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5/5/14 11:01 A

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ALI - My thoughts and prayers are with you!! Take a deep breath and try to relax - - maybe a good book, a nice long warm bath. Keep us posted please.

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5/5/14 3:56 A

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I wanted to let you all know. I have been taking good care of myself with regular food tracking and using the SP Fitness Tracker. Tomorrow is a very important day for me and I have nervousness, fear and excitement all wrapped together.
Tomorrow I'm going to see the Dr. and find out the straight skinny (Lol) about my heart damage. I had an Arteriogram about one month ago and haven't seen the Cardiologist since that procedure. I have heard bits and pieces from different sources but want to hear it directly from the Dr. They took pictures of my heart and I want to see them for myself.
So I have various feelings about this appointment. I spoke recently about my new normal and feel that the Dr.can give me more information about what my future will look like concerning my heart. Wish me luck and your thoughts and well wishes would be appreciated!
Take care.
Ali



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5/2/14 6:05 P

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ALI - emoticon . It's been a little while since I've seen you on here - now I know why. You have been through the mill haven't you!! So glad you're on the mend now.

With CHF sodium and weight is a big thing. That weight around your heart and lungs can cause a lot of damage. Seems like they go hand in hand.

Your 101# weight loss was definitely too fast. The slower you lose weight the better chance you have of keeping it off. Slow and steady!!

The nutrition tracker is a great tool - - it will also let you know what and where you need to increase or decrease your carbs, fats, and proteins. The Diabetes Weight Loss Plan is a great plan for anyone to be on!!. You can add Sodium onto your Tracker to help you keep an eye on it also.

The scale is only one tool. I realize you need to take your weight daily but don't go on that scale by itself. Look back at how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you are feeling and how much more energy you have!!!

Be sure you're getting in some exercise - my primary exercise is walking. Just start small and build just a little at a time. Be sure you are eating your 3 meals a day AND 1-3 snacks a day - nothing large for snacks - just maybe a carb plus a protein such as an apple and an ounce of cheese. Just make sure that you don't go over your calorie allowance set for you the dietician and/or doctor. Don't be in a hurry to get 100# off such as you did before. If you eat right and get a little walk in each day, you will lose that weight.

Remember to set yourself some small goals such as eating so many fruit a day, getting your 7- 8 hours of sleep a certain number of nights per week, etc.

If you have any questions, please let us know and we'll be glad to get right back with you.

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5/2/14 12:09 A

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Hi, I'm Ali, and have been a member of this group since the beginning of February, 2014, and have really enjoyed the people I have met on this site! I have been a diabetic for the last seven years and have improved, I believe, mostly to changing the way I ate since last October.
I am a 64 year old woman from the Seattle, WA area, in a suburb known as Issaquah. We have lived here for 26 years,and my DH and I have been married almost 30 years, 30 in August.

We have 2 daughters, one 26, the younger one is 22. Their birthdays are in July, and mine is the end of June and my DH's birthday is September 1st. Time marches on!
Last October, I suffered from Acute Congestive Heart Failure, and was hospitalized for four days. While I was in the hospital, the emphasis was for me to get rid of the pooled fluid in my legs and ankles and feet. I had gained about 30 pounds very quickly,in two weeks and I knew that that was too fast, even for me! Little did I know that I had CHF, at this time I also had pneumonia, I was really sick; I'm not sure if the pneumonia caused the heart damage or visa versa.
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When I was released from the hospital I was told to lose at least 100 pounds. Well I did, I lost 101 pounds in 21/2 months. I had under eaten, most of my life, I have had an eating disorder.
Anyway, I did under eat, only two very small meals a day and practically no sodium. I lost weight very rapidly and unfortunately, at Christmas, I slowly started gaining weight and then thought to myself, well I went on a diet and could eat normally again, wrong, when all was said and done I had gained back about 16 pounds of what I had previously lost!

As I said, I joined SP in emoticon emoticon February and started using the Nutrition Tracker with a Diabetic food plan. I am planning to go to diabetics' education class and hope that I can find a Nutritionist who can give me a good food plan, for continued weight loss. I have been going back and forth from 230 to 240, for the last month and 1/2. It's been frustrating but I guess my body needs time to adjust to losing so much weight so quickly. I just have to be patient and no longer make the scale my God. I have to weigh daily due to my heart condition, so have to face and make peace with the scale on a daily basis. Is there anyone else in this former situation who has found peace with the scale? If there is I would like to hear about it. Also if there is anyone who has lost a lot of weight and is now toward the tail end of that weight loss, could you respond?

To learn more about me check my SparkPage, welcome, new members, and hello again to current members. Today, this morning, my weight was up a little to 238.4, yesterday it was 235.
I really have to watch closely the amount of sodium I have per day no more than 2000 mg.
Yesterday, I had too much sodium which could account for the weight gain. Due to my heart condition I can gain weight, fluid my heart can't pump out of my body, very quickly
Well, that's about all from me for tonight, take care,
Ali





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4/30/14 10:36 P

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JNJTG1971 - Welcome emoticon to our great challenge!!!. We are so glad you decided to join us.. 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 thus 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 there are two of the most beneficial trackers you will find. They are:

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. 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.

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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Welcome emoticon aboard a great group that will try to help you if you need it.

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Welcome! You have come to a great place to start your journey to good health. There are lots of resources and people here to help you along. You might benefit from reading the article " How to use SparkPeople When you have Type two Diabetes ". You can find it by entering the title in the search engine on your Spark Start page. It has lots of good information and links that will help you get started. I wish you every success. Please keep posting and asking questions. We are all here to cheer you on.
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Welcome and you can do it. Small goals and one step at a time.

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4/30/14 5:39 A

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Hi, I am new to Spark, and am looking forward to this journey.

My goals:
1. Log my meals
2. Complete week 1 goals
3. Stay positive

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