Thank you for the nice words. I am a type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump, diet & exercise to manage my diabetes. My blood sugar numbers are good, a1c good, cholesterol in check - all those numbers are in good shape because of the insulin pump, diet & exercise. But, I have been struggling for years to lose weight. So, my doctor and I talked about it more and he wants me to quantify my "healthy eating habits" and "daily exercise." The tracking system available on SparkPeople is perfect for keeping track. And I am the type of person who needs the extra incentives to log on every day and track what I eat and how I move. So, that's why this challenge is good for me. Accountibility can be a big motivator.
But, obviously, it comes down to me. I am the only one who can motivate myself. I am the one choosing to eat certain foods. I am the one who gets out of bed early or pushes the snooze button one more time. It's me - all me. And on the flip side, it's all me who keeps my cholesterol low without additional medication (yet), it's all me who chooses a side salad instead of fries, it's all me who makes her kids play Just Dance on the Wii until I work up a sweat. If I take credit for my mistakes, I also need to take credit for my successes.
Health and longer life are the ultimate goals and prizes, I know. But sometimes it's nice to have something more immediate and tangible.
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Thanks to this site I am making progress daily (a few setbacks) to getting my diabetes under control again. Since I retired I haven't been taking care of myself through diet, exercise -- just being. My numbers have shot up drastically. I have to reinvent myself from working to .... and that is what I'm figuring out and acting upon.
Thanks everyone for your encouragement and support on my way back to being healthy.
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Hi there, I would like to think the focus of this challenge for you is the way your body is improving. The prizes you should hope to win with this are usually better Blood sugar control, increased energy, body strength and muscle strength. You were doing fine at the beginning you said you think you gained weight when you took the hiatus, that tells you that you were on the right track. If you could focus on the journey and look forward to a healthier body and work with your Endo, I am sure you can see that the prizes are just incentives to get you working on the most important part of the challenge which is a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. It is not a competition it is your healthy lifestyle challenge. With you new attitude towards caring for your bodies needs right now, you should be able to do this. I hope you see it that way. Go for it~!. Do it for you and not for the prizes. Win back your health. I won back my health when i went from an A1C of 8.8 to 5.6, I am off my medications and stronger than ever and that is first prize for me in my book. 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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I did not show any weight loss, but that's pretty typical of my body. In fact, I'm think I have even gained a few pounds in the 3 week hiatus. I am working with my endocrinologist to see if there are other metabolic issues influencing my weight loss abilities. I think that there are, but he needs more hard data - I have to track my food & exercise for his records. So, I have other motivations to track my food, make good food choices and exercise. But, I know that being eligible for prizes is what made me sign up in the first place. And, since I lost some of the mental & physical strength I felt like I gained in those 3 weeks off, I think I might sign up again at week 1.
Have you gained all your weight back, would be my first question to myself. I really don't think it has to do with the 8 weeks but do you won't to continue to lose weight? Cause that has to do with the rest of your life. What ever you decide we will be here to support you.
Is it possible to start over with this challenge? I made it through 5 of the 8 weeks, but just didn't follow through for the next 3 weeks. Should I just start at week 6 or uncheck my boxes and start at week 1?
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