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12/4/11 9:56 A

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Hey Amy,

Welcome to the group... I hope that you took Valerie's advice, I can attest -it's so much harder to lose the weight as you get older. :)

Just wanted to say hello and welcome!

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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8/29/11 1:43 A

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Hi Valerie!
Thank you so much for the encouraging words and inspiration. It's been hard for me to get out and excercise and I guess I can just blame that on laziness. I have all these excuses in my head as to why I can't exercise, but the truth is, there's no excuse. I have a jogging stroller, I belong to a gym (with a daycare) and I own an elliptical!
I like your "5-days a week, non-negotiable" plan. That's very motivating and I just have to think that everyday!

Congrats on your 44 lb weight loss! That's great and I'm hoping to follow in your footsteps.
Thanks again!
Amy

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8/28/11 12:36 A

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Hi Amy,

I can relate! I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and had to inject. It was actually easy for me to stay healthy because I had my little guy counting on me. I became type 1 after he was born and single two years later. I've always kept very tight control because I need to be my best for my kids!

My second was born four years after my first, and since I was still single and now had two kids to care for, I've kept very tight control.

But my tight control really applied more to my blood sugar than exercise and weight control. My "babies" are now 15 & 19. A few years ago, as I was approaching (gasp!) 50, I realized that the only thing that would help control my weight was exercise, so I started on a 5-days a week, non-negotiable plan (mostly walking).

Last December, I was pretty depressed; despite the exercise for a couple years, the weight wasn't budging. I reverted to my ultra-low carb lifestyle, being extra strict. By the beginning of February, I still hadn't lost any weight so I started Medifast on February 18.

I'm so excited and proud to say that so far, I've lost 44 pounds! I also know I lose slower than most people who do MF, but I suspect that being type 1 (which MF doesn't recommend the diet for, by the way) and having insulin on board all the time makes it harder to lose. I was at a place where I truly believed I couldn't lose weight, though, so I'm pretty happy.

I'll be 52 in December and will be at my all-time lowest adult weight! My blood sugar continues to be near-perfect and I'm still (begrudgingly) exercising. While I'm happier with my slimmer body, what surprises me the most is my energy and how proud I am of myself. It's truly a motivating factor to see the scale dropping.

You have the advantage of being over 20 years younger than me, and trust me, it gets harder to lose as you get older.

There are lots of people here who can relate, and I know you'll be hearing from more. Hang in there!
Valerie


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Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



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8/27/11 11:11 P

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Hello, my name is Amy. I'm 30 years old and have had type 1 diabetes for 18 years. I've never really had great control. I've never met anyone who has type 1, like me. I know there are millions who have it, but sometimes I feel like the only one. And because I'm not around people that have it, I've developed a habit where I eat like I don't have it. I'll just take extra insulin to cover it, but I'm now realizing that extra insulin isn't healthy.
I'm on a journey to a "healthier lifestyle." I have a 19 month old son and it scares me to think I might not be around, for him, because of the bad choices I've made in the past. I'm here to get my diabetes back in control and to lose weight so I can be as healthy as I can be.

If you can relate to this and wanna support and motivate each other, let's be friends!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Amy

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