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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 ELLEMAC7
    Hey! I haven't seen you on here in a while. How are you?
    4443 days ago
  • v DANH603
    Hey Dan,
    I am thinking that since I am traveling and have no other responsibilities, I can do this, just will depend upon me keeping my blood sugar levels in check. But I am up for the challenge....

    4450 days ago
  • v TEL318
    HI! I'm sending motivating thoughts of getting moving and over coming temptation your way. Good luck,
    4451 days ago
  • v ELLEMAC7
    You need inspiration?

    Okay, how about this. I am going to run three miles tonight. I'll be sure to think about you when I'm running. So when you're at the gym, think of me, running, and thinking of you! :)

    (Did that make any sense?)
    4451 days ago
  • v KSPILLS713
    Keep up the good work. Changes are difficult to spot in ourselves, but I can tell a difference in your pics.

    Don't give up. Be realistic with your goals, and know that most of us aren't going to have a Biggest Loser experience. All those ounces and pounds add up so don't convince yourself your aren't changing. You will see your evidence in time.

    Good luck on your journey. I wish you every success!


    4453 days ago
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