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Hi,
Low carb snacks that I like:
Turkey Jerky
AdvantEdge and Advantage drinks (both are low carb, high protein and I find they don't give me a glucose spike in the am.
All Bran crackers (kellogs)-high fiber-not terrible on the carbs
low fat cheese
bake a low carb tortilla until crispy and eat with some salsa
fat free, sugar free jello with (or without) 2 tbsp. cool whip
slice of low carb bread with some low/no sugar jam/jelly
nice green salad
some veggies
some people like fruit, I can't manage them yet but I keep trying
My doctor wanted me on meds at the time of diagnosis but I refused without trying diet and exercise first. My A1C was 8.2 or 3. My glucose levels were in the upper 200's. This was in January, 2007. In March I saw the doctor and he no longer recommends medication. My glucose readings have consistently been under 120 for the past week. I have my first followup A1C later this month. My highest readings are first thing in the morning.
I have lost weight. I exercise daily for a minimum of 15 minutes between each meal but usually I do 30 - 45 minutes 2x/day. I think the exercise is the key.

Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 4/1/2007 (17:20)
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Happythoughts - Welcome to the "gang". I have a problem with dawn phenomenon also. Everybody's reaction is different. For some type 2s a small snack of nuts and red wine before bed helps with the next day's FBS (fasting blood sugar). For others, absolutely nothing eaten after dinner. For others, exercise in the evening after dinner. The only advice I can give is what has been helping me: eat to your meter and test, test, test to find out exactly which foods has the smallest impact on your blood sugar readings.

T2 diabetic; diagnosed 1/2007. Maintaining A1c of 5.1% - 5.4% for past 3+ years. No diabetic medication at this time; managing diabetes through carb restriction (40-50 grams carbohydrate per day) and moderate exercise.
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Hello,

Wow! What a wonderful place I have found here! I am a new Sparker and very excited to be here. I have Type II diabetes and I am taking oral medication to control my sugar levels.

I have found myself stuck in that catch 22. The meds are helping with my control but have made me gain weight (I think) which is making it harder for me to maintain control. I have gained about 30 pounds in the last 6 months and I really need to STOP the weight gain and start moving the scale in the other direction.

I think one of my biggest challenges is that I am having trouble exercising now because of the fatigue from higher sugars. I have alway been very active and never understood how someone could "not have the energy" to exercise. I have come to understand that very well now. I am almost thinking that I may ask to my dtr to go on insulin so that I can "do" something about the highs. With the oral meds I just have to wait it out because after I get over 200 I am not going anywhere. Walking it off is not an option.

I used to be a dedicated gym rat. Now, I have mellowed out and found a place called Butterfly Life that I love. It is a womens fitness center. It focuses on circuit training and has a variety of exercises classes on video too. I have tried alot of new things there - pilates, step, etc and love it. I just can't always get myself there.

I have an awful case of "Dawn Phenominon". I know I probably spelled that wrong. My fasting sugars are awful. Any pointers on that would be much appreciated.

I would also like some ideas on low carb snacks and would also like to learn some "damage control" techniques. I need help with filling up when I am out of calories and still have dinner to get through.

It comes as a great surprise to me that I had this many words to say! I look forward to learning some tips and tricks from you all. I am so glad I am not alone in this. Thank you.

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I was looking for your daily chit chat section but I didn't see one.
Sorry I am not quite sure where to post this but here it goes.

A friend says she gets board/distracted working out at home here is my post if anyone would like to give me some help with this. I am a diabetic (type2) as well and my goal it to get off my insulin pump. The more exercise I do and weight I loose the less medicine I need.

My answer to friend:
Yes it can be distracting working out at home. I do make some calls on the phone while I am on the treadmill. Mostly I am trying to talk to my brother to get him motivated into doing something about his health; so I just call him every time I am in the basement. He is in pretty bad shape and is sinking fast each year that he doesn’t do anything about it. He is (type 2) like 400 lbs, a diabetic with neuropathy in both legs and if he gets a sore or blister and he could loose a leg. His last sore just healed up for the last 10 years and I almost got him looking into looking swimming because he loves the water so much. He just busted open his foot again doing something around the house. I even bought him one of those bikes that you can put on a table top and peddle with his arms. Man just trying to convince him that he has to not think of exercise with his feet because they just won’t work for him consistently. He has to look at building mussel and cardio with his upper body. Ok so now I am the point that I just carry the phone around with me and on Thursday I had him do my counting with me; he actually was getting into it. Maybe if I can get him into seeing that it really doses not take that much time he will get started.
Ok I am babbling now but if any of you have a good magazines/books I could order for him let me know. I was hoping to find a magazine that deals with people with handicaps (like without using legs) this might give him and me somewhere to start.
So I do love working out at home because I pushing myself much further then if I had to do it in a public place. When I am resting between reps I take a walk around and find something to put away. It is not hard to do I am trying to get my basement picked up to put in a bathroom with shower and finish the rest of the basement. I also love to watch the dogs play outside. I leave the door open so they come in and out when they want. Cody loves it when I am doing crunches on the ball; he jumps up on me and just rest there while I am working out and when I am doing stretches I throw the ball for them. Lately if I have to work out with Emma home with me she will have exercises she dose with me. This part is just resent I haven’t been able to do anything while Emma was home in 3.5 years.
They (brother, Emma and dogs) just love our time together.
*VICTORIA* I like the sound of having a fun day too. I think I will use it.
Here’s a funny story. Last night we were all sucking on some yummy strawberries and I was saying to Emma “yummmmm theses are so good, tasty and healthy for you” Then she started saying the same. About 15 minuets later I was in the garage and she was eating a Now Later piece of candy and with such an expressive watering of her mouth sound saying “yummmmm theses are so good yummmmmmmmmmmmm” You know me I first just had to laugh but pointed out all that bad sugar in there. This kid has such a sweet tooth it is going to be hard to break, luckily she is loving fruits and veggies it’s just that her passion is in sugar of the junk kind. I think it is in June babies. Everyone I know who birthdays are in June have that same sweet tooth.
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I am Melissa I have been a diabetic for 12 years. I am the proud mother of two young children (a 2 yr old, and a 10 month old) they are my life. I am on 2 different types of insulin, glucophage,and glipizide. The Dr. said it could be managed better if I lost weight so here I am. I look forward to sharing info and recipes with everyone.






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Welcome New Members! Glad to have you join! Look around the new message boards, I'm sure there's one to suit your needs! You've come to a great place for support and encouragement! We're a positive attitude team,and anything you want answered, I'm sure the members here will make sure they are answered to you specifacations! or if you just want to say Hello! We're here for you! Jump right in and make yourself at home! Hugs,Verm emoticon

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Hi Melissa,
You will find a lot of support here. People are very helpful. Look around at other threads. Theres great information.

Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 3/30/2007 (15:41)
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Welcome Melissa.

This group is a great group. They're always there for you and will answer any question you might have. There is a lot of information in previous topics so check them out.

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Hi! I am Melissa (28) and mom of 2 (20 mos & 4)and was diagnosed with type 2 in 2005 after gestational diabetes with my son. In only 6 short month after his delivery I had an A1C of 7.9. I was put on meds and it is controlled with it, (A1C of 6.3) but I still need to lose over 100 lbs for my health! I am sure this board and sparkpeople can help me with my motivation (which for me is the biggest hurdle of them all!)

Thanks & God Bless!
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emoticon Angelica and Cheryl to the Diabetic Team. You will love it here at SP and on this team. Everyone is very supportive of each other and share a lot of info. Join several spark teams...it is the best support you will ever receive...read the spark mails...a lot of motivation there and good info on eating healthy. SP is not set up for diabetics but you can still learn a lot about eating healthy from them...you may have to set up your calories and carbs based on what has been advised for you. Ask questions on here...someone is always around to answer...read some of the older threads...a lot of good info is on those.

Most of all, get to know everyone and have fun...good luck on your journey!
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HI, I am a new member and new to diaetes by about two weeks. My Ac1 was 8 and my FBS was 200, so I have a lot to learn about diabetes. I currently am taking Gloucophage and of course was told diet and exercise. Along with this my cholestrol is high but the good clholestrol was good! emoticon

I am looking forward to this foard for tips and encouragement. I am now following the ADA diet and so far tings are going ok, now scale so I cannot weigh myself as of yet.

 
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I am a new member and have type 2 diabetes...I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 1995 when I was about 7 months pregnant after a hard fall I had. After I had my son, 11 yrs old now, the diabetes went away,but my dooctor told me there was a chance I would develop on set diabetes in the future, but never thought it would be about two years later. I just turned 36 yrs old and have been on insulin for about 9 years now. In September my doctor prescribed oral pills in conjunction with my insulin because my a1c levels were up to 11, those pills made me gain about 20 pounds, as if I did not have enough weight on me already, I stopped taking them. I have since then lowered my a1c to 7 and am trying to lower my cholesterol which is a little high. In 2000 I had lost about thirty pounds and was taken off the insulin, but now another child later, he is now 3, I have been back on it and hope that this site will help me to lose some weight and get off insulin again...I would appreciate any advice that comes my way..thank you in advance. emoticon

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Karen....SP meal plan is not set up for diabetics. About the best you can do is manually change your calories, fat grams, carbs, etc to whatever the CDE or MD has recommended and then turn off their meal plans (unless you like being tortured with what you can't have...LOL). Then enter your own meals. That is what I have done. You can use some of their recipes and some I have just modified for my needs.
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Hi. Thought I'd introduce myself. I joined Spark s couple of months ago and am still learning my way around. Less than a month ago my DH was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes so we've been trying to learn everything we can about diabetes and what is best for him. He's on 2 meds, metformin 2x/day and glucotrol 1x/day. Starting out his FBS was 266 and his A1C was 11.9. We've been able to get his FBS in the range of 130-150, he's had a couple of lower readings, but not consistently. Our doc wanted him to shoot for 150 right now, so I'm pleased that we seem to have met/exceeded that goal in just over 2 weeks.

My biggest problem is still planning meals. My menus here seem to be loaded with carbs and not great choices for DH. Is there a way to have the menus give better diabetic choices? Right now I'm just going with menus I know are better for him and or whole family (we have 3 kids) is following the same "diet". I want to educate them now so maybe they won't face diabetes in the future.

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Thanks for your encouragement. I do have an inground pool and even though I live in Pensacola, FL the water is still a little too cool to get in. I do plan on getting in as soon as I can stand the temp of the water. Until then I will check out a local rehab center that as long as you have a docs rx you can use their pool for $60/month. It shouldn't take more than 1 month until my pool is ready to go. Thanks again for everyone's encouragement. Have a great day!

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emoticon to the team Mart! I echo what has already been said. Water therapy is fantastic for arthritis. Are you taking anything like Ibuprofen or Alive for the inflammation? I have arthritis also in my back. I started out doing exercises in my chair as if I was confined to a wheelchair...there are exercises under the resource tab and articles for exercising with arthritis or disabilities. It is what got me started. I can tell a difference in my pain level, tolerance and even breathing since I have lost the first 27 lbs. Start slow, you can do this...you NEED to do this, Mart.

Good luck and let us know how we can help.
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MART6361 - Welcome to the gang. Have you seen a physical therapist to investigate exercises you can do that relieve stress on your knees? If you have access to a pool, water walking is very kind to the knees. I think motivation to be more active to help control our diabetes and reduce--or forestall--the chances of the complications of diabetes varies among individuals. You'll find great information, great support, great people here. If you don't have any motivation of your own at this point, temporarily borrow ours until you figure out what will get you ready to fight for your life and health.

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I am new to this site as of yesterday. I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes Jan. 06. My A1C is around 6.7 but my problem is weight and motivation to get moving. I'm 45 and need to get active again. But it's hard to move when your knees just absolutely kill you and all they say is it is arthritis. Any words of wisdom?

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Hello to all new members. I was a newbie to Spark People and diabetes just 2 months ago. I learned a lot and got a lot of support from the members in this group. Be sure to look around at the other threads. They are quite informative.

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop" (Confucius)

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Hello Pat, and welcome to the group, please read the first 3 boards they might help you to understand whats going on around here lately, The "Managing Diabetes Forum 2" is a great board to get you going until you find your way around here, the great people there will answer any of your questions I am sure you have! it will get easier to find your way around the more your here!, you've come to the right place, glad to have you! Hugs,Verm

ps, Thank you Jan for directing Pat to the right place, I sure do need the help around here! lol

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Welcome to all our new members...we are glad you found us. Please jump in on the threads and get to know us.

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Hope I'm doing this right. I'm still a bit confused navigating this site, but then I confuse easily LOL. My name is Pat but go by the name yarn-n-hook 'cause I usually have a crochet hook in hand, and I'm 56 years young. I was diagnosed in 1975 and about 20 years later went on injectible insulin. Have been fighting with this weight problem all my life my hubby is as skinny as the day we married and he's 60. Makes me sick : ) Because of the diabetes, I've developed neuropathy in my feet and heart disease. Now that I've depressed everyone here's the good news. I've been on the program for 3 days and can already tell the difference. I'm not depressed as much, I have some hope in site, my blood sugar is starting to drop to managable levels and I have energy. This keeps up I won't need to e-mail I can just run around and visit in person LOL. Thanks for the assist Verm. I'm looking forward to being in a group with other diabetics and swapping recipes as well as encouragement and stories. Thanks for allowing me to join your group. for now.

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2008-Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
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SCAMECOCKFAN, if I'd faced diabetes while a teenager I most likely would have stuck my head in the sand and totally ignored it. When we're that young we simply can't think that our health might not be infinate and inexhaustable. Serious kudos to you for taking control and responsibility for your health and future now while you are young and have your whole life ahead of you. And good luck with the new endocrinologist next week; make him/her a partner in your health care.

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Hi Everyone, I really am not new baut I have been away from this group for a while because I just couldn't manage my time well as my depression flared up. Now I am back. I have a hard time postinf becuase I am really a reader not a writer. I go in to read the threads and if there is nothing I can add info to I just go on to another thread.

I am 1 month short of 61 and I have had diabetes for over 30 years. When I was diagnosed I was just told I had diabetes and that was all. I didn't know what type it was. I have a new doctor now and have baeen told that i have Adult onset type 2. So I am on 2 types of insulin. One long lasting that lasts all day and a fast acting one that I take 4 times a day.
At first I thought little about it and just took my insulin but I was infailable and nothing was going to happen to me. As I got older I realized I was not infailable and the desease was going to kill me. Then I took it seriously. I weighed 290 pounds and knew I had to loose it fast. Now I am down to 175 and the diabetes is the same, so the weight loss did nothing but make me feel better about myself. That was good. Good luck to you all and I will try to post more often.

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Hi, and welcome everyone...I know I'm new but I figured why not, right?

Sarah, I can honestly say that I have not always been this way. I was diagnosed at 14 and of course during my teenage years I rebelled. I think my highest a1c ever was 9.8 and that was when I was about 16. I went on a new medicine regiment and well, I still wasn't very good with dealing with the disease. I mean, I had no problem taking the shots but I didn't want to think about what I had to do so I would hardly ever test. Well, really it has been in the last few months that I have begun testing as regularly as I can and I'm proud of myself for finally growing up. I'm going to an new endo next Tuesday, it's been years since I've been to one.

USCLarry, my USC is better. emoticon GO COCKS!!

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My name is Gail, Im 46 and have been a diabetic since 2001.I am so looking forward to shedding this weight and getting off my meds. I take avandia gluconorm and metformin. I have been working out with a friend mon.-sat since Jan.29/07 for 1 hour. I have lost 15 pounds so far and I am thrilled that I found this sight. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

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SCGAMECOCKFAN - Thanks very much for your note; I had been wondering if response to exercise was an either/or situation. I'm lucky that my BG levels have never hit 200 (that I know of!). Type II is hard enough. Type I seems so much tougher; I really admire the tenacity of Type Is who have to pay so much close attention to monitoring their BG and constantly adapting their medication routine.

T2 diabetic; diagnosed 1/2007. Maintaining A1c of 5.1% - 5.4% for past 3+ years. No diabetic medication at this time; managing diabetes through carb restriction (40-50 grams carbohydrate per day) and moderate exercise.
"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast." - Thomas Jefferson


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Welcome Larry and Linlong to the Team! and congratulation to your 103.1 pounds loss! thats so wonderful, and that A1c is great! I'm so proud of you two for coming here and making a difference! We have a "Managing Diabetes Group Forum 2" board, it's kept at the top of the boards come on it and say Hi there, and start posting your thoughts and tips on how your staying healthy, lots of great positive people there to support you on your quest to a healthy life style, sounds like you are already toward your goal! keep it up! Hugs,Verm

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I am a Spark novice and also new to the Managing Diabetes Group.I am an insulin dependent type 2 (thoughmyDr.has cut my insulin by more than two-thirds since I have lost 103.1 lb. That has been in the past 8 months.A1C is now down to its lowest ever...5.5! What is the daily forum?

thanks

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I also just recently Joined Spark People. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and have been diabetic for 10 years and I would say for 9 years and 10 months I was in denial, even though I should have known better.

I have learned a lot in the past two months to get my diabetes under control so that I control it, rather than it controlling me.

I'm a rarity, that is I am a native Californian. I'm also a graduate of the University of Southern California.

I've been married to my wife for the past 24 years and we have 3 children , 2 boys and one girl.



 
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Hon! Don't get discouraged, your new here, just come to the "Managing Diabetes Group Forum 2" board everyday, it is filled with positive people who will help you through this tough start! We're here for you! Hugs,Verm emoticon

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well this is becoming a discouraging start emoticon

 
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Dont know if this is right but I will try again.
Brand new to Sparkpeople. Had Gestational and Dr said would prob. return later in life but who knew later was in life was age 32. well here I am 16 yrs later and A1c at 11.5, fastings of 350 and still in denial. I am gonna start NOW

 
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Hello Sarah! Welcome to the Team!~ Hugs,Verm emoticon Glad to have you!

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Sarah,

At least with type 1 diabetics, some people just react differently to exercise. Before you exercise, you need to make sure your BG levels are below 250. If they are higher, it can be harmful for you to exercise, it could cause keytones. For some, exercise makes BG levels go up and for others they go down. Anyway, just thought I'd share some and if other type 2's know if this is wrong for type 2, please let me know!

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I've only been here for about six weeks and don't think I ever actually introduced myself: I just started babbling! Anyway, I was officially diagnosed diabetic (Type 2) end of January of this year; I'd been taking metformin for roughly nine months before and doing "fine" by former physician. (Now that I am better informed, I know that "fine" was far from it! My goal is a FBS of under 115 (under 100 would be much better) and a A1c under 5.5%.

Lack of structured exercise is my downfall, but I've gotten back to walking and am pleased to note that I got in 6.4 miles yesterday. Effect on BS? It has gone up (daily average) every day since I started walking regularly. I figure this too shall pass, and exercise will start having a positive impact on bs.

This is a great resource; lots of good information and people here.

T2 diabetic; diagnosed 1/2007. Maintaining A1c of 5.1% - 5.4% for past 3+ years. No diabetic medication at this time; managing diabetes through carb restriction (40-50 grams carbohydrate per day) and moderate exercise.
"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast." - Thomas Jefferson


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Hi, I'm Jayme, new member. I have type 1 diabetes, since I was 14, but that group is just not very active. Right now I'm just trying to get the weight off that I gained from hypothyroidism.

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Mandi,
Welcome back. Your visit with the doctor and the steps you are taking will bring about the changes you want. Keep at it. Getting and staying healthy is an on-going process. You CAN do it!
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Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.


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Welcome Old and New Members, it's great to have you back Betty! nice to see you Jamey and Mandi! now that you have introduced yourselves, come visit us on the Forum 2 board and jump right in and make yourselves at home! Nice to see you all! Hugs,Verm

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Hello, I am Mandi and was here awhile back for advice and more. I got it but still couldn't get to the Dr because of no insurance. Well now I have ins and went to the Dr finally. Of no surprise my BS and BP was so out of whack, he put me on diabetes and high bp meds. Just yesterda I was put on another diabtese medicine because my sugar is still way high but actually not as high as it was so I am still trying to get it down. I know it takes time right? But I want it down now! I started counting carbs and now I have to get my portions under control. I think that is where my higher numbers are coming from. I went to grocery store and filled my cabinets with low carb to no carb foods to help me do this. I am only 38 soon 39 and I hate this terrible feeling I have finally gotten into. I have been sick for about 2 weeks but yesterday and today I finally am finally feeling better. My sugar is below 300 that is why it has to be. Well I just wanted to come back to where I need to be, I can't be here all the time but going to try often as I am going to need all the support I can get with this problem. I have windled the scales down that is a good thing but I rather my BS go on down to help the feeling! :) Have a great day everyone.
Mandi

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SAPATRANI*~
I'm kinda old/new too! I think I've heard of Januvia on dLife. Are you taking it? If so, how's it working for you? Tell us more!

BOOPS!
PS~ I have a meeting in about an hour. I just didn't want you to think that I was ignoring you!

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Hello...I'm Jamey from Spokane, WA. I've visited here off and on for help understanding pre-diabetes, and this group is so supportive and helpful. Thank you all!

Jamey
Healthy and fit for life!

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Exercise 30-45 minutes a day!

Lose a pound a week (20 pounds by 6/25)


 
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Thanks for the welcome,Judy! Congrats on all of your hard work. I have considerably more weight to lose than you, but I'm more than a conquerer! I used to have a stationary bike until I loaned it to my daughter...you probably know how that goes. I enjoyed my bike. Space is very limited at my new place, but I do have a HealthRider in my bedroom. My goal is to get my spare room cleaned out so I can put my computer and exercise equipment in there. Either that...or I could move. That's always good for purging your "stuff"!

I'll see you on the board! Have a good day.
BOOPS!


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Hi Diana! emoticon
I really admire your tenacity! Are your sugars better than a couple of weeks ago? I know how hard you work the program. You are in my prayers & thoughts! I'll be talking to you more, since I'm back in this board!

BOOPS! emoticon

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I am an Old/new mwmber- I have started reading the posts and putting in my say sometimes.
Now I need some feedback from my fellow diabetic Sparkies- has ANYONE tried this new med called JANUVIA?
I'd love to hear from you folks.
Thanks, Verm!

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emoticon BettyB-53. Glad to have you aboard again. I joined this group in February and we are a fun group with lots of knowledgeable people. Hope we can help inspire you to keep on track this time. I was diagnosed in Nov and have lost 27 pounds with 17 to go so I know how you feel. Small attainable goals are the best. Sorry to hear about your feet. Hopefully you can continue to walk if only for 10-15 minutes a day. On that note, I am off to ride my stationary bike for 15 minutes before getting ready to go to work.
Welcome again!!
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Boop's, Hi, glad to see you back!
Hi all I have been here I believe roughly for one year. I have been a brittle diabetic for quite some time, I wear a insulin pump but am still struggling with my sugars, I was at 100-125 24-7 for over 3 years and then a bad thing called gastroparesis decided to inhabit my body, this has caused many problems but I continue to work at keeping myself going along with the help of God, and the prayers that are given up. Blessings to all, Diana

Baby steps, one at a time, and you will achieve your goals. Never, Never give up.


 
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Hi. I'm actually a return. I guess that's better than a reject! This was my 1st message board when I joined almost 8 months. It was substantially smaller then! Around 150 members, if I remember right. This board has helped many people. That is why it's top-rated! I got off track for a couple of months. I guess it was one of those "denial" times. But I'm back on track now, and decided to come back to my roots because I need the accountability, and also some inspiration! So inspire me, already!

My long-term goal is to get my FBS under 100, which I have never been able to accomplish. My short-term goal is to get my 14-day average under 130, which is do-able. I would like to lose at least 1#/week. I have over 100#'s to lose, so I need to stay motivated and realistic. If I set goals that are unattainable, I will be setting myself up for failure, and I don't want to go there! I desperately need to start an exercise program. I walked for 20 minutes the other day. It felt good to get moving, especially in the fresh air, but my gait is different than before, since the bottom of my feet are numb. I have been told by 2 health care professionals that you don't develop complications until you've had diabetes for several years. I was only diagnosed in 2003, so I must have had it for several years before it was diagnosed, or else they were wrong regarding the comps?

So I need to get my BS under wraps so that I won't develop any more complications. That's my story, and sticking to it! OK...you can welcome me now!

Blessings & Good health, BOOPS! emoticon

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Hello!, Any new members, please come and introduce yourselves on this board and tell us a bit about yourself, we'd love to hear all about you! Hugs,Verm emoticon

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