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''I Beat Diabetes with SparkPeople!''

I Beat Diabetes and You Can, Too

When Ann (AGILLASPIE60) was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2010, she knew she had to change her lifestyle and get her health under control. A few months later, she was struggling with motivation when she found Since then, Ann has lost 40 pounds and is now in control of her diabetes! We asked Ann to share her inspirational story to show others what can happen when you work hard to make healthy changes in your life.

Ann today

As a person with diabetes, were there any specific challenges you faced when trying to lose weight? If so, how did you overcome them?
"I work 10-hour days at a childcare center. I use large amounts of energy caring for small children and by the time I get home, I am exhausted. I have to MAKE myself find time for exercise. I walk my dog most nights but also decided I could exercise with the kids during my workday. They play in the gym every day, so I started running laps with them. We get creative during our laps by hopping like bunnies, crawling like turtles, etc. I even hula hooped with them one day!"

What SparkPeople tools and features have helped you the most?
"I love the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. I really enjoy reading all the articles on nutrition, fitness and motivation. The support from other SparkPeople members has really been great as well!"

Did you take medication to help control your diabetes?
"I take Metformin for my diabetes, but my doctor recently told me I can stop taking it at any time! I have been taking it every other day for the past few weeks and will stop taking it altogether as soon as my current bottle of pills runs out."

Do you have any go-to meals, snacks or recipes that are diabetes friendly?
"For lunch I usually have a Lean Cuisine meal. I read the labels carefully to make sure I don't have too many carbs and that there is fiber in them. I include plenty of fresh fruit in my diet and try to get a few servings of veggies every day as well. I am happy that peanut butter is a super food! I have about a 1/2 serving of it most days. For breakfast, I almost always have a bowl of Quaker High Fiber Oatmeal with blueberries."
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • JOANN25
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes several years ago. I am able to keep it under control with medication. Spark People is encouraging healthy meals (I have cut down fast foods until they are almost nonexistent)
    ill working on the exercise part. I am having back problems which makes it difficult to follow any kind of regular exercise program. I do more walking than anything and am trying to build up to the 6000 steps a day challenge. I am making from 2,000 to 3,000 now so will keep working until I reach the goal. In other words, I am going to be proactive from now on and conquer this weight problem. - 8/23/2014 12:26:56 AM
  • I worked as a CNA for over 25 yrs. And I have to applaud every diabetic that sticks with their diet. I know it's not easy, but there are so many benefits along the way. I myself may end up having the same problem, since it runs in the family. It would be good to break away from that part of the mode. - 6/14/2014 12:55:34 AM
  • I am too a type 2 diabetic and I know that no matter how much weight I lose or how fit I am I will always be a diabetic .The only difference will be is that I have it under control and not that I was cured.My insurance company will always have diabetes as a pre-exiting condition for me because it is. - 5/12/2014 11:47:00 PM
  • I am too a type 2 diabetic and I know that no matter how much weight I lose or how fit I am I will always be a diabetic .The only difference will be is that I have it under control and not that I was cured.My insurance company will always have diabetes as a pre-exiting condition for me because it is. - 5/12/2014 11:35:53 PM
  • I really DID have diabetes and according to my doctor, I BEAT it! It may very well come back someday but for the past 2 years, it has NOT! There are no false claims and not everyone will be able to beat it but I DID! Even my health insurance company recognizes that I am no longer diabetic. I still exercise and I am still careful about what I eat. I have made a lifestyle change and will continue to be healthy. Will the diabetes return??? Maybe...even most likely at some time in the distant future. But for now, it is gone!

    And to answer if this works for type 1 diabetes...unfort
    unately it does not. Your diabetes will always be with you because your pancreas does not produce the insulin your body needs. However, it's always good to exercise and eat a proper diet! My body was glucose intolerant...a mild form of diabetes. Anyone whose pancreas does not produce insulin cannot beat diabetes. This is why it is so important to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes very early! I have a family history of diabetes so my doctor monitors my glucose levels very carefully and regularly. - 5/9/2014 6:06:13 PM
  • Thank you! I'm a former child care worker, now teacher, myself, and my health situation is similar. My goal is to conrol my diabetes so I don't need medicines anymore. Thank you for showing the way! - 4/6/2014 7:07:26 AM
  • I too have type 2 diabetes. I have lost 50 lbs and have done the tracking and exercise. I feel that it was partly Spark People but mostly because God has been with me this whole journey. I am still on the metformin, but hopefully can get off of it like she has. - 2/9/2014 5:16:49 PM
    Does this work on type 1 diabetes??? - 12/7/2013 11:13:27 PM
  • Congrats on owning your own health! I'm forwarding this on to a friend that has been diagnosed with type 2. - 11/29/2013 12:45:58 PM
  • Very inspiring story. I feel there is hope for me. Thanks for sharing what it took for you to get there. I am determined to get off of some of the medications that I am on. I take 6 meds per day for diabetes and arthritis. - 6/25/2013 6:41:28 AM
  • Great job. I hope to follow in your footsteps. - 10/8/2012 3:26:02 AM
  • Thank you for the inspiration. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and my doc did not prescribe anything becaue I want to bring my blood glucose down with diet and exercise (and my fasting glucose was right on the edge at 126). I so do not want to take meds or have to test and I know watching carbs and staying active is the only way for me from now on. But it's a day by day process and hearing a story like yours made this day that much easier. - 8/21/2012 5:50:35 PM
  • Thank you for sharing. My youngest son was diagnosed with Type 2 as well and he is struggling with weight. (his wife is a good cook and is heavy as well).
    They are finally on track and your story gives me hope that he too can beat this thing. You are truly an inspiration to a worried mom. Love that you incorporate your work with exercise, helping your children and yourself. Keep up the good work!! - 8/21/2012 3:29:46 PM
    I lost enthusiasm for this site for two reasons.
    1. being beat over the head with e-mails from your organization. More junk thrown at me than I could read in a day. BTW, this was without me signing up for your daily newsletters!

    2. The before and after picture of Ann which was obviously not the same woman. You could call it a mistake but it was very misleading. - 8/8/2012 2:26:44 PM
  • Thanks for your article. After reading I begin to have the joy that I will get and keep my blood sugars back into a safe range. Stay Blessed. - 6/8/2012 12:47:01 AM

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