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3/26/14 4:26 P

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Welcome aboard Peggy! Joining our team is a great step. They gave you great tips to use for your journey. We are here for you. emoticon

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Sheri (Medford, Oregon)

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3/26/14 4:03 P

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You are so welcome Peggy. I hope you will follow Judy's advice and follow it as much as you are able. She has been through this successfully so you can always count on her advice. Please keep posting on a regular basis especially when you are struggling and in need of support. We really want to help all we can.
Take it one step at a time and don't try to be perfect just be as consistent as you are able.
This journey will not be easy but it will be so worth it.
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3/26/14 3:09 P

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Thank you all for the welcome, I am glad to be here.

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3/25/14 11:09 P

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Welcome Peggy. There is lots of good resources here to help you. My favorite is the Diabetic Food Tracker. I believe it has been significant in my success to date.

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3/25/14 10:26 P

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Welcome Peggy. I am glad you decided to get started. There is an article called " How to use SparkPeople When you have Type two Diabetes " on this site. You can find it by entering the title in the search engine on your Spark Start page. It has lots of good information and links that will be useful to you.
Take your time to explore the site and learn about diabetis. You don't have to be perfect but aim for consistency. You can do this!
I wish both you and your husband all the best on your journey to good health!
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3/25/14 10:24 P

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PEGGY - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. You have taken one of your biggest steps alright - - that being the fact that you have now stopped the denial and are willing to do something about it - for both of you!! There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

Peggy, I want you to know that denial is perfectly normal. I had the same feelings when I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I felt anger, frustration, mad, "why me" - the whole entire gambit!!! I take it that you and your husband are both Type 2 also. If that's so, it's not too late to turn it around. I'll explain more further on down.

So, for now we're going to work together as a group/team to get the ball rolling toward a new and healthy lifestyle way of living. We're going to do this one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER and the FITNESS TRACKER.

1) NUTRITION TRACKER - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in
at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style. Even if you can't get off of you blood sugar meds completely but are able to reduce the amount of meds you have to take is something a step that you can be proud of.

Take your doctor's advice and both of you attend the Diabetes Education Classes. I'm sure it will help you both a lot to understand diabetes and nutrition as a whole. Don't stop taking this Challenge however. You will find a great support system here which you will need also as you go through this lifestyle change. We are here for you!!!

As you go through your Weekly Discussions, feel free to read the other member's posts as well. You might find just the answer you're looking for in one of those posts just as much as you might be able to help someone else with something that they need to hear and know as well.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions and then on through the rest of your journey, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours. REMEMBER: YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!! YOU DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY AGAIN!!

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon emoticon
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3/25/14 9:17 P

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Hi everyone,

My name is Peggy and I have had diabetes for about 5-6 years now. My husband has had it since 2001. When I was first diagnosed, I started eating right and swimming for exercise. I did great for a few months, then I guess I just went into denial, until last Thursday when our doctor called to say he wanted us to come in the office because my husband's A1C was so bad that we needed to discuss "treatment options" ( he already takes 78 units of Lantus plus a couple of different oral medications daily and I take 18 units of Victoza and metformin everyday). I guess it finally occurred to me that I am killing us both, because I know my husband would eat right if I would just fix the right foods. He loves fruits and vegetables, me, not so much. Anyway, I immediately started to work at this again and we have been eating appropriately for 5 days now. This morning his bs was 97. I was so happy I wanted to cry. Mine was about 140, but mine always seems to run high in the mornings, then go down late in the day. I joined here last night, and am tracking my food only, but I know that if I eat right, so will he. Neither of us have ever been to diabetes education classes, so our doctor has ordered those. I hope that will help me better understand how to regulates meals. Ok, this was way longer than I intended for it to be, but thanks for listening.

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