Good morning everyone, it looks to be a beautiful day in Michigan. One of the first things I do every morning is log in to SP, track my food from breakfast, and write at least 3-5 posts. We all have diabetes, and the consequences of that can be devastating in my family. But, even though I knew that, I am no different that most people. We tend to downplay the seriousness until the disease saps our strength and symptoms become more problematic. The wake up call actually came about 2 years ago. My own weight loss journey has been a slow, positive progression. I have gone from a sz 22 to a 12 (depending on style), and all blood sugar levels are normal with minimal medication. I still have 40 pounds to lose, but when I look back....this is a miracle.
You've made a great choice by joining sparkpeople. This site really helps keep you on track, motivate you, and gives great exercise tips and recipes! My husband lost 100# using this site. Think positive and take it one day at a time.
Welcome to spark people. It is hard work , but sounds like you have two things in your favor. You have determination and you have this Site. The articles have taught me so much and the people inspire and cheer you on. The trackers are so much help and the reports at the end ofthe day really tell some interesting things that can improve your nutrition with real food. You won't only be improving your health but also your family's health. I thought cooking healthy would cost a lot but was pleasantly surprised it came out cheaper than the boxed meals I had been serving. It was more tasty too. Start small by just adding veggies to what you cook and then pick one box meal and try to find a recipe on Internet that is similar. I did this and now love our meals. Just remember small steps and if you feel overwhelmed, review what changes you have made and just practice those. You will know when to add more. Also, activity is so important. Can't loose weight without food and exercise tracking. So play with your kids. Go for hikes and play tag. You may need lots of breaks at first, but as giggles start to flow so will your energy. Have funand make it the lifestyle you want. Then the healthy you will emerge. Best of luckand if you have questions there are lots of answers here. You can do this. Remember it is all about the fun lifestyle. Also,include your kids in the healthy food making. Kids love to cook. Enjoy the journey.
Edited by: SIMMONSCORNER at: 6/25/2013 (23:47)
current weight: 164.5
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Welcome Colebug01! You've come to the right place. There are so many tools on this sight to help you with what ever you need. One thing I found out that works when I have a sweet tooth; eat a piece of fruit or granola/protein bar. We've even started making our own trail mix with dried fruit that we have on hand, like raisins or cherries. Then add whatever you have for nuts. I like to add a few chocolate morsels to give it a little extra sweetness. Works like a charm. Good Luck, Karen
I've never posted on a forum, so this may not be right :-/
I am hypoglycemic and 100+lbs overweight. I am 37 years old and the mother of five. I am here looking for a life change before I become a full diabetic. My dad and my grandfather were both diabetic. My tri levels are really high and don't know how to bring them down without changing my lifestyle. I have a sweet tooth the size of Mt. Rushmore! I can't use artificial sweetners of any type since they all give me terrible headaches. I want to lose weight but we are on a budget, so gyms and Weight Watcher programs are out. I'm on my own in this. I want to be healthy so I can be here for my kids. I have to do this for myself and my kids...
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