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5/4/14 11:16 A

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James...

You have obviously discovered the importance of tracking everything! I had a period where I could control my numbers like that, too--it lasted for about 5 years, then my body just decided to change, and I was back at square one...(thank you, aging process! LOL) My doctor told me that even when you do everything right, things can still go wrong! That's the truest thing anyone ever told me! LOL

That was a couple decades ago. The doctors didn't know then what we know now or...
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I do believe that there is value in actually writing things down, since that helps us remember, but I have always kept myself pretty busy, and I couldn't tell you how many hours I pored through calorie and nutrition counters with fingers bent up in writer's cramp. My personal life was being eaten away with tracking by hand like that--I just didn't have the kind of time that can take, and had other things I would much rather be doing--plus, paper is expensive, and has to be stored somewhere as well--but because of my success with tracking, I knew better than to give it up. Then a friend sent me a link to SparkPeople and the rest is history. Now, other than my data book that goes everywhere with me, (which tracks other medical data besides this, and is also my date book), I let SP be my storage...

Those are just some of the reasons I love SP and the trackers here--so much data at my fingertips--not to mention friendships and encouragement--and I just need my laptop... with minimal dusting! LOL

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/3/14 1:27 A

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PHATCRYSSY,

I was on medication for 9 years and I wished that I had learned and experienced that type 2 diabetes can be well managed with diet. I'm off the medications now, and that has been for the last 2 years.

You need to track what you eat and drink. Write down the quantity, the write down calories, grams of protein, carbs and fat. Like this:

Chocolate milk, one cup
Calories (226)
Carbs ( 32 g)
Protein (9 g)
Fat (8 g)

Then find where your carbs are coming from, start making alternate choices to lower your carb intake. Get to 100 grams a day as your first goal. I'm at 30 to 50 myself. That will greatly improve your blood sugar, and you will probably start to loose body fat too.

James


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Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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5/2/14 8:55 P

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A few words of advice:
DO use the tracker, for every meal, including your blood sugar. It helps you figure out what things spike your blood sugar and what things help stabilize it. This can differ, we're are unique! LOL The tracker also gives you the option so you can fill out your weekly menu in advance, and it will provide you with a printable grocery list!
DO drink plenty of water! Here's an article from the Mayo clinic to help you figure out how much liquid you really need: www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nu
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ition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/waR>ter/art-20044256

DO exercise--and track that too, because it will affect how many calories you need for energy so you do not burn muscle or tissue for it...
DO participate in the discussions online on a regular basis! The people here who live with the disease can help you more than anything!
DO gradually decrease the amount of ANY kind of carbohydrate, until you figure out where your balance is...
...and...

HAVE FUN!

Welcome to the team..!

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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 5/2/2014 (20:58)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes one mome


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5/2/14 8:10 P

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Welcome. The firs thing I would ask is have you been referred to a diabetic educator? IF not I would ask the Dr. about that right away. That will help you get your eating more in line with what will help you.

What is your exercise routine? If you don't have one, be sure to check out the various exercises available on this site.

Do you tract your food? If not do take advantage of the nutrition tracker here on this site, which does have a diabetic program as well.

Hope this helps. Be sure to go to your start page and take a site tour.

Love is the root of all things good in life.


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5/2/14 7:21 P

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My name is PhatCryssy I was diagnosed in November of 2013 with Type 2 diabetes. As of right now I am not any medicine my doctor just wants me to loose some weight and and control what I eat and drink. I have been doing what the doctor said but its getting really difficult to keep my sugars at the level he wants. Help please any suggestion or words of advice

“NEVER!! discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
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