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7/3/13 12:26 P

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Welcome to our new members. Ready to start a new part of your life! You will not regret making the effort. Some days and weeks will be better than others. The key is to keep your goals in front of you, keep them reasonable, and do not look back. Sometimes it is difficult to have patience, especially for us tortoises. I have been active here for about 3-4 years, and when I think about how far I have come, Hmmmmmmm, guess it's ok to look back when you want to see the progress.

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7/2/13 11:10 P

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Welcome you have come to the right place and are pointed in the right direction. Make some small changes (not EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE) and be realistic. Are you likely to REALLY give up ALL of the foods you REALLY LOVE for the rest of your life? The real trick is to learn ways to fit them in more sensibly, less frequently, and in more sensible portions. You want to start small so you will experience success instead of failure and because SUCCESS breeds MORE SUCCESS and conversely, failure leads to more of the same. Have fun and explore and check things out - you will learn a lot about you and about healthy habits.

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



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7/2/13 2:29 P

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my goals are:
1. loose my unhealthy amount of weight
2. get to at least 170lbs
3. learn to manage time better
4. sleep management


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7/1/13 10:55 A

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Welcome to our new members. You have landed in a great place where we toss around ideas, rehash older ones, and share what has helped the most. You commented that your a1c results had not come down, which can be discouraging. I needed to remember that number is sort of a summary number for the past several months. It is likely to go down when your next one is taken. When I look at the charts over time, I saw quite a decrease. Actually that took 3 years to get to the present levels. Hang in there. It will happen. If, by chance, it does not, you may wish to talk with your doctor for advice. There may be other issues (ex., meds, thyroid) that could be impacting.

Mamatraub, congrats on the weight loss. And your proactive approach. By getting involved now, you may just be able to avoid the diabetes diagnosis. And gain a healthy lifestyle. That's a win-win.

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6/30/13 8:48 P

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My goal is to learn as much as I can about pre-diabetes. I have had it for over 8 yrs and thought by loosing the 30+ pounds in the last 3 years it would help, I guess not. I have changed to a more proactive approach to a diabetic diet.



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6/30/13 8:02 P

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There are correlations with a whole slew of things - I used to joke that it was ALL my mother's fault because I weighed over 9 pounds at birth and babies who weigh more than 9 pounds are more likely to get diabetes. It was ALSO ALL my sons' fault because mothers who HAVE babies who weigh more than 9 pounds are at greater risk (both were). It was ALSO ALL my father's fault because those with a family history also are at greater risk, and his mother, grandmother, brother, sisters, and he all had it. It was ALSO ALL my fault because people who are obese are at greater risk and OBVIOUSLY I am OBESE. So, while none of those things actually CAUSE it in and of themselves, but ALL of those factors contribute and present RISK factors for it.

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



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6/30/13 2:17 P

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well the goals are lose at least 20lbs- get the A1C down- it was 6.4 in dec 2012 and its still at 6.4 -just had blood work last week. i'm 60years old and let me tell you its not easy to lose weight now and 30years ago i couldn't gain any. but this too shall pass- just gotta work harder!!
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6/30/13 8:10 A

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Wishing lots of people would read these posts. My grandfather was a thin man who had diabetes 2. He was a blacksmith and physically worked hard. Why him? Do not know. In my immediate family diabetes is prevalent--My grandfather, mother, brother, two aunts, myself and those are just the family members who immediately come to mind. Anyone trying to build a case that genetics are not a factor will have a difficult time convincing me. What does help the most is for me to not dwell on the genetics which I cannot control, and focus on the risk factors I can impact.

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6/29/13 10:05 P

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I would argue there are a lot of conditions/diseases/addictions etc. that have a behavioral component that we can do something about, but there are also, hereditary, genetic, and environmental factors that also play a role. If obesity were the ONLY cause of diabetes, then why do I know so many NORMAL WEIGHT AND SKINNY people with diabetes? If obesity is the ONLY cause of heart attacks or strokes, or WHATEVER - why are there so many people of normal weight or who are skinny who have those diseases? I don't deny that we are at increased risk due to our weight OR that losing weight and making lifestyle changes makes sense, just (as you said) have a problem with blaming it all on US.

My sister works is a nursing and she gets VERY angry at people who BLAME the person whose lifestyle has contributed to their diseases. She points out that YES, there are things those people did that may have brought on their condition or aggravated it, however, she points out that there are probably just as many others who did the same things and do NOT have the diseases. On the quiz section on SP there is a question about things that contribute to diabetes and you are supposed to pick the one that is NOT a risk factor - the one that isn't a risk factor according to that quiz is EATING too much sugar.

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



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6/29/13 8:31 P

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Just a comment about the perceptions of others when it comes to diabetes. I often hear comments that suggest many people think diabetics bring it on themselves by the amount of sweet things they eat. And truth be told, 20 years ago I carried some of those attitudes after watching what a couple of friends ate. Looking back, it was not what they ate that really bothered me. It was the amount of what they ate paired with the increased insulin they used afterward that got me. If I want more cake, I will take 2 shots? Fast forward 20 years, and these very close friends are struggling with the effects of not managing the disease well. But here is where it gets interesting. I know the research about diabetes and what we can do to to avoid the worst of this disease. But, did I change my own lifestyle at the time I was watching my friend make iffy choices? No.........not until I received my own deeply personal wake up call. I knew I was high risk for it, just looking at family history. I do not think any of us set out to get diabetes or deserve it. I do think that we do not think of the future at moments we are making daily choices.

Well, team mates, there it is. My diabetes is well managed, and I feel really good. Just wish I had paid better attention a long time ago. But, better late than never.

Have a great one.

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6/29/13 6:43 P

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It is not a lofty goal, it is VERY doable. I wrote about a change in my meds in a blog yesterday. I not only have lost a significant amount of weight - during the summer when I am exercising a LOT (hours and hours in the pool) I am no longer taking ANY diabetes medication and I have been on INSULIN for years - was on two oral meds as well. As of yesterday, I am only to take the insulin IF I do not exercise a LOT - was having BS drop really low in the middle of the night. I was originally diagnosed some nearly 14 years ago and am really working to keep from having to go back to taking the insulin - it has been getting reduced throughout my weight loss.

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



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6/29/13 6:02 P

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Thank you for your encouraging note. It was quite an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

I told my husband that sometimes I feel that diabetes is the leprosy of our time. Listening to some of the media, it is very discouraging and humiliating. It is nice to join a group of people who understand the struggles and are working together to improve their lives.

... Thank you :)

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6/29/13 10:09 A

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Good for you. That is quite a drop in the a1c. You have a support system surrounding you, including a good doctor, nutritionist, and family. Adding the structure of this site rounds it all out. The food and fitness trackers are powerful tools for charting. Plus facing the numbers everyday is a nonjudgmental way charts have of getting the point across. Even after a few years of working with this site, I still log in every day. A recent addition for me was adding a goal to write a note like this one, to 3 or more people daily. That way I have an external focus as well. Still lots to learn about this thing we call diabetes. I absolutely do not want to go the way some of my family did. Keep in touch!

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6/28/13 3:24 P

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Hi everyone,

I started using SparkPeople a few weeks ago. I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II in February 2012. At that time, my A1c was 11.4. My current A1c is 8.1. My goals for the next year are:

- Lower my A1c to a 6.0-range.
- Manage my diabetes using diet and exercise.
- Get off metformin
- Lose 50 pounds

It sounds lofty when I write them out. But, I have the support of a very loving husband. My team also includes a fantastic internist and a positive nutritionist.

~ Kathy


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