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7/14/14 3:40 A

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Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 20 years old. I'm pre diabetic.

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7/11/14 11:12 P

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Hi, I am back to try this again. I have other health issues and found that the diabetic meals where clashing with my IBS. I wasn't in a good enough state to work it all out before. Hopefully I can now and will be able to stick with the plan for more than 2 weeks emoticon

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7/9/14 10:17 P

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KCHANDLER - - Please don't feel bad about having to restart the program over. I've gone through this program/challenge twice myself and when I get back from vacation etc I'm sure I will be going through the program again.

As far as managing both the Type 2 diabetes and the high cholesterol, as you lose weight, the high cholesterol should start coming down as well. You could try limiting the amount of red meats you eat throughout the week. You might also have to cut back a little on the cheese as well.

The exercising will help a lot for both the diabetes and the high cholesterol. You'll probably have to set an "appointment" with yourself for the exercising. Take a nice walk to start with every day - it doesn't have to be a long walk but try for 10 minutes a day anyway. Gradually add another exercise to go along with it or maybe every other day.

Eventually everything will start connecting and you will notice a difference in the way you feel as well. emoticon .

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7/9/14 8:55 P

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I had to restart the challenge.Back to week 1. I've been very stressed trying to figure out how to manage both the recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The food tracker has been a great help, but I seem to have trouble eating enough calories! Also, I just haven't been exercising consistently.

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

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7/8/14 5:35 P

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ITSMYTURN56 - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. You've already been through so much in your life. Congratulations on being a cancer survivor!! Great news!

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins, and

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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7/8/14 5:26 P

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CARBSSUCK - Welcome to this great team/challenge. There's a lot of information here but just take it one day and one step at a time. Let me try to help you if I may.

At the top of your Start Page you will find My Trackers, Articles & Videos, Community, and Site Guide.

SITE GUIDE - - This will give you your Welcome Guide, Tour Video Guides, and answer many frequently asked questions.

Set yourself up some small goals - - something that you know you will be able to achieve such as drinking a certain number of cups of non-calorie fluids each day/week; or, eating a certain number of "freggies" - fruits and vegetables - a certain number times of day/week; or, getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night a certain number of times per week. Set your weight loss goal at nor more than 5-10% of your total pounds you want/need to lose - any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we all know what happens when we get frustrated!! We don't want that. Eat your 3 meals a day and your 1-3 snacks daily. The snacks will help to keep you from being too hungry before the next meal, help keeps your metabolism going, and will help keep your BSs on a more even keel. Your last snack can be eaten as late as you want as long as you don't go over your allowed calories given to you by the dietician. If you eat too little calories (less than 1200) you will put your body into starvation mode where you body will hang on to everything feeling as though it wasn't going to get anymore food throughout the day and you will gain weight. Drinking water will help to keep the toxins flushed out of your body and help to fill you up as well. Try to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day - if that is too much to do at one time, then do two 5-minutes sessions of exercise. All steps add up to better health and weight loss.

There are two very important tools that you will use throughout your journey. They are:

1) The NUTRITIONAL TRACKER will give you great feedback on whether or not you need to increase/decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Try to fill out and use this tracker every day. Fill this tracker out whether you've made good choices or bad choices. This will allow you to find out what foods work for you and what foods don't.

2) The FITNESS TRACKER will help to keep you accountable to yourself. This is also a good tool to use daily.

ARTICLES & VIDEOS - - This section is where you will find information on diabetes - - what causes it, how to treat it, the complications of uncontrolled blood sugars and many other health issues that you might have or are interested in. You will also find videos on exercise, cooking, recipes etc. Look the section over.

COMMUNITY - - Here you will find Different Spark Teams you can join as well as different challenges, blogs, success stories etc. Again, look this section over and join in on some of them.

As I said, there is a lot of information on this team so take it one day and one step at a time. Don't strive to be perfect but instead strive for consistency.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. There is always someone lurking around the corner close by and will gladly get back to help you real soon. You are never on this journey alone - we are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along our journey. YOU ARE WORTH IT!! emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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7/8/14 3:52 P

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Hi Judy and thank you for such a positive reception to this forum. This is my story: I've been diabetic for 16 years. I started with oral meds but in the last 4 years my glucose levels have increased to the point were I'm using insulin 2x's per day. I am also a breast cancer emoticon survivor, thank God I didn't need chemo or radiation therapy but in the last year my weight has increase 60 lbs. I had been a smoker for the last 40+ years but finally quit in January of this year. So I've come through a lot and this weight is still holding me down; now in order to have reconstructive surgery, I was told my surgeon that I need to loose 50 lbs. Since June 8 I have been on a quest to loose this weight and to become healthier. Since starting SparkPeople I have lost 16 lbs. and am so encouraged. I'm so out of shape that exercising is a challenge but I'm working toward becoming more active using the SparkPeople videos. I am so encouraged! Also, my blood glucose has been decreasing every day and while I dread the A1C test, I'm believe that I'll have a better result this time than I did the last time. This is the beginning of my learning how to manage and control both my diabetes and my weight. Thanks for listening...

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Hello from Texas. I'm a 41 year old, happily married, mother of an 8 year old,
female trying to
Lose about 15 pounds. I've been on a roller coaster
For the past 8 years. I have almost zero motivation
And it seems to be a struggle to do anything these days
I'm insulin resistance and have to watch my carbs,
Which I CRAVE!!!
Looking forward to an exciting journey and getting
To know some christian women.

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7/2/14 5:15 P

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4ASMALLERME - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. You have come to the right place to get lots of support, help, and motivation. We are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along their journey. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

With a family history of diabetes, you definitely have a good chance of obtaining diabetes yourself unless action is taken. Good for you for seeking out help.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins, and

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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7/1/14 11:39 P

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Hello! I'm kind of new here. Not formally diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes but I know that I'm headed that way. Strong family history on my mother's side and my build, apple-shaped, predispose me. I have about 100 pounds to lose and a lot to live for! I've let my health go for too long and it's time to reclaim it. Hoping to gain some motivation and camaraderie here! I'm off to check out the challenges now. Let's get started!

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6/30/14 11:09 P

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LAURA - emoticon I've done this challenge twice myself and am amazed at how much more I learned the second time around. I'm sure I will be taking it a third time before too long also.

With recent bypass surgery in March, be sure you go easy. Don't push any harder than what your surgeon/doctor recommend.

Be sure to eat your 3 meals a day as well as your 1-3 snacks a day to keep your metabolism up, as well as to keep your BSs from spiking and crashing. They will also help to keep you from over eating at the next meal.

If you need anything, please don't forget to let us know.

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Thank you for answering my questions. You have just given me the courage to do this and to know I can do it. One step at a time but I will do this. Thanks again!!!

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Hi everyone. My name is Laura. I am 32 years. I am restarting this challenge. I recently had bypass surgery in March. I now have heart disease and I am a diabetic with high blood pressure. I lost 40 pounds while I was s k but I still have more to lose. I want to complete this challenge as I think it will be beneficial in helping me to learn how to control my diabetes.

If God is for us, who can be against us?
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SALLIE - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join us.. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

You have already taken the biggest step and that is of knowing that you need help. You have come to the right place. We are all just people who are going through the same thing as you.

You've already had a lot of stress in your life with having had thyroid cancer. That alone can throw your hormones out of whack.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site thus making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but there are two of the most beneficial trackers you will find. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - and we all know it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc.

With you having back spasms when walking too long, just start out by walking 10 minutes at a time. If that seems to be too much for you then just walk 5 minutes twice a day. Start out by doing some stretching exercises (Articles & Videos) before and after each walk or exercise session. We aren't looking for you to be walking long distances and at a fast speed to begin with. All steps you take add up to minutes and calories spent as well as a healthier lifestyle.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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MARY ANN - (OOOMAC) - You have come to the right place to get back on track. With a strong history of diabetes in the family, it's definitely time to get on track to a new healthy lifestyle journey.

I'm sure there've been some changes since you were on here last so be sure to check things over and get re-acquainted with us.

My advice to you would be to use those tracking tools faithfully. That is the way you're going to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Be sure to eat your three meals a day as well as your 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important. The snacks will keep you from over eating at the next meal, helps to keep your metabolism working like it should, and will help to keep you blood sugar from spiking and crashing. You might not have diabetes, but you still have glucose in your body and blood stream. With a strong history of family with diabetes, you have a good chance of having diabetes yourself unless you buckle down and get on board with trying to keep it away!

If you have any questions please let us know as you go through your Weekly Discussions. There is always someone close by that will be happy to help you out. You are never alone on this journey. We are all right here with you going through the same thing at our various stages.

emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi, my name is Sallie. I am very nervous, I have never done this before. Telling about myself seem embarrassing but here I go. I am fat, obesity, have diabetes, No Thyroids due to cancer in 2000, Stress and hormones are happening, back spasms when I walk too long. I want help from anyone cause I can't do it on my own. I have a husband and four grown kids who have been very patience with me. Nine wonderful Grandkids ages are 7 years to 23 years. Can somebody help me to control my food intake and blood sugars. I want to understand how this works.

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Hi, MaryAnn here. Sugar addict and trying to stop. I'm not diabetic but with a strong family history. I've been off and on Sparkpeople for a number of years and love the site. Journaling and food tracking is a discipline that I've been really bad at....hence, the up and down weight.

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PARALEE - emoticon to our team. Good job on the 20# weight loss. When your weight seems to be going no where, check to see if your clothes are fitting better or if you are having more energy etc. Sometimes our bodies just need a time to adjust to the way you're eating or even catch up to the weight loss you've already had. Also, you could jump to the higher end of your calorie range and then back to the lower end of the range. As was already mentioned, you could also add a few minutes a day to your exercises also.

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Paralee, seems to me you're doing great.. emoticon . You are doing the right thing by taking care, watching your weight and best of all you're off your medication. I don't know why it happens and all of a sudden the scale stalls .Don't pay much attention to it. Continue to do what you're doing and push just a bit harder. In the past when my scale stopped moving, I walked an extra 10 minutes. and 2 weeks later the scale started moving.

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Hi, I'm Sunny and back again. I start feeling good, losing weight and lowering my A1C and I stay away. Diabetes is a continues journey to eat healthy and track food, weigh in and I enjoy all the support I get when I join. I want this time to stick with it. Need to get my health issues taken care of.

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New to the team. I haven't been diagnosed with diabetes, but at my last appointment my doc told me that I am borderline and I just noticed that on my lab orders for my next appointment he is running a couple of different tests on my kidney function. That kind of scared me and is what put me on the search that led me to this team. I've already lost over 20 lbs with SP, lowered my BP to the point where I was able to get off medication, and have managed to keep both in check for about 3 years, which makes me feel great. I still have a ways to go though, and I'm kind of stalled at my current weight. Hoping this challenge team will give me a kickstart to start losing again!

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I just found out my A1C, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers have now classified as diabetic. I am completely lost and have no idea what to do next or how to change my life to get better. I need to drop about 90 pounds, have high blood pressure, a cervical fusion, and PTSD. Any help, guidance, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I could also use a buddy to help hold me accountable. Thanks.

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I am new to the team. I have just received my diabetes diagnosis. I have coronary artery diseases, depression, anxiety and now diabetes. I am anxious to get started on the team.

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Just joined for the information. I do not have diabetes or even pre-diabetes. I do a low carb diet because it is the lifestyle that works for me. I have lost 60 pounds in the past year and just thought this might be an interesting challenge.

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This is my second time joining this challenge team.
I just need to refocus and recommit to dealing with my type II diabetes. I'm losing weight and my daily glucose testing is showing lower numbers, but I want to do better. I enjoyed the readings my first time, so I'll re-read the articles and be reminded of good advice.

My medication is controlling my diabetes, but I want to be more active in controlling it and using diet and exercise to be more involved in controlling it.

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I have Type 2 diabetes, well controlled with meds and diet but I have had it for 10 years. I know diabetes is a progressive disease and want to do all in my power to keep the progression of the disease very slow, at least to the best of my ability. The missing component for me is regular exercise. I just purchased a Fitbit to help motivate me to move and plan to try a low impact exercise 3x a week.

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Good Morning! To my knowledge I don't have diabetes but 10.5 years ago I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my daughter and again 8 year ag with my son. The hype is that it can turn into full blown diabetes within 10 years. So, despite losing 35 pounds in the past where I have since successfully regained 20, I know I lost weight when pregnant curbing my carbs (because most of the best foods are carbs). So I'm going to begin this challenge and see if I can eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.

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I am here to get more knowledge in general, lose weight, and find out if what I have learned, so far, is on track. Also, I need the challenge to get those exercises done. I am tired of teetering on one spot and I want to move on down the scale to where I want to be. I will get there, but I just need to be more determined and get tips on how to stop procrastinating my exercises, which is not my favorite thing to do, although that is an attitude that is slowly changing to the way it should be. I know exercise is key to not getting Diabetes 2 as I've held it off for 6 years now, but I want to get down to a healthier weight and get off the meds, if possible.

I refuse to give up and I am committing the next 8 weeks to changing that attitude!

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Hello my name is Andrea Ellis and I was diagnosed Type 2 in 2003 and have progressed from 1 metformin pill per day to 1 pill and 1 insulin shot per day. I am trying to manage my Type 2 diabetes along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The good thing is that I have managed to loose 38 lbs. but still struggle with some weight around the middle. Getting rid of that mini tire is my main goal. I am ready to take a more active role in my health.

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Hi, I'm Jan. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes in 2003 and had a1cs of 6.1 for ten years with no meds and then it zoomed up to 9.2. I've been on Metformin for a year and a half. I had lost within a breath of 50 lb. and then slowly started regaining 30 lb. of it so it's time to get busy and focus on my health again.

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Hi, I'm Vickey and I'm a 56 yr old grandmother, have type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, severe osteoarthritis and a variety of health issues and chronic pain which I know can improve if I can get some of my weight off. I'm a caregiver for my disabled hubby, work full time, and need to be able to keep moving, working and providing for hubby and I. I'm looking forward to this challenge.

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Hi. I just joined this team this morning. I am pre-diabetic with a family history of diabetes and heart problems. The heart problems I already have. I want to learn how to prevent the onset of diabetes. One bad health rick is enough for me.

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 today. I had been pre-diabetic for about 5 years. I've been on and off and on SP for several years now. I am now on a pill and hope to avoid anything more than that. Hence, joining this challenge. I also had the bad news about my cholesterol, so even more motivation.

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I have been with Spark since March of 2011, been Type 2 since 1976 and Type 2 Insulin Dependent since 1991. I did the Challenge shortly after joining Spark and up until November 21 of 2013 carried an A1c average of 5.2. Since my Heart Attack last November my A1c seems to be holding at an average of 7.2. I am also a Caregiver for my husband and there is no absence of the stress factor. So, here I am once again to get that A1c back to my average of 5. Exercise has been my escape from Caregiving and walking when allowed by the weather is my enjoyment. So, needed a refresher, so here I am!

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I have not been diagnosed with diabetes but my husband has. I need to lose weight and thought would be perfect for both of us. I do have bouts of hypoglycemia which are coming more regular and worry I may get diabetes (my mother and grandmother have it). I don't want our son to get it so I need to figure a way to prevent this.

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I have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but all my family members have and several of them use insulin. I'm now older then any of them when they were diagnosed, I'm having a physical soon and I'm scared. In the past I've had trouble with hypoglycemia and was warned I could easily develop diabetes (don't understand that). I never paid too much attention to my families diet problems, in fact, I don't know they follow any diet. They seem to eat what they want and adjust their insulin depending on their numbers. So I know little about the disease. I thought this challenge might teach me a thing or two as my family members are not good role models for healthy eating. I do know I don't want to be injecting insulin.


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Hi I'm Terri.

I was just diagnosed as being prediabetic. I have been a member of Spark People for a while so I am reaching out with this challenge to help me with my goals of managing my diet and weight lose to control my disease process. I also have several other health issues so I am hoping Spark People will help with motivation among other things.

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Hi my name is Linda and I've been a Type-2 diabetic for 5 years this month. i've lost 40+ lbs, but have been stuck here for awhile and want to lose the weight again. So I'm going to do the challenge and start losing again! emoticon

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My name is Michelle, I'm from West Virginia (separate from Virginia since 1863) and this is my story:

I just turned 35, although I'm still trying to convince my 15 y/o daughter that I'm 25.. She's not buying it! I decided that it's time to do something for me, and that is getting healthier. I'm overweight, I could probably be declared clinically obese, recently diagnosed as a Type II diabetic, and I'm lazy. BUT all that is changing, I joined a local gym and use my membership 2-3 times a week. My goal is 3-4 days a week. I'm slowly adding machines to my workout routine.



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Hi my name is Angie...I have not been diagnosed with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes, but my doctors have stated it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when due to my lovely family gene pool. I am trying to be proactive! I have lost 70+ pounds and gained 50 of it back, lose 30 and gain 20, it's been this way for about 14 years of my life now. I have literally tried every diet out there and have spent thousands of dollars on diet programs that guarantee fast and immediate results, but they never work!! (I am impatient though and want the weight gone NOW and to stay of FOREVER) I do not like to exercise, let me clarify, I love throwing my ipod on and walking for a mile or two, and I feel absolutely amazing and refreshed when I do it, however, I make up every excuse to myself not to do it, "I had a long day, I am tired, It will take to long, I don't want to" So I saw this group in my email and decided to try the challenge. It is 8 weeks of my life, I am going to do everything I can to stick to it!! Happy Thursday from a rainy Minnesota!

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Hi my name is Jan. Been lurking around for a few days before I introduced myself. Had a few health issues come up recently with my liver and discovered I am now type 2 diabetic. No real shocker as I was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic about 8 years ago and was told to lose weight and exercise to get it under control. I did and it got under control until now. So, I am back on the diabetic trail once again. Still have not resolved all of my liver issues but we are getting there. Today I have an EGD scheduled. After all of these tests are complete I can get on my right food intake regimen. Thanks for the support and encouragement I've seen you give each other so far. Have read the article Linda speaks about on diabetes and have checked out many of the pages and articles. Good info and so much more user friendly than some places on the internet. Thanks again and I will be checking in with my progress.

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Hi,

My name is Denell and I just joined SparkPeople today. I'm actually Prediabetic, so I'm hoping to get it under control now. Diabetes runs in my family plus being over 280 pounds puts me at double risk. If I can lose weight and start living a healthier lifestyle now I can hopefully avoid a lot of health problems later on.

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Thanks for getting back to me. I've been using both the nutrition and Fitness Trackers this past week. They do seem to help. But I subbed for someone at the pool and overdid it so my Fibro has flared a little. Struggling with Fatigue. I do know what you mean about the Arthritis! Knee replacement, two foot surgeries, three shoulder surgeries, two back surgeries, etc. I lost over 80 lbs two years ago (gained 10 back) but I just can't seem to lose anymore. My activity level has increased and my diet is better then ever. Just keep plugging on. Take Care,

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AMIDOG - - Sorry I didn't get to you this past week but my Laptops were both in the shop. I was very lost without them as well as lost without this team!!

I also have fibromyalgia. I use to have to use a CPAP also, but since joining this program and losing weight by changing my eating habits and getting started with some form of exercise, I have been able to get off my BS meds AND get rid of my CPAP machine. I still have to have something to help me get to sleep at night because I have trouble shutting my mind off. But, I want you to know that you can have a good chance at turning it around and bringing your BSs under control. I can say that with all honesty as that is what I have done! I am no longer on BS medications, my Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels are both well within the normal limits. Even my Fibromyalgia has seemed to improve some. I still have arthritis throughout my body but losing weight has helped.

There are 2 different tools which I feel are very beneficial. They are:

1) Nutrition Tracker - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.

2) Fitness Tracker - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

Eat your three meals as well as your 1-3 snacks each day. The snacks will help to keep your blood sugars from spiking and crashing as well as to keep you from over eating at the next meal. Drink plenty of non-calorie fluids throughout the day to help flush the toxins out of your body.

Working out in the pool will help you a lot. All steps add up to weight loss, even those steps in the pool will still add up. Keep up the good work.

Set yourself some small goals to get you started - something that you know you will be able to achieve. When you are comfortable with those goals then increase and/or add some more goals.

There's a lot to learn on these challenges so take your time. Learn all you an about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat the diabetes (hypo and hyperglycemia), the symptoms of both hypo and hyperglycemia, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

I want you to know that you are never alone on this journey. There is always someone around the corner that will be more than happy to help you out whether be a problem or a questions or even some extra encouragement.
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CAT- Sorry I didn't get to you this past week but my Laptops were both in the shop. I was very lost without them as well as lost without this team!!

I gather that you are a Type II Diabetic. I am also but I want you to know that you can turn things around and keep your diabetes under control. I have been able to get off my BS medications as well as bring my cholesterol and triglycerides to well with the normal limits.

You've already done well on your 55# weight loss as well as your A1C. I'm sure both you and your doctor were very pleased to see the improvement.

I don't want you to worry about the scale - besides we all know the scale lies anyway. When the scale does seem to get stuck, I'd like you to look back at how far you've already come; how much healthier you are, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how many pounds you've already lost etc.

There are 2 different tools which I feel are very beneficial. They are:

1) Nutrition Tracker - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.

2) Fitness Tracker - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

Eat your three meals as well as your 1-3 snacks each day. The snacks will help to keep your blood sugars from spiking and crashing as well as to keep you from over eating at the next meal. Drink plenty of non-calorie fluids throughout the day to help flush the toxins out of your body.

Try to get 10 minutes of exercise in each day and if that seems like too much, then strive for two 5-minute sessions during the day. All steps add up to weight loss.

Set yourself some small goals to get you started - something that you know you will be able to achieve. When you are comfortable with those goals then increase and/or add some more goals.

There's a lot to learn on these challenges so take your time. Learn all you an about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat the diabetes (hypo and hyperglycemia), the symptoms of both hypo and hyperglycemia, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

I want you to know that you are never alone on this journey. There is always someone around the corner that will be more than happy to help you out whether be a problem or a questions or even some extra encouragement.
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NCLOTUS71 - - Sorry I didn't get to you this past week but my Laptops were both in the shop. I was very lost without them as well as lost without this team!!

There is a lot to learn on these challenges so take it one step and one day at a time. Learn all

There are 2 different tools which I feel are very beneficial. They are:

1) Nutrition Tracker - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.

2) Fitness Tracker - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

Eat your three meals as well as your 1-3 snacks each day. The snacks will help to keep your blood sugars from spiking and crashing as well as to keep you from over eating at the next meal. Drink plenty of non-calorie fluids throughout the day to help flush the toxins out of your body. Never allow yourself to go below 1200 calories a day. Try to stay within the guidelines as given to you by your doctor and/or the dietician.

Try to get 10 minutes of exercise in each day and if that seems like too much, then strive for two 5-minute sessions during the day. All steps add up to weight loss.

Set yourself some small goals to get you started - something that you know you will be able to achieve. When you are comfortable with those goals then increase and/or add some more goals.

There's a lot to learn on these challenges so take your time. Learn all you an about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat the diabetes (hypo and hyperglycemia), the symptoms of both hypo and hyperglycemia, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

I want you to know that you are never alone on this journey. There is always someone around the corner that will be more than happy to help you out whether be a problem or a questions or even some extra encouragement.
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Have fun and enjoy your journey to your new lifestyle way of living.

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HOPEING - Sorry I didn't get to you this past week but my Laptops were both in the shop. I was very lost without them as well as lost without this team!!

Reading your post is like looking into my own life with all the diseases. So, I can really relate a lot!! But, I want you to know that you can have a good chance at turning it around and bringing your BSs under control. I can say that with all honesty as that is what I have done! I am no longer on BS medications, my Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels are both well within the normal limits. Even my Fibromyalgia has seemed to improve some. My degenerative disc disease, however, is still giving me pain but I'm sure it would have been a lot worse had I not joined this group and lost weight. I also have a fatty liver. So you see, I really can relate.

There are 2 different tools which I feel are very beneficial. They are:

1) Nutrition Tracker - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.

2) Fitness Tracker - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

Eat your three meals as well as your 1-3 snacks each day. The snacks will help to keep your blood sugars from spiking and crashing as well as to keep you from over eating at the next meal. Drink plenty of non-calorie fluids throughout the day to help flush the toxins out of your body.

Try to get 10 minutes of exercise in each day and if that seems like too much, then strive for two 5-minute sessions during the day. All steps add up to weight loss.

Set yourself some small goals to get you started - something that you know you will be able to achieve. When you are comfortable with those goals then increase and/or add some more goals.

There's a lot to learn on these challenges so take your time. Learn all you an about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat the diabetes (hypo and hyperglycemia), the symptoms of both hypo and hyperglycemia, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

I want you to know that you are never alone on this journey. There is always someone around the corner that will be more than happy to help you out whether be a problem or a questions or even some extra encouragement.
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YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!! emoticon and together emoticon

Have fun and enjoy your journey to your new lifestyle way of living.

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I'm new to SparkPeople. I need help to lose weight! I'm type 2 with other health issues, Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, etc. I use a CPAP and heavy duty sleep medication to get to sleep. I would love to reduce my med list! I know if I lost the weight it would help get me off many of those pills! I do exercise- I actually teach warm water pool classes. For people with health issues, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, etc. it is a great place to exercise. Good Luck everyone.

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Hello everyone I just found out I was Diabetic Type 2 and I'm here to absorb as much info about diabetes and how to control it and what I can and cannot do as far as eating and exercise. emoticon

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Hello, I have been a member of this team for quite some time now but have never followed any of the action plans. I just found them on the home page though so I am going to start. I have been very frustrated with my diabetes lately. I was diagnosed about 12 (?) years ago and for the first 9 I was in denial and ignored my diagnosis. I have been working really hard to lose weight, eat healthier and get in more exercise. I am hoping to eliminate all or most of my medications. I have lost a total of 55 pounds over the last 7 years and my A1C went from over 10 to 6.8. My doctor started me on a new medication, Invokana, and it is doing wonders for me. My frustration is that my daily blood sugar numbers jump all over the place and I get physically sick from this. I am hoping that this challenge will help me maintain a more steady daily reading.

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I'm retired and still have a lot of weight left to lose. I taught school and worked for AA&T. I have three children who are married and five grandchildren. I have been on Spark People for awhile so the weight has come off gradually. I have been searching for teams that would motivate me to exercise, lose weight, and stay motivated. I have to use a walker to walk but I do get out and walk a lot. I have a small dog also which keeps me going even when I would rather not exercise. I am diabetic so that adds in the element of having to watch carbs as well as calories. I do not take insulin but control mine thru diet.

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I'M not new to Spark people. I have been on and off here, not the way to go. this time I'm going to stay and work hard on my new eating habits, the Dr, said I have a fatty liver and Diabetes. High cholesterol , Fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, I know I haven't eaten healthy and I want to make a new start, I'm 70 yr old, have grandchildren and great grandchildren I would like to be around for them, ,been married 52 yrs,and be here for my husband ,

                                     TO GOD BE THE GLORY.                                        EACH  TIME I BEGIN TO FEEL THAT THERE JUST ISN'T ANYMORE STRENGTH IN ME, I END UP KNOWING THAT THERE IS MORE IN HIM.  PRAISE GOD,      


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Hi, I'm basically new to SparkPeople (signed up in 2011, and it never really "took" with me, but I'm back). I've had a weight challenge my entire life...the last time I was a size 14, I WAS 14...I'm 54 now and it's time to get some victory! I was finally diagnosed with PCOS at age 33, but the doctor said I'd had it since I was a teenager (that explained a lot). Last year, the PCOS escalated to type 2 diabetes. I've got all those other issues that go along with obesity: sleep apnea, hiatal hernia, osteo-arthritis, borderline blood pressure, etc. Clearly it's time to take charge and LOSE the weight. My goal is 15 lbs for this 8 week challenge, but overall, I'm looking for a 200 lb weight loss. I know that once I get the first 30 lbs off, it'll get easier just because it'll be easier to move around more. I'm married (31 years), have a wonderful 23 y.o. daughter with PCOS, and I want to set the example that we can beat this thing, get healthy, and feel good in our own bodies.

~~Lisa

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For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23)


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Welcome to all the new people! Go for it! I'm on week one of this challenge myself so lets do it together!
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Starting over, yet again! I'm determined to make this work! I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in March and, thanks to the medication and small changes, have lost 18 lbs. Now it's time to kick it up a notch. I've been married to my best friend for 30 years, have two daughters- my biological 31 yr. old & our 12 yr. old granddaughter that we've raised since birth and adopted. We also have 3 other grandkids. I'd like to be around to watch them all grow up, so here I am!!

~*~*~* TERESA *~*~*~

Starting weight: 235
Goal #1: 225~ Done!
Goal #2: 215~ Done!
Goal #3: 205
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Goal #5: 185
Goal #6: 175
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Goal #9: 145
Goal Weight: 140 (that puts me @ a healthy BMI)

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Hi, my name is Laurie and I am a newly diagnosed diabetic. It runs in my family so I was not surprised by the diagnosis but I do not want to accept it either. The last month has been awful as I adjust to the medication and I realized that I do not want this as my life. So I am going to do what I can to become healthy before there are any other effects on my body.

In addition to the diabetes I have high blood pressure and am anemic. In December I injured my back and had emergency surgery on two ruptured discs. Unfortunately, the rupture caused a condition called cauda equina syndrome so I have some nerve damage in my left leg which, depending on the moment, causes me to limp. But again, I am not letting this define me. I am determined to overcome. And so I came across this challenge to and have accepted it in the hopes that it will motivate me, help me, empower me to make the healthy changes that I need to. So please, help me stay accountable!!

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my name is Ginny I am 45 this year and I am in the process of losing 83 pounds so I can get off medication for my type 2 diabetes. I am a business woman I own my own company its called Ginny Sutton Transportation, LLC. My husband works for me matter of fact he is an Owner Operator for Swift Transportation out of Phoenix. he is on the road most of the time. He does get to come home when ever he wants and its usually once a week or once every 2 weeks. i am starting out exercising with low impact exercises due to a hip problem. My goal is to be able to ride bike with my 15 year old daughter at the park the trail is 5 miles.




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I'm Lizzie. I'm 19 and technically I'm pre-diabetic, like my mom. My grandma has been diabetic most of her life. I joined to help prevent my diabetes. I also have PCOS, allergies, arthritis, and chronic migraines.

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hello, this is not my first time on the Spark People web site. I was here in the very beginning and found it so helpful and encouraging while trying to improve my health. I have had a lot of family issues, losses, new relationships, new issues, yadda, yadda, yadda. I'm sure it's the same story with all of us, but my health has been spiraling out of control for too many years. I've spent so much time helping everybody else that I not only forgot to take care of me but I was truly in denial. I truly have so many blessings and praise God because without him, I am nothing. Through Him I am whole and beautiful in his sight.

I weigh an embarrassing 240 lbs and my A1C is down to 11....still horrible! I have kidney damage, nerve damage, spots on my eyes, and am finally scared. I need help and have just begun seeing a new doctor in whom I have every confidence, will help me.

So, here I am, ready to be real. My doctor wants me to track my sugar, carbs, insulin, etc and I know it is the best thing I can do for myself. Be accountable! My life is very busy with my multi generational home, responsibilities for my elderly mother who still lives in her own home at age 90, my grandchildren, and d-i-l who live with me. There is always alot of drama around here, my 10yr old granddaughter (going on 21yrs) wants and needs lots of attention. Mother and daughter have many, many health issues too but I love having them around. There is nothing like children to fill a home! My grandson is 11yrs and smart as a whip. I'm so proud of both of them.

So, I'm starting again, with my best health in mind but also want to look and feel my best so I can make those I love proud of me. They will encourage me too. I want to take it slowly so I don't feel any pressure...stress is my worst enemy! So be gentle but firm. I'm glad to be here.



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YVETTE - You have my favorite verse listed. Welcome emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join us.. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site thus making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but there are two of the most beneficial trackers you will find. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi, I'm Yvette. I've been back on SP for 3 weeks now and I am ready to start this 8 week challenge! I'd really like to see my A1C number come down besides learning to eat and enjoy eating healthy and to get back to exercising like I did when I was young. emoticon

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BOBBY - Welcome to our great Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. We are glad you joined us. You have come to a great place to work at getting your blood sugars down. We are all her to help, support, and encourage one another along our journey. There's a lot to learn here so just take it one step and one day at a time.

At the top of your Start Page you will find My Trackers, Articles & Videos, Community, and Site Guide.

SITE GUIDE - - This will give you your Welcome Guide, Tour Video Guides, and answer many frequently asked questions.

MY TRACKERS - Here you will find nutritional and fitness trackers. These trackers will probably be two of the most important tools you'll use.

1) The NUTRITIONAL TRACKER will give you great feedback on whether or not you need to increase/decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Try to fill out and use this tracker every day. Track everything you put in your mouth whether they are good choices or bad choices.

2) The FITNESS TRACKER will help to keep you accountable to yourself. This is also a good tool to use daily.

ARTICLES & VIDEOS - - This section is where you will find information on diabetes - - what causes it, how to treat it, the complications of uncontrolled blood sugars and many other health issues that you might have or are interested in. You will also find videos on exercise, cooking, recipes etc. Look the section over.

COMMUNITY - - Here you will find Different Spark Teams you can join as well as different challenges, blogs, success stories etc. Again, look this section over and join in on some of them.

Now, set yourself up some small goals - - something that you know you will be able to achieve such as drinking a certain number of cups of non-calorie fluids each day/week; or, eating a certain number of "freggies" - fruits and vegetables - a certain number times of day/week; or, getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night a certain number of times per week.

Set your weight loss goal at nor more than 5-10% of your total pounds you want/need to lose - any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we all know what happens when we get frustrated!! We don't want that.

Eat your 3 meals a day and your 1-3 snacks daily. The snacks will help to keep you from being too hungry before the next meal, help keeps your metabolism going, and will help keep your BSs on a more even keel. Your last snack can be eaten as late as you want as long as you don't go over your allowed calories given to you by the dietician. If you eat too feel calories (less than 1200) you will put your body into starvation mode where you body will hang on to everything feeling as though it wasn't going to get anymore food throughout the day and you will gain weight. Drinking water will help to keep the toxins flushed out of your body and help to fill you up as well. Try to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day - if that is too much to do at one time, then do two 5-minutes sessions of exercise. All steps add up to better health and weight loss.

As I said, there is a lot of information on this team so take it one day and one step at a time. Don't strive to be perfect but instead strive for consistency.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. There is always someone lurking around the corner close by and will gladly get back to help you real soon. You are never on this journey alone - we are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along our journey. YOU ARE WORTH IT!! emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi everyone! I have joined this challenge to get my diabetes under control. Last night my blood sugar was 555. My friend is helping me write this, she has talked me into joining spark people. I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 4 years ago I had 2 strokes, 20 days apart. I am working on getting healthy again. emoticon

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CORMIERTM - Welcome emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join us.. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site thus making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but there are two of the most beneficial trackers you will find. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. Track whatever goes into your mouth whether they be good choices or bad choices.

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hello,

I just learned that I am considered pre-diabetic. My brother had diabetes, and I had it when I was pregnant with my daughter. I am trying to sink my teeth into the ins and outs of maintaining or even better losing the label pre-diabetic. I'm looking forward to learning what ever I can.

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THANKS, Judy! :-D

I'm revamping my eating choices right now.. Just bought my first carton of PLAIN Yogurt. I was surprised reading the labels on the different types of plain yogurt, even the popular name brands have corn starch and forms of sugar in them! I found the store brand was just yogurt.. no fillers. ON my way to making the change away from hidden sugars in my diet!

"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." -Psalm 37:5-6
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SPARKLEE - emoticon to the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. We're glad you decided to join us. It looks like you've already familiarized yourself with our Challenge.

You mentioned that diabetes is in your family history. I'm here to tell you that you can bring your pre-diabetes under control and have a good chance of not letting the disease go into full diabetes. There is a lot to learn on these challenges so just take it one step and one day at a time.

I can tell you that because I've done just that. I was on Metformin and I have been able to get off of that med within six months. Now, that doesn't mean that everyone will have success at getting off their blood sugar meds completely, but it can be brought under control. I not only got off my blood sugar meds but I have also been able to bring my cholesterol and triglyceride under control and well into the normal limits as well. I think you probably have a very good chance at bringing your diabetes to a halt also. If you track your all the food that enters your mouth whether good choices or bad choices, drink your non-calorie fluids, and do your exercising you should do great!!

Don't strive for perfection because none of us are perfect. Instead, just try for consistency. When the day comes that the scale doesn't seem to want to move, just take that time to look back at how far you've already come, how much more energy you have, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much healthier you have become and how much improvement in your A1C, cholesterol, triglycerides etc. If you hit a plateau don't fret over it because your body is repairing itself - the weight will catch up. We'll all had those days when we make bad choices - just don't be too hard on yourself - instead, be forgiving and get back on track.

You are never alone on this lifestyle journey. We are all here to help, support and encourage one another along the way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know and someone will get right back with you.

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Hi Everybody,

My blood sugar has crept into the pre-diabetes range. I have an extended family history that makes virtually certain I'll eventually develop diabetes if I don't change my eating and exercise habits!

I've been on Sparkpeople for YEARS, but have difficulty STICKING with healthy practices. I've been searching around SP for a couple of weeks to find some kind of program I can follow that is laid out already. This challenge looks like it will fill my need for an incremental step-by-step process to build healthy habits that I can stick to.

I've read over week one and have been tracking my food for a couple of weeks and I am getting my cardio in each week, so it looks like the main thing I need to do this week is add in some strength training. I've set a goal of completing three strength training video routines--one each on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. That SHOULD make Week #1 easy for me... My biggest challenge will be REMEMBERING what I intend to do when!

Hope to meet some new Spark Friends here. :-D

"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." -Psalm 37:5-6
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MARY - emoticon to the team!! So glad you could join us. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. emoticon .

If you haven't already done so, please go to the SITE GUIDE at the top of your Start Page and go through the Welcome Guide and the Site Tour Video. These will both help you to learn about the site and help you get around it.

Next, go to the ARTICLES & VIDEOS section also located at the top of your Start Page. It is here that you can learn so many different things. Learn all you can about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes, and the complications that can happen with uncontrolled diabetes. You will also be able to find videos of different exercises, recipes, motivation etc.

Now, go to the My Trackers. It is here where you'll find the MY NUTRITION tracker . It is a great tool. It will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the number of calories, carbs, fats, and protein each day. The MY FITNESS tracker will help you to become accountable to yourself.

Eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks will help you keep from over eating at the next meal as well as help to keep your blood sugars under control.

Set yourself some small goals - something that you know you will succeed at such as eating so many "freggies" (fruits and vegetables) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a certain number of days to start, or increasing your non-calorie fluids emoticon so many in a day and so many times a week, or even 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon so many nights a week.

Try to get 10 minutes of exercise emoticon emoticon in each day. If 10 minutes is too much for you at one time, then go for two 5-minute exercises. All the minutes and steps all add up to weight loss emoticon .

Two things to remember are 1) You are never alone on this new healthy lifestyle. We are all going through this journey together and 2) YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!! We are here to help support and encourage one another.

If you have any questions, please feel free to voice them in your Weekly Discussions. Let us know about your day, your successes etc. There's always someone lurking around the site to help, support, and encourage you and each other.

Now that your introduction to the team is done, go to the Weekly Discussions 1-8 and let's get started!!! emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey!!

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JOHNMN1952 - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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One Day At A Time Dear Jesus!!!

Not looking at how many # to go but back and how many #s I've already lost!!!




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MERRYJAYNE - emoticon to our great Diabetes Weight Loss Challenges. We're so glad you decided to join us. Having dealt with depression for many, many years I can honestly say that I fully understand how you feel. It's so easy for us to try to make ourselves feel better by eating. I can honestly tell you that it does just the opposite to us. After a while, our eating way too much of the wrong kinds of food just triggers depression on us because now we are dealing with more weight on our body. This great program can help if we work the program instead of the program working us. We are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along our new lifestyle journey we are all on. We are here because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!! By just getting the excess weight off of our body can make all the world of a difference both physically and mentally.

I have been with SparkPeople two years tomorrow (19th). I have NEVER regretted joining this team. Since losing 40# on this program (I'm still working the program myself) I am a totally different person. So, don't give up on us and you, too, will notice a big difference in your life. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help make it easier to learn the site thus making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but there are two of the most beneficial trackers you will find. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - we all know how the scale lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
Co-Leader Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge
Co-Leader Weekly Challenges Team



One Day At A Time Dear Jesus!!!

Not looking at how many # to go but back and how many #s I've already lost!!!




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I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 in October 2001. Much to my chagrin, even though my A1C isn't bad, my dietary choices are still awful and not really healthy for a diabetic or a non-diabetic for that matter. I am determined to do better. My name is Mary.

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I was just diagnosed as type 2 diabetic and I know I need to make changes. My A1C was 6.8 and my Dr is giving me 3 months to make changes by eating correctly and exercising, so this seems like a good way to start.

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Hi. I just created my SparkPeople account and joined this team in an effort to get "back on track". I am more successful at weight loss/maintenance and glucose control when I am tracking everything but it does take time, effort, and desire. When things are good, it's all good, but when things are out of whack, I just don't care. I've suffered from depression for more than 30 years and after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 20 years ago, it got worse. Anyway, I'm trying to get my focus back on my health, both physical and mental, and thought that creating an account here would be beneficial. Then when I saw that this forum/team was here, thought it would be a good way to aid my diabetes management. As you may already know, it's not always sunshine and roses dealing with it. So here I am.

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