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2 Words ~ PRE-DIABETIC!! True Reality Check!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Well last week, I went & got my physical. Honestly, I thought that maybe my numbers were okay but in the back of my mind I wondered what the doctor might say. Other than "Cass your obese & need to lose weight"...

I know that honestly at 241 pounds that I am not healthy but was hopeful that I wouldn't be PRE-DIABETIC... It could've been worst & I could've been diagnosed with FULL DIABETES. So, what I take from this is that I MUST make changes. I'm only 32 years old & too young to be on diabetes medication. I talked with my hubby & today we are going walking. There is so much information I have to read or learn about, on monitoring my glucose levels. Also, learned that my iron is very low & need to be on prescription iron.

It's more than just no more cakes, cookies. I really have to learn how breads, pasta's etc are turned into sugar & impact me. I have to go back in 3 months to make sure my numbers are better so I am not placed on medication. I have the power & control to change this. It sucks that this is what it takes to really make me get SERIOUS about my health.

Today after work, me & my hubby are going walking. I've got to start somewhere. Up until today, I had been making excuses why I can't exercise after work, yes I'm truly tired but am I too tired that I am okay with being on medication - NO I'M not... So that means that I no matter how tired I am I make time in the afternoon to get my butt off the couch & do something.

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    Good Morning!
    How are you doing? I pray all is well in your new life, new world, new living arrangements, and marriage. Wynn, you got this girl, you can do it –just keep on pushing. One day at a time one step at a time. Diabetes will not define you so let's work away from that. You got 3 men in your life that needs your love, hugs and kisses. Remember that when you push play, remember that when you do your workouts. Remember that when you ordering out. Remember that when you look at life. Remember, you have 3 that need you, and remember this one last thing. You need you too! Diabetes will not have you. Pre-Diabetic is a warning. I learn that years ago. It's a warning... That's what the doctor told my mom, it's a warning, but it doesn't have to define you. You can beat this!
    Peace & Blessings

    1692 days ago
    Sorry to read about the pre-diabetes diagnosis but the positive is that it is "pre" and you have already started taking some of the steps to make yourself healthier! Stay focused on the goal of a lifestyle change and it will work out. Wishing you nothing but success on this journey!
    1692 days ago
    Walking is one of the best and easiest forms of exercise. Even losing only 5% of your body weight should help you numbers. You can do it.
    1721 days ago
    Yes, you CAN do this, Cassandra! It is a scary thing, and my sister had those words 2 years ago. She did really well for a while, then "fell off the wagon". She is back on... and so am I!

    Hope everything else is good in your life! And hope you are loving Atlanta!

    1721 days ago
    YOU CAN DO THIS - looking forward to hearing the progress report.
    1722 days ago
    I have to horn in. Diabetes is not a death wish. It can be controlled. I am a living witness. I have been diabetic. since 2001. Started on ameryl 2 gms lost weight. got off. seven years later do 2 stress and the change of life on metformin, junivia (got off cause cancer) Got on onglyza. Now off glyrbide just take one pill. I am extremely active and I have started juicing. I am on the biggest Loser challenge here at spark. I have lost nearly 12 pounds since I first started. Fear is a killer but knowledge is powerful. Learn all you can about pre-diabetes it will progress. My a1c was 8.1 a year and a half ago three- four months ago 6,6 and now 6.4. Stay ahead of it! I am. Remember take those pill and do what dr says.
    1722 days ago

    I am proud of you for staying logged in to SparkPeople and being part of the community even when it was hard to follow the program. MOst people just hide away when they start getting off track (like me). You know what it takes and you can do this. This is about more than just diabetes. It is about seeing those gorgeous twin boys of yours grow up and go to college, and find a wife and give you grandbabies. You want to be there for all of that and they need you there for all of that. You have the power to do this and you definitely have the love and support. We are behind you girl!
    1724 days ago
  • GR8TAWK-N-2-U
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    1725 days ago
    Being labelled a prediabetic as compared to a diabetic is better. You still have time to change your ways. My husband has been a diabetic for 10 years. He was diagnosed at 33. He is hard headed and doesn't exercise. It is hard to control his food intake. I think the only time he was scared was the first couple of years. That's when he dieted and lost weight. Then it all came back.

    My mom was labelled prediabetic but when she dieted and became more conscious, the doctor said her blood sugar was fine. So, don't get discouraged. You can do it!! I am sure!

    Start with walking and progress to harder workouts. I am sure your determination will help you. When a doctor diagnoses a person diabetic, it is a label for life. You still have lots of time!!
    1726 days ago
    Sorry about the diagnosis. Great news about you walking each night. It will become routine and you will find that you are walking farther each time...1 step in the beginning and more each time.

    Log your food here and control the simple carbs....
    1726 days ago
    I was 275lbs and pre-diabetic too. Now I'm 181 lbs and off ALL prescription medication (except for my dermatitis)! You can DO this! emoticon
    1727 days ago
    You are at high risk, even tho you are young. I'm concerned about my 23 year old daughter. She is getting married and wants to have a baby. I had gestational diabetes 3 out of 4 pregnancies. I worry about her. She is adopted so her high risks are different than mine. I'm hoping she'll follow my example now, not when I was younger and thought it would never happen to me.
    1727 days ago
    SP has a feature on their Nutrition Tracker where you can opt for Pre-Diabetic Meal plan. There is room for 3 meals and 2 snacks, which is important so that you avoid blood sugar highs and lows. When I first started SP I was given the same diagnosis as you. I've never had to go on medication. I got my blood sugar under control with diet and exercise and good old fashioned hard work. I won't lie to you. It takes effort. After awhile though, it gets easier and easier, and the results are SO worth it!!
    1727 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon So, did you walk?!
    1727 days ago
    MORTICIA said something that's important to remember. YOU can take control of this by your nutrition and proper exercise, so make that your goal. Learn as much as you can for sure. That will help you take care of yourself better. You can do this. YOu got a whole lotta people behind you to help!

    1727 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    emoticon ...I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis but you definitely have a chance to turn things day at a time...glad that your husband is supporting you and know that we all are sending you positive SPARK vibes... emoticon
    1727 days ago
    emoticon Take it one step at a time. I know how overwhelming I felt when I got diagnosed with both Crohns disease and then Lupus. There is so much information about these diseases that it can be information overload. When it comes to suggestions I try different things that I think will work for me. If it works great if not that is okay too. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    I think maybe once y ou get into the habit of going for a walk after work in the evenings, you'll really enjoy it. I certainly did. I worked long hours and was on my feet almost all day long and thought to myself, "no way would I go out and walk in the evenings after walking all day", but I did and found it so invigorating and relaxing as well. I walked about an hour and it truly did feel good. When I came in for the evening, I relaxed so well and slept like a baby. And surprisingly the next day, I did not feel more tired either.

    I hope you'll take your doctors words and instructions seriously, I'm not diabetic, but have some dear friends that are and they have continual struggle with it.

    1727 days ago
    I am wishing you SUCCESS. I have juvenile diabetes and am insulin dependent and you do NOT want that! I know you're probably still reeling from the shock but believe me, it's a blessing to have the opportunity to change your life to avoid this disease. And you will be able to help and inspire others. Wishing you THE BEST!

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    1727 days ago
    Good luck, it's better to find out now and it looks you've got a good plan. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Praying for you as you push for your good health. emoticon
    1727 days ago
  • JLKL1980
    Sorry to hear the news. I was in your shoes last September. Doc gave me a year to turn things around. Still working on it. Doing lowcarb now and seeing some improvements.

    Hang in there and reach out for help when you need it. emoticon
    1727 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Beautiful to see so much support, love, and testimony here. I'll just share my 3 favorite low carb words. Pickles. Cheddar. Almonds.
    1727 days ago
    Just a note of encouragement. I had exactly the same wake up call "Pre Diabetic" and that motivated me to make healthy changes. My blood sugar has been normal ever since. I am NOT a strict no carb eater -- I just made healthier choices with food, added exercise, and tracked my changes. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Sometimes we need a bit of a wake-up call and that can mean all of the difference!

    I'm going to also back up what WOUBBIE and almost everyone else said: low-carb. I'll give you a perfect example of my own: eating carbs = usually going over calories for me, low/no-carbs = almost ALWAYS coming in under my calorie range. When I eat carbs I am STARVING. When I don't, I am comfortable, not bloated, not hungry. Sugars are just no bueno for some of us.

    I know you can do this!
    1727 days ago
    I wish you the best on your journey! Good for you and your plan to start walking. I find that if I exercise in the morning, it keeps me energized throughout the day, but certainly you should do what fits your lifestyle the best.

    I second Woubbie's comment about low carb. When you reduce the blood sugar spikes, your craving for those high sugar/high starch foods will go away as well. It's the only style of eating that doesn't leave me starving and fantasizing about what I wish I could eat! The very beginning, weaning yourself off of the carbs, it is tough -- but really worth it!

    You can do this!
    1727 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    emoticon It is in your hands so do not lose that fire to succeed. Educate yourself. Learn to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks daily. If your insurance will cover it, a meeting with a dietician that works with diabetics would really get you going on a good program tailored for you.
    1727 days ago
  • CRISSA1669
    I am sorry to read about the pre-diabetes diagnosis but glad you're taking it as a wake up call. I agree with what you say about being too young to be on medication. This is something only you have the power to change and you CAN certainly change it!! Awesome you and your husband are hitting the pavement. It helps to have that support but at the end of the day it is only you and I that have the ability to make this happen and turn things arounds. March 28, 2011 I was 273 pounds and I made that same decision, I had no medical issues, by the Grace of God but they were coming. I basically ate less and worked out...a whole lot and I have been successful in dropping the majority of the weight. Got another 30 pounds before I think ill be "done". All that to say.... You can can change yourself; one day at a time, one bite at a time, one walk at a time. You've done it before, now do it again and when you go back to see that doc you'll sit there with a chesscat grin because you know you will have earned it!!! A clean bill of health! ! I pray for you continued journey!!
    1727 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Check with your doc and see if you iron is so low that the correct foods won't help; it worked for me. And did you know that walking really does help with diabetes as well as other ailments. emoticon emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Well walking with your baby is an incentive to get off those meds. Especially if you are borderline....

    God bless & you can do it!!

    1727 days ago
    Read up and make sure you understand what your body is doing. If you're heading towards Type 2 diabetes it usually means that you're not low on insulin, but that your cells are not responding to insulin anymore. Sure you can take metformin and other drugs to help make your cells respond better. But, as you've already figured out, cutting down your body's need for insulin in the first place is MUCH better.

    The way to do that is to cut every bit of starch and sugar in your diet that doesn't come packed with lots of good vitamins and minerals. Grains, potatoes, and sugar-filled foods give you almost nothing in terms of nutrition, but spike your insulin levels and drive the cycle even faster.

    There are any number of great low carb plans to choose from, and at least one of them will suit your preferences to a T.

    This will benefit your kids as well. There's no reason they can't eat just what you do.

    If you need some food ideas to help get you off to a great start you can't go wrong with this one:

    Good luck, sweetie, and make sure to keep posting and blogging here to get the support you need!
    1727 days ago
    You can reverse this and not get diabetes. It's up to you. You are a strong intelligent woman. You know what to do. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Changing your diet, exercise and losing weight will help you.
    1727 days ago
    I was diagnosed in my mid-30's with diabetes and it made an enormous difference in how I eat and exercise. Learn as much as you can, and never give up on trying to do the very best you can to stay healthy. Oral medication doesn't sound horrible to begin with, but it has the potential to hurt your body over time. Better to manage with diet and exercise. You can do it!!
    1727 days ago
    That "too tired" was the one I always used. But I finally realized that the more tired I am, the more I need the walk! Because a lot of that fatigue is stress-related and stress helps us retain the fat around our waists (the worst for diabetics!). So, go, go, go for a walk NO MATTER WHAT. And if it is too hot or too rainy or too whatever---I've tried all those excuses too---then walk in place inside the house. It really helped me to promise to do "Just 10 Minutes" of exercise a day. It doesn't have to be more than that. It can be and that's GREAT, but "Just 10 Minutes" is all you have to promise. You can do that and it WILL help! Go for it!
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    1727 days ago
  • STEPHANIE302013
    I'm glad that you weren't diagnosed with full diabetes - and that you are recognizing how important healthy choices are in your life now - I know you will succeed with keeping your numbers in proper range so medication will not be needed :)
    1727 days ago
    Sorry to hear the news but you will turn that around. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    You have a good plan. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    me too. good luck.
    1727 days ago
    Good luck on turning that around. The walking will help. Even avoiding all things like white rice, breads to a large extent (1 slice a day), and potatoes will be of great benefit. You might check out the book Sugar Busters. It will turn your blood sugar around quickly.
    1727 days ago
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