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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,055
1/12/08 7:11 P

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Thanks about my Screen Name, I used to do a lot with Divabetics. Since having my daughter I haven't had as much time. But, if you ever hear of a Divabetic event near you, I highly suggest getting involved. They are very nice. I know the founder, Max, and he is super nice.

Any way.....yes, the exhaustion, it is sooooo hard with out naps and a early bed time, they are needs I think for type 1's. I know type 2's have some tiredness to, but it's not the same or as extreme as type 1's. Boy I don't know how you do all that!

And yes, I've lost 100 lbs. :) Thanks!



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1/12/08 4:23 P

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Wow, Divabetic!

Have you really lost 100 pounds? Am I reading your cute little chart right?

That is truly incredible!

You definitely speak correctly when you speak of the lethargy and tiredness. Since I teach High School English to struggling readers, my day is extremely taxing. It takes A LOT out of me, and I find myself absolutely mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the school day with the teaching, lesson planning, meetings, and grading. Whew! A nap or an early bedtime is my favorite cure.

Other than walking my dog and all the teaching activity (on my feet and moving all day long), I don't do any additional exercise currently. That must change. The extra exercise is a must to lose the weight and gain lean muscle to increase the caloric burn.

Thank you for stopping by, Divabetic! I love your screen name, and I want to learn more about your weight loss. I'll have to stop by to see your Spark page!

Continued blessings in your healthy lifestyle!

God is always doing the most loving thing concerning you. Trust His heart toward you.


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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,055
1/12/08 3:32 P

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WOW you sound like me, I'm also a type 1, and at 25 my pancrease just quit!

For me personally sticking to the "diet" hasn't been hard. But, losing the weight is! With insulin etc, it's a slow slow process! Exercise is also hard when you are bone tired, especially the first few years after DKA (how I was diagnosed, I was in DKA! And almost dead!).



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1/12/08 3:21 P

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[Sigh]

It's nice to introduce myself to people who will understand.

Several years ago, I overheard two women having a discussion in the lobby of my Allergist's office. They were discussing a mutual friend who was struggling with Diabetes. They spoke in a condescending tone about how this "friend" didn't follow her Diabetic diet restrictions very well, and they simply couldn't understand why this was so. I remember one of the women saying it should be a simple choice to just follow the right diet. I remember thinking to myself while sitting there that neither of these women had a clue what they were talking about.

Diabetes is a balancing act with twists and turns and highs and lows. The cravings and lethargy from high blood sugar due to sickness, poor control, or whatever can be overwhelming. The attempts at weight loss with hypoglycemic drops that require sugar/glucose can wreck even the best diet plan and fitness program. The "Flight or Fight" response can be terrifying. For us, it is not as "cut and dry" as those ladies would make it out to be. Even here on Spark People (and other diet/nutrition websites), they abdicate responsibility for our diets since they know the difficulties.

As long as I have been a Type 1 Diabetic, I haven't had a support group nor have I had another Type 1 friend. I am happy to find this forum.

I was thin when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1995 at the age of 25. My pancreas just quit. Once on insulin, I started gaining weight, but it wasn't until I progressed through a difficult 11 year marriage which ended last year that I found the weight to be a problem.

Although to most I don't look so heavy, I need to lose at least 60 pounds, and I need to do this to be healthy and avoid any complications. I am very blessed in that I have had pretty much no complications from the extra weight related to the Type 1 so far, but I don't want to see any future complications occur, so I need to get this weight off.

I am very happy to be here, and I am thrilled that this conversation exists to detail our journeys!

God is always doing the most loving thing concerning you. Trust His heart toward you.


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