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6/24/13 10:18 A

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Sorry it is still painful. While I know that weight loss doesn't CURE or totally eliminate arthritis, it DOES ease some of the pain. I wish this was one that reversed but at least we can keep it from getting worse too quickly.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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6/24/13 9:25 A

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Thank you Nancy. I admit that there were times, and are yet, when walking is painful. The arthritis in both hips is a big challenge, but I know many have similar struggles. I feel truly lucky I can walk. Thought the weight loss would magically erase the problems, but it did not. Probably one of those things that got put in place a very long time ago, when I was a lot younger and not very good about taking care of the only body I have. It is a very good day, however. Everyone, here's to making good healthy choices!

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6/24/13 9:16 A

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Glad you had the opportunity to do something for a good cause and also lots of great exercise. I admire you.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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6/24/13 9:03 A

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Good morning all. Back after a couple of days at a Relay For Life event in Ludington, Michigan. What an emotionally triumphant way to spend two days, walking to honor the battle against cancer. Each year our church based team participates, and it has become just about the highest fundraiser we participate with. We have at least one walker or family on the track 24/7 for the weekend. The stories we hear are incredible. And it was a perfect time to share information about Spark People. Several people noticed my weight loss which led to questions, etc. got to talk about the "how did you do it" questions.

Today I am tired, but in a really great way. Lots of walking, lots of talking, lots of pride, lots of tears. The full range of emotions. It was all there in this event.

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6/23/13 2:07 P

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Hope it helps - life doesn't come with a guarantee but it seems to help me

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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CAROLYN145 Posts: 12
6/23/13 1:47 P

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Thanks! I think that is it! I didn't have my evening snack all week. I didn't even think of that! I am going to be better about that this week!!

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6/23/13 11:10 A

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Hmmm I am not sure but would look at when and what you are eating - a snack around bedtime with some protein and some carbs (glass of milk, crackers and peanut butter, or cheese, or something of that sort) might help. How long do you go between your last meal or food of the day and the next morning's meal.

The coach might have a better explanation, but if I understood my diabetes educator correctly, she told me that what happens to cause higher blood sugar in the morning is that our liver realizes we have not eaten in a long time (all night) and releases stored sugars into the bloodstream. That is one reason that many recommend eating frequent smaller meals/snacks throughout the day so that blood sugars stay more stable.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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CAROLYN145 Posts: 12
6/23/13 10:47 A

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I am just starting this challenge. I am hoping to really watch my sugar intake! I seem to crave sugar more when I am exercising. I have been exercising regularly. My blood sugar has been higher in the am since I have switched to am exercise. Dose anyone know what could be causing this?

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6/23/13 10:08 A

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Your goals are realistic and definitely optimistic - you CAN do this and you are right, many of us have had to recognize that CHANGES are necessary to get back to healthy. When you follow through there is a good chance of reducing and sometimes eliminating the need for your medicines. In fact, sometimes something as small as a 15 minute walk after each meal can bring blood sugars down and under control. Enjoy your journey - it doesn't have to be hard.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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6/23/13 6:05 A

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Never posted to a message board before so here goes..
Just completed week 1 of the challenge. Since being diagnosed with Type 2 I've been in denial - more or less eating what I wanted. I suppose everyone reaches a point where they know they have to take action so here I am. Week 1 taught me a lot. I enjoyed doing the exercises. Tracking my food taught me that I eat far too much carbohydrate, especially at lunchtime and I am now planning my meals for health and gradual weight loss. My goals are:

Stick with the plan and complete all the steps.
Track all my food.
Complete the recommended exercises.
Don't give up if I stumble but pick myself up and carry on. This is a long term thing.

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