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4/14/15 12:46 P

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Hi, My name is :Bobbi: and I am 59 yrs. old and I am a type-2 diabetic with many health issues and trying to get this weight down and under control and so far I have lost-14 lbs.

I am on a walker and need help @ times and I get so scared that I will fall and won't,
be able to get up by myself cannot get on my knees due to I have bad knees of,
bone to bone and they hurt so bad...I wish I could kick myself in the Butt for letting myself,
get this away and because of all my surgery's and couldn't work any longer I was told to,
retire so I did in 1997 that was the worst thing that I could have done to myself.

So here I am trying to better myself and do what I can hard to walk because of my bad,
knees and bad back but I am hoping if I can get this weight off then I will be better.

"Bobbi-From Farmersville, CA."


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4/11/15 11:06 P

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Walking is almost exclusively what I did while losing my weight. I walked 3 miles daily back then. I didn't take any days off cuz I figured my Diabetes wasn't taking any days off so I shouldn't either. Now I work, so I only walk 2 miles daily. Walking worked for me. Still does. I spice it up with work out dvds when I'm bored or it's raining outside. As far as my food went, I counted calories and weighed and measured every thing I ate. I lived off 1250 calories a day from Nov.2008 til Dec. 2009. Lost 102 lbs that way.


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4/11/15 10:51 P

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Hi, I'm Gerrtie, since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I have successfully lost 102 lbs and kept it off since Dec. 2009. I have not had to have meds since August 2009. My blood sugar stays within the normal range most of the time. It elevates just a little when I drink juices, up around 180. That's really high for me.

I lost the weight by counting calories in a food journal, weighing and measuring all my food, and exercising daily. I usually walk, weather permitting. But I have Zumba dvds and Pilates dvds. I just ordered 2 beginners Yoga dvds. I like to have diversity in my workouts to ward off boredom, and, of course to use when it's raining and I can't walk. I have an adorable lil 5 lb mutt who is my walking buddy. Her name is Patience. I look forward to getting to know y'all

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4/4/15 12:39 P

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Hi,
My name is Carolyn. I turned 43 3 weeks ago and 2 days ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2. Very much overwhelmed at the moment.

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4/1/15 8:47 A

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GRANMABOO

Sparkpeople has seated exercises. To get to them, go to articles & videos, choose videos, and the look on the right hand side where it shows more videos. At the bottom is a category for seated videos.

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"Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."

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3/31/15 10:37 P

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Welcome GRANMABOO,
If you want to learn this is the place I am Type2 also and have Osteoarthritis but I have lost 79 pounds I have just learned what I can and can not eat.. Like I said SparkPeople is the best tool to use to figure things out..
We are here for you,
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3/31/15 4:58 P

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Hi...I am 56 with Type 2 Diabetes, many mobility issues and use a wheelchair to get out for any length of time. Trying to figure out how to lose weight when I am unable right now to fix my own meals.
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3/20/15 4:42 P

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Recipe: Exercise is half; diet is other half; must sprinkle liberally with attitude adjustment and motivation!

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3/14/15 12:24 A

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Good luck to you! I weighed 305 in 1998. This morning I weighed 1996. It's been a long, hard trip and I still have a ways to go, but I now believe I will make it. It's really hard to get back on track after a major setback, but just remember--any year you weigh less this year than you did this time last year, you are ahead of the game!

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3/13/15 12:01 P
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I couldn't find a way to post other than to reply to txcrickett so I hope thats right
I was diagnosed with type 2 a week ago . I expected to be told I was prediabetic but my ac1 was 12. I am on metaformin and being careful about what I eat. I have a very supportive partner so that really helps. I haven't seen a diabetes educator yet but I see my doctor next thursday.
I am full of questions! I'm hoping to get some information in the group :)
I'm 57, no idea what I weight but probably 330 ish ( dr didnt do a weigh in for some reason ) I also have fibro and ankylosing spondilitus. I am in a flare at the moment.
Glad to find this group

Sept 2014 weight approx 335 ( the wii scale only goes to 330)
Mood - fairly depressed

Jan 2014. Mood begins to lift
March 2014 I get my BFA to the doctor to find out I have diabetes and high blood pressure. Came to sparkpeople and started to take care of myself again! March 12 finally got the scale batteries and tried again - woot !! 297 so down quite a bit.
Not on a diet - eating to live and be good to myself. All with the help of my loving man WoolyUke_sguy :)


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3/12/15 12:09 A

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I am 55 and a newly diagnosed diabetic. I am an RN and now I am on the other side of the fence. I see my MD tomorrow after hearing on the phone the results of my BG awaiting A1c test results.. Bought a meter and trying to see how reactive I am to what I am eating so far not pretty. Have been losing weight since Jan 1 so feeling good about that. I have some serious weight to lose. Need all the support I can get.. I am also in TOPS and I am a leader in that group,which is a lot of fun for me. Keeps me on my toes and accountable.

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3/4/15 11:47 A

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Hi Sherrilee,
I've been in denial for many years too. I turned 52 years old today and finaly decided to do something about the diabetes. GET CONTROL! I lost 40 pounds last year (from March -March) on WW but then just quit losing. Don't want to gain it back and I have made progress with my A1C. Would like to communicate with you and perhaps encourage each other as we come out of this denial
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2/23/15 2:58 P

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Hi. I'm Goriana. You can call me Gee, if the full string is too many characters. I've joined this team because I'm worried for my family with type 2 diabetes...especially since they keep piling on the carbs (and pounds) and do not bother with exercise---even a walk in the afternoon.

I'm wondering, just how beneficial is walking to managing D? Anyone have an stories to share?

Goriana, So Cal, USA
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2/12/15 7:19 P

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My name is Sandy. I've been a Type 2 Diabetic for 27 years. I have to say I haven't always been on board with this disease. Not good. As I get older and feeling the effects of what my weight has done to my body, diabetes and arthritis, I feel the need to change my lifestyle for the better. I know things aren't going to change overnight because I didn't get here overnight. It will take time.



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2/2/15 8:23 A

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Woo Hoo! Down another 3 lbs. Low carb is definitely working for me! emoticon

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2/1/15 10:24 A

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My name is Sherri. I have been a diabetic for a while now, but have been in denial for almost as long. I finally admitted to myself that I am diabetic and need to take better care of myself at the end of December. I rejoined Sparkpeople and have lost 4 pounds so far. I am on 2 types of oral medication, but would love to be able to lower that someday. I am supposed to test once a day, and that number is still high. Struggling to lower it right now. Maybe through the people in this group, I can learn different ways to lower that number. I am happy to be here!





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1/27/15 7:50 P

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I been on Spark People sporadically for awhile now but am new to this board. I've had type 2 diabetes for about 6 years and have not controlled it as well as I should have, could have. I am doing better right now but I'd really like to get off of, or at least cut back on, the medication that I'm on.

I am going to do the Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox in the next month and I would really like to find someone to do it with. I think having a detox buddy to share the experience with would help a lot. If you have any interest please let me know.

A friend is doing a juice detox but I need solid food! I feel like this BSS Detox allows you to eat while still cutting out the toxic foods that are causing my body problems.

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1/26/15 12:31 A

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Hello group, I am Cindy, have been T2 diabetic since mid 1990's, was a denial diabetic for years. I have realized over the last several years that it is up to me to take control of my diabetes and not diabetes control me.

I am currently on 2 types of insulin, Novolog and Lantus. I am hoping here in the near future that I will be going on an insulin pump. I find out tomorrow 1/26/15. If so, that will eliminate one of the Lantus.

I recently got a fitbit and it has been helping me be more active and motivating me to get up and do something, anything to get moving.

I am 50 yrs old, live in Dallas, TX. Have 2 grown sons on their own and only one is married. I am helping my mom who is also type 2. We live together and work together to plan meals and have a healthier outlook. She is not ready for all the activity yet but will get her moving soon.




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1/21/15 1:15 A

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Hi, I'm Carletta, but usually go by Charlie. I have T2 diabetes. I am on 2 oral meds, glimperpride and Metformin both twice a day. I'm also on Levemir at bedtime.

I have lost 22 lbs since March of last year. I need to lose about another 25 lbs. Not sure it will help me get off the insulin, since I had already lost almost 20 lbs when I finally went on it. Have a very strong family history of diabetes on both side of family.

I'm trying to get a hold of the carbs which I know effect my BS.

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1/20/15 2:34 A

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Hello to all. I am new to this team, and hope to learn a lot.

I am having problems lowering my BG. I started exercising regularly on Jan. 5th of this year. I do anywhere from 4000 to 7000 steps a day.

I am starting to realize that I can have little to no carbs per day so I am limiting myself to 2 to 3 carb exchanges per day. I have found that I should have no more than 20 to 30 carbs per meal, and I eat two meals per day plus a snack or two. I was surprised that I cannot have more carbs, and am trying to get used to that idea.

For a snack tonight, I enjoyed a cucumber and a yellow pepper. I have been sparking since 2011.

I look forward to getting to know you!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

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Gluten free is working for me!


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1/19/15 8:07 P

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Great day today - down 1 lb at weigh in. It's good to see the scale go in the opposite direction for a change. emoticon

"Never, Never, Never give up!" by Winston Churchill.


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Welcome to the team! I was just diagnosed with Type II diabetes in December, so I know how scary and confusing it can be. I've been following the food plan the diabetes educator gave me to the best of my ability -- not always perfectly -- and am losing the cravings I had for sweets and simple carbs. I'm finding the saying "One day at a time" very helpful!

This is a great, supportive and friendly team. Looking forward to getting to know you!

Sue
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1/10/15 8:38 A

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Hello - I'm new to Spark People and have been here for about a week. I really love the program here! I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic in Sept. of 2014. I'm on insulin injections 2x a day, as well as BP med, Cholesterol med and a bs stabilizer med. This is the first time in my life I've ever been on ongoing meds and I would like to reduce/eliminate them (with Dr. permission) when I get healthier. I'm 52, 5'2" and weigh 160 lbs. The Dr. wants me to get down to 125 - 130. After finding this site I know there is hope. I have been at the Sparking Low Carbs group this past week and am doing very well at reducing my carbs and healthy eating. The people there are very friendly and knowledgeable. I have been keeping my eye out for someone to do this with but haven't found anyone yet. I check in here from time to time but anyone can come over to the Low Carb group. Good Luck with your journey everyone.

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AMARANTH13,

Welcome. Well, just because the term "blood sugar" has rather word "sugar" doesn't mean that sugar is the only thing a diabetic should avoid. Any carbohydrate, other than fibre should be cut way down.



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Welcome to the team, Amaranth! I'm new to the team AND to type II diabetes. Right now I'm sticking pretty closely to the food plan that the diabetes educator gave me, because I don't dare not to!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you! I'm sure you will be able to bring your A1C down!

Sue
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1/8/15 5:57 P

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Hi, I'm new to the group, though not new to Type 2 diabetes. I am currently (somewhat) controlled with oral medications, diet and exercise but I'm going to have to make a choice on getting really strict with my diet, possibly Bernstein-style, or go on even more and heavier medications and insulin. I gave up eating many grains and I don't eat potatoes, only small amounts of low-glycemic index fruit but I might have to stop that too. My A1c was high 2 months ago but I'm bringing it down, so that's good. I hope to have lots to learn and to share in this group!!

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1/5/15 10:27 A

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HI,

I just joined this group, and am looking forward to getting to know everyone, as well as learning more about managing my Type II diabetes. I was diagnosed in December and have seen a diabetes educator, who gave me what seems like a very strict food plan. I'm gradually getting used to it, though.

My blood glucose numbers are good so far, and I want to keep it that way!

I'm 68 years old, live in Maine, am retired, and love to garden.

Though I'm also new, welcome, Jen!

Sue
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Have been on Spark for a while, but new to this group. My name is Jen and I currently call SW Iowa home. In the process of getting divorced, final hearing is scheduled for Jan 13th. I have two adult children who live in Grand Forks ND with their significant others and my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter is up there as well. My 23 yr old DD's significant other has a 5 yr old and a 2 yr old, so they are like granddaughters as well.

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my youngest DS who just turned 14 on Dec 28th (he lives with me, but has been at his dad's for the Christmas break from school) I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes when I was 40. Sometimes, I do really well with diet and exercise, but not always - the past 6 months have been a real challenge for me, unmotivated, and an "I don't care" attitude. Hoping to turn that around. Maybe some accountability with this group will help?

Jen

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heads up The Biggest Loser Challenge starts in a couple weeks. It is a 12 week challenge. It is a good way to restart your weight loss or if you need a push it is also good for that. I am posting a link so you can check it out for yourself. They are opening for newbies. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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BRETHEREN, I COUNT NOT MYSELF TO HAVE APPREHENDED BUT THIS ONE THING, I DO FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE ME I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.

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BUT HE ANSWERED AND SAID, IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.

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YOGAMOMOF4,

I can tell you what works for me. I don't feel clueless. I avoid carbs, not just sugar. Fibre is the only carb I don't avoid, it is technically a carb from its chemical structure, but is chemically inert for humans (not termites, but that is another story).

I define non-starchy vegetables as those having 6% digestible carbs by weight or less.

I've managed my type 2 diabetes drug free for the last 32 months. I was at the maximum oral dose of medication before that.

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Hello everybody,
I joined the group a few years ago but I’ve been inactive for a while so I thought I would reintroduce myself. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic a few years ago and started eating better. I got my A1C back down so I was not put on medicine. But I went down that slippery slope and by May 2014 my A1C went up to 8.8. So now I have full-fledged diabetes and I’m on Invokana. I really didn’t make any dietary changes but by November 19th the medicine helped bring my A1C down to 6.9 and I lost about 5 pounds. I decided I need to get control so I made a few changes…I retired from a stressful job and I started eating right again. No more sweets, eating more protein and non-starchy vegetables. Not quite low carb but leaning more and more toward it. Blood sugar is responding well. I’ve been tracking it on a spreadsheet and the average A1C conversion is 6.3.

Exercise has been a challenge for me but I plan to make it my New Year’s resolution to exercise daily. I also have a goal to get off the medicine by May 2015.


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My suggestion is to stop eating the grains and stick with non starchy vegetables for your carbs. Do you have a meter? If so you should be testing when you get up in the morning, before you do anything else. Sit up and take your blood sugar reading. Then before meals and 2 hours after meals and before bed. If your doctor has not prescribed test strips for this much testing, talk to him/her and state that you want to test that much to determine where you are and what you can eat.

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12/19/14 1:35 P

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Hi! I'm recently diagnosed T2 and pretty clueless about everything. I have been feeling really lousy/tired/jittery for the past several weeks and not sure of the reasons -- high/low blood sugar, etc. I don't know what is okay for me to eat, because I was already focusing on eating low carb, only eating whole grains/sprouted grains, limiting my sugar intake, etc. But I feel tired all the time anyway, so I'm not sure WHAT I should be doing or eating. Don't know what, if anything I should eat before I exercise/after I exercise, etc. Obviously, this has all just thrown me for a loop! Anyway, it's nice to be here amongst people who are dealing with diabetes in a healthy way.

Namaste,
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Hi I live in a wintry place for several months a year and it gets very cold and sidewalk conditions get way too icy, so I tend to hover inside ... I want my treadmill to become my best buddy , other than my cat Miss Macy, emoticon who is personal coach and trainer and knitting assistant , while inside and still moving ! I want to be ready to walk the five miles to the nearest trail and then take it by summertime. ( camp overnight and return the next day or two) . Anyone who wants to get their minutes or miles in walking 'with me, hopefully daily, or also needing a declutter and routine buddy encouragement is welcome to add me as a friend.

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HI all. AHarris, do you eat peanut butter and crackers or bread or tortillas? If so, eat a small snack with the peanut butter before you exercise. Check blood sugar to see if that helps. After exercise. Any thing like tuna, sardines, or slice of cold meat is good too. jerky, etc.
I am implementing exercise and need to check my BS right afterward too to see if its affecting it. Your body is trying to compensate for all that expended energy suddenly so it dumps glucose after exercise for many of us.



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I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2003. My diabetes was under control and I got lackadaisical about my routine and now I am on a low dose of insulin along with oral meds.

My last A1c was 7.4

I am currently working on improving my diet. I know how to count carbs but I just need to be more regimented. emoticon

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Hi! I'm Amber. I was pre-diabetic for at least 5 years, and then last December I had part of my pancreas removed because I had a cyst on it. I was doing good til June 2014. I started being tired all of the time, and I wasn't really checking my sugars. So I decided to buy another checker, and my levels were 300 to 400 for a couple days. I called my doctors office, and they had me come in the next day. So she my A1C's were 8.4. She put me on glimipiride and increased my metformin. After 4 months, I reduced my a1c's to 6.6. So I wasn't put on insulin. I'm trying to do it with diet and exercise. My problem is when I go exercise my sugar maybe 160 to 200. After working out, my sugars fly down to 60's. Then I have to drink sugar pop to make it rise. What doy ou guys do before you work out so your blood sugar don't drop that low?


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Hi, new to sparkpeople and the group but not diabetes. I turned 25 the end of November which also marked my 15 year anniversary with type 1 diabetes. On needles with good control, I personally have no interest in a pump. My daughter also a T1 is starting a pump next week!

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Thanks James and Gardengirl!!

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It should take about 15 minutes for things you eat to impact your blood sugar. Then it lasts for up to about 90 minutes, roughly.

I've found my appetite under better control when eating protein and fat (bacon for example). When I ate carbs it was a blood sugar roller coaster.

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I was overweight since about forever. In my 30-s I started karate, three times a week. I got much fitter, but my body fat really only went down a little.

What made the biggest difference for me, both for my blood sugar, and to reduce my body fat was to seriously cut out the carbs. Protein, yes, dietary fat, yes, but carbs no.

I lost 30 pounds since I changed what I ate. Now I rank foods by their carb percentage by weight. Potatoes are 18% carbs by weight. I don't eat them. My cutoff is 6%.

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Hello, I've been managing my sugar ok and brought it down from 6.5 to 5.8. My morning blood sugar seems to be ok but it drops during the day and has made my appetite outrageous. I want to eat everything. I am just getting over a stomach virus but am back to eating. Yesterday I was active helping a friend move items from one garage to another. When I got back home I was hungry and ate. 30 minutes later I checked my bs and it was only 76. How long does it take bs to rise after eating? I ate and ate and ate.

Today I am going to track my food and get this under control again. I am a carb addict. There I said it. emoticon

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Hello- After being in denial for over a year, I finally acknowledge that medication is not going to "fix" my problem. I have to do it. I've been between 10 -50 lbs overweight for about 15 years and am ready to address my medical issues, not just "try" to stay on a plan and not just focus on the symptoms.

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Not to track? You mean blood sugar or do you mean carbs?

Hmmmm.

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Hi, everyone! emoticon I'm Lisa and I'm here to get serious about tracking my blood sugar and learning how to effectively manage my diabetes. My specialist has me off my diabetes meds and I was told when I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago not to track, so this is my first day tracking all day. And since there's no point doing that and not tracking the other factors involved, I'm back on SparkPeople to do it all! emoticon Hope to get to know you all and offer any support I can.

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25% of my daily calories come from carbs, Since I am in weight loss mode, I am trying to stay between 1500-1800 calories daily.




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Hi Phil,
I didn't understand your carb count of 25% (percent?).

My carb count is around 30 grams of net carbs a day (not counting fibre in that).

Here is a rice idea for you, take some cauliflower, shred it in small rice sized bits, cook in the microwave with a little water, drain the excess water, melt a little butter on it (or maybe some soy sauce). Now eat it and pretend it is rice. It comes very close, a good low carb substitute.

If you've been eating low carb for a few months now you will find that potatoes and rice and pasta just don't taste like they used to, and the cravings should be quite a bit down now.


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Hi James,

By eating better, I mean, portion control, mega fatty foods, caloric intake. My carb count lately has been less than 25% daily. Sure, I miss pasta and rice sometimes, but the rewards are greater. I'd like to get off my diabetes meds eventually. I'm currently taking 1000mg metformin 2x daily, and 4mg Glimepiride 1x daily. I've been losing about 10 pounds/month.




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Phil (PBROWE01),

It sounds like you are on the right path. How do you define "eating better"?

By the way, I'm a type 2 diabetic myself. 7 years of drugs, and a little over 2 years without drugs. So one can really do a lot to manage this oneself. Sounds like you've cut down seriously on the carbs.

For myself I lost the weight easily when I cut down on carbs. It came off at about 2 pounds a week when I did that.

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I'm 52 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 2 years ago. On July 24th, my A1C was 9.0 and I weighed 239 lbs. It was a big-time wake up call for me. So, I started watching my carbs, and overall diet.

As of September 23rd, my A1C was 7.0, and I had dropped 22 lbs. Just this weekend, I joined Planet fitness to get into a regular workout routine. I have an appointment with a personal trainer tomorrow to set up a personalized workout plan to shed more weight and work on my core. Plus, I bought a fitbit to track how much (or how little) I move everyday.

Now, I'm eating better, exercising and losing weight. I'm far from my goal weight, but weighed 210 this morning. I'd like to get to 180 by Feb. 1st, then continue from there.

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I am Diabetic II, diagnosed more than 30 years ago. Now have quite a few other medical issues. I never took it seriously enough.I am on insulin and fighting insulin resistance. Had open heart surgery (quad bypass) about 8 months ago. Significant neuropathy in feet, lower legs, hands. Recently talked with a friend who has some similar issues, and who has just been diagnosed with kidney disease stage 4. Woke me up. I have been doing fairly well for the past few years on managing my eating, but less and less physical activity as all the other pain issues raised their heads. I started on Spark about 3 days ago and am working hard to get my eating even more tightly under control, and committing to a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise per day (have done more each day, 30-60 minutes) but I plan to reassess my goals every two weeks. I think that way I can establish a pattern and THEN move it forward.I need to lose 40 pounds, although my doctor would be happy with 20. I'm glad to be alive. I'm glad to meet so many others who understand what it takes to stay alive.

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Hi Group! I'm new here but not New to Sparkpeople.
I've had T2 Diabetes for 28 years...Because I was denial for so many years when I first learned I ended up with Heart disease & 2 stents.
Losing the weight has been difficult but I keep trying.
Look forward to sharing stories with other Diabetics.

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I was diagnosed 1.5 years ago, and managed it well for a year and then over the last 6 months, I slipped back into really bad eating. My numbers have not been good and I am trying to nip that in the bud. Back to tracking and exercising and making time for self care. Hoping to get support and encouragement from this group.

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Hi everyone......I have diabetes and need to get in under control! I'm in southeastern KY and would love to get some help on menu planning. Thanks for letting me join


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ADKISTLER,
I reduced my diabetes medication from the maximum prescription of Metformin (plus Januvia) to zero. I did it by very seriously reducing my grams of net carbs.

I don't see how cheese, which has most of its calories from fat, impacts blood sugar. At least not directly.

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It says that carbohydrates have the most impact on blood sugar, protein very little impact, dietary fat slows digestion down, and although they didn't say it, dietary fat has no impact on blood sugar. However if you have excess body fat that has an impact on blood sugar.

Are you eating so much cheese that you can't loose weight? How many grams of net carbs are you eating in a day? I know that 90 is too many for me. I would not be medication free at that amount. So I have around 30. Where are you?

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Hello fellow diabetics!

I've been a diabetic since 2000. My parents were diabetic, so when I was diagnosed, it didn't come as a big shock My weakness is cheese. If I could break this cheese addiction, I believe I would come off more of my meds.

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James,

I really enjoy all of this info about the carbs or whatever and helps me a lot so thanks so,
much for all your input to help me get though everything.

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BOBBI,

I went on a low carb diet to loose weight. I forgot to take my metformin and accidentally found that I didn't need the drugs if I avoided carbs. The transition from needing medication (9 years of that) to not needing it happened in just a few days for me. Very short.

My weight loss took about 6 months though. However eating low carb did seriously tame my hunger and cravings.

I rank foods by their carb percentage by weight and just don't buy/eat things that are more than 6% net carbs by weight. Yes, it takes work to educate yourself. What are your alternatives? But after one's carb addiction is broken, in about 3 days to a week, you feel like a heroin addict that has kicked the habit.

There are a few exceptions to that 6% rule for me, but I'm very conscious of them.

P.S. Exercise is good for your health, but as far as blood sugar goes it is about 10% of the equation, avoiding carbs is the easy 90%

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Hi,

My name is "Bobbi" I am 58 yrs.. old and I am very morbidly obese and I found out,
that I have type 2 diabetes on 7/14/14 and I have been trying to figure out what and how,
to do things the right way...and I have been tracking my b/s for the doctor and been so,
high and been frustrated over it every time it gets in the 200's ugh.

I am not on any pills yet...was told that I will do it with diet alone first to see if it will,
work...if not then I guess I will be put on metformin ugh so I am doing my best,
been trying to lose some weight and all I have lost is 6 lbs. ugh.

But maybe if I lose the weight my diabetes will go away as well.

I am married to my hubby for 17yrs and live together for 3yrs before we got married,
so my over all together is 20yrs. 5-2-14.

My B/s @ 5pm was #162 and then it was #200 what happened ugh,
so frustrated I thought I was doing good in my numbers till now.

I am new @ this diabetes thing ugh...hubby was also diagnosed with diabetes as well.

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VALERIEREA,

Hi! Are you reducing your carb intake in order to loose weight? It worked very well for me.

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Congratulations on the weight loss. I hope I can do the same thing and lose just as much. You're a real inspiration to me.

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I've given up processed sugar totally. I'm even off diet coke now and drink unsweet tea. Don't even miss the pop at all.

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Hi Brenda, I'm Valerie. I'm 62 years old with exactly the same situation you have. I'm morbidly overweight and have a host of other medical problems. I'm on metformin 500mg 4 times a day. Exercising is almost impossible for me because of my weight and arthritis. I've been trying to lower my carbs each day but it's easier said than done for me. I think if I could just start moving things would get much better for me. I'm so stiff because I just sit all day long. I hope to lose weight to get off the metformin. I'm trying. My morning blood sugar is usually 115 to 130.

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I walk and do Zumba. I also push mow my yard.

I eat nothing with processed sugar, haven't since 2009. I used to eat only fruits, veggies and lean meat. I still don't eat sugar, but I've started slipping on the healthy food. I go through the Chick fil a drivethru way too much!


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what diet do you follow? How do you pick what to eat, or not to eat, or quantities.

What exercise do you do?

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Hi, y'all. I have been around at SP since May, but I haven't really done the team thing yet. I have been managing my diabetes with diet and exercise since 2009. I lost 102 lbs, and still don't have to take meds, but I went back to work 2 years ago, and I gained back 15 lbs and have let my nutrition to get really sloppy. I'm hoping to change that.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for listening! emoticon


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For good health both fatty acids (from fats) and amino acids (from protein) are essential, that is you must get them from your diet.

Carbs are not essential. So one can go as low as you want, or is possible with carbs and still have a healthy diet.

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Thanks again James, you are very helpful. Yes, I track my eating. I use Spark People Nutrition tracker for Diabetics. I did wonder what a safe level for carbs was and I appreciate your info on that.

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Let me ask some questions. Do you track what you eat and drink? When I do that my food entries look like this:

Cauliflower. (58 g)
Calories (14)
Carbs (2 g)
Fat (0 g)
Protein (1 g)

My total grams of carbs per day is around 40. I consider low carb to be about 60 grams or less, with 20 to 30 being more effective for weight loss. So how many grams of carbs a day do you consume?

If I eat 90 g of carbs a day my blood sugar is not under control, so I definitely don't go there.

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Thanks James. I have been eating low carb for about 6 years now to no avail as far as weight loss. My Dr. put me on a program very similar to what you described after I had a mild stroke back in 2008. When I compared what I have been eating and the Diabetes diet there were very few differences. I will, of course, adjust my eating as much as I can to comply with the Diabetes Diet without jeopardizing my heart Drs. orders. As I already said some where on this forum, "my family Dr. said that 2 diets that I used when I was much younger messed up my metabolism so it makes it very hard for me to lose weight.

Once again I thank you for your suggestions and I will definitely keep them in mind. Please jump in any time with any suggestions that you feel I need to think about. Sharon

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Eating fewer carbs is a great way to loose weight (not just improve blood sugar levels). With less insulin your body fat is "available" not "locked up".

www.theodysseyway.co.uk/insulin-the-
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Hello everyone! My name is Sharon. I have just been diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic. So all of this is new to me. My A1C score was 6.2. Thankfully it was not higher than that.
My Dr. seems to feel that taking care of this now with medication will help me get it in control and help me to lose weight better. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you as I learn how to control this situation in my life.

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Hi. I'm Barb. I am an insulin-dependent Type II, diagnosed in 2000. I started on Metformin, but after a few years, I asked for insulin because I wasn't seeing numbers I liked. I've been on and off SparkPeople since 2008. In May I came back and found SparkCoach. Somehow everything is starting to click, I've started daily walking and tracking all my food. I am seeing my bg numbers get lower, as I'm following the plan diet pretty closely. I've discovered (after 5 years!) that I can switch out foods on the plan to use what I have on hand without destroying the entire day, that I can eat a smaller portion of some family favorite foods and still stay within my calorie range, that I LIKE foods without large amounts of fat or sugar. Oh, and I'm a stay-at-home wife to my disabled/retired husband, with 3 adult daughters currently at home, 3 sons out on their own with families of their own (12 grandkids), and our youngest, a son, going off to college in August.

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6/6/14 11:49 A

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VIVMILLER,
I used to think that only carbs could lift ones energy levels quickly. But that is if you are carb oriented. If you eat low carb, then after about a week you are much more efficient at getting energy from protein and fat.

Now I find that a piece of cheese is my quick (10 minutes) pick me up.

James

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6/6/14 11:04 A

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I don't really eat the same thing every day - and so it varies. It doesn't seem to matter what it is though. Greek yogurt with berries (low carbs) gives me the same boost as a bagel and banana do (high carbs).

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6/6/14 12:29 A

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VIVMILLER,
What do you eat for breakfast? How many grams of carbs in that?

James

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6/4/14 11:44 P

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Hi. I am also new to the team. Have been diabetic, type II, about 15 years. Guess it is about time I take this more seriously. I generally kept the numbers good except for the last couple of years. The weight must come off now. I have gotten off to a good start on my weight loss, tracking nutrition and fitness. Have not been too successful trying to get others to join me on the program so I am counting on all of you to help keep me motivated. emoticon emoticon

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5/30/14 5:10 P

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Hi Everyone!

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 10 years ago and then tried to completely ignore it. About three weeks ago I had an epiphany - that I was being a bad partner to my boyfriend because i was so tired all the time, frequently sick, and depressed. I was too tired to help out with the home renovating, or the outdoor chores (or most of the indoor ones). I have decided that i want to have kids at some point and i want to have enough energy to play with my 11 year old step son.

So, I'm starting fresh and new. I've made lots of changes - the biggest being testing my sugars (went from never to 4-8 sticks a day) and trying to figure out what my insulin ratios are. I look forwards to chatting with everyone.

And random question...does anyone know if caffeine affects your sugar levels? Trying to figure out why i can't get my after breakfast numbers down...

Thanks!

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5/17/14 7:50 A

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Thanks James started to look into carbs and trying to keep within 60grams loosing weight too.

Ebbie

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