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''I Beat Diabetes with SparkPeople!''

I Beat Diabetes and You Can, Too

-- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader
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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 SparkPeople.com. 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

  • 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
  • MARY_THOMAS
    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
  • WABPITA
    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
  • JOEVEILLEUX
    Comment on my earlier post: All the "above"s should say "below"... when I was typing my comment I did not realize that the web site posts latest comments on the top... so when I said "above" I am really referring to the earlier comments which are "below" mine. Sorry! - 4/20/2012 12:31:38 PM
  • JOEVEILLEUX
    I loved this article and all the comments attached to it. There appear to be some different opinions about whether diabetes is reversible and whether you can ever truly be "cured". My understanding is that while the underlying condition/predisp
    osition is always there (and will always be there), through diet, exercise, and weight loss you can "reset" your body to use the insulin correctly, thus rendering the disease asymptomatic (this applies only to Type II, obviously, not to Type I where you don't produce insulin). Once the disease is no longer symptomatic, you appear to not have diabetes... however as I said the underlying predisposition is still there so later on, if factors change, it can indeed (as someone said above) come roaring back.

    As for me I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in January of 2012, just about the time my company was having us sign up for various healthy-living options, one of which was SparkPeople. I decided to take an aggressive approach to become free of the disease (and off meds). With a lot of help from the tools here on SparkPeople, I have lost over 30 pounds so far and my numbers are way down -- in line with where they're supposed to be and getting better all the time. I have another followup meeting with my doctor in a couple of months and I'm hopeful that at that time I'll be able to get off the meds (metformin). I am encouraged by the comments above from people who have taken this course and been successful; this further convinces me that I can do it; THANKS! - 4/20/2012 12:25:57 PM
  • wow I am not being mean or disrespectful. But diabetes does not go away. Once you are diabetic you are just that. It is misleading and could cause some diabetic to do something drastic (not me) the road is not easy. But it is a road that many travel including me. You can control or manage diabetes with medication etc. If you go and eat what is not recommended and not exercise then the beast will roar again. No cure but controlled. It is great that she was able to get off medication. So was I when years later it came roaring back. It sort angers me all these false claims. But on the other hand I do believe in Divine healings from God and have had some. too each his/her own but I tread carefully........
    ............. - 4/17/2012 11:06:04 AM
  • Great article. Spark People has helped me to keep my A1C in the normal range. My initial reading was in the 7s, now it runs 5.4 - 5.5. I find it much easier to space my carbs with the tracker. - 4/14/2012 8:33:48 PM
  • THEESLADY
    Good Deb for you!!! You look great, and I love your story and will pray for your continued success!!!!!!!! - 4/14/2012 7:51:46 PM