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9/19/14 6:00 P

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I originally joined SP 7 years ago (wow!) Back then I was smoking and had just moved back to my hometown. I have since quit smoking and gained an additional 60 pounds. I lost 20 at the beginning of this year but put it all back on in the middle of a major depressive episode. My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year, and I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes this year. So, it realy is time to get this taken care of. If we don't, we won't have a chance to do so. I need all the motivation I can get. So, hopefully this challenge will keep me motivated!

Mykkisu - It's Okie! (Mikey Sue)


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9/18/14 3:20 P

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Hi, I'm Lara, said like Sara, or just Boo (nickname)
I've kinda known I was diabetic for a full year now, but didn't get it confirmed by a doctor til the 10th of this month (9/10/14) I'm on Metformin, High Blood pressure meds, and anti depressants. So I'm adjusting to starting 3 new meds. Being diabetic scares me, and I suppose I've never learned how to eat properly. Living in Arkansas, carbs, starches, etc..that's just how you're raised. My highest weight was 376 from last feb 13, and I'm currently at 322. I tend to be a bit shy, but figured I'd say howdy do how are you? :)

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9/16/14 11:26 P

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Hi, I'm Gennifer. I was just diagnosed as diabetic so I'm trying to get a handle on this and I believe SP will be a great resource as I learn to navigate!

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9/15/14 9:44 P

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I have not been using spark people for a long time. But I want to get back to recording my food again. I am trying to give up on my diet pop and cut back on splenda as well. I want to lose 20 lbs. for now and maybe even more. I need to be sure to eat my snacks. I have been having too much sugar craving and need to be more disciplined. I had gained 9 lbs and on my 5 ft. frame that is a lot.

If life is to have meaning, and if God's will is to be done, all of us have to accept who we are and what we are, and give it back to God, and thank Him for the way he made us. What I am is God's gift to me; what I do with it is my gift to Him Warren W. Wiersbe


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9/13/14 9:46 P

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Hi, my name is Debbie. I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic a couple of months ago. It caught me completely by surprise! I joined this challenge because I do want to lose weight. I've recently started working out again but I need a support system of those that are going through the same thing I'm going through.

Its a long old road, but I know Im gonna find the end. - Bessie Smith


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9/10/14 4:46 P

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Hi All,

I was recently diagnosed and I was doing well at first. My glucose for a time was at 117 but these days it never seems to go under 150! I started this challenge to lower my glucose. Day 1 let's do it!

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9/7/14 11:53 A

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Back again!

Technically I would have finished this challenge tomorrow, but I ended it today and restarted so I could sync it with the start of the week.

Participation in this challenge has been GREAT for me, and I want to do it again, because I think I can accomplish more and get even more healthy this time around.

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9/6/14 12:55 P

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I know what you mean... getting the glucose in control is the most important. It'll get there :-) keep up the good work!

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KARMABEL's Photo KARMABEL SparkPoints: (2,886)
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9/5/14 9:01 P

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Hey thanks. Weight is my secondary now...instead of the scale number, it's now the glucose. All related, but healthier to focus on I think. Thank you....a step closer to lowering that "other" number. Numbers, Numbers..

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9/5/14 8:12 P

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LOL I know what you mean about there being so much info on this site. WAY TO GO on losing 13 lbs!!! emoticon

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9/5/14 8:10 P

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I'm pre-diabetic, so hopefully by joining SP I can get my numbers looking better. I live in Florida.

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9/5/14 12:01 P

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Welcome! I'm only on week-2, but am finding that checking in, supporting others, and receiving support, is the BEST way to battle this disease. Get your spark page and check out the feed, friend request, etc. and help is there! (I'm still trying to find time to set it all up, but there is sooooo much on here). You can do it!

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9/4/14 10:50 P

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I am not in a good place, I just got some test results and I'm close to being a diabetic. I'm not there yet, but if I keep this up, I could by the end of year or by spring be considered. So, I'm going to start this challenge, in hopes to get those test results back to a normal range.





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9/4/14 2:17 P

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Yea! Welcome! We can DO IT!!! Checking in and time mamgement to be online is a huge adjustment, but well worth it!

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9/4/14 9:13 A

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My name is Mary. I'm 61 yrs. old and have recently been told I am pre-diabetic. I've never been in worse shape in my life. I had a hip replacement in 2006 and back surgery in 2012. My line dancing and exercising has taken a back seat since then and I need to get back to some type of exercise.
I have three grown children and a 14 month old grandson I adore. I want to get in shape for me, but also for him so I can play with him without being out of breath or hurting.
I need tons of support to get organized and on track.
Look forward to hearing from everyone.
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9/1/14 8:51 P

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Hi! I started on Thursday. I'm ready for this challenge!
Does anyone know where we ask nutrition questions for diabetes on this team?
Thanks.

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8/31/14 6:01 P

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Hello I'm a new SP member and this is my first ever challenge. My goal is to complete the challenge.

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8/26/14 4:46 P

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Hmmm. Not sure if I've introduced myself on this team yet or not. I think I've joined too many teams; I have trouble remembering what I've posted where!

My name is Diane. I have struggled with my weight my whole life, have lost and regained (plus more) 30 lbs. a number of times, 50 lbs. once and 70 lbs. in 2008. I regained a lot of it and am trying to lose that again. Or at least some of it! My Dad died of complications from Type 1 diabetes, however, most of my family struggles with Type 2. I have not had to go on insulin and am certainly trying my best to avoid it!


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8/25/14 9:59 A

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Hi, I'm Donna. I am pre-diabetic and have a thyroid condition that makes weight loss very discouraging. I had lost 40 pounds in 18 months but in the past year, regained 30 of those pounds. I am reaching the point where it feels impossible to get the weight off and keep it off but with diabetes on both sides of my family, I know this is my only chance to avoid Type 2. I work full-time and am married with other members of the family for whom I cook so feel unable to just go on a strict diet for myself while making different meals for others. I would like to lose my weight by exercise, healthy family meals and portion control. I use several of the SparkPeople Trackers to keep me on track but days when I lose motivation and eat without tracking seem able to undo weeks of work. Feeling pretty discouraged at this point.

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8/24/14 1:17 A

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Hello Everyone. I am Kathy. 37 yo mom and full-time employee with Type 2 Diabetes. I work 12-hrs a day of shift work for an emergency call center which makes it most challenging. I was at 210 and am now 165. I still have a long road ahead as far as healthy BMI. I am at 32.8 and I am 5.3. My goal is to shed the last 30 lbs and reduce my overall medication intake. I take several and numerous that are specific to Diabetes control including 2 types of insulin. I aim at being at a healthy weight but reducing my BMI to mid to low 20's as well as doing away with any insulin shots. Here is to all of us and our future successes!

Kathy

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8/22/14 5:29 P

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My name is Pam. First day on this team but not on spark. My sugar runs high and need to get it down.


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8/18/14 10:05 A

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My name is Tai, I am a 35 year old mother, daughter, sister and newly made auntie. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and need to follow a better diet and get in more exercise. My main goal at this point is to NOT end up with diabetes. The thought just scares me. I have 3 children and they need their mother to be as healthy as possible.

I pray that I can keep up with this determination as I have a habit of going gung-ho and then sliding back to bad habits. This is time for change and I am more ready than ever.

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8/17/14 4:07 P

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Hi, my name is Marge. I am 63 yrs. old and have Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I want to lose about 40 lbs. I only take medication for high blood pressure and hope with eating healthier, losing weight and exercising or walking more, I can stay off medications.
I am trying to get better at portion control and weighing and measuring my foods. I work as a part-time appointment coordinator, so Sitting behind a desk all day I don't get a lot of exercise. I would appreciate any support, suggestions ,advice or recipes anyone wants to share .
I have been with SP off and on for several years, but this time I am really motivated.
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8/12/14 8:52 P

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I am not new to this team I have rejoined this team to help get my BS down. I took the challenge once want to take it again I learn so much from this team.
Hi I am Sandra I was diagnosed end of March of last year with type 2. I wasn't serious at all about my diagnoses. I really need to get serious about my weight with the help of this team I will do it.



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8/12/14 4:47 P

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Hi my name is Kerry. I am a 41 year old widow. I was diagnosed in May with Type 2 diabetes. It was a shock to me! But instead of seeing it as a curse, I embraced my diagnose and started to watch what I eat, lose weight and start working out again. I have lost 26 pounds since that first week in May. On June 20th, I discovered my husband died in his sleep. I could have just given up living that day, but I knew he would want me to go on living. So I have been working out and still watching my weight. That is not to say that I don't have days where I make bad food decisions and don't feel like excerising. But I hear this little voice saying "Come on honey, I know you can do it! Make me proud, just like I was there with you. " I would like to lose enough weight to get off most of my medicines. I would also love to get my blood sugar back to a normal level. It has been between 105 and 146 since I started checking it twice a week in June.

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8/10/14 11:13 A

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Hi I'm Dawn. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes over 10 years ago. I rarely go to the doctor, so I have not been diagnosed with diabetes, but I do seen to be doing better and the SparkPeople diabetes meal plan (losing more weight) and I can feel that my blood sugar is more stable. I don't feel light headed and like I'm going to pass out as often. It would make sense that I have Type 2 diabetes because I am 80 over my ideal weight. I tried to get healthcare insurance this year, but was not making enough money to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act and would prefer not apply for Medicaid. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2008. I was in the hospital for a week, probably should have stayed longer. I joined SparkPeople in 2007, but didn't really get involved until this past February. Since then my life has been slowly improving by taking one small step at a time.

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8/5/14 11:54 P

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Hi I'm jeanne and I am 45 and I have been a type II diabetic for 15 years...in the last few years as a result from it I have diabetic perriferal neuropathy and IBS and gerd and the list goes on including depression...I am looking for help to get me through this lifestyle change..I was doing curves for a few months till I messed up my knee but I've been back to dancing around but I am looking for that type of exercise...I have been counting calories for 2 years and found that I really enjoy doing spark people cause I track it on my phone and not try to remember what I atewhen iI got home...right now I am 50-75 overweight...I am looking for help with a healthier more active lifestyle if anyone can offer some good advise :-) thank y'all for listening

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8/5/14 11:27 P

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Hi. I am 50 lbs overweight and have been diabetic for 9 yrs. I started working on my emotional health two years ago, due to extremely high family stress, and now have reached a point where I love myself enough to work on my physical health. I have been a victim, a survivor and now at 55yrs old, I am being an overcomer. I am enjoying this new journey and am looking forward to meeting others who is on this same path. It is not easy, I know, yet I have learned I cannot do this alone.. emoticon

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8/5/14 5:24 P

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Hi my name is Allison. I am 49 yrs old and have been diabetic for 24 yrs. Throughout the years I have had really poor control of my diabetes. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Severe Major Chronic Depression and Severe CTS of the right hand. I once started here on Spark but just wasn't doing it for the right reason. Today I am determined it is the right time because I am doing it for me and I WANT and NEED to succeed. I am tired of being a bystander in my life and long to live life fully. I have 2 small children ages 10 (Amanda) and 11 (Angel) and a 23 yr old who is married and lives with me with her wife. My son has Schizoaffective Disorder and he is very hard to manage. My husband is a letter carrier for the USPS and overweight as well. I encourage anyone who enjoys mentoring or supporting others to feel free to visit my page and post plzzzzz. Looking forward to this journey which I know will be as hard as I allow it to be or as easy as I will it to be.

Loving myself has been a lifelong challenge it seems. Today I choose to be my best friend and recognize I am worthy to succeed and live life fully.


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8/5/14 5:16 P

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Hi Jenny I can relate to your story and would love to be friends. Just visit my page and let me know if you'd be willing to accept my invitation. I am 49 yrs old have 2 kids 10 and 11 both overweight as well and my husband is overweight too. I have been diabetic for 24 years and I have to lose around 100 lbs myself. Looking forward to sharing with you if and when you have the chance.

Loving myself has been a lifelong challenge it seems. Today I choose to be my best friend and recognize I am worthy to succeed and live life fully.


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8/3/14 1:02 P

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Hi my name is Lisa and I am 43 years old and 104 lbs overweight. I was just diagnosed friday with Type 2 Diabetes. I have been a member of sparks for a couple years now but keep falling off the wagon. I have had several health issues come up in the last couple months and I know I have to get and stay real serious about this weight loss. I am to young to feel the way I feel. I have 2 beautiful daughters and four beautiful grandchildren that I would love to see grow up and have kids of their own. I can do this and I will do this. I seen the 8 week Diabetes weight loss challenge and decided that I needed to join this challenge. After all there is strength in numbers right. Good luck to everyone and remember we are all wonderful people and we can do this.

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Hi, I'm Jenny. I've been on and off of Sparkpeople for several years. Life has been a rollercoaster for me. My health has been on the back burner for a while now. My youngest battled cancer for 6 years until she lost her battle at age 7 in April 2012. A year later I had brain surgery and a craniocervical fusion. So I think I get a pass. My time is up now though. The diabetes that has been lurking for some time is now making itself known as I am now a "mild" type II diabetic. I am over a 100 pounds overweight, although I am down 12 pounds. Woo Hoo! Hey every pound counts. I am very motivated now, not only for myself, but for my kids. I have two children, 13 and 14, who are both overweight and possibly facing diabetes themselves. Looks like we all face stress with food. Losing our little one was hard on us all. It's time for us to make her proud and get healthy so we can live on and do all the things she wanted to do but couldn't. For the first time in my life I am approaching this differently. I really want to do this. I pray to God I can.

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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 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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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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AMANDA - Welcome to our great team. It sounds to me like you know what to do but need more motivation to following through. Your A1C is not bad but below 6.0 would be better.

Be sure to use the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers daily.

NUTRITION TRACKER - This tracker will give you great feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth whether they be good choices or bad choices. Be sure to eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day.

FITNESS - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

If you have any questions, please let us know by voicing it on your daily postings. Also, let us know how your day is going and any achievements you have made..

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One Day At A Time Dear Jesus!!!

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STACEY - You have a great motivation for completing your goals and taking control of your life again. You have set yourself some good goals. But, how do you plan on going about fulfilling those goals? Below, I have listed a few goals that you might want to consider.

Be sure to set yourself some small goals along your journey. For you weight goal, set it at 5-10% of your total weight loss. Any more than that and you are apt to become disappointed and we all know where that leads us!! We don't want that.

Eat your 3 meals a day as well as 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important in that they will keep you from over eating at the next meal, keep your metabolism going in the right direction, and keep your BSs from spiking or crashing.

If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to let us know. There's always someone close by that will be more than happy to help you out.

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emoticon to our great challenge!!! While reading your post here, it was as if I was looking back over my adult years!!! I'm so glad those years are over so that now I can actually learn how to live!! I had also tried all kinds of pills, diets, counseling etc. I would lose 50# and then turn around and find those same 50# plus some more. AND, by the Grace of God you CAN overcome your pre-diabetes. I can say that because I am a Type 2 Diabetic - - once a diabetic always a diabetic AND I am 67 years old.

I want you to know that it can be done - maybe not in all incidences, but I did it!!!! I'm off all of my BS medications. I have lost 40#, dropped lots and lots of clothing sizes (I love to shop for new clothes) and brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels down to well within the normal range.

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 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. The next tracker is the 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 is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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 my name is liz and I am a 32 year old pre diabetic. I lost my father to diabetes ....I have been trying to be healthy but sometimes I just feel discouraged. I am hoping that joining spark people I will find the encouragement and motivation I need to get back on the right path.

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hey folks dave from dublin going to give this a try before i go back to the hospital :)


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Hello =)

My name is Amanda, and I am 27 years of age. I have always been over weight but extremely healthy up until a few years ago when I started getting sick all the time and my energy level dropped and I wanted to do zero. Its also when my weight level increased because I didn't want to eat, and when I did it was not very healthy and my body went into starvation mode.

June 2013 I was diagnosed with Diabetes and I have been very healthy since. Makes me very happy to say that! What I am trying to do now that I have energy again is to take back my body, lower my a1c from 6.2 to lower if i can and see where I can go from there!

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

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Hello! My name is Stacey and I am 46 yrs old (feel like 70). From the age of 3 until my freshman year of college I was a competitive swimmer, then in middle school through 1st year of college I also played water polo. We worked out before and after school and once on Saturdays (unless at a swimming meet or water polo tournament). 1.5 hours in pool, along with weights and running for another 3-60 min. Even THEN, I struggled to keep my weight down. Now, I hate exercise. Go figure.

Now at 46 my blood sugars are WAY out of control (A1C 11.7) and Tuesday I was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

My goal is to lose 66 pounds by March (3 down since Sunday!), and reduce my A1C to 6.0%. I am having a hard time trying to decide what to focus on most. My thought is the weight, because by losing weight my sugars should drop automatically.

I want to be around to see my daughter, who is currently 7, graduate, get married and have kids. I need to be a happier, healthier person for myself and my family. It's not fair to them that I am almost always stressed out, tired, or angry (usually all 3).

I need everyone's help with encouragement and support. Guess you could say I am "high maintenance".

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Hi! I turned 50, quit smoking, gained a ton of weight and hit a wall! The good news is that I am a nonsmoker still and now that I am 51 I have picked myself up and dusted myself off! My yearly blood work showed high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and prediabetes. So...now I am on a mission to become as healthy and active as I can be. My husband has been a diabetic for over 20 years and he takes insulin shots four times a day. I want both of us to be as healthy as possible and enjoy life to the fullest :)

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SGASPERSON - emoticon to our great Challenge. We're glad you've decided to join us again! There have been a few changes since you were on here so just look things over again and if you have any questions or need clarification, please don't hesitate to let us know as you do your daily postings.

Have fun and enjoy your journey!

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GORIANA - 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. It's great that you are doing this Challenge for/with your husband. Even if he isn't doing the actual Challenge itself, he will still notice a change in the way you are both eating, exercising etc. Hopefully, he will actually want to join you on this. This program will be beneficial for both of you. 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.

MY TRACKERS - Here you will find nutritional and fitness trackers. These tools are probably the two most useful tools in the SparkPeople (SP) program.

1) 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.

2) 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.

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.

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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I joined this team and family affairs directed my attention elsewhere so actually I am just beginning the challenge. So I am seriously putting my efforts into this challenge now.

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Hi folks, I am here to learn what I can about this issue so I can help dh with his type 2 d. His doctor wants him to be more careful for three weeks and then will determine if meds need adjustment. I am glad for the wake up call because dh was not monitoring at all. He skipped his meds too often. Now he is measuring glucose morning and night for his visit in 3 weeks.

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MILAMI10 - emoticon to Spark People (SP) as well as the start of our great Diabetes Weight Loss Challenges. You are never alone on this journey. We are all here to help, support, and encourage each other along their own journey. There's a lot to learn on these challenges, 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.

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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Hi all,

I returned to SparkPeople today with my newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. The system put me in this group and I thought why not give it a try. Talk to you all over the next 8 weeks.

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GUNNY2004 and LADYWINDY - 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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I was diagnosed with Type 2 a few years ago but with job/money/insurance issues I wasn't able to take it seriously. Now, I have a good paying job and affordable insurance. I also think I have found the right doctor to help me (previous doctors did little to nothing to help).

So I am going to start this challenge over and see where it takes me.

On a personal note, I am 45 and live with 3 large dogs who are the loves of my life.... 2 1/2 years ago I moved from my hometown to be closer to family (and to find a job).... I enjoy cross-stitching... am passionate about animal abuse/cruelty... and in that vein, I am working on becoming vegetarian again....

I am looking to engage with people who are facing similar health challenges and/or passionate about the same things I am (my family, not so much)....

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

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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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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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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, youll get run over if you just sit there.

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If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

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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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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 .

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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,
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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Judy F emoticon
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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.

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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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