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I love water aerobics for exercise. I am very lucky to have it available. An 8 mile drive but it is worth it. When I started I had cramps in my legs but no more. Oh--I can't remember when I did not do water aerobics! I used to swim laps but shoulder problems halted that. You are doing great with the diabetes ! I don't have it --yet. My daughter has us doing Atkins. Doctors don't seem to understand it. The newer versions are very healthy. Many doctors --and my friends say--too much fat, I believe if it is good fat it is OK. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

chris

Self-talk: Often through the day say "Stop eating; I can have more later."

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? Low carb plan with lots of veggies and water aerobics at least 3X week.

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2/7/16 12:31 P

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With all due respect, I don't agree with that. My son has Type 1 diabetes (since he was 10) and I have Type II (diagnosed 4 years ago). We've taken classes on nutrition. The old school way of treating diabetes is to cut out sugar. The new way is to watch your carbs. Your blood sugar can spike by eating high carbs. For example, a bowl of grape nuts is higher in carbs that some candy bars. Seriously! I'm tracking my foods on Spark, and eating within my carb levels. I can still treat myself to foods that have sugar in them-- within reason, of course. My blood sugars have tapered way down, and I am within range. My endocrinologist has a nutritionist who teaches classes. Maybe your local hospital does, too? Good luck!

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I'm new here. I'm a food blogger-- and that means that I adore cooking, baking and photography. I've finally admitted, to myself, that I've been in denial of my diabetes. My inspiration to find ways to cook healthier and to get off my behind has been coming back to Spark People. I had a knee replacement, that had to be redone, so I stopped doing my water aerobics. Yesterday, I reorganized my swim gear and got into the lap pool that is right down the street, in our subdivision. It felt great! My blood sugars are within range. I can't wait to show my doctor the change in me. Oh, by the way, I've been cooking from Blue Apron.com... meal delivery service. Their recipes are healthy, and I'm less stressed about cooking dinner when I get home after work. I'm really excited about managing my diabetes, strengthening my knees and being less sedentary. My husband is very proud of me. emoticon

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1/31/16 11:25 A

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ROSES4CLC1,

I'm curious what your healthy diet is?

First of all no sugar, right?

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Hi Rose emoticon , I love your pic of the kitty, I have one that looks like that also. emoticon on the quit smoking, just don't replace the urge to smoke with eating, try walking when you get the urge to do either









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Hi

Rose from Southern California joining the team. Not new to SparkPeople, but have been absent for a couple of years. Have been a type 2 diabetic for more than 20 years, it gets harder to deal with as I grow older. Turned 60 recently and am struggling with my weight and blood sugar, I try to walk at least a couple of miles every day and eat a healthy diet but have been putting on weight for the last few months. I know one reason is that I quit smoking ( emoticon ) finally, but now I am hungry ALL of the time.

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emoticon its me "Bobbi" and my page got deleted so I had to make another one,
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emoticon there is a lot of great information here









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Hello, my name is Chui. I have type 2 and my sugars have been high for a good while, running between 200- 300. I have a new doctor and he put me on metphormin 1000 mg per day and 45 units of novolog 70/30. I ave quit smoking and now I am working on my weight, looking forward to meeting you all emoticon

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MICKEYMAX,

besides medication, another thing that can lower your hunger is to eat few carbs. Carbs are what bears eat in the summer (like berries) to fatten up for winter. It isn't a plan by the Bears to fatten up for winter, but that carbs impact blood sugar the most. The solution to the hunger felt after eating carbs, when your blood sugar drops is to eat more carbs.

I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves "I only ate 2 hours ago, how come I'm hungry?"

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12/4/15 10:38 P

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Thanks Becky. That makes me feel good to know that it subsided. My appetite is definitely dulled.

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Hi Mickey! Welcome to the team! :)

I had a choice to go on Victoza or Trulicity to be taken off Actos. I went with Trulicity because it is a once a week shot (not everyday).. and I guess it is a good thing because my insurance doesn't cover Victoza at all.

With Trulicity I experienced the nausea but it has subsided. I can definitely confirm the loss of appetite side effect, which makes it all worth it to me! LOL. My first couple of days were rough because my other meds were making my sugars bottom out so I had to move some pills around and even cut one dose out or I'd always be in the low-40s (which for me is wayyyy too low).

If Victoza is anything like Trulicity and you can tolerate it, it will be great! I hope it gets better for you. emoticon

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Hello sparkies,

In last month or so, Doc took me off of Actos and switched me to Victoza. Not having an easy time adjusting to the nausea and fatigue. Heavy on the nausea. Does make me feel full and less likely to eat though. I have lost 9 lbs on it. Feeling out of sorts though and the constant nausea puts me in a bad frame of mind. I am struggling. Hope to hear if folks felt the same, did it subside, and how far into taking it did that happen? I could use a little light at the end of the tunnel.

By the way, I am Mickey or Mar to my friends. I live north of Philly, PA. I'm married and overall a happy camper. Looking forward to getting to know folks and share thoughts along the way.



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Hello! My name is Beckie and I live in North Carolina (pretty obvious, huh?). I have been a diabetic since 2004 so I've been around the block a bit. I'm not very controlled right now but of course that is due to the effort (or lack thereof) that I have been putting into it. It has been a rather trying few years (lost both my aunts, had multiple surgeries, home life changed quite a bit) so it was easy to find reasons why I couldn't take care of myself.

I'm back on SparkPeople because it helped me out so much the last time. I was down almost 50 pounds when I ended up back in the hospital and had to have my last surgery which caused me to be bed-ridden much longer than I would have wanted. After that, the weight started coming back - and in force! I'm hoping to repeat my success with SparkPeople - and exceed it!

So far I've been tracking what I eat, exercising, and taking my medication regularly for four weeks now. It's going great. The four month mark is usually my hardest and when I start to slack. I'm trying to build a strong network of support before I get to that obstacle so I can hopefully overcome it!

Thanks for reading. I hope to be around for a while and make some great friends and contacts.

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Welcome,

yes sugar and other high carb things impact blood sugar and it is under your control to choose to eat differently. It might feel hard, as you really "like" ice cream (or whatever).

But it is the same as how smokers "like" cigarettes ...

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Hi ladies! My name is Maci. I'm a league tennis playing gma I'm 54, have 8 gkids I see almost everyday. I live in sunny Oceanside CA. I was diagnosed with type 2, Oct 5th. (#12.1. BS 230) at the dr for a back/neck strain. SURPRISE! Crap😋 Need some help ladies. Always been a sugar fiend, junk food junkie! Doing & feeling great this mo. Down 12 since the 5th! Looking forward to sparking with you all!🌺

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yes, I bring the individual packs of 100 cal. nuts and an apple or fresh fruit, usually a wrap, and I'm doing Medifast meals but I don't always get a chance to eat them because of the job that I have.( I have 6 part-time jobs at the moment) some of those jobs are just checking on elderly ladies. I do eat a good breakfast to get me going in the mornings.









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JANICEONE1,

you need some low carb snacks easy to take with you. For example those individually packaged cheese snacks, sticks.

Some low carb (or relatively low carb) protein bars.



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Hi All
I've been on Sparkpeople for about 5 yrs now and discovered I have Type-2 for about 2yrs, I'm always looking for new things to help with my Diabetes. my biggest problem is my work schedule but I think I'm managing pretty well.









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FAITH-2-HOPE,

the earlier whipping cream showed 15 grams of whipping cream have 1 gram of carbs, so dividing the carbs by the quantity 1/15 = 0.066666 or 6.666 %. This is over my 6% cutoff, but I still consume a little of it in my coffee. I don't weight the cream in my coffee, but I know it is getting up there on the edge of where I need to restrict it, but I know it is just a little in my coffee so I don't think much more about it, and I've done that thinking a long time ago. So now I put a little cream or milk in my coffee without much thought, I know it is OK.

On the other hand, a glass of orange juice, say an 8 ounce glass, has about 25 grams of carbs and is about 10% sugar by weight, so I choose not to drink orange juice.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 10/12/2015 (10:39)
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FAITH-2-HOPE,

So if you want to keep your carbs low, you need to figure out what to avoid or limit, or you need to have a daily maximum. Either way you have to think about what you eat or drink rather than just consume without restriction, and you need to have a maximum target for your day.

My personal daily maximum is 30 grams of net carbs. If I overshoot it goes to about 50. I have eaten too many sweet Atkins bars in a day and I know from that experience, that for my body 100 grams in a day shoots my blood sugar up pretty high.

So now, how do you stay around say 50 grams? Suppose you drink a can of coke. If you read the nutrition label, then it has 35 grams of carbs (sugar). You are almost done for the day, two cans and you are at 70, never mind everything else you consume. OK, no real coke.

Suppose you have cheerios with milk, but no sugar on it for breakfast. Lets suppose the milk is the size of an 8 ounce glass. The milk has 13 grams of carbs (already about a quarter of my daily consumption) and the standard bowl of cheerios on my box is 28 grams, but 18 of those are carbs. So if I eat that bowl of cheerios with the milk, I've had 41 grams of carbs. Staying under 50 for the day is going to be impossible, and you didn't even put any sugar on that, say a teaspoon, which would have been another 4 grams of carbs.

So If instead you had 4 strips of bacon and two eggs for breakfast, that would have been 0 grams in the bacon, none, and 1 grams of carbs in the two eggs. Oh, this would leave a lot of carbs for the rest of the day.

So, either count individual carbs, or eat from a range of foods that are low carb where you don't have to think/count/weigh so much. Most cheeses are very low carb too. So breakfast of bacon eggs and cheese (think omelette) means you don't have to think about it at all, it is virtually zero carbs.

My personal cutoff, to avoid thinking, weighing, counting, is to do that thinking once and put something on my "OK to eat list" or not. Bacon, cheese, eggs are on my OK list. Where is my cutoff? I've arbitrarily picked 6% carbs. Cheerios at something like 60% carbs by weight are most definitely out.

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I do eat low carb and add protein to diet....I do not eat a snack before bed....I will try that and see if will help! Thanks for the advise.

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Are you having a snack before you go to bed? That may help the high morning numbers. Make sure you mix carbs with protein. Are you eating low carb? That will help with your overall numbers. If you have more questions just ask.

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Hello all... I am reaching out because I need some friends to help hold me accountable and I need some people in my life who have this disease that I can learn from, lean on and maybe help also.

I was diagnosed with DMT2 May 2014. The first year was a struggle in itself. I thought I would have better control by now.

I have tried to beat this thing with diet and exercise and even though my efforts where so good, I still found myself on medication. I took Metformin for 8 weeks and it totally was not for me, made me terribly ill. So, the doctor now has me on Onglyza.

The med is new I have been on it for 4 weeks. It is going well as far as side effects but not really sure it is helping.

One issue I find is that I wake in the morning with high blood sugar. For instance...
I will begin my morning with fasting blood sugar of 175 and through the day I will get it down as low as 95 by eating well and exercising... but despite being 95 when I check it before bed. I wake and it is 150-175 again every morning.

Have any of you experienced this? I have read about the dawn phenomena and think this might be it... but again not sure.

Do any of you have any advice for me?

My next appt with my doctor is in November I am just trying to figure out something I might be doing wrong in the mean time.



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Thank you James, but you lost me.
I tried to follow your thinking, but did not quite make it.
Is there another way to explain this please?

I do work on keeping my carbs low. It is a big life adjustment.

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FAITH-2-HOPE,

I look up and calculate net carbs in a food by weight. For example this nutrition label:


So if you consume 15 ml, roughly 15 grams, you will consume 1 gram of carbs, so this whipping cream rates 6% carbs by weight.

Knowing such numbers for things you eat makes it easy to calculate your carbs. If I pour say 50 grams of this (which you weigh of course) then 6% of 50 is 3 grams of carbs.

As a type-2 diabetic you want to keep your carbs low.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 10/8/2015 (08:23)
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Hi Rhodym! emoticon
I agree with you. It's great for us to come together and to support each other.

I have only been with Spark since August. Not too long afterwards I did use the exercise tracker. But, the day I received my diabetes diagnosis I started using the Nutrition tracker. Until then I had just been handwriting things down in a journal. The Tracker does help a lot with the carb count in particular. Those carbs are everywhere ! emoticon Like you said, it does take time but it's worth it. As I get my favorites built up in that section it is becoming quicker.

Together, emoticon !

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Hi, Diane,
I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, too. I found out a month ago. It is nice to know I am not alone and I think joining this team will be a good thing! I joined this team because I think sharing our journeys will help us all to manage our diabetes day by day together!
So far I have found the nutrition and fitness trackers very helpful. They show me just how I am doing daily. Have you tried them yet? It takes a little time to enter the meals and exercises but it is worth It.

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Hi. I am Dianne. I am from Canada.
I received a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis about 2 weeks ago.
I was quite surprised, but in retrospect can see some of the signs.
It's been a lot of researching to figure out what is happening in my body.
I am trying things out too see what works for me.
Thank you for the resources and support that you have here.

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Hi everyone! I'm Trish. I found out that I am type 2 about 2 weeks ago. I take prilosec for Gerd, meds for high blood pressure, and enzymes for pancreas. I also have osteoporosis. I need to lose about 70 pounds to be in a healthy range. I'm trying to get exercise by taking walks when I can and I'm trying to change how I eat. I find changing how I eat to be very difficult. I have lost weight before and have gained it all back. I'm not crazy about fruits and vegetables so this is a difficult hurdle for me. I have to lose the weight though. I'm currently not on diabetes meds. My doctor said I could try to do a lifestyle change first by losing weight and getting exercise. I go into see him again in a few months to check my progress.
We are all in this together and we need all the support we can get from each other! Thank you all for your support and any suggestions you may have for me! 😀

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Hi Gary here, just started back on spark people 2 weeks ago, and Im happy with the results. My Blood sugar levels have been fantastic lately. The weight is coming off faster then I would have thought. I needed to do something my A1C was 7.8 which was the highest its ever been. I have been exercising reg. and I have a lot more energy. I have a pinched nerve in my back (c-3) and pain shoots down my left hip when walking on treadmill, I listen to music on my iPod to distract from the pain, seems to work most days. Overall Im glad I came back to spark people, down Im down 7 lbs.

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Been around for a while but trying to get back into spark and the teams. I got my Type 2 diagnosis in 2010. Managed to lose a bunch of weight and have kept better than 50 off. It was enough to get my blood sugar back in control (last A1C was 5.5). Still fighting the HBP and cholesterol but those are controlled with meds.

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Hi, my name is Miller. I'm a 61 yr. old woman, married for 39 yrs., with one daughter. My father had Type 2 diabetes and only lived to age 65 because of two massive heart attacks. My husband has Type 2 diabetes and I am pre-diabetic. I'm struggling to make the necessary changes I need to make to get healthy.

I have suffered with Major Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder almost my entire life. It's been a terrible struggle and I often feel there's no point to anything so motivation is hard to maintain. However, my daughter (who also has depression & OCD) is seeing a naturopath now and we hope the combination of our traditional treatment, alternative treatments, plus a healthy diet and exercise will set us on a new course.

I just joined the "Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge" tonight and am excited about that.

I want to again thank the team members here who reached out to me last night with replies to my post about Abilify and Prediabetes.

I look forward to being a part of this team.

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FORWARDMOTION,
Go to the "MY TRACKERS" tab, and under that to the "SparkMail" choice. You will figure it out from there. Send your note to -JAMES- (with the leading and trailing dashes).

I look forward to hearing from you. I check my mail every day.

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James, thanks so much for the info. Not sure how to message you but wold like to for more info.

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FORWARDMOTION,

I was close to blood pressure medication, but lost weight and never took got them.

I was on metformin or similar for 12 years, and the last 3 years of those 12 the maximum dose of metformin plus sitagliptin on top of that. I have been on synthroid for about 15 years also.

Three years ago I changed what I ate. I'm now low carb. My blood sugar is in the normal range without the metformin and sitagliptin, and has been for the last 3 years. What got cut out completely was bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, sugar laden drinks, sugar ... and some other higher carb things like cashews (those things have more carbs than potatoes do). When I shop I read labels on boxes, calculate carb percentages by weight, and make lower carb choices.

If I like zucchini as much as peas, then I eat zucchini. On that percentage scale zucchini rates 2.2% and peas rate 10.1%. How do I know that? The nutriondata website is loaded with information. I google "nutritiondata peas" which leads me to this entry on their site:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
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I set the quantity at 100 grams and below on the page appears the information of 15.6 grams of carbs, 5.5 of which are fibre, which is not digestible, so 15.6 - 5.5 or 10.1 grams of carbs, hence 10.1%.

So at this point the only thing left is the thyroid medication. I sometimes wonder if I still need those given my change in diet.

I've read stuff that cholesterol in the body may also be linked to carbohydrate consumption too.
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Anyway, there are possibilities. Send me a piece of SparkMail and I'll reply with a link to a great team to give you a supportive group in which to cut your carbs and enjoy what you eat while doing that.

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I've been in denial but a an MD appointment today was a bit sobering. The doc wants me on four different meds. Blood pressure, metformin, thyroid med, and now Lipitor . In the past 6 months I've lost 30 pounds need to lose 50 more. I have a goal to get off all meds....... I know this will be very hard but I want to try. Has anyone been able to get off meds?

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Hi. Recently I suffered what I thought was a heart attack. I went to the ER and found out it wasn't my heart. After a visit to my doctor found out is was a result of my pancreas acting up. Now I have gone from only taking blood pressure medicine to adding three more pills to my regimen. I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes about 3 years ago. It has drastically changed my way of eating. But not enough. According to my doctor my diabetes is getting worse. Therefore I am working to eat better and lose some weight. Hopefully, things will change for me. But I am glad to find a group of like minded people to share this with. Thanks.

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Hello I am new to this group. I am a Type 2. I have been doing a low carb diet it has brought my numbers down some but I struggle with the low carb. I have lost 30 lbs. since the end of march. I need to really get more serious about things instead of slacking. I think this group is a good place to start. I can use all the help I can get..

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Hi to all in this group!
I am type 2 since Nov. 2010. I knew I would eventually have it, since parents were both
diabetics. Now am 57 and hoping to manage
my eating habits. Doctor says I must lose 20 kilos (40 pounds).I am tired of not being serious about fitness and snacking at night. Very glad to start fresh with this forum of wonderful people!
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Hi. I have been T2 for 20 years. I have been through the pills and now am on insulin, both fast acting and slow acting. Today my doctor reintroduced me to the "diabetic diet", basically giving me 1400 calories and between 90 - 105 carbs per day. I am tracking on Spark as well as paper and pencil. I need to see what I have eaten all the time. Need to loose about 40 pounds and hope this helps. joining this group for support and knowledge - to give and to receive both.

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SANDRA2BFIT,
how do you watch your carbs? (I certainly do that). My reward for doing that U.S. Being drug free for a little over 3 years. It was 12 years of a pill routine before that.

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Hi my same is Sandra and just found out I have T2. I am watching my carbs very closely. I am on Metformin for now. Hope that will change soon.

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On carbohydrates ...

There are many types of carbs, starch, fibre, sugar .... All of them have 4 calories per gram, and all of them have an impact on blood sugar. All except fibre. Fibre is technically a carb due to its chemical structure, but humans can't digest it (termites can).

So when calculating how many grams of carbs you eat don't count fibre, which is a subcategory on nutrition labels, just subtract it out from the total carbs, the result is called "net carbs" and might as well be called digestible carbs.

As for snacks, I suggest low carb snacks, not low calorie, low carb. Things like cheese sticks, or pepperoni. Read all labels, as I've written before, I go for 6% net carbs by weight, or less.

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Morning!

I'll keep this short and sweet.

T2 since 2010. Insulin pens. Various meds for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. Will also be on meds for kidney disease soon.

This song and dance isn't new for me. What is new is my mental view on it.

Prior, I was stubborn, I didn't want to deal with such things at 25. "I shouldn't have had these things wrong with me. I shoild be working on my degree. Why can't I be normal?"

My view is different now, at 28, I understand it better. I get it's just one step at a time. I don't have to feel like I have to do everything at once. Which is great.


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I've been on Spark People about 3 weeks now. I joined this group today.
I'm a mother of 2 little girls ages 7 and 8 years old and 3 kitty cats. I'm married to a Messianic Jew.
I was diagnosed with Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome back in September 2006. At that time, the doctor told me that I was Pre-Diabetic which was part of why she diagnosed me with PCOS. She put me on Metformin and the Nuva-Ring. I still had heavy constant bleeding until November. Then, in January 2007, I was told that I was 5 months pregnant. I stopped taking Metformin and birth control of course. A month after I had Hannah in June 07, I got pregnant with Jessie. I had Jessie early @ 26 wks 3 days gestation due to a placenta previa in Feb 08. Right after I had my gallbladder taken out. I went back on birth control. This time the IUD. But, no one restarted my Metformin and the new doctors just kind of forgot about my PCOS diagnosis from the previous doctors.
Then, in 2010, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. They restarted the Metformin, but the side effects were so bad, that I couldn't keep taking it. I've been on Novolog Mix pens, then insulin bottles. Then I was on Glypazide and a few other diabetes medications.
I started eating a vegetarian diet in 2014 and my blood glucose levels started going down with less medication. This summer, I've started trying to take Metformin again. Right now, I'm only taking Metformin and Lantus twice a day.
I am having a horrible time with swelling all over my body. I have water retention in my arms, legs, hands, feet, and stomach. Some days it's hard to move my hands or feet. We are trying Lasix right now. But, it's not working. The HCL didn't work either. So, now I am going back and hoping that they can soon figure out what is going on with my water retention. I've had it for several years now, but they were hyper focused on my other problems so they wouldn't address my water retention. Now, it's really bad. I was fluctuating between 10-20 lbs a day in weight and 3 sizes in clothing. Since I've been taking the Lasix, it hasn't budged. It's just stayed high and isn't coming off.
So, that's me and my health problems. Not fun at 34 years old. But, I'm still trying to exercise and eat right to help myself as much as I can.



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This is all so new to me. My a1c was 7.1 so the doctor prescribed metformin 500mg 2x daily. I started to count the carbs on my food but read about net carbs. I am so confused. What do I count? I think I'm also not eating that much because I'm so concerned about what I eat. I'm also trying to figure out what kind of snacks I can slip in during the day, sometimes I get light headed. I've been looking at different books and websites. Does anyone have any suggestions for either one of these that will help me make some sense out of all of this. I need something easy to understand. I've been taking it for 6 days so far. I have but not all the time stomach issues. I just read that this is normal for some people but can also be the beginning of something more serious. Has anyone had this happen to them. I don't know if I should stop or give it a few more days. I'd appreciate any advice you have. Thanks

thanks in advance. mary

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I used to count grams of carbs, and aim for 30 a day, 50 on a bad day. Now I just "know" what I choose to eat. It's not that I can't eat anything, I just choose not to eat things. If I did weigh and calculate I'm pretty sure it would be 30 to 40.

Basically I choose to eat things that are 6% net carbs (not counting fibre) by weight. It takes some research, but after a few weeks you "know" that potato chips are out, but that cheddar cheese is in.

I was on medication for 12 years, but have been free of metformin and other type-2 diabetes drugs for just over three years, and with virtually normal A1c tests by my doctor.

Not cured, but well managed.

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Hello all. I'm Jane. I was diagnosed T2 on Wednesday. Ugh. I have been headed this way for a bit now and didn't do enough to stop it. My A1C is 6.6. I have been testing in the morning since Wed and this morning was 84. I'm on Metformin 2x per day. I'm hoping it won't take too long to get to the point I don't need it anymore. I am eating low carb and tracking everything. I don't go for education until July 6th so may have questions but so far so good. My goal is to lose 50 lbs and get off of medication.

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Hi everyone.I am Elayne and I was just diagnosed with T2 on Friday. I am totally lost. I don't see a teacher/nutritionest until June 29. Crash course in checking my BS in the am but only 2 times a week? Don't even know how to set up the machine. Think I'll take it to my pharmacist tomorrow. Maybe they can help me. I just don't want to waste three and a half weeks doing nothing about my diet.

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hi i've had type ll for more than 20 years and i acted and ate like i didn't . now am paying for it . i have gastrophorices.
along with 2 heart stent and feet and leg pain . i also have a lot of back pain .i think if i can get a lot the weight i am carrying it will help my back pain .

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hi i've had type ll for more than 20 years and i acted and ate like i didn't . now am paying for it . i have gastrophr
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my name is cathy and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Feb. 2015 it was a big wake up call for me, my mission is to get this under control and be able to move forward and lose weight and live a healthy life.

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Hello, my name is steve. My sparkpeople name is actually the names of my 2 pugs, studlee and joe. I am a type 2 diabetics. I am a bka due to diabetes. My amputation is on my right leg. I am having surgery next week due to kidney and prostate problems.

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Thanks, James!

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LILWASPUD,

You sound a bit like me. I've kicked the diabetes meds by "watching" what I eat. I eat low carb, about 40 grams of net carbs a day. This does two things, doesn't give fuel to raise my blood sugar, and the insulin isn't around to deal with those carbs. So the second part, the lower insulin, makes weight loss much easier.

For some reason excess body fat also contributes to insulin resistance. In other words, if you loose weight your blood sugar should be more manageable.

I also have hypothyroidism and take ends for that. I don't know what to do about that other than take some prescription meds.

I know what you are going through. By the way, for a family that doesn't "understand", which often means they don't see a reason to change their eating habits, I suggest you cook things that don't mix carbs with non-carb things. For example, if you have fish, don't have breaded fish. Fish is very good in protein, and very low carb, and bread is the opposite.

Send me a note on SPARKMAIL and I'll invite you to a healthy eating group.

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emoticon Hello!

I am new to this group, but kind of a SparkPeople veteran. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2008 and, at the time, was also told I was pre-diabetic. I started watching what I ate in a feeble attempt at losing weight, but it didn't really kick in until several months later, when I saw a picture of myself at a family reunion. That's all it took! I was already motivated to lose weight when a friend told me about SP, so I hit the ground running. within 5 months, I was down 41 pounds. My blood sugar was normal. My cholesterol & triglicerides were normal. I felt great! Then, well, life happened. I was told 2 years ago I was pre-diabetic again, but I pretty much just brushed it off. I was good for a while, then family issues struck, depression kicked in, and by last fall I was really just not feeling like myself. I tried blaming it on hormones (I am 42). Doctor said no way, but tested anyway. Nope. No menopause for me yet! Then, 2 weeks ago, I had labs done. My fasting glucose was 229. My A1C was 9.5. There is my answer for the menopausal-like symptoms. Now, I am on metformin twice a day and trying to make changes in my diet and get active again. I'm kicking myself for letting myself get to this point, but sitting around feeling sorry for myself is out of the question. I just know I can't do it on my own, and my family just doesn't get it. So, here I am in search of people who know what I'm going through.

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Mrs. Joplin,

Insulin is often called the fat storage hormone. It lowers blood sugar, coming from eating too many carbs, by storing the excess carbs away into body fat. Yes it lowers your blood sugar, but ...

www.dietdoctor.com/yes-a-low-carb-di
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Sadly, once you are a type-2 diabetic, the path doesn't seem to be very reversable. However, in addition to taking medication to control your blood sugar, the other major thing to change is the kind of things you eat, in other words lower carb choices. For example I choose not to eat rice anymore. If I did I'd need medication. Rather than rice I shred raw cauliflower in little bits, boil it, drain it, then put cheese or soya sauce on top. A friend of mine liked it and didn't even know it was cauliflower. He thought it was rice.

I rate foods by their carb percentage by weight. So:
Cooked white rice (28%)
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Hi everyone,
My name is Janet and I am a type 2 diabetic with insulin resistance, I take humalin r u500 which is an insulin concentrate and can not stop the weight gain, I have tried everything and now I am getting upset and a little depressed because I see my weight go up everyday :(

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Welcome.

Sorry to welcome you to a group focusing on diabetes. I wish this were a tennis group or something.

Anyway, I am a type-2 diabetic. I was on meds for 12 years. I've been managing my blood sugar without medication for the last 3 years, with my doctors approval and good A1c tests. I did it by eating"right".

That is pretty vague. What is "right". I found that all carbs (except fibre) raise my blood sugar. Solution? Avoid carbs. I take the standard wisdom of how much protein and fat to eat, but cut nutritionally empty, dead carbs.

Bread, at 50% carbs by weight is off the list. I also don't mix low carb things, like meat at 0% carbs with high carb things. So I don't bread my fish. Then I can separate carb high things from carb low things.

Good luck on you blood sugar control journey.

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Hi everyone! My name is Sherri. I call Nova Scotia, Canada my home. I have had diabetes for a little while now. I am having a hard time getting my numbers down. I think it may be because of stress and right now I can't walk very much. I fell about a month ago and hurt my knee. When it gets better, then I will start walking. Hopefully that will help. Anyway, I am happy to be here.

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Hi everyone!! My name is Amanda. I am 29 and from Kansas. I am newly diagnosed with Diabetes! Found out little over a week ago. Since then, I have changed my diet, and added exercise into my daily routine. I have not seen anything as far as results yet, but I plan to stick to this new plan and see what I can make happen. I am really looking forward to shedding some weight, getting my numbers down, and being healthy overall!

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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.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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!

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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

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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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"Your stomach should not be a waste basket." -- Anonymous

Never, never, NEVER give up!

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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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"Any goal met is a step forward." --
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"Your stomach should not be a waste basket." -- Anonymous

Never, never, NEVER give up!

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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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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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"Any goal met is a step forward." --
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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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HE GIVES POWER TO THE FAINT, AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE NO MIGHT HE INCREASES STRENGTH. EVEN THE YOUTH SHALL FAINT AND BE WEARY, AND THE YOUNG MEN SHALL UTTERLY FALL; BUT THEY WHO WAIT UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES, THEY SHALL RUN, AND NOT BE WEARY, AND THEY SHALL WALK, AND NOT FAINT.


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