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When I first moved to Chicago about 15 years ago, I weighed over 300 pounds. In my suburban life, I was COMPLETELY sedentary...never walked anywhere, drove the car to visit friends who lived three blocks away! Living in a big city changed my life. I had to walk ... and found that I enjoyed it! My weight dropped down to the 250's, still heavy but not like I used to be!

On my 41st birthday - January 4, 2011 - I saw a doctor who told me that the Type 2 Diabetes that I'd never really done anything about was having a severely negative effect on my body and that I needed to change my lifestyle to avoid serious health issues. My A1C (a lab test that tells you what your average blood glucose levels are over an approximately three month period) was more than three times what is healthy, feeling in almost all of my toes is gone (something that apparently cannot be reversed), and there was some indication that it was starting to affect my kidney function. My weight that day was 242 lbs.

I was adequately freaked out. I've done soooo many of the "diet" plans in the past, including SparkPeople, with some limited success. This time, I am determined to NOT commit to a diet, but a permanent change to the way I live my life.


3/9/11 - Today I stepped on the scale and weighed 217.8. My scale and my doctor's scale differ by a bit, but I will now be using this scale as my tracker. Either way, I am down more than 20 lbs in a little over two months. In all fairness, some of this is thanks to drugs I'm taking for the diabetes, but I've made drastic changes and improvements too. My carb intake has radically changed. Sugar just isn't a part of my diet anymore and my goal has been less than 50 grams of carbs per meal (my doctor has said that the goal should be 45-60).

My short-term goal - weigh less than 200 lbs by June 25th. In just over 100 days, I WILL weigh less than what I did at my high school graduation 23 years ago when I attend this year's Gay Pride Parade!!!

Member Since: 1/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,085

My Goals:
I will weigh less than 200 lbs by 6/25/11!

I will increase my activity minutes every week!

I will lower my blood pressure!

I will say "I used to be a Type 2 diabetic"!

I will feel and look better!

My Program:
Carb-conscious and calorie-conscious meals.

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  • v DENNIS48
    Welcome aboard! Yeah, 40 can be a wake up call. I know the feeling. emoticon
    4508 days ago
    Hey Luv, my name is TAUMAIA!! Just wanted to sprinkle some CHEERS on your page and emoticon emoticon emoticon you to SPARKS!! You are gonna really LOVE everything that this site has to offer. I've been a member since Dec 07' and have enjoyed every bit of it. Yesssirrr. Are you ready to SHINE emoticon in 2009?? Honey, you bettah! This year is our year to SHINE.. So, no more excuses no more WHAT IF's... just Let DO IT! I am here for ya if you ever need some MOTIVATION & SUPPORT. Come check out the most FABULOUS emoticon team on SPARKS.. "FAB-U-LICIOUS STATUS"!! We are on fiyyyahhh! Continue to press forward and know that you are not alone in this journey..

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    4509 days ago
  • v BUGGIE726
    emoticon Hi! My name is June and I would like to invite emoticon you to my Spark Team SPARK FLAMES. It's a no-fluff, no-nonsense, serious approach to losing weight for people who are trying to be realistic about their weight loss goals. This team is full of honest support and motivation. We work as a team. emoticon Not as an individual. I would be honored to have you as part of the team! Also, iff you're interested in running then why not check out my other team, the Beginners Running Club. emoticon

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    4509 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople gorgeous! This is a great site, and it has helped me tremendously! I am sure you will love it. My name is Kimmie and if you ever have any questions or need support then I am here! SparkTeams are a great way to stay motivated so please feel free to check out the SparkTeam on my page called No Topic Off Limits emoticon Hope to see you there!! The best of luck to you on all of your goals and always keep in mind that, YOU CAN DO IT!
    4509 days ago
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