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10/17/14 6:22 A

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Hi Nancy

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You have gotten lots of great advice so I will just say welcome to a great team with lots of great people who are so knowledgeable and supportive!!!

Looking forward to getting to know you!!

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10/16/14 10:53 P

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CFODEL,
Interesting I have a non-negotiable daily maximum of carbs with myself.

I aim for 30 grams max, but it might get as high as 50. But I've got no minimum.

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10/16/14 10:51 P

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Hi LOUIE-LILY,
Like HYEGEEK I treat carbs like an addictive drug. It took me a serious week to detox, and then a few months for the cravings to slowly diminish.

I don't think things like "you've been good, you've lost 5 pounds, you deserve a chocolate bar"

Nope.

Welcome. My low carb plan is to only buy/eat things that are 6% carbs (net carbs) by weight. It makes shopping easy.

James
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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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10/14/14 9:30 A

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Good morning all! I've recently renewed my presence at SP to try and get my Type 2 diabetes under control. I'm approaching 50 in November. Just had my quarterly visit with the doctor. A1C was dreadful, but I'm in week 3 of really good blood sugars so I am hopefully to see a huge change in January at my next appointment. I am really having to go VERY low carb to get these good readings. The dietician I am working with has set a non-negotiable minimum for my daily carb intake. emoticon

These are HUGE diet changes for me... I'm encouraged, but skeptical. My other big concern is that my kidney function shows a decrease on the last set of bloodwork.

Thanks in advance for any advice and support!

Carolyn
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10/11/14 2:03 P

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Hi, CHATTUMS and welcome.

Linda

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YOU can do it.
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You can DO it.
You can do IT.
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10/11/14 1:24 P

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I'm not new to Spark, but might as well claim that I am -- haven't done spark for many years, and the diabetes and the scale definitely has confirmed that. I'm getting it together, and working on my goals. Just need to pop in and say hi, catch a great idea from someone. And knowing that I'm not the only one out there sure makes it a bit easier. Thanks everyone!

On the keyboard of Life; keep one Finger on the escape key....and remember 1 pound of lost weight is just like loosing 4 sticks of butter!


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LITTLEWIND53's Photo LITTLEWIND53 Posts: 17,180
10/8/14 3:27 P

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Here is another idea to consider.......

Find a buddy... someone to be accountable to. Make sure you email your check list to them every day... such as what your morning blood sugar reading is..... How well you managed your nutritional goals -- did you track that day and where you "on track"? Did you exercise that day.... That sort of thing.

It does not work for everyone, but it does work for some. Who wants to send an email that says "Today I did not eat properly nor I did not exercise"

Just a thought....

Wishing you all the best.....

Linda

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You can DO it.
You can do IT.
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10/8/14 3:03 P

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Nancy, I have those same problems. I have been about a month without any potatoes (other than sweet), and no grain but a couple tortillas (one when I didn't have anything else around to eat). Yesterday, though, I got some lunch when I was waiting for a prescription refill and for sides ended up with sweet things cause they didn't have anything else I could eat. One thing I did notice was that they seem too sweet to me, now, but I ate them and today I am really hungry again. I just have to stay away from the sweets and most carbs. I finally got back down to onederland and am struggling to stay even where I am now.

For me, it helps to have a protein/fat breakfast with the only carbs the spoonful of honey I have in my morning tea. That way I don't seem to get hungry all day long so I am not munching all day long. I guess I have become the type who has to stay away from some things altogether like someone mentioned. While the diabetes training and dietitians can be helpful, too, finding your own carb level is important, I think. I didn't eat as many carbs before getting diabetes as they recommend for the diabetes diet. With Metformin I stayed in the mid-5 range for A1c with carbs between 105 and 135, but I'm currently afraid to average that without the Metformin which was causing me other problems. If you can get where you know what level carbs is helpful to you it might help with keeping you from going too high and late snacking just because you aren't hungry for it anymore.

Of course, most of the people on this team know a lot more about it than I do.

Anyway, hope that you can get the help you need here. emoticon



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10/8/14 2:11 P

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Thanks 1CRAZYDOG - for your ideas. Just as an aside - I think we have many SFriends in common :) I've seen your postings many times. Nice to talk to you.

Nancy

Blessings,
Nancy

Galatians 5:16: �I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.�


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10/8/14 2:10 P

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Thanks ITSMYTURN56
All Great suggestions!

Blessings,
Nancy

Galatians 5:16: �I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.�


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10/8/14 2:07 P

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Thanks for the welcome everyone!

HYEGEEK - Yes, that is the conclusion I am coming to as well. Now the question becomes, how to get away from these things for even 1 night! Then just day by day I know I would do better.

I'm not giving up and your comment confirms what I have been thinking.

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Blessings,
Nancy

Galatians 5:16: �I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.�


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10/8/14 2:04 P

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Welcome. That is the problem . . . we can know what to do but only WE can do it.

Write out your plan. That makes you accountable. Simple step. Do it.

Wishing you luck. I've been where you are and it's not easy.

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10/8/14 2:03 P

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Hi Louie-Lily,

As you are probably aware, the first step is to recognize that your weight is a problem. I too have gained 70 lbs since 2012 when I was diagnosed with Breast cancer and diabetes. After the surgery, I began to gain weight as I was trying to comfort myself with food. Now I find that in order to have reconstructive surgery, I have to lose 50 lbs. Sparkpeople is the forum that I found was doable as I began to keep track of everything I ate and I began to eat raw zucchini for lunch with fat free greek yogurt (mixed with Lipton onion soup mix). That really helped to take some of the weight off. I've also I cut out white foods like rice, potatoes, bread and things like that. I'm not telling your what to do but making suggestions that worked for me. Who knows, I may eliminate the need for insulin 2xs a day and some of the other meds I take. Your eating habits are a change that must be made for the rest of your life. Remember, one day at time and don't beat yourself up if you slip, we all do. But get back on track and do the best you can, that's all you can do. Good luck and God Bless.

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10/8/14 1:53 P

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Welcome to the team.

While some people are very successful limiting problem foods, you may be one of those people who has to find a way to completely break free from starches and sugars. If you can get away from them for long enough (a month or more), your tastes will change and the rest becomes easier.

Once I broke my NEED for starches and sugars, this whole D thing got a lot easier to manage.

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10/8/14 1:48 P

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Hi everyone,

I've been on SP for a couple of years now. I was diagnosed with T2 around 5-6 years ago. I was so shocked and scared that within 4 months I took myself from an A1C of over 14 down to 11.5 and then a few months later to a little over 7.0. My daily sugar went from over 350 down to 110 average. I started exercising again and eating right. I kept the weight off that I had lost through no work of my own, but part of the symptoms of the D itself.

Now I find myself with my weight back up higher than ever, seemingly at a loss to control the food I put in my mouth emoticon and terribly depressed by the whole scenario emoticon
I'm on Metformin, and I've switched to a good Integrative Dr who knows I don't want to go on more meds. I've studied health and nutrition and have been to dieticians and health experts. So I keep promising to get myself back in control to lose the weight - but I don't.

So that is my D story! I work full time, and for the most part, I have not been able to spend much time on SP. So please do not be upset if I do not respond to any comments in a timely manner. I am hoping to find some motivation and ideas on this team to help me get back on track. I know a couple of my big problems are carbs and sugar and evening eating and I need to put a halt to that!

My problem is: I know WHAT to do . . . I need to DO it!

If you've made it this far on the post - thanks!
Nancy

Blessings,
Nancy

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