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7/10/14 10:08 P

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I was diagnosed with diabetes awhile ago and have really struggled with the necessary life changes that I need to make. I have recently cracked down on getting it under control so I came back to SP and found this challenge. Kismet in action.

My focus right now is on getting control of the diabetes and not weight loss. I do need to lose weight but I think making these lifestyle changes and improving my health needs to be the priority.

Short term goals; start eating breakfast, 30 min moderate exercise 5 days a week. Long term goal; get blood sugar numbers under control.

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I am a new member, just started yesterday. I went to the doctors yesterday and my A1C has jumped from 6.8 to 7.8 in three months. The doctor told me that I have to stop eating sugar and carbs. I am on day 2 of not eating sugar and carbs, and it has been difficult. I know by doing this that I will lose weight. My goal is to lose 80 lbs, and hopefully my Type 2 diabetes with disappear!

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7/9/14 10:23 P

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KCHANDLER - Printing out copies of your food trackers and blood sugars is a great way to check in not only with your doctor and nutritionist, but also for yourself. You'll find out which foods work for you and which foods don't work for you. Keep us posted please.

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I just reset to week 1 - should be finishing week 3. My goal for week 1 is to exersise as planned. I just wasn't doing it, so that's why I restarted. I see the nutritionist tomorrow. I've printed out pages and pages of SP food trackers (daily from June 19) and exported my blood sugar tracking and printed that. I wish I had the exercise trackers to print, but I don't. I am anzious to see what she says about the SP Diabetic Plan. My Dr liked it. Next time I see the Dr I will have completed this challenge. I hope to show him weight loss, greater fitness, and much lower BS numbers.

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

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7/8/14 4:49 P

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KAT - You have set some very doable and successful goals for yourself. Nice to see your FBS down to 266 today which is much better than what they have been. Congratulations on your weight goal as well. You have done great!! emoticon emoticon . Keep up the good work!!

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7/7/14 11:40 P

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I have 2 short term goals:
--Lower my glucose levels to consistently read between 100 and 120 each morning (they have been as high as 500, down to 266 today)
--reach my goal of 100 lbs. lost sometime this week. I started losing in 1998 and I have 1.6 lbs. to go. (I will still need to lose about 50 to 55 lbs. but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

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7/6/14 11:41 P

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JRWELL58 - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great team. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins, and

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is worth it !!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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7/6/14 8:45 P

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My goal is to eat healthy foods, and stop eating Hershey's chocolate bars with almonds, among other bad choices.

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ARODGER2 - You have some good doable goals set for yourself. I'm confident that emoticon .

If you have any questions as you go through your new healthy lifestyle journey you are about to partake in, please let us know as you do your posting everyday.

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7/6/14 12:59 P

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SWEETPOTATOPIE1 - emoticon . You have some good goals mentioned here. Looks like you are already working the diabetes instead of it working you. emoticon .

Be sure you eat your 3 meals a day as well as 1-3 snacks a day to keep you from over eating at the next meal, to keep your metabolism going in the right direction and to prevent your BSs from spiking or crashing.

We also have a team of Chair Exercising our SparkPeople (SP) site as well that you might also like to join.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know as you go through new lifestyle journey. There's always someone close by that will be happy to give you a hand.

Enjoy your journey!

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My goals are to eat less sugary foods and to start exercising regularly.

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My goals for this 8-week challenge are:

1. To lose a minimum of 9 pounds.

2. To choose healthy foods every time I eat a meal or a snack.

3. To drink more water, and less soda.

4. To break my habit of snacking after 6:00 p.m.

Edited by: ARODGER2 at: 7/6/2014 (00:32)
"We have to make choices. The ability to choose is an active power...because it makes us want to change those parts of our lives that are no longer appropriate. And changing those parts inspires us to challenge other aspects of our lives that are not satisfactory."--Caroline Myss


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7/5/14 11:42 P

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My goals are (1) to not go on medication for diabetes and to reverse it, (2) lose a total of 50 pounds the end of 2014 and (3) to develop the habit of eating healthy for the rest of my life.
Right now I am checking my glucose levels 6 times a day and sometimes at bedtime in order to get my numbers in a healthy range. On Wednesday of this week, my readings are beginning to follow a good pattern range. I am grateful for this because it shows that what I am eating is portion controlled and the right types of food. I was told in 2011 that I fell in the pre-diabetic category and I began monitoring my glucose. After a year I stopped monitoring because my levels were always in the correct range. So last week I decided to check and found I was in Type 2 category. Once I get back to the desired levels (according to my CDE) I will only have to test 2 or 3 times a day to make sure I am staying where I should be. I started using the Nutrition Tracker on Friday. Looks like I still have a problem with Carbs, but it will get better. One other goal I forgot to mention is that I am very limited with mobility for exercises. I did watch the video on sitting in a chair to exercise the core section of the body. And I enjoyed doing those. Will need to get better at it.

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CHICKY- emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the

1) NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins, and

2) FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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I'm new to all of this. My 8 week goal is become more diligent with my eating. I have a sweet tooth and sometimes it gets the better of me. I also would like to become more consistent with my exercise schedule. Sometimes I'll go to the gym everyday for 2 weeks and then not at all for a month.

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AUNTALICE2 - What a scare that must have been for both you and your husband. Thankfully, you carry an emergency injection kit with you. I have to do the same. BS of 32 was way too low. So glad you got a hold of your dietician and had your insulin lowered and are now stable. Be sure to eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day to help keep your BS from crashing or spiking again as well as to keep you from overeating at the next meal and to help keep your metabolism moving like it should. Please keep me informed as to how you are doing. Also, drink plenty of non-calorie fluids before, during, and after your exercises as well as a small snack to help replenish your body with fuel.

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JAZZIBLU and TENATHT - - You guys have set some really good, doable goals. If you have any questions, please let us know as you go through your journey by posting. Someone will be happy to get right back to the two of you very soon.

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Hi Everyone!! Hope you have a happy 4th of July!! I was having a lot of trouble with my blood sugars because the dietician lowered my calorie level. Well, sure enough my blood sugars were down, down ,down. My lowest was 32, talk about being unable to function on the basest level. but my DH gave me a sugar shot, fed me and watched my blood sugars until I could do it myself. the dietician lowered my insulin by 40%. So far I have been pretty stable.

Slow but steady wins the race!
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I'm new here! Joined just today - found this site on Dietbet. My 8 week weight loss goal is 10 pounds. I'm doing better about eating better, but the big change I need to make is exercising. With asthma, and during pollen season, that is a bit of a challenge, but I will see what I can do.

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My goal is at least 10 pounds lost. To do this I will follow C25K 3 times weekly, watch my intake of food and drink plenty of water. I would also like to see my A1C drop some.

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BETH - Good job on the eating part. Yes, now is the time to start getting some exercise in. emoticon .

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well I am getting the eating part good but I need to start exercising.. Dang my lazy butt..... emoticon

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SOON2BSMALL1313 - You also have some great doable goals. emoticon . Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins from your body.

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GODDESS07 - You have set some doable goals and ways to achieve those goals. Good work!!! Remember that you didn't gain that weight over night and you sure aren't going to lose it over night either - - would be nice if we could!!

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I'm more in danger of becoming type 2 diabetic again and have been feeling the symtoms of the onset. So I want to get it under control before its a problem. Right now anytime I eat heavy carbs I go into " food coma" within 30 minutes. Weather I want to sleep or not. Its only just begun so I know if I fix my blood sugar regulation I won't need the Glucophage again.

My weight loss goal is to get under my first goal.... I am 5 lbs away and only 15 lbs away from my 2nd goal so My hope is to be 215 or less by the end of this challenge

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My long term goal is to change my A1c to a number that isn't considered unhealthy. (my check last month was 6.4 & the first time I even considered that I might be at risk of type 2) Going back in September to my GP & will retest then. Since April I have lost some weight, but I am not at my ideal by any means. Still would like to lose at least 35 lbs.

My goal is to lower my A1c and to lose at least 15 lbs by the next medical check.

This week I plan on tracking everything I eat daily, making sure I stay hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day & fitting in at least 10 minutes of walking per day.

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JEB - You have set yourself some great doable goals. Keep up the good work!

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AUNTALICE - Three months IS doable but I'd rather see you strive for 1 1/2 - 2# a week and maybe be surprised/pleased with more than to strive for 2 1/2# a week and not make it which would bring on disappointment/discouragement from yourself. Do you see what I mean? Either way, be kind to yourself. Do the best you can do and go from there. emoticon .

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Kipster, I didn't look at your weight tracker when I wrote that. 141 is terrific! I know you will do what you set out to accomplish. God bless!

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I'm starting this challenge over again. Today hasn't been a good day for me to track. I got my niece this morning at 6:30am and she was there until 3:15. Momma had to go to the Walk-In-Clinic to find out what is wrong with her ear. Well, there is an inner ear infection behind the ear drum.

I do not have to work tomorrow or Thursday. I had to cancel an appointment for today because of the situation.

This weekend has been to hot to exercise outdoors. I plan on doing some seated exercises today.

I found out last week that my A1C was up by 1/2 (7.5). I'm keeping in contact with my Doctor about this. I was doing pretty good up until today.

Thank goodness for second chances, (and beyond). I like SP, especially the coaching. I have learned a lot and it has changed some of my behaviors (such as loading the dishwasher silverware like with like). I had never thought about that before.

Good luck to everyone!

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I am going this again.. this time I am going to do it. I am setting a goal of eating better and exercise this week. Due to health issues i am setting a goal of 3 times this week. Here we go.... emoticon

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My goals are to reduce my A1c at the next 6 month check. It was 6.4% last week and to lose 1-2 pounds per week before that same checkup.

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I want to lose 2.5 lbs a week. so I can lose at least 30lbs in the next 3 mos.

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My goal for the 8 weeks is to lose 15 lbs. I think that will make me feel much better and be better able to exercise and lose more!

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PARALEE - You have made some great goals for yourself. They are very doable goals. Keep up the good work!!

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My main goals right now are to be more consistent with my food tracking, make daily walks a habit, and lose 10 lbs by the end of the summer.

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Thanks misty for the input, however i do use my tracker that is how i know my calorie count is between 1200 and 1500. Otherwise I would not have a clue.

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Hey CSpecial!

I sent a message to you -- but I'll also comment here!

It's been slow going on the Community portion of this site, but slowly I'm getting to know people. And what I'm learning to appreciate is there ARE people who understand my language!! I think I'm starting to actually feel the support I've read so much about.

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Kipster, make sure you use your tracker which I think makes people more accountable. It's easy for me to overload when I don't use my tracker.

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FBS=170

I did a bit of carb overload last night. I went to a movie but didn't eat until after I got home (about 10:00) and I was ravenously hungry by then. I didn't get popcorn though. I'm doing better today. Have a birthday party to go to tonight

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5 years ago I lost most all my excess weight and it was fairly easy. However I managed to put a lot of it back on. Not so easy this time now that the sugar beast is trying to get me. I have been struggling to lose weight keeping my calorie intake between 1200 to 1500 calories per day (staying away from wheat products also). As far as exercise goes I am walking 2 miles twice a day. Been doing this for just over 3 weeks. In that 3 weeks I have lost 1 pound. It is so frustrating, The only thing I can do is keep on keeping on. On a positive note, my blood readings have come down,

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we have the same goals and i'm so happy to have found a partner for my journey! i keep a notebook and i see the progress there, bit by bit. binge eating raises my glucose and it's so hard! but having my notebook where i log my sugars and what i ate on the left page and then my training on the right. this way i see things better. like what foods make me spike and what training brings my glucose down faster when i need to. remember: we, like all great works of art, are always works in progress!

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I need to break all the bad foods and not dieting. I just got diagnosed with cataracts and I'm only 40...I've been diabetic since I was 24.

I want to :
Stop binge eating.
Log my foods every day.
Work out every single day!

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FBS=144

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I was just diagnosed with diabetes 2 days ago. I am so overwhelmed. At this point my goal is to learn all I can about how to manage this disorder. I had already started working out and have lost 9 lbs since the beginning of June. My doctor told me to focus on losing weight, so that is where I am right now.

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MY goal is to eat smarter and healthier, to make lifestyle change that will help me to reach my goal weight.

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FBS=148 It has been consistently that for 3 days now. I already decided what I would have for the day and met all of my nutrition goals. Since I am to be sending my reports to my Dr. I don't mind because it holds me accountable. I don't officially weigh in until Saturdays but stepped on the scales this AM and it read 210 with beginning weight 212. I know it can fluctuate from day to day so I'm not going to put it as a weight. I've been doing a lot of housecleaning which burns off some calories (and I sweat) emoticon . I have AC so I'm thankful I can turn it on. I usually have it off during the night. I am getting help to pay off my back bill of my electric and I will pay off the rest. When it's a 0 balance, they will set me up on the budget plan of 78.00 a month. Now that, is doable for me.

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CRE8ED2SERVE - emoticon . So glad you decided to give it another try. You have set some very good goals for yourself - some very doable goals! You need to set your mind to meeting these goals and to stay consistent on Spark - emoticon . With your son joining you on this journey will make it easier and you will be able to not only keep yourself motivated and accountable to each other.

Refresh yourself with diabetes - learn all you can about diabetes - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes (both hypo and hyperglycemia), and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

You are not alone on this journey - we are all here for you - to help, support, and encourage one another. YOU ARE WORTH IT !!!! emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your new journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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Well here I am again for what seems like the trillionth time on spark, trying to make some lasting changes in my life. I got this email today inviting me to join this challenge. My son and I bought a fitbit to track our steps, sleep and food, etc. I have began my small attempt at getting more movement in my life. I was diagnosed as a diabetic aprox 10 or 11 yrs ago. I have managed to drop a little weight and somewhat control my blood sugars. I hope this challenge would allow me to get better control on my blood sugars and get my A1C down. My last appointment doc said its 7.1 which is better, but not where it should be.

I am now walking at least 30 minutes a day in 15 minute increments. I have had lots of diabetes education, but I need to get back on my game. I have a lot of weight to loose, but want to focus on small achievable goals instead of looking at the big number.

1. eat better well balanced meals
2. consume at least the 8 glasses of water each day
3. walk 30 minutes a day consistently
4. take my blood sugar readings daily as instructed by the doctor.
5. loose 5 to 8 pounds in 30 days.
6 during this challenge incorporate strength training with my cardio at least 3 days a week.
I pray that I can and will meet these goals and stay consistent on Spark and fitbit this time around.

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emoticon So sorry for your loss. It doesn't stay the same. They say that time heals and there are times I can talk about my Mom and other times, I burst into tears. There were some good things that came out of it though. I had forgiven my Dad and also it brought my oldest sister and I closer together. She's usually there for my surgeries (except the heart cath) they were on their way home from Florida. I love my sister DEARLY!!!!!



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SZAMAN-it can be done. Make some easy switches. Add more frozen veg, stock up on some fruit that you like. Apples are great if you like them. Forget the whole make a fruit salad, just eat it whole. Slice tomatoes into fourths and eat them as a side. Make sure you buy whole grain.
Progresso has a lot of soups that have whole wheat pasta in them. there are frozen TV dinners that have whole grain pasta and rice. There are even some take out items that are not too bad.
When you are buying chicken for the microwave get the grilled not the fried.
If walking is hard, then just try to stand up every hour and when you sit back down march under your desk for a few minutes. There are some great chair exercise videos right here on spark.
Make the changes that you can do easily and when they become habit, add a new change.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Hi everyone.
I always knew Diabetes ran in my family, but I still was never good at taking care of myself and my weight.
Well, as of last week, my family (and my eating habits) have caught up to me. My A1C was 7.1, and I was officially a type 2 Diabetic.

So, here I am not quite knowing what to do. I know . . .eat right, exercise, monitor your blood sugar. But, I look in the refrigerator and then go sit back down because I have no idea what I'm supposed to eat. I work full time in a high-pressure job, have a 3-year-old at home, and at this current moment my right knee is out and walking is tough.

I guess my goals for this first week are to figure out what simple things I can eat at work that do not require 45 minutes of cook time, try to figure out some kind of exercise that does not hurt and de-stress a bit. Yeesh. emoticon

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This weekend was a real challenge. I went on a trip with a friend. All restaurant eating and a lot of driving, so little time for exercise. I did get in a little walking and managed to do pretty well on my eating. This morning my gloscose was 111, which is the lowest it has been in a couple of weeks.
Ny goals for this week are
week one goal - get started, make meaningful changes
long term goal - get morning monitor reading back below 120

action plan tracking food and fittness - managed to do it
10 minutes of cardio every morning - nothing on Saturday or Sunday
60 minutes of cardio three days a week - water aerobic tomorrow
stop eating at 6:30 PM - managed
eat more veg - managed
still a few days left. hope I can get back to it.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Hello,
I am just beginning this challenge after a diagnosis of Type 2 in January. I was doing well initially, but have been in denial mode the last month or so. My goals are to drink more water, get back on my exercise bike daily, and watch my carbs. emoticon

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Mistysmom06 - So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I lost my mom in March 2006 and my dad in December 2012. It's never an easy thing to go through you will get through it. You never fully get over it but you do learn to go on living with it.

As for you getting your A1C below the 7.5 it is currently at, I am here to tell you that emoticon . I can say that because I have done it myself. It's not always an easy job but it is a job that is well worth it! I am no longer on any blood sugar meds and my Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels are down to well within the normal limits. Like I said, it is worth it!!

The thing is, that you have to stop thinking d.i.e.t. and start thinking a new healthy lifestyle change because this is truly a life long lifestyle change.

As you know, there are two (2) tools that are extremely helpful and probably the most beneficial tools to help you do this. They are:

1) Nutrition Tracker - this tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Be sure you track EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth whether they be good choices or bad choices. By tracking your food, you will be able to find out what foods work for you and what foods don't. By doing this, you will be better equipped to get your blood sugars under control.

2) Fitness Tracker - this tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

Without these two trackers, I would probably not be where I am today. For us "yo-yo" dieters who gain, lose, gain, lose etc etc it is imperative that you keep these two trackers active in your life.

Eat your three meals a day provided to you by the dietician and/or your doctor/nurse PLUS eat your 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important in that they will keep you from over eating at the next meal and they will also keep your metabolism revved up and keep your blood sugars from spiking and/or crashing.

Learn all you can about diabetes - what causes diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes (both hypo and hyperglycemia), how to treat the diabetes and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

You mentioned that you would like to learn from this challenge so you can help other people do the same. That is exactly what I wanted to do and what I am doing now. If it wasn't for the support and encouragement from this program, I wouldn't be at a state where I can do that now.

You are never alone on this journey as we are all on this our own journey right along with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know by posting each day and letting us know how you're doing or if you are having any problems with anything.

emoticon and together emoticon . YOU ARE WORTH IT !!!!!!

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I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes for 9 years now. It was almost 1 week to the day that my Mom passed away with Pancreatic Cancer.

My goals for this 8 weeks is to get my A1c below the 7.5 it is currently (as of last week). I've been with Spark People for 4 years now. It saved me from making the decision to have Bariatric Surgery. I told my Dr. I wanted to try one more time on my own. I lost about 30 lbs. It has crept up again. I was 211 this morning though.

The Nurse Manager at my Dr's office and I are working on getting it down. I am not very good at tracking but want to be more consistent with that. I know I am not alone. My pastor said that his Dr. just diagnosed him with Diabetes. I want to learn something from this Challenge so I can help other people do the same.

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Here I go again. Did lose 1kg this week so some positive news.
I don't know how to stop my eating chocolate when it is available.
My daughter who loves me very much sometimes brings me chocolate as a treat. I explain to her my dilemma and I know she only has love in her heart when she does it but occasionally she does it anyway.
And, as Oscar Wilde so famously said: "I can resist anything.............except temptation.
But, the bottom line is learning not will power but won't power. The responsibility is mine.

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I am getting back on track with losing weight and getting control of my diabetes. A short girl like me can not be this heavy and be happy in life. I would like to lose at least 80 lbs in the next year. Just for the health reasons and feeling comfortable.

At least I am not where I was at a year ago. I am down 20 lbs from last year.


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My goals are to get control of carbs, drink more water and to check in daily. And to keep myself motivated to exercise. I need to tone. I have already lost 160 pounds since Dec 2012.
I keep a journal on it with pictures, measurements, my thoughts, etc-gives me something to look back on for motivation.

Carol

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My goals are lose weight, check in daily, add exercise to my routine and to drink more water

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emoticon ! I'm seeing some great goals here from all of you! They all are doable. Be sure to eat your three meals a day as well as your 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important in that they keep your metabolism going, keeps you from over eating, and helps to keep your blood sugars from spiking and/or crashing.

Keep up the good work! You guys are are already on your way to your new healthy lifestyle! emoticon

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I've been here before and was very lackadaisical about it. Now my A1C is the highest its ever been and it scares me. It's currently at 9.6. Heading back to the doctor in a week. Anywho, my goals are:

1. Bring my A1C down.
2. Check in every day.
3. Add some exercise into the day.
4. Eat more healthfully.

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My goal is to get my bad lab #'s down and to get healthier. A person I know who is an RN read the lab report from my endocrinologist and said I was a walking heart attack. Scared me. Also would like to lose 10-20 lbs before Oct 18 when I go to Disneyland and visit relatives/friends in California.

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I want to lose weight but more important I want to get myself back in control. My numbers are too high and I just want to feel better. This time I want to use these resources as much as possible and see a difference.

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Well I definitely been here before and was unsuccessful so I'm back again.

My goal in these 8 weeks is to:

1. Make it a habit to check in everyday
2. Lose at least 5 pounds
3. Get into a ritual of exercise
4. Be more conscious regarding what I put in my mouth.


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My goals are:

(1) To lose 10 lbs in 8 weeks;
(2) Build the habit of incorporating strength training and cardio into my daily movement/exercise program;
(3) Eat more fresh fruit vs. processed foods (like cookies) to satiate sugar cravings.

Woo hoo! Here I go...


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My goal is to follow this challenge and lose some weight I have such a hard time losing any weight at all even though I am very active. I lose my motivation so quickly when I don't see the scale change :( I would like to lose 10 lbs during this challenge.


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My goals are to just get numbers down. One day at a time. It is a struggle but in the last three months I have dropped FBS from 250 - 300 to usually below 120! I have dropped weight about 7 pounds but go up and down 4 pounds so would like to keep it steady and better to lose. I have labs on Tuesday next week and if the A1C is down where it needs to be or closer than 10.7 then I will not have to go back for 6 months versus the 3 months I do now. I am trying to get on track and just need something to spur me on in the exercise area. I am eating much better since it is summer and the veggies are coming in.

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My goals are to loose a few pounds and to incorporate weights into my exercise routine

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt" - Mark Twain


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I walked a 5km last week with absolutely no training. I finished in just under an hour but joined this group so that I can do the correct training so that I can do it without puffing and panting the whole way. I already track my food and water everyday, I'm active on sparkpeople the only thing I'm not doing is exercising. So this is my goal - exercise

Take it one day at a time


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My week one goal is to use the nutrition tracker and exercise tracker, aim for 5 freggies a day & plan healthy snacks to keep blood sugar level, go to Cardiac Rehab exercise 3 days a week and use Spark exercise videos- strength and stretching. 8 glasses water daily.

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Just get some of this weight off and get out of the pre-diabetic condition. Having blood work done again next week (6/26) and hope to have some better numbers.
Try to get into a routine of some sort of exercise. Just received a "Sit and beFit" DVD and will start it tomorrow.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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