet to lose weight faster.

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Yes, being healthy is not easy in this world where processed food is constantly being thrown at you for cheap. It takes a lot of planning & commitment to break old habits, but I think an encouraging community like Spark People can help make it happen.

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Welcome, Meg. I'm also not diabetic, but I'm very close to becoming diabetic. And it doesn't run in my family. I have just let my health go these last couple of years. Trying to reverse the numbers to a safer zone.
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Hi everyone! I'm Megan. Not currently diabetic, but it runs in my family. I figured if I address it now, I should be able to avoid it. An exercise plan is a great way to keep me motivated and give me variety without having to plan it all out myself. I hope this is successful and I'm open to meeting new friends along the way to stay motivated.

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Hi. I'm Karen. I am still pre-diabetic, but my A1C is dangerously close to full blown diabetes. My doctor put me on Metformin as a precaution and said I seriously needed to lose weight to prevent becoming diabetic. I go back in November to get my blood work done again. I am doing the BLC32 challenge here on SP to keep me on track with exercising and eating, but I just found this challenge and thought it would be perfect.



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Hi all! My name is Deb. I'm 61 years old, had a heart attack in 2013 and have been diagnosed with prediabetes. I REALLY want to prevent or put off developing fullblown Type II so am excited about this challenge. I've also been reading the American Diabetes Assoc. website for all of the info that I can get. I am really overweight, so hoping the combo of healthy eating, exercise and some weight loss will help me to get that A1C down.

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Hi Tova, Welcome. We can do this

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Hi. So, where to start. I am Tova and I will be 51 mid Sept. I was told 2 yrs ago my A1C was 5.6 but I truthfully didn't do anything about it. So when I went for my physical this year, my A1C was 6.2, that was on July 26. I was told to lose weight, exercise more, eat less carbs and started first Metformin (but it made me VERY sick) and now Nessina.

I have lost 9 pounds since being told this but the last few weeks, I have been stagnant......

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Been back for about a week. When I left I was a much leaner very fit woman - now I'm hypothyroid and as of today - I guess I am Type2 Diabetic. Shocker? maybe not - Ive carried way too much weight through my life. Just picked up my meds - only good news about is - the meds were free AND they assure me that I CAN get off them - but SparkPeople and Me will need to make that happen.

Just got back from store - reading labels is confusing - I always counted fats but now it's carbs and hard to figure out good/bad carbs - sorry - just thinking out loud. Think I'll go BLOG these feelings. Anyway - I'm here and will be a leaner/fitter woman by next year :)

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I have been here before, but have not completed the full 8 weeks. I am going to try my best this time to complete it. I am what they call pre-diabetic. As I say diabetic is diabetic regardless. My goal is to manage and get my A1C down from 6.5 to at least 5.9. I have really got to work. I have a strong family history of diabetes. I do not want to get to the point where diabetes will totally run my life, so I am got to wok on this.

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Hello I pray this forum helps me to stay on track. My back hurts and I don't feel good about my self. Trudi

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This will be my 2nd attempt. If I was as good with exercise as I am with excuses I'd be in pretty good shape! Stress is a part of life, not an excuse to quit. Good luck to us all!

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hey Im Kezaiyah and I'm back...but this time i'm spiritually and emotionally ready to put in the work. I believe I have signed up to do this a few times but never followed through. I'm soooo addicted to carbs which is my biggest problem and next is my inability to exercise consistently. But I believe i'm ready to make the needed effort and I'm looking forward to this next 8 weeks....heeeeyyyyy!

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Hi, I am Angie. This is my 2nd time trying the 8 week challenge. The 1st time I really did not stick with it due to life circumstances but since then I have learned that life should not control me but rather I should control life. Now I am back again with determination to do what it takes to take not just my life back but also to become a healthier and happier person. I started this new journey about 6 months ago with going to my doctor and seeing a nutritionist. I did find out that adding more fiber to my diet daily really does help with lowering FBS also exercising and eating all the right things. I have stopped drinking all soda and is now very limited on fast food which is usually Subway. I did start back on spark people then but was just tracking what I ate and exercising. I managed to get my FBS under control and lost some weight but then I got off track again. Now I am back full force and eager to take life back under control. Just taking one day and 1 step at a time.

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Hi. I am Crystal. I've been diabetic for 3 1/2 years but am only now really getting serious about it. I've been researching it lately. I went to a dietician again recently because I wasn't prepared at all when I was first diagnosed and I didn't know what to talk about with the dietician. I have a set meal plan. Now I'm working on exercise. I have a daily goal of 8000 steps recommended by my doctor but I also want to do strength and resistance exercise. I hope I can complete this challenge.

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Hi all, my name is Susan and this will be my 3rd attempt at getting though all 8 weeks! I am 48 and have been diabetic for years now. Sadly, haven't taken it seriously. My blood pressure is now high as is my cholesterol. The roadblocks that hinder me the most are depression, anxiety and the fact that I use food to self medicate. I am a binge eater and it is destroying my health. I'm here to be transparent and face what I have simply ignored for a long time. I am encouraged by all of your posts!

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Hi! I'm Darlene. I've been taking metformin for several years and not doing much else(not real smart for a nurse!) So here's no shocker, A1C slowly creeping up. Finally getting serious and this is a good place to start.

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Hi, my name is Cindy. Was diagnosed type II, 5 years ago. Started out strong making food changes, but soon rebelled and ate worse than ever. Finally am taking control. Food first. At the end of this challenge l plan on having excercise added into my routine.

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Hi, I'm Deneen! I've been a diabetic for three years. It's time I get serious. I believe with the support here, my goal of reducing my hemoglobin A1C and weight will be possible. Thanks!

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I was told I am pre-diabetes 2 days ago. I Am ALWAYS HUNgry at bedtime but not any other time of day. This is the hardest for me. I have been trying to eat meat and a piece of cheese or plain yogurt with low calorie jam at bedtime.

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I'm Sandy aka STLOUISWOMAN. I've been a member of Spark People since 2010. I've recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic & want to learn all I can to prevent it from progressing to diabetes.

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My name is Ellen. my goals for the next 8 weeks is to lose on average at least 1 lb a week 2 would be better so between 8-16 lbs the next 8 weeks. Also want to get my diabetes under control.

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emoticon Day 1 on this team. Great at caring for others and putting ME on the back burner. Have been challenged with weight issues since age 7 when my Mother had me put on diet pills and had my mouth wired at age 15. Trying to live life by the Grace of God and his Staff of Angels appointed to do so. In turn I hope to find my way to God and myself. God bless you all and have an outstanding day.
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Hi. My name is Lonai and I was diagnosed with diabetes back in November. I'm hoping this challenge will help me undo some of the damage I've done.

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Hello! My name is Tony and I was diagnosed with Type 2 about a month ago.
I've been through the denial, anger, and depression phases. (I was never told I was pre-diabetic, although two doctors listed it in my records, so the anger phase was . . . impressive, shall we say? 😊
I'm on to the "take control" phase. I'm testing blood eight times a day, cutting carbs, and getting moving as much as I can (severe arthritis in both knees).
I welcome ideas, encouragement, and "t&p".
Not looking for sympathy, as I fully understand this is of my own making.

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Hello, I've been on Spark for many years and looking to take another step to better health by joining this team.

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Hi my name is Shirley. I am diabetic. I've had diabetes for 9 years. I take metformin twice a day. I need to eat more healthier and now test my sugar level three times a day it was only once a day. I need to lose weight. I have type 2 diabetes.

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Hi I am Jan. I have been a type 2 diabetic. I was diagnosed 18 years ago. I now require 5 insulin injections per day. I want to lose weight and maybe get to only having to take insulin daily or not at all.

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My name is Clay and I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes 2 after being pre-diabetic for years. I want to lose weight in order to have more energy. My blood sugars and A1C are in normal range. I follow the Mediterranean diet and exercise. My biggest problem is binge eating at night.

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Hi my name is Short. Here to get some motivation on my wellness journey and some help staying on track.

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Hi i'm Faye. Just found out that i'm diabetic a couple wks ago. I'm looking to help manage my sugar and to lose some weight. Need help with managing my sugar and carbs.

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Hello I'm Billy Joe In Ohio I really want to loose weight and get blood sugars u see control.

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Hi, my name is Paola, from Chile, i have pre-diabetes...someone who speak spanish?

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I have been a diabetic for about 15 years and now I am experiencing some kidney issues.I am overweight and seem to always be in denial. I need to get it together and start and new journey. Can we support one another and get this job done!!!!

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I've been off of Spark People for a few months, but I need to get back on track if I want to accomplish my fitness goals.

Week1, Day1 is now.

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Welcome Dyanne,

Sorry about your mom... sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the good work!



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My name is Dyanne. I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic in 2007. In 2011 I was hospitalized 4 times for chronically high (700-800) blood sugar reading. I was insulin dependent. (1 long acting, 1 short acting, and 1 oral medication).

In 2012, I opted for gastric sleeve surgery. I lost weight. And got off all medications. In 2013, my mother passed away from breast cancer and I let my guard down and returned to unhealthy eating. My A1C crept up to 6.0. My doctor mentioned medication and I got determined to lose the weight (30lbs) I had gained. January 2016, I met my weight goal of 120 (I never reached it after surgery)

My A1C is now under 5.0. I work out 5 days a week. I eat low carb and high protein. My glucose readings stay and 80-100.

My doctor gently reminded me I will always be diabetic. But today I choose to control it with diet and exercise.

I'm joining this challenge as a reminder to keep me on track!

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Hey Kris,
Will keep you in my prayers, and hope you are able to get everything under control. Hang in there... try to stay positive and you can do it.

Have a great day!

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Hi everyone, I'm Kris. I have been blessed with good health throughout my life up until the last few years. I recently went to the doctor and learned that I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and am pre-diabetic. (I hadn't had a full check up and blood work done for about 8-10 years due to health insurance issues.) I am 57 years old, 5'6" and 230 pounds. I want to get to 150 lbs. I also struggle with depression and for me, that affliction and my obesity feed one one another (no pun intended.) For the first time in my life, I feel scared about my health. I'm here to learn and share information and be an active part of a supportive community. Please pray for and support me and I'll do the same for y'all. Much love! emoticon

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Hello Everyone,

I'm Len and live in central NJ, New to this team... diagnosed with type 2 probably 5 years ago... currently take metformin and glipizide, but that might change next time I go to the Dr.

I made changes to my lifestyle... finally... started on a weight loss/ lifestyle change program around Thanksgiving called Thrive... have dropped 32 lbs and am pretty much where I want to be weight wise now. I have also made changes to my eating habits as well. Not perfect, but a lot healthier than they used to be. My glucose readings have been great... looking forward to my next set of bloodwork to see what my other numbers look like.

Lot of great support and ideas on this site... recipes, workout tips, programs, challenges... etc... I have never really done a full challenge, but do track a few different things and log in on a pretty regular basis during the week.

Look forward to getting to know some of you better and share information. have a great day!

Len

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Hi everyone! I'm a newbie on this team although I have been on other teams since I joined in Jan. 2015. Was diagnosed type 2, came home and immediately signed up for SparkPeople. It helped me lose 70 pounds. I still have at least 40 more I'd like to drop. I've been exercising regularly and been part of the 5% Weight Loss Challenges since I started on SP. I've been sitting on a plateau for awhile, so I started Zumba classes and weight training because even if the fat loss slows at least I'll be toning and building muscle.

I finished the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge and thought this would be a logical follow-up. I'm doing the 5% Spring Challenge and the two mesh nicely. There is so much great information available on this Team, and you can never learn too many ways to help control diabetes!

I take metformin once a day and I'd like to stay on just medication for as long as possible. I brought my A1C down from 8 to 5.3 and I don't want it to go back up! I found that exercise for me is like medicine to keep my sugar levels down. I'm finally starting to have days when my FBS is under 100. I'm convinced that the exercise is what does it for me.

I'm also a "senior citizen" (age-wise, not attitude-wise), so just know that if I can lose weight anyone can. Truly, this is the first plan I've ever stayed with for longer than 6 months.

Diane (from PA)
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Welcome all of you. Let's take this journey together, encouraging each other along the way. Together we are one and invincible. emoticon together emoticon

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