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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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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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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.

smile. enjoy life.


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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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to add one inch to my arm size im given my self 4 weeks of hard work
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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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2/24/14 3:01 A

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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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2/5/14 10:57 P

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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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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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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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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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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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My internist states a reading for A1C under 7 is good. My A1C history was similar to yours. My next one should be interesting.

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Brazil nuts are good for us....but only in small amounts! I've had 14 of them today....turns out that is way too many!

http://www.seedguides.info/brazil-nuts/

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Thanks George! I simply must! I rechecked my labs from October and my A1C was 6.8! Unbelievable. At the beginning of 2013 it was under 6. I worked hard at killing myself the last several months!

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Good time of year to address your concerns. Good luck! You can do it!

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Since going from prediabetes to diabetes in the last 3-4 years, I have developed the biggest most giant belly you have ever seen! It starts right under my bra line and just bulges out! There is me....and then there is my belly! I sure hope I can lose at least 50 pounds and hope the belly will shrink....but it sure feels like it is packed on there, hard fat.

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Everyday has its own challenges. Still working on all the nutrition components.

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Hi, I too am a diabetic.. I get that too sometimes, so I try to eat a yogurt in between meals or a fruit to hold me till dinner.. Im sure you have done this too.. are you eating enough each meal with the medication? I have hit lows because I didnt eat enough with the insulin..
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emoticon well this is a team I need to know about diabetic. lets all try to get to know about life and ourselves. smile. emoticon

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I have not been tracking for around 6 weeks, but did the previous 6. I have lost 30 of the 32 lbs I needed to lose. I have gone back to tracking as my A1C is ok, but my fasting blood sugar is still awful, and has got worse since losing weight.

A friend noted that when she stopped her fish oil supplements hers dropped. I did this and it made no difference, so I am logging my meter tests and tracking my food and supplements to try and identify what is going wrong.

The funny thing is that between meals during the day I can drop to about 87. So I need to know why this is not happening at night. I would welcome any thoughts!

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I'm just getting back, too. I just did my first seated cardio...at least it is a start, glad no one can see my lack of coordination. emoticon

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I am just getting back to SparkPeople after a long absence and a big weight gain. I am determined to get back to being fit and feeling energetic.

Did you get your kayak? Hope you are enjoying it. I have two tandems. I bought tandems so the whole family could go, but kids grow, adults go and I cannot handle those big boats by myself. Thinking of selling them and getting a small one for myself. I miss kayaking and would like to get out again.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

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Lean on me! We can do this together.

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Welcome Samantha. Good luck on the last bit of weight!

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My name is Samantha & I have been T1 for 28 years. I joined another site My Fitness Pal & lost 20 pounds in 1 year. I am at this site to lose the last 15-

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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Welcome. It gets more fun as you go!

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im so excited to start this...i hope it really works and I can stick to it.

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Welcome to the team!

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joined last might
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had a good day..tracked meals pleased so far

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I,m online when I can ber, and its keeps me better and related to others. this is good for my diabetes.

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I started this challenge for better health and it really has helped me to make better choices and improve my overall health.

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Hello,
I started this challenge because I want to be more healthy and because I have a great genetic disposition to develop diabetes (my four grandparents and my dad have diabetes). About a year ago I moved to Europe, and even though I haven't included a proper exercise routine to my life it seems that just walking to do my every day shores, such as go to class or do the groceries (which back home I usually used the car) and usually is more than 30 minutes, has help me lost 10 pounds. I wonder if for this challenge I can count my daily walking as exercise, combine with all the other points of the plan.

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Thanks! George815. I appreciate the encouragement...

"Let food be Thy medicine, and medicine be Thy food." Hippocrates

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Good luck 2B-NOT2B! Hope we can guide you through the rough times.

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Just started the 8 week diabetes weight loss challenge on 10/03/2013. I am full of hope that this challenge will help get me on the right path. Since I have had a hard time loosing weight and sticking with an exercise plan, I am excited about having a group of like-minded souls to keep me on the straight and narrow!

"Let food be Thy medicine, and medicine be Thy food." Hippocrates

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Good luck on bringing that A1C score down. Weight loss, exercise, nutrition, and medicine works well together. When they are all working together.

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George, I know what you mean. I was tracking my blood sugar 4 times a day in July when I went on insulin only and got off the pills that weren't working. very well. Now I am tracking 3 times a day but my sharps container sure is filling up. Guess I can take it to my pharmacy to get it emptied can't I?? Been on insulin a month and finally the last two weeks my weight is moving down slowly. The doctor said I might lose on it that would be an extra benefit, the main one is getting my A1C back down from 8.2 this last time to where I was running for years. The weight loss will help too I am sure definitely need to do that I know.

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Doing really well with calories, carbs, and protein today. Just one more workout. Knees bothering me a bit from those lunges. May have to sub an exercise for that. Ordered a kayak today. I am afraid I won't be able to do it, but have wanted one for a long time. This is an inflatable one - for transportation purposes. I hope I can sit in it OK and actually get it to move. I am finding I cannot do so many things anymore. It should be here next week. We will see.

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I had never heard of the ration either. She claimed it is key to managing blood sugar levels. I must admit, I have not been consistent in staying with the ration. But I do try to focus during the day by keeping it in mind.

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Very interesting comments regarding ratio between carbs and protein. I had not thought that there was a ratio. None of my health professionals have mentioned this new development. Diabetes is tough enough as it is. I hope this works. Any proof to following these thoughts with self testing results?

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I saw a post here about eating protein with carbs. I understand that this slows down sugar absorption and helps steady blood sugar levels. This summer a nutritionist shared a ration I had not ever read or heard of. For every 15g of carbs you should have 7g of protein. I mentally think 1/2. Sometimes this seems like a lot of protein. But just working to more protein helps me balance my carb intake better. I have had type 2 for several years and struggle daily to manage my sugar levels. I know that will continue until I shed some of this weight.

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I drink lots of water each day. But did not know when to drink all my water. Thanks.

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One of my friends shared this on Facebook, and I couldn't resist sharing it. I didn't have a clue that drinking water did all this for you. I've always drank a lot of water, so I'm definitely going to continue drinking! If it saves even one life, it was worth sharing.

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HEART ATTACKS AND WATER !

How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night.

Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......

Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell).

When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water...
Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this...
My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Please read on...
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.

They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks.

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less
frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards:
- Call 911.
- Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.
- Say "heart attack!"
- Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.

Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and
...DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!

I have already shared this information.
What about you?

Do forward this message to your friends and family.

It may save lives!

"Life is a one time gift"

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Thats a good idea to have a protein every time a I have a carb. I have been doing the plate idea but only for dinner...I see I need to apply it to all meals, emoticon

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I to have focused on proteins. They fill me up. But too many aren't good like too many carbs. I have really gone through a lifestyle change not just a temporary diet. Whole new focus other than counting calories. Its so much more now.

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The easiest way I've found to control my sugar levels without limiting the foods I eat is to make sure I eat a protein with every carb. In the last 3 months I have found that by following this plan my sugar stays at a normal level. I also imagine my plate split into sections to make portion control easier. 1/2 my plate is veggies (ex. salad) 1/4 protein, and 1/4 carb (like rice or pasta. That way I can still eat the alfredo or whatever but on a smaller scale. emoticon

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Hi, I have been tracking my food now for about 6 weeks and its brought my blood sugars down to a range that is in control, which makes me excited. I am trying to balance the food. as directed yesterday was the first day I actually got calories,carbs,fat, and protein all with in goal. I have tried tracking before and didn't succeed well.. The food tracking and the information on this site is great. Does it ever become easier? I have a deep fear that I will fail again.

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Reality bites!

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George815, I tracked my food intake and I am eating 1100 more calories a day than I need to! My goal today was to track my food and I did with your encouragement. Wow, I can't believe I am eating that much.

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You both are on to something. Tracking your food may be challenging, but it is worth the investment.

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I am with you! Your message was the first one I have read. It says exactly what I would have written. I am starting out today June 20th but I joined in January! Jodileaman, I may not be a coach, but I would like to encourage you along with myself to take the second step. We have already taken one step by reaching out. My second step will be to write everything down I eat today. What is your second step?

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I am overwhelmed and depressed and not doing what I should. Denial is not my friend, I know that but changing eating habits has been an issue my whole life. It would be nice to have a diabetes coach.

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Pam, I feel for the Diabetic patients who test themselves often. I have a sharp jar at home. I can't believe that I have earned every lancet in that jar. It is a trying disease for sure. We can manage it so much more effectively than those afflicted in the past.

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OutWithABang,

In the intro section here on this Team Forum I mentioned about how I actually found out that I was pre-diabetic: at the eye doctor's office. That was in January 2011. I immediately starting testing my blood (sometimes as much as 7x a day), attended a free diabetes management 4-week class lead by our local County Extension Office and then I joined an online diet group. Well, I too hate to admit that I was diligent at first but when I returned for a follow up check up and it was really good, I slowly began sliding backwards into my old habits. However, this past winter I got a couple of wake-up calls regarding my blood pressure (it had been text book for nearly 6 years) and realized that it was time that I take all of this "seriously".

Long story short: yes, of course, you should be concerned but consider this a "gift of grace" that you have been alerted about your eyesight and now is the time to do something about it. I see others trying to do too many things in a huge grandiose way and then they are surprised when they blow it and then land on their butt. Start small like this challenge has you doing and as you get where these things become habit then expand on that. You would be surprised at what a difference some seemingly insignificant things can do to reverse your health.

Pam


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"Don't let life discourage you. Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." Richard L. Evans


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Short of it is, you can manage your Diabetes 2. It seems at times though you need to change somethings, and tweak others, but you need to listen to the Doctor's recommendations. A nutritionist helped me a lot, especially to lose weight and eat more healthy. I am sorry to hear about your sight concerns. You have to dedicate some effort to righting the ship. You can do it! There are many forums with Sparkpeople, and some great people with D2 which can give you great advice. Good luck!

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Hi everyone:

I'm new to SP. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes (three years ago) and I have to admit -- I have been a terrible diabetic. I've lost 5 pounds, gained 5 pounds -- but my sugar has remained out of control.

I went to the eye doctor today and (this is shameful, I know), when she saw the diabetic meds on my sheet and asked if I was under control, I chirped: "Yes!" (NO). We did the diabetic eye test and it turns out that I have proliferative diabetic retinopathy in one eye and am being referred to a specialist. I'm so stressed out by it!

I'm appropriately terrified and ready to Be A Good Girl. Has anyone else had this? Should I be as terrified as I am? (I'm taking this seriously. Very seriously. But I won't get to see the specialist until next week at the earliest, if they can take me, and I don't want to spend my weekend freaking out.)

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I understand what all of you are writing. As a diabetic I choose to eat a bowl of oatmeal and fruit in the am's. It's a good carb and keeps me feeling full for hours. I also work out five days a week (sometimes). I do simple thing that don't require a lot of equipment. Indoor walking is great. I have DVD's that make it easy ... but you feeeeel it. Sometimes I even use light hand weights and always make me sweat. And there is a FIRM AFTER 50 DVD also. No equipment at all. Eating right is another challenge. I don't buy sweet snacks when I shop. I find it easier when they aren't in the house. No sodas. Lots of water. Very limited wheat breads. Don't get me wrong, I'm not perfect with this. I often 'fall of the wagon'. I will look to you folks for encouragement.

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