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Thank you for your encouragement! I, too, know what I need to do - my mother is a diabetes educator, my dad and both his parents had Type 2 diabetes, and I've been to all this diabetes education for the last two years.

I've been doing so much better with my diet recently, but not enough to really affect my A1c yet. The exercise is a difficult thing for me, and after trying several things that didn't work out I've been "excused" from exercising. I'm hoping, though, to find some things on the internet that I can do to get an aerobic workout just using my upper body - I'm not in a wheelchair, but I've heard of wheelchair aerobics, so I'm going to look that up. And in the summer, our local pool has water exercise before the kids are allowed in each day, so that could be another avenue to get the exercise I need.

I was so discouraged when I first found out I had blood sugar "issues." For a full year before that appointment I had been walking 2 miles 5 days a week, eating healthy and had lost 25 lbs (I was still overweight, but not as badly). I was doing it for my health - to avoid diabetes and heart disease, etc. And then Dr. Sanders told me my fasting blood sugar was too high and that I had impaired glucose tolerance (or whatever they call pre-diabetes now). I cried in his office. Then went over to the dietician/diabetes educator and got guidelines on what to eat, how much and when. Went to the pharmacy for my glucometer and starter pack. Then went home, researched the disease, and did what I was told. And started gaining weight again. But I still kept on trying. And every 3 months my A1c would be .1 lower than it had been before.

The problem came when a series of uber-stressful traumas happened one after the other in 2009: my dad was diagnosed with cancer and died within six months time, my grandmother was having health and mental problems, my teenage son & my best friend had a falling out, then some other things happened and my world collapsed around me. I went into deep depression - couldn't care for myself or anyone else; couldn't eat; couldn't sleep; could only cry and hold on to my sanity by my fingernails.

When I came back around, I ate what I felt like eating; I avoided exercise like the plague (because I really don't like to do it); but I started getting my spiritual life back in order. A year has gone by since I began to get out of that depression and I have such horrible pain in my knee and hip joints that I can barely get around some days - this is keeping me from walking which is the only exercise I enjoy at all. Dr. and I thought we had it solved with daily doses of good old ibuprofen - until I developed a gastric ulcer (more tears).

Somewhere in there, I stopped caring about diabetes, heart disease, cancer or quality of life. I wanted to eat what made me happy; and I never wanted to exercise again. So, since I've been really hitting the Bible study and improving my relationship with God, He brought to my attention that I need to take better care of this body that is considered God's temple. Hopefully, this will be the motivation I need to make some differences. My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life, and I want to keep it healthy.

My last A1c was 6.0 and my weight had remained steady for about 6 months (which is a vast improvement over gaining weight); but today my A1c was 6.6, my weight was up about 5 lbs from my last appointment, and Dr. said I had to go on medication.

So the plan is: find some kind of exercise to do with my upper body that will get my heart rate up; revisit the dietician for an updated meal plan; and ban my impulse foods from the house (or at least have my family members store them where I won't run across them).

"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest." � Corrie Ten Boom

Goal: 5/31/11 230 lbs MET: 5/23/11
Goal: 6/30/11 224 lbs


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4/4/11 6:29 P

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I'll tell you MY story.
I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, then pre-diabetes, then type 2 diabetes. I was put on metformin and cholesterol medications. My dr (not my current doc!) didn't bother to talk to me about what to eat, how to exercise, and only gave me a glucose monitor at my insistance. I told my dh about my diagnosis, but told no one else. I was ashamed.

After doing research on my own, I figured out that a low(er) carb diet would be most beneficial for me, as well as regular exercise. I took my meds, tracked my glucose readings. I educated myself. I figured out that I would do better eating every 3-4 hours. I needed to eat something with protein before bed. I came here to SparkPeople. I logged my calories.

After losing only 30 lbs, I insisted on having my bloodwork redone. It came back fabulously. I insisted on being able to go off of medication and being rechecked in 3 months. My bloodwork was even better. (Because I continued to take care of me in those 3 months!)

I continue to be medication free and still have great bloodwork. I was 'cured' by diet and exercise -- and I totally believe that YOU CAN BE TOO. Now, granted. I have to keep doing what those necessary things or else I'm going to be right back where I started from. But I want you to know that you are not being sentenced to a life of diabetes. YOU HAVE CONTROL.

And, for the what-it's-worth-dept, I'm preaching to myself here, as I've been slacking for the last several months and need to get it back together so that I stay in control of my health. So I'll be on the bandwagon with you and we can support each other!

Take the time to plan your day - though homeschooling gives us flexibility, we need to have structure for our own health. Plan when you will exercise, plan what you will eat and when you will eat it. Have easy & quick things handy to grab. Make them protein sources. (String cheese, almonds, etc.) Make sure you eat bkfst. YOU CAN DO THIS!

NO EXCUSES!!!

"For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13
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4/4/11 6:09 P

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Being an average sort of person in many ways, I followed the "average" disease course and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 2 years after my initial indication there was a problem...in other words - today. High scores aren't good in golf or diabetes! Started on a low dose of metformin and have a recheck in 60-ish days.

These appointments are always stressful for me just because they take for-flippin-ever! I arrive at 8 a.m., get my lab done, the clinic then serves breakfast for those of us who had to fast for diabetic clinic while they give a diabetes education presentation, then wait, wait, wait in the waiting room, and wait, wait, wait in the exam room, finally get to see the dr. for five minutes, then more waiting and waiting in the pharmacy. I generally leave there around 12:00 or 1:00 on diabetes clinic days. I am grateful, despite the endless waiting, that I have a clinic to go to and get medicine from where I don't have to pay for anything.

So when I left I was stressed out, my blood sugar was dropping, and I knew I'd have several things to try to cram into the rest of my day, so I went to Sonic and got bad lunch...bad, bad lunch. It would have been cheaper to just go to the grocery store and buy Crisco and a bag of sugar for lunch!! Then to get home and find out my homeschool kiddo is feeling like crap. She finally went and took a nap, but insists on trying to get all her work done for today -- even though one of the advantages of homeschool is being flexible!

Anywho ~ Finally feeling a little less stressed and so NOT interested in eating dinner, so the daily calorie thing may work out okay after all.

Spread a little love my way, people.

"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest." � Corrie Ten Boom

Goal: 5/31/11 230 lbs MET: 5/23/11
Goal: 6/30/11 224 lbs


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