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4/19/14 10:11 P

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My goal is to lose weight and lower my blood sugar. Right now my weight has been vascilating in the 230 range, back and forth. My goal is to just keep plugging away and hopfully

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4/18/14 11:40 A

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My first goal was to get my BSs under as much control as I could. My first A1C was 9 and my second was 6. I started on Glypizide and Metformin when I first was diagnosed by my primary and when I saw the endocrinologist 3 months later (that is how long I had to wait for the appointment) she took me off the Glypizide and then off one Metformin at my next visit 3 months later and totally off all meds at the end of the first year. I did not really have any initial goals other than getting my BSs under control. I am a nurse and have seen way too many complications of what happens when BSs continually are out of control and I was not going to let that happen when controlling BSs can be managed.

And 5.2 was without meds since I have been off all diabetic meds for two years. And diet was just healthy choices and portion control. No sweets, no soda, no junk food and I am pretty strict about it. Very infrequently I will have a Ghiaradelli dark chocolate square or a few spoonfuls of a dessert but not often.

I think it will be very interesting to see what is posted. Great idea!!



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4/18/14 8:44 A

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Was a 5.2 A1c, without meds your goal? What diet did you follow to get there?

My goals were a 7.0 A1c, while getting off all meds, and I didn't achieve either until I started low carb 5 years ago. Then I dropped below 7.0 within 6 months, and off meds within 1 year. Getting to a 5.0 A1c wasn't something I thought possible, so it wasn't my original goal.

I am kind of wondering what people's original goal was, what their plan was, and if they achieved the goals they set following that plan, or are still working to reach them.

Seems like we both surpassed out original goals. I read way too many posts though about people who are following a plan, and not getting results, and I kind of wanted to see what percentage of diabetics are actually getting the results they set out to achieve when they settled on a plan. Even if those goals are mediocre, I think it is important to look back, and make sure that you got those results.

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4/17/14 9:24 P

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Interesting topic Russell!!! I hit my weight reduction goal quickly, 40 pounds prior to being diagnosed and 50 pounds within 6 months after that. I think it was related to my body getting used to be a diabetic because although I kept the weight off for the first two years, the last year and half have been regained 20 pounds without changing anything in my diet and also upping my exercise from 30 to 60 minutes daily. So my new goal is to join a gym to add swimming a few days a week to see if that will jump start losing the regained 20 pounds and getting back to my goal weight.

On the other hand, my BSs are well controlled with my last A1C 5.2 and off all DM meds and cholesterol med for the last two years and while I may not be losing any weight, I am getting fit with the extra daily exercise.

The goals have been attained by totally looking at the way I lived my life prior to changing it. Not fit, no exercise, eating lots of foods that were not good for me and being overweight. I am coming up on 3 years of being diagnosed with DM in June and I can't believe how much better I feel now than before!!

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4/17/14 9:01 P

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You find out that you are diabetic, and the doctor suggests a plan. Probably the " diabetic " diet. You start testing your blood sugars, and exercising, while following the diet.

If you could look into the future, how would you describe success on this plan? or any plan you follow? What are your goals? Without goals, how would any of us know that the plan worked. So if you wouldn't mind how would you quantify success, and hitting your goals? Is it a certain HgbA1c, or a reduction in medicine? How long have you been following the recommended plan, and have you attained these goals?

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

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