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Summer Update 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hi Everyone!
I thought I should write a follow-up blog to update any SparkFriends who thought about me in the months I wasn't active on the website.
I took a break from SparkPeople for a bit, but didn't do well on my own. So I'm back again.
I think I got a bit "burned out" last time, spending a lot of time on the website and counting every calorie, every day. It started to seem like a second job, and I needed a break. I work on a computer all day, so the extra time on the website, sitting and staring at a screen, just got to be too much. Also, I wasn't really making progress, and my weight loss had stalled, so it seemed like it wasn't worth the time investment. I frankly was frustrated with all the effort I put in, and not seeing the scale move. So I took a break.
But I had a doctor's appointment in April that was a wake-up call. I've crossed the line from prediabetes to diabetes. And my weight had crept up by about five pounds.
So, here I am again. I'm trying a different approach this time. I'm planning to check in weekly or so. I'm not counting every calorie every day, but will log my food for a day now and then just for reminder. I'm trying to cut carbs, eat smaller portions, and exercise when I can. I'm very happy that I've lost five pounds in the past month, and I'm feeling better already. I hope to continue to make progress! Some of the weight loss may be due to new meds I'm taking, but my efforts are helping too, I think. My goal now is to avoid insulin for as long as possible, so I have to figure out the best diet for me.

I'm still adjusting to the idea of having diabetes. If anyone has an suggestions for dealing with it (meal or snack ideas, etc.), feel free to comment below. I just bought a glucose meter, and I plan to start testing my blood sugar this week. I think I'll learn a lot about meals and what to eat and what to avoid by tracking my blood sugars.

Thanks so much to my SparkFriends who remembered me and reached out to me during my absence. I hope all of you are doing great. I can't promise to be as interactive as before, but I hope to keep in touch now and then. Feel free to write on my page, and I'll get back to you.

Wishing everyone all the best in their journey.

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein
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  • no profile photo CD16728185
    I am sorry that you went from pre-diabetes to diabetes and you are trying to do this with a diet,
    alone and I know because I went from insulin and now off of that and was taking 2 pills and now taken,
    1 pill a day in the morning and now my numbers was low and before they were really high in the 180's,
    now since I watch what I eat and drink and been doing great and will keep doing what I need to do,
    because I am on my very own plan of what to eat and what not to eat....and doing portion control and,
    I am eating off of a smaller plate more like a salad plate and what ever I eat I eat off of this small plate,
    and it really put me where I need to be for me and I drink water now instead of soft drinks now I,
    hate soft drinks ugh....water is my best Motto now.

    Hope you will find what will work for you.. emoticon emoticon
    1440 days ago
    I've been away from here too (work; DH being ill, but also a lovely new granddaughter!).
    I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes. Type 2 susceptibility runs in our family too.
    I'll PM you a link that I found useful later on today.
    Chin up and a hug. Xx

    1443 days ago
  • LINZEE118
    I'm so glad you are back. Sorry you have diabetes. I have gained some weight back. We are into camping season now & it's so hard for me to eat healthy. I am like you if I stay away from SP I gain. I've learned to limit my time on spark. Some days I do spend more time when needed. Please take care & stay in touch!
    1447 days ago
    Bret Michaels has Type I diabetes, but I think you will still find this useful:

    1448 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2016 11:28:55 PM
    Here is that link:

    1448 days ago
    Oh, you might think this is kooky, but I hear it's good to get up at least once an hour, and walk around for at least five minutes. I don't right now, but I am seriously thinking of starting that. It just makes you that much less sedentary, and is good for your heart and keeps your metabolism going.
    1448 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes. My family has had problems with that. I haven't seen the doctor in a while, and I'm scared I'll be told that too.

    Some people are able to reverse their diabetes enough to get off medication. You might want to look into the DASH Diet, it's a healthy diet that was created to help people with high blood pressure. I'll find a link for you and put it on your page.

    Daily exercise can be really beneficial to someone with diabetes, as it helps regulate your blood sugar. You want it to be gentle enough to be able to do every day. Also, strength training will help you build muscle, which helps regulate blood sugar too. And that's every other day, so you give yourself time for your muscles to heal.

    I'm sorry to hear about the burnout, but it really does makes sense with how you work on the computer for a living. Screen time can make people feel anxious and even interfere with their sleep. I had a neighbor who also worked on the computer, and she developed this very severe insomnia. Her doctor didn't know what to do, nothing was helping. I told her she might want to stay off the computer in the evenings, so that wasn't part of the problem, but she said she just couldn't stay off the computer. You have some great ideas for your work/life balance. I am very glad that you'll be checking in here every week. It's always nice to hear from you!
    1448 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am sorry to hear that you have crossed from pre diabetes to diabetes. You are wise to be proactive. I am so happy that you are taking care of yourself. emoticon
    1448 days ago
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