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6/21/15 11:09 P

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Oh how I used to enjoy water aerobics with my mom.

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6/18/15 10:29 A

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I need to get motivated!! I need to cut carbs and fat.I have started to do 1 hr of water aerobics,3 x a week,ride my bike or walk 20-30 minutes a day

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6/17/15 3:32 P

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It's hard to keep in mind sugars & cholesterol for a beginner. It's only by chance that things are starting to work for the better. emoticon


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6/17/15 6:57 A

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6/1/15 11:17 P

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This is only my 2 day here, My sugars had been over 15 now I am sitting under 7 and even down to 4.5(canadian) doing a special hospital program for weight loss with Optifast 900 calories, complete nutrition.
in 5 weeks I will be going to 1 regular meal a day then eventually over to a full diet. the program lasts for 6 months and I am fearful of falling back into old habits.

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5/16/15 8:37 A

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HI Theresa welcome I have been diabetic for about 50 years and the last 25yrs on insulin. This is a great site.

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5/16/15 8:19 A

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Hi I'm Teresa or T ~ I'm 53 years old, heaviest 307 currently 293, just starting 8 week challenge today and also checking in with SparkTeam Check in Daily.

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4/26/15 3:40 P

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Getting on with my life started this challenge before but never finished so today is day one.Mary

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4/15/15 7:41 P

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HOW DO YOU GET YOUR WEIGHT METER ON YOUR POST...I JUST LOST 1 POUND AND AM HAPPY FOR THAT SINCE I AM DIABETIC I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET OFF MY INSULIN....I WAS 197LBS AND I LOST 9 OR 10 POUNDS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS BEFORE I CAME HERE AND NOW THAT AM HERE AM LOVING IT AND I REALLY LOVE IT NOW THAT I AM FORCING MYSELF TO DRINK MORE WATER AND LESS DIET SODA. TODAY I LOST ANOTHER POUND AND I DID A 15 MIN WORKOUT VIDEO....SO NOW AM AT 186LBS.

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3/10/15 8:12 P

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I signed up for this but only completed week one! I kind of hate to stop and rejoin, but I don't know if I should just continue or stop and rejoin. I'm now ready to actually DO the exercise portion of the challenge. I hope a team leader can give me some guidance about what to do.

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2/10/15 7:58 P

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just a little about me health is not bad but not good weight is my problem I an now a diabetic with reasonable control. sugar has never been higher than 150 but usually in 120 to 130 once in a great while it will be 110 I am taking metformin I have a long way to go I weight 270 and my goal for the coming year is to get down to 200 biggest problem is giving up on myself and with the cold weather I just don't want to leave the house. for most reasons.

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1/4/15 8:21 A

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Hi I would also like to join this challenge. I go back to school/work in another week and wonder how things will go for me then. I'm sure with encouragement and support I'll do fine. Where can I find info. on how to do this challenge?

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12/9/14 6:22 P

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Hi my name is Linda, I started out at 230lbs and I'm down to 182.4lbs. I'm a diabetic. I'd like to join your group. I don't know how any of this works.

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11/16/14 3:26 A

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I've joined this 8 week challenge, but don't have the self disciple to keep up. i need a training partner. preferably one who knows the phyical limitations of Mitochondria disease. My type of diabetes is adult on set insulin dependant due to lack of functional Mitochondria in my pancrease. i have Melas(Mitochondria encephalomyopathy with lacticacidosis and stroke like episodes. and MIDD(maternally inherited deafness and diabetes rare type of type 2)i have insulin resistance, and dawn phenomenon. message me if you can help keep me on track. thanks.

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11/4/14 9:45 A

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Just joined this team today need to get my BS down.

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9/27/14 5:15 P

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Hopping on the band wagon and hoping this helps in educating me!

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7/30/14 11:13 P

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I am trying this team challenge as well. I am having trouble clicking on the week 2 line though - it doesn't lead me anywhere, to find out what I am supposed to do this week. What am I doing wrong? Or am I still following the things I did in week 1?

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6/19/14 3:39 P

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Going to give this a go.

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6/3/14 4:12 P

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Giving this a try!

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4/16/14 11:18 P

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Just signed up late tonight. 4/17 will be my first day

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4/16/14 11:17 P

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Just signed up late tonight. 4/17 will be my first day

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4/12/14 1:55 P

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I feel it is a full time job to track how much I have eaten each day and make sure I haven't had too many carbs and eating 5 to six times a day. I feel better for doing it and my blood sugars have been good for this week.

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4/10/14 5:16 A

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Welcome back Rhonda. Good luck to you!

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4/9/14 12:43 P

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I am back again with a new out look. Congrats on the mind set, I hope you are very successful.

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4/6/14 1:20 P

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I know what you mean, I eat most carbs in form of low calorie veggies: grn beans, broccoli, tomatoes, greens, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, any veggie with 5g Carb per 1/2 cup, this fills you up but helps with blood glucose control,you can eat a little more lean protein and a tsp or 2 of good oils to keep adequate calories and hunger away. Good Job!

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4/4/14 12:27 P

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I think everyone is different and each of us must find what works for them. I let things go the past year and ended up with an A1c of 9.7. I am back to eating low carb and exercising. Low carb is the only way I can drop my BG. If I eat sweets, or bread, my glucose goes over 200. I keep my carbs at 35-40 per DAY, not per meal.

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3/30/14 4:05 P

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I joined last week & am ready to accept any help that you can give. I'm open to suggestions. I like the thought of really limiting carbs, and have read an article suggesting that that is a good way to handle diabees. But I am having a lot of trouble giving up bread products, even low carb ones.. Any suggestions?

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3/27/14 1:21 A

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Diabetic nutrition tracker for me. Helped me to balance proteins and carbs to slow release of glucose

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3/24/14 12:18 A

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I am just starting this program. Any suggestions as to the most successful part?

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3/14/14 11:37 A

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emoticon I walk in the supermarket too.

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I am really trying to use the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker each day and keep in touch with the community. Welcome to all the new people who have joined the 8 Week Diabetic Challenge, i am 1/2 way through the program me I think you'll like the program. It has been very helpful to me. Following the calorie count as it is personally designed for me and my diabetic nutrition program. I follow it exactly never going over the advised calorie allotment, for three meals and two snacks.
Sometimes, I want to eat more, but carefully balance out my calories between my planned meals and snacks. It's good to have that direction. I have to take it slowly with the exercise program because of only having 30-35% heart function. I will continue to do more as I am able.
It kind of sucks because I want to do more than my body and heart will allow.
Anyway, welcome to the group, I'm Ali, by the way.
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3/6/14 4:36 P

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emoticon Its a hard thing to do, keeping up with the sugar content and doingt whatever I need. so I just keep doing what I know whats good for me. enjoy life.

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2/25/14 5:25 P

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Ive been on sp for a while now I enjoy the site I also have a high a1c its 10.1 I think anyway I have found a good way to control mine I keep my sugar under 10 grams or less so far it works for me

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There's a lot of good information here. Thank you. I will look for the article and read it. I also carb count and have found I need to stay below 130 grams per day so I eat 25-30 gr per meal and 10-15 per snack. It helps to keep blood sugar level if you eat about every 3 hours.

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Hi All !! I have been a diabetic since 1997. For two years I have had no medical insurance. so I have been reading like a maniac about how to control blood sugars on my own. My sugars in the morning are a little high (139). I watch my carbs. 40-50 carbs per meal. 15-20 carbs for snacks. So far I have lost 35 lbs. I started Spark People because I was losing my motivation. It has encouraged me to start keeping track of my blood sugars and actually see what I put in my mouth ! I LOVE the support I am seeing and I am beginning to believe we CAN do this !! I will have medical insurance in March so that's when I will see my A1C. Hope its not too much of a shock. I walk every day with my mom. Even if its just up and down every aisle when we go to the grocery store. She thinks I'm funny....??? emoticon

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Nemesia I am a Canadian so I looked it up on line. Here is the link

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If it doesn't work search Diabetes Forecast and then search GI diet on their website

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emoticon I do hope you are doing better than I am. I have diabetes, high bp, nuropisy, and other diseases. I try to eat well. when I do have to have a sweet, I use laughing cow. they are great and only 120 calories. I love to be surprised. lol. take a deep breath or lie down and do a mantra.

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North pyjama, sorry I can't remember your proper name but I am from Australia and don't have access to the American diabetic magazine. Can you please write a precis of the article on low glycaemic foods?

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I sure know what it's like to forget to take meds and eat too many high carb snacks! This seems like a great program, though. Tracking is so important, and this programs makes it easy. We can do this!

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Hi everybody! This is my first week back to SP after a few years' absence. I was diagnosed with Type 2 a few years ago and started out taking very good care of myself except that getting myself to exercise has always been a problem. This past year, however, I have tended to forget to take my medication and went back to snacking on high sugar items. Now I am trying to get back on track again. I love the SP nutrition tracker!! It has really reopened my eyes to what I have been doing to myself.

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2/5/14 11:43 P

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Take a look at the latest issue of Diabetic Forecast (American Diabetic Association's magazine). It has an interesting research based article on the Glycemic Index.

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yes I believe that a low glycaemic diet is more beneficial for diabetics than a low carb diet.

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I would hesitate to suggest a low carb plan to a diabetic, or anyone, because of the possibility of keto acidosis, and other complications. My dietician and diabetic educator and endocrinologist say 45 -60 grams of carbs per meal, plus 15 grms of carbs per snack(2 snacks per day) is as low as I should go, This is about 1500-1800 calories a day, and will allow for a slow weight loss and keeping blood sugars in control. there are wonderful booklets available on how to count carbs for a diabetic...what different foods and portions are worth in carbs.

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HI Chris and everyone. I've been a person with diabetes type 2 for about 12 years. I'm also a nurse. It seems, Chris, that you need to make an appointment with a dietitian who is trained to work with folks with pre diabetes and diabetes. You can get a referral from your physician. the dietician will work with you to set up a low calorie, lower carb eating plan that you can live with. The plan you have from several years ago may not be the best for you at this time. You may need to start counting carbs, once you know how many you should have per meal and snack . You may work better with a meal plan. This disease is not to be fooled around with. I'd suggest getting an endocrinologist and diabetic educator as well on your team.
I go back to the dietician about every 6-12 months for a tune up. I see the endocrinologist every 3 months to get my A1C checked, and learn even more about this disease. Insurance normally covers all of this, as it should also cover a diabetic educator and an exercise physiologist. Keep going!! We all need lots of professional and friendly help to deal with diabetes and pre-diabetes. I know I do!

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NEMESIAS76 emoticon great idea for shake. In fact when ever my bananas get too ripe and haven't time to make banana bread I cut them into chunks and freeze them in a small zip lock. Then when I make a smoothie with yogurt (low fat/low sugar I use the banana chunks in place of ice and make for a more nutritious and Thicker drink!! emoticon

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1/14/14 1:08 A

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Hi Chris. I am lucky as I live alone and I do not buy sweet biscuits nor temting food.When I was first diagnosed someone threw me a lifeline which was banana thick shakes. Freeze a peeled banana add it to your liquidiser with ice blocks and skim milk and a bit of sweetener ( not sugar) and a goodly splash of vanilla. Give it a swirl and Voila, a healthy fillling refreshing banana thick shake. Hope this helps.

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1/13/14 7:43 P

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Hi Chris....why don't you try eating a reduced carb plan....say, not more than 100grms....and see how you feel....

If it feels good, try 50 grms and see how that feels. Or somewhere in between.

I guess everyone is different, but low carb really helps get my BS down.

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this was very interesting and very informative. thank you. emoticon

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Hi everyone. I have been on & off SP for several years. trying to stay w/it a lot more over the last year. I was told several years ago I was diabetic,but then a couple of years ago,at my physical,my blood sugar was normal,so I was told I wasn't. well,over the last couple of years I've had a lot of medical issues,put on quite a bit of weight & over the summer,my dr told me it wasn't a matter of if I would become diabetic,but when. I'm trying to get serious about losing the weight & watching my sugar.I tried a low carb diet,but I bounce back & forth between that & low cal.don't really know what to do. I'm now going to go back to my eating plan my dietician gave me a few yrs ago.any suggestions? I'm struggling here.thanks so much. everyone have a great day! emoticon

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Balancing that self imposed list with variety is the spice of life!

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LOL George......now you know very well macaroni is not on our healthy carbs list!

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Haven't tested myself for a couple of days. Trying to eat right. Ate too much macaroni last night.

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Today was a good day....stayed under the maximum allowed calories, though I did go over my fat recommended grams....mostly because I had two servings of almonds rather than one for snack. All in all, not a bad day. Did not stick to my plan to stop at recommended fat, so ended up with more calories than I would have liked....and more fat. Enjoyed a bowl of oyster stew at dinner....so plenty of protein at dinner for those worried about me. I looooove oyster stew when the weather is chilly.

Tomorrow is another day....will stick to one serving of almonds....they are pretty high in fat.

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Thank you for your post. I am 60 and was telling myself that I was too old to make changes so why bother. I was also told I have diabetes and have been living in denial and except for taking my medication haven't done anything else to monitor or take care of it(Which is strange considering my brother died at age 54 from diabetes). After reading your post I realized that maybe I am not to old to start again.

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I have only been in SP since the last day of 2013 but I have had type 2 diabetes for many years.I found out that I had it when my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia.He was bitter about having to take medication for the rest of his life but now I could point out that I too had to take medication for the rest of my life and that made it easier for him to accept his situation too.When I was a carer I took very good care of myself because he relied on me to look after him. About 4 years ago he caught the Swine Flu and died suddenly. Since then I have relaxed too much in caring for myself and I have put on weight and find that I cannot do most of the things I once did with ease. I am 76 so I could have a few years left and I want those to be years filled with activities that I enjoy. I enjoy walking and while I can walk with the aid of a stick I will keep on trying to walk and lose weight, keep my diabetes under control and live a happy healthy life.

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1/8/14 6:44 P

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Musmommy....you have taken the first most important step....you admitted that your BS is so out of control that you are going to die from it. Stroke, heart attack, whatever.

So glad you have admitted it, and the thought of it scares you.

Pledge to track your food and check in with us EVERY day. Get on a low carb plan....and stick to it one day at a time.

Don't think about the big numbers....just do it one day at a time.

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1/8/14 4:26 P

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Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople but NOT new to Type 2 Diabetes =( ... I was diagnosed at the age of 34 after having 2 TIA strokes... Imagine to my surprise that I went from Hypoglycemic to Type 2 without even knowing it... My initial A1c was 13 and I had it down to 6.3 but I let stress, depression, and every day FAMILY life get the best of me and somewhere along the way I became invisible and didn't take care of me like I should. My last A1c was 10.9 and standing fasting sugar 207 all I could think was O WHAT HAVE I DONE. I watched my DAD pass away a SLOW n PAINFUL DEATH due 2 complications of this disease and it hit me THIS COULD BE ME... I so NEED HELP from other people who UNDERSTAND the STRUGGLES we go through....THANKS for ALLOWING me 2 share.... GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES 2 ALL OF YOU =D

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Hi Ladyaire.....welcome....well, if you have done so before, you do know that losing weight, low carb diet, and exercise will help tremendously in controlling BS. At least I know that to be true for type II....can't speak about type I.

I'm less than a week into by Back on Track (after being off track for several months) and my FBS is going down daily!


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1/7/14 9:31 P

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Hello everyone,
I am new to the team and look forward to sharing motivating insights on dealing with diabetes and possibly becoming medication free by maintains a healthy diet. 🌸

Dreams come true if you believe in them🌈


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Hmmmm....I do know that during the time period I was building up to the 6.8 last year, I was eating lots of carbs, and having lots of stinging stabbing pains in feet and legs during the night....so at least for me, I'd say that is not good. I think a 6.8 over several years would really do some damage to my body.

Am I the only one here who has the stinging stabbing pains in feet, legs, hands....after having eaten bad carbs? Like a piece of cake.

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