Mary, Kathy and Valerie helped me alot when I was diagnosed two years ago.. So we will all try and help you. Just ask we are here. Remember we all fall off the wagon from time to time. Just start over the next day and do not beat yourself up. When our numbers go high it could be stress or an illness but it could be eating too much food or too little or no exercise. Just use the trackers and as always MARY tells us all drink the water. always have a bottle of water next to you to drink. She is a real inspiration.
Wow! Thanks for great advice. Some of it I had been told before but with the denial it did not click. I had not heard of the Dr. Hyman book before, so I will see about it. And I did manage to do some Tai Chi work yesterday. Walking in place is not fun at all for me. I did build up to a mile that way once but lost it. I am going to read all your input everyday and get some inspiration from that. Thanks so much.
...all kinds of great advice here... so I won't add anything except to say...
... do something WITH it! LOL
Welcome aboard! Kathy
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
This is a great place to be. Lots of support and helpful suggestions but you have to do this and we can help. No more denial its just not an option. I hope you can start to prioritise your health. It is the number 1 priority in my life now I sure wish i had found Spark earlier and I would be even healthier than I am now. GO FOR IT! NO EXCUSES! Pat in Maine.
Pat in Maine. I FEEL Healthier every day with my Spark Tracker. I will do it slowly I like it that way. Toodle-ooo! and Toodle- Pip! JUST DO IT!
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Pounds lost: 29.6
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Like Mary said drink the water measure the food. We are responsible for us. I did not get the option of meds verses insulin. I was put on insulin right out of the hospital. I started right after the hospital 10 minutes of walking 30 minutes after eating and my AlC have been below 6.5. I have seen first hand what happens with people who do not take diabetes seriously. Lose a leg, lose toes, kidney diease. Liver problems, neuropathyand lost eye sight. Not to mention heart diease. This diease has so many bad side effects. When i got out of the hospital I could not see for a whole month. That scared me to death. I try and eat right exercise every day. Do not wait till it is to late and say. I wish I would have did this or that. A lady was in rehab and lost her leg and is on kidney dialysis. I thought she was in her late 60's to early 70's. No she was 58 only a year older then me. Insulin should not be a scare tactic by your Drs.
Pounds lost: 35.0
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The ostrich thing worked for me too, until it didn't. Soaring BS, weight and cholesteral were a big wake up call. Worst of all I was feeling down right awful most of the time. Once your BS is under control you will have much more energy and feel much better. You've made a great start but 6.9 A1C is still high.
The advice you have received is excellent. I second the advice about reading Dr. Mark Hyman's book. The eating plan made all the difference for me. I work and I exercise. Schedule time in your calendar at least 5 days a week. The morning works great, gives you energy for the day ahead.
Drink the water and check in with us regularly so we know how you are doing. We have been there in differing degrees and we understand. We also know the devastating effects of this disease if it is not under control. You can do this!
“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” Eleanor Roosevelt "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." John Wayne "A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes." Mahatma Gandhi
track that food weigh and measure those portions..i have been on insulin for years and while i was on it i lost 273 pounds and have maintained that loss for 4 years now..it is probably not the insulin but the lack of control because you know if the sugar is high you can always inject more to cover..you will also gain weight there because you are no longer in control of the situation at hand DRINK THAT WATER..and get moving again walk the dog if you don't have one borrow one..i did you should do it whether you feel like it or now it is hot here also but the dog must be walked do it warly morning or late evening it is always cooler then than not you can do it..accept NO EXCUSES for not being healthy at your best the lady mary
TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL
there is no cause when there is no effect km
i can do that, but not on a tuesday for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction - off the starboard bow over the hurdles, and down the shute.
last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd
people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar
It's not silly. I've done the ostrich thing too -- put my head in the sand and hope the problem will go away.
I began to get serious in May when my dr. seemed concerned. Tracking food on the diabetic option, walking dogs daily, strength exercise 2X week, spark exercise videos. Still a ways to to go, but I'm getting there. Explore all aspects of Sparkpeople - that is very helpful.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
current weight: 198.0
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Have you tried just walking in place in your home, I've done that on occasion when walking outside just wasn't an option. Try some of the Spark videos as well, there's something for everyone. What I learned helped the most with improving my #s was the exercise, 30 minutes a day is what my nutritionist & dr suggested & I can really tell a difference if I miss a couple of days, then my sugars will spike.
Thank you for your response. I did not get serious until the doctor put me on insulin. That is an eye opener. And no, my exercise program is sporadic. When I was first diagnosed, I was walking at lunchtime for 30-35 minutes 5 days a week. But I began to cut back bec I kept having low blood sugar episodes after the walk and it threw me. I am trying to add some form of exercise at this time. Have tried lots of dvds, but none have stuck yet. It has been too hot to walk outside this summer, so..... Perhaps I give up too easily?
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I lived sort of in denial for years with my diabetes, adding various meds. But it wasn't until my dr threatened me with having to go on insulin shots that I got serious. I started going to a nutritionist & started back to logging my foods, being careful to watch carbs. In the 6 months of doing that I've decreased my A1c from 7.8 to 6.9; also dropped my cholesterol from needing meds to being in normal range. Take a look at your nutrition program, are you using the diabetic plan on spark, also are you exercising regulary?
I have Type 2 diabetes and just spent the past few months working on containing an out of control sugar level. I did get down to an A1C of 7.1, but have also put on a good 15 pounds. What gives here? My main goal is to keep the sugar levels in check and also keep my cholesterol rates in check. Unfortunately it has been a long time since I was able to manage my days properly. Lost that ability for some reason. And I have been trying to deny my diabetes for around 7 years now. That is not working out, I think. (You may chuckle, I know it is silly.)
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