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3/29/14 8:50 P

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New diabetic here, got hospitalized same week I learned to read glucose and had 10 days of inpatient diabetes counseling while being treated for two viruses. AIC has dropped from 8.4 to 6.6 and now 6.4 in 60 days so it looks like I am doing right things.

Certainly aggravated by the cost of lancets, insulin, tablets, and test strips and the bitter fight to get them through express scripts.

Ready to get out of quarantine from a recent procedure and start exercising again.

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3/29/14 1:47 P

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Hello! I am joining too! :)

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3/28/14 11:55 P

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Hi my name is Jenny Hogue. On April 12th a Dr friend of mine is doing a special talk on Gluten and Health in Schaumburg IL. The link below has more information. You might have to copy and paste the link I don't think you can just click on it. Thank you.

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Free Gluten: The Silent Killer Talk. Free registration. Talk by Dr Alok Trivedi in Schamburg IL. April 12th. This is a free talk by Dr. Trivedi, but registration is necessary and tickets are going to sell out. If you have any interest, please register today or send me a message with any questions you might have. It is in Schamburg IL on April 12th. The link above has all the information but message me with any other questions. Thank you! Jenny Hogue.

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3/28/14 8:57 P

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SWEETLIPS - emoticon to our great challenge. We are so happy to have you back!! I can tell that you are really wanting to learn how to eat properly and to work towards getting off those blood sugar medications. By the Grace of God you CAN overcome your type 2 diabetes. I can say that because I am a Type 2 Diabetic - - once a diabetic always a diabetic AND I am 67 years old.

I want you to know that it can be done - maybe not in all incidences, but I did it!!!! I'm off all of my BS medications. I have lost 40#, dropped lots and lots of clothing sizes (I love to shop for new clothes) and brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels down to well within the normal range. I'm not sure how long it's been since you were here last but I am sure things have changed since you were last on here. So, let me give you a little refresher.


First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions as well as throughout the rest of your journey, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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3/28/14 3:35 P

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Good Afternoon,

I am joining this Challenge once again to stay very accountable in this journey. I have been consistently working on getting blood sugar in normal range and keeping it there. I had great success with the tools and now I want to take this opportunity to truly be teachable and get really in sync with correcting my habits and managing this disease, ultimately off of medication.



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3/27/14 11:38 A

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DONNA - emoticon to this great team/challenge. We're so glad you decided to join us again. I'm sure there's been some changes since you were here last so let me give you a review of this site.
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At the top of your Start Page you will find My Trackers, Articles & Videos, Community, and Site Guide. Below, you'll find a preview of each of the tabs.

MY TRACKERS - Here you will find nutritional and fitness trackers. The NUTRITIONAL TRACKER will give you great feedback on whether or not you need to increase/decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Try to fill out and use this tracker every day. Your FITNESS TRACKER will help to keep you accountable to yourself. This is also a good tool to use daily.

ARTICLES & VIDEOS - - This section is where you will find information on diabetes - - what causes it, how to treat it, the complications of uncontrolled blood sugars and many other health issues that you might have or are interested in. You will also find videos on exercise, cooking, recipes etc. Look the section over.

COMMUNITY - - Here you will find Different Spark Teams you can join as well as different challenges, blogs, success stories etc. Again, look this section over and join in on some of them.

SITE GUIDE - - This will give you your Welcome Guide, Tour Video Guides, and answer many frequently asked questions.

There is a lot of information on this team so take it one day and one step at a time. Don't strive to be perfect but instead strive for consistency.

Set yourself up some small goals - - something that you know you will be able to achieve such as drinking a certain number of cups of non-calorie fluids each day/week; or, eating a certain number of "freggies" (fruits and vegetables - a certain number times of day/week; or, getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night a certain number of times per week. Set your weight loss goal at nor more than 5-10% of your total pounds you want/need to lose - any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we all know what happens when we get frustrated!! We don't want that.to happen.

Eat your 3 meals a day and your 1-3 snacks daily. The snacks will help to keep you from being too hungry before the next meal, help keeps your metabolism going, and will help keep your BSs on a more even keel. Your last snack can be eaten as late as you want as long as you don't go over your allowed calories given to you by the dietician. If you eat too little calories (less than 1200) you will put your body into starvation mode where you body will hang on to everything feeling as though it wasn't going to get anymore food throughout the day and you will gain weight. Drinking water will help to keep the toxins flushed out of your body and help to fill you up as well. Try to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day - if that is too much to do at one time, then do two 5-minutes sessions of exercise. All steps add up to better health and weight loss.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. There is always someone lurking around the corner close by and will gladly get back to help you real soon. You are never on this journey alone - we are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along our journey. YOU ARE WORTH IT!! emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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3/26/14 9:12 P

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Hello, I am Donna. Type @ diabetic and food addict. I used Spark people in 2007 and lost 35lbs for which I hae now gained 50 back. I am determined to get this weight off and be fit and fabulous when I turn 50, in 4 years!

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3/26/14 8:40 P

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CLEOPATRA - emoticon to our great team of caring people. We are so glad that you decided to join us. You have taken one of your biggest steps alright - - that being the fact that you have now stopped the denial and are willing to do something about it. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time.

I want you to know that denial is perfectly normal. I had the same feelings when I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I felt angry, frustrated, mad, "why me" - the whole entire gambit!!! I take it that you are a Type 2 also. If that's so, it's not too late to turn it around. I'll explain more further on down.

So, for now we're going to work together as a group/team to get the ball rolling toward a new and healthy lifestyle way of living. We're going to do this one day at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER and the FITNESS TRACKER.

1) NUTRITION TRACKER - This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

2) FITNESS TRACKER - This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in
at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style. Even if you can't get off of you blood sugar meds completely but are able to reduce the amount of meds you have to take is something a step that you can be proud of.

You will find a great support system here which you will need also as you go through this lifestyle change. We are here for you!!!

As you go through your Weekly Discussions, feel free to read the other member's posts as well. You might find just the answer you're looking for in one of those posts just as much as you might be able to help someone else with something that they need to hear and know as well.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions and then on through the rest of your journey, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours. REMEMBER: YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!! YOU DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY AGAIN!!

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Call me Cleopatra too...the queen of denial. Denial just ain't a river in Egypt! I have to get over the fact that I can't eat whatever I want anymore and have to actually eat healthy...but durn it, those grilled cheeses and tomato soup just sounded too good tonight. there's always tomorrow.

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3/24/14 11:32 P

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PAHOLMES - emoticon . You won't find a better place than here in this challenge than this Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. I hate the thought of where I'd be if it wasn't for this site. We're a great group of caring people who love to help, support, and encourage each other along the way. I had tried all kinds of pills, diets, counseling etc etc. I would lose 50# and then turn around and find those same 50# plus some more. AND, by the Grace of God you can overcome your type 2 diabetes. I can say that because I am a Type 2 Diabetic - - once a diabetic always a diabetic AND I am 67 years old. Think positive, not negative.

I want you to know that it can be done - maybe not in all incidences, but I did it!!!! I'm off all of my BS medications. I have lost 40#, dropped lots and lots of clothing sizes (I love to shop for new clothes) and brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels down to well within the normal range.

Lord, I ask that you will be with this person and they go through this new journey to a healthy lifestyle way of living. They've tried it before and then stopped. I pray that you will give them the strength, courage, and knowledge to help them succeed so they might be healthy again. Give them the peace that passes all understanding. Let them feel your presence Father as I know that this can be a scary thing for people - - it was for me when I was first diagnosed with diabetes. You helped me to overcome this disease and I know you want this for everyone, especially when that person is reaching out and asking for prayer. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so I ask right now Father, that you will be with them, comfort them, help them to succeed. We give you all the glory and honor in this and all things. I thank you for the success and help in completing this journey in advance Lord for my new friend. You've said in your Word that where ever two or three are gathered together in My Name that that you will be in the midst of them. Well, Lord, there's two of us asking and thanking you in advance for your help. We ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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I really need to be working on this challenge. I have tried it before but need to restart all over..I need prayer---thanks. emoticon

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3/23/14 7:41 P

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MOUNTAIINGIRL!!! emoticon to our great team of caring people. You've come to the right place to get on track. Taking that first step is always the hardest but you've done it!! Good for you!!. We are all part of a great team that loves to help support and encourage each other along they own individual journey because we feel that we are worth it - - just as YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

The reality of being diagnosed with diabetes eventually sets in and leaves us with a lot of different emotions - anger, frustration, the "why me's" etc etc I had all those feelings myself when I was diagnosed October 21, 2004 - my birthday. But, those are all normal feelings and it's ok. Denial is of the disease is also normal and ok.

When we have other medical issues and different medications that help us to gain weight does make it even harder for us BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE!!!! I know, because I've been there. Since being on SparkPeople (SP) I have been able to come off my diabetic medications and have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within normal limits. Now, not everyone will be able to fully get off their medications, but you can definitely bring you to a point where you have control of your diabetes and lessen the amount of medications. I was fortunate and was able to do it within 6 months of starting SP but for others it might take a while. Sometimes I would get impatient myself but then remember, you didn't gain the weight over night and you won't be able to get rid of the weight over night either. Just take it one step and one day at a time! emoticon and together emoticon .

Starting small is a good place to start. Just pick a couple of small goals that you know you will succeed at such as increasing your fluids daily or eating 5-7 "freggies" a day. When you get those done then go on to add a couple of more small goals. All these goals will add up to weight loss and a new healthy lifestyle.

We have two great tools that you will find on your Start Page under the My Trackers tab towards the top of the page. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER: This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and/or proteins. Be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth whether it was a good choice or a bad choice.

2) FITNESS TRACKER: This tracker will help to keep you accountable to yourself.

Learn all you can about diabetes - what diabetes is, how to treat diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes - both hypo and hyper, as well as the complications of uncontrolled diabetes. You will learn these and other health articles under the ARTICLES & VIDEOS section on the top of your start page as well. You will also find recipes, videos on cooking, different exercises etc in that same section.

We also have a team on SP for those with disabilities, injuries etc. I've used these from time to time myself and use it when my arthritis acts up which is quite often. You can also find more chair exercises on You Tube.

Try to eat your 3 meals a day as well as 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are very important and will keep you from over eating at the next meal and also will keep your BSs from crashing or spiking. Just watch your calories so that you don't go over the calorie allowance allowed you by the dietician. Drink plenty of non-calorie fluids also. Get your 7-9 hours of sleep each night as your body needs that much time to rejuvenate itself for the next day.

If your have any problems or questions, please feel free to let us know. As Linda said, we are a team that loves to offer help support and encourage each other. Now, lets head on over to the Weekly Discussions and get started on that great new healthy lifestyle of yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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I was just diagnosed with diabetes in September of 2013. I took action right away but then went into denial-until now. I hate that I have diabetes but I know if I just lose weight I can reverse it. It is the losing weight that is a problem. I am on 4 weight gaining medications-so it is a struggle. I am doing it-it just takes time and I get impatient.

I exercise everyday but need to do more resistance exercises. Right now I am struggling with a bad back but I keep working out just not with the intensity I would like.

I need to be around more people who also have diabetes so I hope to read about others involved with this challenge. I did think on starting back in 2012 because I am overweight but never followed through. I intend to follow through this time.

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LORATTA - emoticon to our great challenge!!! I noticed that you have listed all the people that you want to be healthy for but you failed to list wanting to be healthy for YOU. You are worth being healthy for!!!

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

You mentioned that you would like to get off all your medications, well I want you to know that it can be done - maybe not in all incidences, but I did it!!!! I'm off all of my BS medications. I have lost 40#, dropped lots and lots of clothing sizes (I love to shop for new clothes) and brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels down to well within the normal range. I don't have neuropathy as far as I know, but I do have fibromyalgia and arthritis throughout my body along with many "new" parts/implants. When it comes to losing weight, I'm a emoticon but it's the emoticon who won the race.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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Welcome Loratta, Cheers to you for reaching out. I am always interested in how people find inspiration to do new or different habits to benefit their life. I am inspired by your introduction and I use that to do 10 more "Weighted bar" curls. emoticon my own method of "pay it forward". emoticon

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Hello my name is Loratta, I have been diabetic for about 7 years. I take two medications, three if you count the pain med I take for the neuropathy in my feet. But I am hoping to lose ALOT of weight get healthy and get off the meds.I am 41 have three kids, two step kids and 2 grand daughters. I married my high school sweet heart after 26 years. I want to be health for these people who deserve the best of me. My kids have never seen me when I was not over weight I don't want that for my grand babies.

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MARTY - emoticon to our great team of caring people. We are so glad you joined us to start your new healthy life style changes. I can hear the overwhelming anxiety in your blog. We want you to know that this is NOT a d.i.e.t. but a healthy lifestyle way of eating. It doesn't mean that you will never be able to eat chocolate anymore because you are a diabetic, but you will learn when and how much to eat as you go through this journey.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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3/16/14 10:56 P

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Hi! My name is Marty and just recently found out I have diabetes. I was diagnosed on February 14th to be exact and was just so bummed I couldn't have any Valentine chocolate candy! On top of that I've had Lupus for over 25 years and am a bit frightened about having to deal with the diabetes now. I love to cook and eat out, but now I need to make some serious lifestyle changes to the way I eat. I am hoping that I will get some support and tips on managing my weight and my diabetes. emoticon

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LORY52 and PAM - emoticon !to SparkPeople to both of you!! We're glad you decided to join us again. This is a great team with a great group of caring people. We are all going through our own individual journey with you. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so take it one day and one step at a time.

Set yourself some small goals - something that you know you will be able to succeed at such as increasing your fruits and veggies, increasing your water, getting your 7-8 hours of sleep a night etc.

Be sure you go to the Articles & Videos section toward the top of your Start Page. This is where you will be able to learn about different health issues, exercise videos, recipes, etc etc. Learn all you can about diabetes - what causes diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes, the treatment of diabetes and the complications that comes from having uncontrolled blood sugars.

We have two great tools here. 1) Nutrition Tracker - - be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth whether they are good or bad choices. This tracker will give you great feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. 2) Fitness Tracker - - this will help to keep you accountable to yourself.

Look over the other tabs on your Spark Page as well and see what all they have to offer. Like I said, there is a lot to learn on this challenge so take it one day and one step at a time.

Don't strive for perfection, but instead strive for consistency along your journey. There are days that you will make wrong choices but that's ok - - this is a learning process and you aren't going to get it all down pat right away. When those times happen, just be kind and forgiving of yourself. We aren't perfect.

As you go through your journey, be sure to read over other member's posts as well. There might be something in those posts that you will find helpful OR that you might be able to help or encourage them. I have found that the more active I am on these sites, the better I do with my own journey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know as you go through your journey. There's always someone hanging around the site that will be happy to get back to you real soon.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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STEFANIE - Welcome to our great team of caring people. I hear your frustration and reminds me of all the emotions I had when I was diagnosed - - anger, depression, anxieties etc etc. You've taken a big step as well as an important step in your life; one that will not only help you but your children as well. This is NOT a D.I.E.T but a healthy life changing way of living. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one day and one step at a time.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypoglycemic, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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I also am 60 1/2 years old and this too is my second time joining this challenge with last summer being my first. I feel that it is a very informative challenge and I would recommend it to anyone who has diabetes. I am pre-diabetic but my family history has diabetes on both sides so I want to get this under control before it becomes full blown diabetes.

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Hello! Today is my fresh take on joining this group again. I have had type 2 diabetes for 10+ years and I am over 60. I have been in a constant search for tools that will help me move along the step by step changes I want to make and the ones I need to make. I just finished a Pro and Con list of what has worked, sort of worked, and what has not worked.

Food tracking tools: I have found this web site to be the best so far because it does a few things for me. It tracks my blood glucose before meals and summarizes my carbohydrate load per meal. It is also portable on my cell phone and lap top. So all of my info is at hand and I do not have to carry around paper or log book.

The second item that works is the tracker for exercise PLUS video tips for other things to do. this is very inspiring and good reminders ..if you select to receive these by e-mail.

I have definitive proof of how well exercise affects my blood sugars. My nurse diabetes dietician had me wear a contineous monitor for 5 days. I maintained my carb load and medications through the 5 days but did exercise for only 2 days. It is amazing how effective this (small) bit of exercise assisted my medications to help my BG numbers. I am a believer now. I look forward to support, new learnings, and help in keeping me active. Rock On all for this challenge. emoticon emoticon

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PIRATE_BEAR - Welcome to our great team. We are so glad that you could join us. Taking that first step is always the hardest but you've done it!! Good for you. This is a great team that loves to help support and encourage each other along they own individual journey because we feel that we are worth it - - just as YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

Yes, diabetes is overwhelming. I remember all the emotions I went through when I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes myself. There was a lot of anger and frustration with the entire thing.

Pick a couple of small goals that you know you will succeed at such as increasing your fluids daily or eating 5-7 "freggies" emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a day. When you get those done then go on to add a couple of more small goals. All these goals will add up to weight loss and a new healthy lifestyle.

We have two great tools that you will find on your Start Page under the My Trackers tab towards the top of the page. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER: This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and/or proteins. Be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth whether it a good choice or a bad choice.

2) FITNESS TRACKER: This tracker will help to keep you accountable to yourself.

There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time Learn all you can about diabetes - - what diabetes is, how to treat diabetes, what causes diabetes. You will learn these and other health articles under the ARTICLES & VIDEOS section on the top of your start page as well. You will also find recipes, videos on cooking, different exercises etc in that same section.

If you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page and you will find several tabs there. Look over all the tabs as there is a lot of information for you. I would like you to go to the Site Guide. There you will find the Welcome Guide and the Site Tour Guide. Both of these will help you to get around our site.

If your have any problems or questions, please feel free to let us know. We are a team that loves to offer help support and encourage each other. Now, lets head on over to the Weekly Discussions and get started on that great new healthy lifestyle of yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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diagnosed with type 2, 2 weeks ago this thursday first check in is with dock this thursday will see if new diet has helped with weight loss. This disease is a bit overwhelming with what changes need to be made

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CRAZY3BOYMOM - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. .

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

At the top of the SP page, type in Pre-Diabetes Meal Plan and How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Pre-Diabetes. Both of these would be very good for you to look at. With SP, there is nothing that is really eliminated from your food but you do need to do portion control. If you have a craving for a piece of chocolate and that craving doesn't go away, then have a small piece of chocolate but include it in with your calorie count for the day.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi - I just had blood results come back with a high AC1 result and the doctor says I am leaning towards Pre Diabetes. Need to start exercising and loose the weight but have really struggled in previous attempts. I haven't been able to find any really great, definitive sites that explain what I can eat and can't eat. Hoping this site will answer those questions and provide support.... I am going to need it! emoticon

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KENTUCKYPITTS - emoticon to our great team of caring people. You've come to the right place to get back on track. Taking that first step is always the hardest but you've done it!! Good for you!!. We are all part of a great team that loves to help support and encourage each other along they own individual journey because we feel that we are worth it - - just as YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

Starting small is a good place to start. Just pick a couple of small goals that you know you will succeed at such as increasing your fluids daily or eating 5-7 "freggies" emoticon emoticon a day. When you get those done then go on to add a couple of more small goals. All these goals will add up to weight loss and a new healthy lifestyle.

We have two great tools that you will find on your Start Page under the My Trackers tab towards the top of the page. They are:

1) NUTRITION TRACKER: This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and/or proteins. Be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth whether it a good choice or a bad choice.

2) FITNESS TRACKER: This tracker will help to keep you accountable to yourself.

Learn all you can about diabetes - what diabetes is, how to treat diabetes, the symptoms of diabetes - both hypo and hyper, as well as the complications of uncontrolled diabetes. You will learn these and other health articles under the ARTICLES & VIDEOS section on the top of your start page as well. You will also find recipes, videos on cooking, different exercises etc in that same section.

If your have any problems or questions, please feel free to let us know. We are a team that loves to offer help, support and encourage each other. Now, lets head on over to the Weekly Discussions and get started on that great new healthy lifestyle of yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Jack - - Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad you keep more to the high end of the calorie range with exercising. I feel better now. Glad the cardiologist and nutritionist at the VA are aware also.

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Judy, I was on a 2000 calories diet in recovery. I normally eat close to 2500-3000 so cutting back to 2100 is not a big deal. If I exercise that day I keep the calories up orther wise I keep them lower. Both cardiologist and nutritionist at the VA are aware.

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JACK - - emoticon to our great team! We are so glad you could join us. We are a very caring, helpful, and supportive group of people who are all on their own journey along with you!! It sounds like you've been through a lot these past 5 months or so. I do have one questions, however. Did your cardiologist or VA doctors put you on that strict of calories? You don't want to eat too few calories or your body will go into starvation mode and you can actually gain weight by doing eating too few calories. Be sure to drink plenty of water or other non-calorie beverages as allowed by your doctors. Be sure to run your calories past your doctors and be sure to check to find out just how many fluids you can drink because of your heart surgery.

That Agent Orange has done some real numbers on people that were fighting in the Viet Nam war.

If you have any questions as you go through your Weekly Discussions, please feel free to let us know. There's always someone lurking around this site who are more than willing to give you support, advice from their own experiences, as well as encouragement to help you along your journey.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi, I am Jack. I just complete open heart surgery 5 months ago to replace an aortic valve and had a toe amputated 3 weeks ago as a result of a diabetic ulcer. I am now able to walk and exercise again and want to reduce my body weight from 310 lbs to my Vietnam weight of 218 lbs. I am limiting myself to 1500-2100 calories a day and selecting the types and quanttities of food to be eaten. I am also on a Cardio Rehab program at the VA Seattle with involves 3 60 minute workouts each week. I will be adding additional exercises as i regain my strength and stamina. I have been a Diabetic for over 20 years and take Lantos twice a day in addition to monitoring my blood sugars. There proved to be a direct link to my exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam and Diabetes and Coronary Artery disease. Working to make th necessary life changes to compensate. At 70 years old, time i fleeting.

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Hi, I am Sandra. I am a diabetic and trying to get things under control so I do not have to take so many medications. I have lost 17 pounds since I started on January 2, 2014 and I hope that this 8 week challenge will help me stay motivated and continue my weight loss journey.
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CTICKET and PTREE79 - - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you both decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. You've taken a big step already towards a healthier lifestyle by come to SparkPeople (SP). Now is the time to get things under your control over food instead of letting the food control you!! emoticon

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be (1) the NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.(2) The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are both beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!! ! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style. Actually, I had to go shopping just today for smaller clothes (I love it!))

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi I am a wife and a mom of three. I would like to take back control of my life and my health. I am here to learn. I want to be able to do what is right for my body and to be healthy. I am currently off of medication, which I quit taking a few years ago, but I am seeing a doctor to eventually be put back on them. I hope to be able to better control my sugar levels and live a long healthy life.

God and Family and friends will get me through whatever comes my way.


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My doc says I'm pre-diabetic, so I'm trying to learn what to do. He says lose 60 lbs by exercising and changing my diet, so I am with the help of SP.

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LSAVELA - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. .

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hello DJ!
I too have PCOS and recently my A1c number spiked putting me in the diabetes range for the first time since diagnosis in 20 years. We will get through this and keep our symptoms at bay. There is a lot of good information here.

I have 2 children adopted from Korea. They are 13 1/2 and 11 years old. They are the light of our lives. I realized that I better get on the stick if I want to see them through high school college and beyond.

Best to you!!

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DJGOODRICH - emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join our great challenge. There's a lot to learn on this challenge so just take it one step and one day at a time. Since you aren't new to Spark People (SP), let me just give you a little refresher course of getting around our site etc.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. . This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

Judy F emoticon
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Judy,
thank you for the welcome, support and all of the information. I appreciate it!

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Hello! While I have been a "member" of SP since 2012, I haven't been very active and today I have re-enrolled in the Diabetic challenge as I am looking for something to help motivate me to stay on track. In 2011 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, PCOS and of course Type 2 Diabetes. My husband and I have been TTC for the last 5 years and I am ready to get off the couch and start helping the situation. What do I hope to achieve from this challenge? A better understanding of how Diabetes affects my body, better BS control, a fresh outlook on a promising future and hopefully shed some pounds. I hope I can also inspire others as well as be inspired by YOU all! :)

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ALI - So glad you decided to get back into this wonderful program!!! I have found that the more active I am on this site, the better I do on my journey. Sounds to me like you have a great reason for wanting to lose your weight and to keep it off.

It looks like you've made progress on your journey thus far Now, you need to learn to work towards consistency. We don't need perfection, just consistency. You also have to learn to be forgiving of yourself when you make wrong choices from time to time. We all do that from time to time, but the main thing is to forgive yourself and get back on track as soon as possible.

I would like to have you go to your Start Page and go to the tab that says Articles & Videos. Once there, I'd like you to learn all you can about diabetes - what causes it, how to treat diabetes (both high and low blood sugars), the symptoms of hypo and hyperglycemia, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes. You might have done this before, but a refresher is always good. In this section, you will also find videos on exercises (we also have chair exercises on different teams in SparkPeople (SP) as well as on You Tube).. I, myself, do chair exercises from time to time. Moving even a little is better than not moving at all. All the minutes that you are active add up to a better health and weight loss.

Next, go to the tab that says My Trackers. Here you will find two important tools: Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker. The nutrition tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Be sure to track EVERYTHING you put into your mouth whether it be good or bad choices. Also, be sure you eat your 3 meals and 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks will help keep you from over eating at the next meal as well as to keep your sugar levels from spiking or crashing. The Fitness Tracker will help you to become accountable to yourself. The Spark Tracker (SPAT) is a great tool and motivator. I dearly love mine.

Next, check out all the other sections - Community, Site Guide, and the Start Page. There is such a wealth of information on all of the sections.

You are never alone on this journey. We are all on this journey together. We are also here to help support and encourage one another.

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to let us know as you go through your Weekly Discussions.

Now, let's get going on Weekly Discussion 1.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi gang, I'm Ali from Issaquah, Wa. I joined SP in the beginning of February. I am married. 30 years in August, and have 2 daughters, one, 26, the other 22. The 26 year old lives in Seattle, WA, the youngest one still lives with us. I suffered from CHF in the beginning of October of last year. When I was hospitalized I weighed approximately 315, 20-30 % water weight that my damaged heart couldn't filter. They put me on a strong dose of Lasix, 120 mg and I lost 17 pounds before I left the hospital. When I got home, I continued to lose weight following a low sodium, diabetic food plan and was then on 80 mg of Lasix, that together with following the same food plan, I lost a lot of weight, down to 214 pounds! During Christmas last year I slowly started gaining weight, over Christmas, I went from 214 to current weight today, 234.6 I am really discouraged, I guess because of losing so much weight and on higher, then, lower doses of the diarretic, my body doesn't know what's happening and keeps trying to maintain but then they change the dose that effects it. Recently, they put me on the lowest dose, 20 mg and I really gained weight stayed the same and weighed again today and my weight was up again.
It's got to level out soon if they keep me on the same dose. My current weight is 234.6 so I need to lose what I gained since Christmas, last year! My ultimate goal weight is 180 pounds.
I like the fact that I was set up on a diabetic food plan when I first joined SP. I have been following the food plan pretty closely and working on exercising more. I want to get that Spark,that you attach to your belt or tennis shoe. I have to take it slowly with starting exercise and then building up slowly. I am trying to do at least 10 minutes, 3 days a week.
I still only have 30-35% heart function! but,, hey! that's up from 20% last October! With the changes in the dosage .Along with the changes in Lasix, my blood sugar numbers have also vacillated. But don't worry, I'm not a quitter, and do believe that the SP program is the way for me to go. Please check out my Spark Page at AlisSuccess!
Thanks for the chance to get to meet you all!
Ali




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LYNN - Welcome to this great team/challenge. There's a lot of information here but just take it one day and one step at a time. Let me try to help you if I may.

First, set yourself up some small goals - - something that you know you will be able to achieve such as drinking a certain number of cups of non-calorie fluids emoticon each day/week; or, eating a certain number of "freggies" - fruits and vegetables - a certain number times of day/week; or, getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon each night a certain number of times per week. Set your weight loss goal at nor more than 5-10% of your total pounds you want/need to lose - any more than that and you are apt to set yourself up for frustration and we all know what happens when we get frustrated!! We don't want that. Eat your 3 meals a day and your 1-3 snacks daily. The snacks will help to keep you from being too hungry before the next meal, help keeps your metabolism going, and will help keep your BSs on a more even keel. Your last snack can be eaten as late as you want as long as you don't go over your allowed calories given to you by the dietician. If you eat too little calories (less than 1200) you will put your body into starvation mode where you body will hang on to everything feeling as though it wasn't going to get anymore food throughout the day and you will gain weight. Drinking water will help to keep the toxins flushed out of your body and help to fill you up as well. Try to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day - if that is too much to do at one time, then do two 5-minutes sessions of exercise. All steps add up to better health and weight loss.

At the top of your Start Page you will find My Trackers, Articles & Videos, Community, and Site Guide.

MY TRACKERS - Here you will find nutritional and fitness trackers. The NUTRITIONAL TRACKER will give you great feedback on whether or not you need to increase/decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and protein. Try to fill out and use this tracker every day. Your FITNESS TRACKER will help to keep you accountable to yourself. This is also a good tool to use daily.

ARTICLES & VIDEOS - - This section is where you will find information on diabetes - - what causes it, how to treat it, the complications of uncontrolled blood sugars and many other health issues that you might have or are interested in. You will also find videos on exercise, cooking, recipes etc. Look the section over.

COMMUNITY - - Here you will find Different Spark Teams you can join as well as different challenges, blogs, success stories etc. Again, look this section over and join in on some of them.

SITE GUIDE - - This will give you your Welcome Guide, Tour Video Guides, and answer many frequently asked questions.

As I said, there is a lot of information on this team so take it one day and one step at a time. Don't strive to be perfect but instead strive for consistency.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. There is always someone lurking around the corner close by and will gladly get back to help you real soon. You are never on this journey alone - we are all here to help, support, and encourage one another along our journey. emoticon and together emoticon .

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Hi! My name is Lynn and I have been pre-diabetic for years, struggling with weight loss and a diagnosis of PCOS. I know that low carb works for me but have fallen off the wagon for a while. I think Girl Scout cookie season did me in this year as my A1c spiked and my fasting blood sugars are higher than ever. Time to make some changes. I am 51, have 2 children and a supportive husband. Looking for some idea creative meal plans and extra support. Thank you!

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I want to lose weight and stick to the carb range. This is going to be my initial concentration

Put your heart into anything you do.


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IAMADRIANA - emoticon to SP and to our great team. We are so glad you're joining us. It is definitely quite an eye opener when all of a sudden reality hits you that you have all these different medical issues facing you. I think I had every emotion running through my mind that existed!!!

When you look at all the different medications and diagnoses staring you in the face reality really does hit full steam ahead. I'm also a Type 2 diabetic but it doesn't have to be the end of the world. In some instances it might even be a blessing. When you are as young as you are and you have all these things hitting you, think of it as giving you a chance to improve your health and possibly get off of some of these medications. I want you to know that it can be done - maybe not in all incidences, but I did it!!!! I'm off all of my BS medications. I have lost 40#, dropped lots and lots of clothing sizes (I love to shop for new clothes) and brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels down to well within the normal range.

First of all, if you haven't already done so, go to your Start Page. At the top of that page you will see several tabs. Go to the SITE GUIDE. It is this section that you will find your Welcome Guide and your Site Tour Video. This section will help to make it easier to learn the site, making it easier to find your way around.

The next tab to go to will be the MY TRACKERS. This section you will find many different things but the two most beneficial trackers you will find will be the NUTRITION TRACKER. This tracker will give you excellent feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease the amount of calories, carbs, fats and proteins. The next tracker is the FITNESS TRACKER. This tracker will help you to be accountable to yourself.

The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.

Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.

The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).

Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables) emoticon emoticon , drinking so many glass of water per day/week emoticon , or getting 7-9 hours of sleep emoticon a certain number of nights per week.

Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.

Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.

You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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I think my post got lost in cyberspace, So here I am. Was a part of Sparks years ago and starting fresh. 39 y/o married no kids, 2 furry kids (cats) and a supportive DH. I was expecting to be diagnosed with DM type 2 but not at this age. Family history, PCOS, HTN, and also newly diagnosed high cholestral. It is pretty eye opening when the pharmacist starts stacking all my new equipment on the counter in front of me, machine, strips, lancets, meds, ect and I am looking at this all and thinking um nope I am not even 40 but yep. So changes are being made with diet, exercise. and you got it I will be reading, lurking, and of above all gleaning guidance from all you wonderful people again. Although this time I am not leaving, I am not giving up , and above all I am going to put myself first for awhile. Sorry writing a book and if your still reading this thanks.

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I, too, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I have been doing what you are doing; education, reading, medications, glucose levels, etc. I have lost 7 lbs already since starting with SparkPeople. I keep better track of what I'm eating. So far so good. I live in Mexico since retiring and it is sometimes hard to find the support. But once I became familiar with my town I found great locally produced fruits and vegetables, a bakery that makes whole wheat breads, and organic chicken and fish is also available.


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