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I'm a Type II Diabetic since 2006. Have been able to control my blood sugars with diet and exercise. Initially lost weight upon diagnosis. I'm 6' 4" and went from 276 lbs to 236 lbs. For the most part I was able to maintain a range of between 233 lbs to about 238 lbs for the last few years. My ultimate goal is to reach and maintain 200 lbs which will give me a BMI of 24.4. The Thanksgiving of 2009, I reached 215 lbs. and was feeling great! However, by the time New Years came, I got back up to the 230 lbs range! My goal is to get to the gym and walk 30 minutes to 1 hour at least 3 days per week to burn calories. I've found that during the Holiday Seasons are some of my most difficult times to maintain my weight. Also, when I'm feeling very stressed out. I read a great book called "Change or Die" which motivated me to find a group to work with for outside support. I got real upset with myself last week when I weighed in at 249 lbs! I know it's not generally recommended, but I weigh myself Monday - Friday in the morning before I have breakfast. By doing this, I was always able to catch myself if I had a lapse and it got to a 5 lbs gain I was always able to bring it back down by working at it. I was a bit stressed the last few months and didn't weigh myself with that level of frequency. I relaxed on my eating and drinking standards and I need help to lose and maintain a lower weight. I'm 245 lbs. today. I need to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle that I've been on. I signed up with SparkPeople a couple of years ago but didn't really participate in any groups. Looking forward to looking and feeling better and improving my health, for the sake of my family and myself.

Member Since: 5/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,600

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To lose the weight I need to lose and to KEEP IT OFF!

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SparkPeople's Mind Over Body plan .

Mind Over Body is a 10-step plan. The first five steps describe tools you can use to get past the five most common problems that people run into:

inadequate problem-solving skills
unrealistic expectations
toxic guilt & negative self-talk
emotional eating
lack of intrinsic motivation
The second five steps will help you make the shift from “diet” to “lifestyle" change - whether you need to lose weight or not. Diets don’t work. Even if you manage to survive all the unpleasantness of depriving yourself long enough to get to your weight goal, your odds of regaining the weight when you stop "dieting" are higher than 90%. By making the shift from diet mode to lifestyle mode, you'll be able to put aside the habits that got you overweight or unhappy once and for all. You'll develop skills that will not only make these changes less stressful and more enjoyable, but also keep the weight off and help you achieve other import

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  • v NIAGCHRIS246
    Yo! Richard! I think I saw you jogging in Bufflo today!
    2223 days ago
  • v NIAGCHRIS246
    He's gone again. Where is he? Did I scare him away?

    I found out what derailed me and I am back on track. It was as small as a cereal bar for breakfast. Seemed like a good idea but that one little cereal bar set up the carb cravings for the day. I ran out of them and didn't get to the store to buy more for a couple days, suddenly realized the cravings were gone again!

    Maybe it is small things like this that is throwing you off. Or maybe you have just been to busy to post and are doing ok. Who knows?
    2415 days ago
  • v NIAGCHRIS246
    Very glad to see you back, had just about given you up for dead! Or maybe you took off with Joanna J., she dropped out at the same time!

    So I'm giving you an assignment. I want you to write a long blog about where you have been, what you were doing and what caused you to take your eye off the ball. I haven't been doing all that great, I gained ten back and havn't taken it off my ticker cause I'm going to get it back off! Even so I stayed with SP tracking my food everyday. So you have some atonement to do! If you don't want to share all the gory truth you can create a journal page and keep it private.

    I had been eatig a Fiber One Cereal bar for breakfast for the last two months to increase my fiber intake. And maybe because they are good. They have a good amount of fiber, carbs not to bad, tastes like candy. Well if it tastes like candy I guess it is. I have not been able to resist ANYTHING for the last two months, you name it I ate it. Then I ran out of the fiber one bars and decided not to get anymore. A couple of days later and I think my craving is gone again. I'm thinking the way to get rid of cravings is to not eat any prosessed food.

    I've also been reading Dr. Bernstiens "Diabeties Solution" book. It's got me scared straight. I haven't reached the nutrition part of the book yet.

    Well Richard, it may be cliche but it's true. Everyday is a new day! Welcome back!
    2428 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2011 6:19:45 PM
  • v NIAGCHRIS246
    Richard, I hope you are ok, we have not heard from you in so long!
    2483 days ago
  • v I.M.MAGIC
    Sounds like you've got a plan that works for you and that's terrific!

    I don't know if you're aware of it but you can plan your meals--and the occasional treats--up to a week in ADVANCE on the nutrtion tracker! And you can even print out a grocery list... your wife might like that aspect of it! LOL

    It really helps me since I'm on a renal diet and there are so many factors to juggle... I can tweak things before I hit print so I get the sodium and phosphorus levels etc that I'm after. It has made my life SO much easier!

    It's true too, you get some great advice from the team members--I love the folks here!
    Glad you joined us!...

    Kathy emoticon
    2555 days ago
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