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2/21/13 2:44 A

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Thanks to SOULREAL42 for the words of encouragement. I can easily keep that "FIT OR FAT" message in my brain, even if there's no mirror handy to remind myself of my commitment to eat healthy! I had a stressful day--my partner blacked out during dialysis, got super sick and had a major (scary!) drop in blood pressure. After I got her home, I was shaken up because of how awful she looked, but I didn't push the feelings down with food. Instead, I went to bed and slept because I'm working a 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift tonight. By the time I left for work, she was feeling lots better, I had eaten a balanced meal (instead of drowning myself in carbs!), and I am feeling much more positive about life. One day (or, sometimes, minute!) at a time!

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2/20/13 11:31 A

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I just LOVE GSDLover's comments - 'fat or fit' is a great method to use. I am told that I pre-diabetic and just realized that I have recently begun using the 'fat fit method' (smile) without really thinking about it. I was in a store today to get gas and they carry my favorite potato chips. Any other 'stressful' time I would quickly grab them and scarf them down and look at the empty bag and wonder what happened. This time I picked up the bag and said 'nope, I've come too far. They will be there in 6 months when I reach my goal, so that will be my treat'. SO YES BRENDA - you can do it - we are rootin' for ya!!

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2/20/13 9:06 A

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2/20/13 8:29 A

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Hi, Brenda, and welcome. I'm an emotional eater, too. These days, we're moving half way across the continent, I'm shutting down a law practice and starting a new job, my husband has retired, we've re-homed dogs and cats and horses, given away furniture, and said farewell to friends. Yesterday, I ate cookies. Today, I'm eating yogurt and protein for breakfast. All we can do is all we can do. But if we are mindful of every bite we put in our mouths, and are honest with ourselves about what we're doing, then we can make better choices.

If you reach for a slice of pizza, carry it with you to a mirror. Hold it up next to you and borrow an idea from another Sparker--ask yourself "fat or fit?" until you get the right answer. This is a life-long journey. Remind yourself that life-long can be a much shorter timframe if you don't take care of yourself.

We all want you around, and diabetes is an insidious disease. Answer "FIT" every time, put that pizza back in the fridge, and eat something healthful. Then go back to that mirror and see someone who is stronger than a piece of pizza. You can do this!

Mary Ruth

It's never too late to be who you might have been. George Eliot.


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2/20/13 8:17 A

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Hi! My name is Brenda and I am new to this site and this plan. I have Diabetes 2 and, so far, have kept it under control without any meds, but my weight has soared over the last six months so I am afraid I will soon be on meds. My biggest struggles with eating are during the night when I work as the overnight counselor in a group home for teen girls. I HAVE to stay awake during my 9 or 10-hr. shift and I try to drink lots of water and tea, but I always end up snacking on leftovers in the fridge. (The only leftovers the kids will eat are pizza or tacos.) Some nights I do OK and have salad or fresh veggies & hummus, but other times I eat way too many carbs. I am an emotional eater, so that doesn't help! Anyhow, glad to be here and I welcome any words of advice and/or support!

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