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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM's Photo PRAIRIEDAWNPAM Posts: 8,631
12/18/08 4:05 P

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There are some quotables here that apply to all Spark People. Thanks, Yerachmiel!

"Falling off the wagon is easy; it's climbing back on that takes an effort."

"One 'falling off' does not end the world. One not getting back on..."

...Pam

PS I think you meant 1800 calories, not carbs. emoticon

Sparking and living a South Beach Diet lifestyle since October 15 2007!

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-Return to my goal weight
- Complete a super-sprint triathlon
- Look good in a bikini

MY MANTRA:
"Do good, live healthy and become significant!"

CO-LEADER SOUTH BEACH DIET TEAM


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12/18/08 11:08 A

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Mandy: great work & keep it up.

from someone who's "been though it" 1000 times (at least)..

1] Falling off the wagon is easy; it's climbing back on that takes an effort. Remember, you're not in a 50 yard sprint, you're in for the 25,000,000 mile lifelong run. And we get team support but there are no substitute players, no switch hitters and no actors to do the crash scene for us.

2] One 'falling off' does not end the world. One not getting back on.....

3] When I was 'old enough' to read and understand the 1,800 carb diet that the doctor/nurse educator gave me I immediately asked my doctor:
So it's ok to eat steak and eggs three times a day with properly measured choclate cake and soda, as long as it all adds up to 1,800??

We're in this for the 'long haul'. While one meal, or one day does not a horrible life make, the carbs, vitamins, excercize, etc should be looked at from a weekly and/or monthly basis. I know some people have four days a year that they PURPOSELY don't follow the rules (although they do attempt to keep blood glucose controlled)...
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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
12/18/08 4:25 A

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Thanks! Yeah, he's great. I've gone through a few boyfriends in my time and I've never had one that cares so much about my health! Whenever he leaves my apartment he makes sure I have a juice by my bed in case I get low blood sugar in the middle of the night! Aw so cute :)

He def. helps me with my diabetes and gives me strength!



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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM's Photo PRAIRIEDAWNPAM Posts: 8,631
12/17/08 4:19 P

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Congrats on your choices, Mandy! And I really think you need to hold onto that boyfriend; he sounds very supportive of your wants and needs, at least as far as your health is concerned.

...Pam

Sparking and living a South Beach Diet lifestyle since October 15 2007!

GOALS:
-Return to my goal weight
- Complete a super-sprint triathlon
- Look good in a bikini

MY MANTRA:
"Do good, live healthy and become significant!"

CO-LEADER SOUTH BEACH DIET TEAM


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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL's Photo PRNCSCUP1-2FULL Posts: 23,635
12/17/08 3:22 P

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Mandy-- My exercise buddy keeps me motivated and I also feel responsible for her exercise too! So asking a friend is a good idea! I need to do what you have done and rid my house of everything but healthier options! Good luck!
PS YOu will love the pump!

Melissa, EST

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There is always that one summer that changes you.-Unknown

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
-Russell Baker

Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.
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MANDYB55's Photo MANDYB55 Posts: 408
12/17/08 2:42 P

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Thank you everyone one for your advice and stories! I've made some decisions after reading these.
The other night my boyfriend and I went grocery shopping and bought all healthy foods with a low carb count. After that my boyfriend helped me by throwing away all the food in my house that I should not be eating as a diabetic. Since that has happen, my options are all healthy and it's great! I also decided I am going to start packing a lunch for my break at work, that way I am not stuck with options like pizza and pretzels etc.
I also I'm going to tell me doctor on thursday that I want the pump. I've been scared to try it, but I am just going to do it. I need to learn how to put my health first!
As for the exercise I think I am going to find a exercise class at my gym that I enjoy, like some of you guys suggested. Maybe I'll see if one of my friends wants to do it with me or something.

Thanks!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL's Photo PRNCSCUP1-2FULL Posts: 23,635
12/16/08 7:16 P

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Hi Mandy. I can't offer any advice, but I can commiserate. One would think I would have tight control being that I am blind due to diabetes, but I often find I don't care. I do find I have better control of my BGs due to the pump, but much of the time after I got past my initial motivation here on Spark, that I eat whatever and do whatever and don't care. Depression is a big issue in my eating and I need to stop allowing my mood to determine how and what I eat, but so far I am on the slippery slope downwards instead of upwards with motivation and self-care. If nothing else, maybe knowing I did lose my eyesight to diabetes you can be motivaited somehwat.... I can tell you that it can happen to you.... I'm not lecturing or trying to scare b/c none of that ever worked for me! But, maybe we can all help each other try to do better!

As for exercise, that and drinking my water, are the only 2 things I have remained consistent on.... I recommend finding something you enjoy to keep you going! If it is not the gym, then try something else.... I do water aerobics or water jogging 2 or 3 times a week and love it! I don't mind going b/c I have fun and enjoy myself! What does your gym offer that might be fun for you? Try the different classes out.... I also found that I am missed when I don't show up for my water workouts and that helps keep me accountable too. I want to try a spinning class next, but still working on healing a broken leg!

Know you are not alone! I know I feel like that since it seems all the people on Spark are always the right thing and all the Type 1s here are always following the right path, but I can't be alone in my apathy, right? Good luck!

Melissa, EST

Navy Ninja ~ Red Belt

There is always that one summer that changes you.-Unknown

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
-Russell Baker

Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.
-Unknown

***A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog***



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12/16/08 3:49 P

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The easy answer first: I knew I needed to change something when I bought a new pair of pants in the exact same size and style of the old pair and found I couldn't get them on to save my life! They hadn't been stretched out yet and I couldn't even get them all the way over my hips, let alone zip them.
Advice? I won't go so far as to recommend my plan, but here's what I am doing now that seems to be helping me in both losing weight and controlling my BG: I treat them as two entirely separate issues. If I decide to eat Twinkies all day (used as an example only), that's my call but I have to religiously count their carbohydrates and bolus accordingly. My BG should not care what I feed myself as long as I count and dose for all carbs. This isn't entirely fair, because I know it does matter to a point, but if I let my bad food choices influence the decisions I make about controlling my BG, I lose in a big way. To avoid the "I already blew it with a bad food choice so I might as well not bother accurately taking insulin" I had to totally separate the two issues.
Roller coaster BG sucks, especially when there's no easily identifiable cause (like eating Twinkies all day with no insulin). I went for years with randomly occuring ups and downs and highs and lows and I always figured it was because I was doing it wrong. I finally got a doctor (hooray for insurance!) who knew how to look at bloodsugar results and actually figure out how to fix them. It turned out the problem wasn't me, it was gluten. And some days I get so mad because my life is infinitely more complicated now on a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley or any of their derivatives) but determining through trial and error that the problem really wasn't me and that I wasn't at fault made it a lot easier to take charge of the parts I CAN control.
To be fair, I've still got some rollercoaster going on, and I'm currently not wanting to put in the time and effort necessary to figure out what other underlying problems me be to blame, but I know that its worth it.
Do you have a doctor you like who is knowledgeable in diabetes stuff? I strongly recommend finding one, and bonus points if you can get one who respects the emotional aspects of diabetes too (I lucked out in that my doctor has 3 kids of his own with type 1, so I get empathy instead of lectures). A dietitian can be useful too, if for no other reason that to help you figure out just a few simple but better choices you can be making and see if that makes a difference. The more people you can get involved in your care, the more likely you are to find something that works.
I don't think that diabetes should have to be front and foremost on your mind all the time for you to take charge of it, and maybe that's the irony with this disease because if you put in the time and effort and research to get it under control, it takes up a lot less time later freeing you up to do more fun things. Its when you spend all your time trying to avoid spending time on it that it really takes over.
Good luck Mandy, if you don't find what you're looking for here please keep asking, we're here to help!

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12/16/08 11:07 A

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I think my last straw will be when I get hooked up to this pump. Right now, I can fall off the wagon and no one knows but me, I just take additional shot and no one is the wiser. I have 2 meters, one for good days one for bad. Once the pump get there, one meter. I will have records of everything, which makes me accountable.

As for the exercise, I am with you on that. I have not found a way to make my self accountable. I pay $40 a month for the gym and go maybe 4 times a month. I think we should help each other find a way to solve the gym issue!

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12/16/08 10:53 A

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Mandy, I'll watch with interest for replies from those with experience. I don't have diabetes, Hubby does, and he's newly diagnosed so that was his "last straw", so to speak.

One thing I've learned from watching folks on Spark People for over a year is that everyone has their "last straw", the point at which they decide that making a change becomes more important than keeping on the path to health destruction. For me it was two things, a photo that showed I had clearly become obese and my sister's invitation to be her maid of honour. I don't know that I would have done anything differently for my appearance and my health if those two things hadn't come together for me.

Perhaps reading what motivates others will provide you with some inspiration. I believe, however, that until that something really speaks TO YOU, you won't be motivated to change long-term. Motivation comes from within. Keep looking for it.

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Hang in there, and good for you for reaching out for support. This time of the year can be especially tricky.

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...Pam

Edited by: PRAIRIEDAWNPAM at: 12/16/2008 (18:07)
Sparking and living a South Beach Diet lifestyle since October 15 2007!

GOALS:
-Return to my goal weight
- Complete a super-sprint triathlon
- Look good in a bikini

MY MANTRA:
"Do good, live healthy and become significant!"

CO-LEADER SOUTH BEACH DIET TEAM


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12/16/08 1:51 A

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It seems I have fallen off the band wagon once again. Grr! I'm always on the go and resort to fast food way too often. My blood sugars are like a roller coaster and I know it is because of the way I eat and that I do not keep myself in tight control. Has anyone else ever had or has these same problems?
I know, since being diabetic is so serious, that I really need to have tight control, but sometimes I feel like I do not even care. I wish diabetes was on my mind more and I had a constant reminder to remind me that I need to eat this or do that.
I really need to learn to eat better. I need to learn how to make exercise a daily routine, but I just feel so unmotivated and lost at times.

What was everybody's last straw? As in, what made you decide that you needed a life change?

Any advice?

Thanks everyone.

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