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Hi all, just rejoined the site. New profile though ... and I just spilled my morning cup of java all over my bed and my new flannels, sigh.... but I will get through this day! My fasting BG is 101 this morning. Very good! Maybe that two miles or so of walking yesterday did the trick, since I ate well.
I need to lose 15 more pounds. 25 already gone due to adjusting food intake to very little carbs and instead, eating more of the right carbs and enough protein every day .
Free to come by my page any time and leave a comment. I am interested in many things in life.

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Hi I'm Deborah, new to the group and T2 diabetes. I am a carb lover, and it is so hard to cut them down and out of my diet. I am so frustrated. I am on Metformin right now, my triglycerides are real high and I am hoping to get a handle on it all.

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10/29/14 11:13 A

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STARBURTS31,

It sucks doesn't it. When I was diagnosed I was in denial for a few years. Really changing nothing but switching to diet soda, that was about it.

However, it's not the end of the world and medication for life. 30 months ago I learned what was well known, that all carbs (except fibre) are really as good as pure sugar as far as blood sugar is concerned.

The support I'm offering is pretty simple. Real the labels of things you buy. For example shreddies: I google "nutrition shreddies" and get this page
postfoods.ca/our-brands/shreddies/or
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So a 55 grams serving is 45 carbs and 6 of those 45 are fine, don't count those, so 45-6, or 39 digestible. That makes shreddies 100 * (39/55) % or 71% carbs.

Sugar is 100%, and I don't eat sugar. So read your labels, cut the carbs by picking lower percentage things. I wish I had done that 11 years ago.

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10/27/14 3:46 P

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I am newly diagnosed, need support!

Have a Great Day! Deb from Iowa
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10/11/14 2:03 A

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DOTTIEJANE1,
For a diabetic it is pretty clear what raises blood sugar. Any carbohydrate (except inert dietary fibre which is technically a carb does that.

After that it is a matter of dealing with carb addiction, and figuring out what things you eat or drink that contribute more to that. One may like both carrots and cauliflower equally, but if cauliflower has fewer carbs, then eat more of that.

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10/10/14 8:42 A

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Hi I am Dottie became a pre diabetic about 3 months ago . Have been on med about 2 months . Morning bs are within range . Am attending diabetic class, got my shoes and inserts . Still figuring out the foods , carbs exercise and all .

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10/5/14 7:13 P

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Hiya! I am new to SP and to diabetes. So basically, I gained a bunch of weight from other medical conditions...well, technically from the effects of those conditions on my ability to be as active as I need to be (and a bit from the meds to treat those conditions too), and then from hormone positive breast cancer, with "hormone" being the operative word. By the time I got my diabetes diagnosis (just about 3 or 4 months ago), I had gained over 100 extra pounds. Fortunately my diabetes (T2) is very mild, more like in the pre-stage. A1C is between 6.2 and 6.4. So, no meds for me right now. Just trying to control with diet and exercise.

And...I think I'm addicted to carbs! uuuuuuuuggggghhhhh! It sucks! lol But I'm workin on it :)

Anyway, just wanted to drop a little note. Take care and good luck!

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Hi Tony,,,, Just wanted to encourage you to keep up the great job. It takes little changed to make big differences. I too have been recently diagnosed by the doctors. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes though. I have lost 10 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I know it takes a lot of work. It is a long journey but well worth it. Good Luck as you continue to get healthier.

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TEA107,
I'll share. I can't remember if I said this before, but loss of memory is what I've got, rather permanently, partly due to 9 years of metformin. So I strongly urge controlling blood sugar by diet, avoid carbs.

So I had one other medical issue, a chronic condition, ulcerative colitis. This condition reduces your digestive abilities, and you can have low vitamin B from this. Then metformin also has an impact in the same area with vitamin B. I was diagnosed with hearing loss, probably nerve damage from low vitamin B. Indeed I had other tingling in my arms and patches on my face that did not tan.

So metformin alone might not lead to other problems, but it does put you at higher risk. I know another diabetic and his doctor has him on vitamin B injections, just as a precaution. I wish my doctor had been so informed and proactive. What did I know? I was too trusting.

I have to say that my digestion is OK now and have had no symptoms from ulcerative colitis in the last few years. Low carb, low stress..? I don't know.

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Grateful.
Hello, I am returning after about a five year absence; it seems that there is a lot more to learn this time around! I am just over 50 and want to be one of those baby boomers saying ‘This is the healthiest I have ever been in my life!’ I am excitedly ensuring that this stage of my life is lighter than the last- and that includes my weight.

WOAH!
I am newly diagnosed (just over a month ago) and was prescribed Metformin- I did not know that it may cause or contribute to cognitive deficits, are you able to share more about this relationship?

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6/5/14 12:41 A

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TONYATIME,
My experience is that diet controls blood sugar more than exercise.

Exercise is great for fitness and other things, but it doesn't burn significantly many calories in the overall scheme.

Avoid carbs (which includes sugar). I rate food by their carb percentage by weight. Peas for example are 9% net or digestible carbs by weight. I don't eat them. I pick 6% as my cutoff.

James

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6/4/14 9:44 P

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Hello all! I am 38 years old and had a lab result last week that caused a bit of an awakening in me... my blood sugar was 204. The doctor has labeled it as pre-diabetic and suggested I control it with diet/exercise.

So, I am here to meet some awesome people who can help encourage/guide me through this journey and maybe I can return the favor. :)

So far since last Thursday I am down 5 lbs. I have really been watching my carb/sugar intake and I already feel so much better.

"Don't dig your grave with your fork and spoon"- Unknown
"You gotta look for the good in the bad, the happy in your sad, the gain in your pain and what makes you grateful not hateful"- Unknown
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5/27/14 2:00 A

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Welcome KRILL14,

I've been a diabetic (type 2) for the last 11 years.

I don't know what you mean by getting the numbers right for each meal.

I took metformin(or similar) for 9 years and have suffered some cognivite impairment because of it. Mostly memory problems. Perhaps metformin isn't that bad for everyone, but I also have ulcerative colitis and it is my guess that together both issues impaired my vitamin B absorption.

Anyway, get the numbers right. The typical diabetes advice is to lower the consumption of sugar and carbs, and that is quite right, but you can eat fewer carbs and it is still healthy.

James

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Hi, my name is Chris and I have been with SP since January 1st. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in March and signed up for the SP diabetic food tracker but I'm having trouble getting the numbers right for each meal so I decided to join this group.

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My name is Nola and I was just diagnosed with pre diabetes. I also have gastroparesis and lactose intolerance. I can eat one soft meal and the rest must be liquid. Any suggestions?

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ROBERT1355,you can give up or take charge.

Take charge. It took my 9 years to figure out what to do. It is so easy to take pills, just swallow them. Injections are a little tougher, but still not the same work as cooking and eating differently.

You've got the blood sugar test strips and meter I'm sure. Take your blood sugar before you eat, and 40 minutes after eating. Across all the things you eat and drink I suggest you write these things down, for example:

Two slices Of whole wheat toast (60 g) with butter
Calories (175)
Carbs (20 g)
Fat (7 g)
Protein (5g)

Glass of orange juice
Calories (112)
Carbs (26g)
Fat (0 g)
Protein (2 g)

Now right there for that choice of breakfast you've got 46 grams of carbs. Make choices to reduce your carb intake. My intake is about 30 grams a day, maximum 50. That is 30 for the whole day, not per meal.

So as an alternate breakfast you have:
2 scrambled eggs
1 ounce of cheese
2 slices of bacon
1 cup of herbal tea with no sugar (maybe stevia if you like a sweetener)

That breakfast has 3 grams of carbs.

So you know which breakfast to choose. Even on my low target I've still got 27 grams of carbs for the rest of my day.

Try a low carb breakfast and see how your blood sugar reacts 40 minutes after eating. Try an alternate breakfast and see how your blood sugar reacts to it, also recoding grams of carbs from that breakfast.

In no time at all you will take control and change your food and drink choices.

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Hi, I just found out on 4/7/14 that my A1C went from 6.6 12/2013 to 9.9 4/7/2014. My dr. prescribed metformin 500 mg twice a day during office visit and later called to tell me that I'm being put on insulin shots. I'm really depressed and worried. Feeling like my life is over.

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Thought provoking post. I am surely interested and want to be fully committed! Writing that on a post it note as a reminder to me to be fully committed!

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YAEME79,

Yup, pure sugar is pretty bad, but I was surprised that all carbs impact blood sugar the same way, whether they taste sweet or not. So yes, breakfast cereal is very high in carbs, let's have a quick look at my old, but no longer current favourite, Alphabits. A 30 gram serving of that is 25 grams of carbs, you might as well eat white sugar from a blood sugar point of view.

3 bowls? Yikes.

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the main thing I did was start exercising again. I also cut back on sweets my weakness is cereal I used to eat 2 or 3 bowls in 1 sitting


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Welcome YAEME79,

I've managed my diabetes (type 2) for the last 20 months by eating low carb, and I lost weight too.

What are you doing differently, that you lost 27 lbs?

James


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I have been on spark for several months and was diagnosed w type 2 this past Aug I have lost 27 lbs I want to lose 70 more. Back in 2002 I lost about 60 lbs then gained 90 about a year and a half later while pregnant she is 9 now. So its time to get back n2 shape I used to have a lot of fun. Exercising


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It's awesome that you are making a positive change and seeing results. I think that is the best motivation for staying on track. Spark and it's members are such great sources for motivation and information but the real drive must come from within yourself.

It sounds like you are on your way!

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Hi, I've had diabetes about 7 years and have been on Metformin and insulin for the last 6 months. My doctor just cancelled a surgery I was going to have this Friday due to my high glucose level, this has been a real eye opener for me! Now I am trying to lower my BG with diet since obviously the meds are not working so surgery can be rescheduled. I am on day 3 and levels are starting to drop! :)

Have great day!

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Hi Lola, thanks

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Hi Linda!

Welcome to the group!

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Hello, I am new to this forum. Also I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I am glad to say that my diabetes is under control. However weight loss is essential to my managing this disease. I wish to lose about 50 lbs.

I hope to use SparkPeople to stay motivated on my weight loss journey. I wish everyone here the best


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Wow, I guess I'm going to have to be diligent with tracking and see what my optimal personal level is for carb intake for maintaining good blood sugar and still lose weight. The amounts that the tracker gives are actually the same as what my nutritionist said, but they have always seemed high to me. There will be a lot of learning going on here in the next several months. Since it says my daily goal is 186 - 230, I might start out by staying under 100 for the day and see what that does.

Thanks for your help, James.

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Laura,
I started a low carb diet to loose weight. I both lost weight and found it kept my blood sugar under control without medication. That was after 9 years of oral diabetes meds (metformin).

So I'm now medication free. But I'm eating low carb to manage my diabetes. I recently finished off a jar of cashews. The next morning my blood sugar was terrible. I traced it to the carbs in the cashews. Those things are 30% carbs by weight! more than mashed potatoes. Looking at my food diary, it turned out that I had eaten 75 grams of carbs the previous day.

I aim for 30 grams of carbs as my daily maximum quota.

James

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Hi James,

That is the question of the year, lol.

I started this week with testing regularly 3 times/day and tracking all of my foods using the diabetes program here and trying to stay within the guidelines. I am finding I am way below my intake for carbs though (68ish/day) calories are around 1200-1500. I am going to make so modifications to my eating plan and try to incorporate some exercise (that's the big ugh! for me).

I'm finding I have huge support at work too - which helps tremendously!


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Hi Laura,
What are you going to do to get your diabetes under control?

James

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Hi all,

Not new to this team but actually back and starting again. I've been T2 for about 3 years now and management for me has been a roller coaster ride. Right now, my diabetes is not under control and I am trying to get back on the wagon. I am looking forward to getting back on track and a healthier me in 2014 and forward.

Have a wonderful day!

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Hi Pam! Welcome to the group!

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Hi Pam,
I was in some sort of denial for 9 years about my type 2 diabetes. Just taking the pills and more or less eating what I did before, except for very high sugar things.

I started eating low carb 20 months ago. Like a heroin addict, the first week was the toughest. It's been easier after that.

This morning, I did something rare, I poured a small glass of coke, put some in my mouth and spit it out. Wow, sickeningly sweet. I used to think that Pepsi was sweet, and coke less so. The coke is not in the house for me.

I wrapped my head around eating health by choosing low carb. Otherwise healthy eating is just a fuzzy concept, and you don't know exactly what to do, and I need rules.

James

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My name is Pam and I am 63 until July then I will be 64. I live in Kentucky. I have been diabetic for several years now but can not wrap my head around getting healthy and getting this under control. I am here to do this now. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and taking this journey with you.

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Hello all! I'm not exactly new to SP (joined in November) but haven't ever posted. I was diagnosed Type 2 in the middle of October and it's been quite the roller coaster! the first month was going pretty well and then I just lost all the motivation/self control that I had and let it all go by the wayside over the holidays. I have my first post diagnosis doctor visit this afternoon so I will see what she has to say about any progress I have made and any issues that are still there to work on. Once I see where I'm sitting now (weight, A1C, etc) I think it's a good time to really think about what I want my goals to be this year. Wish me luck, as I'll probably need it!

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Not so new but never posted here and I have been in denial far too long. Diagnosed with Type 2 about 5 years ago. Diet controlled until pregnancy. Used pills and insulin thru pregnancy then back to diet "control" for a few months until my doctor said it wasn't controlled. Now I am maxed out on Metformin and tweaking up the insulin but would rather lose some weight and take control and get off the meds!

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Hi Bob,
I've invited you to a low carb group, which is how I manage my diabetes without medication.

Like SWEPERFECT3 wrote, it really is a matter of counting carbs. It took me a number of months to find a satisfying range of things to eat. Don't ask how few grams of carbs I eat per day, you'll think it is too restrictive.

The first step is to track what you eat, calories, grams of carbs, protein, and fat. In no time you will have your list of things you typically eat, and be doing less and less hunting for information.

The second step, though you might want to do this in conjunction with step 1, as you gain awareness is to avoid high carb foods.

The third step is to create your own alternatives. For example, cooked, mashed cauliflower with whipping cream rather than mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are 15% carbs by weight, mashed cauliflower is 4%.

Trust me you have to avoid every gram of carbs that you can.

James

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New to the team but a long term diabetic. I take both medication and insulin. Have finally come to the realization that I need to make life changes and loose 50 lbs. looking forward to chatting with all of you.

Bob

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Hi I'm Juju,
I'm returning to SparkPeople because on Friday the 13th I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. After I provided my health care manager with my past 4 years of blood tests, she discovered that I have been Type 2 for at least 2 years, and none of my other doctors (3) treated me for it!! My A1C was 13 on Friday the 13th. ugh! God bless my new health care provider for doing a "routine" blood test on my first visit with her...and she re-tested me 4 times to be absolutely sure, since I had never been told about it before.

So, I've started strong, with all my new meds and diet & exercise; I'm feeling like I have a better idea what I'm in for. I'm determined to BEAT diabetes, and live a long and healthy life.

I'm looking for support and encouragement. We just moved from Idaho to Hawaii and I don't know anyone here...(except my health care team, that is!). We are searching for a good church close to us, and praying that God fills our new life with new friends, and great memories.




Blessings ~ Juju


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Hi,
I just stumbled on this team, and just joined now.

I'm a diabetic for the last 11 years. In the last 19 months I was able to stop taking metformin by eating low carb, about 30 grams or fewer per day. I also lost about 30 pounds.

James

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Hello. Bob here. I have been in the "pre-diabetic" category for years with A1C's steady at around 6.5. However, over the past couple of years it has crept up to the 7's and the latest one was 8.3 and my doctor today said that I was officially a Type 2 diabetic (although I probably was before). He prescribed Metformin 1,000 mg/day. I'm kind of nervous about this as I have heard of side effects. I am trying to cut my carbs as I am a heavy carb eater. I am also increasing my water and getting in more exercise. I have lost over 40 lbs and have about 20-25 more to go. I have an appointment set up with a diabetic nutritionist. I hope to get some tips here. Have a wonderful day. I guess Friday the 13th wasn't a lucky day for me.


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Hi, I'm Shelba. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1992. I have dealt with this thru diet for all these years. I was so glad to find Spark People and this program. It helps me to count carbs. I wasn't doing that as closely as I needed too.

God is good. He helps us if we only ask.


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Hi,

I'm Dave, 60, diagnosed Type II in late August of 2013. On metformin, diet, and exercise.

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Hi 1KSBEST,

I am in the same situation as you are. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. I have 6 months to get it down. Although they did put me on medicine. I am also looking for someone who is going through the same thing. I have found Sparks is really helping me track everything and get a handle on what the numbers should be.

Good luck! Hope to talk to you soon.


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Was another emoticon yesterday
But today is FEELING GOOD


Karen- Central Oregon, USA
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Today's plan is to lower my fbs with less gain-carbs

And after yesterday's rest it's back to the treadclimber emoticon

Edited by: 1KSBEST at: 9/4/2013 (08:59)
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Hi,
3 weeks ago I found out I'm pre-diabetes and found your group through the '8 week SP Diabetes Challenge'.

after not eating grains for 5 days my numbers did go down, but I could not eat like that so I'm looking for some support and friendship during my journey

The doctor gave me 6 months to get a grip on this so emoticon

Karen- Central Oregon, USA
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Recently I switched doctors, my new one is in internal medicine. After the first blood panel, she ordered a second to verify the results. One of the things we discussed was what she called prediabetes and prescribed oral meds. Last weekend I went to the hospital for chest pains, which fortunately turn out not to be heart. When the doctor came in the room she instantly asked, "Did you know you are diabetic?" I must have had that deer in the headlights look because everyone who came into that room for two days reminded me that I have diabetes. Did they think they were beating down denial? Perhaps and perhaps they were. By the time I left on Sunday they had me convinced and because of the diet they had me on and talking to the kitchen person I learned that I should be on a carb limiting diet. I discussed this with the doctor and the hospital dietician and was told I needed to keep my carb intake under 52gm per meal. This corresponds to the planner I was supposedly using. Unfortunately I am a carboholic. I love carbs. I have followed this diet for a week and amazingly haven't felt overpoweringly hungry. I don't know if that is fear, resolve or the food is actually satisfying my cravings. I hope it is the last because I know the other two are transitory. I hope to make some friends here and learn a few things about the disease. Attempts at losing weight in the past have born little fruit. I hope this is the time I will be able to follow through and stop feeling so lethargic and often sleepy. This week has been good for me and I hope to continue. I am so glad you all are here.

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Hi, just finished the 8 week challenge and felt it was time to join this group. I was diagnosed with type 2 five years ago and have been on oral medication past 3 years. When I first was diagnosed I went to a dietitian counselor, got lots of information that after going to the 8 week challenge that I had forgotten. Anyway back in may I realized that my weight had crept up along with my fbs and a1c ( guess it was my ah ah moment) Looked around and discovered SP. I wanted a food tracker and a fitness tracker. After the 8 week course my blood sugars are back on track, I want to continue doing well, My next a1c is end of august and would like to see it down.

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Hello, my name is Debbie and I have been back with SP since April. I am delighted to be here and hope to gain some helpful insight to kick start my diet. I have been diabetic for the last 4 yrs. and after many changes in medication and diet my last A1C I am happy to report was a 7. When I began it was close to a 10. So both me and my doctor were happy with the last one as you can imagine.

With that said I am struggling to lose weight. My former doctors have told me I am fighting a losing battle and should consider gastric bypass or lap band surgery, I'm not in the mind set to do that yet if I can master the weight loss in a better way. I'm not looking for a quick fix, just a sensible approach.

I welcome any of you that have some tips to please send me an email and share with me what you have learned or discovered that has made you successful. I thank you for having me and a big thanks to Tisha who is a member here and invited me to join all of you.



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Debbie
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Hello, My name is Boni and I have been a SP member for a very long time and have been on diet after diet. I has not helped to lose a lot of weight but in the last year I have been able to keep my diabetes in check with diet. I had a very good year last year but have really bummed out and dread the trip to the dr. to ck my 3 month level. I was a 6 all last year but have been as high as a 9 in regard to the A1C I think is what they call it. But I will soon be 64, I am getting ready to do the Spark Solution Challenge that begins today, or officially the 24th. A new lifestyle change is what I am after and getting this weight to move. I have 120 pounds to lose..So I am excited more then I have been for a long time. I am glad to find this group and maybe together we can beat the diabetes. Glad to be here.

If the Lord brings you to it He will take you through it....
Boni in KY.
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Hi everyone!

I'm new to this team. I was diagnosed back in February. My doctor thinks I can control it with diet and exercise. My immediate goal is to lose 20 pounds to move from "Obese" to "Overweight" on the charts.

Judy

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Today is day 1 of week 11 after completing the 8 week challenge in 10 weeks. So I'm not new, just not introduced. 8-) I began this program by setting my long and short term goals: get my A1c to less than 7 and lose 20 pounds in 10 week increments by eating a sensible diet and increasing my exercise. I'd just recovered from Plantar Faciitis, and began exercising slowly, doing strength-training exercises 3 days/wk, and cardio 4 days. I hate strength training, but can force myself. Cardio is walking, and am up to 30 minutes per day. I've discovered that life is a mystery. My sugars and weight have come down, but not as smoothly as I planned. I'm very happy with my progress, so far, and expect to keep this up until I no longer need to come back.

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New to the group and returned to sparkpeople last week after a very long leave. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a few years back. When I was first diagnosed I went on the band wagon, lost like 60 lbs and my numbers were good....and then like most people I slid right back. I slid all the way back to 317 lbs last Monday with an added medication "glipizide" at night to try to bring the morning numbers down...but this Monday I am 308, and my morning numbers are coming down...wooo hoooo. I started watching what I am eating and cooking better, cut out the butter and the salt. Cut fast food out too. So, I went on a search on sparkpeople to see how many carbs were allowed for a diabetic which led me to going to change my food tracker to the diabetic allowance one and it led me to an article and then to this group. I look forward to meeting people and supporting others as I dig for support too.

Working towards my first weight loss goal...


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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the group but not Sparkpeople. I was just diagnosed in December and did GREAT for the first 2 months or so but then life got in my way and i am having a very difficult time with my food. It seems to be a vicious cycle because i am a very emotional person so when i allow my emotions to take control i find myself going a little crazy with food then my sugars get elevated then i don't feel well then i go crazy with food.
I used to be able to exercise to relieve stress but I have developed heel spurs which makes it almost impossible to walk let alone exercise at least the way i used to but I am trying every day to do a little better which is why i joined this group.
I looked at the American Diabetes Assn website which is really great for info etc and they have chat rooms as well but I would rather be here.


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Hi Eliz.....I know what mean....I worked as Facilitator with the local Diabetes Support Group for 2 years....I know what I should be doing, but find it very difficult to be consistent with it....food & exercise....Motivation for me is a Huge problem. I keep my A1C in line, but can't seem to get a handle on my AM fasting blood sugars and my Doctor just refers me to our Diabetic Educator, who only wants to put me on more Medication. I don't understand why I should take more meds when my A1C is in line. So I'm hoping that I can get help and figure it out with the help of people in this group. Are there links for your webinars/workshop....I can't find them below.... Good luck on your journey. Gail

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Hi all Diab frendz.. I am from Pennsylvania and have been a diabetic from 12 yrs. I am 25 now and trying to stay in control of my BG!! I would really appreciate any support and guidance I can get from you guys to stay fit and healthy.. I suppose to do the same for all of U!!!

-Jan!


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HI. I am from Chicago. Type 2 Diabetes. Need to loose 50#'s and lower my A1C.

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