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Hi, I'm Morningdove5 and I joined last year, but haven't posted anything. I'm facing knee replacement surgery and have to drop some weight. I gained 5 pounds over Christmas and I have to lose that first, then I need to lose 20 more.

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Welcome Kris - - Glad to have you join this great team. There's a lot of information to learn on this site but just take it one day and one step at a time. Speaking of steps, it sounds like you must be quite active preparing for your 5K run. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. There's always someone lurking around this site that will be more than happy to help you out. emoticon

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1/21/14 8:37 P

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I'm Kris and I have had Type II Diabetes for about 10 years. In 2008 I had lap band surgery and went from 271 to 221. I lost 50 pounds but then my band slipped and in 2012 it was removed. I decided to lose the rest of my weight on my own. I found sparkpeople and started in Aug 2013. I am now 202. I want to get down to 185 as my ultimate goal. I signed up for The Color Run on June 1, 2014 in Hershey, a 5k. I have a team of 10 and I am very excited about this. I know with Sparkpeople I can get the rest of my weight off. My blood sugar levels have been fantastic!
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Welcome T! So glad you joined us. If you have any questions or if I can be of any help, please feel to let me know or anyone else for that matter. You are never alone on this journey. We are here to help you in whatever way we can. emoticon and together emoticon . Keep Sparking!!

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1/21/14 8:57 A

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Hi I'm Teresa, my friends call me "T". I'm just like Rebecca...
Diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Just trying to control it with diet and exercise. I am a carbaholic! emoticon

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REBECCA - - Welcome to the team. You've come to a great place to become a healthier person. There's a lot of information on this site so just take it one day and one step at a time. Set yourself some small goals such as tracking your food, drinking your water, sleeping 7-9 hours a night etc. - Just something that you know you will be able to succeed at. Set your weight loss goal at no more than 5-10% of the total amount of weight you want/need to lose. Any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and that we don't want. Join in on our roll call/chat forum and get to know others, make friends, get support as well as motivation.

I would suggest that you Create Your Spark Page which can be done by going to your Site Quick Links which is usually located at the lower right-hand corner.

If you have any questions or need help getting around the site, please ask and we'll get right back to you to help you out.

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1/20/14 9:29 P

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Hi my name is Rebecca, and I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. The Doctor hasn't put me on medicine. Just trying to control it with Diet and exercise. I am a carbaholic, so this is really tough. Old habits die hard..

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KRYS - - When you finished Week One, did you check it off? If you didn't do that, it won't bring you Week 2. If you still have trouble, please let me know.

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I completed all the activities for week one but it is not showing up for week 2 on my page. There is no place to post questions but here. Can someone help?

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HICKORY GAL - - Welcome to our 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. We're so glad you have decided to join us. That means that you are accepting that you have diabetes and that you are tired of being sick and tired!! You have decided to take control of your diabetes by doing something about it! It's a hard step but a big step and I congratulate you for that.

First of all, I noticed that you haven't set up your "Create Spark Page". I would advise you to do just that so that we can all get to know you and vice versa. This will allow others to further encourage you on your journey to a healthier life style. You can do this by going the Quick Link.

Now, it sounds like it's time to forgive yourself for your diabetes. It's something that most of us have already had to do and continue to do when we "slip up" along the way and we all do that as we are only human. BUT, that's ok. Just pick yourself up and keep on going and keep your eye on the final goal - - YOU as a healthier person.

If you are a Type II diabetic it is sometimes possible to get off your BS medications. I have done just that plus in so doing, brought my Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels to well within normal limits. We strive for consistency in this program, NOT perfection.

Set up some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed at such as drinking non-calorie fluids so many times a day/week; increasing your "Freggies" (fruits and veggies) so many times a day/week; getting 7-9 hours of sleep so many times a week etc. For your weight loss goal, set it at no more than 5-10% of the total weight you want/need to lose. Setting it for anymore than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we all know where that leads us!!

Your Nutrition and Fitness Trackers will give you great feedback on how well you are eating, where you need to improve etc. Try to get 10 minutes of exercise in - if 10 minutes seems like it's too much at a time, then try for two 5-minute exercises instead. All steps add up towards our healthy life style and weight loss.

If you need any help with getting around the site please let us know. We are all more than welling to help, support, and encourage one another on this journey. You are never alone on this journey as we are all going through it together.

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1/20/14 12:38 A

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I hate the fact that I have diabetes. But I feel that I brought it on myself. I am not a very strong person and tend to let things get to me. I have bouts of depression. I really want to be able to get off my diabetes meds and all my other meds. Hopefully this will help. Watching my carbs is a full time job. I am a carb addict. Hopefully this will change.

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DAVIS061513 - - Welcome to the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. We are a very caring, helpful, and encouraging group of people here. First off, it doesn't look like you've created your Spark Page yet. You can do so by either going to the Site Quick Links or by going to My Trackers page and then down to My Spark Points (click). Then, go down to One Time Challenges and down just a couple of lines you will find Create My Spark Page. Click on that and go from there. There is a lot of information to learn here so let me try to help you a little bit to make getting around the site a little bit easier for you.

My advice to you would be to learn all you can about diabetes - what causes diabetes, the treatment for diabetes, and the complications of diabetes when we don't keep our sugar under control.. There are so many different articles to read on so many different things in our Articles & Video section located at the top of your Start Page. There you will find not only articles on health but on food, exercises, recipes etc. It's a great section to check into.

Try to stay within your calorie range, preferably at the lower end. Eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important in keeping not only your metabolism up but also helps in keeping your BSs more even throughout the day. It doesn't matter how late in the day you eat your last snack as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance.

The Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Trackers located at the top of your Start Page are both great tools to use. I would advise you to use them. The Nutrition Tracker will give you great feedback on whether you're eating enough or too little of calories, carbs, fats, and protein. There is also a Report in your Spark Page that you can run by clicking on it that will let you know the comparison of carbs vs fats vs protein and give you information under each category how to improve in each area. The Fitness Tracker is where you will log in your exercises done for the day. The more exercise you do, the more calories you get to eat - - not a bad trade.!!

In the Community Section at the top of your Start Page is where you will find a list of Spark Teams, Challenges etc that are going on - - check those out. You will meet a lot of people, make new friends, have fun and get lots of motivation from them. You will also find a lot of success stories in that section as well.

In the Site Guide Section you will find your Welcome Guide, Site Tour Videos, and answers to all the commonly asked questions.

Look over the different sites, pick out a challenge or two, check out the roll calls/chats etc. You are not alone on this journey. We are going through this journey with you. If you have any questions whether it be advice, help, a listening ear, or motivation please let us know. There is always someone close by and will get back with you.

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Hello team! I'm new to the site and group and trying to figure out how to work around the site. I have been in denial of diabetes for years and really don't want to take medication so I'm trying to become healthier and attending sessions at the diabetes clinic.. My father is totally insulin dependent by a constant pump which is not the life I want to live. I am a stress eater and really want to change but have a difficult time changing from all the unhealthy eating habits. I was some what productive this week by setting a goal to not drink a soda, eat fried foods, and eat sweets the 2nd half of the week in which I accomplished, however today I didn't do so well. I am weird in that I don't eat many fruits and vegetables and I have texture issues with raw/crunchy items. In trying to do better I stay hungry most of the time.
This task is so difficult...any suggestions?

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Welcome to the team MASHERRY and RACEWIFE. Glad to have you join our team. If you need any help please let us know and someone will get right back with you.

Set yourself some small goals to begin with - something that you know you will be able to succeed at. Set your weight loss goal at no more than 5-10% of the total weight you want/need to lose - any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we don't want that to happen.

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HI, I am new to SP and this team. I have been a diabetic for 30 yrs. My Sugars are uncontrolled. I am ready to get healthy and off of some meds. I take 5 shots and pills at least daily. That has got to get better. I have lost 70lbs I want to lose an additional 53 lbs. Looking forward to learning from you all.

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Hi! I've just joined this team. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I am ready for the challenge. I've been a member of sparkpeople for a number of years. I am here on and off, but I JUST LOVE SP! I am back for the New Year Resolution just to get healthy. My daughter and I went for the after Christmas sales and I found I was a whole size smaller in pants! If that isn't enough to get me motivated to come back to SP and begin a New Year of healthy eating, I don't know what will. So here I am. My goal is just to be healthy. I would like to lose 15lbs. but eating healthy really is more important at this point. I am Type II Diabetes for 5 or more years now. I would simply LOVE to get healthy enough that I can stop my meds. At the very least, excerise so that my circulation is better. Wish me luck! I have great hopes for the group!

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If ANYONE needs help on getting around the site, please let us know. Just mention it in a blog and we'll get back to you and as soon as possible. There's always someone lurking around the corner just waiting to help and encourage you along your journey.

Also, don't be afraid to read each other's blogs as there might be something on their that will help you also or that you might be able to help someone else with or to support and encourage each other.

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LISA - - Welcome to the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. Eat your three meals a day and your 1-3 snacks a day. Snacks will help you to keep your BSs from spiking as well as to ,keep you from over eating at mealtime. The snacks can be as late as you want as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance and as long as it's within your 24-hour period. Also, make sure that you do some exercising during the day even if it's only 10 minutes of walking each day. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask as there's always someone lurking around that will be more than happy to help you out. emoticon and together emoticon

SONYA - - Welcome to Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. Be sure to eat your 3 meals and 1=3 snacks a day also. Snacks are a very important tool for getting your BSs down as well as exercising. Track everything that goes into your mouth and drink non-calorie fluids throughout the day as well. Get your 8 hours of sleep each night. YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT!!!!

STACIE - - Getting of your BS medications is a possibility. I've done it but you have to work at it. Track everything you put into your mouth and track your exercises. The nutrition tracker is a very good tool for feedback. It will let you know if you need to increase or decrease your calorie intake, carbs, fats, and proteins. Eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day. to help keep your BSs on an even keel. You will find a lot of support and encouragement in this program. It's something we are excellent at doing. If you have any questions, need advice or even a listening ear or maybe more encouragement along you journey by all means let us know. We'll get back to you soon.

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RONDA - - Welcome to Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. I can fully understand your denial of diabetes. It's not something we want to think of having. I, too, was in denial when I first learned of my having diabetes on my birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HUH?) I went through denial, anger, frustration etc etc. We finally have to reach that point like you have when you're sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Congratulations on your 28# weight loss. Don't worry about eating bread and crackers but just be sure that they are whole grain and high in fiber and eat them in moderation. I, myself get the 45 calorie 100% whole wheat bread which is high in fiber so I can have 2 slices which is equal to 1 slice of bread. We never need to cut out anything but we do need to be careful that we don't over indulge in them.

As far as exercise, start out by doing just 10 minutes of exercise a day and if that seems too hard to do, then do two 5-minute sessions instead. All steps add up. I find that walking is one of the easiest exercises for me to do, even if it means walking for 5 minutes inside my mobile home if the weather is too bad outside for me to go out and walk. Before long, you'll be walking or exercising longer each time. I didn't want to exercise either in the beginning but now I'm walking approximately a mile twice a day. It will happen for you. emoticon

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KRYS - Welcome to our Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. Now is the time to get busy and ward off diabetes. You can do this through exercising 10 minutes a day and tracking everything you put into your mouth. Eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day. It's the snacks that will help to cub your appetite for the next meal as well as help to keep your BSs more even. Snacks don't have to be big i.e. cheese/crackers; handful of nuts; half a sandwich; apple and peanut butter etc. I was on Metformin for my blood sugar when I started but after losing weight and exercising, I have been able to get off my BS meds altogether. emoticon and together emoticon . YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You are never alone on this journey.

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Just recently found out that I am pre-diabetic and hoping to learn more about how to reverse this trend with healthier eating and exercise. Not new to Spark, but new to these symptoms.

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Hi. My name is Ronda and I have been a type 2 for about 12 years now. I denied the disease for about 7 years. I thought I was doing good by cutting out fruit juices and sodas but I kept eating "junk" food. I was extremely overweight, a couch potato, and determined that I was going to eat what I wanted no matter what. Finally I got tired of being sick all the time, and I am tired of all the money I waste on medications - cookies aren't worth it anymore. I have lost 28 pounds now and eating healthier. It's not as bad as I thought it would be. Bread and crackers are my downfall but I am trying to be smart about how much of them I eat rather than cutting them out all together. My problem that I am currently working on is exercise. I just don't want to do it period!

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Hi. My name is Lisa. I was diagnosed 2 years ago as a Type 2 Diabetic. Now my Diabetes educators are thinking I am more of a late onset Type 1. I am currently on Metformin, Lantus and today I discontinued Januvia and replaced it with Victoza. I am really praying this works. I think my next step is an insulin pump after this. I also treat with Humalog thru out the day if my Blood sugars are high. I have been taking more and more lately.Together with the Holidays my weight is increasing.

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Hello my name is Sonya and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I currently take Novolog and Lavimir to control my diabeties. I am trying to lose some weight so that I can get healthier and get this disease under control.

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Hi all....my name is Stacie and I'm a Type 2 Diabetic trying to lose weight and get healthy. My ultimate goal is to lose 70 pounds and get off of the metformin, lisinopril and simvastatin. Looking for support and motivation along the way. I'm glad to be here and looking forward to this journey.

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Dorothy - - Welcome to the team Dorothy. Learn all you can about diabetes - what causes it, treatment for diabetes, and the complications of uncontrolled blood sugars. Be sure to eat your 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day as well.

Set yourself some small goals - something that you know you can be successful at. Examples: tracking your food (gives excellent feedback) a certain number of times a day/week; 10 minutes of exercise; drink a certain number glasses of non-calorie liquids a day/week etc. Set your weight loss goal at no ore than 5 -10% of the total weight you want/need to lose; anymore than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we don't want that to happen.

Check out the different sections at the top of your Start Page - - lots of information in all of those including the Site Guide which will give you guided tour of the site, answer questions for you etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. There is always someone lurking right around the corner and will be glad to help you out.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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hi I am new I live in Tennessee I have type 2 diabetes I am Dorothy who else is out there

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PAIGE - - Welcome to our challenge team. My advice to you would be to make sure you learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes it, how to treat it, and the complications of diabetes when it's not under control. There is so much information available to you here under the Articles & Videos Section at the top of your Start Page. In that same section, you will also find videos on exercises, cooking, recipes etc. Check it all out.

My Trackers Section will give you your Nutrition Tracker, Fitness Tracker, Weight Log, Spark Points etc. The nutrition tracker will give you great feedback on how well you're doing with your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. I would advise you to track everything that goes into your mouth - this will also help to hold you accountable to yourself.

In the Community Section you will find the challenges section, blogs, success stories, your spark teams etc.

The Site Guide will give you your welcome guide, site tour videos, and answers to the most common questions.

Set yourself some small goals - some that you know you will be able to be successful at such as drinking your fluids so many times a day/week, eating your freggies (fruit and vegetables) so many times a day/week; sleeping 7-8 hours day/week etc. Set your weight loss goal at no more than 5-10% of the total weight you want to lose. Any more than that and you are apt to get yourself discouraged.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. There's always someone lurking right around the corner that would be more than happy to help you, myself included.

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hi my name is paige and im 21yrs old
i just got diagnosed with type 2 and ive gotten it under control i think pretty good since i got diagnosed in november - im glad i got added to team so i can get the added support emoticon

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DEBRA - - Welcome to our great Weight Loss Challenge. SP has had great success in the weight loss lifestyle program. This is not a d.i.e.t. but a total lifestyle journey. A diet is a short-term frustrating way of losing weight and most people will gain that weight back plus some when they stop dieting. . This is a forever way of eating and living to keep us healthy. This is a way to learn how to live to keep that weight off for good.

I use to be on Metformin myself, but since joining Spark People (SP) in May 2012 I have been able to get off BS medications and bring my cholesterol and triglyceride levels all to well within normal levels. It can be done!!

Eating your 3 meals a day and your 2-3 snacks a day has a big part in helping us to live this healthy lifestyle. Eat at approximately the same time each day. The snacks is what helps us to keep our metabolism going and helps to keep our BSs more level without all the spiking of the BS readings. What's nice about this program is that you eat the foods you like but in moderation. No food group is eliminated. If you have a craving for something and that craving doesn't go away then by all means have it but have just a little bit of it. The best bite is always the first bite of anything anyway.

I would like to suggest to you that you start the 30-Day Fit Food Challenge while on this program. It's a great program that takes you through 30 days of meal planning, exercising, grocery shopping etc. You will find this to be quite helpful with your needs. Also, there is a program that I have found called FREEPRINTABLEGROCERYLIST.com - This will give you a variety of grocery lists to choose from including one for diabetes. This is one that I am presently using. Check them out and pick the one or two different lists that you think would be best for you.

Take your nutrition and exercise one day at a time and one step at a time. You can go at your own pace. The nutrition tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase/decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Track everything that goes into your mouth including non-calorie liquids. At the top of your Start Page you will find a section for Articles & Videos. There you will find all kinds of information on nutrition, fitness, recipes etc. You will also find all kinds of exercises to do including some chair exercises for people with disabilities which I use periodically myself.

In the Community Section you will find your different challenges, your spark teams, blogs etc. Look through these and get started.

The Site Guide Section will Welcome you and help you get started through our program as well as tour videos of the program and a list of answers to many asked questions.

Set yourself up some small goals, something that you know you will succeed at. It might be to drink a certain number of fluids for a certain number of days in the week; or, to track your food a certain number of days throughout the week; eat a certain number of "freggies" (fruits and vegetables) in a day; or maybe get 8 hours of sleep a certain number of days in a week. Set your weight loss goal for no more than 5-10% of the total weight you want or need to lose. By setting it for any higher than that you are very apt to set yourself up for frustration.

If you have any questions, Debra, during anytime on this program please feel free to ask. There's always someone lurking around the corner that will be more than happy to help you at any time. This is your journey but you are not on it alone. There are other's on this journey with you. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! emoticon and together emoticon .

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Hi my name is Debra. I have known people in the past who have used Spark people with great results and an improved quality of life. I am open to knowing how this might work for me.
I signed up to be on the team because I need accountable to reach my goals. I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. I have tried several different kinds of medication to control BS. I have circled back around to Metformin which seems to be working.

What I need to bring into alignment now is, meal planning, and shopping. Three meals plus two snacks a day. I do want to lose weight as well. I moving back into exercise after recovering from back surgery (Oct. 30th) I would like to be able to get shopping lists that I can print from my planned meals. I also want to customize what I eat as I have strong preferences. Does Spark People site offer this? Just jumping in to get started. Thanks! Debra

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CHULA - - Welcome to the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. You're right. Joining the team here is a great move. I understand your frustration with your BS levels since your Metformin has been reduced from your doctor; especially when are exercising besides. Sometimes when your BS medications have been reduced, it might take a little bit for your body to re-adjust to the reduction in the medications. There are many different reasons why your BS might have risen a little bit. Are you eating your 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day? It's those snacks in between meals that help to keep your BSs more even and helps to prevent the spikes. It also helps to give your metabolism a boost in between meals. Are you eating your meals and snacks about the same time every day? Are you staying at the lower end of your carbohydrates? Are you getting enough sleep each night? Has your stress level risen? Have you been sick lately? So many things can make a difference in the rise and/or fall of your BS from one day to the next. You could try to up your exercise a little bit - - go for some walks shortly after your meals weather permitting. You could also just walk around your house during the bad weather. You might want to try cutting back on the fruit just a little bit as well. Losing weight and exercise are great tools for helping to reduce your blood sugar levels so continue to work at doing so.

If you find that your BSs continue to climb then I would advise you to contact your doctor or speak to the nurse about your concerns and go from there.

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Hi there, joined this team and already in week 2. I am on Metformin 500mg twice a day and its not doing its job. My sugar levels are over 100mg whereas I was always around 85 to 95mg until my Dr changed the dose. I am working out now and trying to eliminate all sugary stuff from my diet, increasing the amount of greens and yellows on my diet and doing exercise. Joining the Spark community is also a good move. I can get a lot of up to date info here. Thanks.

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WOW! Lots of new members here within the last couple of days!!! Welcome to all of you!! You're all here for various reasons with the main one wanting to become a healthier person. I congratulate all of you for taking the initiative to join SparkPeople (SP) and to get a start on your new lifestyle to a healthier and happier life.

Glad to have you join our team!! My advice to you would be to learn all you can about diabetes. There are so many different articles to read on so many different things in our Articles & Video section located at the top of your Start Page. There you will find not only articles on health but on food, exercises, recipes etc. It's a great section to check into.

Try to stay within your calorie range, preferably at the lower end. Eat your 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important in keeping not only your metabolism up but also helps in keeping your BSs more even throughout the day. It doesn't matter how late in the day you eat your last snack as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance.

The Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Trackers located at the top of your Start Page are both great tools to use. I would advise you to use them. The Nutrition Tracker will give you great feedback on whether you're eating enough or too little of calories, carbs, fats, and protein. There is also a Report in your Spark Page that you can run by clicking on it that will let you know the comparison of carbs vs fats vs protein and give you information under each category how to improve in each area. The Fitness Tracker is where you will log in your exercises done for the day. The more exercise you do, the more calories you get to eat - - not a bad trade.!!

In the Community Section at the top of your Start Page is where you will find a list of Spark Teams, Challenges that are going on - - check those out. You will meet a lot of people, make new friends, have fun and get lots of motivation from them. You will also find a lot of success stories in that section as well.

Look over the different sites, pick out a challenge or two, check out the roll calls/chats etc. You are not alone on this journey. We are going through this journey with you. If you have any questions whether it be advice, help, a listening ear, or motivation please let us know. There is always someone close by and will get back with you.

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If you track everything your put into your mouth on your Nutrition Tracker and start out by doing 10 minutes of exercise a day, you have a very good chance doing what you want by getting off your medications. I can tell you that, because I have gotten off of my medications and have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels all to well within normal limits all within about 6 months after starting on SP. Not everyone will be able to get off that soon, some maybe not totally get off, but you have a much better chance of that happening by tracking everything, getting your 7-8 hours of sleep each night, eating your 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day. The snacks will help to keep your metabolism up as well as to help keep your blood sugar levels more even. It takes work and consistency but it can be done. I know only too well how different physical and medical conditions can make things more difficult to lose weight yet also more important to lose weight - - I have both but it has made a big improvement in my life.


MANIPATH - So glad to hear the excitement coming from you. Other than to do the above, I would recommend that you set a time aside each day - like a date with yourself - to allow yourself time to exercise, have your snacks etc. Stop by the chat forums and meet others who are in the same boat as yourself as well as join other challenges also to help keep the fitness fun and to keep the motivation going.

LYNN - - So nice to hear that you are up for the challenge but this is a challenge. There's a lot to learn but do it slowly - - one day and one step at a time.

TIFFANY - So glad you are seeking out help now before you have are diagnosed with diabetes. You'll have a great chance at keeping diabetes away.

HAVASUJULES - - So glad you have done so well since being on SP for a year now. AND, what a great idea to help your hubby to take care of himself as well. I commend you for it.

Have fun and enjoy your journey!!

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Hey everyone! I just joined today and I'm super excited to get started. I've had type 2 diabetes for 3 years this month. I had it under control until I got pregnant. I controlled it while pregnant, but since having the baby I haven't taken care of myself like I should be. I want to start eating healthy and exercising again. I know I can do it b/c I've done it before, but I having hard finding the time and motivation. I haven't lost a single pound of this baby weight, but I hope to change that soon. Looking forward to getting to know all of you :)

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I am new to this team/challenge but not to spark people. I am not a Type II diabetic, but my husband is. However he is not internet savvy and I do all the shopping/meal planning. So I joined this challenge in order to be a better help to him. I hope that is okay.

Since joining sparkpeople a year ago, I have lost nearly 30 pounds and have 20 more to go until goal. I have completely changed my lifestyle, and hope to encourage rather than nag my husband as he begins his journey to a healthier lifestyle.



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I'm starting once again to lose weight and get healthier. I'm 67, self-employed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Last year I was diagnosed with Afib, irregular and rapid heart beat, had a cardiac ablation in July and am much better. I have mild cardiomyopathy when means my heart doesn't work as well as it should. Told by my cardiologist to lose weight and exercise. My A1c was 5.4 so that is very good. My cholesterol increased because I ran out of my Lipitor and didn't get it renewed. Now I'm back on my Lipitor. I take metformin and I'd like to cut that out, but I've been eating a lot of junk in the evenings. I recently gained some weight back and was over 200 pounds this morning. I also had the holiday blues and let bad habits start again. Feeling better now and need to focus. NO more cookies!

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something: and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. Edmund Everett Hale.


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Hi everyone,

I am a 36-year mom of two active boys. I am new to the site, and so far, really like the tools and inspiration available throughout. My goal is to lose weight to become healthier, leaner, more energetic, and hopefully, bid farewell to medications for my Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure.
I am looking forward to working toward our goals together, team!

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hi everyone new to spark people slow getting start . but I am up for the challenge .

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Hello everyone,

I am new to spark and look forward to maintaining a healthy change in eating and becoming medication free. I also look forward to the motivation and inspiration of others who are here for similar reasons. I wish everyone the best of luck here on reaching their goals.

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My name is Tiffany. I had blood work done a while back and the doc told me I needed to lose weight because it looked like I might have to come in for a diabetes diagnoses, and that I have relativly high testosterone. In order to maintain a lower testosterone level I have been on birth control which has made me gain weight instead of lose it. Here I am on my way to weight loss for health not beauty.

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LORY - - Congratulations on getting your A1C down so well. It does take work but it is well worth it!! Keep up the good work!!

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Yvonne - YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!! I am a Type II diabetic. I started SparkPeople (SP) in May 2012. Within 6 months I was able to get off my Metformin totally as well as to bring my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within normal limits. I've probably lost more inches than pounds. Now, not everyone will be able to get off their blood sugar medication that fast but I'm telling you that you CAN be able to reduce if not get off those medications eventually. Just don't give up!!!! Believe in yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

If you eat your 3 meals plus your 2-3 snacks a day you will be your way to a healthy lifestyle. The snacks are just as important as the meals. The snacks will help to keep your metabolism in full swing as well as to help keep your BSs more even. The last snack of the day can be eaten as late as need be as long as you stay within your calorie allowance in the 24-hour period. Track everything that enters your mouth on your nutrition tracker as well as use your fitness tracker. Try to do 10 minutes of exercise each day even if it means doing two 5-minute sessions. All your steps and minutes add up and will help you to improve your diabetes tremendously.

When your scale seems to come to a complete halt for a while (and it will periodically) don't get upset. Look back at how far you've already come on your journey, how much better you're feeling, how much better your blood work is becoming, and how much baggier your clothes are getting!!! The scale isn't the only way to determine how well you're doing on your journey. Just take it one day and one step at a time. Baby steps is what it's all about. Learn everything you can about diabetes - - the causes, treatments, complications etc. The more you know about it, the better it will be for you to help yourself become that healthy person you want to be.

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Thanks, Lory! Yep, I am wide awake and life has got to change. For the better!

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Hello, I would like to share one ray of hope. I have had Type 2 for more than 10 years, on oral medications and 3 years ago I moved to insulin.
I will admit that insulin did help me obtain tighter control, but I became lax and my A1C shot up to 8.8. I was out of control and not paying attention closely. So I had long discussion with my doctor and he advised that I do a longer session with the diabetes nurse. She helped me fine tune some habits, improve my relationship with food and checked up on me every 4 to 5 weeks. That was in April and now in December I am down to 7.4. I am excited that I could improve but I have had similar wake up call. I have to track what I eat, when I eat, and my exercise plus doing my blood glucose testing. I have found that Spark People allows me to track these factors including my glucose measurements. Keeping these in front of my face really keeps me "awake". I still struggle but I did reach for help and still need more.

Best wishes and it looks like you are in the "Wake up Mode". Continue onward with the things you can do on a daily basis.

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So, I'm starting this over now for the 3rd time. Hopefully this will be the LAST time! I was diagnosed with Type 2 last summer and am determined to get off of meds and be 50 lbs lighter by the time I turn 50 at the end of August. ND is currently home, which makes my exercising all indoors until April.

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Hi Martha!! So glad you could join us. I was just checking in and was wondering if there was anything I could help you with. I realize that being your first week things can seem a bit confusing and a little "hairy" to say the least.

Being a pre-diabetic, you can prevent yourself from becoming a full fledged diabetic. I know, because even though I'm a Type Two diabetic I have been able to come completely off my blood sugar medications as well as to bring my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within normal limits all through learning what and how to eat and by doing as little as 10 minutes of exercise to begin with. I'm here to tell you that it CAN be done!!

So, start out by learning all you can about diabetes and any other health problems that you might have or be concerned about. Eat your 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day to help keep your blood sugars level and to keep your metabolism going. Get your 7-8 hours of sleep a night which will also help you lose your weight and improve your diabetes.

If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to ask. Read the other posts to and from other people as well as you are very apt to find something in those posts that might be beneficial to you. Join in on the chat forums and other challenges as well and get to know people and make friends. It's a good way to not only learn from other people or to help other people, but it's also a good way to keep yourself and others accountable.

Have fun and enjoy your journey!!

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Hi Regina - - Having pre-diabetes is your warning sign that it's definitely time to start thinking and acting on getting your health going in the right direction. By watching what you eat, exercising 10 minutes a day, and learning all you can about diabetes (causes, symptoms, treatments etc) can help you to prevent yourself from getting full blown diabetes.

Start out by setting yourself up a few short-term goals to begin with such as using your Nutritional Tracker so many times each week, drinking a certain number of glasses of water or other non-calorie fluids each day, 10 minutes of exercise so many days a week, getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night - - just something that you know you will succeed at. After you feel comfortable with that then add a few more of them. Just pick a few of them to start with.

If you aren't real sure about the exercises then in the Articles & Videos section at the top of your Start Page you will find different videos of different types of exercises to help you get started. There will be some for upper body, lower body, core, stretches etc. There is so much information to help you along with your journey in that section including recipes.

Go to the Community section and find some different challenges that are offered that you might want to join in to help you meet other people and to help keep you motivated as well.

If you have any questions, by all means please ask them!! We are here for you because we feel YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! You are never alone on this journey. We are all taking this same journey of our own and learning right alone with you. emoticon and together emoticon .

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