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6/2/21 6:00 A

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Hello! I am 42 ; i have type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 2016; Many times i managed to drop my levels down but unfortunately i cant keep the balance. Once everything is controlled i let lose and here my numbers go up again.
i just joined this group today, i need to drop some weight and most importantly to manage my diabetes and keep it under control. i need support to keep myself on track.

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4/2/21 7:01 P

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Hello. I am 55. Raising 4 grands. I have had pre diabetes for a long time, and was recently diagosed with type 2 diabetes. I really need to get this weight off. I have lost 15 pounds since Feb 26th.

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3/11/21 11:49 P

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Hello, I'm Jo. I was diagnosed in July 2011. I will be 59 in May.
I've done pretty good with controlling my diabetes, no meds or insulin. Had my wellness check up and my A1C was 5.7...
It has never been that good. Also, lost a little more weight. emoticon

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2/16/21 11:12 A

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Good morning everyone! I am Terri and I live in Central Texas and I am 60 yrs old. My last lab work showed an incline on my glucose level so when my doctor said we'd keep an eye on that I decided to be proactive by joining this challenge. Type II is in my genes but I don't know a lot about management so I am here to learn.

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2/1/21 10:24 A

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Hello from Indiana, USA

I am 62 and diagnosed as diabetic about a year ago. I've always been a "big girl," both in weight and bone structure. I don't mind being big but I'm tired of being fat. I'm never going to be willowy, that's just not in my genes but I'd like to get rid of the belly and other excess weight. I am starting over with this challenge to get a handle on my diabetes and to control it if possible. I need to replace poor lifestyle habits with better ones.

I live in NE Indiana, 5 miles from the Michigan border and about 2 hours east of Chicago. My four adult children (ages 39-25) have mostly scattered but one daughter and her mostly adorable 4 yr old son live with me. I have one more baby grandchild living in Illinois. I'm a beginning birdwatcher and hope to join some birding hikes as the weather warms. I'm single and usually have cats but they both passed recently. I'm waiting for the right cat or cats to come into my life.

Marci in IN

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1/24/21 8:39 A

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Hi ya, I'm Shaz, I live on the Isle of Man and I've joined up in an effort to help my husband. In 2019 he came down with a mystery illness and spent over 7 weeks in hospital including ICU. In September last year, we discovered that he actually had throat cancer - which he's now being successfully treated for - however, when he was in hospital the first time, they started treating him with steroids and, because of this, he developed type 2 diabetes.
I'd been following the Atkins programme since my eldest was born in 2001 but, when I plateaued about 8 years ago, I lost all motivation and started to put the weight back on. When I started to look at how to help my husband manage (and hopefully eradicate) his diabetes, I got all excited when I discovered that the best way was through controlling carbs and thought that it might be just what I needed as well to help get me back on track as well.
At the moment, he's currently having radiotherapy in Liverpool while I'm in lockdown over here in the Isle of man with our four children so I thought I'd take this opportunity to get back onto Sparkpeople and make a start at our new way of life while he's not here shielding himself and getting under my feet - by the time he gets back home to us in March, I'll be well into the swing of things and -hopefully - will have managed to lose a bit of weight at the same time.
Thanks for letting me join - I'm looking forward to learning from all of you xxxx

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1/20/21 11:06 A

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Have been with Sparks for quite a few years . But needing to get the last 50 lbs off . Currently take three metformin a day . Will be 72 next mo . COVID and the cold temperatures have kept me inside . Also not allowed in daycare as volunteer are not required staff Spence last April . A1c good at 5.9 as of October . Am type 2 diabetic .

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1/4/21 4:52 P

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Hi I'm 51, nearly 52 and was diagnosed with type 2 about 18 months ago. I have managed to get my diabetes levels down but find it hard with my mental health to stay positive all the time. Hopefully joining this kick start challenge will give me some encouragement and self confidence.
It's time to do something for myself and now we have gone into a 3rd lock down here in the UK I feel it's the right time to get started.
Looking forward to positivity xx

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1/4/21 1:51 P

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Hi! I am 62 years old and have been a type II diabetic for a number of years. I manage my blood sugar okay with insulin and oral medication. I know I would be healthier if I achieved some weight loss, improved my diet, and was more consistent with exercise.
2020 has been a rough year for so many of us! I have slipped away from my "why." Looking to find it again as I improve my nutrition and exercise. Looking forward to the mutual support we can give each other! emoticon emoticon emoticon

It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either. Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21


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1/2/21 12:34 P

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Hi I am 44, married, and live in Greece. Happy new year to all of you!!! Just starting week 1. I just want this year to reach my goals...so I really need support and help. I have to change a lot of things and I want to start it today. Have a great day. emoticon

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12/31/20 8:25 A

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HI...am looking for support and certainly want to offer my support as well!! I really need to get my carbs (refined ones) under control! It's the start of a new year and I am excited! Happy, healthy 2021!!

Hi from Barbara

Believe in yourself! God believes in you! Always ask yourself...are you hungry or is something bugging you to make you want to eat!?!

I was BELLACUDDLES...HAD COMPUTER PROBLEMS AND COULD NOT LOG IN AS BELLACUDDLES WITHOUT PAYING, SO HAD TO RESTART!


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SCIASCIAMELILA's Photo SCIASCIAMELILA Posts: 11
11/4/20 1:39 P

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Looking to support others and for support on this wellness journey! I am controlling my numbers well but need add consistent movement to my life. Work in a sedentary job now, but don't want to be sedentary when I retire because I have not been active. You know what I mean?

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7/21/20 10:18 A

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\Went to the clinic because a tiny little bitty paper cut because infected. And got the bad news that I am a diabetic, something I really didn't want to know! (blood sugar was over 300 which i guess is bad.. i know nothing about diabetic!)

So I'm making some changes to get this under control because I really don't want to go on shots, nope not gonna happen. I faint at the sight of needles!!!

I have to go to my primary doctor next week (haven't been in prob two years) and see what they say. I'm hoping that one week will be enough to bring my numbers down where only pills are necessary.

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7/15/20 1:47 P

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Hello. I have been almost pre-diabetic for a long time, and since I struggle to lose weight I thought this would be an excellent challenge for me. I am a retired RN and found shift work in a stressful work environment was not kind to my body. I look forward to learning and practicing what I have learnt so that I can be a healthier me.
I am married and I live in Ontario, Canada.

Valerie
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" You can't go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending."

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6/22/20 10:33 A

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Hi I am 37, married, and live in SW Georgia.
How are you guys doing? I am good. Just starting week 1.
Wanting to get healthier inside and out.
Have a great day. Holly emoticon


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Here is to a positive 2021!



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6/2/20 10:05 A

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Welcome Carlson208! emoticon

Be Happy, it makes people wonder what you are up to!


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6/1/20 4:26 P

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Hello Everyone!! I just joined this group today. I am 74, retired and living with Type 2 Diabetes. My husband of 48 years and I love to RV and go somewhere within 200 miles every month. It is my goal to gain better control of my sugars and thus become healthier.

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5/27/20 7:49 A

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Good Morning Everybody!
Sparkpeople helped me reach my goal weight years ago. I've been maintaining with Sparkpeople despite Prediabetes since then. The past couple of months I have been slowly gaining and having trouble keeping my blood sugar from dropping, especially with hormone fluctuations. I am taking this challenge to get back to where I need to be!

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5/22/20 12:31 P

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Hello everyone !

I am nurse assistant and been in contact with COVID patients, and contaminated colleagues the last months.

3 weeks ago I have been very sick myself, but the COVID test was negative. I had fever and a lungs infection which went over with antibiotics in 2 weeks. While I was sick I had an extreme dry mouth, the pain waking me up many times per hour to drink a sip of water. I thought it was dehydration from the fever.

After recovery it went better, but not totally over... so I suspected something might be wrong with the glucose level in my blood. I tested myself twice : last Sunday, and this morning. Twice fasting for 8 hours. Twice my glucose level was 7.3mmol/l

My MD is not available till Monday, so I'll get tests next week to confirm what I suspect. I never had issues before I got sick so this is a bit scaring me.

I will really need to go back (and stay) on track with nutrition and exercise, but I fear I won't avoid medication... just hoping there is no serious underlying condition.


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3/29/20 8:14 P

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HI, my name is Joyce and I live in Jefferson City, MO. I have been pre-diabetic for several years but have not really done anything about it. Over the last couple of years, my A1C has gotten a little higher. Still not high enough to kick over to diabetic but enough that it now has my attention.

I will start Week 1 Day 1of the challenge tomorrow I am also doing a 6 week spring slim down challenge with my daughter. It has exercise goal, nutrition plan etc build into it with accountability. So I hope that between the 2, I learn to have better exercise, fitness and portion control.

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3/28/20 1:11 P

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3/27/20 3:03 P

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Hello I am Shanii I am new to the team and trying to learn the steps of the challenge. Is daily weight, excercises supposed to be logged? I am trying figure is it small teams or do you find a team to join. I am playing going g throught the app to figure this out to the most

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3/16/20 7:46 P

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Hi, I have a family history of diabetes, and my husband was just diagnosed with it. I have to help him and watch myself. I have NO WILL POWER when it comes to eating, but I have to learn and make some major changes. I do excersies but can talk myself out in a heartbeat. So thought I would try this challenge

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3/10/20 7:04 A

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So.. I'm 65. I've lost 6,354 lbs. Not all at once of course. But over the course of time. Most of of the time I've been successful at 'finding' the lost pounds.Not that this is something to brag about.
Anyway... I've been on Spark People for a while. I've never really looked at, or cared much about 'points'. I just like results. My results here have been better than good most of the time. I try very hard to keep up with everyone, but can't always do that.
I do NOT take any medication. My FBS is usually under 120. I watch what I eat, and reduced sugar a bunch.
Peace, Love and Understanding.
I'll c-y'all down the road.

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2/22/20 4:20 P

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Hi. I'm Lori. I'm 53 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. I take Metformin and Steglatro to help with my blood sugar. I'm working on changing a little at a time to have a more healthy and active lifestyle.

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I can do it!


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2/10/20 11:41 A

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Hello,

Today I joined this group again. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes about a year ago, and last month was officially diagnosed with diabetes. Currently I take Metformin 2x a day along with meds for high blood pressure, depression, thyroid, and cholesterol. My Dr is giving me a six-month window to get this under control with diet and exercise. If I'm not successful, he will treat it more aggressively.

I'm making changes... got back on SP today and started tracking my food. About a month ago I started an exercise class geared to people working on weight loss.

I want to succeed. I need to succeed. I have a 3.5 year old grandchild and another one on the way. I want to be a part of their lives.

My goal is not specifically weight loss, although I know as I get healthier, the weight will drop. I want to be more fit in general, to make exercise a habit.

I can use any encouragement you send my way :)

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2/5/20 5:06 P

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Hi! I am restarting this challenge. I was diagnosed with diabetes just over a year ago due to out of control blood sugar with unexplained weight loss that resulted in an A1c of over 13. In 6 months I got my A1c down to 6.9 but over the last 6 months I have not made any progress on losing weight and my A1c crept up to 7.3 by last December. So I thought I would try this again and hope to be more successful at losing weight this year. I set a smaller more manageable weight loss goal for the year - still have a much larger long term goal - but hope to be down 10% by my next annual exam in December 2020.

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1/5/20 4:11 A

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My name is Geetha and I was prediabetic but my recent A1C was 7.1 and I need to lower that down and that is my goal. Hope to learn few tips from here. Thank you.

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I'm new to this team challenge. Just starting tracking my walks over the weekend. Looking to build muscle as well to help overall weight loss. Time to get healthy!

It will not be easy, but it WILL be worth it!


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11/30/19 1:22 P

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Hi I’m Mike. Need to regain control and fight thru diabetic burnout. Looking to make a life change

MAREMAN's Photo MAREMAN Posts: 328
11/19/19 8:00 A

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My last two A1C tests showed I'm pre-diabetic. It crept up from 5.9 to 6.0 in the last 6 months.

No one on my side of the family has diabetes. I talked to my doctor yesterday about my options and how I can improve my situation. I will get this under control.

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11/9/19 11:11 A

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Restarted 9/22/2019 and fell off. I have new dietary changes. Not only Type 2 diabetes, but also kidney issues. Have to monitor my phophorus intake and no salt. So meal planning is still rough. I cannot eat any process foods, canned, boxed, cured. No chocolate, or dark colas. Limited amounts of cheese and nuts and other phophorus foods. Anyway am going to try meal planning, not able to follow the dietary plan listed for diabetes, just makes it a little more difficult to meal plan, when starting over again. I have more testing for my kidney and High blood pressure.

I can do this, need to stay positive and be excited for each goal I meet. emoticon emoticon

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11/6/19 3:26 P

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Hi All! New here...first week. I was just diagnosed as diabetic a couple of weeks ago and have an A1c of 6.6, which most of you know is just barely over the cusp, however, I have been dealing with pre-diabetes for a number of years. I am committed to change and because of other health concerns have been practicing a new lifestyle change over the last 12 weeks and have lost 22#'s and got my lipids down to 203...the lowest its been in 20 years! I am currently participating in a diabetes prevention class and have committed to that for a year. I also am going to strength training and balance class twice a week and try to to get out for a brisk walk almost every day. I am 62, semi-retired with an online hobby business selling vintage jewelry on Etsy. I love to spend time with family, gardening, bead work, and reading. I live in north central Idaho.

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11/4/19 8:46 P

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I've been a member of Sparks now for 10 years. Sparks has helped me loose weight and live a healthier lifestyle many times. I'm getting back on track again. I have CHF and was recently diagnosed as diabetic. Currently I'm trying to eat healthier, taking metformin checking my sugar every morning and going to rehab 2-3 times a week. I try to get exercise of some sort in the days I don't have therapy,


Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in (me) will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
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MOMLUVS_06's Photo MOMLUVS_06 Posts: 35
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Hi, starting SparkPEOPLE, again and this 8-week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. I have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesteral and my trigylcerides are high. My 1st A1c was 6.4, after watching my food intake my A1c went down to 6.1, then I had my teeth pulled so I could get dentures, and just had my A1c rechecked last week and it is now at 7.1. I was trying to figure meal out by myself, but would get overwhelmed, so I decided to start again and follow the meal plan here. Make thing simpler. I am 59, married, 6 adult children, 4 that are married, and 7 grandchildren. I like to crochet, sew, cook and read.


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8/12/19 12:20 A

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Hi everyone just getting started and trying to figure out this app and this team thing

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Good morning. Im Ellen. I was diagnosed type 2 three years ago this coming October. I have been to nutrition classes and I was still struggling. Currently a1c 7.0. However, by using some of the ingredient swaps I read on here, my two week average is down to 134. Which is a terrific result. I still struggle with fitting in activity with work and 100 degree days. But I am hoping to keep improving so I can get off the pills. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Day 1...Again. I'll be 70 July 24 and have a Prediabetic diagnosis: A1C 6, up from 5.7 last year. I am "only" 6 pounds from a healthy BMI but I get right down to within a couple of pounds and yo-yo back up! I do well for awhile then slide back into old habits when I am overwhelmed with too many stressors, and there have been many this year. Sometimes all it takes is a church fellowship with too many homemade goodies to get me off track. . emoticon

Cindy in Indiana
69 years young, 5'8" tall.
"2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." Psalm 103: 2,5


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Hi everyone,
Just starting today. I am not diabetic, but I am probably close to it. I am 70 years old,
and I need to loose about 50+ lbs.
I want to start this challenge and stick with it. I am happy to be an encouragement to
anyone, but I also need it myself.
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Hello-Hello!!

I'm Lisa, 53 yrs and I am getting back to getting healthy. I was diagnosed with T2 Diabetes in 2013 and took the bull by the horns and lost 80 lbs. Sadly, life happened; I lost several important people in my life and fell into severe depression accompanied with anxiety and ptsd. I gained back all the weight I had lost, plus an additional 20 pounds...putting me at my highest weight ever, 414lbs. Since January 1, 2019 I have lost 50.2 lbs and am feeling so much better...but I still have a long way to go. I AM determined to continue on this healthy path...I still have a lot of mischief to get into!!

I am a single Mom of 7 kids (36yrs-15yrs) and a Grammie of 9 (11yrs-6mo)!! I still have one at home-shes my miracle child!! So I plan to be around a very long time!!

I have owned an in-home daycare for 30+ years and LOVE my job. I also write poetry and adult literature on the side. I love to garden, paint, renovate and cook/bake. I love music of all kinds and worked as a DJ way back in the day. I've kept an online journal for over 15 yrs and recommend journaling to everyone.

I am super excited to do this challenge and to continue my weight loss journey!!

PS: How do I get myself one of those weight loss tickers??

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HI Sparkers,

My name is Jenn. I am 46 and been diabetic for 5 years. My doctor calls it Type 1.5 because it has components of both types. I am fully insulin dependent. My weight has been stable at between 185 and 190 for the 5 years that I have been going to the doctor regularly. I look forward to learning some tips to hopefully lose some weight and maintain my A1C numbers where they have been.

On a personal note, I am self-employed grandma of four with one more due in May. I babysit my granddaughters (four yo twins and two yo handful), every evening during the week while their parents are working. I have been blessed with the ability to help my kids with their kids, work from home and still be able to do what I want.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!!

Jenn

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My name is Kate and I was diagnosed with T2 Diabetes 10 years ago. I am not insulin dependent and have kept my numbers down thus far. I am trying to lose weight, but am finding it very difficult and am hoping that this challenge kick starts my motivation. Welcoming any helpful advice!!

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Hello my name is Cindy i am 45 years old Type 2 have had diabetes since 2003, just took me years to admit that I needed to take care of myself, I am only on insulin at bedtime and diet control need to lose about 130lbs, I have come a long way. My hubby has diabetes too so were learning and trying things together

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Hi I'm Brenda. I'm pre-diabetic and 100 lbs overweight. I've had neuropathy for years and metformin has not helped my numbers go down. I'd like to get to normal numbers, lose weight, and stop the neuropathy from advancing!

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Hi, Im Marge. I have T2 diabetes and have been able to keep my numbers down, and I want to continue keeping them down so I dont have to go on meds. I need to lose some weight as well. I am looking forward to working on this challenge.

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Hi!

I am Carla and I was diagnosed with Diabetes in December - 2 months ago. My husband is also a diabetic. He has very bad neuropathy and can't walk long distances which makes it difficult for both of us to get a lot of walking in - but now that I have it too, I am just going to have to walk and work out on my own so I can beat this and not suffer as he is. My goals are to lose weight and get off the meds through a lifestyle change incorporating nutrition and exercise. I have tried for many years to lose weight but diabetes is giving me more motivation to get moving. I had a jump start by losing 25 pounds while my sugar was high and out of control. I am hoping this 8 week challenge will help me more accountable and stay on track with the nutrition changes and exercise.

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Hi Everyone,

Just joined the challenge and new to the group.
I'll Be turning 39 in two days and been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes since 2009.
We never really been able to get it under controlled for more then a couple of months straight until it started to get way back.

I'd like to start my last year in the 30's working on this and leaving it for my forties with success in controlling my diabetes.

I have moderate to severe neuropathy already along with many other health issues non-related to diabetes but impairing my ability to stick to a workout routine and I'm seeing my doctor back in 3 months and I need to be able to show some improvements.

Currently working with an AC of around 9 he said and taking Metformin, Glumetza, Forxiga and Lantus insulin to try and get it down.
Even though I am following healthy eating guidelines 90% of the time, my body is resisting for some reason.
I am hoping that working out on a daily basis like this program is suggesting that it'll give it the shock it needs to get in the right direction.

Really happy to be here and looking forward to getting to know you.
Have an awesome weekend.


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Hi!

My name is Shirley, I was diagnosed with Type II five years ago. My A1c was 7.7 when I was diagnosed, my doctor gave me 3 months to get it down with diet and exercise. I got it down to 6.1 and it's stayed around that range ever since without any meds. I want to learn to eat healthier and take better care of myself.



"This too shall pass"

I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Alley and I am pre-diabetic. I am doing the challenge to learn more about the disease and what I can do to prevent it from getting worse.

I wish everyone luck in this great challenge.

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Hi , was diagnosed with T2 in 2008 .My A1C has been 7.5 to 8.Am on metformin 2000mg a day and trulicity 1.5 once a week.M y goal is to bring down my levels and be motivated to eat Healthy and exercise.
I need support and advice from this group.

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Hi, I'm Marie. I was diagnosed a year and a half ago with type 2 diabetes. I did great for about the first nine months then I broke a toe and I let it derail my exercise routine. After it healed I made a few attempts to get back into a walking routine but have not been consistent. I'm here to get back on track and take care of myself.

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I am Kumar. My fasting blood sugar in general has been around 140. I take various medications. Today, after a long time, I checked my fasting blood sugar and it was 112. I plan to monitor my blood sugar every day this week to know what my consistent blood sugar is. I came back to SparkPeople after 2 years and hope to be on it regularly to help myself and to cheer others on as well.

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Hi, I'm Beth. I had gestational diabetes during all three of my pregnancies and the diabetes never went away. I have tried several oral medications, but I seem to be a great candidate for all the nasty side effects. So, I'm determined to lose some weight, get healthier and get a handle on my diabetes.

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Hi my name is Suzy. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 5 years ago. I did really well for years and then had a series of life events that I used as excuses to get off track. I need to lose at least 25 pounds by improving my eating and exercise habits in order to get my blood sugar and blood pressure under the best control.

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Hi my name is Brenda. I have done this challenge before. Time for a reboot...

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My name is Marilyn. I am returning to SparkPeople after a long break. I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2006 and was put on Metformin. I have been able to keep A1c down below 6 for some time so Doctor took me off of the Metformin. I go in for Blood Work in February 2019. I came to this challenge because there is a goal where I can keep record of Daily Blood Sugars.

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Hi again.I competed this challenge 2 years ago. But I a back again because it really helped me and I have gotten off track.

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Hello SP Friends! I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes several years ago, but I acted like it wasn't real and continued to do what I wanted. Luckily I didn't do any permanent damage to my body in my time of denial, and I'd like to keep it that way. Right now I only take Metformin and am trying to control my glucose levels with diet and exercise. I want to lose weight and avoid insulin if possible. And if possible, I would love to reverse having Diabetes.



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Hi! My name is Mona and I am recently diagnosed with type2 diabetes. I am VERY overweight and have osteoarthritis. Also heart issues. But I am not throwing in the towel. I'm 71 and my cardiologist, orthopaedic and family doctors say I can be healthy.

One big problem is cooking for one. I am a widow who has relied on tv dinners for a long time.
Will try to keep up with challenges.

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Welcome Ginger - hope this challenge is good for you - I have learned much and finally lost some weight in last couple months of the challenge - Learned so much in the process though so am so thankful ! Learn good eating lifestyle for LIFETIME!

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
*Gluten free, Heart Healthy, Anti-inflammatory, Diabetic Low Carb way of eating and life structure
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Hi! I'm Ginger and I'm joining to avoid becoming a full fledged type 2 diabetic. I'm on the border and want to fix it now!! Hope to figure this team all out and give and get encouragement along the way.

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Hi Christina - Welcome aboard - I am down in week 8 but like to encourage others along their path of learning - keep checking in and reading and doing and let us get to know you along the way.

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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Hello, I am Christina!

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Welcome Julie, I hope this challenge is a help for you - I am down in week 7 but like to encourage others that walk this path.

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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i was diagnosed with type 2 in July 2017, I've lost 35 pds and went from 1000mg metformin to 500 mg in January 2018. I was doing really great but haven't lost any weight since January. Yesterday I got on the scale and had gained 8 pounds since January. So now I need to get serious. My blood sugar has been good but every time I start cutting back my blood sugar drops around the 80's. So I today I had a small treat in the afternoon and was able to exercise when I got home from work. So I'm hoping this challenge will help me learn how to control my lows and not eat too much to bring it up. And most of all not be so discouraged trying to lose weight and level out my blood sugar

I'm not there yet but closer than yesterday


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Glad to have name for you Julia. One pound is progress - I play "yoyo" so much with a few pounds --but much more serious about getting carbs down now and getting the FBS down and trusting the weight will come down with them. My life is really too busy right now but will be for a couple months then quiet for the winter - I just try to keep the food choices planned and kept most days- I know I don't feel good if I get too much carb so am learning to make better choices and better foods each week. That busy-ness is partially because I have to move so very slow - takes me so long to do anything. Deep breath and lets fight on together!!

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Hi. My name is Julia. I am on week 2 of this challenge. I've been with SparkPeople almost 2 months. Have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for many years. Wood like to get my A1c down to where I can get off some of this medication. I had a spinal cord injury in 2010 so my exercises are limited. I would like to lose about 40 lbs. Have only lost 1 so far.

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Encouraging you - I am up to week 4 but I keep checking back knowing the value of NOT FEELING ALONE in these battles - I am also at Pre-Diabetic phase - trying to avoid meds and advancing numbers.... Have learned much about decreasing carbs... reading some KETO articles have helped me with ideas of meals---NOT going Keto but learning from them.
Keep writing notes and I will check in with you. Blessings

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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I am struggling with type 2 diabetes and need to lose weight some help would be greatly appreciated my struggle is real I have developed gallstones and it is sometimes hard to eat what I should anybody else have this problem

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Hi,Linda49 from Washington state and born in 49 so am 69 years old. Dx Pre diabetic 10/23/17 but not help offered just lost to lose the carbs ...Different Dr in February anted me to start metformin but agreed to me working on my own for a while first.

Have been learning about carbs, blood sugars and ready to pull it all together and get the weight down before next Dr visit... Wanting a daily buddy with experience and one that is starting this week also in this challenge - committed to working at this!!!

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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Hi. My name is Sherri. I was diagnosed with diabetes just before Christmas last year. If I can't get my A1C down, my doctor wants to put me on insulin. I am currently taking medication. I am hoping that losing weight will help me to lower my A1C and keep it down. I am hoping that this challenge will help me with this.

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Hi. My name is Linda and I'm a diabetic. (Type 2). I'm doing this challenge to lower my glucose levels, which up until now I haven't been able to do.

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Hi All
New to the group, but not to Sparkpeople.
I just saw my recent blood results and was not happy with my A1C results..my numbers went up.
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I see my Doctor next week and I'm sure she will read me the riot act. I don't want to go insulin, but if I don't improve that is what is she has been threatening me with.
I recently loss pounds and I put them all back and I'm sure that contributed to my rise in numbers.
I'm hope to get my mind focused, make better food selections, eat smaller portions and that my Doctor will let me try to make a difference on my own with the meds that I am presently taking.
Looking for prayers and encouragement.
I have done this before..but as I'm getting older it is getting harder to lose the weight.
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New to Spark People but not new to Diabetes, eating healthy, being active, or this lifelong battle of fighting food addiction.

I'm 36 years young and was diagnosed with full on Diabetes in my mid 20's. I have struggled with weight my whole life, regardless of an active lifestyle.

I've ran Marathons, competed in triathlons, lots of 5ks, joined so many classes where I danced and spun and punched my self into a frenzy of sweat.

Losing weight is not as simple was "walking" around the block a few times for me. Pushing myself to the limit with activity has been one of the only means of success.
Low Carb has been the most successful and easiest to follow plan for my lifestyle.

I am currently move than 60lbs lighter than I was at my heaviest, however according to medical "charts" and standards I still need to lose at least 50 more pounds to be considered with in a normal weight range.

I commonly ask myself "Is it even possible for me to weigh 145lbs?!" In my entire life I have no recollection of weighing less than 193.



Me before and me currently. I've come a long way, but I have still over half way to go!

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Hi, I'm Penny, I have had Diabetics 11 yrs, or so. My Fasting BS is down to 6.0 . I was in auto accident 2/4/1980, I am in a wheelchair

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I attempted this in 2015 and failed. I am going to try again. I am a type 1 on an insulin pump. I have been a sloppy diabetic for 57 years. This probably lead to my triple bypass in 2015. I got a staph infection from the bypass and was in ICU for 3 weeks. I only have half of a sternum. My husband stopped them from pulling the plug. It took me several months to learn to walk again.
You would think that after that I would have learned my lesson. But once again I have become a sloppy diabetic. I am joining this challenge to keep from dying. I know that I can get support here if I just message. If I do message on a daily basis, no matter how simple the message, I am going to do it. Thanks

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Good morning, I have just started this challenge. I have type 2 diabetes and my A1c is 6.9. Approaching 70, I need to get back on track. I walk 1 mile a day and have started doing strength training again.



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Hi everyone, I have just been diagnosed with something called Insulin Resistance, my dr said it’s not officially diabetes yet but will probably turn into it. My fasting sugar is 135 but my A1C is 5.8 so I am a little confused. I have been trying to lose weight for awhile but it is very hard. I seem to lose maybe a pound or 2 every 2-3 weeks so I am hoping this team will help me to understand the Insulin Resistance and the foods I could eat that might help me.

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Hiya folks. I'm an old time SP member who has been inactive for much longer than I care to admit.
But yesterday I was officially diagnosed with diabetes. I've battled being "pre-diabetic" for about 5 yrs now. I had finally gotten my levels in the normal range for the last year. But I let myself slide back after a major tragedy and the subsequent grief of my younger sisters death.
I have other auto immune diseases (lupus and r.a.) that I have just started getting some relief from since my doc put me on humira injections. Hearing I'm now diabetic has been a hard hit. I suspected it was happening, feeling sluggish (more than normal considering other health issues), extreme thirst, lower legs swelling for no reason.... uncontrollable gerd/acid reflux is what actually made my doc do my a1c and sugar levels on the spot. I did not know diabetes could affect gerd/acid reflux. Are there others that have this issue too?

Either way, I'm here to finally quit messing around and get my body into better shape. Not just weight loss but more control of my newly dx diabetes, plus help my other diseases with muscle toning, better nutrition and just whole body mind and spirit.
Nice meeting ya'll.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.



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My name is Amanda and I was diagnosed last Thursday. I see my doctor tomorrow to get all the details, but I'm trying to be proactive with this.

I have a HUGE family history of diabetes on both sides, so it was never a question of "if," but "when," so in a lot of ways I was more prepared for the diagnosis than maybe other people would be.

That doesn't mean I'm giving in, though! Remission through lifestyle changes is my goal! emoticon

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Hi! I am pre-diabetic. My husband has type 2. Have been on sparks for 3 months. We just need to work on developing a healthier lifestyle.

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I am Pam and used spark when I first became type 2 diabetic that was about ten years ago and I haven't done much to work on my weight I do pay attention to my a1c and was able to get that down some but I'm a carb addict and an worried about my levels going up I'm 60 and exercise is foreign to me I way out of shape and really need to stay exercising emoticon

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Hi, I'm Bonnie. I have type 2 diabetes and have managed to keep my A1C at 5.5 for 18 months. Last fall, I started putting on weight....gained 15 pounds...even though i joined a hiking club and have hiked 10-2 mile/week; and have a standing, walking, lifting job 24 hours/week. I have started to feel it; notice more swelling around my socks. Very thirsty. Got to get back on the chain. Got to get to the finer points of Diabetes self care. Up til now, I've been successful without a lot of work. I dread the next A1C...probably be 8! I've started logging my food...but not cutting anything out. It's a start. Also got a new body weight scale that tells muscle, fat, water content of body....I like seeing facts instead of Mom's opinion, or anyone else's ...lol.About to turn 73 and some of these body changes are hard to take...arthritis is much worse lately;
skin very dry and thin...that kind of change. So, time to get serious. Thanks.

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Hi. I'm Elayne, and here we go again. Time to get serious about my Type 2 diabetes.I've been with Spark since Aug 6 of 2006.I was diagnosed with diabetes in June of 2016.I need to get serious about it and log my food, exercise, blood sugars. I've tried this before but quit telling myself I can do it on my own. WRONG! I'm fortunate to not be on any medicines, but I don't want to get to that point. Looking forward to this and making new friends here. emoticon

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I just got on sparkpeople a few weeks ago and just saw this now. I had type two diabetes lost 80 pounds and my doctor told me I no longer had diabetes.
I got pregnant even though I was told I never would and got gestational diabetes and gained 50 pounds. Now I have type two diabetes again. I've lost a about 30 pounds of the 50 I gained but need to lose way more to get to a healthy weight and hopefully not have diabetes anymore.

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1/25/18 12:36 P

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@Fire27 - I too am a long time SP member who has newly re-committed to the program. I'm aiming to address issues in pieces and build on them. I find if I try to change everything at once - I become overwhelmed and discouraged. I started by tracking food and water and looking to get exercise in some form 2 Days/week. Then added this challenge and aiming to participate 2 days/week.

Best wishes to you for a successful journey!

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1/22/18 9:56 A

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Long time member but short time activity. I started SP when I hit 50, that was 7 years ago. My weight has gone up and down. I do not like exercise or diets so that is where I am today. Fast forward 7 years and I am in bad shape. I started SP and lost about 20 pounds but brought it back and more. My department physical showed pre-diabetic. My primary care doc said the same thing. So now if I don't control the sugars I will not be recertified next year. So here I am. I know I have to change food and start back at the gym. Stress in the past 7 years has taken a toll and added the weight. Today I started on a plan. water, gym, track my food. My goal is to drop 40. If I can lose a pound a week I would be ecstatic. I know it will be a long road. My vices have to go or be moderated. Anything I do will be an improvement. So here I go................

"Good things may come to those who wait but only the things left by those who hustle" A. Lincoln


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